On the Seventh Day of Christmas – Fill Percentage Layer Styles!

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas Graffi gave to me – Fill Percentage Layer Styles!

Fill Percentage Layer Styles free download

Fill Percentage Layer Styles in the Photoshop Elements 13 workspace

These layer styles are in incremental at 10% – 90% stops.And they’re all yours for Christmas!

How does the Fill differ from layer opacity?

While the Opacity of a layer affects the overall content of a layer, the Fill Percentage of a layer only affects that layer’s pixels, but not other things like drop shadows or other styles.

Try them on shapes or text with a drop shadow layer style to fade the letters while leaving the shadow!

Opacity 50

The Opacity of this sample is set to 50%

Here’s an example:

Fill Percentage 20

The Fill Percentage of the text layer is set to 20%. The layer styles are not affected

I created a Text layer above my image, added a Stroke, a Bevel & an outer glow. Reducing the opacity of this to 50% gives the result on the left.

However, leaving the opacity set to 100% and using the 20% Fill Percentage gives the result to the right.

Play around with different layer styles first, adding a drop shadow or a bevel or stroke, and then add one of the Fill Percentage Layer Styles. You’ll be amazed at the difference!


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the 6th Day of Christmas Neutral Density Download link fixed

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Graduated Neutral Density Filter applied

Graduated Neutral Density Filter applied twice to the top

My apologies, and my face is redder than old St. Nick’s coat.

I’ve fixed the link to today’s download – the set of pre-release Graduated Neutral Density Actions – and you should be able to download it without problem now.

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repost  –  graficalicus has added a photo to the pool:

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Action experiments on RAW file from Nikon – using new Diana F+ glass (yep, glass!) 70mm lens

[from Graffi’s That Retro Lo-Fi Look group on Flickr]

On the Sixth Day of Christmas – Graduated Neutral Density Filters Download!

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Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters – in the Photoshop Elements Effects palette

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, Graffi gave to me – a brand new Photoshop / Photoshop Elements Graduated Neutral Density Filters Action Effects set!

In photography, one of the most useful lens filters you can own is a graduated neutral density filter. This filter is shaded in a gradient and can be rotated around the lens to accommodate exposure variances, usually in the sky that is brighter than the subject. The idea is that you can set your exposure on a certain point of your image, but there may be another part that is over exposed (like a bright sky, bright snow or sand, or a light source). You can rotate the graduated neutral density filter around the lens until you reach the overexposed area, and the filter knocks the exposure back a stop or two, graduating it back to your properly exposed area.

This action set simulates the graduated neutral density filter, and includes 8 actions – one for each point of your image (top, top right, right, bottom right, bottom, bottom left. left, and top left). They blend the overexposed area back into the correctly exposed area, and as mentioned above, are incredibly useful on landscape photography or beach or snow photos.

Get the Graduated Neutral Density Filters for free before they are available in the Graffishop!

Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters

Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters – in the Photoshop Elements Actions palette

This download includes a Photoshop action set that can be loaded into the Actions palette, and all the individual actions, thumbnails & .xml files that Photoshop Elements needs to put them into the Effects palette. There’s even an installer for Windows versions of Elements 11-13 that will do all the installation work for you!

They’re free for the 12 Days of Christmas, and will appear in the Graffishop once this promotion ends. If you like them, share your review in the Graffishop and get a coupon code good for up to 20% off your next visit!


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15 Project Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Photography has never been as popular as it is today. People of all ages learn photography in various schools and online universities, and lots of talented photographers have a wonderful opportunity to reveal themselves not only as artists, but also as teachers.

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By Alex Eylar

Like all creatives, photographers can sometimes experience creative block or a lack of interesting ideas, no matter what side of the school desk they are sitting on. One way for photography mentors and teachers to fight this problem is through the use of creative assignments.

In this article I’ve put together 15 creative project ideas to use in your photography class (if you are a teacher) or for yourself. When completed properly, a student assignment is a great teaching tool. If it’s well-designed and structured, it enables students to develop their technical skills and artistic vision, as well as improve their general thinking abilities and subject knowledge. So whether you’re a photography teacher looking for effective assignment ideas or a self-taught photography student focused on training your eye and critical vision, this roundup will surely come in handy.

15 Photography Ideas to try as we head into 2015

Simple Yet Effective Photography Tips

If you’re new to photography and looking for some simple ways to get your photos looking better, this article will give you 7 useful tips.

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These tips are all composition-based and help you use your “eye” more when taking photos.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, 25% off deal

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A fast simple 25% off deal today! On the fifth day of Christmas, you can get 25% off everything in the Graffishop!

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in the Graffishop, share a page for 10% off

And you can increase that just by sharing on your favorite social network.

On the left side of every page, you’ll see these social media links. Click one, and out will pop a dialog page that allows you to post your thoughts – and receive an additional 10% off coupon code!

Review1But wait – there’s more: there are also reviews. You can write a review and receive 10% off, then you can SHARE your review for another 10% off – 20% off just for writing a review and posting it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.!

The only reason I do this is because it’s the only marketing I use. I don’t buy GoogleAds or Facebook Ads, I don’t troll online forums and chatboards, and i’m betting you have never received a single non-solicited email from me, ever – because I don’t spam, either.

But also, thank you for your support, and more goodies will be available tomorrow and through Christmas Eve!

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Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos

Ever accidentally forget to turn off bracketing and ended up with a bunch of incorrectly exposed images only to spend too much time in post trying to fix them individually? As Matt Kloskowski explains in the video tutorial below, the “Match Total Exposure” feature in Lightroom could be just the trick you are looking for.

The post Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos appeared first on DIY Photography.

[post syndicated from DIY Photography Net]

How to Take Beautiful Bokeh Christmas Images

[Reposted from December 2013]
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and in our forums I’ve noticed more and more great Christmas images being shared – some of which feature a technique that is always popular at this time of year – Bokeh Christmas lights shots.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, How About Some Color?

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Christmas Color! Today, on the Fourth Day of Christmas, I have for you a mini-bundle of color for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!

Christmas Colors for the 12 Days of Christmas

the Colors of Christmas!

Caribbean Color Swatch

A sampling of Caribbean blues

This free download includes Christmas Colors for the 12 Days of Christmas, some colors sampled from the most beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Ocean, and a collection of Christmas Gradients.

The Colors of Christmas swatch (in .aco format for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) has a collection of colors sampled from reindeer, evergreen trees, a star in the eastern sky, snow, some chimney soot, royal colors of blue and purple, and even old Santa Claus himself!

The Caribbean Winter set (also in .aco format) includes blues sampled from my collection of tropical photos taken in the most beautiful places in the world. They’re perfect for announcing that holiday cruise, or as a reminder that we’re even closer to summer than we were just last week.

Finally, there’s a collection of Christmas gradients, perfect for making candy cane text or decorating your image of a Christmas cake – or whatever else you can think of to use them for!

Photoshop gradient featuring the 12 Days of Christmas colors

Christmas Gradients for making Candy Canes and other fun Christmas stuff!

Get the Colors of Christmas mini-bundle!

All three pieces are included in a single download, below:

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The files in this mini bundle can also be installed into Photoshop Elements with a click-and-a-drag using Add-O-Matic, the #1 utility tool for Photoshop Elements. Get your copy in the Graffishop, or get it hassle-free by using one of the links below (the download link will be emailed to you immediately upon checkout)

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