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  • Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot

    PSD : Photoshop Disasters 
    bev
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Either this model is an alien or she’s made out of some sort of stretchy plastic material. Thanks to Samantha for sending this in with the note, “When your foot is as long as your calf….” Featured online here. The post Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters .
  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    Lightroom Killer Tips
    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider
    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
  • Black and White preference

    Lightroom Killer Tips
    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Photoshop: How to Replace a Sky in a Photo

    Good-Tutorials: Photoshop
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Photoshop CC 2014 tutorial showing how to replace a burnt-out sky in a photo with a beautiful blue sky and feathery, white clouds.
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    Planet Photoshop

  • Creating a Compelling Photo Composite in Adobe Photoshop CC

    Mark S
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Creating a compelling photo composite is as much about finding the right assets as it is about the process of blending them together. If you’re unable to capture your own assets, stock image sites are treasure chests for images, as well as inspiration. While hunting for the images used in this issue’s tutorial, I encountered dozens of stock photos that sparked ideas. When I finally stumbled across the images we’ll use, I was so captivated by the brilliant colors and dynamic shapes that I couldn’t wait to begin exploring the possibilities. This level of enthusiasm is key to crafting a…
  • Create Repeating Segments with the Mixer Brush in Photoshop CC

    Pete Collins
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of the secret powers of the Mixer Brush is that it can sample multiple colors or even pixels to use for its stroke. This is great for creating color-rich strokes to simulate painting with a real brush, but for this project we’re going to use an image as the paint source to create repeating segments that can be used for anything from robot arms to your very own superworm. Step One: Start with an image of a sphere. (You’ll probably want to try a lot of different types of images after this, but let’s start simple.) If you’re using a stock image, use the Elliptical marquee tool…
  • Using a Depth Mask to Simulate Volumetric Effects

    Mark S
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    “Simulate volumetric effects”…what? Those just sound like a bunch of big, fancy words. In plain English, what exactly is a volumetric effect? Put simply, a volumetric effect represents what happens to a subject when it exists in a semi-transparent substance such as fog, smoke, or murky water. Okay. So what does this have to do with a…what did you call it…depth mask? Here’s where things get pretty darn cool. A depth mask is a basic grayscale image that allows us to easily simulate the gradual disappearance of a subject over distance as it is obscured by fog, smoke, dust, or water.
  • Flood your pictures

    Pete Collins
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This free app/plug-in from Flaming Pear has been around for a while, but it is still one of my favorites that I go to over and over again. Go to http://www.flamingpear.com/download.html and download “Flood” once you have dragged it into your plug-in folder and restarted Photoshop, you will be able to add water to any image. The interface looks a bit dated, but the effects are top notch and you can really add life to a picture or even redo the water in a scene to make it smoother or more ripply (if that is a word.) Definitely worth your time to check it out.   Stock image…
  • Unlimited Custom Borders Using Nothing But Textures and Refine Edge

    Mark S
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Recently, while playing in the Refine Edge dialog, I was struck by the idea that it’s possible to combine Refine Edge’s powerful sliders with textures to create an unlimited variety of borders that can be applied to any photo in your inventory. The process is fast and simple, and with the array of textures available on sites such as CGTextures, there’s no limit to the creative possibilities. Texture image: © CGTextures Botanical image: © Mark S. Johnson Photography Step 1: Open a Texture Open a texture with lots of edge detail. Textures can be captured with your camera or downloaded…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m showing you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at scottkelby.com where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
 
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    Photoshop Tutorials

  • How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

    Evan Lawrence
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
     I’ll show you how to make a beautiful underwater surreal scene; A fisherman with the ‘fish’ submarine. Learn how to combine different stocks together step by step by using adjustment layers, masking, brush tool, and learn how to make light and shadow too. This Photoshop tutorial will improve you the photo manipulation techniques. What you’ll be creating Submarine; this artwork means a lot to me. Inspired by the emotional feeling of someone who always keep their memories and disguise their stories into a mystery. The ‘fish’ submarine represents the…
  • Best Marketplaces for Premium Photoshop Actions

    Photoshop Tutorials Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
     Sometimes you need to create an effect in Photoshop but you rather buy something that will do it for you. There are a lot of Photoshop actions out there but where do you start? Here are the top websites for premium Photoshop actions. 1. Creative Market Creative Market is one of the newer marketplaces that have exploded. The selection is great and they have some of the best actions from the top creators such as RetroSupply Co, Seasalt & Co, FilterGrade, and SparkleStock. It’s my favorite website for premium Photoshop actions because of the quality control. They also…
  • How to Create a Compassionate Planet Earth Artwork in Photoshop

    Johan Sandu
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
     In this tutorial we will create a colorful photo manipulation of the planet earth. You will learn how to composite different images in order to achieve a pleasant final effect. We will be using layer masks, smart objects and adjustment layers but I will provide a short explanation before using them so you should be alright. Let’s begin. What you’ll be creating Planet Earth is beautiful and we should live in harmony with our surrounding nature. This is how I see us living in peace and serenity in complete harmony with the life around us. You will need Photoshop CS3 or newer…
  • Create a Magical and Emotional Forest Scene of a Lost Girl in Photoshop

    Bunty Pundir
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
     In this comprehensive tutorial, I’ll show you how you can convert an ordinary forest into your own fantasy one. You’ll also learn how to achieve realistic light effects using basic to advanced lighting techniques. Moreover, this tutorial has an extensive use of blend modes, layer masks, adjustments layers and many more essential techniques in a great way. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!! What you’ll be creating In this tutorial, we’ll start up by turning an ordinary forest into the fantasy one. Then the addition of model take place and…
  • How to Create a Cool Metallic Text Effect in Photoshop

    Aimee Jean
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
     Learn how to create this very cool metallic text effect with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your own metallic effect by simply playing with some of the Layers Style and Brushes! What you’ll be creating This is a very simple metallic text effect is inspired by the Jurassic World Logo.To create this effect, we’ll start by making a simple background. Next, we’ll add some layer styles to the text. Finally, we’ll finish it up with by adding some crack brushes to give the metallic effect more detail. You’ll need Photoshop CS3 or…
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    PSD : Photoshop Disasters 

  • Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot

    bev
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Either this model is an alien or she’s made out of some sort of stretchy plastic material. Thanks to Samantha for sending this in with the note, “When your foot is as long as your calf….” Featured online here. The post Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters .
  • Jeb Bush’s Very Dark Hand

    bev
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, Right To Rise, recently tweeted out a really strange picture of the Presidential candidate. Whose hand is that?! A spokesperson for R2R explained the dark hand on Jeb’s hip by stating that a woman had been standing near him and cast a shadow on his hand. The image was then used in front of a stock photo of Iowa. A likely story! Still funny, though. Thank you to everyone who sent this image to us! [Source]   The post Jeb Bush’s Very Dark Hand appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters .
  • NBC News: This Week In (Photoshopped) Pictures

    bev
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    The caption says this is an image of fans enjoying some fireworks at a baseball game. It doesn’t mention anything about why that man’s arm is see-through, though.   Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Christopher. The post NBC News: This Week In (Photoshopped) Pictures appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters .
  • Nicole Scherzinger Always Keeps Pud On Hand

    bev
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Like, literally on her hand. They didn’t even try. This ad featuring Nicole Scherzinger was found in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Thanks to Isabel for sending it in! The post Nicole Scherzinger Always Keeps Pud On Hand appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters .
  • Photoshop Round-Up: Links We Love

    bev
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Here’s a look at what’s been happening in Photoshop and pop culture around the web. Enjoy! 17 Signs That Prove Font Choice Is Important. [Web Humor] Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush had an epic Photoshop battle on Twitter. [The Wire] Shia LeBeouf’s stretching ad for Nike got meme’d. [The Mirror UK] Bizarre ad uses skinny model to display plus-sized pants. (Thanks, Remy) [Imgur] 10 photo editing alternatives that offer powerful editing controls. [TNW News] Tom Brady’s courtroom sketch is the latest internet meme. [HuffPost Sports] Very funny chalkboard bar signs.
 
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    Photoshop User TV

  • PhotoshopUser TV: Flame FX and Brushes – Episode 421

    Aaron Westgate
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    This week on PUTV, Corey has a tip on using the flame generator. Pete dives a little deeper into brushes and gives you some helpful tips in using them. This Week's Sponsors: Wacom | mpix | B&H Photo | Kelby Training | NAPP | onOne Software | Peachpit | Squarespace | Expo Imaging | Intel | Athentech Photoshop User TV Episode 421 is now playing! Download Episode 421 (In order to download this file directly to your computer, right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the Download link and choose the Save As option.)
  • PhotoshopUser TV: Texture Mapping and Brushes – Episode 420

    Aaron Westgate
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    This week on PUTV, Corey has a tip on texture mapping in Photoshop. Pete gives a refresher course on using brushes and how helpful to your workflow they can be. This Week's Sponsors: Wacom | mpix | B&H Photo | Kelby Training | NAPP | onOne Software | Peachpit | Squarespace | Expo Imaging | Intel | Athentech Photoshop User TV Episode 420 is now playing! Download Episode 420 (In order to download this file directly to your computer, right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the Download link and choose the Save As option.)
  • PhotoshopUser TV: Kaleidoscope Effect and Flood Plugin – Episode 419

    Aaron Westgate
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    This week, Corey has an animated kaleidoscope effect. Pete talks about a free plugin called Flood, and demos all the creations you can make with it. This Week's Sponsors: Wacom | mpix | B&H Photo | Kelby Training | NAPP | onOne Software | Peachpit | Squarespace | Expo Imaging | Intel | Athentech Photoshop User TV Episode 419 is now playing! Download Episode 419 (In order to download this file directly to your computer, right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the Download link and choose the Save As option.)
  • PhotoshopUser TV: 3D Text and Using a Photo as Backdrop – Episode 418

    Aaron Westgate
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    On PhotoshopUserTV this week, Corey has a tip on working 3D text into your photo or design. Pete has a tip on turning your photos into a backdrop. This Week's Sponsors: Wacom | mpix | B&H Photo | Kelby Training | NAPP | onOne Software | Peachpit | Squarespace | Expo Imaging | Intel | Athentech Photoshop User TV Episode 418 is now playing! Download Episode 418 (In order to download this file directly to your computer, right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the Download link and choose the Save As option.)
  • PhotoshopUser TV: Fun with Symmetry and Blur Grain Noise – Episode 417

    Aaron Westgate
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    This week on PhotoshopUserTV, Corey has a tip on having fun with symmetry. Pete has a tip on the blur gallery and adding grain/noise to your blur. This Week's Sponsors: Wacom | mpix | B&H Photo | Kelby Training | NAPP | onOne Software | Peachpit | Squarespace | Expo Imaging | Intel | Athentech Photoshop User TV Episode 417 is now playing! Download Episode 417 (In order to download this file directly to your computer, right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the Download link and choose the Save As option.)
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    Photoshop Star

  • Fire, Flames and Smoke Brushes for Photoshop

    Carol Francis
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Following our round-up of lighting effect brushes, here is a collection of outstanding fire and smoke brushes for Photoshop. With these brushes you can obviously create realistic fire effects, but also, stunning abstract designs as backgrounds or photo enhancements. Fire, Flames and Smoke Brushes for Photoshop Fire Brushes 9 high resolution fire brushes for Photoshop […] The post Fire, Flames and Smoke Brushes for Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Star.
  • 10 Great Photo Manipulation Tutorials for Photoshop

    Photoshop Star Staff
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Photoshop is the number one software to photo manipulation and we decided to list in this article 10 photo manipulation tutorials. All of these tutorials were published at Photoshop Star previously but we decided to group the best tutorials so you can improve your photo manipulation skills. Create a Fantasy Boat Scene Photo Manipulation In […] The post 10 Great Photo Manipulation Tutorials for Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Star.
  • Create an HDR Effect Using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop

    Adrian Scheff
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    In this Photoshop tutorial we will use luminosity masks in order to achieve a strong HDR effect and improve the overall look of our photo. We will be using some advanced techniques but even if you’re beginner you will reap some benefits by reading this. Final Image As always, this is the final image that […] The post Create an HDR Effect Using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Star.
  • Create a Racing Car Illustration in Adobe Photoshop

    Razvan Gabriel
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a racing car illustration in Adobe Photoshop. You will begin by creating the body for the car and then you will create the parts one by one to have a racing car aspect. Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll […] The post Create a Racing Car Illustration in Adobe Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Star.
  • Create a Pop Art Scene With Photoshop

    Adrian Scheff
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    In this Photoshop tutorial we will create a pop art scene using some easy techniques that even beginners can follow. Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Resources Girl Slapstick Comic Font Step 1 Open Photoshop […] The post Create a Pop Art Scene With Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Star.
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    Photoshop Lady

  • Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

    tony2
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    To create an aquatic giant tortoise, you need to manipulate trees, stones, waterfalls and textures to make an island on it. This tutorial will demonstrate how to combine different stock images to create this cohesive and unified scene of an aquatic giant tortoise with lighting effects and the beautiful color of the entire scene. (View This Tutorial)
  • Create a Seamless Fantasy Floral Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

    tony2
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Have you wished to design a floral pattern to do your DIY sewing or home decoration projects, by your own hand? Or to sew a dress from fabric with an absolutely unique pattern? This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful, flowing, fantasy floral pattern in Photoshop. (View This Tutorial)
  • Compose a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation

    tony2
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Have you ever tried to create a fantasy landscape combining different photos while blocked by the advanced techniques? This tutorial will show you the advanced techniques of blending, different techniques of adding lights to your scene with custom brushes and different Blending Modes, and how to work with layer styles to create a glow around objects. (View This Tutorial)
  • How to Create a Digital Portrait Painting in Adobe Photoshop

    tony2
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Have you ever wanted to paint yourself or a friend, but struggled with making your paintings look like them? Digital Portrait Painting in Adobe Photoshop tackles the intimidating topic of digital portraiture head on. In this course, Melody Nieves will help you to paint two beautiful digital portraits, one in color and the other in black and white. (View This Tutorial)
  • Photoshop Effect of Creating a Flaming Deer

    tony2
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Have you ever thought of creating a fantasy deer with a fire effect? The deer in fury? This tutorial aims at showing you how to create it with adobe photoshop. Except for blending and adjustment layers, you’ll also learn how to work with fire, create a lighting effect and enhance the depth of field. (View This Tutorial)
 
