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How-To: Photoshop Brushes Metal Effects

Design TrainingIn this tutorial we’ll look at using some of Photoshop’s tools to produce realistic brushed-metal effects. You can easily apply these effects to text or to other objects such as geometric shapes and interface bars.

The first thing we need is a selection to work on. The shape of the selection will determine the shape of our final metallic “object”. You can use a selection created from a path, a selection based on a mask, or any other selection you can dream up! In this example, we’re going to use a text selection to create some brushed metal text.

To create the text selection in Photoshop 5.5, click and hold on the Type tool icon in the Tools palette until the little palette pops up, then select the dotted T (also known as the Type Mask tool):

To create that selection in Photoshop 6, select the Type option in the Tools palette. You’ll see that the Options bar at the top of your screen changes to reflect the type options. Towards the left of the bar, select the “dotted T” option “create a mask And Photoshop Brushes

Then create a new blank document, and create a new layer for the text. Next, click with the mouse in the document where you’d like your text to appear, and type the text in a suitable font (how about a nice chunky one!):

Now that we have a selection to work with, let’s turn it into metal! First we need a solid block of colour to work from, so with your new layer highlighted and the text selection still active, select the Fill option from the Edit menu and fill the selection with 50% gray:

Next we’ll add some noise to our text, which will be the basis of the “streaks” in the brushed metal effect. Select Filter > Noise > Add Noise… and choose an amount of around 200. Make sure you select Gaussian distribution, and check the Monochromatic box to create black and white noise:

Now we’ll turn those dots into streaks! Select Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Pick a distance of around 80 pixels. You can vary the angle from the default of 0 to create the streaks in the direction you prefer:

Blur dialog

You should now have a “Photoshop Brushes” effect to your object as follows:

You’ve probably noticed that the text has turned slightly transparent – we can see the background showing through. This is caused by the Motion Blur filter. But we want our object to be solid metal, not see-through! Let’s fix this.

Select Edit > Fill again, but this time, choose Behind from the Mode drop-down list. As before, select 50% Gray:

This will “fill in” the transparent areas in our layer as follows:

Our object is looking quite metallic now, but to really give it a 3-D “lump of metal” feel, we need some beveling and outlining. We can easily add these effects in Photoshop 5.5 using Effects (in Photoshop 6 and later you can achieve the same results using Layer Styles).

To apply the appropriate effects to our object, first remove our selection (we no longer need it) by pressing Photoshop BrushesControl+D. Then, if you’re using Photoshop 5.5, select Layer > Effects > Bevel and Emboss…. We want quite a chunky effect, so whack up both Opacity values to 100% and choose a Depth of 6 pixels and a Blur of 5 pixels.

In Photoshop 6, go to Layer > Layer Styles > Bevel and Emboss. For these purposes, you probably want the Depth set to around 100%, the Size set at around 5 pixels and the Soften control set to zero. You can leave all the shading controls at default values, but have a play if you like!

To give the edges of our object a bit more definition, let’s add a black outline. We can do this using the Outer Glow effect. In Photoshop 5.5, select Layer > Effects > Outer Glow, choose black for the glow colour (by clicking on the colour box and entering 000000 in the # box at the bottom), choose Normal for the Mode, and set Blur to 1 pixel and Intensity to about 50%.

In Photoshop 6, go to Layer > Layer Styles > Outer Glow. Within “Structure”, set the Blend Mode to Normal, Opacity to around 65%, Noise to zero and the colour to black (the gradient should be black to transparent). Within “Elements”, set the Technique to Softer, Spread to around 5%, and the Size to around 3 pixels. Experiment with this to your heart’s content! You can leave Quality alone.

Finally, add a drop shadow to the object to give it more depth. In Photoshop 5.5, select Layer > Effects > Drop Shadow… (the default values will probably do fine). In Photoshop 6 use Layer > Layer Styles > Drop Shadow and try these settings: Blend mode: Normal, Opacity: 75%, Distance: 5 pixels, Spread at zero and Size: 5 pixels. Again you can leave Quality alone. We’ve now got a nice metallic-looking object!

