Tuesday, November 09, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Brushes 2 - Shape Dynamics

The second in the series about brushes in Photoshop is up, and ready!



This time, all about Shape Dynamics! How to change the size, angle, and roundness of your brush as you paint, using a jitter, a control, or both!

You'll also find out how Fade works, how you can set the minimum size, angle, or roundness for a brush, and lots more. This one is kind of long, but it's jam packed with useful information!

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Lots of new stuff for Second Life®

This has been a busy week in SL™ !

Redd Columbia is sponsering a ThanksGIVING Food Market in Salchicha Harbor which benefits the World Food Programme.

She's built a beautiful barn, all strung with lights, and put tables, benches, and things inside like a farmer's market. Then she invited everyone who wants to participate to put out food related items. Anything, really, just so long as it is connected to food in some way. Everyone is also giving a percentage from their sales to WFP.



I made a new Harvest tea set, some red Mary Jane shoes with a bow and a peppermint, and some Holiday Candy Chucks. I'm also selling seven other things that I already had that happen to have food on them, or actually be food!

While I was at it, I made the Mary Janes in a few other colors, too. I hope to get them up on the Marketplace after I'm finished recording the Tutorial tomorrow.

Then, while unpacking a box of stuff (yes, we're still doing that most days) I came across Michael's old propeller baseball cap, and just had to bring that into SL! I already had the cap, so all I had to do was the propeller, really. Those should be coming out sometime this week.

Which gives me more stuff than I can fit in the Kick the Can store as it stands now, so I'm going to be adding another floor to it! I designed it to do that, way back when, so it's not going to affect the outside. But it'll almost double the room that I have to work with inside. Tomorrow I'll get some shelves done for all the shoe boxes, and then I'll be making the changes live in world!

So... lots done, and lots still to do! But at least it's all fun. :D

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Photoshop Tutorial - Brushes part 1

Today I'm starting a series of Photoshop Tutorials about brushes. We'll probably be doing this for a few months, at one lesson a week, because brushes are so very rich and powerful, and so very, very flexible.

Also, Brushes changed in CS5; so first I'm going to show you how they worked in CS4 and earlier versions, and then I'll show you the new ways.



We'll start out by learning how to get the cursor you want, and how to change the diameter and hardness of a brush from a panel, or directly from the keyboard. Then we'll begin to tap into the power of the Brush panel by looking at spacing, roundness and angle. You'll learn how to make a calligraphic brush that has exactly the dimensions and angle that you want! Finally, we'll take a look at flipping captured brushes either horizontally or vertically, so you'll know what's going on next week, when we play with Shape Dynamics!

Enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Exploring Gradients, Final Chapter

It's Tuesday again, and I'm (mostly) over the bug that stole my voice last week, and have another PS Tutorial done!

This is the last part of the series on Gradients. This week, a few things you can do with them.



I'll show you how to make a vignette using a gradient on a layer mask, with a nice big clear area in the middle, and how to combine several radial gradients to make it appear that there are multiple center points.

Of course, there are endless things you can do with them; but this answers the three questions I was asked about specifics. So, unless I get more questions, this is it. You're on your own now; have fun exploring!

Next week, I'm planning to start a series about Brushes.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Polished Leather Mary Janes in Second Life®!

My fascination with shoes in SL™ continues. This week, I've come out with a new finish for my popular Mary Jane shoes; Classic polished leather.



The polish has been baked on, and appears to glow on the glove-soft leather. (Not SL "Glow".) There is a cut design of hearts and dots that follows the curve at the top opening of the toe, and the buckles are brass. The sole is textured, to provide firm footing for active feet.

Available in 7 colors (Black Licorice, Chocolate, Navy, Red Licorice, Caramel, Cotton Candy, and White Sugar) for L$150 a pair, or in a Fat Pack that contains all 7 for L$925; a 12% savings over buying them individually.