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    Digital Mastery: The home of everything Ben

  • Recent & Future Events

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Hi gang! I just wanted to post a mini update on where I’ve been, and what’s coming up. The annual Photoshop World Conference & Expo just wrapped up in Las Vegas. As usual, it was a great event, loaded with lectures, workshops, demos and other fun stuff related to photography, Photoshop and other photo-related software. I was really excited to be able to teach two classes on Adobe Lightroom this time around. I just love Lightroom! It’s so powerful and is where I spend most of my photo-processing time, by far. The classes I taught were “Up to Speed with Lightroom…
  • Road trip between speaking events

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Hi gang! I’ve been zipping all over between different events lately, and I even managed to get some shooting in. As you may know, I have an ongoing photography project that involves shooting a bunch of vintage service stations all over the United States. When we’re living in the bus (our RV), this is a lot easier because we’re constantly on the road. Lately, since we’ve been temporarily staying in one place, the project hasn’t seen much progress. However, I had a few speaking events in the midwest this month, and instead of flying between them, I decided to…
  • New Travel Photography class coming your way in July

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Hi gang! I wanted to give you all a heads up on a new class we just announced. I’ll be teaching a 2-day course called “Travel Photography: The Complete Guide” on July 6-7 at CreativeLive. This is an online class that will go live from 9 am to 4 pm PST and it’s completely free to watch while it’s live! If you want to watch and re-watch the class videos at your leisure, you can purchase the course to stream or download the files. This class will cover a subject that is near and dear to my heart: travel photography! After all, my lifestyle is such that I travel full…
  • Kicking off summer with new seminar & more shooting

    admin
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Hi everyone! Here is a little update on what has been going on here in Ben land. We’ve been working on getting caught up and back into the swing of things after our long international trip, and we’re enjoying being land-based again. On May 29, I presented my first event of the new seminar tour, the Lightroom & Photoshop Creative Integration Tour, in San Francisco. There was a little scare with delayed flights, but I got there on time and the event went really well! We’ve got several more cities lined up, and you can see those HERE. Next up is Seattle on June 19th. Here…
  • Recent travels spark a yoga photo series

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Hi all! After two months of international travel on a ship, I’m happy to say that we’re finally land-based again. The journey was fantastic, but it’s good to be back and getting into our groove again. The recent trip took us to Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. After about six weeks of Asia ports, we then cruised over to Alaska and down the west coast of the good old U.S. of A. When we’re on board the ship, we’re teaching a class. When we’re at port, we’re out exploring and shooting. This was our complete route, starting in Hong Kong and ending in Los Angeles. …
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    Tuts+ Design & Illustration

  • Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, August Edition

    Mary Winkler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Tuts+ community! Every day visitors like you take the time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this set of results and join in for the next roundup, published next month!Vector Tutorial ResultsThe first set of pieces were taken from the comment sections of vector tutorials in an assortment of vector drawing programs. Check out the results below!Creating a Simple Kawaii…
  • New Course: Storyboarding in Sketchbook Pro

    Andrew Blackman
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIf you’ve ever wanted to know how to create storyboard frames for television commercials, then our new course, Storyboarding in Sketchbook Pro, is for you. What You’ll LearnProfessional artist Robert Marzullo will guide you through his process while demonstrating the features of Sketchbook Pro that make these illustrations come together. You will learn the techniques involved in creating and editing storyboard frames in this powerful program. By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of how storyboard frames are created and delivered…
  • How to Remove Lines From a Drawing: Convert a Drawing Into a Digital Painting

    Monika Zagrobelna
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    What You'll Be CreatingTraditional painting by default is not very precise. The brushes are made for creating big patches of colors that may become details when observed from a distance. When you try to paint at a smaller scale using a tiny brush, it turns into a drawing. In digital painting the border between drawing and painting is quite blurred. In the end it boils down to one difference: if you're trying to control the stroke, you're drawing; if you want the stroke to be free and expressive, you're painting.The problem occurs when you want to be expressive with your strokes and make them…
  • Animate a Cute Vector Bicycle in Adobe After Effects

    Yulia Sokolova
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    What You'll Be CreatingOne of the great advantages of a vector graphic is that it is not only easy to edit and scale to any size, but you can also make it move! Sound like magic? Follow this tutorial and learn how to make your cute vector bicycle ride on an infinite loop in Adobe After Effects!1. Prepare Your Image in Adobe Illustrator & Import It Into Adobe After EffectsStep 1We’ll be using the image from our Cute Flat Bicycle Adobe Illustrator tutorial. First of all, we need to prepare our image in Adobe Illustrator. You can add more details to the bicycle, such as shadows or…
  • We're Looking For More Talent to Join Team Awesome!

    Sharon Milne
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    In the Design & Illustration section, we have a large community of readers and instructors... otherwise known as Team Awesome. We're looking for a few more people to join our instructor ranks to create amazing educational content... could you be who we're looking for?What We're Looking ForWe're looking for some new instructors to help fill regular content spots in the following areas:VectorDoes the thought of smooth curves and creating graphics with the minimal point count get you going? Whatever your software choice (Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, CorelDRAW, GIMP, Inkscape, Affinity…
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    Jeff Tranberry's Digital Imaging Crawlspace

  • Photoshop CC 2015.0.1 Update Now Available

    Jeffrey Tranberry
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:38 pm
    How to get the updates Photoshop 2015.0.1 Update (08/03/2015) Photoshop 2015.0.1 Update (08/03/2015) 08/03/2015 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2015 update version 2015.0.1 (Mac and Windows), resolving the following issues: Crash when Be3D printer profile is present in presets (win only) Crash on launch “VulcanControl dylib” (mac only) Unable to read key state in JavaScript BlackMagicDesign ATEM Switcher plugin crashes in Photoshop CC 2015 when documents have more than one layer Crashes when extension uses script UI Crash in specific cases when Open window is invoked…
  • Photoshop and Lightroom compatibility with Windows 10

    Jeffrey Tranberry
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Windows 10 was released today. To answer questions about compatibility, Adobe has create an FAQ. The Photoshop and Lightroom teams have been testing our applications since Windows 10 became available to developers. In our testing, we have found no significant issues with running Creative Cloud products or Lightroom 6 with Windows 10. Earlier versions of Photoshop (CS6) were also tested to a lesser extent and no significant issues were discovered. I personally recommend that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new OSes work with their current…
  • Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015

