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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130228

#AfterEffects:
Getting started with After Effects (CS4, CS5, CS5.5, & CS6)
#AfterEffects:
Flipping Objects
#AfterEffects: 
10 Free After Effects Training Resources
#AfterEffects:
Getting Started with Animating Vector Assets in After Effects

#Filmproduction:
How To Get Started with Adobe Creative Cloud - 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
#Filmproduction:
4 Videos for Television & Film Title Design Fanatics

#Guitar:
Vinyl record guitar (crazy hardware)
#Guitar:
The “effing” F chord! How to Play 6 Variations of the F Chord
#Guitar:
The Music of George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
#Guitar:
Jimi Hendrix - Essential Elements Guitar Ensembles (Mid Intermediate)

#Music production: VST Zone releases #free AMPLIO VST v1.1 [Win|VST]
#Music production: SonicXTC releases Filta Crunch 2.0 - #free VST effect for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production: Nine Volt Audio announces #free Loop Library to Everyone Giveaway
#Music production: SPC Plugins updates #free Gater to v1.4 [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production: rncbc.org releases Vee One Suite 0.3.1 [Lin]
#Music production: Ignite Amps updates The Anvil #free plug-in to v2.0.1 [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production: vladg/sound updates #free Molot and Limiter No6 effects for Win & Mac [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production:
Quick Tip: Automation – Let’s Tweak Everything
#Music production:
Making Your MIDI Strings Even More Realistic (i do quantizing and accenting)

#Photography:
Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photography:
Learning to See, Part VI
#Photography:
Partial Black & White Effect using Photoshop CS6 (focus on some objects)
#Photography:
Using Photography to Capture the “Amazing” in Everyday Life
#Photography:
Swap the Sky Using Photoshop CS6
#Photography:
Top 10 Viral Photos of 2012 (photos that move the world)
#Photography:
How to prevent automatic Adjustments layer mask creation

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130227

#AfterEffects:
Getting Started with Animating Vector Assets in After Effects
#AfterEffects:
Keyframing Tips for Adding Weight to Basic Shapes
#AfterEffects:
Cameras, lights, and points of interest

#Guitar:
Constructing Chords from Scales
#Guitar:
Fingerpicking Patterns (Part 1)
#Guitar:
Intro to Musical Intervals
#Guitar:
Borrowed Chords

#Music production:
Drum Samples #Free to Download Sounds in HD
#Music production:
5 Oscillator Unison synth with subtractor « (with Propellerhead Reason)

#Photoshop:
Reducing 5 O'Clock Shadow And Beard Stubble With Photoshop (very tricky, but better shave before modeling)
#Photoshop:
The Madness of Photoshop
#Photoshop:
17 Photoshop Tips from Actual Advice Mallard (yet another guru. Oooooohhhm)
#Photoshop:
How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop (hurry before season is over)
#Photoshop:
3D Text Effects: Ultimate Collection of Photoshop #Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Sensational Photoshop #Tutorials (always that exaggerations! a sensation like lady gaga nude on a donkey?)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Actions - #Free Downloads at BrushDirectory.com 
#Photoshop:
Cool Text Effect with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop CS5
#Photoshop:
Doctoring Photos Can Lead to Trouble (doctor always means trouble)
#Photoshop:
How To Switch To Sketch
#Photoshop:
Video Masking in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Pencil Sketch Effect
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Vignette in Photoshop Fast and Easy
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: The Silent Hill Look (answer to the big question: how did they do this?)
#Photoshop:
Creating a Chiseled Text Effect in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements -
#Photoshop:
Using A "Check Layer" In Photoshop To Help With Retouching
#Photoshop:
Fantastic Imaginary Buildings Created by Splicing Together Found Photos (it looks so fairy)
#Photoshop:
What to do if you lose your photoshop flood filter
#Photoshop:
18 of the Best #Freeware Photoshop Plugins That Actually Work (big effects for low money)

#SocialMedia:
How to Use Hashtags in Your Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
HOW-TO: Write Articles That Go Viral On Social Media [10 Tips] (the art of writing)
#SocialMedia:
Why Eye Contact Still Matters In The Age of Email

#Writing:
5 Compound-Word Corrections

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

These times you can like whatever you want in a way you never liked before. It's only a button to click on.

And there will be "Die Hard 2000" in the movies in the next millenium. How hard will dying be then?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130226

#AfterEffects:
Free Video: Adjusting Roto Brush’s Propagation Settings by Chris and Trish Meyer

#Filmproduction:
Cut to the Beat! Tip for Editing to Music in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
Video Editing: Speech Analysis in Adobe Premiere Pro
#Filmproduction:
Basics: Exporting Quicktime video for YouTube out of Final Cut Pro

#Guitar:
How to Remove Your Acoustic Guitar Pickguard
#Guitar:
Diatonic Chord Functions
#Guitar:
PART 2 – Eric Clapton Blues Guitar Lesson
#Guitar:
What are Relative Minors? (i know what relatives are and what minor is)
#Guitar:
Jimi Hendrix's Seven Meanest Guitar Solos
#Guitar:
Modal Writing

#Music production:
Practical MIDI
#Music production:
Understanding Setup for Violins and Guitars
#Music production:
Square Cad: the art and science of mastering

#Photography:
Adapting to Weather and Time of Day as a Photographer
#Photography:
Short & Broad Lighting in Portrait Photography
#Photography:
Color Perception and How it Might Apply to Photography
#Photography:
Use Diptychs to Tell a Story