To add more interest, try experimenting with a lens flare or two (Filter > Render > Lens Flare…). This example used a “105mm Prime” lens type:

You could also have a go at adjusting the tint using Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation (check the Colorize box), and use Image > Adjust > Curves to bring out the highlights and contrast in the object, as we’ve done in the example at the top of the page. Have fun! And enjoy Design Training


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Digital Stock Photography: The RAW vs JPG Debate

If you use aDigital Stock Photography and that camera is an SLR, then it most likely can record images in RAW format. In general, you should record your images at the highest resolution possible. If you only have a small memory card and are worried that you can only record a few RAW images on it, then it’s time to buy a bigger card! [They don’t cost much these days]. You can always shrink an image after it’s taken but you can’t enlarge a small one without introducing artifacts. At the very least, you should have your camera record images in Hires JPG format but RAW format is even better.

Design TrainingAny kind of JPG written to your camera’s memory card will be processed in some way. JPGs, by their very nature, lose information in an image. If you repeatedly save a JPG, you’ll lose more and more detail in it and see more artifacts appearing. Also, if you’ve set your camera up to do some image manipulation (e.g. contast/brightness adjustments), these will also be applied before your camera writes the image out to the memory card. In such cases, you could end up with images that have burned out highlights or shadows that are so deep that they contain no detail. Such areas of an image may be irreparable even with the likes of Adobe PhotoShop.

RAW images, on the other hand, are simply that – raw. What the camera sees is dumped (without any image manipulation whatsoever) onto the memory card. RAW images also tend to contain more information and detail and have larger file sizes than similar resolution JPGs. The problem with RAW files is that they’ve not been the easiest to work with; for example, Windows Explorer cannot show RAW files as thumbnail images so, unless you’ve renamed your image files with meaningful names, you won’t know what the images are when you come back to them a couple of months later.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Great Tips On How To Design A Card

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10 Great Tips On How To Design A Card

  • There are many types of cards you can choose from . Design the ones that you need or that sound the most interesting to you. Try birthday, anniversary, cards for children, wedding, sympathy, holiday or get well.
  • To begin the design you will need good Design Traingin. Look for pre-folded cards or use card Stock Photography and fold your own. Using a bone folder is helpful here because it makes a very nice clean fold. There are several sizes to choose from, make sure you have an envelope to fit or be prepared to make one. There are templates galore for this type of thing.
  • Next choose a sticker or rubber stamp for the image on the front of the card. If using stamps, try different color stamp pads until you get the design and color you like. You can layer the stickers or stamped image on other paper to create a more pleasing design. Try using a combination of plain and matching patterned paper for this step.
  • There are embellishments you can use instead of a stamp or sticker. These are often dimensional and add a lot to the design of your card.
  • Make certain you have appropriate glue. Carefully consider the adhesive you want to use. A glue gun works well for heavy items but will wrinkle most papers. Glue dots and strips are handy for many design gluing jobs. I really like the glue stick that says”heavy duty” on the label, it is good for almost any paper and dries smooth and clear.
  • Design the words next. Think about what you want the card to say. Do you want the greeting or message on the inside or on the front of the card? You can use rubber stamps for this, stickers or computer generated greetings. There are so many fonts available that every card can be unique.
  • Lay your design out on the card before you attach the different elements. Check to make sure it all fits and that you like the design. Glue everything down and making sure all pieces are secure your Stock Photography.
  • Now look at the inside of your card. If you are going to put a message there think about layering it on other paper to match the design on the front of your card. Attach these pieces to the inside of the card.
  • Check out the whole card now. Are you happy with the design? Does it need anything extra like colored brads or buttons? Is there part of the design that would look nice colored in with marker, colored pencils, chalks or watercolors?
  • I believe a card is not finished until the fiber is added, both inside and out. Matching colors from the design, take two or three strands of coordinating ribbon, yarn, metallic thread or wire and tie into a knot. Trim the ends so it looks the way you want it. Attach with your glue gun and you are done with the card.The envelop please! To put a final touch on your design decorate the envelop to match the card. Use your markers, chalk, stickers and stamps to create an envelop that is as gorgeous as what’s inside!!

