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Over the years, many students have told me they hated the Pen tool, or they hated Photoshop’s Pen tool. My answer was and remains: “You don’t have to love the Pen tool. You have to master it.”
Photoshop is known as an image editing and manipulation application. Since the advent of the world wide web, it’s become a powerful website prototyping and design tool. Although Photoshop’s type design features aren’t as robust as those in Illustrator and InDesign, it’s type tools are good, and improving. Type isn’t the only vector toolset in Photoshop, however.
In almost all cases using Photoshop filters or third party plugins alone won’t turn a photograph into a digital painting. With some finesse and finagling, however, we can get pretty close. Today we’re going to combine filters, layer blends and some masks to give our photo a painted look with Surface Blur, Cutout and Poster Edges.
Filters, whether they’re native to Photoshop, or purchased add-ons such as those provided by Topaz, or OnOne, are designed to supplement your design workflow, not become it. Filters can provide creative inspiration, too, but, as I see it, their main function is to replace lengthy, tedious tasks.
Our online creative community has a long history of sharing resources such as Photoshop brushes. Prior to writing this piece, I scanned my massive PS brushes folder. My oldest brushes date back to 2001. All of them were free downloads from generous creatives wanting to share with other users.
There are way too many things to keep in mind when designing a website. With all the developer details, architecture changes, and project managers carping about deadlines, we sometimes need a little no-tech inspiration on how to make websites look awesome. What follows are five ways to do just that.
In the previous article I showed you how to optimize JPGs for the web. In this tutorial I show you how to create GIF, PNG-8 and PNG-24 files. While the method is similar, results differ in terms of file size, colour reproduction and even usefulness.
In the Internet’s early days it could take 24 hours, or more, to download a picture. Image compression technologies were developed to help speed up the process. Although the web is far faster than it was in the old days, optimizing images is still as important as ever.