There's a resize script, so you can get a perfect fit, but it's not an evil one. It exists in only one prim per shoe, so it won't cause a lot of lag, and you can delete it once the shoe fits perfectly if you're sure your feet are not going to be growing.

You'll find a Base shoe, to shape your foot so it looks best, and an Alpha Layer to hide the bottom if you're using V2 in the pack, as well as instructions about using the script and so on.

Demos available, so you can see how nice they look in world before you spend your money! All the colors are for sale now at Kick the Can main store, or in the Robin (Sojourner) Wood store on the Marketplace.

So, that's the basics (patent and classic) covered. Now I get to start really having fun with them! But first, I think I'll make some plain colored Chucks for those who have been asking me for them.

And I think my voice has recovered enough that there'll be a new tutorial on Tuesday, too! Lots of fun stuff ahead. :D

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Noise Gradients

The third tutorial in the series about Gradients in Photoshop. This time, noise gradients!



I have a new microphone (thanks, Michael!) so hopefully it will be loud enough for everyone, and I won't have any more complaints about that. (It also lets me eliminate the buzz that caused such problems last week.)

Enjoy!

Jack 'O Lantern Tea Set for SL™

I almost forgot! I've been making so much the last few days, that I nearly forgot to post the new tea set!



It's one of my Interactive Tea Sets, which serves or cleans up tea with a touch of the tray, and gives unlimited cups of tea, saucers to hold while you sip the tea, and plates of petit fours.

You can also change the linens by touching the napkin. This time, you can set each napkin and the mat individually, so you can have any kind of color combination you like!



All this for only L$450! No Mod, No Copy, Transfer Only. Get it now at the Home and Garden Store in SL

New Stuff for Second Life®

If you're a Resident of Second Life, you might be interested in a couple new things that I finished recently!

First is Halloween Chucks, to complete your Halloween outfit in style!



Designs range from piles of Halloween candy, to candy corn, to Black Jack the Halloween cat (shown) and on to spiderwebs in four colors with a realistic orange and black spider on the heel. (Not for arachnophobes, but nice and spooky for everyone else!) L$150 a pair, Transfer Only. There's a 1 prim resize script included so you can get a perfect fit.

Come check them out, and try a free demo! You can find all the spooky goodness at Kick the Can Main Store, and at Robin Wood AV Store.

I also finished some white jeans yesterday. People have been asking for them, and now you can have them!



I mean, sure, it's after Labor Day here, but Spring is just starting for our neighbors in the Southern Hemisphere!

There are Good Jeans, Plain Pocket, or Worn Jeans (shown) in white, with a choice of six different thread colors. Available individually for L$50, or in Fat Packs with all of that type of jean in every thread color for L$225. Mod, Copy, no Transfer; so if you get the white ones, you can make them any color you can imagine!

Get them now at the Robin Wood AV Store, in the same area as the other jeans.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mary Janes in SL™

If you're a resident of Second Life®, you probably know that shoes are very popular there.

Until recently, I never bothered with shoes, since I'm usually barefoot in both worlds. But I decided that I wanted to have some for an outfit I was working on, and, well... turns out that shoes are really interesting to make!

So, although the outfit is still on the back burner, I now have several kinds of shoes available for sale in SL.

I just finished making Mary Janes for little girls.



These are original sculpts, made in modo and imported through Blender, and then carefully textured.

They have textured soles, realistic silver buckles, stitching, and an eyelet border at the top edge of the toe. Inside, they have hearts sprinkled on the lining, and my logo on the insole. Included in the purchase is a Base Shoe, a v2 Alpha Layer, and instructions. There's a really easy to use resize script in a single prim that resizes the entire shoe, so it's a snap to get a perfect fit.

I made 8 colors of the Patent Leather shoes. You can get them individually for L$150, or you can buy the Fat Pack (shown above) for L$1050. That's 8 pairs for the price of 7! Available now in in the Girl's section of the Kick the Can Main Store. Come try on a demo!

You can also get the black ones, the navy ones, or the Fat Pack at the new SL Marketplace.

