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It's a jungle out there...
Here we are again ... back from yet another vacation, with some tips and tricks to make your Photoshop Summer even better. If you still have a nagging PSD question go ahead and send it in, we'll do our darn best to help you out. Remember, you can also always get help from peers at the Photoshop 911 Emergency room
Get a FREE PHOTOSHOP BOOK
Last month, I said I'd like to send you one of my favorite Photoshop books. Then I said that since it costs as much as four bucks to send a book anywhere in the continental U.S. (Sorry, no international shipping!) that you should do something to deserve a new, free, top-selling Photoshop book. That must have put you off, because we did not get ONE single usable article. What a SHAME. All these books here gathering dust.
What we did get were several hundred pleas for a free book with no article to offer! What? Did you think I was kidding? Some of the emails said simply "please send the free Photoshop book." Hello? Did you think that was an article? Others just sent a link. Give me a break -- you think I'll send a book if you send someone else's article??? C'mon folks.
Okay ... let's try this again: send in your article about a favorite "Photoshop Madness" sighting you have found -- include a graphic, and at the very least, 50 words or more about the sighting, along with your mailing address, and in a few days, you'll get a brand new Photoshop book. Okay? Sheesh! What a guy has to go through to give away free books!
Make the initial contact and get going!
And now... some Photoshop Madness ...
Cropping and Scaling like a pro
This month I'm sending along two tutorials on cropping and scaling because we perpetually get requests for them in both the Design Center and the Photoshop 911 mail box. After you've gone on vacation and shot all those wonderful photos, you're going to want some help cropping them for their optimum visual impact -- and then you might want to print them to fit a specific size at a specific resolution. Don't use the SIZE dialog... use the Cropping Tools!
Cropping Photos To Specific Frame Sizes.
Keep Aspect Ratio while Croppping
Bert Monroy... undisputed master of Photoshop
We've talked about Bert many times, and even interviewed him several times in the pages of Photoshop Tips & Tricks. Now he has once again proven himself as the true master of Photoshop. His most ambitious digital painting is of a Chicago rail yard which measures
* 40 inches by 120 inches at 1.7 Gigabytes
* eleven months (close to 2,000 hours) to create some 15,000 layers, 500 alpha channels and a whopping 250,000 paths
His most ambitious digital painting... SEE:
Bert's Art Gallery
Correcting Lens Distortion with Photoshop
This tutorial on removing barrel distortion and keystoning form wide angle photos -- is designed to instruct on the use of Photoshop's 'Free Transform' tool (CS and older), or the Photoshop CS2 CS3 'Remove Distortion Tool' (D) dialogue box to correct lens distortion in photos taken with a wide-angle lens.
It's taught by KEVIN HULSEY of KEVIN HULSEY ILLUSTRATION, INC. who is seriously a professional of the 10th degree. Unlike 99% of the Photoshop hucksters out there this guy is for REAL. --
Correcting Lens Distortion with Photoshop
While you're there, check out Kevin's awesome portfolio and you'll understand what we're talking about. We were thrilled with his outstanding collection of
Automotive Stock Photography Exotic Sports Cars & Supercars
Free Download: Creative Doodles Photoshop Brushes
Thanks to David Leggett, you brush hounds out there can pig out on this creative pack of neat brushes. Amongst a jungle of stealth advertising and stalker buttons you'll find this package of nineteen hand drawn pen strokes that work great in creative designs for web and other graphics. If you need help installing them, Dave provides a Tutorial
Up against the brick wall of Free Stock Textures
So there's yet another free stock textures web site out there, and it's stalking YOU via the maximum Web 2-point-oh techniques they can muster. But they do have some wonderful freebies for you to download. Like this great brick texture -- which is one of the better ones to be found. Image size: 4752x3168 pixels
Brick Texture (10.2 MB), lots more at
Double Processing in Camera Raw
Matt Kloskowski, education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals does some very nice video tutorials. Here, Matt says:
Camera Raw is great for global changes, but what happens when you make one part of the photo look good and another part starts to look bad? That's when you call in a technique called Double Processing.
doubleprocessing.mp4, and if that link doesn't work, then try this one.
Color Correction for Photographers in Photoshop Elements 7
Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski cover the details of color correction in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, including working with histograms, studio photo correction, adjusting flesh tones, converting from color to black and white, and more. (Free chapter from the book Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital Photographers
Elements 7 Color Correction
Just for Laughs: Free Twitter icons...
Isn't it amazing what some people will spend their time on. It's not enough to waste billions of hours in Twitter, now some respectably good talent is wasting their time making twitter icons. I get so sick of getting email from the Photoshop Group on LinkedIN saying "Send your Twitter address" ... you would think these people are crazy. I never want to hear designers talking about being out of work again. So if you're one of those, try these
Free Twitter icons
Thanks for joining us for another edition of Photoshop Madness -- where we cover the latest and greatest and weirdest off-the-wall Photoshop stuff to waste more and more of your time! But it's really fun, so stay tuned for our next issue...
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