In very little time you can create a special and unique card and envelop using your own Design Training.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Street Types Of Stock Photography

Design TrainingScientific photographers take images of a variety of subjects to illustrate or record scientific or medical data using knowledge of scientific procedures. They typically possess additional knowledge in areas such as engineering, medicine, biology, or chemistry. Often the Stock Photography of this type of record is an adjunct to a scientific career.

Assignment photography is the delivery of material for a specific assignment, often with limited appeal. It includes portrait photography, as well as wedding photography. Portrait photographers often have their own studios, as their clients come to them to have a formal portrait photographed. SLR digital cameras are often preferred to do this type of work, as there are more opportunities to “view real timework”, you do not have to wait for the negatives to be printed to see if you have created a shadow on the face with a hat. Also they can be retouched, pixel-by-pixel, which means the small time imperfections can be glossed over. The adage the camera does not lie has never been completely true, but in today’s world is even less so. A portrait photographer has the opportunity to go out on assignment and covers events such as weddings, and christenings

Photo Journalism is another branch of Stock Photography that covers the breaking of various events; it can be general, on a local paper, covering local events such as school plays etc. International freelancers often cover specific areas such as war photography. Press photographers are often characterized under the banner of “journalism”, as they collect, edit and present news material, yet despite this they use images to tell a news story.

It is distinguished from documentary photography,  and the photographing of celebrities because they have a timeline in that they tell a story in a chronological order. A narrative to further complete the story nearly always accompanies the work. Implicit to a degree in this type of work is a level of objectivity rather than creativity, as the images are recording real events in real time. For these reasons it differs from a wedding photographer, even though in theory he covers an event in real time and for publication.

A further aspect of photography is the “Design Training” and “Design Tutorials” photographer. The two are distinguishable, though the person being photographed can fall in both categories. The society photographer may be also a photojournalist himself. In Europe at least the Society photographer, is nearly always of the same class, partly on the ground that they have the “breeding” to cover such events, which may be Wimbledon, or the Melbourne Cup, or even a charity-raising gala. It is implicit that the Photographer has permission to take the photograph. That’s quite different to the inherent distaste often applied to the methods used by the celebrity photographer, whilst at the same time the public retain an insatiable desire to be able to see the photographs. Celebrity photographers are often these days called paparazzi, after a famous Italian photographer known for his dogged determination to trail after celebrities, and publish photographs taken in an unguarded moment.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are There Other Types Of Stock Photography?

As we have discussed there are many avenues open to a professional photographer. Some actually graduate from the world of business into corporate Stock Photography. Corporate photography has many facets; it is used for publicity, in the form of advertisements; for public relations, for historical purposes, and for in-house brochures. Some corporate photographers can work for the same company for many years. They cover special events in the companies’ history, as well as being as in some cases an important aspect of industrial history. The history of the steamboat, the transition from the Agrarian to the Industrial revolution has all been captured on film.

Not only industrial history but history has been captured on film. War photographers usually by press photographers’ have captured history.

In the 1940’s Ansel Adams was probably the best-known American photographer. He captured images of the enforced internment of American citizen’s of Japanese descent at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. These prints record history in another way as the Photographic Division of the Library of Congress show digital scans of his negatives as well as his prints; this allows a student to study his dark room techniques.

