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New Plugin From Little Ink Pot Turns Photos into Sketches
A new plugin developer, Little Ink Pot, has introduced the Sketcher Plugin. The plugin was created to provide illustrative effects to computer images, whether photographs, computer drawn pictures or 3D renderings. It can render smooth artistic pencil sketches, pen and ink illustrations, and a number of different halftone/threshold effects.
Photoshop Tip - Add Color to Your Shadows
Adding a color to a shadow is a quick way to give any layout a nice design twist. Matching the shadow to a surrounding color or other graphic element is a great way to tie the layout together. Click on the Adda a Layer Style icon (the black circle with the "f" in it) and choose Drop Shadow. Click on the color swatch and select a color from your image by moving your cursor over the image (your cursor will turn into an eyedropper) and clicking on the color. You can edit the shadow settings to acheive the desired results. If you want to put another artsy twist on it (and we do) make a custom shadow with the gradient tool and use free transform to add some perspective.
Photoshop Classic Effects Book Released by Scott Kelby
Scott Kelby has another hit on his hands with the release of Photoshop Classic Effects. Inspired by a column in Photoshop User magazine, the official publication of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), Kelby assembles the ultimate collection of tried-and-true special effects.
"Great artists, photographers, and designers all over the world use these classic effects everyday in their work. It's not about the weird or wild stuff - it's the stuff you can really use - the stuff clients always ask for (and expect that you'll know)," said Scott Kelby.
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BONUS Download a very nice FREE Tip Sheet for this book from Peachpit Press.
Digital Anarchy Announces Backdrop Designer 1.0
LAS VEGAS - Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe, Apple and Discreet products, today announced the availability of Backdrop Designer. Designed for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and other Photoshop-compatible applications, this powerful new plug-in allows photographers to easily create hundreds of different backgrounds for use in portraiture, products shots, and other commercial photography or design.
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Photoshop Tip - Don't Make it Black - Make it Mega Black
If you are making a black background for something that will appear in print, don't just fill the background with 100% black. For that rich looking, deep black, you need to have a custom black build (we call it mega black) for that "midnight black" effect when printed. Our favorite black build is C=75, M=50, Y=50, and K=100. Most Traditional print houses use what they call a cyan kicker in their blacks, which is a black build using 75% cyan and 100% black, but we feel our mega black build is much, well, blacker!
Graphicxtras.com Ships 'Brushes Collection'
Abneil Software Ltd/Graphicxtras.com have just shipped 'Brushes Collection' - 10,000 Royalty Free brushes for use in Photoshop CS 7 6 and Elements.
The brushes are mixed designs and styles such as gel pens, pencils, graphite, gradient brushes, markers, scratchy brushes, style brushes and more. The brushes can be used through Photoshop, creating impressionist effects, distortions, overlays, watermarks, color effects, paint, creating textures for 3D, photographic work, warping, and more.
For more information about the brushes and images and details of the brush contents and use, go to the website.
Google Giving Away Picasa Image Software
Google recently bought the Picasa digital photo company and is giving away the Picasa image management software for free. Picasa lets you auto-transfer photos from your digital camera, organize and find pictures in seconds, edit, print, share photos, create slideshows, and much more. There's a nice Flash Tutorial as well.
CreativeBits Reveals Free Amazing Illustration Tool
The CreativeBits blog by Ivan Raszl is really full of great information and the layout is very nice. Recently they discovered a powerful free application that I think graphic designers will want to have a look at. The following is from their site:
"Expression is an amazing free illustration tool. You can simulate water color, chalk drawings or any other illustration tool realistically in no time. Most importantly all you illustrations will be vector based, which means you freely scale them to any size you want. Also, you can export them from Expression to PS in layers for further manipulation.
"Normally you would need a Passport to download this beauty, but here is a link to download it directly with no questions asked: Expression 57MB."
Visit the CreativeBits blog entry to get the link.
Yahoo Launches Photo Upload For Camera Phones
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Seeking to tap the explosive growth in cell phones with cameras, Yahoo Thursday launched a service that will let users transmit pictures from their camera phones directly to their Yahoo Photos accounts.
The company said Yahoo Mobile Photos Upload will work with any camera phone on the five major U.S. wireless carriers. There is no charge for the service, Yahoo said, and no limit to the number of photos that can be uploaded.
The new upload service follows an application Yahoo already offers for customers of some cell phone carriers that lets users view the pictures in their photo accounts on their phones.
200 Digital Camera and Digital Photography Tips
Computer and technology help website MalekTips today announced it now offers 200 digital photography tips for free viewing. Tips include buying a digital camera, sports photography, travel photography, digital photo manipulation, and more.See Your Sushi & Eat It Too
Berlin - A German firm has begun offering sunglasses and prescription spectacles with detachable frame arms that double as chopsticks or forks.
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Photoshop Tip - Let Photoshop Straighten Your Crooked Scans
That's right - straightening is totally automated in Photoshop CS. In fact, you can simply toss two or three photos on your scanner bed, without taking the time to carefully align them, and scan them all with just one pass of your scanner. Then, open the single scan of the three photos in Photoshop, go under the file menu, under automate and choose crop and straighten photos. Photoshop will then crop, straighten, and even put each photo into its own separate document. Nice.
Martha Stewart Gets Photoshopped
Now that Martha Stewart has been sentenced, this Worth1000.com "Photoshopping" contest - Martha's New Digs - should be even more popular.
