Saturday December 7, 2013
Glaze App for iOS
Glaze is a fun iOS app to stylize your photos with a wide variety of painterly effects. It is a universal app that runs on iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch. The brush stroke engine creates very believable effects which, for the most part, don't have that tell-tale computer-generated look.
• Glaze Photo Art App for iOS
Friday December 6, 2013
Liz brings us two new Photoshop Elements tutorials for making your Christmas photos really sparkle this year. In the first, she shows you how to use a custom brush to make the lights on your Christmas tree twinkle
just a little bit more. In the second, she uses a custom brush again to create a festive bokeh effect
for the background, so your subject will really stand out.
• Create Christmas Light Twinkle in Photoshop Elements
• Create Bokeh in Photoshop Elements
Thursday December 5, 2013
In this tutorial you'll use Corel Painter to paint a festive Christmas tree for the holidays. This project makes a great Holiday greeting card.
• Painting a Holiday Christmas Tree with Corel Painter
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Download 3 free frames by Shelby Kate Schmitz for your Christmas projects. There is a wood frame with gold trim, a geometric red and green frame, and marble texture "Merry Christmas" frame. She's also included a high-resolution textured background which matches the Merry Christmas frame.
These frames are layered PSD files, which can be opened in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other software which supports PSD format. The frames are high resolution files, created with shapes and layer styles which can be resized and customized to your liking. Use the frames in your Christmas scrapbooks, greeting cards, and other Holiday projects, or just dissect them to learn how they were made.
• Layered Frames for Your Christmas Projects
Tuesday December 3, 2013
The Christmas collection of free layer styles by Shelby Kate Schmitz includes shiny, glossy, plastic, and gel effects in red, green, gold, and silver colors for Christmas. They can be used with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. There is also a bonus set of red and green gradients on page 7
• Free Red & Green Christmas Layer Styles and Gradients
Monday December 2, 2013
Incorporating Photoshop into your crafty projects can be a lot of fun. Ian has given us several new tutorials recently that you can use in your craft projects and craft related blog posts.
• How to Create a Chalkboard Effect in Photoshop
• How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in Photoshop
• How to Make Digital Washi Tape in Photoshop o
Sunday December 1, 2013
With Winter approaching and the holiday season upon us, we thought it might be fun to do some season-related challenges. This week's graphics challenge theme is Holiday Greetings
. Looking for that perfect card for the holidays? Why not try creating your very own! Choose a theme for this holiday season and create a greeting card to fit it. You never know... you might start something new!
Saturday November 30, 2013
"Santa" by Matt
It's time to start thinking about sending your Holiday greeting cards. Sure, you can just go out and buy something off the shelf, but why not make it a lot more special by using one of your own photos or drawings and sending something personalized? If it won't offend your less-technologically-advanced friends and family, you can even save the postage and send your Holiday cards by email, like I usually do
. Whether you use the popular commercial software, or free software, these tutorials should help you create a nice personalized greeting card.
• Greeting Card Template and Instructions for Photoshop
• Create a Greeting Card in Photoshop Elements
• Creating Greeting Cards with Paint Shop Pro
• Create a Custom Greeting Card in Inkscape
• Create a Greeting Card in GIMP
• Create a Greeting Card in Paint.NET
We also have plenty of free Christmas graphics and Holiday-themed presets to help you embellish your cards. When you finish your card, I hope you will take a few minutes to show it off and inspire others by submitting it to our Holiday Projects Gallery!
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Looking for some snow effects to cool off your winter projects this year? Ian Pullen shows you how to add snow to a scene in either GIMP or Paint.NET, both free photo editors.
• Add Fake Snow to a Photo in GIMP
• Add Fake Snow to a Photo in Paint.NET
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Expensive software like Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture are not your only choices for raw conversion and digital photo processing. Several inexpensive and even free digital photo developing solutions exist, and Ian has reviewed several of them in recent weeks. Visit the links below to learn more about Zoner Photo Studio for Windows, Darktable for Mac and Linux, and Lightzone for Windows, Mac and Linux.
• Zoner Photo Studio 16 Review
• Darktable: Free Darkroom Software
• Lightzone: Free Darkroom Software
Monday November 25, 2013
Illustrator ships with a variety of OpenType Fonts which often have a myriad of extended characters (also known as glyphs) that can add real flair to your layouts. There are also many OpenType fonts for sale online. But how do you access these extended characters and glyphs?
• Part 1: Using the OpenType Panel in Illustrator CS5
• Part 2: Using the Glyph Panel in Illustrator CS5
Sunday November 24, 2013
Graphics Challenge: Signs
This week's graphics challenge theme is Signs
. They're everywhere - what would we do without signs directing us, telling us what to do, where to go? With your image editor you can do anything you want with them, and that's the idea this week. We have some starting images for you to use, however you would like, in a new image. See the sign, use your imagination, and have some fun with it!
