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TUESDAY - OCTOBER 31 2006
Look To The East For Inspiration - Where Competition Breeds Creativity
Have a look through this great PingMag article about the different ways that creative marketers are getting attention in the Tokyo train system -- the busiest in the world -- by adding a little fun to the ride: tunnel movies, decorated handrails and entire trains that co-ordinate better than your living room.
The global economy may have its problems, but as far as I’m concerned the Ikea train is not one of them. Tell me you wouldn’t want to ride to work in a car designed with pseudo Marimekko on the walls. Beautiful.
Here's the intro to Top 10 ad-tricks in Tokyo’s train stations:
- Not every day, but every once in a while, I find myself in the train on my way to work starring at a boring poster and asking myself how many people possibly already starred at that same poster the same day. Everyone heard about over-packed trains in Tokyo, but with train stations such as Shinjuku being the spot on the planet with the largest number of people per day actually rushing through, Tokyo’s train stations are a true mecca for advertisement.
Being stuck in a train for hours, what else can you do except notice that ad in front of you? You can enjoy the better ones! And that is exactly what we did!
Read Top 10 ad-tricks in Tokyo’s train stations.
Using Photoshop Lightroom, Part 2 - By Ben Long
The editing and developing tools in Lightroom beta 4 share some similarities with Photoshop and Camera Raw, but there are significant differences. Here's how to get the most out of the new tools. From the intro of Using Photoshop Lightroom, Part 2:
- In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom beta 4 from the point of view of a Photoshop user. Lightroom's approach to photography workflow is different from Photoshop's and its companion file browser, Adobe Bridge. As you saw in part 1, Lightroom lets you store images in a library that's fully searchable and sortable. This makes it easy to sort through your images at the end of a shoot and find the selects that you want to edit and pass through to the rest of your workflow.
Searching, sorting, and selecting is only part of your post-production process, of course. If you're a Photoshop user, you're probably loathe to give up its vast array of image editing and correction tools. But Lightroom has image-editing tools of its own, and depending on the types of edits you typically make, Lightroom's tools may be all you need.
Before you start editing in Lightroom, it's helpful to understand the types of edits you can't make with the program. It doesn't provide selection or masking tools, so you can't make isolated, localized edits. It also doesn't include painting and brush-based tools, so you can't perform the types of retouchings you can execute with Photoshop's brushes, Dodge and Burn, or Rubber Stamp tools. Lightroom doesn't allow for any type of compositing operations, so if you're used to creating effects using stacked layers and blending modes, you'll need to stick with Photoshop. Furthermore, you can't use Photoshop filters in Lightroom.
Lightroom's purpose is to give you speedy, flexible tools that make it possible to perform the global edits most images need. For more refined edits, you can easily pass your images to Photoshop.
Read tips and strategies for Photoshop Lightroom part 2 by Ben Long.
Read tips and strategies for Photoshop Lightroom part 1 by Ben Long.
MONDAY - OCTOBER 30 2006
From Adobe Design Center
Learning Curves in Photoshop CS2
There are many ways of adjusting images in Photoshop CS2 Levels, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Color Balance. The most powerful of the lot is Curves, which allows you to make both fine and sweeping alterations in a single dialog. In this tutorial, we’ll examine the curves dialog box in Photoshop CS2.
From Photoshop TV
Photoshop TV Episode 52 (October 23, 2006)
Matt shows you how to turn a photograph into a sketch using an awesome technique from Justin Seeley. Corey Barker has a tutorial on creating a funky background using the Fibers filter, warp and elements from other images. Dave Cross answers your burning questions on Displacement Maps with a tutorial on creating your own maps to manipulate images.
From PixelPerfect With Bert Monroy
Episode 4 - Type Treatments
There's more to type than just the font. Bert applies a little fluffy, pillowy, and bubbly treatment. What's that mean? Watch the show and find out.
Free Photoshop Action: Rainy Day
The RAINY DAY is a set of Photoshop CS & CS2 actions that will make your images look as if they are seen through the window while it rains. It’s not often that I come across a pre-built action that I find very useful for everyday work, but this particular action is quite nice and I found it to work quite well on both low resolution and high resolution files.
From Photoshop QuickTips
Episode 15 - Gallery Prints
Have you ever had a photo that wasn't good enough to go in your portfolio, yet not good enough to throw away? This week I take you through a few steps that will help you turn those ordinary photos into an extraordinary and dramatic work of art.
From Layers Magazine
Create your own e-card announcement using images from your camera and Flash. All you need is a photograph, Flash, and a little imagination.