Photoshop Tip - How To Unerase
You probably already know that you can use the history brush as an "undo" on a brush, and that by default the history brush paints back to how your image looked when you first opened it. But did you know that the eraser tool has a similar function? That's right; the next time you've got the eraser tool chosen, look up in the options bar and you'll see a checkbox for erase to history. Normally, the eraser tool erases to your background color, but when you turn on this checkbox, it erases back to what the image looked like when you opened it.
AbsolutVision Special Anniversary Deal
To celebrate their first anniversary, AbsolutVision is offering a 40% discount on their annual subscription fee. For just $59 a year (normally $99), you get full access to thousands of high quality royalty free digital images.
Photoshop Tip - Sharpening An Image
When you reduce an image’s size or import it from a digital camera, it usually needs some sharpening the amount depends on the output method for the image. Several books recommend changing the image into Lab mode and only sharpening the Luminosity channel, but here’s an easier way to do the same thing: Choose Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask, apply the settings that you want, then choose Edit>Fade Unsharp Mask, and alter the Blend Mode to Luminosity. As an added benefit, you can also reduce the amount of the sharpening at the same time if you feel that you’ve applied too much.
Photoshop Fling 2 Announced
February 5-12, 2005 - Southeastern Caribbean, Key West, Belize, Guatemala, Cozumel. With Bert Monroy, Deke McClelland, Jack Davis, Russell Preston Brown. First 30 people that register get a free copy of Photoshop CS Upgrade.
Stock Photo Search
Foto Search Stock Photography allows users to search from more than fifty quality stock photo and footage vendors at one site. See our Stock Photos page for more resources.
Nini's World - Photoshop Links
Nice page of links to Photoshop sites, and also links to good photography sites.
The ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator
From the ESA website: For many years astronomical images from the world’s telescopes were reserved for an elite of astronomers and technical people. Now anyone with a desktop computer running Adobe Photoshop software can try their hand at crafting astronomical images as beautiful as those from the Hubble Space Telescope. The ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator works on Windows PCs and Macs (OS X 10.2+) and is optimised for Photoshop CS, but also works in Photoshop 7.0.
Thanks KYW Newsradio
Thanks to Bob Bicknell at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia for recommending us.
Spam Assassin has started a contest to help them develop a new brand identity. You can submit as many entries as you like. Contest ends August 6, 2004.
Michael Moore & Bush Holding Hands On The White House Lawn?
Sometimes it is hard to tell if a photo is real or if it has been Photoshopped, but this one is pretty obvious. Take a look at the front page of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 website to see a shot of Michael Moore and President George Bush walking hand-in-hand across the White House lawn.
By the way, according to Adobe, Trademarks are not verbs. CORRECT: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software. INCORRECT: The image was photoshopped.
But in this case was the original image in fact "enhanced"? Wouldn't that depend who's side you were on? Wouldn't that be a political question? In my defense, although I did use the incorrect "Photoshopped" I made sure to use a capital "P".
Deke McClelland shows how to apply color to scanned line art in Photoshop, and without harming a single stroke in the original drawing.
Photoshop World Orlando Registration Opens
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) on Wednesday announced that registration has opened for its PhotoshopWorld Conference & Expo event, coming to Orlando, Fla. from September 1 - 3, 2004. The event features 60 classroom sessions led by industry experts like Scott Kelby, Terry White, Deke McClelland and many others.
Random Inspiration - Stefan SagmeisterStefan Sagmeister is a very intense and inspiring designer. He once had someone scratch words onto his skin for a poster he was working on. Have a look at the short film about Sagmeister by Hillman Curtis. About halfway through the film he tells a funny story about working on an Adobe Photoshop project.
Why These Terms?
Does anyone know why the Photoshop terms photoshop cs .iso .fr and photoshop cs iso are being searched for? It seems that at least 3,000 people a day are looking for this, according to WordTracker. Strange...
A Collection Of Interesting Sites
Here are some interesting Photoshop sites I've recently discovered:
Worth 1000 is a creative competition and photoshop contest site, with over 2,300 galleries. You can have a real missing time experience getting lost in all of this. For starters, try Martha's New Digs.
Is It Fake Or Foto? has 10 images to look at. Some of them are photographs of real objects or scenes, others are created by computer graphics (CG) artists. Test your ability to tell which among the array of images are real, and which are CG.
The Mirror Project is a growing community of like-minded individuals who have photographed themselves in all manner of reflective surfaces. Mesmerizing.
Photoshop Tech Vault 2.0 has links to various Photoshop and prepress related articles and websites. It is recommended that you explore the other pages at the sites linked - as these links are specific and many of the sites have excellent information on other topics that may be of interest.
PeeledEyePrintbox is a site for photographers and artists to sell fine art prints of their work online in their own gallery without paying any commission. It's also easy to use, so photographers can get up and running quickly with no prior knowledge of web design.
ShutterPoint is a diverse collection of digital Royalty Free images available for sale, provided by photography enthusiasts and professional photographers. Allows photographers to store, share, promote and sell their photos, features a real-time photo rating system and subscription-based storage of digital photographs.
Real overheard dialogue:
Designer #1: "Now that Adobe has made it impossible to counterfeit money, how are we supposed to pay for the upgrades?"
Designer #2: "Yep. I think they may have shot themselves in the foot on that one."
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Did You Know You Could Create An Entire Website In Photoshop?
SiteGrinder Photoshop Plugin - Create Websites Instantly
There often seems to be a strict division of labor within the world of web design and development. Creative professionals tend to stick to the Photoshop domain, while those well-versed in scripting are left to the task of implementing their work. Indeed, the two realms are quite different from each other, to which any of us even vaguely familiar with either can easily attest.
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Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
Transforming Smart Objects In Photoshop CS4
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Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range
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