#Photoshop:
All about Masks in Photoshop (masks - not only in carneval)
#Photoshop:
Hand Drawn Design (hot trend now)
#Photoshop:
Eye Candy 7 Graphic Design Effects Plug-In for Photoshop from Alien Skin (Alien Skin has good plugins, I use one)
#Photoshop:
7 Photoshop Tutorial and Training Sites That Will Motivate You (Can't get enough motivation)
#Photoshop:
How To Merge Two Exposures
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Erase Backgrounds Quickly With The Background Eraser Tool
#Photoshop:
Recreating Magnifying Glass
#Photoshop:
How To Easily And Automatically Create Diptychs And Triptychs In Photoshop (Tell a photo story)
#Photoshop:
#Free Photoshop Tech Brushes For Futuristic Projects - 
#Photoshop:
Tutorials for Improving Adobe CS6 Skills
#Photoshop:
55 Time Saving Free Photoshop Actions For Vintage Effect (nice, i have some)
#Photoshop:
Removing a white background to create a transparent PNG in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Unlocking layers
#Photoshop:
Create a Cinematic Aerial Scene in Photoshop

#Writing:
5 Answers to Questions About Direct Address

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Can fire fighters be fired?

There are 7bn people on this world - and 10bn fake profile people

What's the biggest change you gonna make this year?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130224

 #AfterEffects:
After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Adjusting Roto Brush’s Propagation Settings by Chris and Trish Meyer
#AfterEffects:
Quick Tip – Use “True Comp Duplicator” to Copy Comps More Effectively
#AfterEffects:
Adobe After Effects * Expression examples

#Filmproduction:
Over 6 Hours of Free Colour Grading & VFX Training

#Guitar:
So You Want To Switch To Analog Pedals
#Guitar:
7 Fun Ways to Learn to Play Guitar (making music should be fun)
#Guitar:
Easy Acoustic Guitar Tabs
#Guitar:
A Lesson on How to Play Guitar Scales
#Guitar:
G7 to D7- How One Note Can Make All the Difference

#Music production:
6 Steps for Successful Audio Mixing
#Music production:
T Minus Producer Synth Lead Tutorial - #Free Download
#Music production:
#FREE Slide Flute for Kontakt
#Music production:
How old timey radio show sound effects were made (good old analog times)

#Photoshop:
17 Mesmerizing Before & After Photoshop GIFs (the awful truth behind)
#Photoshop:
How to apply a lens flare filter to your images in Photoshop (i like lens flare)
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Fantasy light effects in PS (need stardust from fairies?)
#Photoshop:
Free Page Layout V2 Photoshop Action
#Photoshop:
35 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Surreal Artwork
#Photoshop:
How You Can Make This HDR Effect In Photoshop (HDR is very interesting)
#Photoshop:
How You Can Make This Nashville Effect In Photoshop (colour manipulation)
#Photoshop:
When, Why and How to Use Fade Command in Adobe Photoshop?
#Photoshop:
85 #Free Dribbble PSD Files To Download (dribbles? Wasn't that an animal @ starship enterprise?)
#Photoshop:
#Free Essential Photoshop Ornament Brushes -
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Photo Manipulation for a Nice Snow Village
#Photoshop:
Free Download: 40 Exclusive Photoshop Patterns (exclusive? #free download for everybody)
#Photoshop:
Design an Interesting Fire Text Effect with Particles in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a Stitched Text Effect for an iPad Wallpaper
#Photoshop:
Advanced Glow Effects (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Effects - Fill A Photo With More Photos

#SocialMedia:
3 Social Media Lessons from Ford
#SocialMedia:
The Rising Influence of Social Media

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

And there was that Ufo in the colours of United Airlines.

Some dentists ask you questions when they start to work and you have to - well, not shut up - but you can't answer.

Have a final look in the mirror before you go. That's how others see you.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130223

#Filmproduction:
Selective Rendering in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
VIDEO: Exporting Audio Components and Roles in Final Cut Pro X

#Guitar:
Exercises - Permutations 4
#Guitar:
Chord Progressions in a Major Key
#Guitar:
Slide Guitar 101
#Guitar:
What are Secondary Dominants? (i always wanted to know)

#Music production:
7 Ways to Use and Edit MIDI Velocity
#Music production:
Quick Tip – Use “True Comp Duplicator” to Copy Comps More Effectively
#Music production:
Sound design demo from Alloy Electric
#Music production:
10 Beautiful and Dark Sound Designs (is dark beautiful?)

#Photography:
Taking Photos Through a Prism: Photography Trick
#Photography:
Converting a Toy Camera into a Wet Plate Camera
#Photography:
Sun Too Harsh? Modify It!
#Photography:
Winter Photography Tips (winter is so cool)
#Photography:
A quick tip to stop colour distractions

#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Using Photoshop Check Layers For Better Retouching
#Photoshop:
Photoshop comes with a Rotate View tool, handy with the Pen tool
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Erase Backgrounds Quickly With The Background Eraser Tool
#Photoshop:
Create Abstract Layered Text with Decorative Lighting Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Create a Surreal Artwork of Layered Heads
#Photoshop:
Design Abstract Surreal Text Effect with Metal Texture in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Saving and Optimizing Images in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
40 #Free Photoshop Layer Styles to Save Your Time
#Photoshop:
30 Fresh PSD Website Templates for #Free Download (what does fresh mean?)
#Photoshop:
Pee-a-Boo - Optical Illusions in photos (funny)
#Photoshop:
50 Photoshop #Tutorials to Get You Ready for Spring (tutorials for every season?)

