LAYERS: The Complete Guide To Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature

When I pick up a book to read it I have an almost overwhelming desire to know something about the person writing the book before I even flip the pages of that book.  I want a connection between that person and myself in order to justify committing myself to their momentary care. I look first at book forwards or introductions or at least the author's brief inside the front cover.  This is true whether the book is a work of fiction or a technical manual.  Without this beginning I … [Read more...]

Creating a Web Comic with Comic Life

First, this article assumes you have content (even if it is only in your head) and ready to tackle the technical aspects of web comic creation.  In short, many artists still work traditionally by scanning their pencils and/or inked drawings and digitally coloring them in Photoshop.  However just as many create their work digitally either in Photoshop, Illustrator, or various 3D software programs.  The main rule for web comics is it needs to be developed quickly, in order to meet … [Read more...]

ImageWell

Free is good for about anything!  A well-made, extremely usable, and still free application is incredible!  Check out Xtralean's website and navigate to IMAGEWELL. First of all it's available in fifteen different languages and…but what does it do, you ask?  … [Read more...]

Helvetica – What’s all that Hype about?

Can we say that typography, an art in the eyes of bibliophiles and graphic designers, can now be classified as art for the masses?  In addition to the release of Gary Hustwit's documentary film Helvetica this past year, (which by the way my typography class rated really good, and no one was caught napping) the Museum of Modern Art launched 50 years of Helvetica back in April of 2007 and will close the exhibition on March 31, 2008. … [Read more...]

Rawker: Keeping It Simple.

A friend recently received his new Nikon D300 camera, and as soon as he had a battery charged he went out picture taking and shot his images in the RAW format as was his usual practice.  He stopped off in his travels at a another friend’s house to show off his new camera and to share some of the test pictures.  Not satisfied with the small view on the camera back he sought to transfer the images to his friend's Mac computer. … [Read more...]

Adobe Bridge

Wow, what a great title for my first article on Adobe CS3 Bridge. Really, I came up with it myself. Me, you ask? Well, I’m kind of a manual/mechanical guy. I’m a photographer, and somewhat of a computer geek. I have always preferred cameras that can work without batteries, and have all the shutter speeds and f/stops work. I capture images in digital format almost exclusively for both my commercial photography and my personal work. So far I haven’t found any of the new-fangled … [Read more...]

Adobe Bridge Revisited

I'm a rambling man, but I generally ramble with a purpose. I love CS3 Bridge and Camera Raw, and can talk all day about how I use them. However, I understand that most folks kind of get catatonic when I ramble on too much… so here is the only somewhat rambling story of how I work with CS3 Bridge and Camera Raw to make my life easier, more enjoyable, more fulfilling, well… you get the picture. … [Read more...]