From Photoshop Killer Tips
Vanishing Point for Retouching
Find out an easier way to clone in Photoshop.
Quick Find in Bridge
Use this trick to quickly find folders and files in Bridge.
Changing Opacity While Transforming
Use this trick in CS2 to change opacity of the object you’re transforming.
Fix Underexposed And Overexposed Pictures With AKVIS Enhancer
AKVIS has announced the release of AKVIS Enhancer plug-in v.5.0 for Windows and Macintosh. This version introduces the long-awaited batch mode that allows you to improve a series of pictures in a row, and the installation procedure for Macs has been simplified.
AKVIS Enhancer is an image enhancement plugin for revealing details in a picture. Enhancer's main strength is in detecting details from underexposed, overexposed and mid-tone areas of photos, making this plugin very useful in cases when a photo lacks detail.
Examples for using Enhancer include when a picture's foreground is hardly discernible because the background was overexposed, or when a photo lacks dramatic effect due to vagueness of the scene.
If you try to reveal details in highlighted or overshadowed areas using exposure correction (let's say by using Levels) you run the risk of spoiling the parts of the image that you want to leave unchanged. The idea behind Enhancer is to eliminate this potential problem.
The plugin intensifies the difference between adjacent pixels that have different color gradations and it treats each part of a photo individually. Where other similar programs achieve acceptable results by manipulating two to four shots of the same scene, AKVIS Enhancer applies advanced algorithms to a single shot for a spectacular outcome.
Most images can be improved by simply running the default settings. For further adjustment you have four parameters at your disposal: Details in Shadows, Details in Highlights, Level of Detail and Lightness. This new version also introduces a batch mode that allows you to improve a series of photos automatically.
In addition to its appeal to the amateur photographer and home user, AKVIS Enhancer is a highly useful tool in the production of technical and industrial photographs, or for revealing subtle details within medical imaging and forensic photos. Demonstrations of AKVIS Enhancer's features are available at the AKVIS website.
AKVIS Enhancer plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and Ulead PhotoImpact. AKVIS Enhancer runs on Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/NT and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.3, PowerPC G3 and above.
AKVIS Enhancer sells for $69 USD and is downloadable from www.akvis.com. It also comes bundled with AKVIS Noise Buster (noise reduction software) for $83 USD. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch) for USD $280 USD, a savings of $212 over purchasing each separately.
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 27 2006
Justin Seeley Has Some Photoshop Quicktips To Share
Photoshop Quicktips is a new video podcast hosted by Photoshop Expert Justin Seeley that is aimed at both amateurs and creative professionals alike. Each week Justin guides you step-by-step through a new Photoshop video tutorial.
On the Photoshop Quicktips website you can download all of the past episodes and pretty soon, Justin promises, you'll be able to purchase instructional DVDs. Until then you have 14 episodes to keep you busy. Here are a few titles I've picked out from the list:
Episode 9 - Extract Hair From a Multi-color Background
This tutorial comes straight off the request lines. In this episode I show you how to extract hair from a multi-color background, and how to have a little fun with it once you've done so.
Episode 14 - Better Sharpening with LAB
Tired of all those color halos you get when sharpening your images? In this episode I take you through how to eliminate this issue and better sharpen your images using the LAB color mode. There are countless methods of sharpening an image but I think you will find the LAB technique to be one of the easiest, and I promise you'll love the end result.
Episode 5 - Turn Your Photographs Into a Sketch
This remastered episode features the most popular tutorial ever on Photoshop Quicktips, on how to turn your photographs into a sketch. This tutorial was featured at Photoshop World, Las Vegas and recently on the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast w/ Terry White.
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 26 2006
Photoshop Plugin Reviews From Jay Nelson
Here are the latest Photoshop Plugin Reviews by Jay Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Design Tools Monthly.
PhotoTune - Intuitive Color Correction
PhotoTune's 20/20 Color MD 2.0 ($50) is a remarkably easy to use image-enhancing and color-correcting plug-in for Photoshop. To use 20/20 Color MD, you look at a series of side-by-side images, each time clicking on the one you think looks best. After you complete this 15-second process, it applies the minimum number of adjustments to make your image look like your final choice. You can work on your entire image, one layer, or a selection. In our tests, it increased both detail and color in shadow areas, balanced colors, and toned down glare.