#Writing:
3 Types of “Not Only . . . But Also” Errors

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

I don't try to look nice every day. On some days I get up and put any textile on only to be up. Anyhow, anyway.

I once tried to understand life until I found out that you don't need to understand to enjoy.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130222

#AfterEffects:
5 Basic Ways To Populate Mass Groups Within After Effects -
#AfterEffects:
Realistic Bounce and Overshoot
#AfterEffects:
AW Autosaver Plug-in for After Effects
#AfterEffects:
After Effects Apprentice #Free Video: Adjusting Roto Brush’s Propagation Settings by Chris and Trish Meyer

#Filmproduction:
Inspiration! 13 Stunning Macro Video Projects
#Filmproduction:
Importing Media into Adobe Premiere Pro
#Filmproduction:
Working with Markers in Final Cut Pro X

#Guitar:
6 Tips For Warmer Fingers During The Winter (yeah, winter is so cool)
#Guitar:
Constructing Chords from Scales

#Music production: Twisted Tools releases Micro Kits 05 by Delect - #Free Multi-Format Electronic Drum Kits [Win|Mac] (5 electronic drumkits)
#Music production: Ignite Amps updates The Anvil #FREE plug-in to version 2.0.0 [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production:
Quick Tip: Creating a Drum Sequence with Just One Sample
#Music production:
How to Make an NI Massive Harlem Shake Synth (#tutorial)
#Music production:
Experiments with Digital Microphones

#Photography:
How to Get Animals to Look At You For Better Pet Portraits –
#Photography:
6 Tips for Getting Your Work on Travel Image Libraries
#Photography:
Using Patterns and Squares in Photography (Slideshow)
#Photography:
Fashion Photography Shot in Medium Format – (why not do it for band photos)
#Photography:
Vibrance vs Saturation in Photoshop | Video #Tutorial
#Photography:
Portrait Photography on a White Background: Tips & Tricks (Video)
#Photography:
Martial Arts Splash Photography Ideas (get inspired)

#Photoshop:
How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster in Photoshop (Hippie music fits perfect)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop 3D Basics – Combining Elements (primitive modeling)
#Photoshop:
Conditional Actions in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Turn your blah photos into WOW Photos
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Brushes for Free
#Photoshop:
Free Eye Brushes For Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Create Easy Reflections
#Photoshop:
35 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Surreal Artwork
#Photoshop:
15 #Free Light Leak Texture Packs
#Photoshop:
40 Stunning 3D Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Death-defying photography (have a deathmetal band?)
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer
#Photoshop:
Photoshop's Selection Tool Options
#Photoshop:
1000+ Free Photoshop Gradients for Designers
#Photoshop:
Create dreamy portraits with Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
How To Compose An Image For Concert Photography (hot live shots)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Actions - #Free Downloads at BrushDirectory.com
#Photoshop:
Add Catch Light to Eyes using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Shoot Outdoors With Natural Light!
#Photoshop:
1950's Pin Up Poster Photoshop Retouching
#Photoshop: Ultra HD : 14 Cracks For Photoshop Use

#SocialMedia:
30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore

#Writing:
25 Synonyms for “Deceptive” and “Fake

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Why couldn't earthquakes write poetry to turn the power into something creative?

Super Junior's songs sound great. Can't wait to hear it on oldie stations.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130220

#AfterEffects:
After Effects Force Quit and Save
#AfterEffects:
#Tutorial: Papercut animation techniques revealed
#AfterEffects:
Create Render Templates in After Effects
#AfterEffects:
#Free After Effects Showreel Slideshow Project Download (you pay not with a dollar, but with a tweet)

#Guitar: How to Get Teenagers to Do Chores Around the Home
#Guitar:
50 gorgeous guitar chord shapes
#Guitar:
Michael Jackson's guitarist: how to play funk guitar video lesson

#Music production: Before You Record in a Studio
#Music production:
Voice Processing – Cuts
#Music production:
Cableguys PanCake 2 free panning effect plugin

#Photography:
Long Distance Street Studio Portrait Photography
#Photography:
25 Stunning Snow Fall Images (learn from others)

#Photoshop:
Create a Frozen Landscape Using Matte Painting Techniques
#Photoshop:
And Punch and an Easy Soft Glow With Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Create Retro Print Effects
#Photoshop:
7 Habits of Highly Creative Minds
#Photoshop:
Tilt-Shift Fakes Using Photoshop

#SocialMedia:
5 Dead Simple Ways to Track Social Media ROI

#Writing:
“Avenge” vs. “Revenge”
#Writing:
How To Write A Great Bio

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

When you try to reach your limit you may find out that there is no limit. What now?

When you feel bad, go on the bed with a chocolate and a bottle champagne - but not alone.

Winter is so cool, man.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130219


#AfterEffects: #Tutorial: Creating a Snow Mountain Title
#AfterEffects: Problems with After Effects Renders?

