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Lightroom Podcast #46: Catherine Hall
"So much of it is having faith in your work and your vision," says photographer Catherine Hall. "If you believe in yourself, and you believe in what you’re doing, and you illustrate your vision, then the money will come, and everything will fall into place."
Printing tips for Photoshop, Lightroom
Adobe's famous Russell Brown has created three new video tutorials meant to help get the best results when printing from Photoshop CS3 (with the 10.0.1 update) to various popular printers:
Printing to the Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Printing to the HP Photosmart Pro 9180
Printing to the Canon Pro9500
LL Cool P: Ladies Love Cool P'shop
There's an interesting article on TechCrunch, saying that according to software usage tracking company Wakoopa, "women spend about twice the time in Photoshop than men."
How To Create That Last Minute Holiday e-Card in Photoshop
Christmas is just a few days away, so here is a tutorial showing how to create a Christmas design using Photoshop.
Creative Suite Video Podcast
Open JPEGs in Camera RAW using Photoshop CS3
In this episode we learn how to open JPEGs/TIFFs in Adobe Camera RAW from Photoshop CS3. Editing with Camera RAW is very easy. Now you'll be able to do so even if your digital camera doesn't shoot in RAW.
Using Export Presets in Photoshop Lightroom 1.3.1
In this episode we'll see how to take advantage of the newly redesigned Lightroom Export features. We'll see how to create our own presets so that we can export our images in various formats for various needs.
Starfish, Shells by Artographica.com
Starfish and shell brushes.
More Cloud Brushes by Literary Spring
These are cloud brushes from pictures I took. They vary in size, but are all at least 800px wide.
Flowersn'swirls by stilok
Some flowers, a leaf, swirls and a couple of flowergarlands. I hope you’ll enjoy them. My brushes are free for non-commercial designs. If you want to use them in any commercial work please contact me first.
Sigg Design Contest
SIGG is looking to create a line of bottles inspired by and representative of the United States. Contestants are encouraged to work creatively, to show the U.S. as they see it and experience it. SIGG is looking for unique, out-of-the-box designs that go beyond stars and stripes. The top 10 designs will be sent on to Switzerland and 6 top designs will be chosen for the new collection.
How To Create An Old-World Map In Photoshop
Ever wondered how it feels like to be a cartographer? Wonder no more! With this tutorial you’ll be able to make a new, unique, customizable, maps quickly. Starting from scratch to an old looking map fit for a treasure hunter! Now lets begin. Arghhhh!
Episode 60: Retouching in Raw
After a long absence Photoshop Quicktips is on the air once again and this week we take a look at a very cool feature of Adobe's Camera Raw. In this episode we learn how to use the new retouch tool in ACR and how it can help fix problem areas in our images quickly, efficiently, and most important non-destructively.
Janita's Christmas Specials
Janita's Yearly Xmas Brush Giveaway
There are daily surprises, free brushsets and textures, even special cookiecards and other rare items can be picked. This year the brushy christmas calendar has 25 little "türchen" (the german word for little doors or advent calendar windows!) and each of these türchen will be open for 24 hours until the next one does. Today it´s a charity türchen that has a cookiecard inside about $1.00 to pick a free brushset at seishido when making a purchase about atleast $2.00. Then the cookiecard dollar will be donated and I will attach one dollar myself. With every order that redeems this charity code - hopefully this way we can send a little something to "four paws" like we do every year so they can use the donated money to help animals and pets in danger. Oh and the 25th türchen will not open on december 25th. it´s a great surprise and there will be something totally unexpectd behind - I won´t tell more ^___^...
Converting Color to Black & White in Photoshop
(Adapted from Adobe Photoshop CS3: Up to Speed by Ben Willmore)
In previous versions of Photoshop, the most common method for converting a color image to black & white was to use the Channel Mixer. It was a clunky, counter-intuitive process that forced you to think like Photoshop instead of allowing your brain and eyes to naturally digest what was being done to your image. The new Black & White converter is a truly wonderful tool that makes the conversion process much more intuitive and user friendly. Because it’s so easy to use, it’s got an instant gratification aspect to it that makes it especially fun to play with.
HyperTyle Photoshop Texture Plugin Updated
HyperTyle, for Windows Photoshop and compatible applications, is used for generating surface, paint, erosion, transparency, edge, frame, shadow and similar effects, based on the use of seamless textures. In addition, zoom, rotation, metal, chrome, pop-art, warp, mirror, blur, noise, blending and other secondary effects can be simultaneously applied to the seamless texture being used for the main effect, with the result that up to 20 different effects can be applied at the same time without leaving the plugin dialog.
New Photoshop Book
The Creative Digital Darkroom
This book takes photographers beyond the quick tips and gimmicky effects of many digital photography books. Author Katrin Eismann an internationally acclaimed artist, bestselling author, and gifted educator offers high-profile work, including her own, as examples for teaching photographers how to use the digital medium to create, edit, and output images that reflect their true vision. Co-authored by photographer and teacher Sean Duggan, this is not a Photoshop book per se, but it does focus on the photographic aspects of Photoshop, something other books claim to do but rarely have the discipline to accomplish.
Free High Res Grungy Paper Textures
After my first texture release, some of you mentioned you might find some ‘paper’ textures useful, so I guess you could say that this is a requested freebie. Not much else to say other than keep the requests coming. Download the High Res images from Flickr by clicking on the pics. The full size images are 2005 X 3000 px :)
Auto FX Plugins Special
Auto FX is pleased to announce a 30% off promotion for all customers
This offer is available from now until December 31, 2007. This discount applies to all single products, training videos and even bundle deals. As you know, we only present a discount offer once a year, so this is your chance to save. Simply enter in Coupon Code 55525 during check-out and the 30% discount will be applied.
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Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium software gives you fresh new creative tools, along with the ability to deliver ideas faster in print and create interactive content without writing code. Plus Design Premium integrates with Adobe CS Live online services to maximize your design time by streamlining critical nondesign tasks.
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Photoshop CS5 Tutorials & CS5 Resources
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Color Efex Pro
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Nik Software Color Efex Pro filters are the leading photographic filters for digital photography. The award-winning Color Efex Pro filters are widely used by many of today's professional photographers around the world to save time and get professional level results. Whether you choose the Complete Edition, Select Edition, or Standard Edition, you’ll get traditional and stylizing filters that offer virtually endless possibilities to enhance and transform images quickly and easily.
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The most powerful tool to selectively control color and light in photographic images without the need for complicated selections or layer masks.
Two of the most important factors in creating great photography are color and light. Mastering the art of selectively correcting or enhancing each of these is now possible for every photographer without the need for complicated masks or selections, or expert-level knowledge of Photoshop. Integrating award-winning U Point technology, Viveza is the most powerful and precise tool available to control light and color in photographic images.
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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.
Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - By Mark Galer And Philip Andrews
Brimming with beautiful pictures, Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS4. If you are an aspiring professional or a student learning photography, digital imaging, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve. A DVD is included free.
The Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects - all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.
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.
Read 2 free sample chapters from the Adobe Photoshop CS3 version:
Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range
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