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!