Saturday November 23, 2013
© Ian Pullen
Make-a-Flake is a pretty simple Flash-based application that runs in your browser. If you've ever folded and cut paper snow flakes, you'll be quite familiar with the technique to produce a virtual snowflake. Make-a-Flake allows you to save your creations so you can use them in your winter cards or other Holiday projects.
Check out Ian's introduction and tips for using the Make-A-Flake service, then learn how you can convert your snowflake designs into vector graphics with Inkscape, or edit them in GIMP. Have you found other creative ways to use the Make-A-Flake service? Share them in our Holiday Projects Gallery.
• Use Make-a-Flake to Create Snowflakes
• Convert a Make-a-Flake JPEG to a Vector Graphic
• Edit Make-a-Flake Snowflakes in GIMP
• Share Your Snowflake Designs
Friday November 22, 2013
Thursday November 21, 2013
© Sandra Trainor
Learn how to make realistic-looking color changes and apply patterns to an object with Photoshop. For this tutorial, you will transform an image of a long-sleeved tee-shirt using different colors and patterns.
• Applying Color and Patterns to an Object with Photoshop
• Video: Adobe Photoshop Pattern Maker
• How To Add Custom Patterns to Photoshop
• Creating Textures, Patterns, Seamless Tiles, and Backgrounds
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Nice! New apps from Techsmith let you send images and videos from your mobile devices directly to SnagIt
or Camtasia. Get Fuse for iOS
today... it's free! I can see myself using this a lot!
Use the new TechSmith Fuse app to push photos and videos from your smartphone directly into Snagit and Camtasia for editing. The files are transferred over your WiFi network rather than via the Internet...so it's both secure and surprisingly swift!
• Better together: New TechSmith apps & features for collaboration
• TechSmith Fuse
• TechSmith SnagIt Review
Monday November 18, 2013
Ian, our resident diva, shows a couple of fun projects you can do for the Holidays in his latest Inkscape tutorials. In the first, he shows you how to use Inkscape's drawing tools to doodle on a photo. In the second he shows you how to set up Inkscape for making calendar pages.
• How to Doodle on a Photo in Inkscape
• How to Make a Calendar in Inkscape
Sunday November 17, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Thanksgiving Around the World
. For as long as recorded history, people from all cultures have celebrated the harvest. It may differ in forms, but the spirit remains the same. We thought for this weeks theme, members could submit an image created on the traditions of thanksgiving or harvest celebrations from the region or country you live in.
Thursday November 14, 2013
Shelby Kate Schmitz has created a couple of whimsical frames for you to download.
They are available as Photoshop PSD files which you can fully customize to change the style,color, and text in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Transparent PNG files are also provided, both with and without text, so you can use the frames in other software.
Surprise someone special with a personalized framed photo gift to commemorate a time you shared together!
• Friendship Frame
• Family Frame
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Split Toning is an effect for creatively tinting your photos in a subtle way. When you spit tone, instead of applying a single color tint to a monochrome photo, you apply different color tints to the highlights and shadows, which is a bit more interesting than simple black and white or single-color tinting effects.
Ian's latest tutorials show you how to create a split tone effect using color balance in Pixelmator, and two different methods for GIMP--using color balance and gradient maps. With some experimentation, you'll likely be able to adapt these split toning techniques for whatever photo editor you use.
• How to Split Tone in Pixelmator
• Split Tone With Color Balance in GIMP
• Split Tone With Gradient Map in GIMP
Sunday November 10, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Before Digital
. We dedicate this week's theme to people like George Eastman who developed a film and camera system that revolutionized the photo industry. Bringing the ability of image capturing to the everyday person may be one of the biggest achievements in modern times. We've given you some starting images to develop anyway you wish; the only rule is to use at least two of them. You can sit comfortably at your desk and not under a tent spreading emulsion over photographic plates. Have fun with it!
Wednesday November 6, 2013
Shelby Kate Schmitz has come though with a new batch of Christmas freebies to share! While I was working on these, I dipped into my backlog of SKS presets and found a few more sets of layer styles to post for you. These frames and shapes and layer styles are sure to brighten up your holiday projects. Here are the direct links to everything that's new.
• Christmas Frame Kit 1 for Photoshop
• Christmas Frame Kit 2 for Photoshop
• Five Oval Frames Custom Shapes Set (for Photoshop)
• Five Oval Frames PNG Files (for other Software)
• 42 Red Layer Styles for Photoshop
• 60 Christmas Styles for 2013 - Set 1
• 60 Christmas Styles for 2013 - Set 2
Monday November 4, 2013
Here's a collection of 6 free frames from Shelby Kate Schmitz. The frames are in layered PSD format for you to customize or dissect, and high resolution, transparent PNG versions are also provided for those who wish to use them as-is. A small JPEG preview is also included.
