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Fast and Easy Matte Photo Effect

A Fast and Easy Matte Effect for Your Photos

The bright and slightly gauzy matte effect has become very popular in portrait photography over the last year or two.  Presets for this look are out there by the boatload and can cost a lot of money. But there really is no need to spend money on those presets. Getting a great matte effect for your photos is as simple as a levels adjustment. Liz shows you how in this step by step tutorial.

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Create a Preview Template in Inkscape

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Create a Preview Template in Inkscape -by Ian Pullen

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all do it anyway. If you sell digital products online, having a good preview template is essential to success. In his latest tutorial, Ian shows you how to create a preview template with the free graphics software Inkscape.

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can produce your own preview template for presenting your digital products, such as digital stamps and papers. Digital crafts have become more and more popular and this has led to a growth in the numbers of people offering digital products for crafters. If you make and sell your own digital goods, you need to ensure that you're presenting them in the best way possible. Preview templates are the digital equivalent of product packaging, allowing you to present a digital stamp or digital papers in an attractive format that also helps to reinforce your brand.
Create a Preview Template in Inkscape

Making Dotted Lines with Photoshop

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Many advanced options are hidden in Photoshop's Brushes palette. By adjusting the spacing we can create a custom brush to make dotted lines or dashed lines. Here are two different methods for creating dotted lines in Photoshop. Know of another way? Click comments and tell us about it!
Dotted Lines in Photoshop: Paintbrush Method
Dotted Lines in Photoshop: Stroke a Path Method
Also see: Wavy Line Border in Photoshop

Get Help With Your Graphics Software Questions

Monday April 21, 2014

Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?picture=help-key&image=1819&large=1

Last week's Help Me post on Google+ was a great success, so I am going to start making this a weekly feature, alternating between Facebook and Google+ each week. Read More...

Featured Photo: "Tattered" by Shane

Monday April 21, 2014
Tattered by Shane
Here's what Shane says about this HDR photo:
"This is from a old abandoned gas station in Center Hill Florida. This is the top half of the outdoor bathroom. I happen to be working in the area and when I saw the old gas station, I had to investigate."
Learn more about Shane's photography and techniques in the HDR photos gallery.

Tattered by Shane
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I hope you all are enjoying the featured artwork from our visitors. To keep it going, I need more of your submissions! There are several galleries you can contribute to and possibly have your work featured here on the home page.

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