Photoshop Madness
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Photoshop shadows, sharpening and bling, bling...

It's a jungle out there...

It's been quite a while since our last edition of Photoshop Madness because the Photoshop 911 folks were deeply involved in getting the forums up and running. Now they have a fabulous venue for discovering all sorts of cool Photoshop stuff, free tutorials, eye candy, and best of all helping folks solve their Photoshop and Photoshop Elements problems.

Photoshop Scalped and Hijacked

The bad news is we no longer share the first page in Google Photoshop searches because the web domain kiters and bogus parked domain hijackers have diluted the search results to the point that good sites don't even show up until several pages later on.
      So, when you click one of those links on the first page of Google, you get a site listing links to tutorials which merely go to another parked page with more links to tutorials. The real disturbing trend is when you arrive on some of those pages, the outlaw site begins downloading malware to your computer! Nasty stuff.
      You'll be doing us all a favor by bookmarking Photoshop 911, and adding the link to your web pages! Thanks bunches!

The Art & Times of Rodny Mella      

You never know what you're going to run in to when you visit Photoshop 911! In the member Gallery we ran across the works of Rodny Mella! What's interesting, he didn't post his best works! Rodny runs a small artblog site, and is a product designer by profession. He studied advertising at University Santo Tomas, Manila and was a game designer for 2 years after graduation. But his passion for 2D and 3D art rages on, and we think you'll enjoy poking around his site. Have patience, there's a lot of art there, and a real slow loader! (below is one of his sketches... nice stuff!)

Mella sketch

Bert Monroy on Creating Photorealistic Reflections and Shadows

Bert MonroyBert Monroy gets his name mentioned at least once a day in the forums -- and for good reason.
Several people have inquired about shadows and understanding channels, so we've grabbed this outstanding tutorial by Bert. He reflects on the techniques he used to create a painting of a shoe shop in Photoshop, including tips on how to create realistic reflections and shadows
This is a chapter in his awesome book Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting icon

Understanding Channels Bert also was video'd at a recent conference where he explains little-known facts about Channels. You'll definitely want to see this video with Bert Monroy discussing channels in Photoshop (Or the mp4 PodCast for Mac users).



Creating Realistic Water in Photoshop
This tutorial is quite good, and the web site PhotoshopContest is not nearly as spam-ridden as the others. The author writes:
      Photoshop Tutorial: Displacement Water -- Creating a realistic water surface in Photoshop is quite a challenge because it is the distorted reflection of the surroundings that makes the water look liquid. The displace filter is an excellent tool for making this distortion.
Photoshop Tutorial: Displacement Water

Real World Image Sharpening Tips

Bruce In this Photoshop 911 post, the author is having problems getting his images sharp, so we had to go and get the true expert Bruce Fraser -- who says:
Avoid oversharpening your images and learn how to set up a multipass sharpening workflow in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.
An excellent chapter from best-selling author Bruce Fraser.
Real World Image Sharpening Tips, and the follow-up article on sharpening

If you do a lot of sharpening, you'll need this book: Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop icon


Bling bling
Art (bling) is where you find it

If you enjoy the hip-hop scene then you definitely want to visit this Photoshop 911 Gallery -- user "Qwasian" has posted a whole bunch of his (her?) handiwork -- however, name, location, etc. is never mentioned! Nice work! Browsing the "Stock" files at the web site gives us a look into the inner city -- what city, we don't know? But in these gallery postings you'll see some pretty cool typography, background and image effects produced for posters and CD covers. "Qwasian" operates the web site at:

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