    Stephen Nielson
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    In Photoshop CC 2015, we made some minor changes to a very popular and beloved feature: Save for Web. This feature is used for many purposes, from preparing assets for a website to optimizing high-res photos to creating animated GIFs. Because Save for Web is built on the former ImageReady product (now discontinued), the code is too antiquated to maintain and develop new features. “Save for Web will not be removed without replacing its capabilities in a new and improved workflow.” see the FAQ below. Adobe Generator is a new, modern, and more efficient platform for exporting image…
  • 2015 release of Photoshop CC: FAQ

    Jeffrey Tranberry
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I’ve assembled some Q & A around updating/upgrading to the 2015 release of Photoshop CC below. If you don’t see your question answered below, let me know in the comments section and I will try and answer. Important information, please read: Install the latest Creative Cloud desktop app. Sign out and back into the Creative Cloud desktop app to update. Install Photoshop CC (2015) VERY IMPORTANT – By default, when you install Photoshop CC (2015): It will uninstall prior versions of Photoshop you have installed It will migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible Add-Ons…
  • Lightroom CC/Camera Raw FAQ

    Jeffrey Tranberry
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’ve assembled some Q & A around to Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6 below. If you don’t see your question answered below, let me know in the comments section and I will try and answer. Will the prior version of Lightroom be uninstalled? Where can I find training materials for Lightroom? What features are GPU accelerated in Lightroom and Camera Raw? What are the hardware/software requirements? Why am I not seeing the Lightroom CC upgrade/download in the Creative Cloud application? Are Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC the same thing? Where can I find the Lightroom 6 trial? Is Lightroom…
 
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    Peachpit Press :: Articles

  • Article :: 6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The new Photos for OS X application, which replaces iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac, contains many features that aren't initially apparent. Jeff Carlson, author of Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, Edit, and Share Photos in the Apple Photography Ecosystem, reveals six features that might seem hidden at first.
  • Article :: Video: Lightroom CC Tips with RC Concepcion: Smart Collections

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Smart Collections let you create collections in Lightroom based on specific criteria. In this video, RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition, talks to you about how to use Smart Collections inside of Lightroom to make your life a lot easier.
  • Article :: When Too Much Is Just Right: A Decade of Changes in LAB Color Technique

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In 2005, Dan Margulis revolutionized workflows with a best-selling survey of the uses of the LAB colorspace. Ten years later, a new edition of Photoshop LAB Color is out. In this article, Dan uses automation and common sense to improve on the most popular moves of the first edition.
  • Article :: The Brand Flip: Tangible ↻ Immaterial

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In this excerpt from The Brand Flip: Why customers now run companies and how to profit from it, Marty Neumeier explains that industry is undergoing a massive migration from a material-based economy to a digital one. A product becomes a symbol and the symbol becomes the product, which can offer tremendous value as a building block in a customer's personal identity.
  • Article :: Introduction to iCloud Photo Library

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    iCloud Photo Library is Apple’s grand attempt at making all your photos and videos available on any device, at any time. Jeff Carlson shows you how to work with it in this chapter from Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, edit, and share photos in the Apple photography ecosystem.
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    Good-Tutorials: Photoshop

  • Photoshop: How to Replace a Sky in a Photo

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Photoshop CC 2014 tutorial showing how to replace a burnt-out sky in a photo with a beautiful blue sky and feathery, white clouds.
  • Create Stone Face Wrapped by Tree Roots in Photoshop

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Stone Face Wrapped by Tree Roots in Photoshop. This effect looks complicated but it’s in fact easy to create. You do need have some knowledge of image adjustments and layer blending.
  • Make a Cross-Stitch Effect from an image with Photoshop CC

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:48 pm
    In this tutorial I will show you how to turn an image into a simulated cross-stitch effect. I've used real world dimensions here, so if you print out a 6 inch square picture with this method, It will look similar to what a real 6 inch square cross-stitch project would look like. This method should work well with logos, signs, proverbs, etc. Works best where large areas of solid color or backgound are prevalent.
  • Photoshop: Create Dawn on a Planetary Horizon in Deep Space

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Photoshop CC 2014 tutorial showing how to create a cloud-covered, planet illuminated at its horizon from a bright star in deep space from scratch.
  • Create A Vintage Style Pop Art Cartoon In Photoshop

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a pop art style cartoon inspired by the great Lichtenstein. Let’s get started!
 
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    MCP Actions

  • Create Magical Children’s Images with a Few Special Photoshop Touches

    Jodi Friedman
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Create Magical Children’s Images with a Few Special Photoshop Touches The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our main blog, but now, we will sometimes share some favorites from Show and Tell to give these photographers even more exposure.  If you haven’t checked out Show and Tell yet, what are you waiting for?  You’ll learn how other photographers are using…
  • How to Take Pictures of Lightning

    MCP Actions
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    At the first crack of thunder, I start getting excited! I drop what I’m doing, grab my camera and tripod and head to my “go to” spot to capture lightning photos. In this tutorial, I’ll share with you the equipment I use and some recommended camera settings.  First things first – that’s safety!  No picture is worth putting yourself in danger.  I am by no means a meteorologist, although there is one in my family so maybe it’s in the genes…or maybe not. Here are some Lightning Safety Tips you may want to review. Equipment: DSLR Camera Corded…
  • Mixing Manual Edits and Actions to Pop an Image

    Jodi Friedman
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Mixing Manual Edits and Actions to Pop an Image The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our main blog, but now, we will sometimes share some favorites from Show and Tell to give these photographers even more exposure.  If you haven’t checked out Show and Tell yet, what are you waiting for?  You’ll learn how other photographers are using our products and see what they…
  • Underwater Photography for Beginners

    MCP Actions
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Let’s start this blog post with a disclaimer: I am incredibly new to the art of underwater photography. Full disclosure, I pretty much just started two months ago. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who is at the start when you are also at the start, cause it’s amazing how quickly we can forget our struggles when something has become second nature, so that is why I am writing this article, not because I am an expert, but because I am learning too and all this new knowledge is very top of mind for me. The Gear I used aDiCAPac (bag style) underwater case. I selected this case because it…
  • How to Enhance Blue Skies the Easy Way in Two Seconds in Lightroom

    Jodi Friedman
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Enhance Blue Skies the Easy Way in Lightroom The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our main blog, but now, we will sometimes share some favorites from Show and Tell to give these photographers even more exposure.  If you haven’t checked out Show and Tell yet, what are you waiting for?  You’ll learn how other photographers are using our products and see what…
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  • Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

    Bunty Pundir
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise Hey PSDFANs! In this tutorial, I’ll show how you can combine different stock images to create this cohesive and unified scene of an aquatic Giant tortoise. You’ll also learn how to manipulate trees, stones, waterfalls and textures to create an island on the tortoise. Finally, we’ll add lighting effects and adjust the colour of our entire scene. Let’s get started What you will be creating Here’s look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson. Resources used in this tutorial…
  • Create a Dark Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop

