We've got some learning for you this week, if you or someone you know is struggling with higher level math. Then we have our usual collection of awesome games that have seen their price tags fall off. And as usual, we have the best assortment of price drops on the apps you have to have, and they're all waiting for you inside.
It hasn’t been quite a full year since Adobe last released a new version of its consumer-centric image editor, Photoshop Elements. During this time, the company has worked hard to incorporate more code from its big brother, and the impressive results are available now.
Old prints and negatives deteriorate with time, especially if they’re kept in damp conditions. Those boxes of pictures in your attic could be in a worse state than you imagine, and the sooner you get them scanned in as digital images, the better.
We write a lot about Instagram because it's pretty amazing. It's a fast and easy way to share great looking photos from our iPhones. We've written about how to order prints and a number of other things using your Instagram photos, but they aren't always cheap. And, worst of all, they aren't very instant. There's nothing worse than having to wait for all those photos to show up at your door. So, here's the easiest way to put the "insta" back into your Instagrams and print your own photos at home.
We're choosing to make 4" x 4" prints in this guide because they're easy to frame and because you can fit four prints to a regular sized page, getting you the most bang for your buck.
Adobe's Creative Suite is the be-all, end-all for creative professionals, so when a new version comes out, it's a very big deal. And this time around, Adobe made its juggernaut Creative Suite software available to the masses with a Master Collection available to access at just $49.99 per month after committing to a full year. So those of us regular folk who don't who just like to dabble with Photoshop and InDesign for personal projects can still get full access to all of the powerful features we love from Creative Suite without paying gobs of money.
And speaking of dabblers, if you've been trying to wrap your head around how to use the new CS6, here are five quick tips to get you starters.
Landscape shots can often turn out mildly disappointing. What we don’t tend to notice with the naked eye is that the sky is usually a lot brighter than the foreground, yet the camera really picks this up.
Normally, you might try to tone down bright skies using a selection and a Levels adjustment, for example, but you can also do it using a Gradient adjustment layer and Photoshop’s Overlay blend mode.
It was hard to miss the big story of the day: Facebook is acquiring Instagram, which suddenly makes the furor over the photo sharing service finally arriving on Android pale in comparison to the hate being spewed at both companies today. But what about the little stories that fall between the cracks? Thankfully we’ve collected them here for your reading pleasure on this manic Monday, April 9, 2012.
The bleach bypass process, as it’s used now, is associated with bright, desaturated images with heightened contrast. It works well with distressed or urban subjects, but it can also produce striking portraits too.
It gets its name from the days of color film, where the silver in the film emulsion is washed away (bleached) when the dyes that make up the final color image are formed. If the silver isn’t bleached, you get a color and a black and white image combined. You can simulate this by creating a duplicate, black-and-white version of the image on a new layer and blending it with Multiply mode.
When you want textured prints, you buy textured art paper. Simple, right? Unfortunately it doesn’t always provide the solution you’re looking for. What if you want to create an aged, "distressed" look? And what if your picture’s going to be displayed on-screen rather than printed out?
This is why it’s much easier to cheat and create this textured effect digitally. You can do this by combining two images – one of the textured background you want to use, and one of the photo itself.
Boy, those new iPads sure are hot stuff, huh? Hot selling items that seriously get hot when you use them. Apparently Retina Display does come with its prices, and all those pixels generate a lot of heat. So, there's plenty of heat where Cupertino is concerned.