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Photoshop CS5 -Creating a Half-tone Screen for Retro or Cartoon Photo Effects

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.

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Using Liquify Feature in Photoshop CS5

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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.

Non-Destructive Photo Adjustments Using Photoshop CS5

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.

How to Create Your Own Brushes in Photoshop CS5

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.)

My Best Design Blog Content Development Tip

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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!

How to Create Buttons in Photoshop CS5

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Buttons are probably one of the most used and functional web graphics that are designed for web pages, landing pages and your typical website.  So, I developed a psd vid tud (Photoshop Tutorial) for all you graphic designers who want some quick tips on how to design a Web 2.0 button.

The video has a 4 minute introduction to what buttons are, how they are used and why you need to know how to design them.  It covers how popular website such as Disney and the NFL use clickable image and buttons as web graphics that lead you to landing pages or other sources of information.

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Adobe Software and Apple Computers : A Graphic Designer’s Tools of Choice

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A Star is Born: First Apple Computer

As Apple announces the release of it’s  new mini-ipad , there are several reports that the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch non-Retina 1024×768 resolution display!  It is just 7.2mm thin, 23 percent thinner than the regular iPad, yet many industry watchers believe that Apple will have an asking price of $329.   The scheduled release date is November 2, 2012.

I have always been a fan of Apple products, especially as a work and productivity tool.  I know this sounds  a lot like the making of a glowing testimonial, but I have been a satisfied customer with the brand.

I can remember getting into heated discussions with PC users at a previous  place of employment, it was the PC end users that were cranky.  It’s really too funny.  But in my opinion, most graphic designers agree that Apple computers and Adobe software are the industry’s tool of choice.

I can barely remember the first day, I started using Apple products.  As a graphic designer, it has always been the graphic design’s industry top tools to use,  so there hasn’t been a day in my working life that I have thought of or used any other product as my workhorse computer.  As a matter of fact, I believe the Adobe software was created initially for Unix computers.

However, Photoshop’s ( Adobe software) developers, Thomas and John Knoll began development on Photoshop in 1987. Version 1 was released by Adobe for the Macintosh in 1990 exclusively.

The software program was developed in order to enable users to manipulate images that were digitized by a scanner.  Check out this article on The First Version of Photoshop, if you are curious to know the history of this software.

Yes, I know the PC platform is quickly catching up, but I think I’d still be loyal to the Apple brand.  So, in the spirit of all things Apple, I created this Photoshop CS5 video that gives step by step instructions on creating a modified morph using the Apple logo to show the transition of Apple’s brand.

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Photoshop CS5: Mastering the Pen Tool in Photoshop

This is the second installment of my first video regarding Mastering the Pen Tool in Photoshop.

I get into the reasons why this tool is so important and why learning this skill and gaining mastery is transferable to many other software applications.

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6 Reasons to Begin Blogging for Your Graphic Design Business

3D Bloggers

Most graphic designers, freelance workers or entrepreneurs know by now, that blogging is quickly becoming an important and relatively inexpensive tool for online marketing and self promotion.  Back in the 90s, in the early days of internet marketing, web designers and graphic designers were busy designing and creating mostly static websites for their clients.  However, blogging and the use of blogs has grown exponentially with the development and refining of blogging platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

These blogging platforms have made it much easier to develop and set up a website (or internet presence) for a variety of purposes without requiring advanced technical and programming knowledge.  According to Technorati (in their annual  2011 State of the Blogosphere Report),  3 million blogs come online per month!

When blogging became popular, around July of 2004, there were about 3 million blogs online and as of the end of Dec 2011, there were approximately 178 million blogs on the internet!  Please see chart below, designed by Invesp. Read the rest of this entry

Modified Morph Using Photoshop CS5

This Photoshop Video tutorial gives you step by step instructions on creating a modified morph or transition.  It is rather lengthy, approximately 25 minutes.

It provides instructions on how to morph  several images in order to create a transition effect. Please take note this is only similar to a morph that would be created on a more sophisticated software 3D modeling program.  The information only give you a similar effect.  Enjoy!

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