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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

#Photography: How To Create Your Own Unique Textures and Apply Them To Your Photography

The world around us is filled with textures and abstract patterns that often go overlooked in pursuit for larger more dramatic subjects. No matter what type of photographer you are and whether or not you’d go so far as to do what I’m sharing today I do think it’s worth it to spend some time learning about how to capture these kinds of images as it will help you see the world differently…

#Photography: How To Create Your Own Unique Textures and Apply Them To Your Photography

#Photoshop: Quick Tip: Remove a Person From a Photo With Photoshop CS5’s Content Aware Feature

With the launch of the new Adobe Suite of programs comes the long awaited Adobe Photoshop CS5. Packed with new features to speed up your workflow it truly is the most advanced edition of Photoshop ...

#Photoshop: Quick Tip: Remove a Person From a Photo With Photoshop CS5’s Content Aware Feature

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 12 Excellent Aerial Photography Reels

Aerial photography has come a long way in the last few years. New radio controlled aircraft technology coupled with lighter, higher resolution cams, equals some really amazing aerial photography w...

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 12 Excellent Aerial Photography Reels

#Photoshop: Shadows/Highlights : A Hidden Photoshop Smart Filter

Here on TipSquirrel we’ve looked at Smart Objects and Smart Filters, but there are two commands “squirreled” away, that are available as Smart Filters – but aren’t at all obvious (hint: they aren’t...

#Photoshop: Shadows/Highlights : A Hidden Photoshop Smart Filter







 

#Photoshop: 4 Amazing Avatar Na’vi Photoshop Tutorials

We all love the movie Avatar, it changed movies as we know them. I have been seeing friends and strangers alike turning themselves into avatars so I thought I make my newest compilation post for th...

#Photoshop: 4 Amazing Avatar Na’vi Photoshop Tutorials

#Photoshop: How To Create A Beam Photo

The final picture

#Photography: Portrait Tip: Add Interest and Movement into Your Shots with Wind

Sometimes portrait shoots can be tough with all your shots seeming a little ‘bland’. Today we’re going to look at a technique that can give a portrait a little spark – it’s something photographers ...

#Photography: Portrait Tip: Add Interest and Movement into Your Shots with Wind

#Photoshop: Unlock The Full Power Of Basic Selections In Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to look at how to get the most out of Photoshop’s basic selection tools, such as the Marquee tools or the Lasso tool. If all you’...

#Photoshop: Unlock The Full Power Of Basic Selections In Photoshop

#Filmproduction: How to Perform an Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

FCP X allows you to white balance your clips using the color balance tool within the Inspector, in combination with its integrated analyzation tool. When you import your clips, you have the option ...

#Filmproduction: How to Perform an Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

#Photography: Going Fishing! Fun With Fisheye Lenses

I’ve found fisheye lenses to be useful in many situations. The secret to using a fisheye is to know it’s limitations, as well as it’s strengths, which is true for all lenses. You can use them for portraits, but you need to be aware of subject placement in the frame, as well as how close you plan to get. The closer you get,

#Photography: Going Fishing! Fun With Fisheye Lenses





#Photoshop: How to Turn an Ordinary Landscape into a Dramatic Moonscape

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to transform ordinary photo into a dramatic landscape by adding different light sources, creating depth and changing color schemes.

#Photoshop: How to Turn an Ordinary Landscape into a Dramatic Moonscape

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 12 Awesome Typography Videos

In the last few years, kinetic type driven projects have increased in popularity, showing up in movie opens, commercials and music videos. The following videos utilize a variety of typography techniques, both organic and digital, and represent some of the very best kinetic type based projects being created today!

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 12 Awesome Typography Videos

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 16 Impactful Slow Motion Video Projects

With the development of recent software and camera technologies, slow motion video is looking better than ever! Some of the projects below were shot slow motion with high frame rates cameras like ...

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 16 Impactful Slow Motion Video Projects

#Musicproduction: Networking For Gigs - 2 Case Studies

No matter how many different ways musicians can make money, playing gigs is still a favorite and for good reasons. For me, local gigs are some of the most fun and rewarding. So it's important to ha...

