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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120830

#AfterEffects:
FileCloseup (project file)
#AfterEffects:
Adobe - After Effects Scripts
#AfterEffects:
Version Snapshot for After Effects Simple Backup and Restore of After Effects Projects

#Guitar:
Learn the Funk electric guitar lesson rhythm and strumming
#Guitar:
Guitar Modes – Making Modal Scales Make Sense Pt. 1 (Aeolian)
#Guitar:
Guitar Tricks and Tips
#Guitar:
Beginner tips to learn to play electric Guitar
#Guitar:
Using Guitar Effects and Pedals

#Music production:
Find The Samples In VST Instruments - Social Sound Design

#Photography:
How to Photograph Concerts/Bands
#Photography:
Continuous Lighting Tips in Portrait Photography
#Photography:
The Zone System in Black and White Photography

#Photoshop:
Create a Horror Movie-Themed Photo Composition in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Using Brush Effects in Adobe Photoshop Touch
#Photoshop:
Add Realistic Mist to a Scene
#Photoshop:
20 Photoshop secrets to improve your skills
#Photoshop:
How to Create an Emotional Photo Manipulation of an Angel
#Photoshop:
Create a fur text effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a Beautiful Artistic Kaleidoscope Background
#Photoshop:
The Art of Tony Ariawan (get inspired by this artist from Jakarta)
#Photoshop:
Create a Photo Manipulation of an Angel Holding a Torch (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tutorial | New tricks for vector portraits
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Crop Tool Tips - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
Introduction to 3D features in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
6 Quick’n’Dirty Photoshop Text Effects From Scratch
#Photoshop:
Drip And Stain Photoshop Shapes
#Photoshop:
Top 10 Varied Uses of The Lens Flare Effect
#Photoshop:
Taming your Photoshop Presets
#Photoshop:
15 Beautiful Example Of Text Design In Photoshop

#Writing:
7 Reasons to Publish a Blog

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

5% of a man's time is waiting on a woman. She comes saying "Did you wait long". His reply: "oh, no"

When birds can sing, are birds songwriters? Or improv artists?

No sports? I don't need a fitness studio. A kiss a minute long takes 26 kcal and that is better than sweating on an iron machine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120829

#AfterEffects:
After Effects Tutorials (by a designer magazine)

#Guitar:
Learn Guitar Chords - Free Guitar Chords Chart
#Guitar:
Learn Acoustic Guitar – 3 Basic Tips to Help You Advance

#Music production:
#FruityLoops: Understanding Your Fruity Limiter (tutorial)
#Music production:
How To Get Your #Guitar Production to Fit in the Mix
#Music production:
50 Free Electro House Presets For NI Massive

#Photography:
Create a Surreal Mannequin Photo Manipulation
#Photography:
Useful Photography Tip #40: Develop Your Confidence
#Photography:
How To Improve Your Photography Literally Overnight
#Photography:
Photography Depth of Field
#Photography:
Image & Video Keywording Tips - Tip #76 Know Your Search Engine: Keyword Phrases
#Photography:
Photography Tutorials for August 27th 2012 - Mark Raymond Mason Fine Art Photography (tips, unspectecular website)
#Photography:
Photography Tip: How to Shoot Jump Shots
#Photography:
Silhouettes and Gradients

#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Create a Steel Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Top Places to Find Free Photoshop UI Kits Online
#Photoshop:
Provide Gorgeous Appearance to Text through Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
6 Tips For Making Photoshop CS6 Faster
#Photoshop:
Design a Rusted Metal Face Manipulation with Abstract Falling Lines in Photoshop - PSD Vault
#Photoshop:
Top 10 Varied Uses of The Lens Flare Effect
#Photoshop:
Can’t Afford Plastic Surgery? Photoshop is the Next Best Thing
#Photoshop:
Create a Stylish Transparent Pricing Table
#Photoshop:
Is Bigger Better? Magazines Add Airbrushed Pounds to Make Models Curvier | Silhouettes
#Photoshop:
Quick Tone Photoshop Technique - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
Using Light and Shade to Bring Text to Life
#Photoshop:
Remarkable graphic design inspiration

#SocialMedia:
9 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests
#SocialMedia:
7 Tips for Better Social Media Engagement

#Writing:
Missing Words Change Everything

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
When I was a kid I was forbidden to write on the wall. But now on facebook it's what I should do. And I feel so guilty.

Why must I be young and stupid first before getting old and wise?

So often you hear from famous people who died. Why not when they are born?

On top of a mountain you find out that there are a lot more mountains to climb.

Don't give up until it's over.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120828

#AfterEffects:
Create New Movie Style Title Using After Effect Tutorials
#AfterEffects:
Kinetic Typography Tutorial

#Guitar:
Popped Culture: Guitar Is Easy, All It Takes Is 5 Fingers, 6 Strings And 1 Asshole

#Photography:
Photography Depth of Field

#Photoshop:
Purple Glow Text Effect (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
40+ Beautiful Photoshop Tech Brush Sets
#Photoshop:
Bokeh? Where’s the Challenge. Try Without! (if you think so, man)
#Photoshop:
Make yourself an Amazing Typographic Portrait
#Photoshop:
Creative Effects with Photoshop's Liquify Filter - Pt 1 - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
Create a Cutout Photograph in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Secrets: Eyedropper tip
#Photoshop:
How to Make Eyes Brighter (and it does not hurt…)
#Photoshop:
Quick and Easy Stylish Design Agency Landing Page (tutorial, useful for band website)
#Photoshop:
Crop Tool #Tips
#Photoshop:
Lighting an Unlit Cigar with Photoshop Layer Styles

#SocialMedia:
5 Ways to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media
#SocialMedia:
End of utopia? Social media, Twitter are echo chambers, only confirming our views - :: Future of Journalism