Professionals can use the advanced controls to adjust exposure in half f-stops, and separately balance color in highlights and shadows. You can also save "snapshots" of your adjustments at any point in the process to compare with subsequent adjustments. You can also include 20/20 Color MD in a Photoshop Action for batch processing.
Version 2 adds support for 16-bit and Raw images, a simpler 6-step wizard with greater precision, return to previous step, window resizing, and a final numerical display. We recommend it highly.
Excellent Image Noise Reducer
There are several good plug-ins for reducing noise in low-light digital images. Imagenomic's Noiseware Professional 4 ($69) is particularly good at reducing noise while maintaining texture and details. They have a free trial version, and a 20% discount is available through Andrew Rodney's excellent review.
The Most Advanced Tile Creator
Luxology's imageSynth ($89 with our exclusive $10 discount) is a plug-in for Photoshop CS and CS2 that uses an advanced technology to intelligently create seamless textures from "chunks" of one or more images. A "chunk" can be a selection in any shape, and when multiple chunks are used for one tile, you can control how much each individual chunk contributes to the overall tile.
You can even arrange the chunks manually, with near-real-time feedback on its effect on the tile. Tiles can also be used for brushes or texture maps. (imageSynth was spun off of Luxology's Apple Design Award-winning modo, which is software that produces ultra-realistic scenes for movies.)
How To Create Content For Photoshop Elements 5.0 - PDF Guide From Adobe
Wayne Jiang, the content designer for Photoshop Elements at Adobe, was involved in working on the new printed creation features in the just released Photoshop Elements 5.0., as well as creating much of the content for the Artwork and Effects palette.
He recently contacted us to let us know about a tech document that he's written that is geared toward graphic designers, and that explains how to create and test original art work for Photoshop Elements 5.0 layouts, frames, backgrounds and graphics.
Wayne is on the third draft of the document right now. The plan is to make the document available to the public in an effort to encourage others to create art work for Photoshop Elements. And so we've posted the document for you to download as a PDF, which you can look through and refer to as a guide for contributing to Photoshop Elements.
Wayne will be making updates to the document over the next couple of months as he gets more feedback and comments, and we'll make sure to post new versions of this document as they become available.
Recommendations & Requirements
The designer who wants to create Printed Creation Content for Photoshop Elements 5.0 must have a working knowledge of:
• Photoshop CS2 and its new features, especially smart objects (which is used to create frames, layouts, and themes)
• Adobe Illustrator CS2
• Photoshop Elements 5.0 Editor, especially the printed creation and content browser which is used to test all the content (Photoshop Elements 5.0 is only available for Windows)
It’s also recommended that:
• All content should be created on a Windows machine for easy testing.
• The designer should explore all the printed creation types and samples in Photoshop Elements 5.0 before reading the following sections.
Download the How To Create Content For Photoshop Elements 5.0 PDF (675 KB).
November's Free Brush Sets And Textures From Janita
Triple-certified Brush Angel Janita of Seishido has just shipped us her November preview package full of free brushes and textures for your exclusive downloading pleasure. As always Janita has given us some charming and inspiring images to use in our design work. She's a prolific little powerhouse and we're honored that she provides us with these amazing gems. And now to give you all the details, here's the brush angel herself...
Brushset Colorblind: 23 blurry brushes made of a vector illustration. I've named the set colorblind because the brushes look like, you know, the first thing you see when you open your eyes after a deep sleep. Everthing's just a little blurry then and kinda black and white.
Brushset Shipper Shipper: 5 grungy brushes, pretty large by the way. Grungy art is not really what I am best at but I have been asked for more sets like this one so November will be full of messed-up brushsets.
Brushset Subarashii: 13 decorative brushes, Indian styled ornaments with some floral parts. Subarashii actually means wonderful in Japan. I think this brushset is wonderful because it's great for all and nothing.
Texture #96: Pastel colored and made of the Shipper Shipper brushset and some other brushes. This texture is what happens when you're listening to too many John Mayer Trio songs. You just can't stop it and every Photoshop step magically fits. Haha, and again some hidden music hints but music actually is what inspires me the most while making new brushes. TRY!
You can download all the new brush sets and the textures below, but also make sure to visit Janita's site Seishido and then help us spread the word about her amazing Photoshop brush resources. And don't forget to join her newsletter!
Download Brushset Colorblind (zip - 440 KB)
Download Brushset Shipper Shipper (zip - 676 KB)
Download Brushset Subarashii (zip - 304 KB)
Download Texture #96 (zip - 624 KB)
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 25 2006
New Photoshop Brush Set 'Botanical Flowers' From Kirsty
Kirsty sends this in: "Hi all, it's high time for another brush set and this time the theme is Botanical Flowers. Hope you enjoy! The set can be found at the usual address 500ml Brushes."
