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Monday, September 30, 2013

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Video Tutorial: Fancy Write On Effect

In the following video tutorial I’ll show you a trick for creating a text reveal in After Effects that’s totally in vogue right now. Whether you’re creating a motion infographic or simply need a cl...

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Video Tutorial: Fancy Write On Effect


#Writing: 7 Types of Headline Headaches

Throughout the history of journalism, headlines have evolved as a method for distilling the content of an article into a handful of words that will draw readers into the piece, and they serve that function for other types of informative content such as newsletters and reports. However, in publications that are ....

#Writing: 7 Types of Headline Headaches

#Photography: Mastering Monochrome Mode

Andrew S. Gibson is the author of Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Digital Cameras, on offer now at Snapndeals for a limited time. One of the benefits of digital photography that ...

#Photography: Mastering Monochrome Mode

#Photography: Headshot Photography Techniques

Peter Hurley believes he has the coolest job you could ever have. He arrived at his headshot photography career through trial and error. Just like most anyone picking up a camera for the first time...

#Photography: Headshot Photography Techniques


#Photography: Abstract Light Painting Photography with a Light Sword – PictureCorrect

Light painting is such a great technique for anyone who wants to create unique results each and every time. With the use of small light sources such as lasers, flashlights, torches and more, one ca...

#Photography: Abstract Light Painting Photography with a Light Sword – PictureCorrect


#Photography: Digital Photography Printing for Wall Art: Introduction

Photography and printing are two very different things. Although they are closely related in how they depend on one another, they take two very different sets of knowledge. Just because you can tak...

#Photography: Digital Photography Printing for Wall Art: Introduction


The Printer - a poetry

The Printer


Printer does not work
This hardware makes me sick
But I need the paper
Should I help it with a kick?

#Photoshop: A blessing and a curse

I am so thankful to have added Photoshop skills to my resume this year. I love having a program that can really handle removing leashes and distractions in photos. I know I’ve said it before, as a ...

#Photoshop: A blessing and a curse

#Photography: Photographing Athletes in Daily Life Situations

Bullied as a child, Jordan Matter looked to sports to find solace and gain confidence. Now a photographer, he still sees the grace and beauty in athletes’ drive and dedication. His popular book, Da…
(video)

#Photography: Photographing Athletes in Daily Life Situations

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Optimized for Performance

Analyze your footage up to 80% faster with new speed enhancements added to both the Warp Stablizer VFX and the 3D Camera Tracker. Inclusion of the NVIDIA OptiX 3.0 library improves performance and ...

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Optimized for Performance


#Photoshop: Quick and Easy Eyes in Photoshop

For this month’s tutorial I thought I’d put together a short video showing you a couple of quick and easy techniques that I regularly use to both Brighten and Colour eyes. As always if you have any...

#Photoshop: Quick and Easy Eyes in Photoshop


#SocialMedia: 5 Social Media Statistics to Shape Your Apartment Marketing Strategy

If you’re managing social media for your company or considering a social media strategy, it might be useful to know some of the most valuable stats we’ve found. Here are five that might make you re...

#SocialMedia: 5 Social Media Statistics to Shape Your Apartment Marketing Strategy

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Property Links

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#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Property Links


#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 16 Impressive TV Show Opens & Main Titles

The following innovative main title sequences present the theme of a television show in a totally unique and creative way. Use these show opens as inspiration for your own work! Award-winning show...

#Filmproduction: Inspiration! 16 Impressive TV Show Opens & Main Titles

#Photography: How to Take Great HDR Photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is one of the more exciting techniques in the world of digital photography. HDR is essentially a number of different exposures of the same composition merged in...

#Photography: How to Take Great HDR Photography

#Photography: Incredible Self Portrait Captured Under Melting Glacier

If you had to choose a few words to sum up 2013, selfies would be one of them. Facebook and other social media sites have become saturated in these self-portraits usually taken with a cell phone ca…
(what can you learn from it?)