#Musicproduction: Networking For Gigs - 2 Case Studies

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#Photoshop: Create a "Middle-Earth" Inspired Landscape in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a lush and vibrant "Middle-Earth" inspired landscape in Photoshop. Let’s get started! The following assets were used during the production of this t...

#Photoshop: Create a "Middle-Earth" Inspired Landscape in Photoshop


#Writing: Is Mentoring Just a Memory?

Once upon a time, a writer was created in a complex process of teaching and mentoring. To the detriment of the worlds of publishing and journalism, this system has broken down, and it will never be...

#Writing: Is Mentoring Just a Memory?

#Photography: Breaking Photography Rules: by Scott Wyden Kivowitz

Photography rules exist to follow, and then break. There is no reason to stick with them 100% of the time but they make for a great guideline. Rule of thirds, Horizons, Diagonals, Leading are just ...

#Photography: Breaking Photography Rules: by Scott Wyden Kivowitz

#Photoshop: Working Faster with Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush Tool

The Spot Healing Brush tool was added to Photoshop as a way to harness powerful blending technology with less work (although the Healing Brush is pretty labor-free to begin with). It can quickly re...

#Photoshop: Working Faster with Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush Tool

#Photography: 12 Stunning Examples of Digital Monochrome Photography

Black-and-white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, is a term referring to a number of monochrome forms in visual arts. Black-and-white as a description may be considered a misnomer in that the images ...

#Photography: 12 Stunning Examples of Digital Monochrome Photography

#Photoshop: Image Clean-up with Photoshop’s Dust and Scratches Filter

The Dust & Scratches filter provides a more powerful way to remove noise from an image. Dissimilar pixels are modified to achieve a balance between sharpening and hiding defects. You’ll want to try...

#Photoshop: Image Clean-up with Photoshop’s Dust and Scratches Filter

#Filmproduction: How to Automate Media Management in Avid with Dynamic Media Folders

Although Media Composer’s AMA plug-in architecture allows virtually any file-based source media to be played in real time without first transcoding to Avid’s native DNxHD codec, many times editors will want to transcode anyway to take advantage of the maximum playback performance DNxHD offers. New in Media Composer 7 is the ability to process both transcoding and consolidation operations in the background, freeing you to continue editing both AMA and native Avid media without interruption.

#Filmproduction: FCP X Audio Tutorial Part 2: Using Final Cut Pro X’s Audio and Music Fading Tools

Final Cut Pro X has made significant improvements for working with audio, including more automated audio keyframing and advanced fading interpolation choices. Whether your working with dialogue,…

#Filmproduction: FCP X Audio Tutorial Part 2: Using Final Cut Pro X’s Audio and Music Fading Tools

#Musicproduction: Third Harmonic Studios releases EXD-80 - Free Drum Synth for Windows

Third Harmonic Studios has released EXD-80, a free 32-bit VSTi plugin for Windows. The plugin is a subtractive synthesis drum and percussion synthesizer.

Features:
  • 8 Modules - kick, snare, open and closed hi-hats, 5 x percussion synths
  • 8 Outputs (4 Stereo output pairs).
  • Each output pair has its own stereo effects section featuring a Granulator and Waveshaper.
  • Supports VST host automation and MIDI continuous controllers.
  • User definable MIDI note mappings.
  • 128 User drum kit patches (comes with 16 preset drum kits).

#Photoshop CS6: Importing 3D Models (Onto Mars!)

In this video tutorial we’ll look at how you can import 3D models and composite them on your photographs in Photoshop CS6 Extended! Howard takes a 3D pyramid and composites it onto the surface of M...

#Photoshop CS6: Importing 3D Models (Onto Mars!)


#Photoshop: Take Control of your Photoshop Brushes!

Are you tired of the hunt and peck method of finding your favorite Photoshop brushes? Learn to organize and save your favorite brushes with Preset Manager. With you could save an entire palette of brushes with color and opacity preset? You can, and today we’ll see how using Tool Presets.

