Well, I have been gearing up on the video production and Photoshop vid tutorials. This is my latest installment on building your Photoshop skills tutorials. This video tutorial discusses how to create a half-tone screen to apply to your photos or designs for a cartoon or retro effect.
With spring just around the corner,perhaps it’s the general warmer weather,it motivated me to dustoff the cobwebs and provide my readers with a video tutorial that shows you how to use the “liquify” feature in Photoshop CS5 so you can play around with the feature a little. It a little fun and games plus instruction for serious applications as well.
On an other note, the first of March, marked my third anniversary since signing up with Youtube and although I was slow to adopt the platform for small business marketing, I’m glad I eventually did. The website exposure is truly beginning to pay off and all you visitors have made the journey possible and worthwhile.
So, hope you enjoy this vid tut and there is enough instruction for you to add one more skill set to your Photoshop arsenal.
Just when you thought most people know the basics around Photoshop, you find out not everybody does know the principles that can improve your work processes when photo editing and keep from destroying your original photos. This is my latest vid tut on Photoshop CS5. I basically cover the steps on using adjustment layers in order to retain your original photo or photos.
Youtube has upgraded their Youtube Creator Playbook or guide book. This is their third revamp of their guidebook since the few short months beforehand, when they had released their “updated” playbook in February of 2012. However, as you well know, things change quickly on the internet. With all the new Youtube interface changes, internal analytics panel changes and general interaction changes that have occurred since February 2012, they definitely needed to upgrade their guidebook to be a one stop kickstart resource for creating great video content on Youtube.
They now have a dedicated link for the Youtube Creator playbook, and they provide a supporting blog that is geared mostly for Youtube partners, but it’s still a good idea to check it out on occasion to keep informed of all of Youtube’s ongoing changes. The site is an easier read than before and at the end of every unit they provide a downloadable checklist so you can use this information to use as a set of guidelines to follow when creating your videos and to boost the effectiveness of your video content.
One of the key factors that has changed (and is reflected in the Video Manager Analytics area of your Youtube account) is that Youtube now tracks the number of minutes that your viewers are engaged with your video content. They are not solely counting video hits any longer. Youtube provides an actual count of the time or how many minutes your viewers are watching your content and provides a top ten list of your most popular videos for the content creator to evaluate in your analytics statistics.
I have a previous post with the old playbook that was filled with a lot of the how-to’s in video creation. But that playbook was on a Slideshare type of presentation format, and I wanted to upgrade the blog with this newer information. By the way, they do provide a link in order to download the 114 page guidebook as a pdf file, if you prefer.
This is my most recent tutorial. Thankfully, a few minutes, shorter than I usually record them in.
I cover step-by step instructions on creating brushes in Photoshop CS5. Hope you find it informative. And if you are not already a subscriber on my Youtube channel, I encourage you to do so. (Of course, that’s if you find the information I share helpful.)
I’m sure we’ve all seen those nifty, set of to-do lists and whiz bang cure-alls for developing your business graphic design blog. I know this is true because I have downloaded a few of these articles myself, printed them, and promptly put them in my IN basket to get to later. But as client projects (and their demands) swallow up work time, it seems I rarely get to that IN basket and my design blog’s development priorities fall lower and lower on the “must do” list.
The #1 Best tip or bit of advice I can offer boils down to this—keep at it or like the proverbial turtle in the picture above (the turtle from Aesop’s fable), just keep plodding away! Developing your graphic design blog is not a sprint, it’s more like a marathon, so setting your mind to chipping away at your blog development week by week will get you a lot further than trying to get everything done all at once. You won’t get overwhelmed, since hopefully you already have your client’s work making demands on your time and can invest a few hours of your precious time per week. Remember…Time is Money.
Trust me on this… prepare yourself for the long haul and try to update your graphic design blog on a consistent basis which works out to roughly an average of four blog posts a month or one blog post a week. This works out to a two to three hour minimum investment of your time per week to your graphic design blog marketing, especially if you are a solo graphic designer. Just my idea of a great tip to get you started on the right track in 2013!
Well, I will start off this blog post with Best Wishes for 2013! We’ve enjoyed your continuing visits to this website and also the increase in visitors and subscribers to my corresponding Youtube site. We nearly doubled our site visitors in 2012 from 2011 and also improved our Google and Alexa ranking dramatically. With WordPress and Youtube improving so many of there online tools, you can expect to see additional updates to this site and my Youtube channel. We are also getting an increasing amount of web traffic from mobile devices such as the ipad and mobile phones, this was a trend I noticed a couple of years ago and am happily enjoying the benefits.
When I first started this blog (a couple of years ago) my New Year’s blog post for 2011 had referenced the fact that we were facing tough economic times. If you have been following the news closely, going into this year, economic times are even more difficult. So as a result it is even more challenging than my previous post, to write and to address low-cost but effective ways to build up your online presence. However, some basic things still apply.
As your writing up your New Year’s resolutions, you know the ones that include how to improve and invest in your online business, now is the time to review your web design and print collateral graphic design needs. Technorati has published a very informative article on the Top 5 Web Design Trends in 2013, which discusses how more companies are developing their websites using HTML 5 and are designing their websites so that they can be design responsive for tablets and smartphone users.
Budgets are understandably tighter and meeting your website design and publishing goals will probably get even more challenging. But we don’t want you to despair, we have website development plans and content plans of our own and now that the holidays are behind us, we’ll start churning out those tips, new vids and how-to articles. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by.
Okay, so I blew it, getting in this year’s Christmas greetings in a little bit late. Wishing you the most happiness with the Christmas gifts you have already opened and many happy returns! (ha-ha)
It’s been a great year thanks to all the fans of this site, that includes unique visitors as well as repeat visitors. I have been busy enjoying my vacation and well, I dropped the ball when it came to website updates and blog posts. Thankfully, I have spent developing some evergreen content in the past that has kept my web traffic steady. As we fast approach the year 2013, I’m expecting to keep working at this site and deliver new content.
I also would like to thank all the Youtube viewers and new subscribers, we will put the nose to the grindstone as soon as the festivities are over. Happy New Year!
Just a celebration post to mark the second anniversary of this website. Just wanted to say thanks to all my visitors. Those who have left insightful comments and posted likes. The traffic for my Youtube channel has grown as well and we’re really pleased with all the views and growing subscribers.
It’s almost funny looking back at the trickle of traffic I received when I first started this website as compared to what it is now. The site has seen an enormous amount of growth and hopefully we will be able continue to churn out quality posts through the holidays and beyond. Thanks again for stopping by!
Another year has rolled in and this is just a short note to remind you that I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! I certainly was busy eating turkey and gravy, green beans almondine, cornbread stuffing and parmesan mashed potatoes among other things. Throw in a few more calories that I don’t care to mention and it was all good. Mmmm. Mmmm.
I certainly am grateful for a lot of things. I appreciate all the visitors to my website and the additional subscribers and views on my Youtube channel. This has been a tough economic year for many, and I hope some of the instruction I provide in my free videos is building your graphic design skill set. Thanks again and again for all the visits as this website nears it’s second birthday.
Tomorrow is the start of all the Black Friday Sales and the preparation for the Holiday Season, so hope you all are enjoying your holiday!