The Empress’ New Clothes

mary.fennell has added a photo to the pool:

The Empress' New Clothes

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

On the Ninth Day of Christmas a Coupon Code!

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Today only – you can use this coupon code in the Graffishop in conjunction with any other promotional code you might have! At checkout, simply enter the code TZDKVYVQ for an additional 35% off! Hurry – it expires after the Ninth day of Christmas (12/21/2014)!

I’ve been using many of my own downloads from the Graffishop on several photos I’ve taken during the holidays, so below is a slideshow I’d like to share with you. I’d love to get your comments and feedback!

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas Lightroom Presets for Vintage Looks!

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Hipster [vintage i] presets from the Graffishop

Hipster [vintage i] presets from the Graffishop

On the Eighth Day of Christmas, Graffi gave to me – Lightroom Presets for Vintage Looks, plus a bonus set of presets for free!

Today’s freebie for the 12 Days of Christmas is my Hipster [vintage i] Lightroom presets that has presets to recreate vintage looks – but you’ll actually receive two sets of Lightroom packs for $5 by using the coupon code DAY8FREE after adding the Hipster [vintage i] set to your cart.

Hipster [vintage ii] presets from the Graffishop

Hipster [vintage ii] presets from the Graffishop

The Hipster [vintage i] preset pack was my first journey into creating Lightroom presets for the Graffishop, so it holds a special place in my heart. It contains 21 different presets, and some samples from this set are in the gallery below.

I’ve since also created a few more Lightroom preset packs, and the companion to Hipster [Vintage i] is (obviously) Hipster [Vintage ii], which has 23 more vintage style presets. Both sets together add 44 presets to your Lightroom Develop preset panel!

For today’s 12 Days of Christmas treat, you can head to the Graffishop and add the Hipster [vintage i] set to your cart (regular price is $9). Then go to checkout and enter the coupon code DAY8FREE. Now check out the final price – and see what else shows up in your cart!

The code is only good during the 12 Days of Christmas, so get them soon!

 

 

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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Santa

repost  –  graficalicus has added a photo to the pool:

Santa

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 - Effects

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.

Alex Eylar

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.

effective photography tips

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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Reviews are written by real people, so you know they aren’t just planted.

 

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