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Photoshop: How to Transform PHOTOS into Gorgeous, Pencil DRAWINGS. 50 free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects. Adobe's flagship image-editing software Photoshop has a powerful programming language built-in that allows you to record tasks as an 'action' and replay the steps to complete the task automatically.

50 free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects

Not only can you record your own but you can also import actions, opening up a whole range of effects and time-saving options – whether you're using an older CS or have signed up to the very latest Creative Cloud version. So to add to our collections of Photoshop plugins and Photoshop resources, here are some great Photoshop actions that are free to download and install, for photographers, graphic designers, game artists and more. You can jump to the section you want from the menu below, but you should definitely check out the entire list – who knows where inspiration will strike! Photo filters 01. If your photos just aren't sinister enough for your liking, this free action should make things a little more unsettling. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 16 Bit Versus 8 Bit Mode. 8 Bit Color vs 16 Bit Color - Working With 16 bit Images In Photoshop.

Written by Steve Patterson.

8 Bit Color vs 16 Bit Color - Working With 16 bit Images In Photoshop

Digital cameras, or at least high-end digital cameras, have been able to shoot in the raw format for several years now, enabling you to open your images in Photoshop and edit them in 16-bit mode rather than the 8-bit mode you get with standard JPEG images. Yet many photographers, even pro photographers, are still shooting in the JPEG format even when their camera supports raw. And although there are a few valid reasons for choosing JPEG over raw, with faster speed and much smaller file sizes being the two that instantly come to mind, many people are still shooting in JPEG simply because they don’t understand the benefits of being able to edit their images in 16-bit. We’re going to look at those benefits in this tutorial. What Does The Term “8-Bit” Mean? You may have heard the terms 8-bit and 16-bit before, but what do they mean?

It doesn’t matter what color you’re looking at on your screen. Good question. Where does the number 256 come from? 100 Free Photoshop Actions (And How to Make Your Own) Photoshop actions can be extremely useful timesavers when you find yourself performing the same steps over and over on an image.

100 Free Photoshop Actions (And How to Make Your Own)

They're also an excellent way for photographers to quickly and easily pass on their favorite techniques to others. Today we'll be looking at how you can make your own, and showcasing 100 fantastic free Photoshop actions to use straight away! In recent years, DeviantArt has become a huge storehouse for photographers to upload and share Photoshop actions. We sorted through thousands and thousands of these to bring you 100 of our favorite sets, some containing as many as forty or fifty actions in a single download.

Composition Basics in Macro Photography. It's hard to overstate the importance of composition.

Composition Basics in Macro Photography

For all of the emphasis we as photographers tend to place on which camera, lens or other gear to use, there's nothing that contributes more to a pleasing image than careful attention to the framing of your subject. In this article I'm going to discuss some of the compositional techniques most applicable to macro photography. I'll illustrate these with a lot of images, as these concepts are often much easier both to understand and apply with visual examples in mind. I have already mentioned POV (point of view) in an earlier article as a critical aspect of composition in macro photography. The Professional Designer's Guide to using Black. Hello!

The Professional Designer's Guide to using Black

My name is Andrew Kelsall, a Creative Designer & Illustrator who designs logos, stationary, CD sleeves and other custom works. I design for clients worldwide, including the USA, Australia and here in the UK. Short Bio: I’m a Christian, family man & sci-fi fan, who holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design. I aim to answer all design quote requests within 24 hours on weekdays (and often over the weekend, too), and will respond with an accurate quotation which is tailored to your initial request. Ready to get started? Note: This form is for custom requests such as Posters, Brochures or other print-work. . → General Quote Request form. Illumination Tutorial for Industrial/ Product/ Furniture Design. Create a white self-illuminated material and apply it to the boxes.

Illumination Tutorial for Industrial/ Product/ Furniture Design

If you make a rendering you will see a big difference. The reflections of these boxes are giving the impression of two light sources like windows or big white panels which are used also in the field of professional photography. You can notice that previous image is a little bit darker than later image even I did not change the light settings. Why this? Whenever you enable final gather you will notice that self illuminated objects are able to create light.

Be careful with the size of the 2 boxes, don't make them too big and don't place them too close to the teapot, otherwise you will create too bright areas. The result of last rendered image is already very good, but we can improve it. Now make a left double mouse click on the blue bar of the new layer. Another very interesting effect that you can create on a image is a Depth of field effect (DOF). Now make a right mouse click on the layer and choose "duplicate layer". Channel Masking in Photoshop.