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
I like reading your name on the phone before enjoying phoning with you.
Deceit is very bad. But the worst is self-deceit.
Bad words in bad grammar and punctuation sells. They call it rap.
Sometimes hurting with the truth is better than comforting with a lie.
Philosophical question: I tell a lie! - Is that true or not?
We cannot change the past, but the future is in our hands!
A pizza is so mathematical. Square box, round pizza and triangle slices.
Musicvideo "Baby Give Me One More Chance" will be a stageplay where smoke tells the story.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120827

#AfterEffects:
How to Import Flash into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
#AfterEffects:
free videos from After Effects CS6 Learn by Video, from video2brain « After Effects region of interest
#AfterEffects:
Why are my renders so big? : Adobe After Effects Tutorial (here's the answer)

#Movie #Film:
6 Filmmaking Tips From Tony Scott

#Guitar:
3D Guitars: They Way Of The Future
#Guitar:
Useful Music Theory Part 2: Forming Diatonic Chords
#Guitar:
Learn Guitar Chords - Free Guitar Chords Chart
#Guitar:
Guitar Chord Library for Windows Phone review
#Guitar:
ActiveMusician Riff of the Day
#Guitar:
Major 9 and Minor 9 chord voicings « JS MUSIC SCHOOL

#Music production: Distorque releases Vitamin C (Free Win VST)
#Music production: SyncerSoft releases free Resonator VST effect for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production:
Designing a Saw Trance Lead in FL Studio
#Music production:
How to get an inspired sound logo for your brand
#Music production:
How to get your own 'sound' | Native Instruments Massive tutorials
#Music production:
NI Massive Preset Series: Atmospheric Pad by OhmLab

#Photography:
Contrast and How it Affects Portraits
#Photography:
Using a Beauty Dish for Soft Lighting in Portraits
#Photography:
How to Photograph the Stars
#Photography:
7 Ways to Get More Out of a Wide-angle Lens

#Photoshop:
The easy way to straighten verticals with Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Comics Text Action (Text-Effects)
#Photoshop:
Latest Collection Of #Free Icon Sets Available In PSD Format
#Photoshop:
Use Photoshop to Create a Line Drawing from a Digital Image
#Photoshop:
Create a Sports-Themed Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer Styles
#Photoshop:
The easy way to straighten verticals with Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
20 New Photoshop Text Effects
#Photoshop:
50 Photoshop Tutorials For Creating Cartoon Characters (Cartoon your photos)
#Photoshop:
Learning Showcase of Photo Effect Tutorials
#Photoshop:
20 Photoshop Tutorials for Beginners - SloDive
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Exploding Text (Sort Of) - TipSquirrel (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Facial Rejuvenation Effect in Photoshop (tutorial how to work out skin)
#Photoshop:
20 Photoshop Tutorials for Improving Your Digital Painting Skills (don't study too much, take break with popmusic)
#Photoshop:
Design Watercolor Effect Menu | Design Marketing Advertising Free Tips
#Photoshop:
Real to Surreal, 50+ Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials (i would call it crazy effect pics)
#Photoshop:
Amazingly Realistic Transparent Alien Egg
#Photoshop:
How to create a realistic tattoo with a hot model - Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Create an Abstract Floating Break-Apart Rock Circle
#Photoshop:
Secrets: Cell Leather Free PSD Textures (looks like an island seen from space)
#Photoshop:
Tutorial on Content-Aware Move/Extend Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6

#SocialMedia: Want to reach my followers? Join Headliner and get recommended. Promote your music and connect with new fans, free!
#SocialMedia:
#TheRules of Social Media: Not Everything Will Work--And That's Fine

#Writing:
7 Sets of Doublet and Triplet Verbs

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

Sorry that I did not text back. I forgot that I'm on twitter.

Well, because we were not talking does not mean that we did not talk about you before.

If you brake the rules you will be remembered. Is that good or bad? For artists: good.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120826

#AfterEffects:
Tutorials - Announcing Plexus 2 (i have plexus. great, but very complex)
#AfterEffects:
Is Working On Stills Easier in After Effects or #Photoshop? (not sure, some effects are better in AE)

#Guitar: Week in Guitar: Aerosmith Album w/Lennon & Depp, Alder’s Hyper-Fast Guitar Instrumental, & more…
#Guitar:
Chord Voicing Dilemmas
#Guitar:
How To Strengthen Your Fretting Digits
#Guitar:
Learn why classic rock is cooler than the music you are listening to right now. (what can i say to this article?)
#Guitar:
This Guitar Tattoo Looks Like A Dick (ui ui ui)
#Guitar:
Integrating theory, chords and strumming in a 1,3,4,5 progression
#Guitar:
Introduction To Jazz Guitar Improvisation (jazz is headache music, but maybe interesting to learn soloing rock)

#Music production: Photo of the Week: How Sheet Music Looks When You're Sight Reading
#Music production: ToneBytes releases Lo-Fizer - #Free VST Effect for Windows (win VST)
#Music production: Sampleism releases #free Ocean Harp instrument for Kontakt (win/mac)
#Music production:
Quick Tip: How to Create Drones from Samples Using Processing – Part 1 (drones? That little flying weapons?)
#Music production:
How To Start A Career In Music And Succeed With A Mentor
#Music production:
TuxGuitar free open source tablature editor
#Music production:
Using Shotgun Microphones Indoors
#Music production:
contact mic in water? - Social Sound Design

#Photography:
How to Shoot and Photoshop Stunning Black & White Images
#Photography:
How to Define Your Photography Style
#Photography:
Haunting Image Spreads Awareness of Ivory Consequences
#Photography:
Capturing Subtle Movement in Landscape Photography
#Photography:
Silhouette Images
#Photography:
Timelapse Photography Tutorial: An Overview of Shooting, Processing and Rending Timelapse Movies