#Filmproduction:
GEAR: Final Cut Pro X Video Editing Controllers
#Filmproduction:
Music Video Color Grading Breakdown

#Guitar:
3 Things That Keep You From Writing Guitar Music That Rocks
#Guitar:
Finding Different Sounds for Your Electric Guitar Amp
#Guitar:
Rhythmic Ties
#Guitar:
Guitar Exercises - Permutations 4

#Music production: #Free Music from sfxsource.com
#Music production: Voxengo OldSkoolVerb and MSED #freeware plugins updated
#Music production: Microphone Techniques for Stereo Recording
#Music production: Discussion: Past, Present and Future of MIDI
#Music production: Videos: Understanding the Importance of Sound Design
#Music production: Video: An Inside Look at Black Sabbath in the Studio

#Photography: Food Photography Masterclass
#Photography: Journey into Long Exposure Night Photography
#Photography:  What is Holistic Photography?  (Cptn.Picard to holodeck please)

#Photoshop: Enhancing Photos with High Pass Filter (good idea, i use it too)
#Photoshop: Create 3D Objects by Inflating 2D Photos in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop: How to liquidize an object with Photoshop (melt it, baby, melt it)
#Photoshop:
17 Mesmerizing Before & After Photoshop GIFs
#Photoshop:
How to use Content-Aware tools
#Photoshop:
Ten More Things About Photoshop
(I'm sure there are hundreds more…)
#Photoshop:
The Pain Free Tattoo (no outch!)
#Photoshop:
Making the Most of Photoshop Layers
#Photoshop:
Free Photoshop Styles for Cool Text Effects (ASL + PSD)
#Photoshop:
26 Lovely Sets of Rose Brushes
#Photoshop:
Brushes for Free - CreativeLayers
#Photoshop:
How to Create an Easy Dispersion Effect
#Photoshop:
Create a Frozen Text Effect with Ice Particles in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Digital Art of Andrew Kavanagh
#Photoshop:
How to save open and closed Paths in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
4 Different Kinds of Outdoor Natural Portrait Light You Should Look For

#SocialMedia:
21 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

#Writing:
Can We Cooperate About “Co-”?

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Sometimes I need to refresh my brain to install new updates und brush up the memory.

Did you ever ring up your car number or irs# ? I had an old man in the line asking where the dog is.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130218

#AfterEffects:
Trigger Sounds and Animations by Markers in After Effects

#Filmproduction:
#Free Light Leaks for Video Editors and Motion Designers
#Filmproduction:
How to Archive Projects in Final Cut Pro X

#Guitar:
How To Improve Your Rock Guitar Solos And Improvisations
#Guitar:
Can i connect my e-guitar to a pa system with effects only (no amp)? (i would say no, but…. read on)
#Guitar:
How to create and mix a convincing bass guitar part in software
#Guitar:
Suspended Chords (… for retired fingers?)

#Music production:
What’s This MIDI All About Then?
#Music production:
Jante's Law And What It Means For Your Music Career (ten rules and one unwritten)
#Music production:
How To Create Dubstep in FL Studio with Automation (Learn how to create dubstep in FL Studio using Sylenth. Also, free preset download available here)

#Photography:
Light Painting Photo Ideas
#Photography:
Understanding the Limits of Autofocus on Digital Cameras
#Photography:
Finding Your Way Around the Mode Dial
#Photography:
Looking Up Photography Tips
#Photography:
#Tip: Play Around With Focus Points
#Photography:
Travel photography tip: Introduction to the histogram

#Photoshop:
How to Replace a Woman's Lipstick With Artwork in Photoshop (usually remove lipstick with kissing)
#Photoshop:
How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster
#Photoshop:
Complete Guide to Photo Sharpening in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
20 Free High Quality Rust Textures
#Photoshop:
205 Killer Photoshop Actions from Mighty Deal
#Photoshop:
#Free Photoshop Tutorials

#SocialMedia:
Social Media Can't Replace Email (whatelse will it replace? ;-)

#Writing:
A Gerund Is a Verb and a Noun in One

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for)

How to Publish Mp3 on Blogspot  (short #tip)

Some dinosaurs really had the swag. Archeologists will prove that someday.

Pessimism is a waste of time

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130216

 #AfterEffects:
#Tutorial: Creating a Snow Mountain Title
#AfterEffects:
Apprentice #Free Video: Depth of Field Blur
#AfterEffects:
Lip Sync in After Effects (#tutorial collection - let a thing or animal speak)

#Filmproduction:
3 Tips for Leading A Successful Video Edit Session

#Guitar:
Mastering The Major Scale - Guitar Lesson - Beatles style scale pattern -
#Guitar:
Acoustic guitar lesson : Fingerstyle patterns 1 (+tablature)
#Guitar:
Advanced Guitar Lesson: Intervallic Pentatonic Licks 1 of 3
#Guitar:
What are Barre Chords? (the chords that make a thicker skin on your 2nd finger)

#Music production: Synthescience.com releases 18 #Free VST Effect Plug-ins for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production: Vavdo releases Vavdo S - #Free Standalone Subtractive Modular Synth for Mac OS X [Mac]
#Music production: Pentacom releases Strum One Palm-Sized Ukulele Guitar for iOS (#Free) [iOS]
#Music production: AXP releases CharBooster 1.0.0 for Windows VST (#Free) [Win|VST]
#Music production: SPC Plugins updates Gater to v1.3 and releases Mac VST and AU versions (#Free) [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production: YummyBeats updates Massive Evolutions #Free - 15 new presets for Massive [Win|Mac]
#Music production: Xenobioz releases Kruud 1.0 - #Free Hybrid Synthesizer VSTi for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production: Schema Factor releases FREE MIDIMapperX (v1.0.0.4) - MIDI mapping VST for Windows [Win|VST] (post process your outcoming MIDI data)
#Music production: Whitebox releases SAMPLEPLAYER 4.4 - #free Max for Ableton Live instrument [Mac]
#Music production:
Quick Tip: Creating a Controlled Stutter Effect in Ableton Live
#Music production:
Arcade Sounds Sample Pack – #Free Download Kit (retro as retro can be)
#Music production:
Gucci Mane Drum Kit: Trap Sounds #Free Download
#Music production:
20 Tips for Creating A Successful Demo Reel
#Music production:
Introduction to Digital Sound Design
#Music production:
How Can I Mix Music - Top 10 Tips

