The Photoshop Training Channel published this great 9-minute video with 5 useful Photoshop tricks that the majority of casual Photoshop users probably have never learned before.
Here’s a quick overview of the different tricks and techniques shared in the video
#1: Advanced blending options
Uncheck “Transparency Shapes Layer” in the Layer Styles panel to make pixels blend differently when using blending options.
#2: Precise lens flare
You can bring up a special “Precise Flare Center” box to add a lens flare to exact coordinates in your photo.
#3: High contrast clouds
Instead of the usual clouds layer, you get when you render clouds, you can render high contrast clouds.
#4: Black and white for colour control
You can use a black and white layer to control the luminosity of specific colours in your photo.
#5: One image in two windows
You can have the same photo open in two windows that are side-by-side, with one view zoomed in and one view zoomed out.
Watch the video for details on how to use them and for examples of what they do
We’re always looking for simple ways to improve our lives – this video shows some excellent time-saving Mac keyboard shortcuts
For instance, pressing your volume button increases or decreases the volume by six percent. However, by pressing “option + shift + volume up”, you can finely tune the audio volume as it moves 1.5 percent instead. This also works for the brightness key.
The video also shows you quick shortcuts to taking screenshots, how to “force quit” an application and how to quickly store a group of files in a new folder.
Watch the full video here to find out more.
The new year is a great time to step up your design skills. There so many tools and skills that you need to master, and missing out on any of them would also mean missing out on a lot of huge opportunities.
So if you’re ready to take your career in design a step further, grab your clipboard and start making a checklist containing these essential skills that you should learn:
- HTML and CSS
- Colour Theory
- Print Design
- Design Software
- Marketing and Social Media
Check out the full list here
Keen to learn a new skill this year?
Hand-lettering is making a comeback and gaining popularity, just check out the sheer volume of hand-lettering projects that could be found on the internet. However, the art and process behind it can be daunting for beginners.
Writer at website Creative Live, Emily Potts, enlists the help of two lettering experts Annica Lydenberg and Roxy Prima to share some tips on how you can navigate the colourful and creative design technique, before eventually finding your personal lettering style.
Tips include getting to know the range of pens, pencils and paper you can experiment with, along with recommendations on what has worked well for the experts. Warm up sketching exercises are also crucial in “help(ing) you with balance and kerning in your future hand lettering pieces,” according to Prima.
1.Choose Your Pens & Pencils
2. Choose Your Paper
3. Do Some Warm Up Exercises
4. Start Lettering!
5. Produce a Finished Piece
Check out the full list here
40 Little Things You Can Do to Break Your Creative Block
Stuck in a rut? Beat your creative block with these few tips
Step Away from Your Computer
Yes, really. Do it!
Go for a Walk
If you only do one thing to get your ideas flowing, go for a walk. Studies show that people have more creative ideas when they walk. After walking for 30 minutes, your creativity is increased by an average of 60% and your creative boost extends long after you have returned to your regular activities. Since you don’t have to devote much attention into the effort of walking your mind is free to wander. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies link to innovative ideas and sparks of creativity. If you take up walking you’d be sharing a daily creative routine with history’s most famous creative geniuses such as Aristotle, Charles Dickens, Ludwig van Beethoven, Virginia Woolf and Steve Jobs.
Do Something Different
Albert Einstein said that “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. It can be easy and comforting to go into autopilot, but when you do something new, your brain actually creates new pathways. When you look at things from a new perspective, or learn something new, your brain literally remodels itself based on your new experiences. The brain loves being stimulated and it adores novelty. Maybe you can take a different route to work. Or change the music you listen to or sit at a different spot at the table. Just do something to switch things up, and you’ll rewire your brain, enhancing your capacity to be creative.
Take a moment to listen to your own thoughts. Go within. Reflect. Find focus. Unwind. It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea in your garden. As artist Pablo Picasso put it, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”
Take active part in life around you. Spend time with family and friends. Read. Be curious. Ask questions. Notice the small details. Pay attention to what’s going on in different areas of art like street art, magazines, packaging design, fine art, fashion, dance and film. Be present in your life.
Travelling lets you see the world from a new perspective and is an effective way to broaden your perspective. You also tend to notice even the smallest details more clearly when you travel, so being in a new environment can heighten your senses. But you don’t have to go far. Perhaps you could explore a different neighbourhood close to you or carve out a little mini retreat for yourself.
Grab a stack of magazines, newspapers, glue and a pair of scissors and make a collage. Since the images and text already are there, you can focus on curating, making shapes, combining and creating something new. If you like you can scan your collage and add some finishing touches digitally. Collaging makes a great break from working on a computer and is an easy way to start working more off the computer.
Add Doodling to Your Daily Routine
Did you doodle at school? Research shows that doodling can help you stay focused, grasp new concepts, retain information and even increases your daydreaming. As a kid you draw without any thought. You just enjoy it. But when you go to art school or become an artist chances are that it becomes serious business and that the playful part goes missing. Take up doodling as a daily practice. Brilliant ideas often start as a scribble on a cocktail napkin or envelope.
It expands your mind, boosting creativity and innovation.
Check out the full list here