#Photography: Incredible Self Portrait Captured Under Melting Glacier

#Filmproduction: #FCPX: Quickly Create Instant Replays in Final Cut Pro X

Although it has always been possible to create instant replay in Final Cut Pro, it required a combination of manually duplicating clips, applying speed filters and then modifying clip speed. Apple...

#Filmproduction: #FCPX: Quickly Create Instant Replays in Final Cut Pro X

Sunday, September 29, 2013

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Create an Awesome 3D Stroked Outline Animation

In this tutorial, I will be explaining you how to create some extruded stroke effects only using After Effects. This effect can be used effectively on any logo. You will have the freedom to choose between the extruded layers, animated strokes, and flat layers. Additionally, I will show you how to fake the flare effect to give more depth to the result.
(incl. download source)

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Create an Awesome 3D Stroked Outline Animation


#Writing: Answers to Questions About Formatting

Three questions from DailyWritingTips.com readers about various aspects of formatting content, and my responses, follow.

#Writing: Answers to Questions About Formatting

#Photography: First Person View of the Wet Plate Collodion Photography Process

In 1851, Frederick Scott Archer introduced the wet plate collodion process of making negatives. The process became the most popular method for making photographs until the 1880s. It allowed photogr...

#Photography: First Person View of the Wet Plate Collodion Photography Process

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases Beat Twist - Free Loop Manipulation VSTi for Windows [Win|VST]

Lets Get Twisted!
Beat Twist VST is a new freeware loop manipulation VST that provides amazingly creative ways to transform boring or stale wav files into something special. It has a built in bit crusher unit, distortion unit (with bit reduction), overdrive, and step sequencer. The built in LFO can be used to modulate volume, bit crusher pitch, overdrive, and panning.

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases Beat Twist - Free Loop Manipulation VSTi for Windows [Win|VST]

#Photoshop: 29 Creepy Photoshopped Self Portraits

Amazing art work, even though I think everyone must have created these on a Monday morning!!!

#Photoshop: 29 Creepy Photoshopped Self Portraits

#Guitar: Building Chords and Progressions of The Major Scale

Knowing how to build chords and chord progressions is a really great tool for writing your own songs and communicating with your fellow musicians on how to play a certain pie...

#Guitar: Building Chords and Progressions of The Major Scale

#Photoshop: Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop

“This is actually a composite of five different 30s exposures of me running around my car with sparklers layered on one another using Photoshop. The spark-trails on each layer were extracted and al...

#Photoshop: Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop

#Photoshop: 34 Photoshop effects every photographer must try

Tired of using the same tools in your photo editing? We’ve rounded up the 34 best Photoshop effects you can use with minimal effort to give new life to your images. One of Photoshop’s strengths is ...

#Photoshop: 34 Photoshop effects every photographer must try

#Photoshop: PSD i love you - YouTube

a short movie about Photoshop addiction

#Photoshop: PSD i love you - YouTube


#Photoshop: Ten very good sites for learning photoshop

Graphics design has now become a smarter profession. It is even more secure and hassle-free profession. A graphic designer can work online. Besides, he can do job in various organizations and can e...

#Photoshop: Ten very good sites for learning photoshop

#Musicproduction: Advice From the Master: Thelonious Monk Scribbles a List of Tips for Playing a Gig

We’re fascinated by lists. Other people’s lists. Even the ones left behind in shopping carts are interesting (Jarlsburg, Gruyere and Swiss? Must be making fondue.) But it’s the lists made by famous...

#Musicproduction: Advice From the Master: Thelonious Monk Scribbles a List of Tips for Playing a Gig

#SocialMedia: 4 Ways to Improve Your Twesume

Among all the newest social media job seeking fads, the Twesume might just be the easiest to quickly implement. Do you have a Twitter account? Do you have a resume? Then you already have about 90 p...

#SocialMedia: 4 Ways to Improve Your Twesume

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Detail-preserving Upscale

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#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: After Effects CC: Detail-preserving Upscale


#Photography: #Free #Download: 3 Realistic Android Mockups

There are three beautiful Android mockups for you to use. If you’re a SparkleStock member, you can download the premium pack which includes an additional nine 20 megapixels mockups. These mockups l...