#Photography:
Sellebrity: Exploring the Relationship Between Paparazzi and Celebrities
#Photography:
What Type of Photographer Are You?
#Photography:
Perfecting and Playing with White Balance
#Photography:
Deciphering Photo Jargon – Learn to Speak “Photographer”

#Photoshop:
#Illustrator This! - Abstract Flower #Tutorial
#Photoshop:
20 Tutorials to Make You a Better Illustrator
#Photoshop:
Video - Photoshop #tutorial: Dramatic black & whites
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids In Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Strong Focus for Killer Portraits
#Photoshop:
China’s Photoshop Experts Will Fix Your Bad Photos, But Be Careful What You Wish For (funny pics!)
#Photoshop:
Creating an iPhone Effect (a what?)

#SocialMedia:
Getting Social: The DOs and DON’Ts of Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
26 Tips for Getting Started With Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
Rise and Shine - Do You Have a Social Media Addiction?
#SocialMedia:
25 Essential Tips That Will Boost Your Facebook Page

#Writing:
How to Write a Memo (i do it short and simple!)
#Writing:
15 Names and Descriptions of Effects

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

If you do a mistake in your guitar solo when performing live, just keep cool. The audience will think, you are improvising.

Can sailors on a submarine order a pizza?

There are icecream vans in summer, but why no gluehwein truck in winter?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130215

#AfterEffects:
#Free Ink Footage
#AfterEffects:
#Tutorial: Subtle Ripple (expose your logo with this splaff effect)

#Filmproduction:
Video Tutorial: How to Create Subclips Using the Favorite Option in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
8 #Free Font Resources! Add A Unique Text Look To Your Video Projects!
#Filmproduction:
VIDEO: FCP X and Alpha Channels (for Final Cut Pro)
#Filmproduction:
Filmmaking Tips From The Coen Brothers

#Guitar:
#Free Jazz Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
#Free Sample Acoustic Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
Drop 2 Chords

#Photography:
How Exposure Bracketing Works
#Photography:
6 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity
#Photography:
What Would Help Improve Your Photography?
#Photography:
Create a Miniature Scene Using Stock Photography

#Photoshop:
How to create a colorful typography poster in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Cut a photo into a mosaic or collage
#Photoshop:
Beautiful Facial Make Up Photoshop Retouching Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Reducing Wrinkles With The Healing Brush In Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Making a Composite Image That Is Larger Than Life
#Photoshop:
55 Photoshop Hearts Shapes (OMG! So much heart)
#Photoshop:
Digital Art of Andrew Kavanagh (need ideas?)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Quick tip – How to put Bold and italic styles for fonts that don't have (non existing mystery fonts?)
#Photoshop:
30 Photoshop Projects from the Mind of DJ Treats
#Photoshop:
Heat up your images using the Glass Filter in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Round-up Of 30 #Free PSD Web Elements For Designers
#Photoshop:
#tutorial - Light Effect On A Model
#Photoshop:
Top Non-Destructive PS Techniques (but what if i am in a destructive mood?)
#Photoshop:
Breathtaking Split Toning Effect (Pleeeeease let me breathe)
#Photoshop:
The Surreal Architecture Of Jim Kazanjian
#Photoshop:
17 Bird-Eye View Images You Have To See
#Photoshop:
Creating A Rainbow Daisy With PSE 5.0 (so nice for your love)

#Writing:
15 Names and Descriptions of Effects
#Writing:
The Right Prepositions for Geographical Designations

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Irre sind menschlich…

If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea does it mean that 1 enjoys it?

Sometimes good lighting is a good birth control

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130214

#AfterEffects:
Introduction to Creating the Superman 3D Logo Entirely in After Effects (superman 4ever)

#Filmproduction:
Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro

#Guitar:
Basic Fingerpicking Patterns
#Guitar:
The Most Common Chord Progressions
#Guitar:
Wild Stringdom: Expand Your Chordal Vocabulary with Open-Voiced Triads
#Guitar:
How to Play E String Based Guitar Chords
#Guitar:
First Electric Guitar Lesson - Free For All Beginners - Amp Settings - Mark John Sternal
#Guitar:
Rhythmic Ties

#Music production:
Dubstep Drums – The Process of Processing!

#Photography:
Portraits with Colored Powder
#Photography:
Quick Tips on Landscape Photography
#Photography:
Studio Portraits – Getting Started With One Light

#Photoshop:
Stylish Pencil Design in Photoshop - [Tutorial]
#Photoshop:
Design a Hot Golden Text with Disintegration Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Hdr Photo Enhancer Photoshop Action (Photo-Effects)
#Photoshop:
Create a Cool Grunge Wallpaper with Photoshop
#Photoshop:
30 Top Notch Photoshop Actions Which Will Save You A Lot Of Time (nice effects)
#Photoshop:
How to turn your photo into movie-like effect using Photoshop?
#Photoshop:
30 Sets Of Free Photoshop Brushes For Valentine’s Day
#Photoshop:
Easy To Create Simple Collage In Adobe Photoshop
#Photoshop:
40 Superb Photoshop Light Effects Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Create a Photo-Realistic Realistic Hourglass (time runs out)
#Photoshop:
Make Your Photos Look Awesome With Photoshop Actions
#Photoshop:
Changing the Color of Quick Mask and Refine Edge in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Distorting Lettering in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Tutorials - Age Progression (how will you look as a rentier?)
#Photoshop:
Antique Paper Textures
#Photoshop:
10 Inspiring TED Talks for Creative Professionals
#Photoshop:
Step Ahead in Photoshop using Splatter Paint Brushes
#Photoshop:
Hard Restoration, Easy Fix in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Large Stringy Paint Splatter Photoshop Brush Set
#Photoshop:
Removing Distractions From Your Photographs
#Photoshop:
20 Creative “Big Head” Photo Manipulations (i feel a big head after drinking all night)

#SocialMedia:
9 Consumer Social Media Habits You Need to Know, Research
#SocialMedia:
8 Ways to Discover Valuable Social Media Content

#Writing:
5 Cases of Premature Reference

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Life is all about decisions, so choose wisely.