#Photoshop: Take Control of your Photoshop Brushes!


#Photoshop: Photoshop's Forgotten Clone Source Panel - AJ Wood

If you’re already using the Clone Source panel in Photoshop, kudos to you, join us again next week. *grin* If you’re not taking advantage of this useful panel, it doesn’t surprise me. I consistentl...

#Photoshop: Photoshop's Forgotten Clone Source Panel - AJ Wood

#Writing: How to Punctuate Descriptions of Colors

Use of hyphens and commas in phrases that include names of colors is the cause of some confusion among writers. Here’s a discussion of when to insert or omit these punctuation marks when referring ...

#Writing: How to Punctuate Descriptions of Colors

#Photography: How to Overcome Bad Lighting and Bad Backgrounds as a Wedding Photographer

Bad light and a poor location can quickly derail a shoot. But it doesn’t have to be that way. These obstacles can be overcome through smart placement of your subjects and by framing your shot creat...

#Photography: How to Overcome Bad Lighting and Bad Backgrounds as a Wedding Photographer 


Your Email Got Lost - a poetry

Your Email Got Lost

Awoke with heads like thunder
So I dove headlong, through the posts,
Howling from the heavens with lightning and thunder
Because your email got lost

Adobe #Premiere Pro: Applying Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks

If you’re looking to speed up your workflow, improve consistency in the sound of your clips and better organize your audio, consider applying audio effects to submixes in Premiere Pro. Submixes pr...

Adobe #Premiere Pro: Applying Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks

#Filmproduction: 10 Changes in Media Composer 7 You'll Want to Use Right Now

With the launch of Media Composer 7 comes a whole bunch of exciting new features and enhancements that will improve your editing workflow. And while Avid always encourages you to read the What’s Ne...

#Filmproduction: 10 Changes in Media Composer 7 You'll Want to Use Right Now

Monday, July 29, 2013

#Filmproduction: DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals – Delivering and Conclusion

Talking about the deliver page and how to export at the end your projects. Most of the time this depends on your team and what they need, so there is no right or wrong exporting. If they need a ProRes single file or individual files, Round-trip XML for FCP/Premiere/Avid, or simply a DPX or whatever file codec sequence…

#Filmproduction: DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals – Delivering and Conclusion


#Musicproduction: John Shield releases 4 Windows ASIO and MIDI tools

John Shield has released his "can't live without" audio tools for:

  •  Recording all MIDI events to a MIDI file as they are played to capture improvisation that would otherwise be lost when you forget to record MIDI (MidiThru - $9.95).
  •  Connecting keyboards to multiple applications (MidiThru and MidiMate - Free).
  •  Listening, streaming and recording windows audio while running a DAW in ASIO mode (ASIO Link Driver - $9.95).
  • Viewing and zooming in on MIDI files (MidiFix - Free).

#Photoshop: Crop to fixed ratio in Photoshop

If you’ve ever tried to crop an image to a fixed ratio in Photoshop you may have run up against an issue. There is, it appears, no option for cropping to a fixed ratio such as 4 x 6, 5 x 7 or even ...

#Photoshop: Crop to fixed ratio in Photoshop

#Writing: Is Mentoring Just a Memory?

Once upon a time, a writer was created in a complex process of teaching and mentoring. To the detriment of the worlds of publishing and journalism, this system has broken down, and it will never be...

#Writing: Is Mentoring Just a Memory?

#Photography: The Most Important Tip for Street Photography

Practicing all of these things is important to be able capture what you see out there in our fast moving world, but thinking too much about this stuff can also distract us from what we should be thinking about, which is what we are seeking to capture out there…

#Photography: The Most Important Tip for Street Photography

#Photoshop: Whitening of Teeth using Photoshop

For this tutorial basically what I am going to do is to create a new adjustment layer and adjust the settings as per the requirement. After that I will use some other effects to achieve the desired result. I am going to use Layer panel, Hue & Sat adjustment layer etc.