#Photography: #Free #Download: 3 Realistic Android Mockups


#Musicproduction: Add Emotion to Your Song With Cubase’s Transpose Functions

As many singers and songwriters would say, the pitch of a song is crucial. It determines the energy of the song, and the way it pumps. It’s often a key ingredient in making a song more interesting ...


#Musicproduction: Add Emotion to Your Song With Cubase’s Transpose Functions

#Photoshop: CS6: Create the “Little Planet” Effect from a Panorama Picture

Panoramic pictures are already pretty cool. With the ability to take panoramas from almost any smartphone, they are also becoming more popular. To make these pictures even more unique, follow these...

#Photoshop: CS6: Create the “Little Planet” Effect from a Panorama Picture

Saturday, September 28, 2013

#Photography: Learn from the Legend: Photography Tips from Master Photographer Ansel Adams

Moonrise, Hernandez. Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. Clearing Winter Storm. You know the photographs, and you know the man behind the camera: Ansel Adams, one of history’s greatest landscape photo...

#Photography: Learn from the Legend: Photography Tips from Master Photographer Ansel Adams


#Musicproduction: Protecting Your Hearing: A Guide to Earplugs

In the fall of 2010, I went to a series of concerts over a three week span. At midpoint of these shows, October 30th in Atlantic City for Phish, I became acutely aware of a ringing and slight pain ...

#Musicproduction: Protecting Your Hearing: A Guide to Earplugs

#Writing: Avoid Gratuitous Capitalization

As an editor, I devote much of my time and energy to helping a writer bring out the best in his or her prose, but a lot of effort also goes into minor but nagging errors — unnecessary capitalizatio...

#Writing: Avoid Gratuitous Capitalization

#Photoshop: Lighting effects: how to use Photoshop to add atmosphere to outdoor portraits

In this tutorial we show you how a few simple Photoshop effects using Lens Flare filters can add romantic lighting to your outdoor portraits. Shooting into the light is a great way to create a vari...

#Photoshop: Lighting effects: how to use Photoshop to add atmosphere to outdoor portraits

#Lightroom: How to Use Lightroom 5

Apart from its popular photo editing features, Lightroom is a valuable organizational tool for photographers. When using Adobe’s Lightroom 5 for the first time, it’s tempting to get started with en...

#Lightroom: How to Use Lightroom 5


#Photography: Camera Lenses: Narrowing Down the Choices

First of all, what is focal length? According to the textbook definition, “focal length is measured in millimeters (mm), and it represents the distance from the optical center of a lens to the digi...

#Photography: Camera Lenses: Narrowing Down the Choices

The Sky Is Blue - a poetry

The Sky Is Blue


The sky is blue
And I always knew
We stick together, our love is the glue

#Musicproduction: Why You Should Write 1000 Terrible Songs

There is nothing in this world scarier than a blank piece of white paper. It stares back at you from the abyss, daring you to mar its porcelain sameness with your unworthy smatterings. It messes wi...

#Musicproduction: Why You Should Write 1000 Terrible Songs

#SocialMedia: Did you Know these Social Media Facts??

Your site ranks high on Yahoo and I must say your consistent writing style deserves your blog to be such high in rankings I relished your writing style. Keep it up. Hello! You must be some sort of ...

#SocialMedia: Did you Know these Social Media Facts??

#Photoshop: Photoshop Elements Tutorial: The Radial Blur Filter

Do you know the secret to creating photos that people love? Photoshop Elements has a cool filter called the Radial Blur. Have you ever played with it? Radial Blur adds two types of blurs to your p...

#Photoshop: Photoshop Elements Tutorial: The Radial Blur Filter

#Photography: How I Shot It: Deanne Fitzmaurice Shares the Story Behind the Shot

A post by Pulitzer Prize winning documentary photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice. Presenter in this week’s CreativeLIVE Photo Week So there I was, waiting in the quiet darkness that precedes Kibera’s b...