Smile. Laugh. Cry. Be weird. Be crazy. Live. You only live once! (only James Bond lives twice)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Before You Record in a Studio

Here my tips and experiences:

  • Check the sound of your instruments. Do you have all soundbanks for the synthesizer with you? Did you remove the rusty strings from last gig from your guitar? Is the guitar well tuned?
  • Do you want to record all instruments at once or every single instrument?
    • Recording the rhythm group at once can be good for bands where the musicians interact and need the feeling of a band. A blues band with improvisations will only work with a "live" recording. You may overdub the vocals and the solo instruments and additional instruments like blues harp, brass or tambourine.
    • Recording instruments seperated makes sense when the song structure is given and the job is to play straight like in dance music productions.

  • If recording more than one instrument in one recording session, check crosstalk. Too much crosstalk causes a smudgy sound. On the other hand that can be stylish for your sound.
  • Are the microphones placed right? Not too close (causes deep sound, less body, more noises like hand moves on the instrument's body) and not too far (too much room sound, thin sound, far-away sound).
  • Check the sound - specially of acoustic instruments - in the control room. Does it sound as it should sound?
  • Recording a instrument with more than one microphone can cause phase problems.
  • Has every musician a good sound in the earphone to feel good?
  • Start relaxed and record minimum 3 times. Then take the best cut, but don't delete the dropped out - maybe you will change your mind. And don't be astonished if the rehearsal is the best. Musicians play cool and relaxed when they play (or sing) for a soundcheck or levelcheck, but sometimes get nervous  and uptight at the moment they hear from the engineer "take 1".
  • Do you know what you want? Please no discussion in the recording studio. Make a plan BEFORE you go to a recording studio.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130112


#Photoshop:
Use Coloring Techniques to Add Depth to Your Artwork
#Photoshop:
Masking out Difficult Images in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Recreating Instagram’s Retro Filter Effects
#Photoshop:
20 Beautiful Wood Fonts for your Inspiration (woody woodpecker included?)
#Photoshop:
41 Nicest Photoshop Photo Effects [Photoshop Tutorials]
#Photoshop:
40 Useful #Free PSD Files For Your Next Design
#Photoshop:
Panorama and Content Aware Fill for Photoshop Elements 9
#Photoshop:
60+ Useful Photoshop Actions, Brushes and PSDs to Download
#Photoshop:
Ambient Colour in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
20 Wonderful Abstract Backgrounds Tutorials 
#Photoshop:
45 free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects
#Photoshop:
25 Awesome Photo Manipulation Works and Digital Art Works by Mike Campau
#Photoshop:
3 #Free PSD Website Templates

#SocialMedia:
Copywriting Cheat Sheet: Email vs. Social vs. Web
#SocialMedia:
Forget about Social Media for a moment. What’s your mobile strategy? - Brian Solis

#Writing:
How to Style Profanity

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Don't tattoo without spellcheck! http://dailypix.me/comedy/tattoo-spelling-fails

We need a Valentine's day for men to get presents like crates of beer, percussion drilling machines or football tickets.

Living alone is not so bad. You can burp whenever you want (or should I say "need to"?)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Video MIDEM 2013 @ Cannes finished

Finished my personel video MIDEM 2013 @ Cannes / France

Click here to view video on YouTube

Cannes, glamorous city in france. chic shops in the Rue d'Antibes and Boulevard Croisette, small streets in the old part of Cannes with small tourist shops, restaurants, shoes, perfume and boutiques.
January 2013 26 to 29: MIDEM 2013, annual music industry's event.

Stands from more than 70 countries, Austria included, can be visited, speakers can be heard, connections made. A four day event "for networking, deal-making, learning and concert. MIDEM is the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talent come together. Commenting on the 6,400 attendance, 7% down on 2012, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot noted, attendance this year reflected the current difficult economic climate in certain parts of the world, continued uncertainty as the music industry reinvents its business models and a tightening of public-spending budgets which has impacted on certain national pavillons..." as the MIDEM press release announces.

Music industry has overcome the download shock- I mean Napster and other platforms - and developed new business models.

I found an interesting article in the Billboard. Why Are You Going To MIDEM? by Ed Christman saying: The conference's shrinking attendance reflects the consolidation of the business but also sharpens its focus on new ideas. Ending up that the MIDEM is underestimated as a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences. He concludes with some wise words: If I have a penny and you have a penny and we exchange them, we each still have a penny. But if we exchange ideas, now we each have two ideas.

Reporters with video and photocameras all around. Business talks and shake hands. MIDEM is the place where the future starts.

My first event was listening to Julia Nunes, a US ukelele player, talking about their way to success. She has 50 million youtube views and some albums out but still is unsigned.
At the Basque stand I talked to Aleia. Interesting that this stand is separated from the spain stand. I read in the papers about the Basque separation movement.

