Posts Tagged ‘graphics’

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Free textures

July 11, 2008

Lost/Taken describes itself as a high quality free texture site and it is. There is some great images to be found there that can be used for any of your projects, both personal and commercial. The textures that caught my eye and downloaded for testing were all 3072px x 2048px. So they are useful freebies.

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Sample chapters on Photoshop and Illustrator

May 26, 2008

Peachpit often provide sample chapters of their books. The site houses such items as a sample chapter on using the Bridge in CS3 and the Photoshop Reference Guide by Matt Kloskowski houses a number of video tutorials. Unlock the True Power of Illustrator by Mastering Vectors written by Mordy Golding focuses on the pen tool. These are a few of the resources to be found at Peachpit so do explore a little particularly the blog

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Free textures

May 14, 2008

Over on Bittbox there is a great Freebie roundup for texture lovers with 12 Places To Download Free Textures

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Photoshop Express

April 7, 2008

Adobe has released a free web based image manipulation tool Photoshop Express which allows users a simple way to enhance, share, and store photos. This is a beta product so I imagine there will be more features and functionality developed.

You join and upload your JPEG images both of which I found quick and easy. Phtotoshop express just supports JPEG files so your images must be saved int hat format. It’s all fairly obvious but you can also Test Drive Photoshop Express using that feature on the home page.


The crop and rotate tool in action
Once photos are loaded via the edit button you will discover the basic tools used for image manipulation.

Autocorrect option
These include basic manipulation tools such as crop and rotate, autocorrect red-eye removal, touch up and saturation.

You can fine tune the image with white balance, highlight, fill light , sharpen, and soft focus.

People will enjoy the Effects options pop color, hue, black and white, tint, sketch and distort options are avalable.

You can preview what the image will look like and feel free to experiment as at anytime you can undo what you have done by clicking the cross on the right hand side of the image.


Popcolor options

Hue options

Black and white options

Tint options


Sketch Options


Distort in action
If you want to apply the effect to this image click the green tick on the right hand side of the screen.

You can also ‘zoom in’ on the image using the plus and minus icons found at the bottom left hand of the screen

Photos uploaded are not automatically made public. If you want to share them click Albums in the left column, then choose the checkbox labeled Share under the albums you want to make public.

You will need Flash Player 9 but that is free to download.

There is free storage space of up to 2 gigabytes and you can easily connect to Facebook, Google’s Picasa, and Photobucket. This means you can open your Facebook photos from within Photoshop Express, edit them, and save them back.

It is not in any way an online replacement for your desktop Photoshop CS3 but then it is not meant to be. At times it’s a bit slow but for a beta product I think its a great online editor with the exception that I could not find a way to change the size of an image or rename a photo.

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More Illustrator and Photoshop goodies

March 27, 2008

Keeping up with and understanding new features in software releases is always a bit of a challenge. For those who are using Flash and Illustrator hand in hand Understanding 9-Slice Scaling explains the new feature that has been added to Illustrator CS3 which allows you to control a Movie Clip symbol to scale in a particular way.

Drawing in Illustrator is the first part of a series on drawing (including using the pen tool) by Jeremy of Sack Lunch

Pretty Circles is a Illustrator tutorial which is aimed at those new to the program. This tutorial on Nora’s blog is ideal if you are new to Illustrator and want to understand transparency better.

Bittbox has written a new tutorial Illustrator 101: Faster Font Selection

In Inspiration: Assemblage, Montage, and Collage Sean Hodge of PSDTuts, has “assembled some resources together that will encourage you to combine and unify elements. Review traditional concepts, look at current work, and get inspired by digital masters. Learn powerful collage techniques and how to apply them in your designs.”