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Create An Organic Lighting Effect Using Photoshop Stills
By: Robert See on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:03:27 pm

This post focuses on creating a particular effect where a bank of lights on a billboard appear to cycle on and off between each set of credits using Photoshop and your favorite NLE. So you'll have a reference for what I'll be explaining, take a look at an excerpt of the  credits sequence here.  I recommend watching the entire film , which is about 5 minutes long, as well, in order to get a sense for how the credits carry the feel of the film through to the end. The piece is also one of my favorites of a fashion...


Fun with a Cell Phone Camera
By: Mike Cohen on May 11, 2011 at 2:57:37 pm

We employ a medical illustrator. He telecommutes. So sharing ideas for images is either via email, phone or Skype screen sharing. Sometimes what is needed can only be depicted visually. In the case of a particular anatomical drawing, I've discovered a phone app called "camscanner." You could use the normal camera mode too for that matter, but a PDF is good for sending as an attachment because it autoscales. If you send someone a native photo by email, it is difficult to see in the average email client without opening. So if someone is going to open a file attachment,...


Glitch – Why can’t I bring my Photoshop Layered comp into After Effects?
By: Ross Daly on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:22:18 pm

I was bringing a layered psd into after effects and trying to preserve the layer structure (i.e. bring it in as a comp, not flattened) I tried every which way I could, and despite selecting comp or comp original file size, it flattened it every single time! The solution seems to be more of an undocumented feature than a bug, but it s a fine line: You need the psd to be in rgb. I know that everything should be in rgb regardless, but the weird thing is not that it rejects it (as it would if you brought in...

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Pulling it all Together
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 15, 2010 at 6:36:39 pm

Workflow is everything. As described since the inception of this blog, how you go about getting the job done can, in fact, decide how and when you get the job done. ...


New Video Actions for Photoshop CS4 and CS5
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 1, 2010 at 8:51:56 am

Many don't know that I co-wrote the video actions that ship with Photoshop. Well, I've updated the Video Actions for Photoshop. I've added the following new actions BD 720p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p BD 1080p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p Encore Blank Button – Creates a new menu button for use in Encore Encore Button Highlight – Creates a Highlight layer for use in Encore Download the actions here – here Unzip the actions. The extension should be .atn Locate your Photoshop application folder Place the file in Presets > Actions...


Textured type stamp letterpess photoshop tutorial
By: Roger Chasteauneuf on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:45:37 am

Hello all. I always love authentic letterpress type type. You can always tell when this has been achieved and quite often it displays a lovely texturised quality. So today, im gonna try and show how an effect like this can be achieved using photoshop. This tutorial is being done in Adobe Creative Suite CS as this is all I have at home, but all the tools are pretty much in the same place in CS3 and 4 I think. Step 1. firstly create the type you would like to texturise. I have created this in illustrator and then copied it across to...


I hate Adobe Activation
By: walter biscardi on Apr 12, 2008 at 3:23:22 pm

There, I said it. I hate Adobe's Activation procedure. Yes, I understand you have to protect your software from all the complete morons and low-lifes who can't pony up the money to purchase software legitimately, but geez, do you have to make this procedure so asinine that it affects legitimate purchases? Three weeks ago I installed Apple OS 10.5 on a fresh hard drive on my editing workstation. A day later I installed my copy of the Production Premium Package CS3 to do some After Effects work. The Activation screen obviously pops up, I tell it to go ahead, but...


Apple buying Adobe? Again.
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 14, 2008 at 6:12:04 am

Robert Cringely is one of the higher profile tech pundits, and like all pundits, is only barely credible based on predictions coming to pass. But he brings up again the possibility of Apple buying Adobe .  Actually, he says flat out it s going to happen. His reasons are a teensy bit more interesting this time, plus inside sources, but I wasn t persuaded before and I m not now. He uses the Final Touch acquisition as an example of Apple s commitment to pro apps, and it is...but Final Touch wasn t a $36 billion purchase, as Adobe is...


Diamonds are a girl's best friend
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:45:25 am

It is a well known fact that falling in love is bad for your knees! But after a fall you also need to go searching for stones. Since I am too bruised (pronounced as broke) to buy such stones, I decided to make one myself and as usual Cinema4D is my knight in shining armour. So folks, here it is: Happily, my better half loved it, even though she can t wear it! Thanks Cinema4D for making up for all those missed anniversaries and birthdays! Hopefully when I get time during the weekend I will post some workflow checkshots. Have...


Inspiration from Modo
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am

I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...


By: Shane Ross on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:14:32 am

Well, I ve done it.  I have FINALLY replaced the last piece of...uh...*cough* borrowed *cough* from my you ve NEVER done this.Well, the last piece of software that I have let go was Photoshop.  Nice application, but did MUCH MORE than I really tapped it to do.  Crop, resize, couple titles, scan something to make a gift card, maybe a little touch up on photos, played with a few filters....but nothing that really dug into what this app could do.  And I tried Photoshop ELEMENTS and didn t like it.  And a few other chinsey applications that just seemed...lacking. ...


Post-NAB thoughts and musings - PART 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:46:06 pm

I returned back home from Las Vegas and NAB on Tuesday night after spending 2 1/2 days in the City of Sin, my last few hours being spent at the wonderful Hofbräuhaus next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where I, along with coworkers and friends, downed their great tasting German lager out of ridiculously massive 1 liter glass steins while enjoying what I have to imagine is "classic" Bavarian folk music. After having a few days back home to digest what I saw and learned (not to mention playing catch up on the current show I'm editing for...


You think you know Google?
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 23, 2007 at 6:18:55 am

Kaltix? Ganji? Neven Vision KK? Endoxon Ltd.? Any of these ringing any bells? These are among the 24 companies that Google has bought recently. Have any idea what they do? Thomas Shmitz of SEOCritique lets you test your knowledge  by matching two lists: the names of the companies and what they do. I m telling you now, you re going to flunk this test. By a long shot. Two of the 24 are gimmes for most of us: YouTube and Picasa. (If you don t know Picasa, you should check it out . It s Win and Linux only, but a cool little online art...


Keyboard Covers
By: Charley King on Mar 9, 2007 at 11:34:09 am

I went to another blog that explained the value of rubber keyboard covers for different programs. I thought that is a very novel idea, protection plus all the shortcut key labels. WRONG!!!! As I did a search I find they are only made for Apple products. Why hasn t someone done this for PC s. It seems more and more editing programs are being built for PC s many of which don t even have an Apple counterpart. No one has thought about creating keyboard covers for PC s? That seems really strange. Charlie...


Adobe asks: "What's in the Box?"
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Mar 8, 2007 at 4:04:42 pm

So this viral video showed up on You tube:  Clearly Adobe is planning something big. Only time will tell......


Free Photoshop on the Web. Really. Premiere's already there.
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 28, 2007 at 4:20:24 pm

I don't see everything coming. Not even close. But I saw this one. Google's Picasa has been offering online image editing for a while. It even supports .psd. So Adobe responds with free Photoshop on the web. Really? Yeah, really. ...


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