Also seen at MIDEM
a silver MINI. What a dream car. a real mirror car.
And there was FORD. Hey, one moment, ford? i went to the representant and asked "what are you doing here? i would expect you to be in detroit" and then he showed me this.
he told me, when he was young he was so impressed by knight rider and now ford has implemented a music station in the automobile that can be controled by a watch on the wrist.
as a james bond fan i asked him if he has the licence to kill. No, he replied, and I don't need it.

NRJ Awards
On saturday evening there was the event "NRJ Awards". NRJ is a french radio station. The crowd started to scream when a boygroup stepped on the red carpet on the stairs of Palais des Festivals. It was "Matt Pokora", a french singer, famous in France. Some kids climbed up a fence to see their stars.

The Russian soul
In the streets I found a shop specialized on russian products. In the window I saw Champagne, caviar and other Russian products.
Russia also was present at MIDEM.
Evdokimov theatre, actually on tour in switzerland, perform shows like "divas", "Halloween", "Cabaret", "Evolution", "Disco", "Fairy Tales" and parody shows where they bring a lot of celebreties on stage, from Egyptian godess to "Lady Gaga". director Denis Boldyrev presented the colourful catalogue. russian events are so glamorous and russian music is so full of emotion.

Chocolate
I was shameless enough to collect cds from the stands. although i only took pop, rock and indie i collected .... see yourself. but it is so interesting to listen to music from blues from norway, k-pop from asia, rock from malaysia, and electronica from switzerland.
and that is not all. I took chocolate:
  • Chocolate from Switzerland
  • from Austria
  • from Lithuania
  • and from Russia
And that's still not all.
  • Green beans and tea from Taiwan
  • Chewing gum called "drumstick" from Germany
  • Not to forget: Rum from Barbados called "Mountain gay rum". Though I am not gay I will drink it.
Express yourself
Papers on the wall where people can write messages on. collective art canalized.

Performances at MIDEM
Countries bring their stars on stage. Here a performance by DJ Spooky together with a female violinist from the Cannes Orchestra.

Rapunzel M.A.P.
From the top floor of palais des festival i heard a voice singing to guitar. And near the entrance to midem a singer performed songs. Rapunzel with long hair. Will she let her hair down for her lover? Anyway, Rapunzel singing live about love and longing for love.

My personel highlight
I met my friend Joey Welz, writer of Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock". We were talking about his past times and with a smile he said, he is a dinosaur. I asked him, T.Rex or raptor? He is over 70, but still working as radio promoter for his company located in Canada. Joey is still rocking aroung the clock.
Rock will never die!

Today's Top Links 20130111

 #AfterEffects:
Expression examples

#Filmproduction:
Slow Motion Music Video Shot In One Take
#Filmproduction:
Premiere Pro Tip: Customizing Your Preferences

#Guitar:
Guitar Scales Chart
#Guitar:
Guitar Exercises - Permutations 4
#Guitar:
Quartal Harmony & the Guitar
#Guitar:
What are Chord Inversions?
#Guitar:
Available Tensions Chart

#Music production:
8 Creative Ways to Tweak Your Home Studio Environment
#Music production:
How to Record a Crisp, Thumping Bass Drum
#Music production:
Mixing A Snare Drum - Audiofanzine

#Photography:
Behind The Scenes Artist Shoot With Cami Bradley

#Photoshop:
Learn How to Create Watercolor Effect (no wet painting, no running water)
#Photoshop:
A-Z of Free Photoshop Plugins and Filters
#Photoshop:
Scatter Brushes and Textures
#Photoshop:
You’ll love this! 205 Killer Photoshop Actions (205? Isn't that an overkill?)
#Photoshop:
Smoothing Texture in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Case Study: Portrait Photoshop Retouching From Lighting to Finished Product
#Photoshop:
Depth of Field in Photo Manipulation
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Stopwatch Illustration in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How To Slice Images For Your App From Photoshop
#Photoshop:
10 #Free Photoshop Tutorials For Designers
#Photoshop:
Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text (deep impact)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

How to Publish Mp3 on Blogspot

I was asked by a young music producer and here is my reply:

You can upload photos and videos on blogspot, but you cannot upload mp3 files. What to do of you want to publish mp3 song in your blog?
  • Upload on other platforms like soundcloud (I am there http://www.soundcloud.com/viennacc ) and embed it in your blog
    or
  • Make a short video what can be a one-photo-video and upload this on blogspot.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130209

#Photoshop:
100 Categorized Cool Photoshop Effects
#Photoshop:
How to Match Exposures when Stitching Panoramas in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Interview with designer Alex Andreyev of Saint Petersburg, Russia
#Photoshop:
Working with 3D Images in Adobe Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Distorting Lettering in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Photo Edit: Sweet Violet #Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Create a fantasy-horror scene in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Fashion Retouch Techniques - Rich Harrington
#Photoshop:
How to Capture a Sunset Photo
#Photoshop:
50 #Free Noteworthy Photoshop Brush Sets
#Photoshop:
26 Fresh Photoshop Photo Manipulation #Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tutorials – 30 Photo & Text Effect #Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Motion Pack #Free Download
#Photoshop:
15 Fresh Photoshop Photo Effect #Tutorials
#Photoshop:
30 Mind Blowing Poster Designs Examples
#Photoshop:
Creating a Lensbaby Effect with Photoshop Elements
#Photoshop:
Old Style Photo Retouching
#Photoshop:
Create 3-D text with some extreme lighting
#Photoshop:
Use Coloring Techniques to Add Depth to Your Artwork
#Photoshop:
#Free Download: 40 Exclusive Photoshop Patterns
#Photoshop:
How to Place a Photo Inside a Photo »
#Photoshop:
Photo to Illustration Effect
#Photoshop:
The Coolest Photoshop Horse Pictures
#Photoshop:
Skin Retouching Glow Effect Photoshop Action (Photo-Effects)
#Photoshop:
25 Easy Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Exposure blending tutorial -

#SocialMedia:
Add Pinterest “Pin it” button to your posts
#SocialMedia:
Top Social Media Mistakes, According to the Experts

#Writing:
5 Cases for Requiring a Comma Before a Sentence Tag
#Writing:
Is That Even a Word?

