Sometimes we need text to do more than just convey a message. Sometimes it needs to be a design element all of it’s own. Photoshop provides a wealth of tools to add pop to text in an image. Here are just a couple techniques to try in your designs.Photoshop basic toolsThe easiest effects to use are the native text editing tools in Photoshop. Layer Style - First spend some time playing around with the Layers Style (fx icon in Layers Panel) dialogue which proves a host of options for adding... continue reading
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So you’re new to digital photography, and you are trying to decide what software you should be using to post process your images. Or maybe you are just trying to decide if it’s time to change to your platform of choice. For many facing this decision it comes down to a choice between the open source application GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, of course), and the industry leading Photoshop software from Adobe. Before making this decision, it is important to understand what... continue reading
As a remote editor for Dreamstime, I often come across perfectly good images that we cannot accept as royalty free stock because they include copyright and/or people, without valid property and/or model release(s). More often than not, these are unintentional and minor features of images that can be removed very quickly and effectively with Photoshop, or similar software, dramatically improving image composition in the process. Obviously, I’ve chosen to demonstrate how I deal with these... continue reading
Learning Adobe Photoshop can seem like a daunting task for the newcomer. Not only are there seemingly endless capabilities built into the software, it also comes with its own nomenclature. To the uninitiated, learning to speak Photoshop can seem more overwhelming than learning Klingon!In fact, learning any new software language is a lot like learning a new language. Although I personally have not yet tackled Klingon - I do know that it is important when starting to learn new languages to understand... continue reading
My local council used to have an art competition every year, which was mainly painting, drawing and photography. I looked forward to it every year and everyone that submitted got in. It was a wonderful community event. The main criteria was to capture some aspect of the local area.This was the year I chose a local park where many people walk their dogs and which also happens to be a historical cemetery. Head stones and monuments are scattered about this park which makes it fairly unique. I used to... continue reading
Want to know the one thing in common all photography enthusiasts have whether they own the most basic smartphone or a chunky top-of-the-line DSLR camera? The answer: It is the desire to come up with the most creative photography ideas for their shots.Yes, that is basically just it! Because if you love photography, you would want the most ingenious shots and concepts. Perhaps this is because you want your work and your skills to get recognized. Or, maybe, you just want to express yourself and get a... continue reading
Photographers who begin to dabble on online stock usually start with generic images from around where they live and vacation snapshots. Then they may begin to do simple commercial concepts such as photographing a calculator, pencil, and a piece of paper on their kitchen table. If they study the business they'll begin to realize the real money is with concise concepts with a strong focus on a specific theme.The problem is the advanced stock imagery requires a photography studio or access to various... continue reading
There are so many resources for stock art available on the internet. They serve quality images that can be used by anyone to make their projects look professional and exciting. Stock art is as easy to find and use as cheesy clip art, but the difference is that stock art provides richer and more relatable imagery that enhance the message. Stock art is not low brow. There are many professionals out there who use stock houses as an additional means of revenue for their craft. This means that everyday... continue reading
A not so long time ago in a galaxy quite close by… Another movie in the popular Star Wars franchise is almost here, and it’s the perfect time to learn to recreate the Jedi knights’ legendary weapon in Photoshop!There are many ways to accomplish this but we’ll be using a very quick and simple way that gives nice looking results nevertheless. This one is done with brushes, layers and layer masks and other the basic tools. I’m using Windows version of Photoshop CC 19.0. [editorimage]https:... continue reading
Photoshop Design Tutorial: Whimsical WondersA Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Wondrous Fairy Tale Setting in PhotoshopRussian artist Larissa, known by her name Annnmei on Dreamstime, has a small but powerful portfolio of illustrations that utilize her Wacom tablet. We caught up with her and asked her how she creates her unique whimsical style and asked her to give us a step-by-step rundown on one of her latest pieces, Multicolored Tree City."I always want to draw,... continue reading
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