As the title specifies thsese are the CrazyLeaf Design Blog Best Photoshop Resources of October 2008.
Articles from the Photoshop category.
Creative Suite 4 is about to be released. But from what I’m reading of it, I think I’ll stick to CS3 for a while yet. Those lucky enough to have received early BETA releases (alas, not me) have reported a few minor improvements, as you’d expect. But with Adobe’s hefty upgrade bill, it hardly seems worth it. Which brings a whole new angle to the upgrade/not upgrade argument. When is it advisable to upgrade, and how long is too long to wait.
One of the biggest expenses for any lone designer is software. Creative Suite, although there’s a great saving by buying the bundle, is still not cheap. But unlike spending money on plant or equipment, which can pay for itself over the years, there seems to be a major software upgrade almost annually.
Open source aficionados are going to love this one – Adobe’s Photoshop does have a whole lot of users, but that’s no reason for the company to break out the champagne. Why? Because more than half of these users have not purchased their copy through legitimate means; in plain English, this means that most users of Photoshop have pirated their software, and that Adobe has lost out on tons of revenue.
I guess it’s easier to justify piracy when the original comes at a whopping $600. But the question still remains – why do people still pirate Photoshop when there are numerous open source alternatives? Some of them like the Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) are almost equivalent to Adobe’s image editor, and the best part is, they’re free. Ok, so the Gimp and other free online photo editing tools don’t offer support for CMYK (except the one from KOffice named Krita) and the RAW digital camera format or license PANTONE, but besides that, they should suffice for all your image editing needs, unless you’re going to use an editing tool for commercial purposes.
25 Essential Photoshop Moves is a substantial (175 pages) full color ebook, packed with loads of useful information for beginners and advanced Photoshop users. The book containing tools, tips, techniques and tutorials is totally free for download.
The author has picked out 25 key tasks or tools that he would expect an experienced Photoshop user to know. These include selection techniques, shortcuts, time-saving tools, montage skills and practical applications of Photoshop that he himself uses daily in real life jobs. Large illustrations, step-by-step explanations and simple instructions will have you creating Photoshop art like a professional in no time.
What’s the catch ? How come it’s free ?
The book is free. All you have to do is subscribe to the author’s (Gary Crilley: The Electric Artist) newsletter and you will get the download link in your email in max 2 minutes.
You can also check out the author’s website for some interesting video tutorials.
Another busy month in the world of Photoshop. Lots of great tutorials, lots of tutorial list articles, brush and texture releases. Here’s a round-up of the best Photoshop finds this month.
This is a collection of free PSD source files available for download from devianART.
If you’re a designer, the quality of your work must be paired with a reasonable amount of time for its completion. Working under tight deadlines and the competition on the market are just a few factors that should convince you that speed is important. And then, if you can do the same work in less time, it means you can use the gained time more effectively: for planning, for self-promotion or even for some fun!
A compilation of 60 of the most awesome photoshop tutorials which can assist you to create an amazing, professional website.
Video tutorial on how to create from scratch a pool table, with a shiny 8 ball on it.
You don’t have to be an obsessive Coldplay fan like me to admire the beautiful effects shown in the latest Coldplay / Apple ad. This tutorial will show how to design portraits based on that style.
A really nice collection of top sky and space Photoshop tutorials. Some of them are ideal for expanding your photo manipulatoin skills.
30 beginner and advanced Photoshop tutorials, covering many aspects like : Pen tool usage, Gradients, Adjusting levels etc.
Over 30 tutorials to enhace your photos.
In this tutorial, we’re going to draw a beer glass with some beer in it. We’ll create the shiny curly glass with reflection, put some beer in it, add some bubbles, and finally we’ll make the shadow and the reflections. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have some fun and learn some cool technics too.
This Photoshop tutorial will show you step by step how to create the Sony-Ericsson logo.
If you can’t see this video click here.