Web Layout

March 15th, 2006

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

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Free Photoshop Plugin – PixelSampler

March 13th, 2006

Twisting Pixels are offering a new free Photoshop plugin called PixelSampler. This new plugin has 7 seperate filters which are:

Developer descriptions:

DuoTone: create precise tones composing of two color choices. Use brushes to paint away parts you don’t want on your image.

MonoTone: a wonderful way to make a monochromatic print out of a single color.

Black and White: Our technology automatically uses a green and yellow filtering system, which cuts down the transmission of blue light, making skies appear darker and clouds stand out more. Orange and red filters are used to lighten tones and darken those of other colors, which produce dramatically darkened skies.

Contrasting Levels: Caputres details lost in the shadows. It also reduces the brightness range of an excessively contrast image, by subduing bright areas of sky, water, snow, and sand which bring the light back to a normal range.

Grain: will give your image the look of exposed and processed silver halides left behind on film emulsion. Use this effect to give your image the unique grain shapes that align better than conventional ones

Warm Cool: Use this on color images to give either a cooling or a warming effect. Cooling filters are pale blue and will warm a pale straw color. Warming will prevent a cold feel to pictures taken on overcast days or in shady areas on sunny days.

StarLight: add flare to your art. This feature will render brilliant points of light from your image highlights.

I haven’t played with the filter enough but so far it looks like a really nice filter and you can’t beat the price (I will post examples later on). You can downlod it and view some examples of the effects PixelSampler can create at the Website of Twisting Pixels.

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Displacement Map filter resources

March 10th, 2006

The Displace filter is probably a filter that is used very little by most Photoshop users However, it is a very useful filter for achieving various effects. Here are links to two sites that provide some great tutorials for the use of the Displace filter and displacement maps.

The Golden Mean
The Golden mean has 8 pages of tutorials and examples of how you can use the displace filter.

Technical Slop: Technical Slop hasn’t been updated for quite sometime now. However it has some great tutorials and examples that will help you understand the and master the Displace filter.

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Page Curl Photoshop Action

March 7th, 2006

I have created a small action based on the Page Curl Tutorial. The action simply creates a page curl in any of the four corners of an image.

Here are a couple of examples.

Page curl action first example
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Quick Text Transformation

March 2nd, 2006

Here is quick tip for quickly transforming your text layers.

Start typing your text. As an example I just typed Text

Type your text
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