The Botanical Flowers set contains 14 brushes of botanical drawings of different flowers.
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Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
Photoshop Elements has become a hefty photo retouching program and this book really does it a huge benefit by clearly listing and explaining its amazing power. I've been a fan of the Missing Manual series for a while now, and this one is absolutely great. Filled with everything you ever need to know to complete a project using Elements, you'll enjoy the appealing layout and the simple and direct instructions throughout its 500+ pages. Wow! Here's more info from a press release:
As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. The latest edition, Photoshop Elements 5, solidifies the reputation of this inexpensive product ($65.99 at Amazon.com) with new scrapbook features, a link to online photo services, and many other improvements.
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual, now in its fifth edition, carefully explains every feature the program has to offer by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context. The book covers the Windows version of Adobe's workhorse and gives you the low down on a host of new features:
- Learn to create multiple page documents, custom photo layouts with frames, and highly customized layouts for scrapbook projects
- Master the new editor for Layer Styles, which lets you customize individual layers in a photo
- "Attach" your photos to areas of a Yahoo! Map so your friends and family can see the pictures you took in specific places
Author Barbara Brundage also introduces you to a new sophisticated tool called "Curves" to adjust the color and contrast in your photos, and shows you how to burn multi-session CDs and DVDs. As always, she lets you know which features work well, which don't, and why -- all with a bit of wit and good humor.
Although the book progresses from simple to complex tasks, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques, such as creating photomontages (composites), restoring old photos, preparing images for the Web, and archiving. More than a dozen downloadable images let you practice using the editing tools right away.
On the O'Reilly site you can find Sara Peyton's interview with author Barbara Brundage.
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual at Amazon.com (34% discount)
From RAW to Stunning: O'Reilly Author Seminars Run the Gamut of Photography Education
Teaching at PhotoPlus are four O'Reilly authors -- Stephen Johnson, Peter Krogh, Julieanne Kost, and Eddie Tapp -- all leading digital photographers. Their seminar topics range from a discussion of large format fine art printing to professional portrait retouching techniques. And throughout the three-day conference, these authors plan to stop by the O'Reilly booth (#1312) to answer questions and autograph books. Other O'Reilly conference highlights include:
- On November 2, a hosted reception announcing the winners of the O'Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off Contest begins at 4:30. The reception is located at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, South Concourse, Level 2, (on the level between the Expo Hall and seminars).
- A 25% conference discount on O'Reilly titles from our cool roster conference instructors, plus all our other must-have titles for photographers.
- Free Stephen Johnson panorama poster with every purchase of his newly released, bestselling book about his career, "Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography."
For more information about PhotoPlus Expo visit the PhotoPlus Expo site.
TUESDAY - OCTOBER 24 2006
Programming Photoshop Plugins - A Mega Tutorial From Enrique Of The Photoshop Roadmap
Once again Enrique has decided to go all out and cover a Photoshop subject in excruciating detail. What you get is a one-stop mega tutorial titled Programming Photoshop Plugins. This one will enlighten you on the wonderful world of Photoshop Plugins, and specifically on how to program them into existence for your fun and profit. Here's the intro:
- Finding resources that explain how to program a Photoshop plugin is a extremely difficult task. Why? Just because there is little information on the web. You may ask yourself "Aw, c’mon, how can that be?"
Well, most people agree that creating an Adobe Photoshop plugin is a gold mine business due to the popularity of this software. I don’t know if that is still true, but that was true not so long ago.
Anyway, no matter the reason, information on this subject is scarce and that’s the reason why I wrote this article as a good starting point. Everybody will find something useful in this article. Those with a great idea of a ultra-cool-never-before-created plugin, but with no programming knowledge will be the most benefited of all. You will find useful resources that can save you endless hours of research. And programmers will have the chance to have an overview of different Photoshop plugins programming environments and tools.
It is my intention to keep this article up to date. Feel free to send me any corrections, updates or additions so I can consider them for publishing.
So head on over to The Photoshop Roadmap, bring a cup of java, and settle down for a good long read.
EasyElements.com Offers Lots Of Good Resources
Many many hazy days ago we promised Robert Redwood we'd cover his excellent Photoshop Elements and brushes site, and so here's the spotlight, finally.
