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Photoshop + Lightroom = Killer B&W
One of my favorite things about working on the Photoshop team is that we get to build a product people actually want to use when they leave work. That means that lots of the engineers, QE folks, marketroids, and others are avid photographers, and the halls of the floor are lined with their work.
Recently, every time I've walked by the office of Kelly Castro from the Lightroom team, I've noticed really striking black & white portraits on his monitors. Knowing that my friend & fellow Photoshop PM Bryan O'Neil Hughes had recently co-authored a great book covering B&W in Photoshop and Lightroom, I suggested he touch base with Kelly to learn more about the way he combines the two products. Here's his report...
"Am I Hot Or Not" for Websites
CommandShift3 (heh, great little Mac-nerd name) describes itself as "like Hot or Not. Except, instead of clicking on hot babes, you click on hot websites." In other words, screenshots of two sites are presented for your review, and you click the one whose design you prefer. It's fun to think about why certain sites are more appealing than others, and I've found myself clicking through to explore more than a few of the contestants. Note the leaderboard that shows particularly strong sites from the week, month, and all time.
Adobe kuler RIA adds new capabilities
A new version of kuler, Adobe's popular rich Internet application for color exploration and sharing, has just launched. New features:
- Use color extraction to quickly and automatically generate a color theme from any uploaded photo or other image. Explore different moods, such as bright or muted, to see different colors, or drag the markers to select colors. [Hit "Create" over in the left-hand navigation, then select "From an Image" at upper-left.]
- Endless favorites: Now save as many themes as you like, and browse them in your Mykuler area
- Browse by Random (randomly selected) themes, in addition to Highest Rated, Newest, and Most Popular
NoPattern “Jumper” Effect
One of the coolest digital artists around is Chuck Anderson, a.k.a. NoPattern. After seeing a recent PSDTUTS reader request, I decided to show you how to create a light effect similar to NoPattern’s Jumper Poster. At the end I’ll show you how a technique like this can be used in a variety of different ways to make stunning images...
Illustrate a Traffic Cone Icon in Photoshop
Previously I showed you how to illustrate a construction helmet icon, today we’ll be drawing a traffic cone, another handy icon for ‘under construction’ elements. Our cone icon is inspired by one I saw on the VLC Player site recently.
Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph
In this tutorial I will show you how to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. It’s very easy and fast! From flat photo to uniquely lighted style.
Inspiration: Assemblage, Montage, and Collage
We’ve assembled some resources together that will encourage you to combine and unify elements. Review traditional concepts, look at current work, and get inspired by digital masters. Learn powerful collage techniques and how to apply them in your designs. Jump into the mix!
Camouflage by VanDerLee: plugin for Adobe Photoshop
The freeware Camouflage plug-in is a tool for generating all kinds of camouflage textures ranging from authentic WW2 army camouflage to animal camouflage patterns. All textures generated are fully configurable to up to 8 layers of color and things such as scale and falloff. The generated textures ate automatically scaled to the image size are seamless so they can be used for any (real-time) 3D work or web backgrounds. A large set of presets is also supplied and you can save your own configurations for later use.
NightVision by VanDerLee: plugin for Adobe Photoshop
NightVision is a plug-in for PhotoShop compatible plug-in hosts. It will work with applications such as Adobe PhotoShop, JASC Paint Shop Pro, Corel PhotoPaint, ULead PhotoImpact? and MicroGrafx Picture Publisher? amongst others, check the generic Adrenaline compatibility page for a full list of tested and supported graphics applications.
JPGTV by JpgTV: plugin for Apple iTunes
Music Image Show: JPGTV can together with iTunes deliver a multimedia experience. Setup a playlist in iTunes and let JPGTV automatically search and display images of the artist in fullscreen. If the songs in iTunes have tempo (Beat Per Minutes /BMP) information, JPGTV will display images in beat sync with the music.
Photoshop an Ice Cream Bar, a Tablet for Travelling
This week, Bert shows off his new Wacom Cintiq tablet and learn how to create a photo realistic ice cream bar.
