Playing with Displace Filter in Photoshop I have been playing a lot with the Displace filter in Photoshop and I still get impressed with how powerful it is. Even though I have written some tutorials using it, I decided to try to recreate a different effect that I saw in one of the images submitted for the Daily Inspiration. It was a brick wall deformed like it was made of cloth. So in this tutorial, or a quick-tips I will show you how to create a curtain made of bricks or how to deform a brick wall as it was a curtain. To do that we wil use a few stock photos, layer adjustments and the Displace filter in Photoshop CS5. The technique is pretty simple and the tutorial won't take you more than 30 minutes to go through it. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. Step 2 Let's import another image, now of a girl opening the curtains. Step 3 With the Lasso Tool (L) or the Pen Tool (P) select the empty white. Step 5 Now select the hands/arms of the girl and the curtains. Step 6 Step 7 Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection. Step 8
How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Health Let's keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Simple body scrub Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products. Honey face wash One-ingredient eye liner For the ladies (or the gents with a flair for the dramatic) this is as easy as it gets: Grab a capsule of activated charcoal, which you can get at most pharmacies and any health food store. Perfume Shave oil
Product and software reviews, tech tips and gadgets Studio Neat Cosmonaut stylus for iPad review When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone in 2007, he boasted that it would not require a stylus and could be used by just your finger. The same goes for the iPad but when you’re dealing with a 10” touch screen, the possibilities presented by a capacitive stylus are overwhelming. Tom Bihn Ristretto bag for iPad review We’ve reviewed a number of different bags and carrying solutions in the past year or so but you might be seeing a lot more as of late. Coming to you today, however, is Tom Bihn’s Restretto bag made specifically for iPad (all generations). — Our full review after the break! Karotz WiFi smart rabbit review Have you ever wanted a personal desk assistant that can update you on the weather, the latest news, and even your Twitter feed? Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition review But you may wonder, “how can I record HD footage from my TV over to my computer and throw it up on Youtube?” SGP Neo Hybrid 2S for iPhone 4 / 4S review
QuiBids - Shopping Redefined 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything | Rated Colleges Posted by Site Administrator in Online Learning May 7th, 2009 Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. With 100 sites to choose from, you’re bound to find something here that will help you learn just about anything you could want. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. Around the House Want to know how to fix that broken cabinet or hang up some great wallpaper? Business and Management If you feel like you’re seriously lacking on business and management skills at work, no need to worry. KnowThis? Language and Writing Those who want to learn a new language, improve their writing skills or just learn more about literature will be well-served by these instructional sites. Technology Math S.O.S. Science Creativity
How To Give Your Photos a Dark Processed Lomo Effect This post was originally published in 2010 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Follow this step by step post processing guide to give your photos a dark lomo style effect with high contrast, blue tones and vignette burns. The effect is based on the popular lomographic technique and is similar to the processing effect used in many fashion shots and advertisement designs. Overall this effect does a great job of adding impact to a plain photography with cool colour casts and unusual saturation. View full size photo effect Begin by opening your photograph of choice into Adobe Photoshop. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and tweak the tones of the image. At the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Adjustment Layer icon and select Curves. Change the drop down menu to Green and tweak the graph for the green channel to further alter the tones of the image. Finally alter the Blue channel, creating an inverted ‘S’ shape to enhance the blues to give a cool colour cast.
Pick the Right Produce: Your Shopping Cheat Sheet You don't need to buy everything organic to stay pesticide-free. Print out this handy-dandy guide for your next shopping trip. Surprise: Some conventionally grown fruits and veggies are relatively pesticide-free, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that strives to protect public health. When you're buying any of the "Dirty Dozen," which are more likely to be contaminated with chemicals, it's worth spending a little extra on organically grown varieties. Carry this shopping cheat sheet in your purse. The Clean 15 (from Best to Worst)Onions Avocados Sweet Corn Pineapple Mangoes Sweet Peas Asparagus Kiwi Cabbage Eggplant Cantaloupe Watermelon Grapefruit Sweet Potato Honeydew Melon The Dirty Dozen (from Worst to Best)Celery Peaches Strawberries Apples Blueberries Nectarines Bell Peppers Spinach Kale Cherries Potatoes Grapes (imported)
Bento Laptop Tablet Hybrid by René Woo-Ram Lee Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! The Box accommodates all the gear to work as one whole unit or individually; as you see fit. Features Laptop with 15″ OLED screen11″ tablet and 4″ phone sit in shallow depressionsSolar powered lithium-ion battery1TB SSD drive Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee The Fujitsu branding is evident and rightly so, the concept is a part of the Fujitsu Design Award that is organized by Designboom. Fascinating Lamps by Calabarte | Pondly Calabarte is the pseudonym of a Polish artist named Przemek Krawczynski, whose art takes on a peculiar but incredibly beautiful form: cool lamps. The name itself is a portmanteau of two words – art (obviously), and calabash, the fruit that carries his imagination. The calabash is a bottle gourd originating in India, although Calabarte gets his supply from Senegal. Due to ancient domestication and usage, the bottle gourd has an incredibly tough outer shell. In the past, the gourd’s usage was defined mostly as a water container, due to having a tough, smooth shell with an ergonomic shape for handling, and natural buoyancy on water. Nevertheless, it’s edible both raw and cooked, and used in various cuisines. Due to the combination of dark, thick material with a light source within, the primary art of his work, however, shines in the dark. When he’s not making cool lamps, Calabarte partakes in a number of physical activities, enjoying life through sports, travelling, and making music.