Photoshop Gradient Tool - Editing Solid Gradients

This tutorial was a bit late.

On Monday (when I usually do the filming) I was quite surprised to find that my voice was just not working. Every few words it would seem to catch, and .. nothing would come out. Okay, I've had a sore throat, but this was ridiculous!

I tried again on Tuesday morning. Except when I listened to the first take, there was a horrible annoying cyclic buzz-buzz-buzz through the whole thing. I turned off everything in the house that I could turn off, and the buzz persisted. So I kept trying. Finally, I was able to get a decent recording. I have no idea what was causing the buzz, or why it stopped long enough to film, but I'm glad that it did.

So, here's the second in the series about Gradients in Photoshop.



This time, a quick tour of the Gradient Editor, and then we learn how to change the transparency and colors, add and delete Stops, sample color from anywhere in the gradient or anywhere on your desktop to use in a Color Stop, and how to use the Foreground or Background colors in the gradient so the gradient changes as you change your colors. Finally, we learn how to add the new gradient to the panel, and how to save all the gradients, or just one of them, so you can have them forever!

Hope it helps!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New PS Tutorial Series Starts Today!

It's Tuesday, and time for another Photoshop Tutorial. I've taken a suggestion from a viewer, and I'm starting a series about using the Gradient Tool.



Today, we'll be finding out what all the things on the Options/Control bar do, and how the five gradient types work, so you can get the results you want when you click and drag. 

Next week, we'll take a look at editing gradients, so you can have exactly what you want, and the week after that, we'll explore Noise Gradients.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Type Tricks 3

The third, and final, tutorial about live type in Photoshop.



This time, some advice, and some exploration of masks on the Type Layer.

Next week, something new and different! (Feel free to give me suggestions, if there's anything you've been wondering about in PS!)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New for Second Life® - Cutest Chucks Ever!

I've been working on new Chucks forSL kids! They're Chuck Pets, and are just like bunny slippers. Only they're not bunnies, and not slippers. :D The first batch are kitties!



You can choose White, Calico, Siamese or Black (which is perfect for Halloween.)

All of them are slip ons, which means that they don't have bows, and the laces are arranged in a ladder pattern.

L$150 for a pair of shoes. No copy, No mod, but there's a really nice, low-lag resize script that lets you easily get a perfect fit. When you're done, you can delete it, so your shoes won't even have that one little script in them.

Come try on a demo now, at the Kick the Can store in Livingtree. And yes, I'm afraid that they are only available in the Virtual World of Second Life, and not in the Real World. I'm sorry.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Type Tricks 2

The second tutorial about embellishing live type in Photoshop!



This one starts where the last left off, and covers adding a mask to one of the clipped layers, to fade the effect in, and changing the Blending Mode of the effect. Then we learn how to change the color of type, and how to get the gradient that we thought we were going to get with the layer style in the first video, except the Layer Style Dialog wouldn't allow it.

Finally, we learn how to use Hue and Saturation or Free Transform to tweak gradients and masks that have already been applied.

Next week, we'll finish this series by applying a mask directly to the type, and reminding you all that just because you can add all this stuff to type doesn't mean that you should. :D

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Type Tricks 1

This week, at the request of one of my viewers, I'm starting a new series about type in Photoshop.



We're starting by applying a Layer Style, and then editing that style to get exactly what we want. Next I'll show you how to make it look like the type is "ghosted" so you can see the background through it, while keeping the style at 100% opacity.

After that come a couple of tricks so you can change the font without scrolling through the menu, and use all caps without having to retype titles that are mixed upper and lower case.

Finally, we start to explore layered fonts; putting a the background into the letters so you can invert it, putting another image into the letters, and using filters on the pictures in the letters.

Next time, we'll have a lot more about that, and perhaps branch into other things.

Until then, enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - The Line Tool

I'm back, much refreshed from my week off, with a new Photoshop tutorial. This time, it's all about the Line Tool.