    Jenny Le
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Hey PSDFANs, In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a misty landscape matte painting with a dark castle. We’ll create a misty scene with the layered mountains and the light from afar. The main technique here is blending with adjustment layers, masking and brushes. There are something basic you should know about contrast, distance, intensity etc, and we’ll dive into all of those in today’s lesson! Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Resources Used In This Tutorial Sky Mountains 1 Mountains 2 Mountains 3 Mountains 4 Castle…
  • Create a Dark, Mysterious Photo Manipulation

    Bunty Pundir
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Hey PSDFANs! Today’s tutorial will walk you through some essential manipulation, blending and colour matching techniques. In this lesson I’ll show you how you can convert a forest into a dark, foggy, ominous scene. You’ll learn how to work with shadows, lighting, adjustment layers, layer masks, dodge & burning and much more. Let’s get started What you will be creating Here’s look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson: Resources used in this tutorial Forest Sky Grave Bush 1 Bush 2 Crow Model Step 1 Create a New document by…
  • How to Paint a Fantasy Woman Portrait with Photoshop

    Jenny Le
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Hey PSDFANs! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to paint a fantasy woman portrait with Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use brush to paint properly as well as take care of details. A graphic tablet is highly recommended for this tutorial. Let’s get started! What You’ll Be Creating: Here’s a look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson: Resources Used In This Tutorial Reference Step 1 Create a new document in Photoshop with the settings below: The background color should be black. Step 2 Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer.
  • Photo Manipulate a Dark, Emotional Fallen Angel Scene

    Jenny Le
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Hey PSDFANs! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a dark and emotional fallen angel scene using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll work with blending techniques, adjusting colour, practice retouching, painting and more. By the end of this lesson you should mastered some practical new skills to improve your digital art! What You’ll Be Creating: Here’s a look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson: Resources Used In This Tutorial Model Landscape Sky Wings Feathers Rock Step 1 Create a new document in Photoshop…
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  • Top of the Rock NYC with Canon 7D Mark II

    photoframd
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Now this is a view of New York City!  Even with the lousy weather that we have been having in New York City, Top of the Rock offers an awesome view. Unlike One World Observatory, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center offers an outdoor observatory.  No window glare because there are no windows between you and the view on the top platform! No glare, none, nada!  Just whatever is in the atmosphere.  You also do not need to purchase tickets in advance. You can easily see why Top of the Rock is my favorite photo op in NYC.  Here are some more shots. All photos taken with the Canon 7 Mark…
  • One World Observatory NYC – a Disappointing Photo Op

    photoframd
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The next time you are in New York City and in the mood for something very touristy, you can try visiting One World Observatory. The view is spectacular! In fact the whole experience is very cool … it’s practically a Disney ride. Just keep in mind – you will need to plan ahead and purchase tickets. But, as a photographer, it is very disappointing. There is no outdoor observatory. The staff insists that the building was designed as an office building and not a observatory. However, this building took over 10 years to plan and build. Are we really supposed to believe an…
  • Adobe is Planning to Charge Monthly For Apps Now

    photoframd
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Adobe has a very good track record of briefly surveying something before they implement it. This year, they decided to test different pricing structure to their current Adobe Cloud Plans. But, the new piece is a Smart App (Android & iOS) code named “Marvel”. There would also be a web-based version which would run through a browser. Marvel is a quick layout tool which emphasizes the simple drag-and-drop approach for web-layouts that are automatically mobile-friendly and quick templated print layouts. Marvel would be available in both a “Free” watermarked version as…
  • Photos – Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks NYC 2015

    photoframd
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks was again on the East Side this year. Even though I shot from the same Brooklyn vantage point this year, it was a different experience. Macy had changed the show. Instead of replicating the same program from each of the barges, Macy’s had the larger blasts in the center with smaller blasts closer to the shore. Different effect, different experience. All photos were taken with my Canon 7D Mark II & Canon 17-55mm EF-S lens using my previously posted tips on how to photograph fireworks. I did find that f/11 worked very well. Take a look. Canon 7D…
  • Canon 7D Mark II Tutorial – How to Photograph Fireworks 2015

    photoframd
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Once a year, Macy’s holds the biggest 4th of July party over the East River — the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.  The crowd lines up along the East River (or the Hudson on alternating years).  Think New Year’s Eve in Times Square x 40 blocks spanning both NYC & Brooklyn!  It’s pretty crazy, and the police start installing barracks around 5PM.  So, stake out your place early and bring a camera.  Yes, you really can take some good shots … by following these tips on photographing fireworks: 1. Find the best location: Fireworks can be photographed from…
 
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    The Kayview Gallery

  • Making Big Things Small With Photoshop Blur Galleries

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Every once in a while you'll look through the viewfinder of your camera and see something that really isn't there.  That was the case with today's image.  We were taking "a shortcut" (not really) home and were on a road that follows the Naugatuck River.  It's one of my more favorite routes home.  We heard a train whistle blow where there is no regular service, so I knew it had to be one of the New England Railroad Museum's tour trains.  If you were to flip back a ways in these posts you'd find a couple shots for trains along this track.  I had Doris pull up the…
  • Sometimes Photoshop Just Can't Do A Person Justice

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    The fellow in today's post is a friend.  That's a word I don't take lightly.  I have many acquaintances, some I like more than others.  But, the term friend has special meaning to me.  The guy in today's post is ninety five years old.  He lives in the same "active over 55" village we do and is truly "active".  His name is John.  Early in what he calls another life he was a photographer for Kodak.  Kodak doesn't hire bums as their official, shoot the world photographers.  At least they didn't.  Somewhere, in mid-life, he changed…
  • Using Photoshop Luminosity Masks When Dealing With Harsh Light

    11 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Light doesn't get much harsher than a bright blue cloudless sky.  That's what we were up against on Saturday.  The next town over from us was hosting a Civil War Reenactment.  The subject of today's image was one of the Confederate Volunteers.  These folks (men, women and children) come out for the weekend to different locations around the country with the idea of "putting on a show" for the attendees and having a good time for themselves.  Some are pretty straight laced.  They tend to be the "officers".  The "rabble", the "common ruck", the enlisted…
  • How I Shoot

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Never guess from today's image what we did over the weekend would you?  Okay, so maybe you would.  We (I) heard about this small track in Milford Connecticut where a group of guys get together (apparently mostly informally) to play in the dirt.  I took a look at their website and saw there was no entry fee for spectators unless a formal event was going on.  Hey, free action shots?  Why not.  When we got there we found five guys sitting around taking a break.  I asked if they were going to be riding any more or if the day was done.  They said to give…
  • PLaces You Can't Go Without Photoshop

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Click on image to enlargeToday's image definitely qualifies as a place you can't visit without, at least, some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (PS).  Why?  Basically, it's because the earth doesn't curve that way.  The horizon of an image can do many things.  It can be tipped (a big no no).  It can show the sweep of the land as in a arête along a mountainside with an apparent (but not real) slope to the surface.  Using an extreme wide angle lens the horizon can be bowed either up or down, but it can't be bowed both up and down.  In any case, today's image…
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    TipSquirrel

