Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rain Sucks

Lets see..

Car hydroplaning on the fwy hitting the center divider, then having to change the broken tire in the harsh storm, then borrowing my brother's car the next day only to get a flat tire and change the tire in the rain AGAIN... yeahhh and to think i was beginning to like the rain.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

3D Effects Notes! Hope this helps!


*NOTE! if youre gonna follow this instruction, make sure the glasses are LEFT RED and RIGHT BLUE.

Make sure the whole image is greyscale (but don't merge the layers!)
-then make sure you create a good contrast between layers! lights and darks have to be pretty distinguished between layers.

duplicate each layer and name them by LEFT AND RIGHT
-separate them by groups

-make a solid layer style RED (255, 0, 0) for LEFT
-make solid layer style BLUE (0, 255, 255) for RIGHt
-put the colored layer by the appropriate groups (by left or right, in our  case RED would be LEFT)

-change the style of each solid colored layer to (SCREEN) and the whole folder of ONLY the TOP layer to (MULTIPLY) which would be BLUE. the bottom folder would be left alone as "pass through"
-the WHOLE thing should look pretty greyscaled.

now for the 3D effect
-start from the top layer of each folder.. move the RIGHT layer to the right 10 clicks (this is the max number of clicks it would move away from the center), and the LEFT layer to the left 10 clicks (it doesn't have to be 10, this number depends on the image you have).. this will actually make the object pop out.
-the more the object is in front of you, the more it shifts left or right (say 10 would be the max ticks)
-as you get to the center you lower the ticks (5 ticks)
-then when you get to the foreground you wouldn't move it since thats the center depth of the image.
-FINALLY! as you go further back into the background you shift the layer to the opposite way (so right layer would move left, and left layer would move right)

everything is greyscaled

here is the solid colored layer made and put on top of each group

here i changed each solid colored layer to SCREEN

then i changed the GROUP layer style as MULTIPLY (but only the top one which would be BLUE)

here is before and after


When saving an image for the web, whats the better format, JPEG or GIF?

JPEG is better for gradients of lights and darks and color shifts
GIF is better for FLAT colors (like logos).

When saving in JPEG format, if saving in highest quality, there is no color loss.

When saving GIF, you can choose either "diffusion" or "dithering". Diffusion shows dots/pixels of color gradients, whereas dithering totally flattens the colors. (this can be useful for screen printing to separate the colors).

You can save a lot of file space by saving it in GIF compared to JPEG, but that all depends on the type of image you have.

Monday, December 6, 2010


heres a flyer i made for a friend. Maybe for those around the area you can attend this event

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photoshop Tips for Today

-use pen tool
-on layer panel, click mask... click once more to get vector mask (so it would be editable on the fly in the paths panel)

-when playing around with texture, you can use masks to cut the texture out
- cmd+click the vector mask, then click the patterned layer, and click mask on the layers panel
-if you want to adjust, make a group, copy the vector mask on the group, then drag and drop whatever pattern you want inside.

shift+control+option+cmd to merge all layers into a new layer


- first, always keep a copy of the original photo
- use spot healing brush tool for a quick swipe on pimples, wrinkles, and dots (it takes the surrounding pixels and meshes the targeted brush)
-use healing brush tool for bigger areas (like a clone stamp tool) to mesh the targeted area. **use a softer brush
-patch tool for specific areas (use like a lasso tool).

Project 3: Sketchbook Rendering