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Free Photoshop Plugins to Create Patterns

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Kaleidoscope is probably best plugin listed on Mehdi Plugins Photoshop site. There are many other plugins created by Mehdi which you can download and use absolutely free. I will concentrate in this post on plugins to create patterns in particular. Beside Kaleidoscope 2.1 you can check and Quick Mirror & Pattern 1.1, Fur 2, Seamless Border 2, Sorting Tiles, Wavy Lab 1.1 and Weaver.

Kaleidoscope
This plugin really rocks. It is extremely easy to use and there are almost limitless options to create pattern from any open image. Play around with Spinning Effect, Petals, Zoom Out, Offset options and click OK when you see something interesting in preview section on the left side of Kaleidoscope 2.1 window.

The only disadvantage if anyone can find it is that this excellent filter can not work on Smart Object and lack of flexibility to change created pattern later. Anyway, plugin is free and we can only say thanks to developer which gave us such great tool to play and create patterns without…

New Options To Create Layer Mask in Photoshop CS6

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 have so many huge but also small improvements which I am discovering almost every day. One of this improvement is option to create layer mask directly on Background layer. If you haven't realize, Add a mask button is active even with Background layer when you have active or loaded selection. This mean that Photoshop will automatically convert Background layer to normal and ad layer mask to it.


Just quick reminder that you can use same feature from Refine Edge dialog. The trick is to choose Layer Mask from Output To: drop-down list. If you have Background layer selected choose this option and result will be normal layer with layer mask.

Another improvement in CS6 is option to create mask from Paths panel. In case you have path or work path in your document, you can load it as selection (Load path as selection button) then to create layer mask directly on Background layer by clicking Ad a mask button.
Reference:
Photoshop Help / Adding layer masks

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Yellow Rusty Wall Panels Patterns for Adobe Photoshop

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Yellow Rusty Wall Panel Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is today freebie. Patterns are created with Filter Forge - probably best Photoshop plugin. Patterns size is 400x400px and you can use them for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section.

Download Yellow Rusty Wall Panel Seamless Tiling Patterns (Google Docs).


If you have problem to install patterns read this tutorial: How to install Photoshop patterns on Windows. You may also be interested in: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Yellow Rusty Wall Panels preview:


Reference:
Photoshop Help / Creating and managing patterns

Actions in Illustrator Are Actually Very Useful Feature

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Adobe Illustrator have Actions which are overlooked feature but can be extremely useful. Recently I read how keyboard shortcuts can save 1 of 9 working hours. Well, actions can save you at least double time and I am not talking about complex actions and there is nothing new to learn, it is almost Just Do It.

What is so useful with actions?
As you already realize Illustrator is very powerful software with tons of features, menus and sub-menus. Many of commands and tools have shortcuts but who can remember all of them? Beside tool icon or menu name there is nothing to remind you shortcut or in which menu is particular command. But you can record action (what is death simple) and give it a meaningful name which have more sense for you.

Another true is that most of our work have repetitive elements like always the same size, frame, grid, logo… You can save lot of time and record action which can create grid, frame, place desired elements (like company logo) in second and you do not need t…

Quick Move Selection From One Document to Another in Photoshop

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There are numerous of ways to move mask or Alpha channel from one document to another like click and drag mask from Channels panel to another floating open document, or duplicate Alpha channel on right click (Cmd + click). In this tutorial I will present you how to quick move active selection from one to another document or to steal selection as Michael Ninness use to say.

Create your selection
In this case I have one perfect selection done using Color Range and Refine Edge (Mask Edge command from Properties panel).

Open or create another document
Now I want to move that selection to another document, (which by the way have exact same dimensions), to create composition in which I will use selection to fill it with solid color and decorate with layer effect Drop Shadow.

