Photoshop Tutorials Blog » Design http://pstutorialsblog.com Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:22:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 A look at StockVault.net http://pstutorialsblog.com/96/a-look-at-stockvaultnet/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/96/a-look-at-stockvaultnet/#comments Sun, 30 Apr 2006 12:56:02 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=96 I have mentioned StockVault in an earlier post about sites that offer free stock photos. Now it’s time to take a closer look at this really useful site. Let’s start with the site’s aesthetics, since my lost post StockVault has gone through a major redesign. The new look of StockVault is really fresh and pleasant [...]

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I have mentioned StockVault in an earlier post about sites that offer free stock photos. Now it’s time to take a closer look at this really useful site.
Let’s start with the site’s aesthetics, since my lost post StockVault has gone through a major redesign. The new look of StockVault is really fresh and pleasant in the eye with nice use of colors. But that’s not really what is important about StockVault, the most important is what it actually offers designers and webmasters. So what here is a list of what you can find at StockVault:

The most useful from all of the above for most people would be the Gallery with the free stock photos. The gallery contains a total of 3,214 free stock photos (mostly around 2MP in size) for personal and non-commercial use. The highlight of the gallery is the textures and backgrounds sub gallery that holds more than 1000 pictures. Textures in my opinion is one of the most useful kind of stock photos for designers and it’s not that easy to find high quality textures and backgrounds. Another really interesting subcategory filled with useful pictures that you should definitely take a look at is the Objects subcategory. Besides the free stock photos, StockVault also provides asPhotopacks that can be used for commercial projects. Each photopack contains 25 photos and the price is really affordable, even cheaper than most cheap stock photo agencies like dreamstime and istockphoto.

Don’t forget to check the tutorials section, where you can find photoshop, dreamweaver and CSS tutorials. By far my favorite tutorial is the one titled Showcasing Your Work, nothing fancy but it sure is effective.

As a conclusion StockVault is a great resource for everyone interested in Design.

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Web Layout http://pstutorialsblog.com/88/web-layout/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/88/web-layout/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2006 17:23:42 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=88 With this tutorial I am going to show you how to design a simple web layout using Photoshop like the one bellow. 1. Let’s start by creating a new document. I created a document with a size of 1024*768. 2. Now fill the background with a dull color. I used #545964 3. The next step [...]

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With this tutorial I am going to show you how to design a simple web layout using Photoshop like the one bellow.

final result of web design tutorial


1. Let’s start by creating a new document. I created a document with a size of 1024*768.

create new document

2. Now fill the background with a dull color. I used #545964

3. The next step is to select the Rounded Rectangle Tool rounded rectangle tool and set the Radius to 40 pixels in order to draw the main body of our layout. (I like rounded corners and that is the reason I am using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, you can also use the Rectangle tool if you like). Draw a white rounded rectangle that is 700 pixels wide and has a height of 600 pixels. You can specify the width and height under the Rounded Rectangle Options

specify size

Place the Rounded Rectangle in the middle of your document and you should now have something like this.

main layout body

Now we are going to add a reflection to the rounded Rectangle that is so Web2.
4. Duplicate the Rounded Rectangle layer by pressing Ctrl+J (or Layer->Duplicate Layer)

5. Select the move tool move tool and drag the duplicate layer below the original

move duplicate layer below the original

7. Select the duplicate layer and add a Mask by clicking at this icon mask button at the bottom of the Layers Palette.

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IstockPhoto joins Getty Images http://pstutorialsblog.com/77/istockphoto-joins-getty-images/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/77/istockphoto-joins-getty-images/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2006 09:13:44 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=77 Istockphoto announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement with Getty Images and is now part of the Getty Images family. According to the reports Getty paid 50 Million $ to acquire IstockPhoto. I have mentioned IstockPhoto before in my Cheap Stock Photography post, but here is a small presentation. IstockPhoto was the pioneer in [...]

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Istockphoto announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement with Getty Images and is now part of the Getty Images family. According to the reports Getty paid 50 Million $ to acquire IstockPhoto. I have mentioned IstockPhoto before in my Cheap Stock Photography post, but here is a small presentation. IstockPhoto was the pioneer in microstock photography, they have launched almost six years ago and created a community of contributing photographers, that, allowed them to sell stock photos in very affordable prices (0.5$ at first). Since then they have grown and they now have a library of almost 625.000 royalty free photos and illustrations. Getty Images on the other hand, is the leader in professional stock photography and the dream of many professional stock photographers. They accept only a handful of contributing photographers each year and only accept the best of the best.

What I find interesting is that most professional stock photographers that contribute to Getty, Corbis, Alamy and all the other traditional stock photography agencies, used to flame and are still flaming the contributors of the microstock agencies like IstockPhoto. Their main point was that microstock photography devalues photography and threatens their livelihood. Here is an example of that at the PDN forums. I really wonder how are hey going to react to this.

