Cristen Gillespie has a great article over at CreativePro that will help you understand and use Adobe Photoshop’s Isolate Layers feature. Isolate Layers lets you work on objects without having to search through dozens of layers, locking or hiding everything that might get in your way.
I’ve tried a LOT of Photoshop plugins. They all have their specific uses, and many of them are worthy of your purchase. But few are as useful on a daily basis as this one.
FlatIcon is a plugin for Photoshop CS5 and later that places a new panel in Photoshop that allows you to search for, and place in your document, vector icons from a collection of over 41,000. Best of all, they’re free. And because they’re vector shapes, you can resize and edit them without losing quality.
To use FlatIcon, visit Window > Extensions > Flaticon to bring up the panel. Then you simply search for the icon you wish to use, click and drag it to your document, and start editing it as you would any other vector shape in Photoshop. It couldn’t be easier.
FlatIcon is a plugin many designers, particularly web designers, will use daily. For me, having a collection of arrows and typical web elements is worth the install alone.
FlatIcon is free, works with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC. You can download FlatIcon here.
By the way, if Photoshop plugins aren’t your thing, you can also download the icons individually from FlatIcon as a PNG, SVG (vector) or Webfont from the main site.
Ink is a plugin that helps web designers and developers provide extra information about their mockups by documenting layers, typography, effects and shape sizes, etc.
Though I’m not a web designer or developer by trade, I can totally see how the free Ink plugin would be extremely useful. Truth be told, I use Photoshop’s built-in Notes feature to document complex PSD files that I share with clients and other designers/vendors. It’s also a great way to leave notes to yourself on how you created a particular effect (the settings you used in Gaussian Blur filter, for example).
The Ink plugin is currently in beta and is available for Photoshop CS6 and CC only.
This collection of 100 awesome Photoshop action files creates realistic mockups of your designs with the click of a button. Here are a few samples of what you can create (click to enlarge/see details).
The collection includes:
- 17 Hardcover books
- 9 Softcover books
- 9 Paperback books
- 8 Pamphlets
- 5 Magazines
- 6 Flyers
- 4 Envelopes
- 8 CD/DVDs & cases
- 8 Business cards
- 25 Brochure layouts
- 5 Bags
You can grab the collection of 100 Photoshop Mockup Actions here.
Long Shadow Generator is a Photoshop extension to which creates long shadow with a single click! It’s the perfect add-on for web designers working on a site with a flat design who want to add a little dimension to the design without using typical drop shadows.
You can control the direction, opacity and length, as well as black or white shadows. Long Shadow Generator works with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC, and is absolutely free.
There are lots of ways to convert a color image to black & white in Adobe Photoshop, but here’s a simple little Action you can apply to your color image to give you a rich, detailed conversion result. As you can see in the image above, the standard grayscale conversion results in a rather flat looking image. But using the Black and White Action, the photo is enhanced with deeper tones and more contrast, offering a more dramatic end result.