Photoshop Tutorials Blog » General http://pstutorialsblog.com Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:57:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Photoshop Elements 5 Review http://pstutorialsblog.com/120/photoshop-elements-5-review/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/120/photoshop-elements-5-review/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2006 20:21:39 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=120 Sue Chastain, from Graphicsoft has posted a review of Photoshop Elements 5 for windows. To be honest I have been thinking of upgrading a rather ancient copy that I own (version 2 lol) and this review have convinced me to do so. As you probably figure the review is generally positive. You can read the […]

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Sue Chastain, from Graphicsoft has posted a review of Photoshop Elements 5 for windows. To be honest I have been thinking of upgrading a rather ancient copy that I own (version 2 lol) and this review have convinced me to do so. As you probably figure the review is generally positive. You can read the review here .




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Competition for the Best Stock Photo Of 2006 http://pstutorialsblog.com/115/competition-for-the-best-stock-photo-of-2006/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/115/competition-for-the-best-stock-photo-of-2006/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2006 16:51:34 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=115 Not exactly related to Photoshop but I believe a lot of people might be interested in this Competition. Stockvault, one of the most well known sites offering free stock photos has launched a competition for the Best Stock Photo of 2006. Obviously this is a photography competition and the prize for the winner is 1000$. […]

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Not exactly related to Photoshop but I believe a lot of people might be interested in this Competition. Stockvault, one of the most well known sites offering free stock photos has launched a competition for the Best Stock Photo of 2006. Obviously this is a photography competition and the prize for the winner is 1000$. The competition is open to everybody that likes photography, no matter if he is an amateur or a pro and to be honest I am hoping that I will find some time to send a couple of entries, since photography is one of my favorite hobbies. Submissions of course need to be original and your own work and the minimum size is about 2MP.

So go ahead and read about the competition and don’t hesitate to participate.




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Photoshop TV Episode 18 http://pstutorialsblog.com/80/photoshop-tv-episode-18/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/80/photoshop-tv-episode-18/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2006 20:08:29 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=80 Photoshop Guys have released episode 18 of Photoshop TV. In this episode - Matt shows you a handy, automatic way to crop and rotate pictures from scanned photos, courtesy of the Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic book. - Scott gives you the lowdown on adding a bit of ‘bling’ to your images using glints. - Dave […]

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Photoshop Guys have released episode 18 of Photoshop TV.

In this episode

- Matt shows you a handy, automatic way to crop and rotate pictures from scanned photos, courtesy of the Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic book.
- Scott gives you the lowdown on adding a bit of ‘bling’ to your images using glints.
- Dave shows you the ins and outs of threshold layers masks.
- Special guest, Felix Nelson, demonstrates how to use layers to make a weather-beaten sign.

iTunes link

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Adobe Lightroom Beta 2 Released http://pstutorialsblog.com/79/adobe-lightroom-beta-2-released/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/79/adobe-lightroom-beta-2-released/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2006 18:03:39 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=79 Adobe has released Lightroom Beta 2. The main changes since the first version are: Now available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with Intel-based Apple hardware Crop and Straighten tools included in the Develop module Ability to add music to slideshows White balance support for the Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D50 cameras Ability to create […]

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Adobe has released Lightroom Beta 2. The main changes since the first version are:

    Now available as a Universal Binary for compatibility with Intel-based Apple hardware
    Crop and Straighten tools included in the Develop module
    Ability to add music to slideshows
    White balance support for the Nikon D2X, D2Hs and D50 cameras
    Ability to create hierarchical keyword sets
    XMP Import and Export capabilities. (Please consult Known Issues list for details)
    Improved Edit in Photoshop capabilities
    Improved metadata handling

For more information check PhotoshopNews

Also have a look at the updated Lightroom Resources list

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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 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 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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Photoshop tops wishlist of linux users http://pstutorialsblog.com/73/photoshop-tops-wishlist-of-linux-users/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/73/photoshop-tops-wishlist-of-linux-users/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2006 19:00:33 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=73 In a poll conducted by Novel, asking which is the program most Linux users want to see ported from Windows/MacOS, Photoshop ranks number one. The top five applications after a month of voting are 1. Photoshop 2. Autocad 3. Dreamweaver 4. iTunes 5. Macromedia Studio Via Desktop Linux

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In a poll conducted by Novel, asking which is the program most Linux users want to see ported from Windows/MacOS, Photoshop ranks number one. The top five applications after a month of voting are

1. Photoshop
2. Autocad
3. Dreamweaver
4. iTunes
5. Macromedia Studio

Via Desktop Linux

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Adobe Lightroom Beta http://pstutorialsblog.com/63/adobe-lightroom-beta/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/63/adobe-lightroom-beta/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2006 22:32:26 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=63 Earlier this month Adobe has launched the Adobe Lightroom Beta. Adobe® Lightroom™ Beta is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. Its clean, elegant interface literally steps out […]

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Earlier this month Adobe has launched the Adobe Lightroom Beta.

Adobe® Lightroom™ Beta is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. Its clean, elegant interface literally steps out of the way and lets you quickly view and work with the images you shot today, as well as the thousands of images that you will shoot over the course of your career. Because no two photographers work alike, Adobe Lightroom adapts to your workflow, not the other way around.

