Secrets of Psychedelic Text

By: David Bricker on May 24th 2012
Secrets of Psychedelic Text

“Psychedelic text” made famous by artists like Wes Wilson during the 1960′s was actually inspired by Alfred Roller’s work with the Vienna Secession movement in the early 1900s, but the analog techniques used to “liquify” the type in those famous Fillmore posters are often poorly imitated. This video tutorial offers a counter-intuitive but useful approach to warping text where Adobe Flash is used for drawing and type manipulation. Though Flash is most often thought of as a tool used... CONTINUE READING

Flash to HTML5 with Google Swiffy (Video Tutorial)

By: David Bricker on May 17th 2012
Flash to HTML5 with Google Swiffy (Video Tutorial)

When HTML5 was originally proposed as a replacement for Flash, I was skeptical but the capabilities of HTML5 have improved steadily. One exciting example of what can already be done to convert flash SWF files directly to HTML5 is found in a project called Google Swiffy. Swiffy only supports a subset of older ActionScript 2 code, but it does an impressive job rendering graphics, masks, animation, dynamic text and scripted behavior into a single HTML file that runs on... CONTINUE READING

Digital Photo Printing Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on May 15th 2012
Digital Photo Printing Essentials

Photographers and graphic designers are often tasked with the printing of photographic images, either by printing themselves or working with a lab or other service provider who handles the printing. In this article you’ll learn the fundamentals of the digital photo printing process as well as some procedures and best practices you can use to help ensure your photos come out looking their best. Types of Photographic Printing There are two main methods of photographic printing today: chromogenic and... CONTINUE READING

Lightening Dark Images with Photoshop

By: James George on May 9th 2012
Lightening Dark Images with Photoshop

Contrast is very important in Photography, which means that you should have a decent range between your highlights and shadows. When your images are too light or too dark, you lose important image information in the highlights and shadows of your image, ruining the overall appeal of the photograph. There are adjustments in Photoshop that can save your images. Which one you use depends on the situation and the photo. With each of these methods, I am going to... CONTINUE READING

Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 7th 2012
Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

Actually, many designers think the 3D feature in Photoshop CS6 will replace other 3D applications such as 3Ds Max or Maya, which is not true. The 3D in Photoshop does not aim to kill other 3D products; it aims to fulfill an intermediate gap between Photoshop and 3D applications. In many designs, you need to add 3D elements such as a 3D model or scene to use in your web, print or desktop design project. This does not require... CONTINUE READING

3D Tracking In After Effects Video Tutorial

By: David Hong on Apr 27th 2012
3D Tracking In After Effects Video Tutorial

In this tutorial, David Hong of Pneuma Design (pneumadesign.tv) provides a comprehensive overview of 3D tracking in After Effects using The Foundry’s new CameraTracker plug-in. Matchmoving has always required the After Effects artist to solve shots in an external application and import the solution into After Effects. This new tool eliminates the need for this extra step by providing powerful matchmove capabilities within the familiar AE interface. Follow along and take your compositing skills to the next level. if... CONTINUE READING

Sharpening Images in Photoshop

By: James George on Apr 24th 2012
Sharpening Images in Photoshop

We all want our images to look the best. For most of us, it is our job to make everything, including our images, look good. Good color, contrast, and balance are important, but none of that matters if your image is blurry or out of focus. For some photos it can make the image that much more powerful to sharpen the image. For example, if you have a geological image, and it looks good, you can make it look... CONTINUE READING

Understanding File Formats in Photoshop

By: James George on Apr 3rd 2012
Understanding File Formats in Photoshop

One of the fundamentals of being a graphic designer in the digital age is understanding different file formats for your images. Knowing how to save your images requires consideration of what your end product will be and its application. You use different file formats for print projects than you do for web design projects. Using the wrong format could result in your design not looking how you intended, or it might not display at all. This is disastrous for... CONTINUE READING

Using Live Trace in Illustrator

By: James George on Mar 19th 2012
Using Live Trace in Illustrator

Just a few short years ago, it was a long and drawn out process to take your hand-drawn artwork from paper to digital. You had to sketch out the artwork, scan it in, clean it up, and then in Illustrator, you could spend hours, even days using the pen tool to trace your own artwork, depending on how elaborate your piece was. If you needed each element on it’s own layer, you could end up with a huge file... CONTINUE READING

Using Smart Filters in Photoshop

By: James George on Feb 29th 2012
Using Smart Filters in Photoshop

One of the greatest things about Photoshop is the ability to create different effects using the various settings found in Adobe Photoshop. Using filters is the main method that many designers and artists use to create these effects. You can create any look or effect inside of Photoshop, provided that you find the right combination of filters and settings. A minor adjustment could mean the difference between creating something mediocre, or creating something truly outstanding. Filters are fairly easy... CONTINUE READING

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