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Tips & Tricks for the Holidays
Wintry Snowflake tutorial was submitted by Matt at pyropixel.com w/pictorial; writing: "The cold weather is setting in and you MUST know how to draw a simple snowflake. Feel the sprinkles of snow as you create your own snowflake.! It'stime for snow, winter, and cold in the Painting, artistic, effects department. See: the full tutorial
Home-Made Paper - Mark Newhouse explains how to create a home made paper look in Photoshop for a holiday correct in-house project... He also invites you to download his home-made paper action : home-made-paper.atn
Home-Made (Photoshop) Bread - What does bread have to do with Photoshop? It's this month's Photoshop Contest topic... try to do something with this bread... like this face, this stuffed mouse, or this remarkable touch-up. See them all at photoshopcontest.com
Home-Made Photoshop Stuff... - while these are intended for seniors, there are some good idea-starters in this collection of links...
- Family Refrigerator Magnet - Magnet sheets printed with your photos to create fun magnets for gifts.
- Picture Mousepad - favorite photos on a mouse pad.
- Window Ornament - add your photo to inkjet window decals,
- Decal Birthday Mug - a simple phot turns a mug into a gift sure to be cherished.
- Christmas Tea Cup Packet Card - inexpensive computer-crafted card in the shape of a tea cup. Add a few tea bags
- Patriotic Angel Pin - a graphic of an angel and re-colored to a patriotic theme.
- Folded Photo Frame Bookmark - Insert a picture for a personalized gift.
- Photo Greeting Card - Use a special photo to create personalized cards for holidays
All these are from SeniorNet in Santa Clara, CA
Thanks to B. Kobrin, California, USA for sending this one in.
Lots of photographers like to do rollovers to demonstrate their ability to retouch. The problem is, as is demonstrated in this example, is keeping the retouching project looking natural -- after all, the true mark of photo retouching is keeping the viewer unaware of any photo manipulation. Did they succeed?
On the other hand, sometimes you WANT the photo to look retouched. Many people ask me how to convert a photo into art work that looks like it's been airbrushed. This example shows how too much retouching takes on an airbrushed look...
Cutting out of the Background
Have you ever been faced with a photo like this? Yes, you'd like to have it appear on a white background in Quark XPress, Pagemaker or InDesign, right? Eric passes along this Photoshop tutorial -- Cutting Objects With Quick Mask that will help you learn how to use Quick Mask Mode to cut out people and objects from their backgrounds. (Another one for quickmask, cutout, selections from Graphic Mentor)
Lifting Hair out of the Background
Quite a few readers write for help selecting hair. The Vertus Fluid Mask does this nicely, and have this tutorial on dealing with hair, and the blending power of the Complex mask. This video is 5Mb so please wait. To view this tutorial you'll need QuickTime plug-in. See: hair.mov, or www.vertustech.com Tutorials
Deke: Ribbon of Perspective
Uncle McClelland has posted his CS2 Vanishing Point Tutorial, with some great new ways to move objects in accurate perspective. This is a movie from the Total Training collection: VanishingPointMuseumSM.mov
Sheesh... watermarking must be the topic of the year (besides the perpetual favorite "clipping paths") ... dozens of people wrote in to ask about watermarking and actions last month -- when all they had to do was read our October Photoshop Madness!
Tutorial: The Other Side of Photoshop
Ben Long Do you want to be a better photographer? Do the images in your mind's eye not match what you see in the viewfinder? Then try approaching Photoshop in a different way. This article shows you how.
While you're there, see Ben's article discussing easy ways to tone down a tonal range for those times when too much contrast detracts from an image's subject
Both articles are taken from Ben's book for all digital photographers : The Complete Digital Photography Book
Finally, an Artistic Voyage
Illustrator Chris McGregor of Ontario, Canada works on a PC using Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere to produce some pretty nice art. He registered with Photoshop 911 as a "Photoshop Pro" ... Welcome aboard, Chris McGregor.
See our extra this month: Dreaded iPod Effects
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