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!


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!