Online Color tools

January 27th, 2006

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.
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High Pass Sharpening Action

January 25th, 2006

I have created a small simple Photoshop action for sharpening images. This action uses the high pass sharpening technique which I believe is better than using unsharp mask. Within the action set I have included three small variations of the action, the only difference between them is the blending mode applied (Overlay, Soft light and Hard light). To use this action download the zip file below and extract the .atn file at your actions folder which by default is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop X\Presets\Photoshop Actions (replace the X with the photoshop version you are using). Load them at your actions palette, open the image you want to sharpen and just hit play.

Download action

Preview (100% crop)

Original ———————–> After running the action
High pass action preview

Adobe Camera Raw update

January 24th, 2006

Adobe has released an update of their Camera Raw software which has now reached version 3.3. This update adds support for 17 more digital cameras, among those are the Canon EOS 5D, the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N, the Nikon D200 and the Olympus E-500. This latest version, now supports a total of 113 digital cameras.
You can find more information about Camera Raw at Adobe’s site

Via MacWorld UK

Adobe Lightroom Beta

January 23rd, 2006

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

Misprinted type freeware fonts

January 22nd, 2006

I have mentioned Misprinted type earlier in my Free Photoshop Brushes post. However, besides brushes Misprinted type offers a nice selection of freeware fonts. A total of 19 freeware fonts are available for download. Most of the fonts offered are grungy and have a vintage feeling.

Here is an example of two of my favorite fonts from Misprinted Type (Diesel and Selfish)

Misprinted type freeware fonts preview

You can find the whole collection here