#Photoshop:
Introduction to the New Crop Tool – Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Create a Realistic CD – Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Create a Sleek Countdown Timer – Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Create Custom Shadows – Photoshop CS5 Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Content-Aware Move Tool Tutorial – Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Create a Ticket Design – Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Knowing Photoshop's Interface
#Photoshop:
Whitening Teeth (no toothpaste? No prob, take photoshop)
#Photoshop:
Awesome Photorealistic Coloring Techniques
#Photoshop:
Knowing Photoshop's Interface
#Photoshop:
How to use masking in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Make yourself an Amazing Typographic Portrait
#Photoshop:
Convert Your Photoshop Layers into CSS3 Styles
#Photoshop:
Improved Lighting Effects in CS6 | Photography Tutorials
#Photoshop:
'Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop' Comes To Metropolitan Museum Of Art October 11 (PREVIEW, PHOTOS)
#Photoshop:
How to Create an Awesome Portfolio Layout in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Making a Mental Thriller Leitmotif Scheme in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Secrets: How to work non-destructively in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
25 Stunning Before and After Photo Retouching Portraits
#Photoshop:
41 Nicest Photoshop Photo Effects [Photoshop Tutorials] (free download pdf-tutorials)
#Photoshop:
Everything There is to Know About Curves
#Photoshop:
Photoshop for Photographers with Ben Willmore

#Web:
Useful Print And Online Magazines For Web Designers

#SocialMedia:
The Key Planets of the Social Media Universe - Infographic

#Writing:
How to Ride the Euphemistic Treadmill

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
Sometimes I need a DOF (depth of field) for some people. Optical and acoustical blend away.

Genre is ok, but music should not be stereotype and exchangeable.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How to Make Your Press Release Interesting

Press releases often have a reputation of being dry, boring and sometimes to technical for the average reader to appreciate. While some press releases do contain statistical and technical data that can often hamper its entertainment value, the actual press release itself does not have to be boring nor does it have to be without personality.
To make your press release interesting, first consider the audience that your press release will be reaching. Consider the audience that your marketing surveys and research are targeted towards and work your press releases from that angle. 
For instance, does your company manufacture children's toys or books? To make a press release interesting for this particular instance, you can change the font size of the typed release to make it more playful and fun. You can also play with the colors and style of the release to appeal to a more fun-spirited audience. As with the aesthetics of a press release, work within the confines that are given by the particular media that is making the submission. In the actual content of the press release, be sure to offer the places where the product (in this case, the children's books) can be found and emphasize that the product is for kids. Perhaps discuss how long the company has been in the children's services industry and maybe even share a personal story or two from key personnel within the company who have had a direct role in steering the company towards marketing the companies product. When you appeal to the entertainment value that is within a product or service, you stand a better chance of gaining and keeping the attention of the audience. You also stand the chance to solidify your companies name in the minds of the customers.
Why should a press release be interesting? After all, isn't the job of a press release to share information, make announcements and focus on key leaders within the company? Sure it is, but often, if the press release only list those things in a non-interesting and non-engaging format, your press release does not stand a chance of being circulated and shared among other companies and their representatives. Your press release should also be interesting and engaging to create a buzz among readers and to plant your product name or service in their minds. Since the point and focus of a press release is to bring attention to a company, the last thing that you want your press release to do is to be boring and forgetful.
In cases where seriousness is warranted in a press release and is ideal, it can still be interesting by employing other tactics that will engage the reader. Perhaps after the press release has shared its pertinent company information and made its announcement, it should then share information about upcoming company events to celebrate the announcement or about individuals within the company who will be spearheading or supervising upcoming events. Give the reader more than just a simple announcement to take away from the press release. Offer them something that will make them want to follow the company and see what the next event(s) might be.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120824

#AfterEffects:
Adobe After Effects * Color management
#AfterEffects:
Studying 3D Camera Tracker
#AfterEffects:
Image Stabilization in AfterEffects Tutorial (still picture though hand camera, i used it and it's a good thing)
#AfterEffects:
Adobe Forums: Forum: After Effects
#AfterEffects:
3D camera tracker | Learn After Effects CS6 (Adobe TV)

#Guitar:
Popped Culture: Guitar Is Easy, All It Takes Is 5 Fingers, 6 Strings And 1 Asshole
#Guitar:
Guitar Chord Changing Ideas For Beginners

#Music production:
How the Hell do I Use Reverb Again?!?
#Music production:
Interview: Don Felder on The Eagles' classic song, Hotel California
#Music production:
How to Make the Lead Synth From "It's Gone" by Concept vs Tryon Using NI Massive
#Music production:
Using Stepper creatively in Massive | Native Instruments Massive tutorials

#Photography:
Dedication To Get “The Shot” in Photography
#Photography:
What Makes A Great Photograph Great?
#Photography:
6 Reasons Why Photography Matters
#Photography:
The Ultimate Guide to Zone Focusing for Candid Street Photography
#Photography:
A logo seemingly photographed on textured paper

#Photoshop:
Photoshop Touch - Learn the Basics tutorial | Ask the Adobe Ones
#Photoshop:
Create a Candy Flavored Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Funny Photo Manipulations (great photoshop works)
#Photoshop:
30 Photoshop Splatter and Water Color Brushes for Designers
#Photoshop:
New Frame Art with Photoshop Action
#Photoshop:
Improved Lighting Effects in CS6 | Photography Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Basic Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
50 free photo frames and borders for Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Putting Fire in Your Hands with Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select
#Photoshop:
Design You Trust : 20 Awesome After Before Photos – Retouched by Adobe Photoshop - inBlogs Ad-Free Aggregator (can you trust your eyes?)
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Witch Doctor Character Concept in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Draw a Portrait in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
HOT Fire Photo Manipulations
#Photoshop:
Making of the Photographer making of a cartoon style picture)

#SocialMedia:
Hipset Shows You The Music Content Facebook's Been Hiding - (BAEEEHHHHH, Mr. Zuckerberg)
#SocialMedia:
10 Reasons Why Your Social Media Marketing Efforts Aren't Working--And What You Can Do About It - Forbes

#Writing:
5 Pairs of Prepositional Idioms

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
A thinktank is something great as long they are not a sink-tank with their concepts.

