Rollip.com: Polaroid Nostalgia

Nostalgic for the Polaroid look? Wishing for the ability to make snapshots look like Polaroids? There's a fast, easy-to use solution. All it involves is an upload, a brief wait, and a download. Check out http://www.rollip.com/ which takes you to a site by Rollip. Click the website to start; this takes you to a page of original images and Polaroid "look" variations that take you back to the days of slight color mismatch, over and under development; atmospheric effects and the … [Read more...]

Snow Leopard: One More Installation

Since the uppermost thing on most Macintosh users minds lately is the upgrade to Snow Leopard, and since this is a Mac-centric website, the least I can do is report on some of my own Snow Leopard Experiences.  Is it a radical change?  No, as others have reported, it is a tightening up and customizing of OSX's Leopard. The best anology I can make regarding my feelings after I installed Snow Leopard on my MacBook Pro is that it is a bit like taking a new, off-the-shelf mens' suit to an expert … [Read more...]

Photoshop Plugin: Akvis Sketch v9.0

Ever wanted to turn a photograph into a drawing without spending an hour in Adobe Photoshop using layers and high pass filtering to finally separate out a line drawing of that photograph? It's possible with a plug-in from Akvis Software. The last time I looked they had some thirteen sofware applications for Macintosh and PC computers. Running either as stand-alone software applications or as plug-ins for image editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop … [Read more...]

Photoshop Plugin: Topaz Simplify

During the last month I took a trip back to Topaz Lab's webpage and downloaded another of their interesting programs. (Topazlabs.com) If you remember, they make imaging enhancement software for both still and video photography. This time I thought I'd try their Simplify 2; it's a $39.95 program that can be downloaded in minutes—there's a fully functional 30 day trial version also. All you have to do is request the 30 day key and you can play with any of their … [Read more...]

Profile: James Philip Pegg – Artist

::: Artist Name::: James Philip Pegg ::: Media::: Illustrator, painting, art photography. ::: Website::: http://philpegg.multiply.com/ http://gallery.passion4art.com/members/artnacogdoches/homepage.html ::: 1 ::: When did you first realize you were an artist? Did you draw as a kid? Color outside the lines? Being the son of an artist, I had my drawing table next to my dad's. I think that I was four years old then. Later, on at my tenth birthday, I was given my first camera … [Read more...]

Photoshop CS4: Introduction to Adjustments Menu

I've been teaching workshops on the new Adobe Photoshop CS4 for the last several months. The part of CS4 that has drawn the most comment and the highest response has been the addition of the new Adjustments panel. Individuals who are upgrading from the older CS, CS2, and CS3 find this the most positive part of the upgrade. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of other wonderfully positive changes, but Adjustments has seemed to be the one that draws the most positive … [Read more...]

Topaz Labs DeNoise: Another Winning Photoshop Plugin

UPDATE: Dr. Roach reviews the latest release of DeNoise here A few weeks back I wrote about TopazLabs application TopazAdjust3, and I liked it so well that it obviously influenced me to take a look at its sister (brother?) application DeNoise.  Topaz Labs makes applications for both still and video imaging, and it is the digital still imaging area that have my interest because Photoshop from Adobe is the center of my workflow and I like things that plug-in to Photoshop.  I … [Read more...]

Photoshop Plugin: Topaz Adjust

I don't know how many hours I have put in writing actions to allow me to produce some of the currently popular photoshop effects; really more than I want to admit.  By the time I've worked my way through reading tutorials, performing the action(s), refining the effect(s), redoing the action(s) and getting client feedback, I have quite a bit of time committed to some projects.  Not that I don't think some of the techniques aren't pretty cool and I admire the developers of the concepts; some are … [Read more...]

PHOTOGRAPHIC MULTISHOT TECHNIQUES by Juergen Gulbins & Rainer Gulbins

I've been neglecting a new book that's been on my desk for a month.  When I first glanced at Juergen Gulbins and Rainer Gulbins new book PHOTOGRAPHIC MULTISHOT TECHNIQUES  I realized that several of the techniques discussed involved the new Adobe Photoshop CS4, and at the time I hadn't upgraded yet.  I put PHOTOGRAPHIC MULTISHOT TECHNIQUES aside until I had upgraded to Photoshop CS4 and become comfortable with the new interface and some of the new tools. Now I've … [Read more...]

Profile: Mihailo Vukelic

::: Artist(s) Name::: Mihailo Vukelic ::: Publisher::: (self-published?) Image ::: Website::: http://solon-fyre.deviantart.com/ ::: 1 ::: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? What’s your favorite color? When did you first realize you were an artist? Did you draw as a kid? Color outside the lines? I grew up in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. At 11 I moved to the U.S. with my family. My favorite color is sepia. I realized I was an artist around 3 or 4, I have memories of those … [Read more...]

ART TEXT 2 by Belight Software

Almost a year ago I reviewed Art Text by BeLight Software [ http://www.belightsoft.com ] and found it very useful. Now there is a new and completely revamped version in Art Text 2 which sports a reworked and much improved interface. While most of Art Text 2's effects can be achieved if you are a (very) proficient Photoshop user, Art Text 2 makes the same effects possible in a fraction of the time, and the application has enough controllable variations to keep even the … [Read more...]

A Photographer’s Frame of Mind: Why Artists Should Read Scott McCloud

While laid up with the flu and not venturing outdoors in the cold, I decided to reread one of my favorite authors.  Scott McCloud is a literate cartoonist who has produced three of the most analytical and concise looks at comics as art in our society. His UNDERSTANDING COMICS—THE INVISIBLE ART in 1993, REINVENTING COMICS—HOW IMAGINATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARE REVOLUTIONIZING AN ART FORM, in 2000, and MAKING COMICS in 2006 give an incredibly articulate voice to the communication … [Read more...]