A friend of mine thought that there was no way to make simple straight lines in Photoshop.

So I did this tut, to show her that there's a tool that not only makes straight lines in any thickness you could possibly want, using any unit of measure you're likely to need, but it can put arrowheads on the lines, and you can edit the arrowheads to give them a bit of character.

With a little work, you can even make the arrows curved!

Since the Line Tool is one of the Shape Tools, and I show you how to curve it by editing the path in the Vector Mask of a Shape Layer, this really fits in very well with the series just completed, too.

Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

New stuff for Second Life®

There's not a new video tutorial this week, but I used the time to get a lot of things done in Second Life!

I got some bracelets finished, to go with the candy necklaces!



Just like the necklaces, to "bite" a piece off, you just touch it. The piece vanishes, and the bracelet announces who took a piece from whose bracelet, and what color it was. So you can have "wars" and try to bite candy from your friend's jewelry while protecting your own. (Hint; Dancing makes it much harder to get you.)

They're in my stores now, and also on XStreet. You can buy them as a set, or get the pieces separately.

I also finished the flip flops that I've been working on. The vendors, as always, took slightly longer than the product itself. I have to figure out a way around that!



These are basic sculpted flip flops, in 13 designs ranging from plain through checkers, stripes, swirls, and polka-dots, and into footprints and the Vitruvian Man! All black graphics on white, so they look gorgeous when you color them in eye-bleeding summer colors!

They're ready to go for kids (size 0) and for adult feet. Instructions are included if you need to resize them to fit you. You can find them at the Robin Wood AV Store, all Kick the Can stores, and also on XStreet; and you can buy a single pair, or a fat pack with the whole baker's dozen.

Besides all that, I've been swimming a lot; so I'm feeling much refreshed, and ready to make another tutorial next week, and more things for SL™ and my website!

I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Eatable Candy Necklaces in Second Life®

If you happen to be a kid in SL™, I just finished making something you're sure to love!

Remember those candy necklaces? When you wanted a nibble, you'd just bite a piece off. They weren't very sanitary, but they were lots of fun!

Now you can have one in SL!



This highly realistic necklace has seven different candy colors, arranged randomly on a sculpted "elastic" string.

If anyone touches a candy, it will vanish, and the necklace will announce who took what color from whose necklace, so you can chase each other around filching candy!

When it's all gone, just take it off and wear it again to have a new one, with a totally new arrangement of colors! No two necklaces are ever the same.

On sale now at Kick the Can main store (in front, where the fireworks are tonight, and then inside the store.) L$150. Mod/Transfer, no Copy.

I've already gotten a matching candy bracelet done, and it'll be out as well, as soon as I can get a vendor made for it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last Tutorial in the Custom Shapes series

The five-tutorial set about Custom Shapes in Photoshop ends this week with one last lesson about Vector Masks.



Learn how to use Vector Masks in tandem with Layer Masks, how to pull paths out of a vector mask to use elsewhere, and how to make your vector masks "pop" using Layer Styles. Hope you like it!

I'm seriously thinking about skipping the tutorial next week, if no one objects. I've been doing one a week every week since December, except the week we moved, and I really feel like I need a tiny vacation.

By the way, if there's something you'd really like to find out about in Photoshop, let me know! I'll be starting the tutorials back up after next week, and I'm always open to suggestions. (I might do one on the Line tool, which it seems a lot of people can't even find!)

Till next time!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shapes 4 - Intro to Vector Masks - Photoshop Tutorial

More about shapes and paths in Photoshop!



This week, we start to explore Vector Masks; what they are, when to use them, 3 ways to make them, the main differences between Vector Masks and Layer Masks, and how to change the position of the mask, or "invert" it (or parts of it) so that you can mask what you want to mask.

Hope you like it!

Next week we'll see more of the really cool things you can do with them!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shapes 3 - Managing Custom Shapes - Photoshop Tutorial

The third tutorial in the Custom Shapes series is up and ready to watch!