Stock: http://vampurity-stock.deviantart.com/art/i-laugh-like-a-retard-96194582

#Photoshop: Whitening of Teeth using Photoshop

#AfterEffects: After Effects Tutorial: 3D Mosaic Effect

In this After Effects tutorial, you’ll learn how to break apart text or a logo into a mosaic pattern and then quickly reassemble it for an impressive reveal. All of the AE tools used in this tutori...

#AfterEffects: After Effects Tutorial: 3D Mosaic Effect


#Photography: 6 Accessories to help you Improve your Landscape Photography

At the most basic level, all that you need to take landscape photographs is a camera and a location. One of the reasons that landscape photography is so popular is that it is so accessible, withou...

#Photography: 6 Accessories to help you Improve your Landscape Photography

#Aftereffects: Luma Matte After Effects Tutorial

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to use luma mattes inside of After Effects.

Specifically, we show you how to use luma mattes with our Paint Thirds lower thirds stock motion graphics.

Incl. template download.

#Aftereffects: Luma Matte After Effects Tutorial


How to use the new Radial Filter Tool in #Lightroom 5

Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom version 5 was released in June, and I’ve been digging into the new features. In this article I’ll share some tips for selective editing with the new Radial Filter tool. Th...

How to use the new Radial Filter Tool in #Lightroom 5

#Photography: How to Photograph a Fine Watch

Product photography is an extremely prolific school of photography that often gets glazed over in our minds. Its existence has become so much a part of our daily lives that we hardly notice it perm...

#Photography: How to Photograph a Fine Watch


#Musicproduction: How to Synthesize a Bomb Explosion Sound in NI Massive

This cool tutorial shares how to synthesis a bomb explosion sound with NI Massive in just a matter of minutes! There are many ways to create impressive explosive sounds in NI Massive. This quick le...

#Musicproduction: How to Synthesize a Bomb Explosion Sound in NI Massive

#AfterEffects: Free After Effects Templates

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

#Photography: 5 Ways to Strengthen the Message and Story of Your Photographs

Photographers decide what is in the frame and what is not. We cant always control every single item the frame. We can however, control of position relative to the subject and when we press the shut...

#Photography: 5 Ways to Strengthen the Message and Story of Your Photographs

Song of the day: Without You - a poetry

Song of the day: Without you; How getting through the day ... http://www.vienna.cc/kunst/songs/song_without_you.htm

#Guitar: Intro to Musical Intervals

Posted In Guitar Lessons, Song Writing & Theory | No comments The distance between two notes is called an Interval. There are twelve notes in the chromatic scale which creates twelve possible inter...

#Guitar: Intro to Musical Intervals

#Musicproduction: Zero Delay Feedback Filters

This tutorial relies heavily upon Zavalishin’s book. I have made an effort to condense it down to it’s most essential parts relating to zero delay feedback, and to make the material more accessible...

#Musicproduction: Zero Delay Feedback Filters

#Guitar: I,VI,II,V Soloing

Being able to improvise over a I-IV-II-V chord progression is mandatory in most jazz standards. There are many ways to approach soloing over these changes by substituting different arpeggios and sc...

#Guitar: I,VI,II,V Soloing

Extending Tonal Range in #Photoshop with Duotones

While they’re often used to colorize grayscale images, the original goal of multitones (duotones, tritones, and quadtones) was to expand the tonal range of the image. For instance, a 50 percent tin...

Extending Tonal Range in #Photoshop with Duotones

#Writing: The best 11 causes of Writer’s Prevent and how to overcome the problem

Writer’s block is actually a advancement flawless that we tend to run into period & time back. Occasionally these situations will last time or months. Beneath my condition, this was many years. Sure, I still doll around to teenage programs & created one few nice ideas, but absolutely nothing was complete and released on this time.

#Musicproduction: Creating Your Own #Reaktor Stutter Glitch Effect - NI Reaktor Tutorials

Building an effect like this Reaktor stutter glitch unit is much easier than you’d probably expect! This effect is based upon a simple design of a Crossfade module receiving audio which is then rou...

