Photography

Stock Image Fails: What These Health Images Really Say

Decades before the invention of web design, Margaret Mead unknowingly described stock images: it may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. We all have a love/hate relationship with stock images. We need...

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8 Reasons to Respect Professional Photographers

Respect Professional Photographers Some of my readers are graphic designers. Some of you are web designers. Some of you come to pick up Photoshop tips for your photography. Whatever the reason may be, we all tend to have a lot in common. Just like designers,...

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Add depth of field to your images in Photoshop

Depth of Field One of the ways to add dimension and realism to your images is to add a depth of field effect to your images. Depth of field is where you have a part of your image that is completely in focus. Then, anything in front or behind that point in the image is...

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Does Your Website Need An Image Overhaul?

Do you think Your Website Images Need an Update? Ideas, Images, Infographics, Style and Design are rapidly changing, and you are trying to keep up with a market segment that is pouring more resources and time and digital energy into their website every day. So how...

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HDR Toning With Photoshop

HDR Toning With Photoshop

What is HDR Toning? The HDR look has become really popular in the past couple of years, and it was only a matter of time before Adobe worked the look into Photoshop. This feature, called HDR Toning, is found under Image>Adjustments>HDR Toning. This brings up a...

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Using the Sponge Tool in Photoshop

Using the Sponge Tool in Photoshop

Using the Sponge Tool in Photoshop Just as a carpenter has a hammer, a drill, saws, and many other tools, designers also have many different tools of the trade. Photoshop is out tool bag, and within it are many different tools for getting the job done. Some tools are...

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Diffusion Glow Effect in Photoshop

Diffusion Glow Effect in Photoshop Some hardcore photographers will say that enhancing your photos in Photoshop is cheating. However, most photographers do a little retouching or image enhancement to give their portraits a little extra pizazz. Being able to create...

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Brighten Eyes in a Portrait Using Photoshop

Brighten Eyes in a Portrait Many times you will have a good photo, but something is missing. You will look at it and look at it trying to decide what is missing. Then, you realize that your subject's eyes are dull and too dark. It isn't difficult to brighten eyes in a...

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Polishing Your Photos For Pinterest Prominence

Polishing Your Photos For Pinterest Prominence Pinterest has become a hub for sharing images, inspiration, cool products, and more. users organize photos into different categories, with links back to the sites where they were found. Pinterest is an ingenious idea and...

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Why You should Choose Design as a Profession

Why You should Choose Design as a Profession I have a lot of friends that hear about my job and think "I would love to do what you do!" I love the enthusiasm, but I don't think a lot of people really know what is involved in graphic/web design, illustration, or...

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My Predictions For Design and Development in 2011

I like how so many people like to say that web design and graphic design is going to do this and that. Honestly, I don't think anyone knows where the world of design, web design and web development is going to to be by the end of the year. Some people say that we need...

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The Sometimes Humorous Side of Being a Designer

This article is made to be more funny than anything, just because of how people think when they know, or are friends with a graphic designer. Sometimes it can be really frustrating when being a designer, because a lot of people assume that you can do things that...

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Using Variations to Make Color Decisions in Photoshop

Sometimes when we are editing and color correcting a photograph, we realize that a photo could use a little something, or that a color is off, but we can't figure out where we need to make the adjustment to get the look that we want. Photoshop has a tool built in that...

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Places to go for creative Inspiration November 2010

Yanko Design- Never Miss the Keyhole Fast Company - An Amazing Collapsible Lamp My Modern Met - Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes The CSS Awards- The Best Free Fonts of 2010 The Photo Argus- 60 Breathtaking Fall Images for Your Inspiration Andre Jolicoeur Illustration...

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Things to Remember During an Interview

The economy is in a rough place right now, despite what the media says about no longer being in a recession. None of us can afford to bomb an interview, so I thought I would share some tips and things to think about when going for a big interview. 1. Be confident, not...

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Create a Dark and Gritty Effect in Photoshop

Create a Dark and Gritty Effect in Photoshop

First, take your image and duplicate the background layer, so you can go back to your original if you need to. Hide the background layer and work from your copy. Go into the channels panel and hold down the command key (CTRL on the PC) and click on the RGB channel to...

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The Future of Design and Advertising

I was asked a question yesterday that really got me thinking: What do you think the future will hold for design and advertising? What will be the next big platform to design for? I thought about this for a long time, and my guess is as good as yours. People are always...

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