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Standing still means falling back.

Don't be negative, focus on the positive.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130208

#Filmproduction:
How To Export A High Resolution Movie Out of Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
Video Tutorial: A Discussion about Import Rules and Pixel Aspect Ratio in Avid Media Composer

#Guitar:
The Nashville Numbering System
#Guitar:
How hard will it be to learn how to play an acoustic guitar?
#Guitar:
Consonant Intervals: 3rds & 6ths
#Guitar:
What guitar should I get?
#Guitar:
Intro to Musical Intervals
#Guitar:
Guitar Exercises - Permutations 4
#Guitar:
The Blues Progression
#Guitar:
G7 to D7- How One Note Can Make All the Difference

#Music production: 10 Tips and Tricks for Starting and Finishing Tracks
#Music production: Grading BerkleeMusic's "Audio Basics for Recording"
#Music production:
Free Dark Lord Sci-fi Sound Effect
#Music production:
Recording BIG Sounds
#Music production:
Free Dial Tone Sound Effect
#Music production:
Recording Electric Guitars: Secrets of the Pros
#Music production:
KVR: #FREE Sonic maximizer
#Music production:
Learn How To Create Dubstep Synths in 5 Easy Steps
#Music production:
Concurrent Session Details: Tools and Tips for Creating the Sound of Learning (what is the sound of a brain working?)

#Photography: Tip – iPhone Photography Secrets
#Photography:
Wet Plate Photography: How People Are Still Using It & Why –
#Photography:
How to Take Great Photos Using Any Light Source – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
How To Keep Your Memory Cards Healthy
#Photography:
Creative Themed Photography in Mad Max Style –
#Photography:
Sunset Silhouette Photography – PictureCorrect
#Photography:
How To Achieve Nice Bokeh [In Plain English]
#Photography:
Street Photography: Exploitative vs Respect
#Photography:
How to Become a Fashion Photographer – (dreamjob?)
#Photography:
How to Create a Wall of Fire with Light Painting Photography

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130206

#Photoshop: Number Candles Text Effect - Part 1 (tutorial)
#Photoshop: 35 Awesome and Inspiring "Movie-Effect" Photoshop #Tutorials
#Photoshop: Adding Color to a Sketch Image in Photoshop
#Photoshop: How to Create Animated GIFs Using Photoshop: 13 steps
#Photoshop: #Free download: 40 Exclusive Photoshop Patterns
#Photoshop: How to make a Photoshop collage from a single image
#Photoshop: Photoshop's Forgotten Clone Source Panel
#Photoshop: 19 approaches to color (only 19 approaches for 64mio colours)
#Photoshop: Content Aware Craziness in Photoshop
#Photoshop: Colour Correction Using Photoshop
#Photoshop: Enhance Colour Saturation in Photoshop
#Photoshop: Breathtaking Split Toning Effect
#Photoshop: #Tutorial: Plastic Text and Objects
#Photoshop: #Free Perspective Tool for Photoshop - Once Upon A Sketch
#Photoshop: 30 Photoshop Cartoon Character #Tutorials
#Photoshop: Create a Glowing Liquid Text with Water Splash Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop: Create a Grungy Scene with Colorful Lights in Photoshop
#Photoshop: 100+ PhotoShop Keyboard Shortcuts (work more efficient)
#Photoshop: Folds and Wrinkles Photoshop Brush set
#Photoshop: Medieval Armor Photoshop Styles (three sets)
#Photoshop: Five #Free Rusty and Corroded Metal Textures
#Photoshop: 28 More Exceptionally Useful Photoshop Shortcuts
#Photoshop: How to Digitally Add Shallow Depth of Field
#Photoshop: 45 #free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects
#Photoshop: 20 #Free Dirty Wall Texture Collection for Designers

#Social #Media: 26 Tips for Getting Started With Social Media Marketing
#Social #Media: 6 Ways Social Media Marketing Is Changing (For the Better)
#Social #Media: Social Media Strategy in 8 Steps

#Writing: The Meanings and Connotations of “Junior” and “Senior”
#Writing: 50 Synonyms for “Villain”
#Writing: More Answers to Questions About Commas
#Writing: How to Correct an Awkward Interruptive Phrase

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

I don't care about critics. In Austria you can let print your own postal stamps. They may kiss my hiny whenever they want.

Negative Kommentare zu meiner Musik beeindrucken mich nicht. Ich werde mal Briefmarken drucken lassen. Ja, das geht in Österreich. Dann können die mich hinten lecken, wann sie wollen.
I don't understand yoga workshops. Paying a lot of money for sitting still. How can I find inner peace when checking the bill?
Enjoy life. Only James Bond lives twice.
Music theory is important to know. But what is it worth without feeling?
When I return from a trip I enjoy talking in our slang and to hear the conversation of people around. Then I feel home.