Monday, May 08, 2006

Photoshop Tip: Easy stencils from a color photo

You can do lots of cool things with a single stencil layer in Photoshop. For example; creating killer graphics for a t-shirt print. Over at Stencil Revolution they've got a cool tutorial that'll show you how to create a stencil from a color photo.

Add Variety to Your Photography

The Digital Photography School blog has posted 10 useful tips for adding variety to your digital photography.

From simple tips, like taking a lot of pictures at a time and trying different angels, to more advanced tips, like using continuous exposure modes, this post offers several good tips for the amatuer photographer. For other useful tips that should help make you a better photographer, check out our Photography Tip tag.

10 Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photography [Digital Photography School Blog]

Friday, May 05, 2006

PhotoShow and Flikr plugin Mash Up

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Manga Zoom Lines Illustrator Plugin

Plug-in maker GraphicXtras has released Zoomlines, an Illustrator utility for making the focus/zoom lines often seen in manga and other comics. The interface is a bit inscrutable, but for $12 a lot can be forgiven. Just don't stare too long a the vibrating centers of your creations, lest they induce a seizure. [Via]

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Photoshop Tip: Fix your photo's white balance

Weblog Photo Quickies publishes a tip on how to digitally adjust a photo's white balance using Photoshop and Picasa's "Auto Color" feature.

I'm not what you'd call a Photoshop expert, but the Auto Levels item in the Image -> Adjustments menu also goes a long way to making a discolored photo look a LOT better.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Kite aerial panoramas

A few months back I wondered whether someone would attach a digital camera to a pigeon. No luck so far, but how about 360° panoramas taken from kites? Photographer Scott Haefner has rigged up a Nikon Coolpix with fisheye lens to a kite, from which he snags shots like this one of Stanford's Hoover Tower. Images go through PTMac & PanoTools on their way to Photoshop and final output.

Finding this work led me to learn about kite pano pioneer George Lawrence, whose 17-kite "Captive Airship" helped document the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Scott plans to try to replicate the shot using modern equipment, while another team plans to recreate the shot using a replica of the original camera and a helicopter. A number of Lawrence's photos are currently on display at SFMOMA.

By the way, through the magic of Wikipedia I learned that Lawrence was the great-grandfather of Adobe blogger Thomas Phinney. Small world!

PS--So, maybe the pigeon-cam thing has yet to pan out, but you can still glimpse the world from the perspective of a bear, armadillo, or other critter. [Via]

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fake photography

Artist Bert Monroy is using ordinary photoshop software to create incredibly realistic images, which he calls "digital photo-realist" art .You can check out the product of his hard work on his site here.

The image of a station in Chicago is 40 by 120 inches big and took around 2,000 hours to make. And it looks just like a photo - I'm particularly impressed by the level of detail in the close-ups.

Next time you have a spare 2,000 hours why not try it yourself. Less tech-savvy photorealists have worked in paint or even produced spookily realistic sculptures. Sometimes it's very hard to tell if these artworks are real or not and it's interesting to wonder if you could design a computer to spot the difference

Monday, April 03, 2006

Ultrashock PS tutorials; new VP surfaces; more

  • The guys over at Ultrashock.com have opened up a new section of Photoshop tutorials. I haven't gotten to go through them in great detail, but the pieces about isometric pixel art look promising. These guys have been forward-thinking in their tutorials, hosting my After Effects-Flash pieces way back, so it'll be fun to see where they take their Photoshop coverage.
  • Shift has announced new components in their LiveSurface set of templates for use with Illustrator & Vanishing Point in Photoshop CS2. You can see a demo on their site.
  • Jared Tarbell's Complexification project features some really visually refined artwork generated with Flash & Processing. [Via] Related: see also Josh Davis & Illustrator, and VisualComplexity.com.