#Photography: How I Shot It: Deanne Fitzmaurice Shares the Story Behind the Shot

#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

#SocialMedia: U.S. court says 'Liking' something on Facebook is free speech -

A U.S. court of appeals gave Facebook a thumbs up on Wednesday when it ruled that "likes" on the social network are protected as free speech under the Constitution. In 2009, six employees ...

#SocialMedia: U.S. court says 'Liking' something on Facebook is free speech -

#Photoshop: How to Create a Surreal Gothic Artwork in Photoshop

Take the other pattern and create this shape by duplicating the tiles and merging them together. Place the finished pattern on top of the model. Go back to the model layer and click on the area aro...

#Photoshop: How to Create a Surreal Gothic Artwork in Photoshop

#Photography: Street Shooting 50 Feet in the Air: A Conversation with Stephen Wilkes

For some photographers, a favorite secret weapon may be a coveted vintage lens, a unique post-production tweak, or an obscure in-camera trick. But if you analyze the work of Stephen Wilkes, the sec...

#Photography: Street Shooting 50 Feet in the Air: A Conversation with Stephen Wilkes


#Musicproduction: Formant filter in Reaktor

Unfortunately, many synths do not contain formant filters, and Reaktor itself does not ship with one either, to my knowledge. I first encountered a formant filter in Thor, which is a part of Reason...

#Musicproduction: Formant filter in Reaktor

#Photography: Titanic Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes - YouTube

Behind the Scenes of Amy Lynn Photography's Titanic Shoot in honor of the 100 Year Anniversary. Check out full collection at www.amylynnstraub.com/titanic :D Video by Taylor Tracy

#Photography: Titanic Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes - YouTube


Friday, September 27, 2013

#Photography: Window and Door Photography Tips

There is something about doors and windows. Doors and windows tell us so much about the streets, about history, about culture and they are everywhere. Doors and windows are big, small, plain, color...

#Photography: Window and Door Photography Tips

#Photoshop: Japanese man makes better art in #Microsoft #Excel than you can with Photoshop

Creative types are always exploring the boundaries of artistic expression, but in the case of one Japanese artist, his methods are a little unconventional even for the art world. 73-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi uses a piece of Microsoft software to make amazing artwork, but it isn’t even paint. It’s Microsoft Excel.

Japanese man makes better art in #Microsoft Excel than you can with Photoshop

#Guitar: Get a killer live guitar tone!

There`s a ton of different things that make a great live guitar tone, but just one thing often makes the biggest difference – correct use of the mid frequency. It shocks me that so many bands I see...

#Guitar: Get a killer live guitar tone!

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Create Gear, a simple script for After Effects that creates...Gears!

While browsing one of the Adobe Community forums to get info on Illustrator scripting, I came across this post and immediately thought it would be cool to port his script to After Effects. Gears ar...

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Create Gear, a simple script for After Effects that creates...Gears!

#Photoshop: Video: How to Duplicate Anything in Perspective using Photoshop

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How a passion for sculpting can be translated in After Effects CC

Angie Taylor describes how switching her love for sculpting helps her be more creative in After Effects CC.

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How a passion for sculpting can be translated in After Effects CC


#Photoshop: Creating Custom Blurs with the Lens Blur Effect

Want to take complete control over your depth of field? Check out the Lens Blur effect in Photoshop which let’s you draw depth of field and get a realistic effect with both bokeh and grain.
(video tutorial)

Creating Custom Blurs with the Lens Blur Effect

#Musicproduction: From Composing to Recording – Producing an Album with a Band

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to record a demo or a full-length album with your band? This article is just what you’re looking for. It’s the story of my experiences writing and recording an...

#Musicproduction: From Composing to Recording – Producing an Album with a Band

#Guitar: Guitar Pee – Interactive Urinals to play music

The “Guitar Pee” is an interactive urinal designed by the Brazilian agency AlmapBBDO that allows you to transform your urinal use into a real Guitar Hero solo! Gentlemen, you all know the interest ...