Here is a part of the announcement:

Recently, in a rainy, sleepy suburb in Seattle, I met someone that shared my passion for iStockphoto and my drive to see it succeed. Over a greasy breakfast, he talked excitedly about how our community has created a new market, a culture of participation serving a vast audience. Our talk developed into a wide-ranging collaborative discussion about industry trends, size, consolidation and personal values. We dished a fair amount of gossip, too. After three hours passed in a blink, it was clear how naturally and sincerely our relationship was forming. We continued our dialogue as I detailed our community philosophy for site and feature enrichment, development of artist portfolios, international expansion, localized content and continuous improvement of our technology and methods. “This community is the most important development in the picture business this decade”, he declared. Yes, Jonathan Klein understood us. He “gets it.”

In Getty Images, we have found our perfect partner. On February 9, in the early hours of the morning, iStockphoto agreed to join the Getty Images family, functioning independently with the benefits of Getty Images, yet, very importantly for them and us, autonomy. They will nurture and encourage our pioneering spirit so that our entrepreneurial culture will continue to thrive.

You can read the whole announcement here

By the way, although currently I don’t have an active portfolio at IstockPhoto, I have been accepted as a contributing photographer. I guess that means that I can now proudly say that I am a Getty contributing photographer :)


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Adobe Proxy Volume 2 http://pstutorialsblog.com/76/adobe-proxy-volume-2/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/76/adobe-proxy-volume-2/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2006 00:05:51 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=76 Adobe has released the first issue of the second Volume of Proxy, Adobe’s free quarterly interactive design publication. You can find it and download it at Adobe’s Proxy site. At Proxy’s site you can also find and download the four issues of Volume 1. This latest issue includes a Photoshop Vanishing Point filter tutorial, an [...]

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Adobe has released the first issue of the second Volume of Proxy, Adobe’s free quarterly interactive design publication. You can find it and download it at Adobe’s Proxy site. At Proxy’s site you can also find and download the four issues of Volume 1.

This latest issue includes a Photoshop Vanishing Point filter tutorial, an interview with Alex Gelman, tips on converting InDesign projects into websites with GoLive, an interesting article about Illustrator’s Live Trace and Live Paint, an article about automation in Photoshop and much more.

Via The unofficial Photoshop Weblog

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Online Color tools http://pstutorialsblog.com/66/online-color-tools/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/66/online-color-tools/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2006 20:47:34 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=66 Choosing matching colors for a design is one of the most important steps for every design. There are a lot of ways to choose your colors based on color theory, however there are a number of online color tools that can help you create color schemes for your graphic or web design and make your [...]

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Choosing matching colors for a design is one of the most important steps for every design. There are a lot of ways to choose your colors based on color theory, however there are a number of online color tools that can help you create color schemes for your graphic or web design and make your life easier. Here is a list of some of those tools.

EasyRGB: Creates a 12 colors scheme from an RGB value.

Color Blender: Calculates midpoint values between two colors.

Color Schemer: Creates a set of 16 matching colors from an RGB or HEX value.

Palette Master: Creates a 42 colors palette from a base color.

ColorBlender: Creates a set of six matching colors. It also provides the option of saving the “blend” as a Photoshop Color table or as Illustrator colors.

Color Schemes 2: Creates sets of four matching colors using various color schemes techniques (Monochromatic, Contrast, “Soft” contrast / Triade, “Double-contrast” / Tetrade, Analogic colors).

Colour Lovers: Not a color tool but an online community where users share their color palettes.

ColorMatch5k: Creates a 6 color palette from a base color. (Doesn’t seem to work with firefox)

4096 Color Wheel: Helps you find and choose web-smart colors.

Color Palette Generator: Creates a color palette (up to 49 colors) based on an image.

Color Calculator: A handy tool for identifying color harmonies.

Color Toy: A flash tool that creates a nine color scheme from an RGB or a HEX value.

Color Palette: Creates a 10 colors palette from shades of the base color.

Technicolor: Creates a 12 color scheme from a base color.

ColorMixers: A very nice color schemes generator.

ColorMatch Redux: Creates a nine colors scheme that can be exported as a .act (photoshop color table) or .ai (illustrator colors) file. Based on ColorMatch.

I Like your Colors: Type in a URL and “I Like Your Colors” will extract colors the web site uses, complete with hex values.

ColorCombos At color combos you can find color combinations at the library but you can also test a color combination of your own to see how it looks on screen by using the “combo tester” tool.

Colorzilla: Colorzilla is a very nice Colorpicker and Eyedropper firefox extension. (Thanks Kate).

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