Photoshop Fundamentals: Using the Color Halftone Filter
This effect features one of Photoshop’s Pixelate filters—Color Halftone. The Pixelate filters clearly define a selection by grouping or clumping pixels of similar color values in cells. The Color Halftone filter simulates the effect of using an enlarged halftone screen on each channel of the image. It surrounds the image with technodots. You’ll also use two other filters to create our 'halo' effect—a Blur filter and a Distort filter. The Gaussian Blur filter adds low-frequency detail and produces a hazy look. The Twirl filter rotates a selection more sharply in the center than at the edges.
Pro Sharpening in Photoshop CS3 using Smart Filters
In Photoshop CS3 you have the ability to use Smart Filters. Your layer turns into a Smart Object first and then when you apply filters to it you can modify them over and over, because they are non-destructive.
Tags Brushes 5 by Krakograff - Photoshop Brush (10 in set)
There is 10 high resolution tags brushes for Photoshop CS and higher. Graffiti made by Krakograff.
Post Card Series - Part II - by Dubtastic - Photoshop Brush (20 in set)
Part 2 of the Post Card brush series. These were made from scanning in post cards from my grandfather's collection. Many of the dates are in the 1910-or-so range. There are 20 brushes in all, most of which are 2500px. There are brushes of the stamps & postmarks, which are not quite 2500px, but as large as I could make them without losing any quality. Feel free to use these in any type of project, personal or commercial. No permission is needed from me prior to using them. Do not alter and redistribute.
Halftone Brush - by faeth-design - Photoshop Brush (7 in set)
Need a brush for halftones here you go.
Astral Flora - by luciferous-glow - Photoshop Brush (8 in set)
Brushes made in Photoshop 7.0 – but may work in lesser/higher versions as well. Pack Contains: 8 brushes; including: 2 different sized leaves, 1 astral rose, 1 astral flowerbud, 1 astral butterfly, an assortment of whispy, starspangled curves.
Room122 Grinder Sparks - by Room122 - Photoshop Brush (8 in set)
Sometimes inspiration for Photoshop brushes come completely out of the blue. Mix a weekend of welding and grinding on a metal project in the garage, with a little creative photography, and you get one set of 8 high resolution Photoshop brushes to add to your collection. This set is taken from photos of sparks being thrown from a hand grinder.
Hire your own paparazzo
MethodIzaz is a unique photography experience. Subjects are unaware of the exact moment they will be photographed and of the photographer's identity. Instead, the subject is photographed completely naturally, living life as normal.
MethodIzaz will provide you with a portfolio of pictures representing the fleeting moments of an authentic lifestyle. The photographs will allow you to remember these moments later in life. They will also give you a new perspective on the everyday, letting you see yourself and your surroundings through the eyes of an artist.
Using information provided earlier about their weekly routine, the photographer will arrive on the scene, and unseen, take shots of the subject. The subject will be photographed walking through the streets, going about their daily business. Without posing and artifice, the camera captures only the natural beauty of the person.
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software helps you create the ultimate images for print, the web, and video. Enjoy all the state-of-the-art editing, compositing, and painting capabilities in industry-standard Photoshop CS5, and experience fast performance thanks to cross-platform 64-bit support. Also create 3D extrusions for logos, artwork, and motion graphics; edit 3D objects with advanced tools; and create and enhance motion-based content. Learn more about Photoshop CS5 Extended.
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Photoshop CS5 Tutorials & CS5 Resources
See our Photoshop CS5 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS5 Tutorials, and the Free Photoshop CS5 Trial Download. See our Photoshop CS4 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS4 Tutorials.
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Color Efex Pro
52 photographic filters with over 250 effects for professional quality images. Completely Original. Completely Indispensable.
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.
Patented U Point technology provides the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks, layers or selections. Control color, light and tonality in your images and create unique enhancements with professional results. With 52 filters and over 250 effects found in Color Efex Pro, you can perform high quality retouching, color correction, and endless creative enhancements to your photographs. Download a free Trial version.
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.
U Point powered Color Control Points, placed directly on colors or objects in an image (such as sky, skin, grass, etc.), reveal easy-to-use controls that photographers can use to quickly adjust brightness, contrast or color in a fraction of the time needed by other tools. With Viveza you’ll spend more time shooting photographs and save hours of image editing. Download a free Trial version.
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Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software is the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your photographs. For the first time, all the advanced power and control required for professional results have been brought together in one convenient tool.
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Deliver stunning and dynamic images with this uniquely powerful plug-in that features HDR-like abilities and enhances exposure, color and detail.
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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.
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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.
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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