  • Soft Glow – Gaussian Blur Photoshop Quick Tip

    Eric Renno
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    Gaussian was a brilliant mathematician and developed an algorithm that works amazingly well for creating blurs. I would be happy to explain the algorithm, however 1. I don’t really have the space here and 2. I wouldn’t know where to start. What I do know is that for a very long time it was the go to blur for a number of effects. The post Soft Glow – Gaussian Blur Photoshop Quick Tip appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Photoshop an Ink Drop Video Logo Effect

    Eric Renno
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    In this video I make a really effective ink-drop logo effect in less than 10 minutes! It may look complicated but there's nothing here that you probably don't already do with your still images. As always I'd love to see what you do. The post Photoshop an Ink Drop Video Logo Effect appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Create a ‘Splinter’ or “Shattered’ Portrait Effect in Photoshop

    Eric Renno
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Using selections and the arrow keys you can create this Splinter or Shattered effect in Photoshop in no time at all... and it's quite good fun too! The post Create a ‘Splinter’ or “Shattered’ Portrait Effect in Photoshop appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Using Photoshop Selections to Add a Paint Splash Effect

    Eric Renno
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    In this video I step a little out of my comfort zone and create something 'arty'. Using selection techniques I add a splash effect obtained from two water splash images. The post Using Photoshop Selections to Add a Paint Splash Effect appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur

    Eric Renno
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Blur, the nemesis of all photographers, but there’s times when adding it can really make a difference, in this tutorial I take a look at Path Blur, one of the latest additions to Photoshop's Filter menu; The post Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur appeared first on TipSquirrel.
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    Photoshopgirl.com

  • Awesome August Font Bundle From The Hungry JPEG

    Kelly Anne Wills
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Sometimes the thing that can make a design really pop is choosing the right font. I know designers that agonize over their font choices for hours on end, trying out everything under the sun to make sure they get just the right look. The more choices you have, the better! Well, the folks over at The Hungry JPEG have put together an amazing font bundle this month. For only $29, you get 49 fonts plus 2 free bonus fonts for a total of 51 incredible looking fonts. Valued at $845, that is something on the order of a 95% discount, but this is only available during August. If this sounds interesting…
  • Three Professional Responsive WordPress Themes

    Kelly Anne Wills
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    WordPress continues to be a dominant platform on the web, constantly fleshing out its feature-set to better adapt to the needs of its community. A big change in the way sites are designed these days has been driven by the ubiquity of mobile devices. Sites are now expected to work well no matter the size of the screen a user is browsing on. Everything needs a nice term or buzzword of course, so this design strategy has been coined "responsive". Most WordPress themes that are new or under active development have updated their design techniques to make sure that your site will look great on…
  • Depositphotos Extension Review

    Kelly Anne Wills
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:24 am
    Most web professionals have come to rely on stock photography services for their day to day work. These sites have become a huge and integral part of the design industry that is always in need of fresh imagery for the thousands of websites that go online every day. One of the largest and most used services is Depositphotos, a giant in the stock photography business with an enormous catalog of photos. They have launched a very helpful addition to the designer workflow, the Depositphotos Extension for Photoshop, which will also integrate with Illustrator and InDesign. The workflow in the past…
  • Win a Free Developer Subscription to Elegant Themes

    Kelly Anne Wills
    11 Dec 2013 | 12:00 pm
    UPDATE 1/10/14 - This contest is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Dawid C., Rikki P., and Fernando S.! You have been contacted to verify your email addresses. Thanks to everyone who entered, I'll have more giveaways soon! I'm happy to bring some great news for 3 lucky readers today, as the team over at Elegant Themes has partnered up with us to award 3 developer subscriptions valued at $89 to our visitors. They've been around for a long time and have a fantastic reputation in the WordPress community. You'll get plenty of use out of your subscription, as the site currently boasts…
  • Web Hosting Giveaway From WebHostingBuzz.com

    Kelly Anne Wills
    16 Sep 2013 | 9:24 am
    UPDATE: This contest has concluded! The following winners will be contacted soon: Glenn, Lynn, and Sagar. Congrats! I have another exciting giveaway for you guys today! We've partnered up with our friends at WebHostingBuzz.com to give out some free hosting packages. As many of you will know, having a good web host that you can trust for your site is one of the primary things you need to have a successful web presence. This is also a monthly expense, so getting great hosting for free is a pretty good deal. WebHostingBuzz has been around for over 10 years and currently host over 250,000…
 
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    BittBox

  • Can’t Miss! The August Font Bundle is Here!

    brantwilson
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    The new bundle from TheHungryJPEG.com is definitely our favourite so far! With an incredible collection of over 50 fonts for the crazy price of $29, what’s not to like? This month, they have combined the right amount of curly, swirly, girly fonts and hard, rough, manly fonts so that there really is something for every project you are working on. It is also jam-packed full of extras, from watercolor brushes and logo template to badges and dingbats, which makes it even better value and so much fun to use! The guys at TheHungryJPEG.com also take care in ensuring you know exactly whats in…
  • iStock Promo Codes – August 2015

    brantwilson
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    *Updated August 2015* iStockphoto has recently updated their pricing structure and given Bittbox readers this new discounts. These iStock promo codes have been tested and guaranteed to work. Save up to 15% Off 18+ Credits with this iStock coupon code. For more iStock promo codes please visit our friends at Vecteezy. Today we have a little something different for you. Much of our traffic consists of designers looking for stock resources. While we wish we could offer you everything you’re looking for, unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Luckily our friends at iStock have…
  • Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls

    Jay Hilgert
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    I’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even more rare in vector format. Part of the reason is that most people, even avid Illustrator users, don’t realize how easy it is to create these shapes. All it takes is a few simple, yet not highly utilized Illustrator tips. This tutorial will show you how to create your own curlies, and swooshes easily, in Illustrator. It’s not nearly as…
  • How to Delete All Hidden Layers at Once in Adobe Photoshop

    Jay Hilgert
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Does your Photoshop document have what seems to be a million layers that are all turned off? Instead of deleting them one by one, you can save a lot of time by deleting them all at the same time! This simple feature is often missed by many professionals, but it is really much easier than I ever expected it to be. I’m not sure about later versions, but I know this is possible in both Photoshop CS6 and below… First open any layered Photoshop file and hide a few layers if you don’t have any hidden already. Then, in the Layers Palette, click on the little arrow in the upper…
  • 30 Illustrated Logos & Branding Designs

    Jake Rocheleau
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    Company branding affects every area of design including print and digital work. Hand-drawn illustration is a magnificent tool for building recognizable branding within a particular business. Although it is more of a complicated skillset, your design work will improve dramatically if you just keep practicing. This gallery includes 30 outstanding illustrated branding concepts you can study and utilize for your own work. Each of these examples demonstrate finished pieces and how your designs should look as a result. Check out a few designs and see if any illustrated styles can spark your…
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    Layers Magazine

