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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Create a Cutout Photograph in #Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a cutout photo using simple selections and advanced transformations. The photos used in this tutorial are available for free for Psd Premium Members.

Create a Cutout Photograph in Photoshop

Tutorial: 3D Ray-Tracing in #AfterEffects CS6 (#free download)

Daniel Bryant shows you how to take advantage of After Effects CS6′s ray-tracing features to light and render a 3D movie title.
(incl. free download of files)

Tutorial: 3D Ray-Tracing in After Effects CS6 (#free download)

#Photography: An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

I don’t know about you, but I was never much of a math student. I needed a tutor in high school for both geometry and physics. I chose a double major in college (Journalism/English) that required...

An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

#Photoshop Tutorial: Your Source for Design Inspiration

Is a design task turning into a Herculean one for you? If that is the case, then you will love The Design Inspiration. It is an online resource for designers, and it acts as a showcase of talent an...

Photoshop Tutorial: Your Source for Design Inspiration

#Musicproduction: Voice Leading

When you’re playing chords it sounds perfectly fine to have barre chord after barre chord jumping around the neck. This is a sound that we hear a lot in rock and pop music so we are used to it. How...

#Musicproduction: Voice Leading

5 Free Light Subtle Seamless Patterns | Adobe #Photoshop

So what are you waiting for? Download the light seamless patterns and let me know if you use them. I really do enjoy seeing these freebies out in the public. Cheers! In the past we have released tw...

5 Free Light Subtle Seamless Patterns | Adobe #Photoshop

#Photography: Composition and the Power of Line

Lines are all around us in photography. Conscious use of line can add depth or dynamism to your composition. Let me show you what I mean. Take a look at the following image: It’s an okay landscape....

Composition and the Power of Line

Free Stop Motion Kit and Tutorial - #AfterEffects

Stop motion is the oldest animation technique and even with the current digital era it is highly popular. It gives surreal feeling when static things starts to move in unnatural way. Of corse you c...

Free Stop Motion Kit and Tutorial - #AfterEffects


Let The Music Flow - a poetry

Let The Music Flow

Evening closing in, 9 p.m.
I wonder who I really am
How to describe in flourish words
Fine feathers make fine birds
Go out, hang out

Lighting an Unlit Cigar with #Photoshop Layer Styles

I thought I’d share a technique with you that I used recently on an image that I made during one of my Character Portrait Workshops. (New course date just released for Jan...
(this smoke will not damage the airways and small air sacs in the lungs)

Lighting an Unlit Cigar with Photoshop Layer Styles

How to Protect Your #SocialMedia Accounts from Spammers

We’re seeing an increase in attempts by spammers to gain unauthorized access to social media accounts by exploiting password weaknesses. HootSuite itself has not been compromised, however, unauthor...

How to Protect Your Social Media Accounts from Spammers 

Excellent Marble Textures for #Photoshop users

Excellent Marble Textures for Creative Photoshop Users. Here is an awesome collection of some really fine marble textures which I have gathered through Google search. You will not find such a usefu...

Excellent Marble Textures for Photoshop users

#Musicproduction: Using the NI Massive Performer with a Sidechain - Native Instruments #Massive tutorials

Using the NI Massive performer to automate the amplitude of the entire synth is as easy as a single click of the mouse! I have shared several tutorials in the last couple years about the NI Massive...

Using the NI Massive Performer with a Sidechain - Native Instruments #Massive tutorials

Creating a Dreamy Glow Effect in #Photoshop

Alright so I came up with with this cool looking effect in Photoshop the other day and thought really hard of a name for it but all I could come up with was Dreamy Glow which I know sounds weird bu...

Creating a Dreamy Glow Effect in Photoshop

#Writing: Working with an Editor

Anyone can publish without an editor. Some people can even publish very well-written content without any editorial assistance. But most can’t, and guessing that you’re in the smaller category is a ...

Working with an Editor

Move shape while drawing in Photoshop and #Photoshop Elements

You can move shape around while drawing it in both: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. After you start drawing shape (do not release mouse button) press and hold down Space on your keyboard and move...

Move shape while drawing in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

6 Quick #Photography Hacks

Sometimes you just wish you had a piece of equipment that you just haven’t got around to purchasing yet. Sometimes you just want a quick and easy, one off solution to a problem you face whilst out on a shoot. Here are 6 quick and nasty hacks for just those occasions.

6 Quick Photography Hacks

5 Color Correction Effects in Adobe #AfterEffects

With each new Adobe release there is more cross over of the same effects and features between Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects. The following 5 effects originated in Photoshop, but are no...

