3-Sweep- Making 3D Object From A Photo

This is truly amazing technology that when developed further will revolutionise image editing! The ability to so quickly and easily create 3D objects from an image and then edit and duplicate them about will make image editing and creating 3D base meshes a lot quicker and easier. You will still need to do a lot of work to polish the new images/models afterwards but to do simple work quickly it will be great.

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Creating An Awesome Image Using Photoshop

For those of you who do not have much experience of Photoshop or the magical powers it posses then this short video gives a good overall feel of what can be done in separate stages. For those of you who know this brilliant program its still interesting to see how brilliant images are created.

Check out the PetaPixel article for more information.

Colourized Black And White Photographs

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I absolutely love these old black and white photographs that have had colour added to them buy some really talented artists.

There’s an awesome little subreddit that has been getting a lot of press coverage as of late. It’s called ColorizedHistory, and is a 20,000+ person strong community of “Amateur Historians” who are interested in the idea of creating high quality colorized versions of historical black-and-white photographs.

Unlike many other subreddits, this community is quite exclusive when it comes to submitted content. It’s not open to new contributors, and only a select number of Photoshop gurus on an approved list of submitters are allowed to submit colorized works. The rest of the community follows, enjoys, and comments on these pieces.

The colorized photographs themselves are from different eras in history. Some were created using old tintypes from the mid-1800s. Others are more recent, showing B&W scenes captured just decades ago.

All of them are the result of hours of careful editing by professional and amateur Photoshoppers who have both an eye for color and a desire to see what historical images would look like today if color photography had existed in past ages.

Check out this great article over on PetaPixel for more details and more of these amazing images.

40 Free Sets Of Photoshop Brushes

Creative Bloq has posted up links to 40 different sets of Photoshop brushes that they say are essential for Photoshop users, and they are all free- most with a free license to use for anything as well. I haven’t got round to installing any yet but I have downloaded about 10 of the sets which I think will be really useful for texture painting. I would recommend it would be worth a look for all types of artists as there would be at least one decent set for everybody.

Check out the links here.

120 Photoshop Tips And Tricks

Not satisfied with only 30 tips and tricks in Photoshop last month (definitely worth a click and checking out too!) this month CreativeBloq.com has released another 120 of them! There is some useful time-saving stuff in this list, but sadly (or happily?) I knew the majority of them this time, but I’m sure there will be some extremely useful gems for most users in there!

Check it out over on CreativeBloq.com.

30 Great Photoshop Tips

There is a really useful article over on Creative Bloq which has some tips for using Photoshop. If you are an experienced user you will likely know many of them anyway but there are some good ones that are new to the newer versions of Photoshop that I did not know about that might be new to you too. Some of the new ones to me were:

03. Bird’s Eye View

If you’re doing detailed work such as cloning or edge refinement, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Equally, if you’re working at a high zoom level, navigating around the document can become tiresome when you need to get back to your high-level zoom. With the Bird’s Eye View feature, when zoomed in you can press and hold the Hkey on your keyboard, and click and drag with your mouse to temporarily zoom out to a bird’s eye view. When you let go, you’ll zoom back in to the level you were working at.

11. Draw dotted lines with the brush

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Drawing straight dotted lines with the brush tool is a neat trick

A common Photoshop technique is to use the brush tool to draw straight lines. With the brush tool selected click to place a point, then hold down Shift+click at a second point to draw a straight line between the two points. You may not know that you can open the brush panel and set the brush spacing to 150%+ to draw a dotted line instead of a solid one!

14. Scrub values

One of the best time-saving features in Photoshop is the ability to scrub your mouse over input values. If you want to change the opacity of a layer, for example, rather than click into the opacity field of the layers panel, click and drag on the value for opacity. A scrub to the left reduces the opacity, a scrub to the right increases it.

20. Fill with scripted patterns

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Pattern fill includes handy Scripted Pattern option

Photoshop CS6 introduces a new pattern fill option based on a script. First isolate an object on a transparent background and define it as a pattern (Edit > Define Pattern). Next, access the fill command as you normally would (Edit > Fill or Shift+F5). Choose Pattern as the fill type, then select your isolated object from the patterns drop-down.Finally, tick the Scripted Patterns checkbox and choose one of the options from the predefined scripts. All bar spiral will add a colour and brightness shift randomly to your object as part of the fill operation. You can also write your own scripts to use in this dialogue!

21. Insert Lorem Ipsum

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Use placeholder text to help utilise text boxes

A small new feature that will help save time when you’re producing mockups inside Photoshop is the handy new Lorem Ipsum function. Select the type tool and draw an area type box by clicking and dragging out a selection. Now choose Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum to automatically fill your type area with faux Latin text.

23. History Snapshots

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Snapshots ensure you can return to any point in the history of your work

If you’re accustomed to using the history feature in Photoshop when you’ve made a mistake or want to back-track a few steps, this tip will allow you to take complete control of your artwork. Open the history panel, and click on the camera icon each time you reach a milestone in your artwork. This will create a history snapshot that you can return to at any point. Snapshots can also be used as the source for the history art brush!

27. Hide other layers quickly

You can quickly get a preview of the current layer by turning off all other layers without losing track of which layers were visible and which were hidden. To do so, hold down the Alt/Opt key and click once on the eyeball icon in the layers panel for the layer you want to isolate. When you Alt/Opt and click again, the other layers will switch back on again, remembering which you had hidden.

 

Check out the rest of the tips in the article on Creative Bloq: 30 Photoshop secrets to improve your skills.

dDo- Seemingly Amazing Texturing Tool

I want to know what the catch is with the dDo Photoshop plug-in (aside from the price)? It seems to do an amazing amount of texturing work for you, instantly, with tons of customizable options.. How can it be so good? There has to be a catch, otherwise everybody will be using it in the very near future! I will have to check it out when I get a chance.

Check out the Quixel website for more details.