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April, 2006

Photoshop (COLOR) Madness

I guess I came down too hard on the tutorial authors out there because this month we got only a handful, and they were all pretty horrible.

What we did get were a ton of stupid gambling and adult sites -- posing as tutorial authors. Sheesh... don't those people have anything better to do than spoof my input forms? Gambling sites: are betting that you are stupid enough to lose money on their site. If you do, then they win their bet and you lose. Oh well. That's one reason we call it Photoshop Madness.

Folks, it's really okay to post your tutorials, or other people's tutorials you like -- specially if they're good!

Anyway, this month's topic is COLOR and we do have a great lineup ...

Photoshop Madness Book of the Monthcover

Our good friends Bruce Fraser, David Blatner never stop doing what they do best! Their latest Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 proves they really know what they're talking about. In fact, if we can't answer the questions that come along from readers, this is the first book we pick up. It is copiously illustrated and is packed with scads of hands-on production techniques as well as clear explanations of the concepts that drive them. (Yes, nearly 1,000 pages worth!) Best of all, the emphasis is on efficiency: the time-saving tips and professional shortcuts that will allow you to work faster, smarter, and more creatively with Photoshop CS2.

Image Essentials: It's All Zeros and Ones.Image Essentials

Let Bruce and David give you some insight into the workings of COLOR in Photoshop CS2. Every piece of data we store on a computer is comprised of numbers -- that includes COLORS. All the commands we send to the computer are translated into numbers -- that includes COLORS. Even this text that I'm typing is made up of numbers -- that includes COLORS.
      Here... let the pros enlighten you -- after all, It's All Zeros and Ones. (Patience... it's a slow loader.)

Color, color, color, color...

Color WheelPeople always run into color problems. This money we have a host of good color references, and tutorials. It seems like the industry has gone full circle from totally clueless (in the late 1980s) to fairly clear (mid-1990s) to again, all kinds of problems. Maybe it's because the software is so bloated. I've even put together a killer color package that will be available for a couple of bucks here soon. Stay tuned.

We made the above color wheel just to irritate you. Obnoxious, isn't it? Try to ignore it! (Don't worry, it only cycles 6 times. To see it again, just reload the page.)

Understanding Color Profiles

Joshua Weisberg sends along this chapter that should help you understand the differences between generic and custom color profiles; obtain and install generic color profiles for your devices; determine your printer's native color space; compare color profiles from different sources to understand the differences in their gamuts; and print a target file for a company that will create profiles for your printer.
Read: Understanding Color Profiles
(Excerpted courtesy of Peachpit books from the Microsoft Windows XP Color Management book.

The coolest color on the planet...

As always, the Design Cafe list is a wealth of information in a low-bandwidth email list; this time they didn't let me down. Talking about "Spring Colors" two members offered these links:

Mim McConnell from Shelter Cove Publishing referred us to these...
* Color Blender
* Color Schemer
* Palette Generator (I think this Color is my favorite)
* Krazy Dad (click on the color wheel, watch the photos)
* Color blindness and the web
* Accessibility from
* A list of watercolor colors
* A color tutorial from Tom Jewett, Cal State U
* Pantone to RGB Convert and
* ColorMatch 5K - This utility will help you select a matching 6-color palette for your website. Define a single color that you like. Matching colors will be calculated. Click a color in the palette to promote it to the primary color.
      Thank you Mim

Mike Swope sent this one: Well Styled Color Tools, thanks, Mike

If you like schmoozing with fellow designers in a non-invasive discussion list, try out the Designer's CAFE

FAQ: Most Frequently Asked Question

After compiling thousands questions from the Photoshop 911 Emergency Room, the database says the most frequently asked question was . . .

Creating The Burned Hole Effect in Photoshop
burned holes... or generally adding burned edges to just about anything. So we got together and knocked out this month's tutorial that will show you how it's done in Photoshop. It also works in Photoshop Elements, any version.
See: Burned Holes in the Photoshop Tips & Tricks department.

Photoshop Tutorial of the Month

PSCS2Each month we get dozens of Photoshop wannabees who want to be recognized as a true Photoshop Pro. You wouldn't believe. But we always get at least one worth mentioning. Such is the case with Tony Eldridge who submitted the following excellent tutorial:

Lightning Effect- Video Tutorial
lightening Realistic lightning seems like it would be difficult and time-consuming to create in Photoshop. But it is much simpler than you might think. In this tutorial, trainer Craig Campbell shows you how to use a few filters and tonal adjustments in order to achieve a very realistic lightning effect that will look a little bit different every time you attempt it.
File this one under flash, lighting effect, Photoshop, video...
Bullet Sent in by Tony Eldridge
Bullet ;
Bullet Take the tutorial NOW.

Photoshop April Tutorials

Someone asked about Animations in Photoshop? We checked the database and found this... the author confesses:
      "Did you know you can do animation in Photoshop CS2? Here is my video tutorial on Photoshop CS techniques focusing on Photoshop Animation." from Frank McMahon
[click to view the video]Gillam

For Photoshop 7 Users
      This Photoshop 7 animation tutorial is pretty good, sent in by Dawn Gillam at Daybreak Designs

More Animation Tutorials
You can also find good animation tutorials in the Photoshop department of the Publishers' Warehouse. But we're not allowed to link to those, so you'll have to get directions to the Loading Dock so you can download PDFs.

Cool Site of the Month:

ColorBlender is a free online tool for color matching and palette design! Choose a preferred color using the color picker on the web page, and a 6-color matching palette (a "blend") will be automatically calculated. Blends can be saved for future use Enjoy blending!


Adobe Must have been the alignment of the stars or something, there was a rash of errors and error problems this month
Rather than blaming it on George W. Bush, just hobble over to the Adobe site and search for answers...

Art is Where You Find It

Julian BeeverYou think you've got tallent? Visit the site of Julian Beever and weep -- this stuff knocks me out!
Bullet Click on this picture and tell me how you would figure out the fore-shortening of the painting (chalking?) in order to get the perspective to look right to onlookers. Sure you can skew and perspective in Photoshop -- but hey, this ain't no Photoshop job.
Bullet Here's my favorite... WOW! Betcha can't do that!
It's all great fun, and we give our big thanks and great admiration to Julian Beever and his Fabulous Sidewalk Paintings

Oh Pleeeze, Photoshop Me

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Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

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