5 Color Correction Effects in Adobe #AfterEffects

Friday, August 30, 2013

#MusicProduction: Ambient Effects in FM8

Key Scaling is an important part of FM Synthesis, and it is one that has a great impact on the timbre of the sound. Since you can control the output of any operator relative to the pitch of a MIDI ...

#MusicProduction: Ambient Effects in FM8

#Photoshop: 6 Methods to Add Speech Bubbles to Pictures

“I have some photos (JPEG files) and wish to add “speech bubbles”. Do you know of a program or any online app that will do this? Many thanks!” Remember the cute and expressive bubbles appear in com...

#Photoshop: 6 Methods to Add Speech Bubbles to Pictures

Boosting Contrast And Color With The Luminosity Mask In #Photoshop

In this photo retouching tutorial, we’ll learn how to boost the contrast and color saturation of an image in Photoshop using what’s called a luminosity mask, a little-kn...

Boosting Contrast And Color With The Luminosity Mask In #Photoshop

Seeing and Street #Photography

The next time you are out shooting street photography, try this. Put your camera down at your side and just look around for awhile. Watch things happen and let moments develop in front of your ey...

Seeing and Street #Photography

#MusicProduction: Working With Internal Audio Routing – Part 2

Welcome back for another round of internal audio routing. Last time we took a look at the core essentials of routing audio between programs inside our computers. To do so we utilized a first-party ...

#MusicProduction: Working With Internal Audio Routing – Part 2

Step Into You Image with #Photoshop and #AfterEffects

In this video I take a flat, 2D image and transform it into a 3D image that a camera can pass into. If you’ve not worked with Vanishing Point before then you may wish to take a quick look at Multip...
(Wow! That’s hot)

Step Into You Image with #Photoshop and #AfterEffects


How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in #Photoshop

In this step I will show how to create custom brush. For this I used scan of splashes made with ink. Use the Crop Tool (C) (by pressing shift key you will select square) Add a Black & White Adjustm...
Be prepared for winter :-)

How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in #Photoshop

#Guitar: This Gadget Automatically Tunes Any Guitar In Seconds

Throughout their 23-year history, automatic guitar tuners have remained stubbornly complex systems that cost thousands of dollars and require tedious professional installation. Chris Adams, CEO of ...

#Guitar: This Gadget Automatically Tunes Any Guitar In Seconds

#Photography: Composition and Negative Space

In portraiture, negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. The portrait above has negative space – it is the dark area around the model. I’ve highlighted it below in gre...

#Photography: Composition and Negative Space

Brightening Gray Skies in #Photoshop CS6

It’s really hot in Arizona right now. So hot that the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Valley of the Sun. I would think that the heat advisory would be implied, since it’...

Brightening Gray Skies in #Photoshop CS6

#Writing: 7 Proofreading Steps

Proofreading is the last line of defense for quality control in print and online publishing. Be sure to conduct a thorough proofread of all documents before they are printed for distribution and of all Web pages before they go live, using these guidelines.

#Writing: 7 Proofreading Steps

Create a Realistic Underwater Scene in #Photoshop

Underwater scenes can be quite challenging to create in a realistic way. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create an Underwater scene in Photoshop using several stock photographs. Let’s get ...

Create a Realistic Underwater Scene in #Photoshop


#Guitar #MusicProduction: The Blues Progression

The 12-bar blues may be the most popular chord progression there is. It is named after the number of bars in the progression and not the number of local bars it has been played in which far exceeds...

#Guitar #MusicProduction: The Blues Progression

#Photoshop: Hidden Features of the Pen Tool

In this episode we will explain a Pen Tool feature that has the potential to completely change the way that you draw with paths in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

#Photoshop: Hidden Features of the Pen Tool


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

When a client employs you for video editing they are paying for your creativity, technical skill and your ability to deliver a quality product. They know enough about you, or have seen examples of...

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

#Photoshop: Dramatic Skies with Camera Raw's Graduated Filter

On a recent Saturday morning, I was privileged to join some fellow NAPP members for a friendly “Canon vs. Nikon” shootout, at Fort Desoto Park in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The original intent was…

#Photoshop: Dramatic Skies with Camera Raw's Graduated Filter

#MusicProduction: What Good Memoir Can Teach You About Good Copywriting

What does David Sedaris know about writing that most of us don’t? What can Anne Lamott do that your traditional copywriter can’t? How about entertain and engage an audience, then lead them to actio...

#MusicProduction: What Good Memoir Can Teach You About Good Copywriting

#Writing: Quantify References to Elapsed Time

A writer’s book-jacket bio mentions that she’s been a reporter for fifteen years. An online product review refers to a device having been launched last fall. Your blog relates that you attended a c...

#Writing: Quantify References to Elapsed Time

Diet's Not Working? How to #Photoshop your Swimsuit Photos

It’s summer again – the most dreaded season of all. Time to store those black turtlenecks and huge fisherman sweaters and slip into a tiny summer swimsuit. But Uh-oh. You knew you shouldn’t have o...

