Below are some image galleries featuring some of Graffi’s images created using the Effects Packs for Photoshop Elements, all of which can be found here.
Add-O-Matic users have written asking about how to change the default blue Add-O-Matic thumbnail into something a little more descriptive or indicative of what the effect actually produces.
Let me first explain why there’s a generic thumbnail in the first place: When a new effect is added to Photoshop Elements, Elements doesn’t have the slightest clue as to what the effect is or what the final result of running it should be. Therefore, a simple generic thumbnail is inserted as a placeholder, allowing the special Add-O-Matic category to display that there actually is an effect there, and it’s called “xxxx.atn”.
Replacing this generic thumbnail is doable, and I’ve finally gotten around to writing out the steps to accomplish it.
Before you start, though, ask yourself if you really want a new thumbnail or do you just want to see what the name of it is?
The Effects palette will display a truncated name beneath each thumbnail in any of the sections of the Effects palette. That’s the quick 2-second approach!
For a more permanent solution, though, you might want to create a unique thumbnail indicative of the effect the action produces, and force a rebuild of Elements’ internal thumbnail database. Here’s how:
(Let me just state this for the lawyers out there: if you do this, and you do something incorrectly and/or you don’t let your database rebuild and/or the database rebuilds, but your thumbnails are screwy and/or anything else funky happens to your installation of Elements, your computer, your network, your garage door opener, your microwave, or anything else, it isn’t my fault – consider yourselves warned!)
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s a pretty simple, albeit time-consuming, process:
- Locate the action that you want to create a new thumbnail for, and get the exact name from the *.atn file you dragged into Add-O-Matic. (this is important!)
- Create the image that you want to use as the thumbnail, save it in .png format, and name it exactly the same as the action (*.atn) file that it represents. For example, I recently uploaded an action here named Retro 3D Text.atn. I created an image using this action and saved it to my desktop, naming it Retro 3D Text.png
- Navigate to the folder where Elements keeps all actions, thumbnails,& metadata files for all effects (*\Program Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Photo Creations\photo effects) and drag your new thumbnail in, overwriting the .png file that already exists with the same name: you want to replace it, right? So overwrite it!
- Now you need to force Elements to see the new thumbnail. That means you have to make Elements forget what the original thumbnail looked like. To do that, you need to delete the internal thumbnail database and make Elements build itself a new one.
- Navigate to *\Program Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0 and delete or rename the database file called ThumbDatabase.db3. This is the information store that Elements uses to know what each and every thumbnail looks like, what file it references, and where it lives within your installation.
- Start Elements. The database will rebuild itself, and it will take 20 minutes or more for it to go through the entire Elements catalog, locate thumbnails, figure out what they belong to,where they reside, and record all that information into a brand spanking new, bright & shiny thumbnail database file. You’ll see a progress bar that looks like this:
- When your cursor stops flickering and it appears that the thumbnails are where they should be, close & restart Elements again just to lock everything in place.
Doing the steps above, I made a new thumbnail .png for the action I mentioned above, saved it to the photo effects directory, rebuilt the thumbnails database, and now my Add-O-Matic category displays the updated image:
I’ve also created an automated way to perform these steps, and I’m currently working on incorporating it into a future release of Add-O-Matic. I’m hesitant to bring it out into the light right now, though. Maybe I can be convinced – what’s a utility like this worth..?
Once you start taking photos, many things become clear. The first is that light is vital to creating a nice photograph.
The second thing is that digital photography has made things much quicker and simpler. Third, we understand that proper camera usage is crucial to getting good quality photographs. As soon as these three things meet, we can start to feel pleased with our images. Once we recognize that various subjects and distinctive scenes need different adjustments, we can then go ahead and take beautiful shots.
Shutter speed and aperture (f-stop) are the two main things we must concern ourselves when aiming for sharp pictures. Shutter speed is responsible for the amount of time that the shutter is open. Aperture is responsible for depth of field and the amount of light coming into the sensor. Once you start exploring this closely you will realize that there’s more to the shutter than letting light in.