  • Setting Up a Table of Contents Automatically in InDesign

    jeff witchel
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tables of Contents aren’t just for for books. They’re used in magazines, catalogs, manuals, long brochures and more. In this tutorial, Jeff will go through the ins and outs of setting up a Table of Contents from scratch including lots of tips and little-known secrets.
  • Photoshop”Gritty Gangster” Effect

    Corey Barker
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    This was one of those times when you see an image and just feel like you have to make something cool with it. I was actually on Fotolia.com looking for another image, but stumbled upon this one and was hit with an idea. I have seen this effect in many movie posters and, as you’ll see, the results speak for themselves. The moral of the story is: keep an open mind.   STEP ONE: Begin by opening the file of the gangster. (You can certainly use one of your own images, but I would suggest using this one, which I’ve made available for download on the book’s companion webpage, mentioned in…
  • Using the Amazing New Editing Features in Acrobat DC

    jeff witchel
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I lost count of how many times I’ve been asked by clients, “Can’t you just edit the PDF?” With Acrobat DC, I can be confident in answering, “Absolutely!” In this tutorial, I go through the process of editing text and even images in PDFs. I will also take a look at extracting text in Acrobat out of a scanned layout.
  • Grid as Design Element in Photoshop

    Corey Barker
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    Excerpted from Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 1, by Corey Barker I actually saw this effect in a movie poster, but it definitely has a number of uses. Once the base grid is created, you can add just about any image for any purpose. While we’re creating the effect, try to be open-minded as to different ways of using this technique for different types of design scenarios.   STEP ONE: Go under the File menu, choose New, and create a new document that’s 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall at 125 ppi, and make sure the Back­ground Contents pop-up menu is set to…
  • Using Timecode in Premiere Pro

    Daniel
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Explore several ways to display and export Timecode on your timelines and final video exports.
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    Vectips

  • Say Farewell to Summer with a Delicious Ice Cream Text Vector Effect!

    Mary Winkler
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Say goodbye to summer in the northern hemisphere with a delicious, drippy ice cream text vector effect! What a delightful way to end the season.       Tutorial Details: Delicious Ice Cream Text Vector Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance panel, Live Corners, Blending Modes Estimated Completion Time: 25 Minutes Final Image: Delicious Ice Cream Text Vector Effect Step 1: Delicious Ice Cream Text Vector Effect To start our farewell to summer ice cream text vector effect,…
  • Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

    Rype
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    If you found the previous Letterpress, Sketchy, and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Label Type tutorial. Like the previous tutorials, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements. Final Image: Stitched Label Type Treatment Below is the final stitched label type treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Detail: Stitched Label Type Treatment Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance panel, Effects,…
  • Create a Set of Download Buttons

    Andrei Marius
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a set of download buttons in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid. Once your document is set up, you will create the main shapes using basic tools and effects along with some simple vector shape building techniques. Next, you will learn how to take full advantage of the Appearance panel, how to use a built-in pattern and how to edit a small piece of text. Finally, using basic blending techniques you will learn how to easily recolor your buttons. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5…
  • Turn it On! Neon Light Vector Text Treatment

    Mary Winkler
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Brighten up your day with this fantastic neon light vector text treatment! We’ll use custom brushes and the Appearance panel in order to turn any text into bright, neon light text!       Tutorial Details: Turn it On! Neon Light Vector Text Treatment Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Text Treatment, Custom Brushes, Vector Effects Estimated Completion Time: 35 Minutes Final Image: Neon Light Vector Text Treatment Step 1: Neon Light Vector Text Treatment To start our neon light vector text tutorial, open a New Document…
  • How to Create Realistic Vector Leaves in Illustrator

    Iaroslav Lazunov
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    In this tutorial, we’ll find out how to create a realistic vector leaves which can be always used in your future projects. This leaf is essentially universal, i.e. you can always change its color and form. It might seem to you that it’s created with the help of the Gradient Mesh. But nope, it’s not the case. I used plain gradient fills. Would you like to learn how to create such leaves? Then put all your businesses aside and let’s draw! Tutorial Details: Realistic Vector Leaves Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4 – CS5 Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Topics…
 
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    Tuts+ Design & Illustration

  • Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, August Edition

    Mary Winkler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Tuts+ community! Every day visitors like you take the time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this set of results and join in for the next roundup, published next month!Vector Tutorial ResultsThe first set of pieces were taken from the comment sections of vector tutorials in an assortment of vector drawing programs. Check out the results below!Creating a Simple Kawaii…
  • New Course: Storyboarding in Sketchbook Pro

    Andrew Blackman
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIf you’ve ever wanted to know how to create storyboard frames for television commercials, then our new course, Storyboarding in Sketchbook Pro, is for you. What You’ll LearnProfessional artist Robert Marzullo will guide you through his process while demonstrating the features of Sketchbook Pro that make these illustrations come together. You will learn the techniques involved in creating and editing storyboard frames in this powerful program. By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of how storyboard frames are created and delivered…
  • How to Remove Lines From a Drawing: Convert a Drawing Into a Digital Painting

    Monika Zagrobelna
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    What You'll Be CreatingTraditional painting by default is not very precise. The brushes are made for creating big patches of colors that may become details when observed from a distance. When you try to paint at a smaller scale using a tiny brush, it turns into a drawing. In digital painting the border between drawing and painting is quite blurred. In the end it boils down to one difference: if you're trying to control the stroke, you're drawing; if you want the stroke to be free and expressive, you're painting.The problem occurs when you want to be expressive with your strokes and make them…
  • Animate a Cute Vector Bicycle in Adobe After Effects

    Yulia Sokolova
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    What You'll Be CreatingOne of the great advantages of a vector graphic is that it is not only easy to edit and scale to any size, but you can also make it move! Sound like magic? Follow this tutorial and learn how to make your cute vector bicycle ride on an infinite loop in Adobe After Effects!1. Prepare Your Image in Adobe Illustrator & Import It Into Adobe After EffectsStep 1We’ll be using the image from our Cute Flat Bicycle Adobe Illustrator tutorial. First of all, we need to prepare our image in Adobe Illustrator. You can add more details to the bicycle, such as shadows or…
  • We're Looking For More Talent to Join Team Awesome!

