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Entries about photoshop

May 20, 2008

10 Free Web-based Alternatives to Photoshop

I’m fed up with Photoshop and its one billion rarely-used features. How about a simple photo-editor that’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. Fortunately, there’re tons of web-based photos editors popping up. Most are crap, but some are promising. Check out these free web-based Photoshop alternatives: 1. Picnik Arguably, Picnik is the most […]

Mar 28, 2008

Adobe launches Photoshop for the web

As if there aren’t enough permutations of Photoshop, Adobe’s just launched Photoshop Express. This web-based version of Photoshop enables you to quickly crop, touch-up, distort, and apply effects to any of the billions of images you’ve taken with your cam. I haven’t delved in too deeply yet, but I’m fairly impressed with how well it […]

May 18, 2007

Portfolio tip: Look real by faking it

What’s an easy way to improve your design portfolio? Make your work look real. Did you design a killer poster? Show it hanging on wall or on a billboard. If it’s a magazine, take a picture of someone reading it. A web page? Put it in a browser and show it on a monitor. In […]

Jan 8, 2007

Quick and dirty vignettes in Photoshop

My favorite trick for adding drama to an ordinary photo is to give it a vignette effect. If you’ve seen old black and white photos, you’ll sometimes notice the corners are darker than the rest of the image. It’s usually undesirable. But done purposefully and tastefully, vignetting can give an image added interest, depth, and […]

Dec 21, 2006

Adobe’s new icons: Love or hate ’em?

Adobe’s recent Photoshop CS3 beta is quenching the desperate thirst of Photoshop fanatics everywhere. But it’s new icon system is causing some controversy. The new icons use a system of abbreviations to represent each Adobe product, a bit like the symbols in the periodic table. Since their introduction in 2003, the Adobe Creative Suite icons […]

Oct 16, 2006

Give and get direct feedback with Photoshop Notes

After slaving away creating beautiful design comps or prototypes in Photoshop, you’ll most likely have to show them to a client, colleague, or creative director to get feedback. Often, this process generates some confusion as emails and verbal exchanges go back and forth. To reduce uncertainty and mix-ups, use Photoshop’s Notes tool to place comments […]

Aug 10, 2006

Fake the look of film grain on digital photos

Petteri Sulonen has a quick trick for faking the graininess of authentic high-speed film on sharp digital photos. Instead of Photoshop filters that look fake, Petteri uses a grain file he created by scanning a photo of a cloudless sky taken with a traditional camera and high-speed film. He then layers the grain file on […]

Aug 9, 2006

Create a photo montage poster using iPhoto

Mac community mini-celebrity, Mike Matas, shares an easy way to create a montage or “Life Poster” of your photos. You can order the poster through iPhoto. The 7-step process is simple enough for anyone comfortable using iPhoto. One quick step requires Photoshop. Find the Life Poster walkthrough on Mike’s blog. The 20″x30″ poster is composed […]

Jul 6, 2006

How to use Photoshop to retouch your photo and have flawless skin

Nobody’s perfect, but with Photoshop you can be. Mizuno from Photography-on-the.net has a great and detailed step-by-step tutorial on using Photoshop to achieve that blemish-free fashion cover look. Zits, blackheads, uneven skin tone, and freckles are all wiped away with the miracle of Photoshop. Mizuno’s Super Airbrush PP Tutorial! [via Photography-on-the.net]