#Musicproduction: Creating Your Own #Reaktor Stutter Glitch Effect - NI Reaktor Tutorials

#SocialMedia: Content is Fire and Social Media is Gasoline

You know what happens when most companies launch a new, branded mobile application or other content-rich marketing program intended to effectively combine information and promotion and set the worl...

#SocialMedia: Content is Fire and Social Media is Gasoline

#Filmproduction: 10 Cinematographers Who Turned Science Fiction Movies into Great Art

We have tons of love for great directors — but often, when you're marveling at an especially lovely shot, you're partly admiring the work of the cinematographer who lit it and shot it. Often, the s...
A very interesting article about th basics of filmmaking.

#Filmproduction: 10 Cinematographers Who Turned Science Fiction Movies into Great Art

#Musicproduction: How to make a 909 Kick in #Reaktor

While I will be using a very specific example, this tutorial also aims to familiarize the reader with appropriating work done in other formats for Reaktor. There is a wealth of information availabl...

#Musicproduction: How to make a 909 Kick in #Reaktor

Building Scales on the #Guitar

If the only scale that we had to compose and improvise with were the chromatic scale then music would quickly become very boring and would sound generally chaotic. At some point in history it was r...

Building Scales on the #Guitar

#Musicproduction: Tips For Mixing Beats Better :: Dynamic Producer

“As it relates to mixing beats, songs and music as a whole, sure, there are many ways to spice up your beats. And there are many production factors that must be considered in the process of mixing your track. But here are some…

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#Musicproduction: Tips For Mixing Beats Better :: Dynamic Producer

Saturday, July 27, 2013

#Filmproduction: 12 Extra-Useful Filmmaking tips and Advice for Filmmakers - With pretty pictures!

“Filmmaking advice based on hard-earned experience!” Without a dazzlingly awesome screenplay you are dead in the water. Beautiful lighting, creative camerawork and smooth editing are pointless if t...

#Filmproduction: 12 Extra-Useful Filmmaking tips and Advice for Filmmakers - With pretty pictures!

#Photography: Don't Let the Retouched Photographs of the World Affect Your Own Self Image

I recently had an unusual experience. I was standing in a department store aimlessly browsing some shiny shelving that held many glittery bottles with promises of youth and perfect beauty. In the p...

#Photography: Don't Let the Retouched Photographs of the World Affect Your Own Self Image

#AfterEffects: Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Titles Series – Phantom

Today we’re going to be looking at the animation style of the film “Phantom” using only After Effects. We’ll focus on how to draw the classic radar design with a small and simple trick. We will see...

Download sourcefiles available

#AfterEffects: Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Titles Series – Phantom


#Photography: Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour

Bold colours are most often found in man-made objects. If someone paints a wall bright red, for example, and you take a photo of it against a deep blue sky, then you are using colours that are just about as strong and deep as it is possible to get. In nature though, colours are often much more subtle. And there are ways that you can use the subtlety of colour found in nature to create photos that capture the mood of the scene….

#Photography: Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour

A Look at Various Sharpening Techniques in #Photoshop

In this episode, Martin Perhiniak will take a look at various sharpening techniques in Photoshop. While Photoshop includes some great tools for local and global sharpening, it is also important to ...

A Look at Various Sharpening Techniques in #Photoshop



#Writing: 3 Types of Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are constructions consisting of a verb and either a preposition, a particle, or both. 1. Prepositional Phrasal Verb This construction consists of a verb and a preposition, as in “I ta...

#Writing: 3 Types of Phrasal Verbs

#Musicproduction: Making a Nastier Screaming Bass Synth in NI #Massive

This nasty screaming bass synth is only a few minutes work in NI Massive! There are several genres of music these days that you can use incredibly harsh sounds in, and your fans will beg for more. ...

#Musicproduction: Making a Nastier Screaming Bass Synth in NI #Massive

6 Common Blunders in #Photoshop That Can Be Easily Avoid

You may be of the opinion that it is only the beginners who need to be guided when it comes to committing trivial as well as major errors in Photoshop. However, sometimes, even the professionals te...