The only game I rellay like on pc is HEARTS. Simple and relaxing. From time to time I play a round. Not more, no time for more. The only time I dont like getting hearts.

My attitude is a problem. Not for me, for you. Sorry, but that's your prob.

Secret of a long wedlock? No divorce! (George Harrison)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120822

#AfterEffects:
Pixel Bender Kernel Accelerator

#Guitar:
The Alternative To Bar Chords | Lessons @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
#Guitar:
Guitar Tricks and Tips
#Guitar:
Jimi Hendrix Continues To Inspire

#Photography:
Quick Tip – How to Make Copy Prints of Art and Photos
#Photography:
making the most of macro, tip 1
#Photography:
Quick Tip: Double Expose for Better Landscapes
#Photography:
Why your Kit Lens is Better than You Think
#Photography:
Teen Photographer Shares The Story Behind The Shot (teen on a runway)
#Photography:
Tips on Shooting Ringside: An Introduction to Boxing Photography
#Photography:
quick tip: should i buy a dslr with video capabilities?
#Photography:
Using Facial View and Camera Angle to take Flattering Portraits
#Photography:
Improve your images by turning off the auto flash and using ambient light
#Photography:
Timelapse Photography Equipment Guide – PictureCorrect

#Photoshop:
Improved Lighting Effects in CS6 | Photography Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Guide - How to sharpen images without extra noise
#Photoshop:
Hdr For Photos Free Photoshop Action (Photo-Effects)
#Photoshop:
Create a Flat Earth Waterfall in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create Burning Typography with Sparkles Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Template to edit and create Arabic text : Thank You (for my Arabian friends)
#Photoshop:
Sierra Mountain Range, HDR Panorama | Photo Blog Stop
#Photoshop:
Work smarter with Photoshop CS6 | Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Transform Tips and Tricks - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
A Guide to Photographing the Perfect Background Texture (if free resources in the net are not enough)
#Photoshop:
Getting Dramatic Eyes with Photoshop (make people fear!)
#Photoshop:
Create a Baseball-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip – The Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6 « Julieanne Kost's Blog
#Photoshop:
Perfect portraits, tip 1
#Photoshop:
How To Create Smooth Fire Sound Wave – Photoshop CS5 Tutorial

#SocialMedia:
Creating a Facebook Cover Photo with #Adobe #Photoshop
#SocialMedia:
How the physics of social media could kill your marketing strategy
#SocialMedia:
White Paper: The Future of DIgital and Social Media

#Writing:
Calculate Your Average Sentence Length

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

You are lucky when making money and when spending money. But what is more fun?
High expectations make you disappointed. Expect the lowest and you will be surprised. I love surprises…

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120821


#Movie #Film: Musicvideo Kontrastprogramm - "Artificial Faith" produced by ViennaCC (so many videoscreens)

#Guitar:
What Do I Need to Know About Bass Guitar?

#Music production:
Synth Creation from scratch with NI Massive- Part 3 (of 10)
#Music production:
Cool Sound Effects
#Music production:
Audacity The Free OpenSource Cross-Platform Sound Editor
#Music production:
CreativeBlue Music Production - Arrangement, Mixdown, Recording
#Music production:
How to: EQ!

#Photography:
Panoramic Fashion Photo Shoot: Creative Ideas – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
Better Landscape Photos – The Low Tech Way – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
How to Print and Frame Panoramic Photos on a Budget –
#Photography:
Using Hard Light for Portrait Photography
#Photography:
A Fly on the Wall – 10 Tips for Wedding Beginners

#Photoshop:
30 Free to Download Photoshop Splash Brushes (more splash than in a swimming pool)
#Photoshop:
Tutorial: Add 3D Looking labels to your images in Photoshop «
#Photoshop:
The Pain Free Tattoo - TipSquirrel (and to remove simply deactivate the layer)
#Photoshop:
Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion (but finally Goethe was wrong)
#Photoshop:
How to change a photo into a pencil line drawing in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Mastering Photoshop - 27 Brilliant Examples
#Photoshop:
Scattered Photo Portraits in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
#Photoshop:
30 Beautiful Lomo Photographs, Tutorials and Resources (beautiful pictures, tutorials at the end of the article)
#Photoshop:
Selecting with Color Range - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
How to Create Remarkable 3D Text in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How To Make A Beautiful Celebrity Look Hideous (alternative photoshopping - photoshopped photos we never have on a fashion magazine cover)
#Photoshop:
Sketching the Human Form in Photoshop (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Secrets: How to work non-destructively in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Secrets: What Are Advantages and What Penalties of Photoshop Layers
#Photoshop:
Learn to make some great chrome text

#SocialMedia:
Using social media to promote your art

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
End of summer is a good time to get pregnant, because then you have 9 months off.

When she enters the room I see sunbeams through her blonde curtain of hair.

It's alright to learn lessons of life, but learning is not enough. You should profit from these lessons in your daily life.

