The ‘Graphics’ Archives
Posted December 22, 2011 by

Photoshop CS4 and CS5: Batch Resizing

You have just come from a long vacation from a beautiful tropical island. You had your digital camera with you and took some excellent photographs of landscapes. You are eager to upload them to your Facebook profile to share it with friends. However, your internet connection is awful and chokes on these huge images. How […]

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Posted September 3, 2011 by

Cinema 4D: Create Easy 3D Text in R12

Cut down on creating 3D text, and jump right into it. This is the Mo text feature in Cinema 4D Release 12. Creating 3D text could have never been easier.

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Posted July 14, 2011 by

Photoshop: Change Default Unit from Inches to Pixels

Like most people, I love photoshop. Pondering that fact, I now realize that it is probably the only Adobe product that I can tolerate. Since I mostly work on web graphics, the first thing I do with every new installation is to change the default unit from inches to pixels.

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Posted July 13, 2011 by

Photoshop: Image Resize vs. Canvas Resize

An area of major confusion affecting Photoshop beginners is knowing the difference between resizing the canvas and resizing an image. This tech-recipe compares the two and describes how to perform each function.

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Posted April 7, 2011 by

What is Anti-Alias? What Settings Should I Use when Gaming?

Most modern games have the ability to change the anti-alias settings. However, lots of us have no idea what the anti-alias settings actually do. What is FSAA? Do you need 2x, 4x, 8x, or more? Learn why you may be able to safely lower this setting an increase your frame rate. End your world of […]

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Posted March 12, 2011 by

Photoshop: Cut Out Text to Expose Background

Text can be a valuable modifier in graphic design. Grunge text, retro text, professional fonts–you name it, there’s a text for it. Cut through your foreground layer with a text shape to reveal what’s hiding underneath on your background layer. It’s a very simple technique, yet there are endless possibilities of implementation.

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Posted April 24, 2008 by

Using QuickTime to Crop Letterbox or Pillarbox from Video Clips

Removing letterboxing or pillarboxing from video clips typically requires expensive video editing equipment. This tutorial (and screencast) describes how to do this with the inexpensive and ubiquitous quicktime.

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Posted February 27, 2008 by

Photoshop: Change eyedropper sample size

One simple setting in Photoshop can make your life a little easier and your work a little smarter. That may be a bit of a hyperbole, but altering the sample size of the eyedropper tool in Photoshop from the default setting makes sense most if not all of the time. The how and why of […]

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Posted February 25, 2008 by

Corel PHOTO-PAINT: Getting More out of the Objects Docker

The Objects Docker displays thumbnails of the image background and each object layer, making it easy to select the appropriate object you wish to work on. By default, Corel sets the thumbnail size to Small, which can make it difficult to differentiate between similar objects. Each object also has a name listed, however, PHOTO-PAINT simply […]

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Posted February 23, 2008 by

Photoshop: Enlarge Layer Palette Thumbnail Size

If you work extensively with layers in Photoshop, you may be suffering from layer-palette-thumnail-squintitis, a condition resulting from squinting at the tiny little thumbnails in the layer palette. Until medical treatments are available, you can just make them bigger using the steps in this short but sweet recipe.

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Posted January 7, 2008 by

Aperture: Create landscape or portrait only orientation smart albums

Smart albums in Aperture allow gathering photos based on specific metadata keywords, camera type, date and so on, basically anything you can see in the Metadata view. One useful smart album trick is filtering based on orientation, portrait or landscape. This recipe will walk you through setting up this type of smart album.

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Posted October 1, 2007 by

Corel PHOTO-PAINT: Enable and Configure Auto-Save

PHOTO-PAINT’s Auto-save can come in quite handy, especially if you are working on complex graphics with multiple masks and effects. It can be configured to periodically save to the file being worked on or to a temporary file so that the existing file remains untouched. Which one you use depends on whether you are looking […]

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