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The Photoshop Blog offers the latest Photoshop news and software updates, Photoshop tips and tutorials, and random thoughts from graphic artist and Photoshop expert Jennifer Apple.
MAY 26 2005
• Warning: Disturbing Images Ahead
Whenever I end up on a website that has images that might give me nightmares, I put up my psychic shields, look through the pages quickly, and leave. But even after taking such precautions, sometimes a few days later the images will come back to haunt me. That's what happened after I visited HumanDescent.com.
The site is a gallery of images of morphed animals and humans that have been created in Photoshop by the owner, Martin. Many of Martin's images are grotesque, but others are strangely beautiful, like images of hybrid bird/dogs that are sprinkled throughout the gallery pages.
As part of a self-administered exorcism, I contacted Martin and asked him a few questions:
Jennifer: Can you tell us a little about the site?
Martin: The website has been around since about the middle of 2003.
Initially it was started up by creating low res images on www.b3ta.com (a forum which has a large number of members who "shop" images - look for the early gallery pages).
Then I went on to create HumanDescent.com and Tattyworld.net. Originally there were a few hundred hits a day - but now we are getting 15,000 to 20,000 hits a week. Lots of people are sending me lots of pet photos!
Jennifer: How long does it take you to produce one of your creations?
Martin: It can take as little as 15 to 20 minutes or up to one hour.
Jennifer: Have you ever had nightmares about some of your bizarre creatures?
Martin: Not as yet - but there's always the chance they'll catch up with me!
Jennifer: It says on your site everything was made using Photoshop 7. Is this still true?
Martin: Everything on HumanDescent.com is made with Photoshop. The only additional tools I use are one or two filters for tonal/contrast improvement, or soft blur, etc.
Jennifer: Do you have a special unique Photoshop tip or technique you can share with us?
Martin: Learn the healing brush. This is a fantastic and under-utilized tool. You can do wonders with it ;)
Jennifer: What would you pick as your all-time favorite images?
Martin: Hmm... difficult... Here's one... (the horse/gorilla posted above).
• Adobe Photoshop: Recent Support Documents
The Adobe Support Knowledgebase has a new document, "Memory allocation and usage (Photoshop CS2)" available online. The document describes how Adobe Photoshop CS2 uses RAM and scratch disk space, and covers the following:
- How Photoshop allocates RAM
- New capabilities with 64-bit processors
- Virtual memory and the Photoshop scratch disk
- Determining how much scratch disk you need
- Out of memory errors
- Maximum file, hard disk, and scratch disk size
- Adjusted Refresh plug-in
- Bigger Tiles plug-in
Read Memory allocation and usage (Photoshop CS2).
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