    Sharon Milne
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    In the Design & Illustration section, we have a large community of readers and instructors... otherwise known as Team Awesome. We're looking for a few more people to join our instructor ranks to create amazing educational content... could you be who we're looking for?What We're Looking ForWe're looking for some new instructors to help fill regular content spots in the following areas:VectorDoes the thought of smooth curves and creating graphics with the minimal point count get you going? Whatever your software choice (Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, CorelDRAW, GIMP, Inkscape, Affinity…
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    Nat Coalson Blog

  • This blog is no longer maintained

    Nat Coalson
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:25 pm
    If you’ve found your way here, thanks! But this version of the EyeLevel Journal is no longer being updated. Please visit and bookmark the new address: EyeLevelJournal.com
  • New Abstract Photograph: Invaluable Lessons

    Nat Coalson
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Abstract photograph (negative) made in Seville, Spain. Features white outlines of rectangles against a black background. A large teal, horizontal strip dominates the lower third of the composition. Fine art prints available in any size and on any material. Also available as handpainted, mixed media Original on canvas. Contact us for a custom quotation. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.
  • New Abstract Photograph: Indigo Rhythms

    Nat Coalson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Abstract photograph made in Zadar, Croatia features rich, saturated hues of red, magenta and purple, contrasting against deep blue and black. The slim, vertical orientation displays dynamic energy created by strong diagonal lines and rhythmic translucent bars. Fine art prints are available in any size and on any material. Also available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.
  • New Abstract Photograph: Balloons

    Nat Coalson
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Abstract photograph features soft circular shapes in yellow and turquoise. Fine art prints available in any size and any material. Contact us for pricing. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.
  • New Abstract Photograph: Interplanetary Traveler

    Nat Coalson
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Abstract photograph made in Paris, France. Horizontal image features a rough white square set against a textured field of deep browns and blacks, with diagonal lines and studded with blue specks. Fine art reproductions are available in any size and on any material. Also available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic. Contact us for custom pricing. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.
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    TipSquirrel

  • Soft Glow – Gaussian Blur Photoshop Quick Tip

    Eric Renno
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    Gaussian was a brilliant mathematician and developed an algorithm that works amazingly well for creating blurs. I would be happy to explain the algorithm, however 1. I don’t really have the space here and 2. I wouldn’t know where to start. What I do know is that for a very long time it was the go to blur for a number of effects. The post Soft Glow – Gaussian Blur Photoshop Quick Tip appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Photoshop an Ink Drop Video Logo Effect

    Eric Renno
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    In this video I make a really effective ink-drop logo effect in less than 10 minutes! It may look complicated but there's nothing here that you probably don't already do with your still images. As always I'd love to see what you do. The post Photoshop an Ink Drop Video Logo Effect appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Create a ‘Splinter’ or “Shattered’ Portrait Effect in Photoshop

    Eric Renno
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Using selections and the arrow keys you can create this Splinter or Shattered effect in Photoshop in no time at all... and it's quite good fun too! The post Create a ‘Splinter’ or “Shattered’ Portrait Effect in Photoshop appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Using Photoshop Selections to Add a Paint Splash Effect

    Eric Renno
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    In this video I step a little out of my comfort zone and create something 'arty'. Using selection techniques I add a splash effect obtained from two water splash images. The post Using Photoshop Selections to Add a Paint Splash Effect appeared first on TipSquirrel.
  • Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur

    Eric Renno
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Blur, the nemesis of all photographers, but there’s times when adding it can really make a difference, in this tutorial I take a look at Path Blur, one of the latest additions to Photoshop's Filter menu; The post Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur appeared first on TipSquirrel.
 
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    Tutvid.com

  • YouTube Gaming, Facebook “M”, and the next iPhone 6 – We, Geeks Podcast Ep. 28

    Nathaniel Dodson
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Listen to the Podcast Here! Will gaming breathe life into live-streaming YouTube? Earlier this week, YouTube rolled out their direct answer to Twitch, which they are calling YouTube Gaming – allowing gamers to stream their favorite games, watch highlights, and interact with the community. Powered by a new streaming platform, YouTube is hoping to become ...
  • The LIST: 15 Free Stock Photography Sites

    Nathaniel Dodson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Unsplash Stocksnap Pexels I’m Creator Picjumbo Kaboom Pics Crow The Stone Death To Stock Photo Snapwire Snaps Little Visuals Jay Mantri Magdeleine ISO Republic Raumrot Foodies Feed ONE MORE! FreeImages.com If you enjoyed these, please leave a comment below and share any great stock photography sites that you find useful and helpful! Thank you!  
  • Tiger on the Loose, iPad Pro, and First Person Shooters – We, Geeks Podcast Ep. 27

    Nathaniel Dodson
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Listen to the Podcast Here! Working For Amazon Sucks Be happy you don’t work for Amazon! The New York Times release an article after interviewing over 100 Amazon employees, one of which said: “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk”. Amazon apparently has a tool they call the “Anytime feedback ...
  • Google Alphabet and The Apple Music Nightmare – We, Geeks Podcast Ep. 26

    Nathaniel Dodson
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Listen Here! Who Even Uses “LOL” Anymore? Apparently we don’t use “lol” anymore online. A new study shows that we collectively use “lol” in our online conversations only about 1.9% of the time. Instead we’re using the term “haha” over 50% of the time and emoji over 33% of the time. Around 13% of us ...
  • 25 Amazing Examples of the Best Calligraphy & Lettering

    Nathaniel Dodson
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The Creative Alphabet True Detective Lettering The Typographers Toolkit Handwriting Chapter 2 Winter 33 Calligraphy and Lettering TOM BOY Calligraphy Calligraphy and Illustration Hand Lettering and Calligraphy FC Barcelona Lettering The Typers Lettering Atypical Calligraphy and 3D Type Typographical Mural Pink Party Calligraphy Collection Calligraphy Brush Pen Letters Calligraphy Workshop Lettering Old Works Calligraphy Collection ...
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    Photoshop Tutors

  • Photoshop Tutorial: How To Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

    photoshoptutors
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn some cool techniques you can use for hair, fur and other specialty subjects. So let’s look at the tools in Photoshop.The post Photoshop Tutorial: How To Cut Anything Out in Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Tutors.
  • How to Add Hair in Photoshop

    photoshoptutors
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    In this tutorial, you will learn how to shape and draw hair in Photoshop.Step 1: Hair ShapeUse a liquify tool to push and pull hairstyle. If you do not want to change the background, you should duplicate the background layer.Use the Forward Warp Tool to push the hair down to make the overall look a little more cohesive.Step 2: Cleaning Up Click here to view the tutorialThe post How to Add Hair in Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Tutors.
  • How To Turn Your Panorama Photos Into 360-Degree Planet Images

    photoshoptutors
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    In this tutorial, you will learn how you can turn panorama photos into 360-degree planet images. Taking photosFirst, you’ll need to make a panoramic image with a 360-degree panorama mode. We recommend using a location where there is a lot of sky and open ground; for example, a beach. Remember that the more sky you have instead of ground, the smaller the final planet will be.Post-productionNow, open Photoshop. Go to File = Automate = Photomerge.Click here to view tutorialThe post How To Turn Your Panorama Photos Into 360-Degree Planet Images appeared first on Photoshop Tutors.
  • How to Swap Faces in Photoshop

    photoshoptutors
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to swap faces. The same technique can be tailored to swap just specific features which will ultimately create a fun caricature.The post How to Swap Faces in Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Tutors.
  • Photoshop Tutorial: Photo Montage by Lightfarm Studios

    photoshoptutors
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    In this video you can follow the whole process from the sketch to the final Photoshop model.The Verge – Making of from Lightfarm Studios on Vimeo.The post Photoshop Tutorial: Photo Montage by Lightfarm Studios appeared first on Photoshop Tutors.
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