Archive for January, 2008


More Photoshop and Illustrator goodies

January 31, 2008

Introduction to the photoshop layout is a video tutorial that is ideal for beginners to Photoshop introducing the user interface to those who are new to the program.

Stephanie of Obsidian Dawn has released some lovely Texture brushes hat can be used in Photoshop. They are created to be used as brushes ie actually painted into an image so the assumption is that you enjoy drawing. Its not quite the same a squishing paint about or getting mucky with pastels but almost as much fun! If you are a heavy user of Photoshop’s base texture brushes you will enjoy these.

Ladyvictoire has creates some Script brushes for Photoshop for Brusheezy
Diane Miller has written a tutorial on Changing Colors Selectively in Adobe Photoshop CS3


Keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop

January 25, 2008

Key Board shortcuts not only increase your productivity as they save you time but they also save your hands from problems caused  by over use of one set of muscles. Why do I say this? Any work practice that involves less mouse clicks is better from an occupational health point of view, because when you switch between key board and mouse you are using your hands in a different way.

These Power Shortcuts For Working With Layers in Photoshop mean you are moving your hands from clicking a mouse constantly to using the key board. It’s just a little thing but if you use a graphics program for hours on end it is these small work practices that can lead to either having a problem or not.

Of course I should add that the best thing you can do to protect your hands is take regular hourly breaks!


More Photoshop and Illustrator goodies

January 21, 2008

This tutorial by Barton Damer shows you how to create and use brushes in Illustrator to make  complex and intricate patterns

How to Change Your Designs Colors in Illustrator CS3 is a video tutorial on using the live color tool in illustrator, produced by Pixelpusher
Cloud image from Pixel Digest is a tutorial suitable for new hands to Photoshop. It shows you how to render a shape to look like a cloud. This beginner level tutorial introduces using shapes, feathering a shape, working with layers and using the render filter.

Photoshop Extended Animation 101, Part 1 briefly steps you through the animation features in Photoshop CS3 explaining  what a key frame, the basics of working with the time line feature, using the position property  of a layer and Animation 101, Part 2 examines the opacity and style properties and how these too can be animated before saving as a small video.


Photoshop and Illustrator Goodies

January 17, 2008  is a design centered blog that provides links to free icons, brushes and shapes, tutorials, vector graphics, patterns and the like.

Bittbox has released some free vector tree Silhouettes

Brusheezy has pointed to a set of  Branches and Foliage Photoshop brushes

Paul Lasaine has produced a Photoshop Brush Tutorial is a Photoshop resources website, which offer a large collection of free photoshop styles, shapes and gradient presets

Blend Photos With Apply Image is a tutorial that explains how to use the Apply image feature in Photoshop
” Apply Image allows us to blend, or “apply”, a layer and channel from one image with a layer and channel of another image. It’s similar to using layer blend modes to blend layers together in the Layers palette, with the added ability to blend individual channels together as well. This not only gives us much more control over how the images are blended, but also opens up far more creative possibilities and gives us better overall results.”

Russell Proulx has a tutorial on how to create a customized Photoshop Web Photo Gallery using HTML Styles