His site, EasyElements.com, hosts a lot of very nice brushes that you can download for free. He has over 250 brushes right now and adds a new set about once a month. One of my favorites is his Polaroid brushes set. Many people want to produce this effect, and this is the quickest and easiest way to do it. Just load these brushes up and then make some snazzy Polaroid photo frames appear instantly.
The site offers a newsletter and some good Photoshop articles, including one geared toward beginners that will step you through the simple basics of Photoshop. Another section focuses exclusively on Photoshop tips.
Very nice stuff, Robert. He's just starting university, so we wish him a lot of luck in his studies!
MONDAY - OCTOBER 23 2006
How to create a ghostly image in Photoshop
You've probably seen this technique on movie posters countless times. Ghosting your image but keeping the eyes in color can make a striking piece of artwork. I recently came across this tutorial on how to easily create these images in Photoshop.
Undocking the Photoshop Options bar
You can make it a floating palette or move it to the bottom of your screen just by click and dragging on the little tab that appears on the right side of the Options Bar. If you let go at the bottom left of the screen, it will dock at the bottom, anywhere else and it will become a floating palette just like any other. If you accidentally close the Options bar while it is in floating palette mode, simply double click any tool in the toolbar.
From Layers Magazine
In this video tutorial, Dave Cross shows you how to use split toning to add that finishing touch to your images.
The Reality of Resizing: Changing Image Resolution without Changing Quality
Possibly one of the most confusing aspects of dealing with digital imagery is resolution-specifically, what it really is and how changing it affects an image.
free animal font by kapitza
KAPITZA SHOP, a new online shop specialising in picture fonts and illustrations, presents its’ new release Creatures, an animal outline font. Creatures consists of 40 cute and creepy animal outline illustrations. I love the ducks!!!
From Sue Chastain (about.com)
Create a Greeting Card with Adobe Photoshop
If you're thinking of making your own holiday greeting cards, now is a good time to get started. This tutorial will walk you through how to create a greeting card with Photoshop. I have created a template to minimize the number of steps required. The template creates a landscape or portrait oriented "half-fold" card that is approximately 8 by 5 inches and will fit into an A-8 Announcement envelope.
From PixelPerfect With Bert Monroy
Episode 3 - The Lamp
Bert explains the thought process that goes into making a piece of art. We'll see a complete project and then focus on Bert's attention to detail in creating a lamp in the corner of the larger piece of work using textures, layer styles, and the warp feature.
From Photoshop Killer Tips
Turn Your Layer Styles Into Layers
Use this tip to turn layer styles into actual layers that you can edit
Resetting Palette Locations
Get those palettes where they belong with this tip.
Editing the Shape of Text
Learn how to edit the shape of an individual letter in your text.
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 20 2006
PhotoshopCAFE Announces PhotoshopSecrets: Wacom Tablets and Photoshop
A lot of you have asked me about Wacom tablet training, and so I'm happy to announce that help is finally here! PhotoshopCAFE.com has released PhotoshopSecrets: Wacom Tablets and Photoshop, which is available as a DVD or as a direct download (I love instant deliveries). And of course we have a discount price as well. Forget the regular $49.99 price, because you'll pay only $39.99 by following our special discount links.
PhotoshopSecrets Wacom Tablets and Photoshop
$39.99 - (DVD version)
PhotoshopSecrets Wacom Tablets and Photoshop
$39.99 - (instant download)
Ok, here's the scoop on this Wacom pen tablet and Photoshop training DVD... The video, which is presented in 2 parts, begins with Weston Maggio of Wacom explaining in detail how to set up a tablet, how to fully personalize it, and how to make the most of all the hidden features.
In Part 2 Colin Smith shows you how to change the way you think about Photoshop. Many people with tablets still work like mouse users, completely unaware of the power of pressure sensitivity. Colin shows you how to use pressure sensitivity to your advantage and outlines an amazing workflow that would be impossible without a pen tablet. Users also learn all kinds of pro tips and tricks for working with the tablet.
If you own or are considering a pen tablet, this DVD training is one of the best ways to bring you up to a professional user level quickly. Lessons include:
• Tablet overview
• The Brushes palette in Photoshop
• Maximizing pressure sensitivity
• Customizing the pen
• Setting up the ExpressKeys
• Programming Touch Strips
• Grayscale and color in same image
• Collaging Techniques
• Adding 3D shadows and highlights
• Customizing the depth of field
• Dodging and Burning (the new way)
• Making custom grunge brushes
The DVD contains over 2 hours of sharp 800 x 600 video, and with the advanced interface you can jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback. All the lesson files are included, so you can follow along at your own pace.