After you have won the race don't forget to thank your motor crew. Same for bands…

Monday, August 20, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120820

#AfterEffects:
Wiggle Script for Quicker Access & User Interface to the After Effects Wiggle Expression (i like the wiggle function)
#AfterEffects:
Grimm, Grimm Intro, Free After Effects Template, Scary, Horror

#Guitar:
Discover the History of the American Guitar, 1833 to the Present (what a long time)
#Guitar:
Guitar Modes – Making Modal Scales Make Sense Pt. 2 (Dorian)
#Guitar:
Tips on Choosing Online Acoustic Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
Unlocking The Fretboard – Mastering The Pentatonic And Soloing
#Guitar:
Guitar Weeper pedal by Nevada (while your guitar gently weeps)
#Guitar:
Online Guitar Lessons Easy To Learn Tips? | PUBLISHWORTHY

#MusicProduction:
Waveforms - 40 dark/dirty sequences, sound-fx, basses, and motion-heavy synth sounds

#Photography:
Virtual Photowalks – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
Raw Image Advantages (i always use RAW)
#Photography:
Explore the Amazing City of Manhattan Via Time-lapse – (next time in NewYork i'm gonna try that too)

#Photoshop:
How to turn grey skies blue in Photoshop Elements
#Photoshop:
Striped Line Background Generator (Backgrounds) (yeah, that's what i need right now)
#Photoshop:
Create a Wet Plate Photo Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Photoshop CS6 3D Controls - Where Are My CS5 Controls? (Adobe TV)
#Photoshop:
20 High Quality Free Fabric Textures (So colourful like Jamaikan Raggae…)
#Photoshop:
25 Creative and Amazing Surreal Self Portraits (get inspired for your works)

#Writing:
20 Ways to Laugh

WoW (#WordsOfWisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

Nothing against casting shows and concept bands. They sing and dance well. But they are replaceble scheme faces.
Sometimes I want to sit back and do a simple lala with my guitar. What a feeling in this electronic world.
A nearsighted (or farsighted) man without spectacles is like a camera without lens. A man with a blur-effect.
You are what you tweet - unknown philosopher, not ancient greek
Temptation knocks stormily on your door, a chance only knocks once.

Money Raising Basics: 18 Ways To Finance Your Next Musical Project

"Money Raising Basics: 18 Ways To
Finance Your Next Musical Project"

By Bob Baker
We've all heard the expression "It takes money to make money." And sometimes it does. We've also heard horror stories about the complications of bank loans, business plans, lawyers and meddling investors. And it's those negative mental associations that keep many musicians from ever taking a stab at a big project—whether it be committing to a record release, buying a new PA and lighting system, producing a music video or starting a small record label. I can hear you now: "Man, I'm never going to be able to get a bank loan. And I wouldn't trust a power-hungry investor with my career. Why bother?" Well, I say, "Don't let those perceived obstacles stop you from getting what you want out of music!"
For now let's forget about bank loans and high finance and start thinking about more creative, street-level methods of raising money. Let's call it Guerrilla Music Financing. And the first rule to note is that—unlike the tried-and-true road to investment capital, where a large lump sum of money comes from one almighty source—we guerrillas have to think in terms of combining a number of smaller money-raising streams into one sizable river of capital. What follows is a list of 18 specific actions you can take right now to get the cash flow moving toward your musical project:
  • Make a commitment to yourself right now that you will find a way to raise the money. A wise man once said, "Whether you think you can or can't do something, you're right." Confidence and optimism will take you a long way toward your monetary goals. Know that you can find a way to raise the money and let your passion drive you toward making it happen.
  • Set up a Musical Project Fund bank account. Doing so will add more commitment to your intentions—plus it will earn interest while you work your money plan.
  • Set aside a percentage of your "day gig" salary. If you have a regular income from another source, take $20 a week (or more) off the top. Self-financing takes a bit of discipline and sacrifice on your part, but it's well worth it, knowing that you'll be in debt to no one when you reach your goal.
  • Earn extra cash from other music-related activities. Don't limit yourself to your current financial situation. Is there a product or service you can make or perform to bring in more money? What about music lessons, studio session work, repairing equipment, publicity, computer-related services, booking bands, etc? Open your mind to potential money-making streams you're not pursuing as much as you could be right now.
  • Rent equipment you already own to others. Why let that PA system gather dust when it could be generating revenue? Pin up fliers and run classified ads announcing what you have to offer. And then put that extra cash into your Musical Project Fund.
  • Sell off old equipment you don't use. Everyone has an amp, mixer, 4-track or some musical gadget they would be better off selling for cash than keeping. Look hard enough and you'll probably find something you can part with.
  • Credit cards. The interest will kill you if you take years to pay off the charges, but many bands and small record labels have used this method to finance their early efforts. If you have good credit, it certainly is another option.
  • Set aside money from paid band jobs. This is perhaps one of the best ways a musical act can go about raising money. If you gig regularly and don't need all these funds to survive, you can build up quite a stash—possibly up to a few thousand dollars or more—in a couple months.
  • Promote one or two live shows as fund-raising gigs for your next album. Not-for-profit organizations use this method all the time. Why not you? Plus, you may be surprised to find that your fans will support your project (with their dollars) if you simply ask them to.
  • Sell your own CDs, cassettes and/or records. Even if it's only a primitive, two-song demo, get some kind of recorded product out and sell it to raise money for your project. If you play out or get any radio airplay at all, you're wasting a valuable revenue-producing opportunity by not having a recording available for sale.
  • Sell T-shirts, caps, posters, stickers and other merchandise. Having music fans watching your band at a club is the perfect environment in which to market your paraphernalia. If they can't take the band members themsvelves home, the next best thing is a cool memento your admirers can purchase and take with them.
  • Family members and friends. Many businesses have been started from these personal loans, but so have many feuds. Be careful in this area, but don't overlook it, either. Make sure everything is in writing: how much money, when repayment is expected, who has artistic control, etc.
  • Grants. If your project is of historical significance or has a cultural impact, you may be eligible for the many grants offered each year by government, schools and corporations. Check the library for grant sources.
  • Personal credit. If you have a good relationship with a particular music store or production facility, they may extend a delayed payment plan to you based solely on your word and reputation.
  • Sponsorship. Instead of Coke, Pepsi or Budweiser sponsoring you, why not the local recording studio? You promote their business to your fans, they give you free stuff in exchange. It can't hurt to investigate this often-overlooked idea.
  • Bartering. The ancient art of trading goods and services works perfectly for Guerrilla Music Financing. This may be one of your most powerful approaches to getting what you want on a limited budget. Make a list of all you have to offer a studio or store owner and then, most importantly, see what his or her needs are and how you can find a way to satisfy them—without spending your hard-earned cash.
  • Build your own equipment. If that new PA or high-tech studio rental is out of the question, why not just make it yourself—for a lot less money? Check around for local craftsmen, or look through music magazines for mail order, do-it-yourself kits.
  • Set weekly and monthly money-raising goals. The only way you're ever going to raise that capital for your musical project is to make the commitment and stay on track. Therefore, break down your overall money goal into bite-size chunks that you can achieve each and every week—or at least every month. By raising, saving and/or trading a couple hundred dollars here, a few hundred there, a single individual can quite possibly accumulate $2,000 to $5,000 dollars in about six months. Multiply those figures by the four members in an average band (or partners in a company) are you're starting to look at some serious investment capital—all without going through the hassles of traditional bank/investment financing.
You heard it here first: Guerrilla Music Financing can work for you—if you let it.
Bob Baker is the author of "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook," "Unleash the Artist Within" and "Branding Yourself Online." He also publishes TheBuzzFactor.com, a web site and e-zine that deliver marketing tips, self-promotion ideas and other empowering messages to music people of all kinds. Get your FREE subscription to Bob's e-zine by visiting http://TheBuzzFactor.com today.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120819