Diet's Not Working? How to #Photoshop your Swimsuit Photos

Resort #Photography Tips as a Commercial Photographer: Tell a Story

What’s your dream job? How does travel photography for a luxury island resort sound? Joe McNally was hired to do just that on Saint Lucia, one of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Learn mo...

Resort #Photography Tips as a Commercial Photographer: Tell a Story

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sky Writing in #Photoshop with Brushes and Layer Styles

In this video I answer a reader question. Dan wanted to know how he could make sky writing in Photoshop.
Here I use the Brush Pallet and add a few Layer Styles.

Sky Writing in #Photoshop with Brushes and Layer Styles


#Photography: How to Get Into Concerts as a Photographer

While entertaining, attending concerts and sports events can get pretty expensive, especially if you want good seats for photographing. On top of the expense, many events won’t even allow you to br...

#Photography: How to Get Into Concerts as a Photographer

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How to Create a Simple Animated Speedometer

This tutorial is about how to create an animated speedometer using audio controls in After Effects. We’ll also look at how to tie the digital number growth to the speed of the analog dial.
(incl. download source file)

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How to Create a Simple Animated Speedometer


#MusicProduction: Basics of Compression

Here's a quick overview of an often ambiguous piece of gear (or plug-in). Because its use is often misunderstood, it can sometimes be overlooked or misused. Compression can take many forms and be u...

#MusicProduction: Basics of Compression

#Photoshop: How to Create an Animated GIF With Fading Effects in Photoshop

You may be thinking that animated GIFs are SO 2003. Think again — in the Buzzfeed era, animated GIFs are all the rage again. And if done well, they can be a classy way to show off a product if you ...

#Photoshop: How to Create an Animated GIF With Fading Effects in Photoshop

#Photoshop Coloured Lighting into a Scene

In this video Photoshop tutorial aimed and beginners and intermediate users of Photoshop I add some colour to a reflection of a window.
The work a long files nostainedglass.jpg and colouredwindow.jpg can be downloaded.

#Photoshop Coloured Lighting into a Scene


#Writing: “Expedient” vs. “Expeditious”

What’s the difference between expedient and expeditious? The words were originally synonymous, but their meanings diverged long ago, and the distinction is small but significant. Both words derive ...

#Writing: “Expedient” vs. “Expeditious”

#MusicProduction: How to Make a Flexible Moog Style Analog Bass in NI #Massive

Making this analog bass in NI Massive is a testament to how simple it is to program truly customized synths! We should probably start this one out by pointing out that Moog is not a style or a soun...

#MusicProduction: How to Make a Flexible Moog Style Analog Bass in NI #Massive

#Guitar #MusicProduction: Stand By Me [Improv Lesson] Pt.2

This lesson is the second in a series and comes from a reader’s request that I received. Find the first part here.
They were having a bit of trouble improvising over a I, vi, IV, V (1, 6, 4, 5) progression which can be found in hundreds of popular tunes.
The Guided Jam Track that we’re going to use…
(incl. tutorial video)

#Guitar #MusicProduction: Stand By Me [Improv Lesson] Pt.2

#Musicproduction: Why Your Band Needs a Socalled One Sheet

Tourbus of a successful band?
Tourbus of a successful band?
Record Industry as bawled itself to sleep the first couple of years after the turn of Millennium in renunciation that the infrastructure it had so abided by for nearly 50 years was not working anymore for their business. We all know that except you are Robby Williams or Gwen Stefani you can no longer make a living off of your album sales and airplay solely, their labels tell them to tour months over months.

The Art of Portrait #Photography: Expression and Exploration

Humans have been creating portraits of one another since the beginning of time, when rocks served as canvas and paints were made from charcoal and animal fat. Throughout history, portraits have bee...,

The Art of Portrait #Photography: Expression and Exploration


#Filmproduction: Create a Powerful Groundbreaking Logo Reveal – #AfterEffects Part

This is Part Two of the tutorial. If you haven’t already, watch Part One on Cgtuts+. We’ll now jump into After Effects to composite the 3D image sequences rendered from Cinema 4D. Here we’ll add co...

#Filmproduction: Create a Powerful Groundbreaking Logo Reveal – #AfterEffects Part


#Guitar: Fingerpicking Patterns (Part 1)

Fingerstyle guitar is a technique where the strings are plucked using fingers, fingernails, or finger picks. Many different styles of music make use of fingerstyle including: classical, flamenco, a...
(incl. tutorialvideos)

#Guitar: Fingerpicking Patterns (Part 1)

Creating a Rubber Stamp Brush Preset in #Photoshop Elements

In this tutorial we’ll firstly be creating the effect of a slightly worn out rubber stamp. Once we’ve created our stamp, we’ll be converting it to a brush preset that can be used over and over agai...