About Colin Smith
An award winning designer, best-selling author and trainer, Colin is founder of one of the world's most popular Photoshop resource sites, PhotoshopCAFE.com. Colin is also a regular columnist for Advanced Photoshop, Computer Arts, and Photoshop User Magazine.
About Weston Maggio
As an Adobe certified Expert in Photoshop and Wacom sales manager, Wes is an authority on Photoshop instruction, and has taught and held workshops at PhotoshopWorld, Seybold, Macworld, and PMA.
Wacom Tablets and Photoshop - Special Discount Price
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Graphicxtras.com Releases New Custom Shapes Set
Graphicxtras.com have just released a new custom shapes set - Volume 22 Custom Shapes Pack. This set costs $10 and is available as an immediate download upon purchase. The shapes set is themed 'Arrows' and contains 560 new custom shape designs. The shapes are for Photoshop CS2, CS1, PS6, PS7, and Elements, for both PC and MAC OS X.
So what can you do with them, you ask? Shapes are resolution free, so you can use them in a 100 x 100 design or use them on a billboard, or for video designs, packaging, t-shirts, CD cover designs, and book covers. The shapes can be pulled, distorted, tweaked, dragged, crunched, mangled, torn apart, combined with text, turned hollow, turned into metal, a piece of plastic, or a transparent gel. The shapes can also be used as wonderful frame and edge designs.
While you're there check for the other new products, as there are lots of wonderful new things that have popped up in the last few weeks.
Hurry If You'd Like To Be A Web Designer For The Queen
Today is the last day you can apply for this British Monarchy website job. Buckingham Palace - WEB EDITOR - £30,000 per annum plus benefits. Expertise in Photoshop, Content Management Systems, HTML and statistical packages is prerequisite, in addition to an awareness of emerging digital technologies and the current online environment.
From Photoshop Killer Tips
Selecting A Layer The Right Way
Use this trick in CS2 to change opacity of the object you’re transforming.
Changing Blend Modes
Learn how to change blend modes while using Free transform.
From Jan Kabili's Photoshop Online
Sharpening part 1: understanding sharpening
Learn how sharpening works in Photoshop. This show covers what sharpening does, how to make a composite layer for sharpening, when to sharpen, and how to avoid changing image colors when you sharpen. Stay tuned for the next couple of shows, where you'll put these general sharpening principles to work sharpening photographs with the Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen filters.
From Scott Kelby
Nature Photographer? You've got to get BT Journal
I subscribe to a lot of different magazines and newsletters, but if there's one that I'm always psyched to see in my mailbox, it's BT Journal (written by legendary wildlife and nature photographer Moose Peterson). If you're a wildlife photographer, this quaterly newsletter will become your Bible because it gives you an insight (and images) that are both enlightening and inspirational.
From Digit News
Plug-in powers Photoshop PNG production
Ardfry Imaging has released the Pngout plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, which the company claims improves the output of PNG images from those applications. Optimized PNGs produced using Pngout are usually smaller than those created with Photoshop's Save For Web function or ImageReady, says Ardfry, reducing the page load times of Web sites that use them.
From Sue Chastain (about.com)
Notes on The WSJ Hedcut from its Creator, Kevin Sprouls
Some time back, I published a reader's question about how to use graphics software to create a line drawing in the style of the famous Wall Street Journal "Hedcut" portraits. I learned a lot from that question, and discovered that the Wall Street Journal hedcuts have always been hand-drawn, and still are to this day. Kevin Sprouls, the creator of the Wall Street Journal Hedcut Portrait style, has written in to share some tips and notes about the process of creating this unique portrait style.
From John Nack
The team released Lightroom Beta 4.1 today. According to Tom Hogarty, the Lightroom Product Manager, this small update:
- Resolves external editor conflict
- Corrects export orientation for constrained portrait images
- Resolves missing image error with large web galleries
- Provides Photo Binder platform compatibility on optical media
Please see the release notes for a full list of updates and corrections.
Create Icons Directly in Photoshop for Free
This plug-in enhances Photoshop with an ability to export and import Windows icons (.ico). Now users can take advantage of the creative tools and design environment provided by Photoshop and make compelling icons for the use on web pages or in software. The use of the plug-in eliminates the need for intermediate files and additional icon editors. In addition to Photoshop, the plug-in can work with Elements, AfterEffects, Premiere, PhotoDeluxe, Corel PhotoPaint, PaintShop Pro, Painter, and Photo.
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