I’ve shared plenty of Actions here in the past, but this is a nice collection of 50 free Photoshop Actions to enhance your design images.
Vandelay Design has made available a fantastic Photoshop action to easily create stunning 3D from your Photoshop text and objects. As you can see in the image above, the results are pretty darn good for what started as some plain green text.
You can grab the free Magic 3D Photoshop Action here.
The InkyDeals Black Friday Bundle is still going on. If you hurry, you can grab the 14GB worth of design resources for $59. I have it, and I can say that it is well worth it! Tons of background textures, holiday and general vector art, Photoshop Styles and Actions, video tutorials, WordPress themes, and lots more!
Extensis has upgraded Universal Type Server, the latest version of the professional-grade font server which helps organizations manage, organize, and distribute their font libraries. Universal Type Server 4 delivers brand new auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. If you work in small groups or at a large agency, you’ll find UTS a great server-side font manager.
Alien Skin has announced the upcoming release of Snap Art version 4. Snap Art is their natural media application for photographers and artists. It works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and is also a stand-alone application. Snap Art 4 will cost $99, with upgrades for $69.
If you want to spare every key click you possibly can, you can quickly access the Open Dialog Box in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with nothing but your mouse – and you don’t even have to make a trip to the File menu!
With no documents open, simply double-click an empty space in the Application Frame (the space normally taken up by a document window. The catch of course, is that you have to have the Application Frame active and no document open.
[zilla_alert style=”yellow”] This is a tip I posted back in 2012, but it’s a great shortcut so I thought I might repost it. [/zilla_alert]
It’s easy to find flat flag artwork online. But it’s not so easy to find images of rippling flags, especially shot against the background you want. Fortunately, you can use Photoshop to create a multi-purpose rippling flag, and then replace the design with the flag of your choice. Pretty cool, right? So let’s see how it’s done.
Check out this simple Photoshop tutorial by Steve Caplin at CreativePro that’ll help you turn your flat artwork into a rippling flag.
A set of Photoshop actions for exporting graphics that are iOS or Retina-display -ready.
There are two actions in the package: one for slicing selected layer/group only, the second for slicing selected layer/group + it’s scaled by 200%.
You can grab the free Retinize It Photoshop Action here.
Many times you are asked to find the CMYK equivalent of a particular Pantone color. If you don’t have a ridiculously overpriced Pantone to Process conversion guide available, you can use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
There are a lot of theories out there as to how you can get the most accurate CMYK values (some area quite complex, such as first converting to LAB color before converting to process colors, etc.). But if you’re a pro you already realize that no Pantone color is going to match 100% in process printing anyway and the Pantone Color Bridge guide is the best and most accurate conversion method.
The Pantone Color Bridge Guide is expensive, so these are the fastest ways that I’ve come across that give the best results. (more…)
Alien Skin Software announced the immediate availability of an update to its Eye Candy 7 graphic design effects plug-in. The update adds the capability to store presets in a cloud storage folder so that they can be synchronized between multiple computers.
Cloud preset sharing is available to all users of Eye Candy 7, not just users of Photoshop CC. It works with multiple cloud storage services, including Dropbox.
I’ve done a visual review of Eye Candy 7 in the recent past, and I love the plugin!
The update also adds compatibility with the new Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.