Load selection
In order to move active selection you need to create it or to load saved one. To load selection use shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + click on layer mask (Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Opt + \ when layer with layer mask is selected i…

The Right Place to Ask Your Photoshop Question

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Recently Adobe launches Photoshop friendly forum which is best place to ask your Photoshop question. It is really nice and friendly forum with lot of expert contributors and most important in my opinion: under the eye of Adobe employees and developers like Chris Cox (accidentally appears on developer list when starting Photoshop and from Help > About Photoshop) what is guarantee that you want be miss-leaded and you will get best possible solution, link or detailed explanation with screenshots. I also have few contributions there but usually I do not have chance to contribute because there is always immediate response from community with quality answer or solution.
Why to use Photoshop friendly forum and not some other?
As recently one of my friends said: people who think they know are dangerous. Guarantee that someone can help you troubleshoot problems or give you right direction is not willingness to help or his/her statement on the internet of using Photoshop for a 20 years.The o…

China Ceramics Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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China Ceramics Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is today freebie. Patterns are created with Filter Forge - probably best Photoshop plugin. Patterns size is 400x400 px and you can use them for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section.

Download China Ceramics Seamless Tiling Patterns (Google Docs).


If you have problem to install patterns read this tutorial: How to install Photoshop patterns on Windows. You may also be interested in: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

China ceramics preview:


Reference:
Photoshop Help / Creating and managing patterns

Merge Layers Non-destructively in Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop has one very useful function or command which is not listed in any menu or context menu. That command is to merge all visible layers without to flatten them. Usually, you will select topmost layer before using the command to merge layers non-destructively although you can use this command and without topmost layer selected but keep in mind that merged layer will be created above currently selected in the Layers panel.

You can use the command to merge layers non-destructivelly and without any layer selected, merged layer will be created on top of layer stack in that case. Adobe refers to this function as Stamp All Visible Layers and provides shortcut Alt/Opt + Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + E. If you lost interest after seeing 4 keys as keyboard shortcut, that’s because you never tried out to press them using only one hand. It requires little practice but it is possible and not difficult to learn.

By the way, you can merge layers non-destructively and by selecting all layers you w…

How to Speed Up Adobe Bridge and Mini Bridge

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If you have problem with Adobe Bridge and Mini Bridge speed and performance, here is quick tip what you can do to speed them up. I saw significant change in speed and performance on my machine for both: Bridge and Mini Bridge after changing from Options for thumbnail quality and preview generation drop down list from default Always High Quality to Prefer Embedded (Faster). You can try and High Quality On Demand which will use embedded thumbnails until you preview an image. Use sparingly option Generate 100% Previews because it is memory consuming.
Other things you can do to speed up experience is to visit Edit > Preferences > Cache and click Compact Cache button to remove cached items no longer available. Also in Thumbnail tab you can Limit file size for thumbnails.
Reference:
Creative Suite / Adjust Adobe Bridge Content panel display
Creative Suite / Work with the Adobe Bridge cache
Bridge Help / Manage the cache | Adobe Bridge CS4, CS5

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Bridg…

Apply and Keep Selected in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

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Photoshop and InDesign has feature which I called for this post: confirm changes and keep selected with means that number typed in certain field like font size will be applied and will remain still selected so you can type another number and experiment with text size, leading, stroke, magnification level ...and so on.

Using confirm and keep selected in Photoshop In Adobe Photoshop I found most useful this function when working with type from tool options bar and Character panel. With the Type Tool active and layer with text in Layers panel selected, press Enter or Return to place insertion point or in other words to select first text field in options bar. Use Tab key to move forward to next option or Shift + Tab to move backward. When text field for which you want to change value is selected (value have blue background) type number and press Shift + Enter/Return to apply value and keep it selected so you can quickly change number and experiment with value in the same text box. This sho…

Jeans Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Jeans Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is today freebie. Patterns are created with Filter Forge - probably best Photoshop plugin. Patterns size is 400x400 px and you can use them for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section.

Download Jeans Seamless Tiling Patterns (Photoshop Exchange) or from Google Docs.


If you have problem to install patterns read this tutorial: How to install Photoshop patterns on Windows. You may also be interested in: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Jeans patterns preview:


Reference:
Photoshop Help / Creating and managing patterns

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