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 to “set 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.
Article credit: Adobe & Terry White of Adobe
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!
Notworthy: 11 Illustrator tips for Web Designers to use when designing a website. Very useful tips and tutorial! A must watch! Click link here.
Click the link above to see this awesome Photoshop Tutorial!
If you find yourself wondering what type of font to use and you’re just starting out in the Web Design world, then this is a must read. It goes over the basics and lists the differences in the most commonly used fonts within the design community. At the very least, keep this as a reference article in the event you forget what type is for what and so on.
Article credit: Dan Mayer | December 14, 2010 | Smashing Magazine
Noteworthy: Tutorial reviewing 27 New Features and Changes you need to know about Photoshop CS6. One of the neat features is going over brushes and more… exciting stuff. Click on link below.
Article Credit: Denny Tang | April 29, 2012 | Photoshop Tutorials
Noteworthy: Great article that I wanted to share by Smashing Magazine on brushing up on Photoshop’s brushes. It’s very detailed and a good read fo anyone using PS.
Click this link: Brushing Up On Photoshop’s Brush Tool | Smashing Magazine.
Article Credit: Smashing Magazine
Noteworthy: If you’re a photographer, or artist making original images or work from scratch this is the MUST read article and step-by-step on how to properly protect your images and/or work through the US copyright office. Just because you are the originator of your image or work and it is copyright work, it does not mean that your work is automatically registered and/or protected through the US Copyright office. Stealing anyone’s work from images to music or anything that isn’t your original work is stealing and it’s a Federal Offense. Here’s a very useful and educational article and link to help you get started on how to register your work with the US copyright office.
Article credit: Chris Martino/blog