This time, we learn how to use the Preset Manager to save sets of shapes; any shapes that you want to pick out of the ones you have active.

We'll also learn how to get those sets to show up in your Custom Shape menu, either at the bottom or mixed right in with the shapes that come from Adobe. And we'll take a look at how to rename, delete, reorder, load, and replace shapes.

Next week, we'll finally take a look at how to use the Custom Shapes you've made! Until then, hope you enjoy this one.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Shapes 2 - the Paths Panel - Photoshop Tutorial

This week, we explore the Paths Panel!



Learn how to work with the Work Path, how to move vectors from a Shape Layer into the Paths Panel, how to fill paths, stroke them with any tool you want, and simulate pressure on the stroke when using pressure sensitive tools. Find out how to load a path as a selection, and how to turn a selection into a path. Finally, learn how to make any path into a Custom Shape, that you can use in any document.

Next week, saving Custom Shapes, so you can collect 'em and trade 'em.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New PS Tutorials! Starting to explore Shapes...

This week, we're going to start to explore vectors in Photoshop, both Shapes and Paths.

For the first tutorial, we're going to take a quick look at the Path Tool options, and then make a US Stop Sign, using the Polygon Tool on a Shape Layer. Included are things like the way that Paths interact on the same Shape Layer, converting text to a Path, and pasting that path into the Shape Layer.



Next week, we'll make this set of paths into a Custom Shape, and then take a peek at Vector Masks!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Flipping Tricks

This week, the Photoshop Tutorial is all about Flipping an image over a Horizontal axis, and having it land just where it should!



There are three tricks; one to make something flip across the center of the image (includes setting a new Guide Line in the middle, no matter what size the image is, and making a Drop Shadow skip a few layers, so the thing casting the shadow is on the top of the layer stack, but the shadow itself is on the bottom.)

One to make something flip across an arbitrary axis anywhere in the image you want it to go. (Includes a tip to make a new layer below the currently selected layer.)

And finally, one to make things line up perfectly in no time at all across a symmetrical UV Map. The example I use is the map that forms the face of the Second Life® avatar; but the same technique will work with any symmetrical UV Map.

Hope you enjoy the video, and find it useful!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Layer Panel and Keyboard Shortcuts 2

This week we finish exploring the keyboard shortcuts to use with layers with the shortcut for making a Clipping Mask, deleting a layer, and a couple of caveats about using the shortcuts.



Hope you enjoy it!

If you have anything you really want to ask about for next week, please do! I haven't decided what the tutorial is going to be about yet.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tales of the Downright Unusual...

For many years, I've admired Bradley W. Schenck's work. If you're not familiar with him, he does jaw dropping celtic knot work, really funny, if slightly twisted, t-shirts, and amazing things from Retropolis (the future that was dreamed of in the 1920's and 30's.)

His design sense is stunning; quite possibly the best I've ever seen, and completely unmistakable.

Last night, I was looking at his site, because our waitress at a restaurant admired one of his shirts (I was wearing it) and asked about it. I, of course, always eager to help gain clients for one of my favorite artists, offered to send her his URL.

Then, today, I was reading Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius and there, at the top of the page, was a banner to an interactive story that was unmistakably Bradley's work!

So of course I followed it, and it led me to "The Toaster with Two Brains, Part One: Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves", which is a beautifully illustrated story, done in Bradley's inimitable style, which is well worth reading!

Seriously, the man blows my mind.



After taking every single branch in the story to its end, so as to miss nothing, I found that he's trying to raise money to bring us more of this gorgeous stuff using KickStarter. So, if you enjoy the story, and if you possibly can, consider pledging something there as well.

Thanks, and enjoy the story!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Layer Panel and Keyboard Shortcuts

It's Tuesday, and that means a new tip, even if it is a bit late! (The movers went through this weekend, and today we got the last of the new cupboards installed. They are coming to put in the phones tomorrow, and the handyman is coming round to do more work on the new house on Thursday - it's been a bit hectic.)

