Noteworthy: Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud Update December 2012 – Awesome “NEW” features!

Noteworthy:  Photoshop CS6 Adobe Creative Cloud Members now have some pretty awesome features available via the most recent software update this December 2012.

In a nutshell, here’s what has been enhanced, improved, or added new that will certainly make your lives easier and fall in love with Photoshop all over again, or more!

  • Liquify is now available as a “Smart Filter”, which means is now non-destructable and can be easily edited by just a double-click of your filter in its layer form.
  • Blur Effects is now available as a “Smart Filter” which means is now non-destructable and can be easily edited by just a double-click of your filter in its layer form.  And this can also be applied to videos clips in PS.
  • Creating Actions now allows you to create what Adobe is calling “conditional actions”.  Simply means that you can now tell the action “if” my images is horizontal do the following…. but “if” my image is vertical do this following step instead…. etc.  You can now create a new action that can be applied to different type of images by adding “conditional rules” to that action.
  • Cropping Tool now allows you visibly see and add your preferred image “resolution”:  Available at the top bar next to width and height.  Also, you can now crop the top image of out of grouping layers if that’s what your heart desires.
  • Photoshop now can generate CSS*:  New feature added in Photoshop for Web Designers.  When you design any website in Photoshop, you can now “right-click” on any layer and select “Copy CSS” then bring that Photoshop generated css to your css file and paste it.  Then view it via your browser to see the updated change.  The best part about this new feature is that it works on both individual layers and/or group layers.  (ie.  if you’re using Edge Code, as your coding editor remember that it only works in connection with Google Chrome Browser)  I’m in LOVE with this new feature!
  • Swatches* now allows you to upload swatches from a pre-existing “css file swatches” you may have used in a previous website design.  This is ideal or great if you loved the colors you previously used in another site and want to have those same colors available, just upload those css file swatches.
  • Character Panel now allows you toset the default styles for new documents”.  Lets say you always use Header and Footer (like most do in web design)  Now, you can save these two styles as your “new document default styles”–saves lots of time!
  • 3D Panel now has the new ability to use 32 color.  This allows you to enhance or light an object just turn on the illuminate effect in layer panel.
  • Retina Display is now compatible.  If you could not see in previous versions of Photoshop Cs6 an image at 100% view without having to scroll or move that image around, now you will with the new retina display compatibility.

If you want to see how these new features work in application, click on the link below to watch the video tutorial by Terry White, of Adobe.  Or simply watch the embedded video tutorial in this post.

Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud Update December 2012 – What’s New? | Creative Suite Podcast: Photographers | Adobe TV.

Article credit: Adobe & Terry White of Adobe

Minted.com is Running the Best Designer Contests!

If you’re a designer, or even photographer you can participate in Minted.com designers contests.  I’m writing about this for two reasons.

1. I want to ask you for your support and vote!  I have submitted one of my images for the Wall Art contest.  The link to my art is below, please click on it and vote for my work!

2. I wanted to share the good news with all of you.  By that, I mean you as the designer entering your work to the Minted contests.

At the very least, browse the site and take a look at their designs even if you do not submit for the contest, you can certainly get inspired from other beautiful designs.

Now, go vote for my art!  Thanks;)

Click on this link:

http://www.minted.com/designer/cindyjbryant

Daily Tip: How to Find Out What WordPress Theme a Site is Using – WPMU.org

Noteworthy:  Inquiring minds want to know!

Have you ever come across a website that just totally knocked the socks of your feet?  Okay, maybe not the socks of your feet, but how about a website that was so pretty to look at that it made you wonder which theme the developer used to create it?   If this is you, then stay tuned because this next article link will help you get that type of information.   I have to admit,  I had many moments when I wondered about this stuff too, but had zero idea how to go about it.  Because this can become a daunting task for some, I wanted to share an awesome article written by Sarah Gooding, at WPMU.org that gives you the tips on how you too can find out which theme your favorite site may be using.   Click on the link below for details.  Enjoy!

Daily Tip: How to Find Out What WordPress Theme a Site is Using – WPMU.org.

Fan Photo of the Week: Cindy Bryant’s Black bellied Whistling Duck | SIGMA Blog

Featured in:  Sigma Corporation of America, has selected one of my wildlife images as their “Fan Photo of the Week” and have made it their Facebook Timeline Cover.  And additionally have featured it on their website blog as well.  Here’s the link to the Sigma Blog.  (Sigma is a large major lens company)
I feel very honored and thankful that out of the thousands of fans and customers Sigma selected my image to be featured.  A big thank you to Jack and the Sigma team for this wonderful display and opportunity!  Click on image to go direct to Sigma’s Blog.  Or link Below:  Fan Photo of the Week: Cindy Bryant’s Black bellied Whistling Duck | SIGMA Blog.

Class Project: Animated Gif Banner 468px x 60px

Class Project: Animated Gif Banner 468px x 60px

Per class requirements, I followed the size options given to us.  I created this animated banner pretty much from scratch by adding cloud texture and blending in with grassy green background, while masking/blend with road.  Using vector shapes I added the bird, the road sign, clouds, sun with added fx to them.  Plus text/type, and finally animation frames a minimum of five, per requirements.  In my opinion the banner sizes were too small to give the right illusion, however, I followed the class requirements.  Here it is.