#AfterEffects:
Iron Man Interface Target Widget – Parts 1 and 2
#AfterEffects:
Tutorials - Announcing Plexus 2 (i have plexus installed, this plaugin so complex)

#Movie #Film:
Add Sound To Your Movies

#Guitar:
Great Guitar Song and Chord Sites, Plus Ideas for Beginners and Beyond
#Guitar:
ActiveMusician Riff of the Day
#Guitar:
How to Find Good Acoustic Guitar Lessons Online

#Music production:
Creating a Unique Background Element for NI Massive
#Music production:
Making a Futuristic Lead Synth with Native Instruments Massive (can a futuristic sound right now in this moment be futuristic?)
#Music production:
A Better Default Patch for NI Massive
#Music production:
Getting the funk guitar sound from Funkytown - Social Sound Design

#Photography:
What if Professional Baby Photographers Had Huge Egos? – (poor babies…)
#Photography:
Tips For Using A Reflector in Outdoor Portrait Photography (i have a silver and a gold reflector)

#Photoshop: #Art: ViennaCC in smoke
#Photoshop:
Create a Candy Flavored Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
work: Orca-Cat (no desaster, it's fun - miauuuuh+swush)
#Photoshop:
Tutorial for Fashion Design (01/24) Introduction
#Photoshop:
Abuse your raw files for a striking high-key portrait
#Photoshop:
How to use the Patch Tool
#Photoshop:
Hand Drawn Design
#Photoshop:
Complete Guide to Making Fractal Brushes | (i used it here: http://viennacc.blogspot.co.at/2012/08/viennacc-in-smoke.html)
#Photoshop:
Tutorial: How To Design Urban Style Rock Concert Show Posters (great for rockbands)
#Photoshop:
Be In Full Swing Using Surreal Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Interesting Vector Inspiration #2 (reminds me on Roy Liechtenstein)
#Photoshop:
Designing Print Based Flyer
#Photoshop:
25 Free Textures for your Delight
#Photoshop:
Freebie: 24 Amazing Film Light Leaks
#Photoshop:
49 stunning examples of letterpress printing
#Photoshop:
How to Create Animated GIFs Using PS: 8 steps
#Photoshop:
HDR Toning Workflow Tip | Effects Photography Tutorials
#Photoshop:
65 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-Ups and Enhancements - DesignM.ag
#Photoshop:
Tips to Create an Awesome Landscape
#Photoshop:
How to add sun rays or any other rays using Photoshop - Photoshop Tricks
#Photoshop:
How to create a colorful funky header for your blog (by the way, did You see my blog?)

#SocialMedia:
200+ Free Grunge, Vintage, Hand Drawn Sketched Social Media Icons
#SocialMedia:
How to Approach Social Media Marketing With Limited Resources (for bands with low budget)
#SocialMedia:
4 Big Social Media MISTAKES photo - (4 easy tips)

#Writing:
The Principles of Possessives

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
Where there's a will there's a way. Unfortunately it may be a long way.

Never procrastinate things. Just plan to do it later.

Musicvideo Kontrastprogramm finished

Work on Musicvideo "Artificial Faith" for Viennese rockband "Kontrastprogramm" finished. After Effects rendered more than 21 hours for these 4 minutes. That by using GL-rendering.

Well, I have a 3D-space with camera and a lot of sceens installed in a 3D-room. The idea was to make a one-shot video moving around with the camera from one screen to the other. The camera movements should be synchronized with the music, where the camera should show a screen at the beginning of a line sung or a new part in the song.

From time to time there is a glowing light like a photo flash. I put it in for gag to make it more interesting.