But the Tutorial is ready now! Learn how to slash your production time in Photoshop by using keyboard shortcuts to navigate around the Layer Panel. Add new layers, move them around, change which ones are selected, change blending modes, change layer opacity, and more; all from the keyboard! (Yes, they are all standard shortcuts, which means they are in your copy of PS unless you've removed them. You don't need to make any new ones to do all of this!)



This is part one of two; there simply wasn't enough time to show you guys all the things I wanted you to see! So next week, I'll do part two, and show you how to make clipping masks, groups, delete layers, and more!

Until then, hope you like this, and find it helpful!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Final Segment in Faux Wood - Wood Carving!

Just posted the final segment in my Photoshop tutorials about faux wood on YouTube. This time, carving the wood, while keeping all the text, shapes, etc. live!



Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Making the Complex Wood Grain Seamless

Another Tuesday, another Photoshop Tutorial!

In this, the fourth installment in the Faux Wood Grain series, we learn how to make the complex wood grain from the first two lessons seamless!



These principals can be applied to any texture, to make it seamless, of course.

Also of interest; I show how to manipulate a brush so that it makes a whole series of short, vertical strokes that are tapered at both top and bottom for you; all you have to do is draw a single horizontal line!

Next week, I'll show how to make it look like you've been carving the wood!

Enjoy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue Willow Tea Set in SL

I haven't had as much time to work as I'd like, the last few months. We bought a house at the end of February, and have been renovating it. (Well, mostly having it renovated. Contractors have done most of the work, but I've had to be there while they did, so time-wise it's much the same.) Currently we are moving all our stuff to the new house, one car-load at a time, so it's taking forever.

However, I've managed to get a bit of work done, here and there!

One of the things I've finished is a new tea set for Second Life®. It's the Blue Willow china pattern, which is one of the oldest and most recognizable china patterns still in production. I reinterpreted the design from an antique plate, and made cups, the teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, spoons and napkins, all nicely arranged on a tray!



This very special pattern has a legend attached to it. I've retold that, too; a copy is included with the tea set.

Like my other tea sets, you or anyone in your group can serve tea by touching the tray, or clean it up by touching it again. (It's a toggle.) If any of you touch the napkin, you can change the embroidered design. (There are 3 to choose from.)

Anyone who touches the luncheon plate gets their own plate of petit fours to hold. Anyone who touches the teapot gets their own steaming cup of tea to sip, and a saucer to hold in their left hand. (All the animations are built in, of course.)

If you touch the cup while you're drinking tea, you get a menu of tea choices ranging from Earl Gray, through Jasmine, chai, and 9 others.

The pot and plate give endless cups and servings of petit fours; so you can rest assured that all your guests will have as much tea as they care for.

Available in Blue (as shown) Black, Green and Red. (All the traditional colors.) If you want to see all the colors, or all the embroidery patterns on the napkins, please visit the Blue Willow Tea Set page on my website. L$450, transfer only (no copy, no mod.) Available from XStreet or from my Home and Garden Store on Livingtree. (If you go there, you can try out the demo!)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Simple, Automatic Wood Grain!

Third in the series about creating wood grain in Photoshop without using third party plug-ins! This time, the first kind of wood grain I ever learned, ages ago. It's not for control freaks, or large areas, but if you're looking for a very easy, automatic, effective wood for small areas, you can't beat this old standby!



Next week, we'll see how to make the wood created in the last two tutorials seamless!

Until then, I have links to all the YouTube tutorials on my website now, along with some more in-depth PS tutorials, and tutorials for other programs.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wood Grain with Many Colors!

It's Tuesday, so there's a new Photoshop Tutorial! This week, we're going to abuse - I mean use - the Action that we made last week, starting and stopping it to make wood grain that has many different colors in it.

If you haven't done the previous tutorial, you won't have the Action to manipulate; so you might want to do that one first.

If you have, then here you go!



Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

New Tutorial - Wood Grain in Photoshop!

This week starts the first of five tutorials concerning how to make woodgrain in Photoshop without using any third party plug-ins.

We're starting off with a fairly complex wood grain, suitable for large areas, that allows the user to directly manipulate it and get exactly what they like. (Which means it's not a totally automatic process; you get to mess with it yourself, but there is some drawing involved.) While we're at it, we're making the steps into an Action, so we can do all the repetitive stuff very easily for the rest of the series.



Coming up; adding more colors for more realistic wood, making this kind of wood seamless, making a simpler (and more automatic) wood grain that's suitable for small bits of wood, and finally, making the wood look like it's been carved.

I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Trash Part of a Stroke, and Keep the Rest!

It's Tuesday, so there's a new Photoshop Tutorial. This week, it's a really short one, because I'm spending so much time on the move. (Some days, it feels like I'm just pouring time and money into a beautiful place that I'll never get to actually live in... but that's a different story.)

So, back to the new tutorial! It's a really short one, but a good trick if you paint a lot in PS. You can keep part of a stroke, or any thing else you've done, and discard the rest, using the History Brush.



Next week, if we're all really lucky, there will be a full length tip!

In the meantime, I'll go back to waiting for my floorboards, which have been delayed by the volcano (normal air freight can't go by air, so it's bumping the normal ship freight, which includes my new floor.) And sorting and packing at this end, of course. Nearly everything we can do at the other end has been done, and we're just waiting for various contractors.

Wish us luck!

And if there's anything you'd really like to see a tutorial about, let me know. A little feedback would be greatly appreciated here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Photoshop Tip - Last section of "Square Pegs"

It's Tuesday, so there's another PS tip. This is the last one in the "Square Peg, Round Hole" series, where I've been showing how to put an image in a frame, when the image is a square or a rectangle, and the frame isn't.

This time, we take a look at how simple it is when the image was built to be a frame, and has layers.



Would you guys like it if I posted the source images somewhere, so you could follow along with these videos using the same files I'm using? I could put these frames on my website, for instance, so you could use your own pictures and these frames and follow the tutorial that way, instead of just watching it.

Let me know!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Square Peg Three! Using Select > Inverse

The third in the four part "Square Peg - Round Hole" series. This time, we take an image that wasn't exactly designed to be a frame, and make it into one by using Select > Inverse on the Mask. It's really much less confusing than it sounds. Take a look!



In other news; we're continuing to renovate the house that we bought, and are going to move into early in May. Several of the rooms are freshly painted, about half the new bamboo flooring has been laid, and we're talking to electricians about the work that needs to be done in the kitchen and the garage. The new wall cupboards have been ordered, but won't be in for several weeks. It's really starting to look like it's going to be ready by the end of the month, right on schedule!

Now all we have to do is finish the clean/sort/pack on this end in time.

All of this isn't leaving me much time for doing other work, I'm afraid.

Things should return to normal after the move, in May, so look for new work by the end of May, or early in June!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Second Tutorial in the Square Peg series

We're renovating our new house (the new bamboo floor is being laid as I write this. It's very loud.) so I've fallen behind on some of the blogging.

The new Photoshop tutorial went up on Tuesday. It's the second in the "Square Peg - Round Hole" series.



This time, the frame isn't a regular shape, or a solid color. So I show you one way to easily select the area that's supposed to be inside it by using the Channel panel, and the Threshold slider to make a selection.

Next week, I'll be showing you how to manipulate the mask that's made when you Paste Into!

Hope you enjoy this video!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Putting a Square Peg into a Round Hole!

Or a square image into a round frame, or a frame that's any other shape, as the case may be!

This is the first of three that deal with this topic. I'm keeping them short, because of the amount of time I'm spending renovating the new house, and getting ready to move into it. (This is a question that people who are moving from PS Elements to PS often ask, which is why I'm answering it here.)

So, first off, how to manage when the frame image has been flattened, but the frame area is either all one color, or a regular shape.