Creating a Rubber Stamp Brush Preset in #Photoshop Elements

#SocialMedia: 10 Tips for Social Video Success

As social video continues its exponential growth, it will become more and more important for brands to hone in on what makes their online videos successful. These videos are very different from a commercials and should be approached as such. With that in mind, here are 10 tips brands should follow while creating social video.

#SocialMedia: 10 Tips for Social Video Success

Real Guitar #Free for iPad app review: master the #guitar - Apppicker

Real Guitar Free by Rubel Co gives provides you with a realistic guitar simulator making you feel as though you're truly a musician. If you're learning how to play guitar, know how to play guitar, ...

Real Guitar #Free for iPad app review: master the #guitar - Apppicker

Round-trip ACR Edits with #Photoshop CS6

One of the best ways to maintain a non-destructive workflow in Photoshop CS6, is to use the power of Smart Object layers with your Adobe Camera Raw (or ACR) output. For this quick tutorial, we’ll t...

Round-trip ACR Edits with #Photoshop CS6

#SocialMedia: 16 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

Are you looking for the latest social media marketing tactics?
Do you want to know what the social media marketing pros are doing today?
Keeping up with the latest social media changes is not always easy, and our social media marketing tactics may need to be refreshed.
We asked 16 social media pros to share the best marketing tactics worth doing today.

#SocialMedia: 16 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

#MusicProduction: Intro to Musical Intervals

The distance between two notes is called an Interval. There are twelve notes in the chromatic scale which creates twelve possible inter...

#MusicProduction: Intro to Musical Intervals

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#Filmproduction: More Advanced Spill Suppression and Keying Tips with Spill Slayer

This tutorial is a continuation of sorts to the Advanced Spill Suppression Methods covered on Aetuts+ previously. We’ll take a look at a few basic, and maybe not so well known greenscreen tips, plu...

#Filmproduction: More Advanced Spill Suppression and Keying Tips with Spill Slayer


#MusicProduction: Exploring Reverb – Part 2

Last week we talked about using reverb for blend. This week we will move on to using reverb for to add size. We all know that reverb is about creating space. So, you’d think duh Matt size is a no b...
Read my artice http://viennacc.blogspot.co.at/2013/04/sound-recording-tips-for-reverb-and.html

#MusicProduction: Exploring Reverb – Part 2

Color Effects with the #Photoshop Color Lookup Adjustment

Today we’ll take a look at an image adjustment that is often overlooked by photographers. The Photoshop Color Lookup adjustment was introdu...

Color Effects with the #Photoshop Color Lookup Adjustment

#SocialMedia: How To Edit Your Twitter Header Image (download a free Photoshop Template)

If you use Twitter, you’ve no doubt noticed that your Twitter profile now has a space for a header image. Twitter header images have much more visibility than Twitter background images simply becau...

#SocialMedia: How To Edit Your Twitter Header Image (download a free Photoshop Template)

#MusicProduction: Strong & Weak Beats

We can use this to our advantage and create grooves simply by Accenting (playing harder) the beats that would typically be weak. Let’s take a look at which beats are strong and which are weak. Try ...

#MusicProduction: Strong & Weak Beats

#Photography: 3 Ways to Improve Your Images With Composition

Along with lighting, subject, perspective, composition is one of the fundamental tools to creating better images. It’s one of the easier ones to begin applying to your own photography as well. Here...

#Photography: 3 Ways to Improve Your Images With Composition

#Filmproduction: #Free Color Grading Presets for #Premiere Pro and #AfterEffects

I use video editing presets often to quickly create stylized looks for color grading. They are a more affordable option than plugins for those on a budget. There are several FREE preset collection...

#Filmproduction: #Free Color Grading Presets for #Premiere Pro and #AfterEffects

#Guitar Practice Parameters

Our musical outcomes & development are determined by how we practice. Practice is the centerpiece to balanced & steady growth as a musicianer. In a way, everything is practice, even performing. Aft...

#Guitar Practice Parameters

Ink Droplets in Water: Creative High Speed #Photography

Ink drops have been a favorite among photographers when it comes to shooting liquids. Perhaps it’s because of the freedom to choose any color and combination which makes for an unlimited number of ...

Ink Droplets in Water: Creative High Speed #Photography


#MusicProduction: Tips For Caring For Your Guitar

Your instrument is an extension of you, and rightfully should be treated as such. Regardless of which instrument you play, your investment into your musical endeavors requires periodic care and mai...
(be good to her and treat her well, she is your friend)

#MusicProduction: Tips For Caring For Your Guitar