The art of action photography is a specialised art that presents unique challenges, requiring both technical skills in capturing a moving image, as well as knowledge of the activity you are photographing. A sense of timing is vital as well as having the ability to pre-focus. Some types of photography has peak moments, such as the hour before dusk, action Design Training has peak milliseconds! Your sense of timing has to be well developed to know when this is going to be, because you have to shoot a millisecond before that to give the camera time to actually shoot. This is where knowledge of the activity is very helpful to allow you to anticipate the peak second. However, this is a very specialised aspect of the photography business, your techniques can be improved. Sport photography is easier than moving wildlife, or breaking news stories, as it is more predictable in its outcome. Common sense is fairly important with your positioning, you need an interesting backdrop, as well as a place that allows you to make best use of ambient light, be it also to keep yourself in a position of safety. The Pulitzer Prize for photography is no use to anyone when they are dead. Often these skills can be refined at amateur sporting events, where you do not need a press pass.

Another specialist type of photography is underwater Stock Photography, partly because you also need to be a qualified diver and partly because the equipment is specialised. It is possible to take shots underwater, with a normal camera, but amphibious cameras, get better results, unfortunately they are expensive, with a lot of things to learn and the possibility of very expensive repairs. As with action photography this is best left to the specialist and it is not a feasible option, unless you work in this media for the majority of your time. The sea can be a dangerous medium to work in, and it presents special challenges such as night, and wreck photography, as well as drift photography, all of which challenge both your diving skills as well as your technical skills.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tutorial: 10 Useful Tips For Beginners

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Tutorial: 10 Useful Tips For Beginners

1. Moving layers with the Control key
2. Hiding the Palettes with the Tab key
3. Selecting all pixels on a layer
5. Dragging layers between documents
6. Use Layer Sets
7. Full screen mode
8. Nudging
9. choosing colors quickly
10. Keeping to straight lines

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Photoshop Tutorial: Useful Tips for Beginners

Design TrainingYou don’t need to activate the Move tool to move layers around. Simply hold down the Control key (for Windows users) or the Command key (Mac users) and click and drag on your layer with the mouse:
Move with the Control key

Are the palettes getting in the way? You can hide them temporarily just by hitting the Tab key. To bring them back, press the Tab key again.

To select all the opaque pixels on a layer (as opposed to using “Select All”, which selects the whole layer), hold down the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac), and click on the layer in the Layers Palette:

To open a document in Photoshop Tutorials , you don’t need to reach for the File > Open menu option or even press Control+O – you can just double-click on the grey Photoshop window background!

You can copy a layer from one document to another by clicking on it in the Layers palette and dragging it across to the second document window:

If you’re using Photoshop 6 or higher, check out Layer Sets. These let you organize your layers into folders – very useful if you have lots of layers in a document! To create a new Layer Set, click on the folder icon at the bottom of the Layers palette, then drag layers on top of a layer set to add them to the set:

If you’re working on a large image such as a Stock Photography, you can maximize the available editing area by pressing the F key to toggle between a full screen mode with and without menu bar, and normal editing mode. If you also use tip number 2 above, and the tool shortcut keys, you can do a lot of your work without a menu or palette in sight!

You can get precise control over the position of your layers by using the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge the layer around. Hold down the Control key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) and use the up, down, left and right arrows to move the layer 1 pixel at a time. To move the layer by 10 pixels at a time, hold down the Shift key as well.

Press I to bring up the Eyedropper tool, then click on a colour in your image to make that colour the foreground color. Press the ALT key and click to make the colour the background colour instead.

You can also press the D key to reset the foreground and background colours to the default (black and white), and the X key to swap the foreground and background colours.

You can often constrain movement of the mouse to the nearest 45-degree or 90-degree angle by holding down the Shift key while you click and drag with the mouse. This works on tools such as the Paintbrush Tool, Line Tool and Move Tool. Great for drawing straight lines!

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The Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Design TrainingOf course, it is not enough that you have the Photoshop CS program installed in your computer. It is equally important that you get to know how to use it and maximize the benefits it brings. There is no need to worry if you feel like you do not know much about Photoshop CS. Just get the proper tutorial and you can surely move your way around the program.

