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Selecting Colors With Calculations Command in Adobe Photoshop

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Although you can use Color Range command in Photoshop to select specific colors (Reds, Yellows, Skin Tones in CS6…) from Select drop-down list, sometimes you will end up with warning message: No pixels are more than 50% selected. Solution is to use Calculations command from Image menu. Calculations dialog allows you to combine and blend channels using blending modes. Result is immediatelly visible as grayscale image (with Preview turned on) and can be saved as New Channel or loaded directly as selection on image. From Result drop-down menu in Calculations dialog you can tell to Photoshop what to do with selection. When you save selection as New Channel, load it using Ctrl + Alt + number of channel or from Select > Load Selection. There are some formulas how to select specific colors from this dialog. Here is the list with settings you will need to select: Yellow dominated colors : Source 1: file name, Layer: Background or Merged, Channel: Gray Source 2: file

Craters Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop

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Craters 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 Craters (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 . Craters preview:

Free Page Layout V2 Photoshop Action

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In this post I am giving you for free Layout 51 Photoshop action which is part of my new set of actions: Page Layouts V2 . Action will create template in any size with any resolution you can type with 13 placeholders for 13 images or files in any supported format. Second part of action will guide you to place images and populate all available placeholders. For finishing touch run Layout 51 Stroke action to add stroke and separate images. Beside this extremely flexible and easy to use action I am giving you chance to win 1 of 3 sets of Page Layouts V2 actions by completing short, 5 simple questions survey. Questions are about layouts included in set, please see PDF file included in package with action. Page Layouts V2 Actions Preview.pdf file contains description, instructions how to run action and preview of 51 layouts which will be included in final set planned to be published at the beginning of March 2013 . Download Page Layout 51 Action (File > Download) . Please comp

How To Update Table of Contents in Adobe InDesign

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You probably already know that InDesign allows you to update table of contents. This means that after changing some header, order of pages and so on, you can update existing table of contents without to delete and recreate it. Now, if you try to update table of contents from Layout menu, this option is grayed out by default? The problem is because InDesign does not know what you want to do and option Update Table of Contents is grayed out, for good, because if this option is available pressing it without to select table of content first, wont make any changes and user may think: this option is not working. Option works and works very good but you need to select table of contents first using Selection Tool or to click inside it to appear blinking cursor with Type Tool active. After selecting table of contents or clicking inside it with Type Tool go to Layout > Update Table of Contents to update any changes in document related to it. Video tutorial Reference: InDes

Electro Photoshop Text Layer Styles

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In this post I will introduce you my new set of layer styles titled: Electro. Title or name comes from Electrity patterns (created with Filter Forge for those curious) which I am using for all styles in set. This set of styles works best for type layers or text, esspecialy with rounded sans serif's in range 60-150pt. User guide included in package contains list with recommended and tested fonts. There is also Fonts folder in package with 4 free fonts downloaded from the internet which you can use for good looking results. Test Style Best method to ensure yourself in quality and usability of this set is to try it. I am providing one of styles free of charge to test and see how it works for your projects or fonts you want to use. Along with style you will receive and user guide where is explained how to use and customize styles. By the way, if you plan to use styles in print documents read Scale Pattern Overlay customization tip in because Photoshop will automaticaly scale

Leather Handbag Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop

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Leather Handbag 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 Leather Handbag (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 . Leather handbag preview:

Change Attributes for Multiple Type Layers in Photoshop CS6 From Once

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You can change the same attributes for multiple type layers from once in Photoshop, don't you know? In Photoshop CS6 task is even easier with filters on top of Layers panel. First off course filter layers so only type layers are displayed. Select all layers you want to change same attributes like font, size, color, tracking, paragraph style... With type layers selected use panels or Options bar to change attributes for all selected type layers from once. It is sweet, isn't it? Huge time saver. Reference: Photoshop Help / Formatting characters Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Free Painting and Classic Frames

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In this post I want to introduce you my new and free set of 20 PSD + 20 PNG with transparent background frames titled: Painting and Classic Frames. All frames have 3D look and feel. You can use them for print or web design. Frames keeps 3D look and feel even when downsampled to very small size. Extremely useful and a must have set of frames for designers, photographers and anyone who have digital images. This set contains 20 different frames: 10 frames in horizontal or landscape orientation, 10x8in with 300dpi resolution   10 frames in vertical or portrait orientation, 5x7in, 300dpi resolution.  In addition I included all frames in PNG (with transparent background) file format so they can be used in virtually any image editing or page layout software available on market like: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, InDesign, Illustrator, Scribus, Libre Office, MS Word... Advantage of using frames with Adobe Photoshop Most advantages comes when using Adobe Photoshop becau

Rough Craft Paper Seamless Tiling Patterns for Adobe Photoshop

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Rough Craft Paper 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 Rough Craft Paper (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 . Rough Craft Paper preview:

Realistic 3D Wood Frames (PSD + PNG)

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In this post I will introduce you my new set of realistic 3D wood frames which comes in PSD + PNG (with transparent background) file formats so you can use them with any page layout and image editing software available on market like: Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, Illustrator, InDesign, MS Word, Scribus... It is a must have collection for all designers, photographers and anyone who have digital images. Wood Frames collection contains total of 15 PSD + 15 PNG different frames: 4 + 4 frames are 10x8in landscape orientation, 4 + 4 frames are 5x7in portrait and 7 + 7 frames are 8x8in square. You can use this collection for print or web. Best of all frames works excellent when downsampled (resized) to very small pixel dimensions, they keeps details and 3D look and feel. It is very easy to hang frames on wall in any continious tone image or layered composition. Advantage of using frames with Photoshop Most options and advantages comes when using Wood Frames with Adobe

Quick Save and Close All Open Files in Photoshop

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There is one very handy command in File menu: Close All - to quick save (or discard) changes and close all open files. This command is especially useful with already saved on hard drive: PSD , PSB and TIFF (saved with layers) because files will be saved and closed and you wont see any additional dialog when Apply to All in warning dialog is checked. When working with JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF (without layers) it is also useful to proceed more quickly with difference that Save As dialog will appear for each file. Another use is to quickly close all open files which are not changed in Photoshop. To use this command go to File > Close All or use Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Opt + W keyboard shortcut . When warning dialog appears, check Apply to All and click Yes to save files with changes, No to discard changes or Cancel to cancel operation. PS : I found Trevor Morris script Close Without Saving which you can download from here . Reference: Close All Files in Photoshop Product used in t

Wood! Wood! Seamless Tiling Patterns

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Today I have one massive a must have premium collection with 260 Wood seamless tiling patterns . Wood is most used pattern in graphic design. This excellent collection contains just any Wood pattern you will ever need for all your feature projects. One can use Wood patterns for backgrounds, web or print design elements, as layer overlay, to add texture to continuous tone images, to fill shapes or imported paths in Photoshop , to create layer styles and so on. I tested all patterns very carefully, every pattern repeats properly. Tile size of each pattern in collection is 400x400px . Requirements to use Wood patterns There isn't any special requirements to use patterns beside Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed. By the way you can use patterns with any other software which supports .pat extension like GIMP for example. Price for Wood patterns The price for this collection is only $5 . To buy Wood! Wood! patterns collection please follow this link . Catal