What causes blurry images?
If you are photographing at night, for instance, and you choose a shutter speed that is too quick, your images will be very underexposed. The shutter simply closes too fast to let any decent amount of light in. Alternatively, if you choose a speed that is too slow, you may run the run the risk of over exposing your scene. At times, when our shutter is too slow we can create blurry motion. Blurring the motion is good for intentional special effects, but it’s not good when you want tack sharp pictures.
The 3D environment in Photoshop CS6+ provides a variety of options and settings to help you create amazing 3D text effects easily. This tutorial will show you how you can play around with the different settings to create a simple, yet sophisticated, metallic text effect.
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[Originally posted to Photoshoplayer.com]
What is aperture in photography? It’s one of the fundamental elements of any picture, if not the most important camera setting you’ll make. Controlling the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor isn’t the only role of that big hole in your lens. It also enables you to get creative with depth of field.
In this tutorial we’ll not only answer the question of ‘What is aperture’; we’ll show you how to use your camera’s aperture to start getting creative with light.
So what is aperture exactly?
Is your still life photography suffering from poor exposure or dodgy colour casts? Our tip card offers some of the best camera settings for indoor still life photography. Use these as a starting point and then let your creativity take over!
Shooting indoors gives you control over the subject and lighting. You’ll get the best results with a low ISO and small aperture, so use a tripod to keep everything sharp. Use manual exposure and focusing for total precision.
Indoor still life photography tips
1/60 sec or slower
Final Indoor Still Life PhotographyTip
Lighting is key to successful still-life photography. Experiment with different light sources such as diffuse window light, flash and reading lamps.
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[syndicated from Digital Camera World]
It seems like everybody loves looking at beautiful sunsets, which is probably why sunset photography is such a competitive niche. Let’s look at some simple techniques that will help you to photograph truly stunning sunset images, the kind that stand out from the crowd.
Sunset Rule #1: Protect your Eyes and Camera
It is dangerous to your eyes and to your camera’s image sensor to point your camera directly at a bright yellow sun. Using a long lens or optical zoom will magnify the damaging effects. Play it safe and get the better picture by waiting until the sun it is sinking below the horizon or is a dark red.
Want to dramatically speed up your photo editing time? Try these 14 Photoshop shortcuts for the keyboard that will massively improve your speed and efficiency.
Click on the cheat sheet to see the larger version of the file, or drag and drop the image to your desktop to keep these Photoshop shortcuts as a handy reference.
Where relevant we’ve provided versions of these Photoshop shortcuts for both Mac and PC keyboards.
14 Essential Photoshop Shortcuts: free cheat sheet
There are generally four kinds of photography lenses that every wedding photographer should have in his or her gig bag:
- Wide-Angle Zoom
- Wide-to-Telephoto Zoom
- Image-Stabilized Telephoto Zoom
- Prime/Portrait Lenses
Wide-angle zoom lenses are one of the most important photography lenses that every wedding photographer should have, typically 17mm to 35mm in length with a fixed aperture of f/2.8. They provide a large depth of field, making it simple to have foreground and background in focus.
Photoshop has changed the way we transform our imagination. If you are into any digital workplace, learning Photoshop can be a great help. Photoshop today is certainly a centre of creativity to which almost every digital domain; from web designing to animation; from photography to digital magazine, is deeply connected. Today, when it comes to photography, it is not possible to imagine it without Photoshop.
Good Photoshop skills can’t make a mediocre picture perfect unless you are into manipulation. However, it can certainly help you to enhance your best photo into an amazing masterpiece. Learning Photoshop is a slow process, and you should try it with enough practice, after all it is a digital art.
In this article I will walk you through some basic Photoshop retouching skills. These 5 easy Photoshop tips for beginners will be a great start to learning to proces your photographs.