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Photoshop Site GFX Gets A New Home - Trevor Morris Interview
Trevor Morris of GFX fame has launched a new website that will replace his Photoshop news, tutorials and resources site, and so we tracked him down and asked for details. Here's the scoop on his new venture...
Why have you chosen to change sites?
For years now, I've had a <cough> dial-up connection, and part of the package included some Web space. So several years ago, I created the foundation for my (now) old site, GFX (user.fundy.net/morris/). The name was a play on "Graphics by Trevor Morris", but I've never really liked it I just couldn't think of a better name at the time.
GFX started out as a simple resume/portfolio site. Then I gradually started adding Photoshop tutorials, articles and other downloadable goodies, and the site just kept growing from there. I guess it fared well in spite of its organic growth, but I've always longed for the free time to rebuild it to better support what it had become.
Then there's my recently discovered passion for photography... I wasn't too eager to slap yet another side door onto the aging infrastructure, so I became a member of the GFXArtist.com (a great community with lots of very talented and inspiring people) and posted some of my photos there, for comments and constructive feedback.
Anyway, a few months ago, I decided to try my hand at freelancing, which necessitated getting a hi-speed connection; however, since my connection was from another ISP, it meant losing my current Web space. "No big deal," I thought. I'd been meaning to rebuild the site for years anyway, so this was my opportunity to start fresh and get a "real" domain.
I wanted the new site to serve as a portfolio for potential clients, while combining my interest in design and photography, and still allow me to share my knowledge with the Photoshop community (which I really enjoy doing). And thus, Trevor Morris Photographics was born. I chose "photographics" because I thought it summed up nicely what the site was about photography and graphics.
What's the focus of the new site?
As I said earlier, I really have two main focuses for the new site: 1) to serve as a portfolio of my work and experience (primarily graphic design, photography, and scripting) for potential employers; and 2) to share articles, tutorials, scripts, shortcuts, tip and tricks, etc., just like my old site, GFX, always did.
Like so many designers, Photoshop is more than just a tool to me I find it fun and rewarding to use. Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of knowledge about this amazing piece of software some from other users, and some from my own experiences so I guess this is just my way of giving back to the community.
What will happen to old site (and the content)?
Eventually, the old site will go the way of the Dodo bird. As time permits (around freelance work, family, and life in general), I'll port the relevant content, and update it if necessary (as I did with the new Actions article/tutorial).
As I migrate the content, I'll probably start pulling down the old articles and redirecting to the new site. I want to "wean" visitors off the old site, as I'll no longer be maintaining, nor updating it, and within a month or two, I expect to remove it entirely.
So what's next?
Well, in addition to porting content, I also have a lot of accumulated content (tips, tricks, unfinished articles, etc.) that I'd love to have time to finish and post. I'd also like to post some articles about photography, and... too many ideas, not enough hours in a day!
Also, since the site is only a month old, and technically still in "beta", expect many changes, improvements, and new features over the next couple of months. As I'm building the site, I'm keeping a log of things I'd like to do, and some day I'd love to find the time to get it all done.
Thanks Trevor, and good luck with the move!
So travel on over to Trevor's new site and bookmark it. He has a very focused writing style, which I find very effective for learning. And look through his photos. Some are very beautiful (like the bridge that we've posted from his winter collection). Now about that Photoshop Actions tutorial...
Trevor has written an extensive tutorial Using Actions To Automate Tasks In Photoshop. This will get you up and running in no time. Simple, direct instructions walk you through the entire process. From the intro:
- While Adobe Photoshop has a host of automation tools, one of the most versatile and powerful of them is called an action. In fact, some of the other automation commands, such as batches and droplets, derive their functionality from actions.
An action is like a macro or script; however, while scripts have a reputation for being confusing and difficult, actions are very easy to create. If you know how to use Photoshop, you know most of what you need to create your own actions.
For example, let's say that you have 100 digital photos that you'd like to post on the Internet. Normally, you'd have to load each one, scale, color correct, sharpen, and then save them one at a time. Alternatively, you could create an action that does all the "dirty work" for you and best of all, you'll get consistent results in far less time than you could've achieved by doing it manually!
To better understand actions, let's begin with a comprehensive overview of the Actions panel, including the commands available in the Actions panel menu. We'll then use these commands to create a couple of actions of our very own!
Visit Trevor Morris Photographics, there's lots to explore and some great free resources, including the latest CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts ready to download as PDFs. And if you have some karma issues to resolve, consider visiting Tevor's donation page. You can send him a little something though Paypal, or select an item from his Amazon.com Wishlist. We did, and it felt good!
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