#Guitar: Guitar Pee – Interactive Urinals to play music


#Photoshop: How To Blend Two RAW Files

A common technique I use to bring out a wide tonal range is to process the same RAW file twice - once for the highlights and once for the shadows - and then combine those two results in Photoshop. ...

#Photoshop: How To Blend Two RAW Files

#Photography: On the Trail with a Professional Downhill Mountain Bike Photographer

When you think of a professional photographer, you probably think of a clean-cut person wearing slacks and a nice button-up shirt or blouse who owns a large studio and a hundred pieces of expensive...

#Photography: On the Trail with a Professional Downhill Mountain Bike Photographer


#Photoshop: A Handy Guide to Image Resolutions in Print Design

Using an unsuitable image resolution is one of the most popular errors designers make when creating designs for print. The result is a fuzzy print quality, or having your file is rejected by your l...

#Photoshop: A Handy Guide to Image Resolutions in Print Design

#Photography: Composites in Photography – Enjoy the Process and Ignore the Critics

To immerse oneself in a beautifully creative mindset and environment: to learn to express oneself: to truly enjoy the creative process and in the end, to come out with something beautiful or meani...

#Photography: Composites in Photography – Enjoy the Process and Ignore the Critics

#Photography: Architecture: Photographing Exterior Details

Between shooting for clients, teaching my kids photography class, family obligations, and all of the non-photography activities essential to running a photography business, Life has a way of not le...

#Photography: Architecture: Photographing Exterior Details

#Photoshop: #Free Download Photoshop Actions Pack

Actions Pack For Adobe Photoshop:

1. Color Action
2. Color Enhancement Action
3. HDR Effect Action
4. HDR Effect 2 Action
5. Nature Action

#Photography: You and Your LCD: A Matter of Trust

It glows on the back of your camera like a homing beacon– drawing you to its display like a moth to a flame. You protect it. You rely on it (perhaps a bit too much?). But can you trust it? That que...

#Photography: You and Your LCD: A Matter of Trust

#Photoshop: Create a "Kick-Ass" Fan Art

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create an illustration of "Hit Girl," from the new "Kick Ass" film. In the process, we will show you some simple techniques to help you improve your digita...

#Photoshop: Create a "Kick-Ass" Fan Art


Thursday, September 26, 2013

#Photoshop: Reshape a body in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to use the Puppet Warp feature in Adobe Photoshop to reshape part of a body. Have you ever wanted to sculpt a body to remove some love hand...

Reshape a body in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

#Photoshop: Create Fresh Fruit 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the process of creating fresh fruit 3D text effect in Photoshop. You will learn a few trick to render a nice and unique 3D text effect and apply various ...

#Photoshop: Create Fresh Fruit 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

#Photography: Art of Dance Behind the Scenes Lissa Hatcher Photography

Art of Dance // a behind-the-scenes look // w/Lissa Hatcher Photography from Lucky Lemon Films on Vimeo. It’s not everyday that we get to shoot beautiful ballerinas baking cakes and throwing flour ...

#Photography: Art of Dance Behind the Scenes Lissa Hatcher Photography


#Musicproduction: Separating Your Signal from the Noise: The Intersection Between Bit Depth and Branding

As a sound designer, there are many different thoughts that come to mind when considering a topic such as noise. Everything from u...

#Musicproduction: Separating Your Signal from the Noise: The Intersection Between Bit Depth and Branding

#Photoshop: Layers Fundamentals: Selections, Masks, and Adjustments

This assignment examines the masking procedures for a difficult hair edge and starts the selection process with Color Range - a useful method for blue or green screen photography. Learn to fine tun...

#Photoshop: Layers Fundamentals: Selections, Masks, and Adjustments

#Photography: Getting Creative with Aperture and Colour

Andrew S. Gibson is the author of Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Digital Cameras, on offer now at Snapndeals for a limited time. You are probably already familiar with the effec...

#Photography: Getting Creative with Aperture and Colour