6 Common Blunders in #Photoshop That Can Be Easily Avoid

Friday, July 26, 2013

Retinize It: #Free #Photoshop Action For Slicing Graphics For HD Screens

High-definition (or “Retina”) displays have spread wider and wider, and evidently their numbers will keep growing. So, as creators of products that will be consumed on Retina devices, we have to op...

Retinize It: #Free #Photoshop Action For Slicing Graphics For HD Screens

#Musicproduction: Loading Samples into the #Reaktor Sample Map Feature - NI Reaktor Tutorial

Loading your own sounds into the Reaktor sample map feature is so easy it feels like there must be more to it! There would not be much point to using many of the available ensembles for Reaktor if ...

#Musicproduction: Loading Samples into the #Reaktor Sample Map Feature - NI Reaktor Tutorial



#Photoshop: Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Monk in the Caves

For all who think they need a monk: Create a new photoshop file using the settings indicated in the picture below. I named my file “Surreal Manipulation Tutorial” but that’s up to you. Let’s start off adding the sky to our manipulati...

#Photoshop: Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Monk in the Caves

How to Use #Lightroom on 2 Computers and Keep the Catalogue Synchronised

Each day we send out a quick email to thousands of DPS readers to notify them of updates. This email is just short excerpt of the first few lines of our latest post with a link if you want to read ...

How to Use #Lightroom on 2 Computers and Keep the Catalogue Synchronised

A Grain of Sand In My Hands - a poetry

A Grain of Sand In My Hand


Out in the desert, dry land
A grain of sand in my hand
Diabolo is highly touted
It's only me who hidden doubted

#Musicproduction: Creating a Proper NI #Massive Deep House Bass Synth - Native Instruments Massive tutorial

One of the greatest things about having our own forums is that our community can help us all learn together! As I take on the task of creating tutorials around some of the questions and requests po...

#Musicproduction: Creating a Proper NI #Massive Deep House Bass Synth - Native Instruments Massive tutorial

#Photoshop tutorial: Add texture to retro-styled artworks

In this tutorial, Dwayne Bell details how to use Photoshop to enhance a retro-styled illustration by digitally applying textures and patterns. He notes that while in this instance the effects are a...

#Photoshop tutorial: Add texture to retro-styled artworks

#Photography: How to Create Realistic Looking HDR Photographs

HDR photography has gotten a bit of a bad reputation, simply because so many people don’t know how or when to use it. It kind of reminds me of my first experiences using Photoshop in high school. T...

#Photography: How to Create Realistic Looking HDR Photographs

#Filmproduction: Facial Displacement to Created Subtle Depth in a Still Portrait

Last time while preparing the tutorial on How to Bring a Still Glamour Poster to Life I ran out of time and didn’t cover the subject of giving some dimension to the flat poster face. In this Tutori...

Including source files for download.

#Filmproduction: Facial Displacement to Created Subtle Depth in a Still Portrait

Thursday, July 25, 2013

#Photoshop: 45 Fresh and Free Texture Packs

Professional designer with a good taste and quick eye will be able to pick for himself the right texture among all the large number of those, which are presented on the web. So we decided to make this task easier and collected in this post 45 Fresh and Free Texture Packs

#Photoshop: 45 Fresh and Free Texture Packs

#SocialMedia: How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy

Facebook privacy settings are complex and, to make things more difficult, they change on a regular basis. We explored how to lock down your Facebook account's privacy settings, for both your public...

#SocialMedia: How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy





30 Free Sets of Eye Brushes for #Photoshop

Brushes are one thing that allows you to take full advantage of Photoshop even if you are not a professional artist. These ready-made brush sets offers a one click solution to many problems. Brushes are easy to use and give fast results. A lot of different types of brushes in various categories are available out there, so you can find any type of brush you need. Brushes even allow beautifying facial illustrations too,….

30 Free Sets of Eye Brushes for #Photoshop