• Free Frames - Layered PSD and PNG Files
Sunday November 3, 2013
This week we will be enticed by foreign and exotic destinations, as we look through our Travel Brochures
. The idea for this challenge theme is to create a travel brochure to a destination real or imagined. If you're traveling around the globe or around the universe, have some fun with it!
Thursday October 31, 2013
Color Wheel Mixer, © GIMP
Have you ever noticed all those other tabs in the GIMP color picker? If you've never getten around to checking them out on your own, tag along with Ian as he walks you through each of these alternate color mixers in GIMP and shows you how to mix up colors with GIMP.
• How to Mix Colors in GIMP
Tuesday October 29, 2013
© Ian Pullen
Flaming Pear offers several free filters for Photoshop and other software
in their Freebies collection. Ian shows you several ways you can use Flaming Pear's free filters to create a variety of mono, color, and retro effects for your photos.
• 5 Mono Photo Effects with Flaming Pear Freebies
• 5 Color Photo Effects with Flaming Pear Freebies
Monday October 28, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Jack-o-Lanterns
. From the legend of Stingy Jack, doomed to walk the Earth with only a burning coal in a turnip, comes our theme of Jack-O-Lanterns. We have three starting images for you to carve up with no mess, so use your imagination and have some fun with it!
Sunday October 27, 2013
Still working on last minute Halloween projects? Grab some custom shapes and layer styles from our Halloween Photoshop Presets Collection and get them done in no time!
• Halloween Collection Photoshop Presets
Saturday October 26, 2013
© Bonnie Covel
Be sure to take lots of pictures this fall and Halloween! But don't just leave them as plain, unembellished photos... let these free digital scrapbooking kits
inspire you to turn your photos into something special! Each kit contains several coordinating background papers, frames, journaling tags, word art, and other embellishments. If you're new to digital scrapbooking, or don't even know what it is
, Bonnie Covel's Beginner's Reference to Digital Scrapbooking
will help you get started.
• Fall Leaves Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Bonnie Covel
• "No Haunting Allowed" Halloween Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sharia Braxton
Friday October 25, 2013
Halloween is almost here, so Sara Froehlich shows us how to draw a bat, a witch's hat, and a ghost
in Adobe Illustrator. She's also provided a set of free Halloween symbols
you can use to decorate your Illustrator projects with ghosts, bats, witches, spiders, jack-o-lanterns and more.
• Draw a Bat, Witch's Hat, and Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator
• Free Halloween Symbols for Adobe Illustrator
Wednesday October 23, 2013
Using Paint Shop Pro and Animation Shop, Arizona Kate shows you how to create a Halloween animation for your web page. In this tutorial you'll combine a 'Happy Halloween' greeting with a pumpkin face and have them morph together.
• Halloween Face Morph in Paint Shop Pro and Animation Shop
Monday October 21, 2013
Spiders can give chills even when it isn't Halloween! Here is a two part tutorial that will show you how to draw your own spider and web for Halloween. In the first part, you'll draw the web
. In part 2, you'll draw and add the spider
• Spider Web Tutorial for Illustrator
• Spider Tutorial for Illustrator
Sunday October 20, 2013
Ghosts and goblins, fairies and princesses, spooks and vampires, it's all part of Halloween fun. This week our theme is Trick or Treat
. The idea is to create a Halloween image - spooky or cute - we'll leave that up to you. So have some fun, use your imagination, and see if you can give us a delight or a fright!
Friday October 18, 2013
© Ian Pullen
Ian's latest tutorial demonstrates a really easy way to draw a ghost with Inkscape. You can use and adapt this easy ghost design to produce all sorts of personalized Halloween items. In this tutorial you'll learn how to edit and manipulate paths and add drop shadows.
• Easy Ghost Inkscape Tutorial
More Ghost Tutorials:
• How to Draw a Ghost in GIMP
• Halloween Trio in Adobe Illustrator
Wednesday October 16, 2013
© Sandra Trainor
In this two-part Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to draw a glowing Jack-O-Lantern and then make it into an animated GIF. In part one, you'll use the Pen tool to draw a pumpkin, then use Layer Styles to turn it into a glowing jack-o-lantern. You'll also apply a custom-made style to different parts of the graphic. When done, you'll have a graphic ready for use in any Halloween project. In part two, you'll modify the jack-o-lantern graphic to turn it into an Animated GIF in Photoshop's Timeline. In the Timeline, you'll move layers, adjust their duration, and preview how the animation will look. You'll then save the file as an Animated GIF and view it in your browser.
• Part 1: Create a Glowing Jack-o-lantern Graphic in Photoshop
• Part 2: Create a Jack-o-lantern Animated GIF in Photoshop