Thursday, October 25, 2007

more from my friends at Coffee Table Software..

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HTML what the heck is that..........

While we did discus this in a recent class session at BPCC

here is a great link to html and building of websites...........

click here

cheers !


Monday, October 15, 2007

Northern Exposure presents

REGISTRATION FORM Follows below the announcement

NORTHERN EXPOSURE hosting NANCY MICKLE-EMMERICH is around the corner - NOVEMBER 11TH in SHREVEPORT. Nancy will be speaking on Seniors and Photoshop.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

creating Templates in Photoshop How to Movies

Below is a link to an old How To Movie I created several years ago
a student recently asked me for some tips on creating templates

The movie shows this very slowly
in fact you even get to watch me make mistakes and back up
some have said that is good because it allows them to follow along easier
(since I have many templates saved in my computer I rarely create new ones and was very rusty when I made these movies, I hope they will be of value to some one)

click here to see the movie

Now how to use that Template..........
Templates How to use them....

Creating Templates of your own is pretty easy
all you are doing is staring with a canvas (a palet)
use a solid color like black

then make cutouts by selecting areas and creating a new layer from that selection

as you work you will end up with more layers for each new cutout

most people understand this part, but a movie on how to use this template
once you have it made may be of a benefit

so here it is...................

A movie on How to Use a Template that you created

Also instead of a black base (bottom layer)
you can have any image
easiest method is start with the new canvas and then drag an image for the background on to that canvas
Like an image of Fall Foliage
You could also have a white base and the fall foliage could be less opaque
just use the opacity slider for the layer that contains the foliage
Each time you need to duplicate a layer just use the short cut of Cntrl-J

Need help or are confused simply email me
I am always glad to help


Sunday, October 7, 2007

some painter Links.....

One of my students asked me about some Painter and or Fine Art tips....

First painter is one of the many tools that photographers have embraced to separate them self from the masses of others will a DSLR

Painting takes time
there is little instant gratification with it
un like PS filters and actions

Basic painter teachings include cloning and use of just add water brush technique to blend colors
while there are no rules in painting, only different styles
few paintings in the traditional sense have straight lines
so as photographers we should work on those lines within our images and then start blending

here is a few links..........

The Daily Download Am-Pro impressionism

Corel Painter Update

Corel Painter Tips

Jeremy Sutton

Monday, October 1, 2007

Don't over look the Shared items on the right hand colum of this Blog

it is where I share items I find items of general interests while using my Google Reader tools
one such item has a great post about use of multiple flash units and even Gels

This one is The Strobist click here to go right to it

The current article has a neat image of a Fireman

Cheers !