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Halloween is soon soon soon so here we go with some nice frightening music (100 songs!) via CreativeTechs, plus some great Halloween wallpapers from Smashing Magazine. Look below for lots more Photoshop goodies as well. See ya at the monster mash!
Apple Leopard text effects
One thing I’m impressed with about Apple’s new system GUI in Leopard is the “inset effect” on the text in combination with the new window chrome. Several people asked me about my opinion on Leopards GUI and I thought I combine this with another question I received on how to create this “inset effect” on text. So I’ve decided to investigate this subtle effect further via Photoshop layer effects as well as Illustrator’s effects.
A Quick Trip from Lightroom to Photoshop
James Duncan Davidson writes, “As the photographer for O’Reilly conferences the last three years, I’ve had lots of opportunities to make photographs of Tim O’Reilly. Most of these photographs are standard stage fare with front lighting and general stage props. They get the job done, to be sure, but I’ve been trying different things over time to make a more unique shot. At the Web 2.0 Summit last week, almost everything lined up just right and I had the opportunity to make a photograph of Tim that I really like.”
Nick Casey’s X-Ray Photography
Nick Casey has created a series of x-ray images that are not only technically excellent but he has also created a striking portfolio. So, check out the work of this imaginative European and see if you don’t agree that he’s creating something that Madame Currie would be proud of.
A Slew of Macro Tutorials
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about macro photography take a look at this rather extensive list of articles. You’ll come up to speed very quickly learning tricks that are commonly used by photographers.
Five Fantastic Flickr Photographers
As I’ve recently become more active with Flickr, I’ve encountered some amazing photographers. I realize that I’ve only seen a glimpse of the artists out there, and I’m truly excited to continue exploring this community. Out of my 100+ contacts (which isn’t many at all), I find myself being drawn to the works of a select few. Here are five photographers who absolutely amaze me.
Classic Halloween Vinyl Records on MP3s
We always try to dig up something fun for our annual Halloween issue. This year's find is my favorite yet. It will be a hard one to top! Jason at the Scar Stuff blog has tracked down and recorded MP3s from almost 100 old spooky, corny and kitschy vinyl records from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. If you are the right age, you might remember a few of these classics from your own childhood LP collections. The entire MP3 collection is available for free just in time for Halloween. Download your favorites to your iPod, or burn CD's right from your computer.
SlideShowPro coming to Lightroom
The SlideShowPro plugin fits right into Lightroom’s “Web module” workspace, which is where you can export/upload HTML/Flash photo galleries using your Lightroom content. You simply decide what size you want your slideshow to be, how you want it to be styled, and Lightroom publishes all the XML data, HTML, and imagery for you. It all works beautifully, and will (hopefully) be of interest to new customers (especially those without Flash or web development experience) as well as existing users of the Flash component.
Photoshop Fundamentals: Use Brush Strokes for a Hand-drawn Effect
Draw upon Photoshop to give your photos that illustrated look and achieve dramatic results using Photoshop's own filters and brushes. For the hand-drawn effect shown here, pick a color to use for each section of the photo. For our mysterious male, we chose a brown to add drama. Stipple the color to give the photo texture and a wet look. We kept to a two-color palette for the photo of the man, but of course you can select more color.
Halloween Round-Up: Wallpapers And Tutorials
Since you probably want to set a perfect mood for your coming Halloween party, you might want to set up the party on your weblog as well. So if you are planning on some little redesign you might need some Halloween icons. Besides, what is the Halloween without a scary Halloween wallpaper on your desktop or some fancy decoration for your laptop? To help you to set the scary mood we’ve decided to present some of the most beautiful wallpapers, icons, Halloween art works, modding methods, costumes, recipes and tutorials for your party.
Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop
In this tutorial we are going to design up a simple business card in Photoshop and get it ready for print with crop marks and bleed. Normally you’d do some of this with a tool like InDesign but it is in fact possible to get by with just our trusty old Photoshop.
Over at our sister site FreelanceSwitch, there is a competition to make business cards using vectors from a special Arsenal sample pack. So if you’d like to Win $370 worth of vector gear, head over and put in your entry! I actually had to make an example card for the write up, and while making it, decided to write a tutorial for what I was doing (which is what you are about to read )
Applying a Realistic Tattoo
In this tutorial I will be demonstrating an advanced technique to achieve a realistic tattoo. We will be using masks, adjustment layers, displacement maps and several brushing skills will be applied. So the first thing I did was that I went looking for a good stock image. I wanted a face with a lot of detail such as facial hair, expression and most importantly; pores! I tend to get my stock images from www.sxc.hu . Next thing we need is a tattoo design. You can create your own but I am not only poor, I am lazy as well. Head over to gomedia.us and get your hands on their Vector Sample Pack (from the Freebie Section).
Schematics by Dex Multimedia
Photoshop Brush (21 in set). These brushes are a collection of schematics of random electronics but mostly of robotic controllers. Some wire-frame diagrams and schematic text.
PixelPerfect with Bert Monroy
Bert answers some viewer mail requesting a way to make a double helix or twisted wire. Using illustrator and the powerful pattern brush, he takes us through the steps from a wavy line to a realistic wire effect.
Illustrator Brush-Making Tip: Colorization Method
Making a custom brush in Illustrator can be easy and frustrating at the same time. No matter which type of brush you create, one of the most important settings to pay attention to is the ‘colorization method.’ If you don’t change the colorization method from the default setting, you won’t be able to customize the colors of your (custom) brush strokes later. Here’s what you need to do...
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