In this tutorial, you will create a star shape using the Star tool, then create stripes using the Rectangle tool. With the help of a mask, you'll cut the stripes and paste them inside the star. To follow along, you'll need Illustrator CS6 or other recent version of Illustrator.
I was just reading a tutorial on FastStone Image Viewer in which the author strongly advocates using a folder-based system of photo organization based on the dates the photos were taken. Followers of this site probably know that I am a big fan of keyword-based systems for photo organization.
I don't know about you, but once something is more than a few months in the past it becomes a distant haze in my memory and I can not pin-point the date it occurred. Often I can see the picture I want in my mind, but I might not be able to recall where the event occurred or what I might have filed it as. In my workflow, I most often want to recall photos based on the people in them, which this person's preferred method of organization does not address at all. This is why the process of tagging my photos with keywords continues to work best for me. Although there is a requirement to invest some time upfront to tag your photos, this pays off down the road when you need to find a specific photo quickly.
While I have embraced the tagging method of photo organization, I know some people who absolutely can not wrap their head around the concept. So it's a great thing that we have choices! I'm interested in hearing how you approach the task of filing your pictures. Cast your vote in the poll or leave a comment about how you organize your digital pictures.
The symmetry action enlarges the canvas and then duplicates and mirrors the original image vertically and horizontally to create symmetry. Try cropping the original in an unusual way before running the action for some interesting results. Compatible with Photoshop 6.0 and higher. An example is shown below. Click the image to go to the download page.
Enjoy this free set of seven graceful, swirly decorations and twisting, winding leaf, flower and foliage designs from Shelby Kate Schmitz. The swirly designs are available as custom shapes and brushes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, or you can download transparent PNG files if you prefer to use them in other software such as PaintShop Pro or GIMP. These swirly scroll designs will add a trendy touch to your cards, digital scrapbook pages, or other graphic designs.
Swirly Designs © SKS
Recently one of my sisters contacted me in somewhat of a panic because she had accidentally re-formatted several of her digital camera memory cards before she had copied all the photos to her computer. The photos were from a recent trip and she was very upset to have lost them.
I pointed her to my Digital Photo Recovery Software category and she was able to get back all the photos she thought she had lost. You see, when you delete files from a hard disk or memory card, the data is not really erased--only the references to the file are removed, but the data is still there until something else is written to that same "space" on the media. So if this happens to you, the most important thing you can do is take action immediately to recover the lost data. The more you use the media, the less chance there is that you will be able to recover the lost files.
The software my sister used to get her pictures back was RecoverPlus. What's interesting about this particular software is that the company offers a 48-hour license. Most of these recovery programs offer a crippled trial version and cost in the range of $30-50 for full functionality, which is a bit high considering that most people only need to use them once or twice in a lifetime. The RecoverPlus unlimited 48-hour license costs a reasonable US$12.95. My sister said it didn't work as well for the videos on her memory card, but it retrieved one video and all the pictures she wanted.
Have you ever needed to use data recovery software? Tell us about your experience by voting in the poll or posting a comment.
• Digital Photo Rescue and Recovery Software
• Salvage the Files You Lost From Your Hard Drive
• Video: Undelete Photos on a Digital Camera
• Don't Forget to Make Backups of Your Digital Photos
Originally posted: 3 October, 2007
Ian shows you how to you can create a font from your own hand-drawn letters using Illustrator or the free drawing software Inkscape, and a free web service, Fontastic.me. He'll walk your through importing a photo or scan of your alphabet into these programs, tracing them into a vector image, and exporting each letter to an SVG file. Then he shows you how to use Fontastic.me to convert your SVG files into a TrueType font you can use on any computer.
Computer graphics allow artists to move briskly. By contrast, drawing on paper can be frustrating, forcing concentration, introspection and revision as an idea or vision takes shape. The process hones essential skills and sensitivity and personality that make artwork unique, instructors say.Read More...
This whole issue of resolution would be a lot less confusing to newbies if people would use the correct terminology! I can't tell you how often I get messages from frantic people who have been asked to provide a publisher with an image of 300 DPI. They go to the software looking to figure this out and the term DPI is no where to be found... all they see is PPI, the correct term. To be fair, most of the people asking for 300 DPI don't even know what they're asking for... they're just repeating what someone else told them. If you've recently referred to a digital image in terms of DPI, you're wrong, and you may need to brush up on Image Size and Resolution.
I was reading a post by Michelle at Scrapability about scrap bookers and their eternal compulsion to buy more scrapping stuff. As she noted, there's a similar phenomenon with any crafty hobby, and I think it also applies even to graphics software hobbyists who don't digital scrapbook. There's all those plugins, brushes, styles, patterns, and more -- free for the downloading -- and we want to collect it all! Come on, confess... how many of you have actually used more than 2% of all that stuff you've downloaded? Read More...
