Category: Design

PercepTool 3

Working with the nine filters individually or in combination gives us a process for re-creating that original perception of light. The 47-page instruction manual is comprehensive, well written, and illustrates the process for each filter. It’s best used while simultaneously working with your images. A help guide is also available within each filter. PercepTool works on both color and black-and-white files.

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

Sony’s Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 sound editor was released in February, and it has impressive sound codec support, including FLAC and MP4 video. Other improved features include an Auto Trim/Crop tool, a Volume plug-in, broadcast CALM loudness compliant metering, Event Mode improvements, and a new iZotope plug-in (Nectar Elements).

HP ZBook 14 Mobile Workstation

For those who need a thin, lightweight, fast laptop, the new HP ZBook 14 Mobile Workstation may be for you.

Fundy Designer with Album Builder 6

After five iterations, Fundy has left the Photoshop panel nest and become a robust, stand-alone application with game-changing Drop Zone technology that takes 30 years of old-school album design practices and turns them on their head.

Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper

In general, when compared to gloss or semigloss, watercolor or matte papers have a smaller dynamic range, blacks aren’t as dense, colors aren’t as vibrant and, because of their inherent texture, they show less of your image’s detail. But, if the image is right, Exhibition Watercolor Paper hits the spot.

Inflated Text Using 3D in Photoshop CC

Let’s have a little fun with 3D. C’mon, just try it! In this exercise, we’ll create some inflated text using the 3D features in Photoshop. With the enhanced surface properties, you can create a reflective metallic look in a matter of minutes.

Lenovo ThinkStation E32 SFF

While the E32 won’t compete with the mega-machines for animation or video, it’s more than adequate for your day-to-day Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and graphic or Web design tasks. The upside is that the ThinkStation E32 saves a ton of space and doesn’t turn your office into a sauna, as larger workstations do.

Chrome Type Effect in Photoshop CC

While it doesn’t use super-complicated Photoshop effects, the logo itself is extremely clever. Kudos to the designer that created a great logo without using a ton of over-the-top effects. Here’s our version using several different layer styles.

Adding Motion Using Motion Blur and Radial Blur in Photoshop CC

The blur filters in Photoshop are just the ticket for simulating movement in a photo. Not only does this increase visual interest, but it’s also a useful effect for stock photographers. By using smart filters, your original remains unharmed and you get an automatic mask that you can use to hide the motion from parts of your photo.

Nomad Mini 2

I love drawing on my iPad, but have a love-hate relationship with various styli on the market. Some have been great, others so-so, or even terrible, so when I found out that Nomad had a new brush stylus, I jumped at the chance to test it out.

Hp Z23i 23? Ips Display

The HP Z23i 23″ IPS Display not only offers as many features as more expensive products, but it also does it with much less energy consumption, so you reap savings in the long term, as well.

Adobe Announces Major Creative Cloud 2014 Release and New Plan for Photographers

Today, Adobe announced 14 new versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This release also includes new mobile apps to improve connectivity, as well as a new Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Metallic Rivets on Denim Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s Layer Styles and a simple Brush to create a metallic rivets – inspired text on a denim background.

Making Realistic Rain

In today’s tutorial, we’ll take a look at a quick-and-easy way to create rain using a little-known layer style by the name of (you guessed it) Rain.