Next week, how to do it when the frame is flat, but it's not a regular shape, and it's not a single color, either.

Enjoy! I'm off to work on more house stuff. We are walking around on the sub floor in the new place, but we have our cable modem up! Priorities, you know. :D

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PS Tip for This Week - Straighten Up!

This week, the Photoshop Tip shows how easily to straighten a photo when the automatic Crop and Straighten are unsuccessful.



Hope you like it! I'm planning to use this technique in reverse in a few weeks, which is why I'm showing it now.

In other news, if all goes well I'll finish stripping the wallpaper from the new house tonight, and will be able to start painting on Friday!

Man, I'm tired.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Using Blend If to Change PS Sky - Part 2 Now Up!

This week's Tuesday Photoshop Tip is now up on YouTube! More about using Blend If to change the sky behind a bunch of little fiddly branches without needing any kind of mask.



The tips for the next few weeks are probably going to be fairly short. We bought a new house; closed on Feb. 26, and now we're in the "renovation" phase.

It was a foreclosed property, like a bit more than half the homes being sold in MI right now, so there's quite a bit to do.

The old carpet was completely ruined, so we've ripped it all out, and are having bamboo floors put in instead. The last people to live there removed all the wall cabinets from the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry area. So those all have to be replaced.

They also did little vindictive things like taking a part from the water heater, so it's non-functional. That part is on order now, and we'll have hot water there as soon as it comes in. I hope.

Most of the ceiling fixtures were also taken, so we're putting in fans instead. Lots of stuff like that. And quite a bit of cleaning needs to be done, inside and out.

And then, of course, there is all the sorting and throwing away to be done after 10 years of living in this rental home. (The longest I've ever lived anywhere in my entire life, by the way.) And then the eventual move itself.

So, I'm going to be somewhat busy for the next couple of months. Everything should be done by the first of May, though, and hopefully I'll be able to do more work than ever, when the computer is no longer in a basement!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Change the Sky without Masks!

This technique will let you put clouds in a clear blue sky, without using any kind of masks. It's really simple, and effective too!



On other fronts, we've purchased a new house! We closed last Friday. There's a lot of work that needs to be done before we can move in. (It was a foreclosed property.) So I'm going to be kind of busy for a while. We're allowing ourselves two months to get it done, and get moved. Wish us luck!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial - Hue and Saturation Tricks!

This week, I explain how to make the Hue/Saturation dialog in Adobe Photoshop do things you might not have thought possible!

Did you know, for instance, that you can change one or two colors in an image, and leave the rest untouched, just from the Hue/Saturation dialog? It's easy!



In other news; we're going to be closing on a home this Friday, so for the next few weeks I'm going to be busier than ever, as we get the house ready to live in, and then sort the stuff in this home, and finally move. Wish us luck!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Favorite PS Tip

This week, the tip shows how to effectively Step and Repeat in Photoshop, using modifier keys and Transform! It's really easy, and will save you all kinds of time if you do this sort of thing very often.



The video shows you how to use this trick to make a flower, but I'm sure you can think of lots of other places this will come in handy.

In other news; if you're a resident of Second Life®, you might be interested to know that spring is coming to my island, Livingtree. The snow has melted, the pussy willows are out, and some of the trees have started to bloom. Look for more signs of spring as the month progresses.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Photoshop Tutorial done!

It's Tuesday, so there's a new Photoshop Tutorial posted on my YouTube channel! This week: smart objects to make reflections!



Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tuesday Photoshop Tip - Non Destructive Holes and Tatters

For the last few weeks, I've been posting a new Photoshop video tutorial on YouTube every Tuesday.

Last week, it was about how to make a poster look like it's been hanging in the sun, and the yellow has faded completely out. That's done using Smart Objects to put a CMYK image inside an RGB image.

This week, we make holes and tatters in the poster, using masks.



Next week, it's going to be making an image look like it's been painted on bricks, with matt paint.

Enjoy!