Swapaskill | a favour for a friend UPDATED – Using Googles Full Capabilities « XBOX, XBOX 360, PS2, PS3, PSP, & MORE! – Your source for the latest in console modding. Here is an updated version of the ‘Using Google’s Full Capabilities’. This is basically a master list found on a Russian hacking website. To save you the dangers of going there, we’ve compiled it here. Enjoy. Each of these things can be copied and pasted into Google search for some good old fashioned fun! admin account info” filetype:log ! Code: nurl:/admin/login.asp inurl:/cgi-bin/sqwebmail? “Warning: mysql_connect(): Access denied for user: ‘*@*” “on line” -help -forum “Warning: mysql_query()” “invalid query” “Warning: pg_connect(): Unable to connect to PostgreSQL server: FATAL” “Warning: Supplied argument is not a valid File-Handle resource in” “Warning:” “failed to open stream: HTTP request failed” “on line” “Warning:” “SAFE MODE Restriction in effect.”
9 Essential Free Programs Every College Student Must Have One of the largest computer-related expenses is that of software. Owners of new computers often spend hundreds of dollars on their computer’s operating system, office suite, email program, calendar, and other programs. This does not need to be. Here are nine programs that you can use to outfit your computer – for free! OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org is a basic office suite. Download Open Office here. Or, you could buy Microsoft Office here. PDF Creator PDF Creator is a user-friendly program with a simple purpose – create PDFs! Download PDF Creator here. Tellico This program is a bibliography/collection manager. Download Tellico here. Paint.NET Paint.NET is the premier free graphics program. Download Paint.NET here. Sunbird Sunbird is a free calendar program created by the Mozilla, the same company that makes Firefox. Download Sunbird here. Download Lightning here. XMind XMind is a free brainstorming and mind mapping program. Download XMind here. Avast: Home Edition Download Avast: Home Edition here.
30 Useful (and Unknown) Web Apps You Need to Bookmark - Page 2 FillAnyPDF FillAnyPDF is a fairly simple web app which allows you to upload a PDF file, then easily write on it wherever you want. This allows you to easily fill out any form, even if they’re not in an editable PDF form. Google Wave “What is Google Wave?” That was the question a lot of people asked when Google launched its email-replacement-slash-collaboration platform Wave, and to a large extent, the question remains unanswered. SpeedTest Everyone wonders sometimes why their ISP’s claim of Blazing Fast Internet doesn’t seem to translate to faster downloads or lower pings. Grooveshark What makes Grooveshark special enough that we recommend it over the dozens of other music streaming web apps? Vuvox Vuvox is a rich media creation app that allows you to quickly turn your photos and audio into a moving web collage. Keep reading for more great web apps!
Bed Fan If only beds came equipped with dual climate control systems like some luxury cars… If you or someone you know loses sleep because they get too hot and sweaty, maybe this Bed Fan is the best remedy. Bed Fan The Bed Fan delivers a cool breeze between the sheets—without AC costs, and without disturbing your partner. The fan attaches to the foot of the bed and quietly blows fresh, cool air between your top and bottom sheets, instantly dispersing built-up body heat trapped under the covers and moving up to 100 cubic feet of air every minute. It’s more effective than traditional cooling methods, which only affect the air outside the bed! Unlike a regular fan, the Bed Fan can be situated to avoid blowing air directly onto your face. Sheets and comforters trap heat given off by the body, but this fan will disperse the heat in between the fitted and flat sheets. It’s going to save space as well.