The Match Palette effect in Painter X lets you apply the color and brightness of a source image to a destination image. For example, you can match the colors in a photo to the colors in a favorite painting. You can then clone and paint your photo in the same style as your favorite painting. This tutorial with show you how to use the match palette effect to create a painting from a favorite photo.
Tutorial: Painting a Photo with the Match Palette Effect in Painter
I think it would be interesting to see what percentage of you use graphics software primarily for work versus play. Please cast your vote on how you use graphics software in the poll to the right.
I originally posted this poll in 2007 and the results had hobbyists in the lead 2 to 1. We'll see if that has changed any in more recent years.
This week's Get Help thread can be found on Google+.
Each week, I will start a new post for you to post your graphics software questions and problems, alternating between Facebook and Google+. If I don't already have an article addressing your issue, we'll take it under consideration for a future article or tutorial.
Sometime after November 2013, Apple's iCloud PhotoStream up and stopped working on my Windows 7 PC. I depended on PhotoStream to ensure I had backup copies of all the photos from my iPhone and iPad, and losing that function was quite a nuisance. Every time I needed a photo from my mobile devices, I had to jump through hoops to send it to my computer. Sure, there are several apps (FileBrowser, Eye-Fi) and cloud services (Dropbox, OneDrive) I could use to do this, but none are quite as convenient as just having the photos auto-magically appear on my desktop without any action on my part.
Today I finally got around to trying TechSmith's free Fuse app for iOS. (It's also available for Android.) I learned of this app several months ago, but never actually got around to opening it until today. Since the early days of running this site when I first reviewed TechSmith's wonderful screen shot utility SnagIt, it has been one of my most used apps. I should have known that the makers of SnagIt would come up with a super simple and elegant solution to sending photos from mobile devices to TechSmith's desktop software. No, it's still not automatic--like PhotoStream is supposed to be--but it's very handy and dead simple! Read More...
Looking for a "Save" function in the software you're using and can't find it? Or maybe you did find save but it only offers a proprietary format as the only save option?
Many software programs including GIMP, Illustrator, and Photoshop do use a native or proprietary file format for saving your working files, but that does not mean there is no other option to get your files in a standard useable format for publication or transfer to another program. Most of the time, this is simply a matter of terminology. If "Save" does not offer you the options you need, you may need to look for an "Export" command in your software. The export command will generally allow you to save in all the common formats including JPEG, PNG, GIF, and so on.
But remember to keep a copy of your work in the software's native format, too, in case you need to go back and edit it at a later time. Some photo programs, like Picasa and Lightroom, save your edits automatically in the database as you work, but they still offers an export command for when you want to preserve your edits permanently in a standard format.
• Christian Cross Shapes
• Christian Symbol Shapes
• Christian Fish Shapes
• Christian Star Shapes
• Christian Dove Shapes
• Christian Assorted Shapes
• More Christian Cross Custom Shapes
Crosses and Gold Styles shown here:
• Christian Cross Design Graphics, Brushes, and Shapes
• Gold 3 Layer Styles
More Crosses and Christian Symbols:
• Christian Symbols Brush Sets - Crosses, Doves, Stars, Etc.
• Christian Symbols Shape Sets - Crosses, Doves, Stars, Etc.
More Layer Styles:
• 30 Gold Layer Styles Set
• Shiny Metallic Styles
• Gold Stroked Layer Styles
• Gold Layer Styles
• Imperial Gold Layer Styles
• 48 Silver Layer Styles Set
• Silver Metallic Layer Styles
• Silver Stroked Layer Styles
• 30 White Layer Styles Set
• Spring Layer Styles
I have recently been alerted to the fact that someone is using my professional head shot in a phishing scam under a fake Google Plus profile under the name "jaffrey bay." I have asked Google to remove this obviously fake profile, but so far all my attempts have been refused by Google. I am posting this here to announce that this profile and whatever phishing scam is associated with it is in no way connected to me. My image has been used without authorization and if you visit the profile in question, you will see that it is a very low resolution copy.
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• "Glen o' The Green" Digital Scrapbooking Kit
• St. Patrick's Day Collection Photoshop Presets
My husband has always said that plaid is his favorite color. If you love plaid, too, you're in luck! We have several plaid patterns and layer styles from Shelby Kate Schmitz and myself. I've also created a tutorial that will show you how you can turn a regular plaid pattern into a tartan plaid, which can be tricky if you need to keep it seamless. So visit the links below and go plaid crazy!Plaid Patterns in Photoshop Format
• Plaid Seamless Patterns in PNG Format
• Plaid Patterned Styles by Shelby Kate Schmitz
• Convert a Regular Plaid Pattern to a Tartan Plaid (and Keep it Seamless!)
• Seamless Patterns (Some Plaid)
• Sue's Plaid & Checkered Patterns for Photoshop
• Make a Celtic Knot Border in Adobe Illustrator
• Draw a Chibi Elf or Leprechaun in Paint Shop Pro
Nomad Mini 2 is a compact rubber-tipped 2-in-1 touch screen stylus with a retractable paintbrush tip on one end and a rubber nib on the other. Read my review for all the details on this new stylus from Nomad Brush.