Tutorial Centers

You can find centers in your locality that can give a crash course or a specialized program that can provide Photoshop Tutorials. You can enroll for a series of session so that you can be trained to do Photoshop CS as well for other programs. You even have the choice to join a class or get a personalized training.

Self-Help Tools

There are also self-help tools that you can buy. You can go to the bookstore and find a material that can give you Photoshop CS tutorial. You can choose to read books to learn. You can also get those releases in cassettes or CD so that you can listen through the instructions. Choose this option if you are more comfortable of studying on your own than getting a tutor.

Go Online

The online community also offers a wide range of choices for your Photoshop Tutorials. There are web sites that can let you download e-Books with instructions and tutorials in PDF format. You can read the explanation from these together with illustrations so that you can easily identify the commands in the program. You can even choose to get an eSeminar. This setup is just like a classroom method, only you do things through the computer.

You can also choose to explore some sites in their forums and discussion boards. You can ask members for advice and most of them are willing enough to give their help. This serves as a peer-to-peer discussion where specific questions can be answered directly. Try exploring too the site of the manufacturer. They often provide help to their clients to help you enjoy the program you purchased.


Get to learn the basics of the Adobe Photoshop CS. Make sure you develop your skills well with the Photoshop CS tutorial. This way you can do the amazing images through your own efforts and make a project album that you can be proud of.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Grab That Photoshop CS Tutorial

Photographs have a way of fascinating people. The vibrant colors and the ideas conveyed can surely mean a lot to those who get to appreciate it. Technology has even given people the opportunity to improve on their pictures. You will see magazines all over the place with very fabulous images. Professional Stock Photography are responsible for such. However, with the Adobe Photoshop program, you can do the same magic yourself.

Design TrainingThe Adobe Photoshop CS

Many people are aware that there are computer programs responsible for making fabulous pictures. However, they do not know everything there is to know to get around such technology. As such, it is best to be familiar with the Adobe Photoshop CS.

The Photoshop CS is the better version of the Adobe Photoshop Tutorials program. This has more advanced features that you cannot find in other versions. This is the best way to organize your pictures and make those precious albums. With this software and your computer, you can make as many projects with your images.

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Digital Camera Advantages

Design TrainingThe digital camera is one the popular inventions that are out there. There are a lot of us that enjoy the use of a digital camera no mater what make and model. We like being able to see the picture that you have just taken and decide right then and there if you would like to keep the picture or just trash it if you don’t like how it turned out and try again.
There is also the option to purchase a memory card that you can get for digital cameras that would allow you to take more pictures without have to change film so often. Some of the memory cards can double or triple the memory space that you can save the pictures on.

Another advantage is that you save the time that you would normally have to wait for the film to be developed. This would also include the expense of paying for pictures that you did not want for that did not turn out because of the end of the film or double exposure due to bad film. You could even save more money when you have the printer that is capable of printing them out at home.

One other advantage is that you can take pictures of a moving object and it does give as much of a blur. There are even digital cameras out there that you can even make little movies with.

That makes it perfect if you are on a family outing and you happen to see the kids or adults doing something that you just don’t want to miss showing other people just how goofy they can be out there in public.

There is always the option to put it on your computer and make any changes that you would so desire such as red eye reduction or even cropping another digital picture onto one another. Moreover, when it is on your computer you even have the option to share the Stock Photography with friends and family with the use of email or making a slide show to share all your happy and eventful moments with everyone else.

Is Digital Camera Technology Making Film Obsolete?

Perhaps not yet, but the handwriting might be on the wall…

How is a digital camera different from a film camera? What are pixels and why are they important? What’s the difference between optical and digital zoom? What advantages do digital cameras have compared to film cameras? Let’s address these and other questions as we discuss digital camera technology.

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