Photoshop Fun

by Paul on January 11, 2010 · 1 comment

in Photoshop

Been awhile since I actually came here and wrote anything so thought I’d ease into it today cause next week is gonna, well, be a bit busier.

I spend a lot of time with photoshop. Learning, playing and creating so I have over the last couple of years accumulated more than a few links to some pretty cool stuff.

Now, as a former commercial photgrapher, leaving the dark room behind, not having to actually load film into holders and camera backs it’s been a bit strange. I like film. Though finding it is getting harder and harder and setting up a darkroom and sniffing all the developers and stop baths can’t be that healthy.

I’m finally making the move to digital, though somewhat hesitantly. What I’ve found is it’s pretty incredible what you can do with Photoshop. Not only retouching your photos but creating backgrounds, images etc for your websites as well as some cool effects that were only possible with spending hours in the darkroom and going through more than a few sheets of paper.

So what I thought I’d do is pop in some of my fav spots to get photoshop info tutorials, tips, and general cool stuff..

Here we go.

Creating a vibrant design with photoshop

This one is a step by step to making an image that is more than the photograph. Making it standout and well, be more vibrant. Simple.

Here’s a vid from iceflowstudios on creating web 2.0 icons that will walk you through the steps to create your own.

Web 2.0 Icons

Looking for help with making that cool background image for your site or maybe your profile page…. here’s one on how to create your own paper type background

Cool Paper Background creation

Because brushes are also a large part of the design aspect of photoshop you might like some of these.  Over 1300 different brushes to download and test out.

1300 Tribal Brushes

Or maybe you’d like to try your hand out in making your own to use or share . In that case this might be just the right thing for you. From www.

How To Make A Photoshop Brush

A handy tool for all is this site with a set of cheat sheets to help you get more done with less aggro.

14 Most Useful Web Design Cheat Sheets


That’s it for now. I’ll put some more up soon.


market-samurai-imageI started using Market Samurai last year. I picked up the free version last year while browsing the Thirty Day Challenge. It’s become one of my favorite and most used tools in my research arsenal.

I have to admit I was a bit reluctant to write this. I’m sort of selfish that way. Afterall, when you find something this powerful and loaded with features, that gives you this much of an advantage over the competition, you kind of want to keep it on the down low.

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Just a quick note this morning. It seems there’s been a flurry of extra activity over at Docstoc this weekend.

Jasan Nazar and friends have moved on up to the west side of Santa Monica into their new digs.

Now not right next door to the Google but a stones throw away. Apparently things are going well with the young start up after a busy year of growth. And so it should be. They’ve been doing some impressive work both behind the scenes and for all their users.

If you have a blog or are simply looking for any kind of legal or business document it is the place to go. Store your own private docs, embed others on your site, share via email, even get your docs indexed in the SERPs.

All in all a very valuable place to be. Congratulations Jasan and crew. I’ll have to stop by and take you up on that drink offer.