The beta is available for download at the Adobe labs website

Although I am looking forward to give it a try a few problems with my computer haven’t allowed me to do so.
Until then for more information, reviews and tutorials check out these links
Lightroom Learning Center
Lightroom Resource Center
Lightroom forums

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Cheap stock Photography http://pstutorialsblog.com/54/cheap-stock-photography/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/54/cheap-stock-photography/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2006 21:47:31 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=54 My previous post about free stock photos, however sometimes you might not find the photo that you are looking for at those sites. In that case the solution is to look at some of the commercial stock photography agencies. Stock photos at most of the well know stock photo agencies are really expensive with a […]

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My previous post about free stock photos, however sometimes you might not find the photo that you are looking for at those sites. In that case the solution is to look at some of the commercial stock photography agencies. Stock photos at most of the well know stock photo agencies are really expensive with a photo price ranging from about 100 up to several thousands of dollars. If you are running a big business and you are looking for that unique image that maybe ok with you, however if you are just looking for photos for your website or blog those prices are simply out of reach.
So, what is the alternative in that case? The answer is microstock photography sites. Microstock sites as they are commonly called offer stock photography at very affordable prices. Their prices range from 1$ per photo up to about 10$. You might be wondering about the quality of so cheap images, I can simply say that the quality in most cases is excellent. The way this sites work is simple, photographers and illustrators from all around the world upload their photos, these photos are then reviewed by human inspectors and if they meet the quality criteria of the sites they are added to their database. When a stock photo is sold the creator receives a commission. Personally, I am a contributing photographer at a number of these agencies and I make a nice side income from this activity of mine which at least funds my hobby of photography. Here are the links to the three I personally recommend both for buying but also for selling your photos and illustrations. (Note: I have included my referral link for some of these agencies, o if you sign up under me I will get a small commission if you buy or sell your images) There are many more but those are the ones that I like the most.

Dreamstime: Dreamstime is the first place that I visit when I am looking to buy stock photos. Why? Because it’s the cheapest and the quality is really good. Most of the photos cost just 1$ (very few cost 3$) and if you plan on selling your photos there you will get 50% commission. Dreamstime now offers almost 220.000 images for download right now.

Istockphoto: Istockphoto was the pioneer of microstock photography, the quality is excellent and the selection is very big. At the moment of writing this post Istockphoto has 584619 files for download. Besides stock photography Istockphoto offers a large selection of vector files (.eps). The prices range from 1 to 20$ depending on the size of the photo.

Fotolia: Fotolia is a relatively new microstock agency (a few months old) however they entered the microstock market very dynamically. In that short period they have managed to an archive of almost 250000 photos. Prices start from 1$ per photo as well. One thing that I should note is that fotolia also offers a collection of free photos as well.

Here are the links to the other microstock sites that I know just in case you are looking for more affordable stock photography resources.
Canstockphoto
Bigstockphoto
Stockexpert
Gimmestock
ScandinavianStockPhoto
AreaImage
Shuttermap
StockPhotomedia
USPhotoStock

There are also some subscription based affordable Stock Photography agencies which I haven’t mention in this post but I will probably make a post about them in the future.

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Best Sites for Free Stock Photos http://pstutorialsblog.com/44/free-stock-photos/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/44/free-stock-photos/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2005 19:55:56 +0000 http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=44 Stock photos are an essential part of web and graphic design. There are tons of stock photos agencies that offer high quality photos, however, the price is not always affordable especially when working on a tight budget or sometimes with no budget at all. The solution in this case is finding free stock photos something […]

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Stock photos are an essential part of web and graphic design. There are tons of stock photos agencies that offer high quality photos, however, the price is not always affordable especially when working on a tight budget or sometimes with no budget at all. The solution in this case is finding free stock photos something that isn’t always easy, in order to make this process easier I have compiled a list with sites that offer free stock photos. Enjoy

Updated 10/05/2014

Freeimages.com
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Freeimages.com (formerly sxc.hu) is one of the oldest and largest free stock photo sites. More than 400000 are currently available for download.

Morguefile
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Morguefile is one of the first free stock photos libraries. It has been online for almost 20 years now and offers a big collection of free photos.

Stockvault
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A large library of user contributed free images. The standard license they use allows commercial use but requires attribution.

Freerangestock
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Requires free registration in order to download the available photos. The photos can be used for personal and commercial projects without attribution.

Flickr Creative Commons
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Flickr hosts several million images that are under a creative commons license.

StockFreeImages
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Another huge repository of free stock photos. It is owned and operated by dreamstime, one of the largest microstock sites.

PublicDomainPictures.net
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Site offering a nice collection of public domain images.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons preview
A huge repository of freely licensed media files including photos.

Pixabay
pixabay preview
Large library of photos licensed under Creative Commons CC0

PickupImage
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Decent sized library of free photos and clipart.

Picjumbo
picjumbo preview
Not a huge selection of photos, but all the available images are of high quality.

Unsplash
unsplash preview
Offers 10 free high quality photos, every 10 days.

Gratisography
Gratisography preview
Another site that focuses on quality rather than quantity.

Public Domain Archive
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Offers high quality public domain images.

Everystockphoto
everystockphoto preview
A search engine for free stock photos.




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