Home Studio Essentials – Episode 2

Speedlites and flash units are great but after a while the hard light they produce can become a bit limiting. In part 1 of my home studio essential skills I used a bare flash but now it’s time to add an umbrella. It’s almost certainly the first light modifier you’ll buy and for good reason.  They’re…

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Cracked Photoshop Brushes

Cracked and pealing paint always draw me in as a photographer so here’s a great Friday freebie which combines a selection of my peeling paint photo and turns them into cracked Photoshop brushes. These brushes are full resolution and can be used to paint, erase or mask to create all sorts of effects. Full download…

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Yeah, But Will It Print?

Hi, dekeOlytes. So over at lynda.com, there’s a free InDesign FX movie every other week from master effecter Mike Rankin. Mike’s techniques are very cool, and made from 100% pure InDesign (so they’re extra healthy). Thing is, a few people have been asking if Mike’s effects will actually survive the printing process. And this week…

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Instant Photo Collage Action – Friday Freebie

It’s a case of two for the price of one with this Friday freebie Photoshop action as I’ve recorded a version for portrait (upright) and landscape (wide) format images. This action is an extension of the four part split action I made a few weeks back and generates a collage of small scattered prints from…

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Creased and Folded Action – Friday Freebie

In the real world folding a photo isn’t a smart move unless it’s heading for the bin. However in the mad cap world of Photoshop you can virtually fold a photo any time you like. With this Friday Freebie Photoshop action folding and creasing a photo is a simple one click affair. Not only that…

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Five Key Things about Working with Graphics in InDesign

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working more with InDesign lately and thinking about how learning InDesign’s layout capabilities might be of interest to more people as the Creative Cloud model makes it more readily available (i.e. it’s free as part of your subscription, so you might as well give it a…

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Painted Corner Brushes – Friday Freebie

Here’s a painted border effect with a neat twist. First up these are paint brushes rather then a template and that means you can change the colour, opacity and use them with the Brush or Eraser tools. There’s four brushes in this set so you get one for each corners or mix and match to…

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Photoshop 101: Editing Indexed Color Images from the Web

Advertise here with BSAHave you ever plucked an image from the web and tried to edit it in Photoshop only to find annoying problems? It’s probably a .gif in Indexed color mode. For this quick example I’m using the MediaTemple ad in my sidebar, which happes to be an indexed .gif. When trying to edit…

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Photoshop: The “Pixelated” Brush Problem

Advertise here with BSAThis question has come in through various channels recently, so I thought I’d do a write up on a quick fix. If you’ve ever wondered why your brushes look “pixelated,” there’s a perfectly good explanation. Photoshop isn’t broken, you aren’t missing a setting, and you probably got here because you like keyboard…

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Friday Fundamentals: Setting Text in InDesign

Theoretically, Creative Cloud subscriptions are going to expose more people to Adobe’s layout program, InDesign. If you’re new to InDesign, but familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator, then you’re probably coming to ID for one key purpose: wrangling large bits of text. If you’re a veteran text wrangler—steeped in the behaviors of word processors like, well,…

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[Ask BB] Saving Patterns in Illy, Pixelated Fonts, and more

Advertise here with BSAHere’s round 2 of the Ask BB series. Some of these questions came in via email, and others via twitter (@bittbox), so If you have a question, let me know. When I get enough questions that I can answer, you might see your question here next time around 🙂 Thanks to everyone…

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How Go Media makes their amazing mockup templates, Hamster Style!

Go Media Approved Here at Go Media, we’re custom template creating machines. Between our mockup sites Shirt Mockup and Mockup Everything, the mockup packs on our Arsenal and custom templates for clients, we’ve got our system down to a science. Disclaimer: Creating these nicely organized and layered files is far from easy for that matter, even…

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How to Sync Photoshop Presets on Multiple Computers

Advertise here with BSAIf you have multiple computers, and you use both of them quite frequently (like myself), then you understand that syncing 2 computers is a never-ending battle. Syncing files is hard enough, but I want to share a workflow tip with everyone that will make your lives easier when switching back-and-forth between machines…

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Photoshop 101: Replace Color [video]

Advertise here with BSAThis week I have a very simple, but useful Photoshop tip. Replace color is found in the “Image > Adjustments” menu. Obviously, this won’t work on every image, but for simple color replacements, it comes in handy. Thanks to Shutterstock for providing the image for this mini tutorial. Enjoy the video :)…

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Texture Tutorial: using metal and rust textures to destroy a design

Hello all! Simon from Studio Ace of Spade here again, ready to show you how to use my latest textures, the metal dumpster texture pack, to destroy and weather out the crap of your designs. What’s in the pack? A little while ago, there was one of these huge metal dumpsters sitting in a parking lot…

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Must-Have (Free) Photoshop Plugin: GuideGuide [CS4, CS5]

Advertise here with BSAI’ve recently come across a lifesaver Photoshop plugin that is gonna rock your world. It’s called GuideGuide from Cameron McEfee and it’s a godsend for creating print layouts, and web for that matter. GuideGuide is free, and its a “panel” that assists you with laying out your guides across the artboard/document. Instead…

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How To Create A Set Of PS Brushes From A Single Texture Photo

Advertise here with BSACreating Photoshop brushes is rather easy. But, I often find that brush sets lack consistency and are often created form various textures or sources. I like consistency. I think a great set of brushes isn’t just a matter of throwing a bunch of brushes that kinda look similar together in a set,…

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