Kontrastprogramm - Artificial Faith

See video on YouTube

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120818

#AfterEffects:
Learn How to Create an Advanced Jumper Effect
#AfterEffects:
Tutorials - Welcome to the all new aescripts + aeplugins
#AfterEffects:
Adobe - After Effects Extension
#AfterEffects:
Introduction to After Effects CS6 | CS6 & Creative Cloud Feature Tour for Video
#AfterEffects:
Paste Multiple Keyframes (a script)
#AfterEffects:
Layer Repeater
#AfterEffects:
Adobe After Effects * Keying effects
#AfterEffects:
Creating 3d for AfterEffects, Motion Blur, Antialiasing

#Guitar:
Why you have to own an acoustic guitar
#Guitar:
1-2-3 Fingerstyle - Muriel Anderson - Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
Music Lessons | Music | Aiken SC
#Guitar:
ActiveMusician Riff of the Day
#Guitar:
TuxGuitar free open source tablature editor

#Music production:
Progressive House Pluck Synth Tutorial for Native Instruments Massive
#Music production:
Showcase – Life Light | Native Instruments Massive tutorials
#Music production:
Templates for Sound Creation/Design - Social Sound Design
#Music production:
Quick Tip: Spice Up Your Melodies with Velocity Curves

#Photography:
Earthlapse: Timelapse Photography from Space – PictureCorrect (strange)
#Photography:
Quick Tip: Be More Free with Only One Lens
#Photography:
Fixing Chromatic Aberration in ACR 7.1
#Photography:
Portrait Photography | How To Get Muted Colors »
#Photography:
The Importance of Editing Appropriately

#Photoshop:
Create a conceptual surreal photo-manipulation
#Photoshop:
Creating a Retro Grunge Flyer - TutorialsWindow
#Photoshop:
How To Design A Modern Shopping Brochure
#Photoshop:
How to Create Your Own Fractal-Style Design Using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Get New Techniques through Latest Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Classic Sculptures Hilariously Dressed in Modern Day Outfits - My Modern Metropolis (crazy, but a good idea)
#Photoshop:
Design a Photo-Realistic Metal Chain in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
19 Free Photoshop Leaf Brush Sets (autumn is coming…)
#Photoshop:
How To Create A 3D Movie Poster In Photoshop - SloDive (i didn't know that this is possible)
#Photoshop:
25 Really Useful Photoshop Drawing Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Fixing the White Balance using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Secrets: Crop actual pixels in Photoshop using Marquee Tool
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop CS6 hands-on review
#Photoshop:
Create an Artistic Photo Manipulation of a Girl in a Red Field
#Photoshop:
Ultimate Guide to Colors Part. 01 [Tones, Hues, & Saturation]
#Photoshop:
Make interesting vector shapes in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Painting in focus or blur using Photoshop—Selective Focus in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select

#Writing:
5 Cases of Too Few or Too Many Hyphens

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
Big headlines when a VIP dies. But no headline when a VIP is born. Why not?

Too much talk leads to sin. I bitterly regret that I am shy.

Yesterday evening DJ said "No disk , no fun" . And I said "No twist, I'm done"

Friday, August 17, 2012

ViennaCC in smoke

Worked on a photo showing me in smoke. Shooting in studio, workout with Photoshop.

Right of me the smoke follows the silhouette.
The picture is dominated by blue. The background is blue, the sakko is blue with gold. I added a little violet light at the bottom smoke. I think that give the picture a kick.
Looks a little like a deus ex machina.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Interview und Musikvideo mit Band "Kontrastprogramm"

Am 9.August 2012 habe ich die Band "Kontrastprogramm" im Proberaum besucht und Aufnahmen für ein Interview sowie ein Musikvideo gemacht.

Interview

Es wäre natürlich einfach gewesen, die Standardfragen abzuspulen. Aber das wäre langweilig gewesen. Und so ist eine Mixtur aus Wegwerf-Einstellungen eines "Making-of" und ernsten Interview-Passagen entstanden. Um die Band Kontrastprogramm besser kennen zu lernen gibt es zwischen den Kapiteln drei Ausschnitte aus Songs zu hören.

Die Band gibt Auskunft über den Bandnamen, Nahrungsmittel-Punk, Veröffentlichungen und weit entfernte Zukunft der Band.


Musikvideo "Artificial Faith"

Die Idee: Unzählige Bildschirme sind in einem Raum installiert und die Kamera fährt in einer einzigen Kamerafahrt und ohne Schnitt durch diesen Raum und zeigt die Rockband "Kontrastprogramm" mit dem Song "Artificial Faith" im Proberaum.

Es beginnt nächtens vor dem Proberaum, wo sich die Musiker zusammenfinden und endet nach der Performance wieder draußen auf der Strasse.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120815

#AfterEffects:
Iron Man Interface Battle Widget – Parts 1 and 2
#AfterEffects:
Adobe After Effects CS6 - Learn by Video

#Guitar:
Learn Blues Guitar

#Music production:
Is Your Band Ready To Record Pt. 4 - The People
#Music production:
Lesser-known bands have tributes, too – USATODAY.com
#Music production:
Using shotguns microphones indoors (a shotgun that does not hurt)
#Music production:
NI Massive dubstep prsets | Native Instruments Massive tutorials
#Music production:
Turntable scratching effect with Massive
#Music production:
Golden Mean/Flower of Life/Rule of Thirds and Sound - Social Sound Design (rules rule the world...)

