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Layer Tennis Match 3 is underway (with commentary by Jason Kottke), found a rare "Blend If" layers tutorial from Richard Lynch, John Nack supplies tantalizing links and news, the Pixel Genius gang is headed to next week’s PhotoPlus Expo, and the crazy mad Doc Brown is back for another lesson with Bert Monroy. Select the straightjacket tool.
Fixes for Photoshop printing due soon
We know that many people have been unhappy with printing from Photoshop CS3 (overwhelmingly on Windows), and we've been working on changes that will make things work better. Unfortunately the process isn't as quick as we'd like, given the sheer number of hardware, printer driver, and operating system combinations. We've made some changes & will be issuing an update to Photoshop CS3, but it's not quite ready to be shared with the world at large.
Create grids easily in Photoshop, Fireworks
Andrew Ingram has stepped up with GridMaker for Photoshop, a script that enables easy creation of a grid comprised of Photoshop guides. He's also created a version for Fireworks using a Flash-based panel.
Keywording improvements in Bridge 2.1
People managing large asset collections--especially photographers with lots of photos--have long requested finer-grained control over the way keywords are applied to & stored within their files. Now a new technote on Adobe.com documents the changes & improvements in Bridge 2.1:
Photoshop's Blend If: An Overview
Adapted from The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book By Richard Lynch
Blend If is very much an overlooked and even mysterious feature to almost any Photoshop user. If you ever tried looking this feature up in manuals and books, you may not have been able to find it. In fact even searching Photoshop Help will not yield a title with Blend If in it (though the feature is referenced by function in ‘Specify a blending mode for a layer or group’ and ‘Specify a tonal range for blending layers‘). While the tool may not be a very popular target for tutorials and documentation, it is an enormously powerful tool that has been part of layers since the very beginning.
PixelGenius at PhotoPlus Expo
PixelGenius members will be at next week’s PhotoPlus Expo, check out what’s happening and what we’ll be doing. We all get in early because we’ll be having a PixelGenius meeting (it’s always tough to figure out how to hook up with Martin over in Londonalthough Seth was over there this week for a visit and workshop). Starting on Thursday, October 18th, we’ll be invading the expo and talking up a storm.
Using Gradients to Make Light and Shadow - and a Coffee Cup
In this tutorial we’re going to use some simple circles and gradients to make a cup of coffee viewed from above. The end result isn’t that useful, but the process is interesting nonetheless.
Elements of Great Web Design: The Polish
When I put together designs I usually do so in two phases - Layout and Polish. During the layout phase I place the main objects on the page usually finishing with something that looks relatively complete. In the second stage - the Polish - I go over the design and adjust colours, type treatments, shadows, layers, and generally clean it all up. In this first of a series of tutorials on web design, we’ll be looking at the Polish.
Making a Photoshop Shield
In this tutorial we’re going to use the path tools in Photoshop to draw a shield like shape then using some gradients we’re going to give it a metallic edge and shiny centre. I actually made this tutorial when making the default icons for some posts here on PSDtuts, so if you go to the main listing on the site you’ll see them in action.
Week Three Match Preview - Making Nice
Are you feeling the love today? I am. And so too are our two competitors. Steven Harrington and Chuck Anderson both self-identify as artists & designers and share one other trait relevent to our business here today: they love to collaborate.
Great Flickr add-ons - Cool tools for fans of the popular photo-sharing site
If you think you’ve seen all Flickr can do, you may be in for a surprise. An abundance of Flickr add-ons and related Web sites make the photo-sharing experience faster, nimbler, and more fun. With these add-ons you can do things like e-mail photos to your account or edit photos online or even create a comic strip...
Super Photoshop Secrets - None of them are in the CS3 Program You Thought You Bought
Once upon a time okay, last year Adobe Bridge was just a glorified file browser and Camera Raw a neat alternative to the RAW processing software that came with your camera. But if you have Photoshop CS3 and you don’t delve into these programs’ newly added and extremely useful features, you’re wasting your top-dollar investment. Here are five of Debbie Grossman’s (Pop Photo) favorites, some so good that you may not even need to open Photoshop.
Video Photoshop How-To: Automatically Blend Multiple Layers
It’s long been possible to blend images using Photoshop’s layers with masks, but it hasn’t been easy. Now the new Auto-Blend feature takes away the endless tweaking to give you results in a second.
'If you could design anything to improve the way we live what would it be?
Our world is in a state of constant flux. Whether it's transformations in climate, technology or attitudes our lives are transforming more rapidly than ever before. In response to this, 12 top flight illustrators and designers have been asked to take a step back from their hectic day to day lives to consider their situation and how it could be improved.
PixelPerfect with Bert Monroy
Doc Brown is back for another lesson. This time, he shows us how to destroy text, the pirate way.
Photoshop 101: Lightning Fast Layer Groups
The day I discovered this little time saver, I rolled my eyes in shame thinking about how much of my life I’d wasted doing it the hard way. I want to share a neat little Photoshop productivity tip for faster folder creation in the Layers palette. The method varies between versions (because of shift select functionality added recently to the Adobe Suite) but I’ll show you how to do it in CS3 and CS1. I don’t have a copy of CS2, so hopefully the (you) readers can help us with that in the comments.
Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast
Go on the Liquify diet in Photoshop CS3
It's time to go on a virtual diet in Photoshop. Actually we're going to use the Liquify filter to take about 10 pounds off this guy. You'll learn a couple of tips as well to keep it from looking fake.
Batch rename your files using Adobe Bridge CS3
In this episode we'll take a look at how to use Bridge to rename dozens, hundreds or thousands of files in an instant. So if you're tired of seeing your images with the generic names given them by the camera, then you'll definitely want to check out this episode.
Tank Pattern Grunge Brushes (38 in set)
Tank Pattern Grunge Brushes for Photoshop 7.0! As you already saw, this is a brush of a tankwheel pattern with a grunge touch.
Grunge Lines Brushes Part.3 (35 in set)
Grunge Lines Brushes Part.3 Slanting for Photoshop 7.0.
Dot Round Brush Shape (5 in set)
A set of round brushes.
Episode 59: Suite Integration
One of the great things about Adobe applications are there ability to seamlessly integrate with one another. This makes work both easy and fun! In this week's episode of Quicktips we take a look at how you can build a customized contact sheet using Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and InDesign! If you're a photographer this is sure to become an essential technique for you to employ when delivering proofs to clients or sending them a PDF copy via email.
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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.
Essentially, Photoshop is a no-holds-barred design studio, offering the artist a seemingly endless array of creative options. On the other hand, HTML, CSS, Java and the like follow strict rules of engagement, requiring the developer to take any number of esoteric concerns into consideration in order to ensure that designs are properly displayed on the web.
Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
SiteGrinder seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, SiteGrinder turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, SiteGrinder is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download.
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Read 2 free sample chapters:
Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
Transforming Smart Objects In Photoshop CS4
Find more Photoshop CS4 tutorials on our Photoshop CS4 Tutorials Page.
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Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range
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