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Have a wonderful weekend! I'm learning Dreamweaver and this will be my first post not done in GoLive in close to 7 years. Yikes! I miss my old friend, but am getting to like this new one at the same time.
New $20,000 Adobe design challenge
Adobe has teamed up with Cut&Paste for the "See What's Possible" challenge: Compose an engaging 15-second or less animation or motion graphic video of the Photoshop brand logo that illustrates the theme of “See What’s Possible.” The winning work must incorporate and close with the Adobe Photoshop logo and will be used by Adobe as part of an upcoming Photoshop marketing campaign.
The grand prize is $20,000 (USD) and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection (BYO forklift & Brinks truck)."
You've got until the Ides of March (specifically, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on March 15, 2008) to submit your work, and it needs to be created predominantly with Photoshop, Flash, and/or After Effects. Full details are on the site. Rock out!
You Suck at Photoshop #7
"Nicole Richie's head on a corn dog..." Wow, even as just a mental image, that's something I can't easily un-see. Enjoy.
Reader Request: MSNBC Style Effect
In this tutorial I will create an effect like the one in the header of the MSNBC.com website. This effect is a reader’s request tutorial. If you have an effect you want to know how to achieve, just let us know in the comments and we will try to write a tutorial about it.
Create a Constructivist Inspired Poster
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a poster design inspired by an art movement called Russian Constructivism. We will cut up some images and paste them together to create a stylized revolutionary design. We’ll then tie it all together by overlaying some texture to give it a vintage feel.
How to Put Smokin’ Bullet Holes and a Wanted Sign into a Piece of Wood
OK so this tutorial is like three tutorials rolled into one. We’re going to make an awesome wood emboss effect, put bullet holes into the wood and finally smoke ‘em up to a gnarly Wyatt-Earp-just-walked-past look.
SF Maskerade by Ralph Altmann: plugin for Adobe Photoshop
The filter SF Maskerade serves for creating luminance masks, color masks, saturation masks, edge masks and contrast masks. You can also extract channels, select colors very precisely in consideration of saturation and lightness, select only the black, white and gray tones of an image, transform photos into outline drawings, enhance detail contrast and much more. Finally you get the result (optionally inverted or blurred) as gray tone mask or converted into layer's transparency channel.
Fractalius by Redfield Plugins: plugin for Adobe Photoshop
Fractalius plugin creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. You can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches.
Episode 69: Keyboard Crazy
One of the questions I see most often in my inbox is "are there any keyboard shortcuts for adjustment layers?" The short answer to this is no, but in this week's episode of Quicktips, I will show you how you can fix this problem.
Dingbats Roundup: 16 Incredibly Detailed, Useful (and free) Dingbat Fonts
Now, before I start, not everyone is going to think these are all useful, so if you don’t ever use tree silhouettes, fine. But some of us do. Personally, I love dingbats because (most of the time) I convert them to vectors in Illustrator and use them as very large elements in some cases. All you have to do is use the font in Illustrator and then go to Type > Create Outlines, and Bam. You got yourself a vector to work with. Here are some dingbat fonts that I thought you might enjoy.
Mac Users: A Note on Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts
BittBox 22/02/08 2:24 PM BittBox OS X Comments
[OS X 10.5] While having a Volume, Brightness, Pause/Play buttons integrated into my keyboard may be convenient, it really drives me crazy that my function keys don’t, well…function like I want them to in Photoshop. (or illustrator, etc.) I want to show you a way that I managed to get around this while keeping the functionality of the media buttons at the same time.
Creative Suite Video Podcast
Create your own custom label tags in Bridge CS3
In this episode I'll show you how to create custom labels in Bridge CS3 to tag your images and documents in ways that will make more sense to your workflow.
Keeping Lightroom and Adobe Bridge in sync
Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast 21/02/08 12:01 AM Lightroom
In this episode special guest Colin Smith from Photoshopcafe.com shows us how to keep the changes we make in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in sync with Adobe Bridge CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Scanline + screentone patterns - by c130 - Photoshop Pattern (27 in set)
These are good for use in Photoshop 7 and above. All black & white or black & transparent patterns, you can get lots of different effects if you experiment with layer styles or try inverting the colours. To use them, download the file directly into the folder Adobe/Photoshop/Presets/Patterns and restart Photoshop for it to appear in your patterns list – just like installing brushes, but it goes into a different folder. No need to link back or give credit if you use them, but a comment would be appreciated if you like them. ;)
19 high resolution urban/grunge brushes - by compactdewildesign - (19 in set)
the brushes are in high resolution. enjoy, share and please comment.
use, for what ever you like.
Podcast #49 has been posted, with Gregory Heisler
Adobe Evangelist George Jardine has posted Podcast #49, with Gregory Heisler: “‘Maybe you want to do a Brett Weston, and you don’t want anyone to open your files. Maybe you want your files to just die a peaceful death, and you want to pull the plug on them, and send them on to eternity. And what you want are these finished prints; they are the realization of your vision. And everything else was just a way to get there. Like you don’t actually want somebody, in a sense, reprinting from your negatives. You’re done. It’s fine. Even though with photography the temptation is that it’s always an open door, it’s fine to lock the door and throw away the key. That’s OK.’ - Gregory Heisler.
PixelPerfect - Symbols
Bert invites his friend Morty to the show again for more fun with Adobe Illustrator, specifically the world of symbols and how you can work with them in your designs.
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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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Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
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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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