#Photography:
Pro Photographer with a Cheap Camera
#Photography:
Musical Photography (paperboys jumping and dancing, making-of video)
#Photography:
Photography Basics
#Photography:
Commercial Product Photography Tutorial – PictureCorrect (why not a guitar?)
#Photography:
Nadav Kander on Portrait Photography [VIDEO] (learn from others)
#Photography:
Quick Tip: Be More Free with Only One Lens
#Photography:
Tip: Mastering wildlife photography,
#Photography:
A Tip For Taking Better Photographs -
#Photography:
Tip – The Magic Hour in the Evenings.
#Photography:
Tip: Strobist Softbox Technique Tutorial with Gavin Hoey
#Photography:
Photo Retouching Tips And Tricks In Photoshop (it's all an illusion…)

#Photoshop:
Portrait Retouching Tips and Techniques – PictureCorrect
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Secrets: Combining Vector and Layer Masks in Adobe Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create an Emotional, Molten, Shattered Statue in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Tip: Adjust layer size
#Photoshop:
How to Pan and Zoom Video in Photoshop CS6 | The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost (Adobe TV)
#Photoshop:
Make a Polaroid Effect for Your Photos
#Photoshop:
Remarkable Digital Art
#Photoshop:
How to Create Your Own Fractal-Style Design Using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Amazing Digital Art: Desizn Tech’s Flickr User Gallery Showcase
#Photoshop:
20 Vintage Style Textures and Photoshop Brushes For Designers
#Photoshop:
1100+ Free Photoshop Brushes (install them all and scroll 20min when working)
#Photoshop:
Mariah Carey’s promo shot on a ‘digital diet’ - In Your Face : The Orange County Register (eat what you want, photoshop can fix it)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Training & Tutorials "FREE" by Photographer
#Photoshop:
Miniature Effect With Tilt-Shift In Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
How to Create Transparent Masks in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
art-profiles.com markstevenlewis's Albums - Metallic Morph (photos of flowers twisted by photoshop)
#Photoshop:
GaGa digital painting #PhotoArt (Gaga in lilac - why not work over your bandphoto that way?)
#Photoshop:
30 Mind Blowing Photographs and creative Photo manipulation works by Dimitri Daniloff
#Photoshop:
Digital painting of Joker! #PhotoArt #photoshop... - Legacy Brock (no joke!)
#Photoshop:
A Guide to Create Eye Catching Composite Images

#SocialMedia:
What Type of Social Media Personality Are You? [INFOGRAPHIC]
#SocialMedia:
6 Ways to Utilize Social Media Before a Disaster Strikes

#Writing:
5 Types of Modifying Mistakes

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)
Twitter is like New York City, a site that never sleeps.

Sometimes you sit down, work hard on a song and finally get only trash. Then you stand up and say "yeah, that's it". Funny, isn't it.

I once want to write a minute song, a song written in just one minute. No working out, no modifications. Only to see what happens.

Provocation is a good way to start a communication. Controversy activates deep instincts in your counterpart.

"Once upon a time there was...", that's how it starts. "Never again there will be...", that's how it ends.

If your girl wants a driving licence you should not stand in her way.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today's Top Links 20120814

#AfterEffects:
Bending Layers - Lesson
#AfterEffects:
Adobe - After Effects Extension (this download contains additional animation presets that take advantage of features such as shape layers and 3D per-character text)

#Guitar:
Comprehensive Guide to Guitar Maintenance
#Guitar:
Quick licks: intermediate #15 | Guitar Techniques
#Guitar:
10 tips for better recorded acoustic guitar sound
#Guitar:
Great Guitar Song and Chord Sites, Plus Ideas for Beginners and Beyond
#Guitar:
TuxGuitar free open source tablature editor
#Guitar:
Guitar Modes – Making Modal Scales Make Sense Pt. 2 (Dorian)
#Guitar:
Unlocking The Fretboard – Mastering The Pentatonic And Soloing

#Music production:
#free: download Savatage (live in Japan) (complete metal album)
#Music production:
Download LoNero's song "Loose" for #free. Used on #MTV Video Music Awards
#Music production:
Jack White Explains Backing Bands In New Interview With Duff McKagan
#Music production:
Dubstep Bass - 60 dubstep bass wobbles for NI MAssive (why not create a wobble album?)

#Photography:
Paris France Captured in Timelapse Photography
#Photography:
74% of dPS Readers Shoot in RAW (at least on Occassion): POLL RESULTS (i always shoot in RAW, only quick&dirty pics in jpeg)
#Photography:
15 causes of poor images and how to fix them (learn, learn, learn)

#Photoshop:
Video Editing In Adobe Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Elements Review | Best Photo Editing 2012
#Photoshop:
Design-A-Go-Go: Paintings 01
#Photoshop:
Create a Surreal Urban City Montage with Lightning Effect in Photoshop - PSD Vault
#Photoshop:
FREE Multipurpose Close-Up Mock-Up
#Photoshop:
3D Masking and Animation in Photoshop CS5 - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
30 Imaginative Examples of Typographic Portrait of a Human Face (get inspired)
#Photoshop:
8 Essential Photoshop Tutorials on YouTube
#Photoshop:
Free Music Brushes | Design Marketing Advertising Free Tips
#Photoshop:
Vector Mythological Monster Creatures, Dragons And Demons (Animals) (Set of vector silhouettes of mythological creatures)#
#Photoshop:
Free Splatter Brushes (for grunge posters)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop's Pass Through Mode - TipSquirrel
#Photoshop:
How To Create a Movie Style Photo Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Elements: Why You Should Be Using It
#Photoshop:
What Unretouched Photos From Victoria Secret Look Like (the big lies…)

#SocialMedia:
4 Myths of Social Media Marketing (i think there are more)
#SocialMedia:
15 Common Mistakes in Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
How men became the most influential gender in social media (pfff, i know interesting ladies on twitter)

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

Female stars are funny. The older they grow the less clothes they wear.
Painting is an interesting art. But it is explored, what new can come in future? In times of photography noone needs these arts.
Laundry is racialistic. You have to separate white from coloured.