• What's the Best Touch Screen Stylus?
• Choosing an Electronic Stylus for iPad
• Smart Stylus Roundup: Pressure-Sensitive Electronic Pens for iPad
• Top Touch Screen Stylus Pens and Brushes
• Reader Reviews of Stylus Pens and Brushes
Retro sun rays have been a popular graphic style for many years and their popularity shows no sign of waning. In this step by step tutorial, Ian show you how you can create your own sun rays effect using GIMP, the free raster image editor.
This graphic style is perfect for adding interest to backgrounds of all sorts of projects, including blog banners and adverts. While there are a few steps to take to get a balanced design, this isn't particularly complex and should be suitable for beginner GIMP users.
- Painted Floral Graphics
- Flower Photos
- Valentine's Day Digital Scrapbooking Kit (PNG Graphics)
- Floral, Valentine's Day, and Heart stamps for Paint Shop Pro and Alien Skin Splat!
- Floral, Valentine's Day, and Heart objects for PhotoImpact.
- Floral, Valentine's Day, and Heart image lists for Corel Photo-Paint.
- Floral, Valentine's Day, Candy and Heart transparent PNGs for all software.
- Transparent Graphics from Barry's Place
- Colored hearts and conversation heart object sprays for CorelDRAW.
- Valentine's Day Collection Photoshop Presets - brushes, shapes, patterns, and styles.
- Free Heart Symbols for Adobe Illustrator
- More Free Graphics Goodies - borders, backgrounds, frames, patterns, and more
- Intertwined Hearts in Photoshop
- Drawing 4 Kinds of Hearts in CorelDRAW
- Interlocking Hearts in Illustrator
- Draw Candy Hearts in Paint Shop Pro
- Intertwined Lacy Hearts in Paint Shop Pro
- Hearts All A-Glitter - Animated Interlocking Hearts with Paint Shop Pro
- How to Draw Love Hearts in Inkscape
- How to Draw a Love Heart in GIMP
- How to Draw a Love Heart in Paint.NET
When you finish your Valentine's Day crafts and projects, please take a screen shot or photo, and show them off in our Holiday Projects Gallery.
• "The Shape of Love" Valentine's Day Digital Scrapbooking Kit
• Create a Dreamy Photo Effect with Photoshop Elements
• Free Orton Effect Action for Photoshop and Elements
• Enhance A Portrait with a Soft Focus Effect in Photoshop
• Create the Dreamy Soft Focus Orton Effect in GIMP
• Create the Dreamy Soft Focus Orton Effect in Paint.NET
• Apply a Soft Focus Effect to a Photo in Picasa
• Create a Dreamy Photo Effect in PaintShop Pro
• Enhance A Portrait with a Soft Focus Effect in Photo-Paint
• Enhance A Portrait with a Soft Focus Effect in PhotoImpact
• Free Dreamy Photo Software from Auto FX
• How to Ortonize Your Images
• Heartfelt Curlicue Designs by SKS
If you like these heartfelt curlicue designs, you also might want to check out her swirly foliage designs, too!
These images have been generously contributed by Barry Meyer, creator of PSPTubez.com. Visit Barry's Place to download thousands more Paint Shop Pro Tubes, transparent PNG objects, clip art, photos, picture frames, and other graphic elements for a small monthly membership fee. Currently Barry is tripling all new memberships!
If you prefer a vintage look for your Valentine's Day projects, be sure to also check out the gallery of vintage postcards and greeting cards from Collectibles Guide Barbara Crews.
And when you finish your Valentine's Day crafts and projects, please take a screen shot or photo, and show them off in the Holiday Projects Gallery.
• New: How to Draw Interlocking Rings in Photoshop
• New: How to Draw Interlocking Rings in Inkscape
• Interlocking Rings with Xara Xtreme
• Interlocking Rings with Adobe Illustrator
• Interlocking Rings with CorelDraw 8
• Interlocking Rings with CorelDraw 9
• Intertwined Hearts in Photoshop
• Interlocking Hearts in Illustrator
• Intertwined Hearts in Paint Shop Pro
How do I B&W thee? Let me count the ways...
There are at least seven distinctly different methods for converting a color photo to a black and white photo in Photoshop Elements. Which you use is mostly a matter of preference as the initial results are nearly identical. Take a tour with Liz as she shows you all the ways you can convert your color photos into black and white.
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Jackson Pollock App for iPhone
© Miltos Manetas
"Jackson Pollock" for iPhone and iPod touch is a simple, yet delightful app for creating art work in the style of the American Abstract Impressionist Jackson Pollock. The app does not have a lot of options--there are no tools (except for your fingers), no layers, no eraser, no undo--but its simplicity is part of its appeal. Read More...