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A Very Nice Collection with Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

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I have one very popular board on Pinterest. At the moment I am writing this post, Illustrator board has 457 pins and 11,558 followers. Number of pins represents a number of how-to and technical tutorials. There is one big advantage of Pinterest: infinite scrolling with very fast loading time and ability to pick image from the post with title and description below. In case tutorial has YouTube or Vimeo video embedded, Pinterest users do not need to leave board at all, video can be watched directly on Pinterest. What is so cool with Illustrator board on Pinterest I started creating board, more or less, for myself to collect interesting tutorials in one easy to access place with thumbnail preview and description. As already mentioned, there is visual clue what tutorial covers and I am picking a good representative image from each post pinned to Illustrator board. After some time I have realized that many Pinterest and Illustrator users start following that board so I start payin

New Edge FX Pro Panel for Photoshop CC 2014

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Edge FX Pro is the most popular extension on new Adobe Add-ons site . Good news for all edge lovers is a brand new panel that is compatible with Photoshop CC 2014 . One of the most exciting options is to import your or third party edges. I prepared entire set with 200 edges that are available from Add-ons site  for $5 . Those customers who already own some of my products with edges do not need to purchase Cool Edges for Edge FX Pro . Instead, they can optimize edges from PSD templates and import them in panel. Get Edge FX Pro and its features Edge FX Pro is not free, but it is worth every cent of its $9,95 price. You can purchase panel from here . Display Edge FX Pro panel After acquiring product, you can display panel from Window > Extensions > Edge FX Pro . Get started using panel To get started you can click on any thumbnail with edge and panel will open: Open dialog for you in case you do not have any image open. Navigate to the image on your drive and wait a

Easy Way to Automate Photoshop with Variables (Part 7)

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We will continue our journey with Variables and Data Sets . In this post, I will explain you why and how to use external Data Sets . When I say: external, I meant prepared in advance Data Sets and saved as a text or csv file. With external Data Sets, you can save tons of time and skip many steps  required when manually creating Data Sets as we have covered in the previous posts . What is so great with external Data Sets files First of all, you can save tons of time. Instead of manually creating Data Sets, you can use flexible naming conventions and re-use same external files over and again. Spend some time to create external Data Sets files, and you are done probably for the rest of your life. You can use Microsoft Excel as a helper and greatly reduce the time. Second : you can create randomly arranged references for Pixel or Text Replacement variables. Randomly arranged references can help you to create unique and creative effects or to get job done quickly under pressure

Free Leather and Paper Seamless Tiling Patterns

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Today I have to share Leather and Paper seamless tiling patterns. Patterns are saved with .pat extension and can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Leather and Paper patterns are useful for Web and Print design. You can use patterns for design elements, as a background or even to create Layer Styles. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free . Click on the button below to download package with Leather and Paper seamless tiling patterns  for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. What is included in the package Package Leather and Paper Free contain sets with 10 different seamless tiling patterns and PDF help files. There are 2 different Leather and 8 different Paper seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 128x128px, 256x256px, 512x512px and 1024x1024px. Premium version Patterns are pulled out from the premium version which contains 48 different patte

Reference Point for Transform Commands in Photoshop

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Transform commands are among the most used in Photoshop. There is a good reason for that. Usually, we are starting with importing and drawing/painting elements in our layered composition to end up with the desired final result which most of the time needs additional work including transformations. When it comes to transformations, most of the users that I know are actually omitting or ignoring references point which is by default set to center. In this post, I want to draw your attention to the Reference point. I will explain a you importance and how you can use it in your everyday workflow while creating new content, re-purposing content or even when automating tasks using actions and variables . The Reference point that we will discuss in this tutorial is similar to Reference point for Alignment option in the Variables dialog , but not and exactly the same. Why is Reference point so important First of all, transformations that you are applying in Photoshop from Edit > Fre

Photoshop Actions to Take Adobe Textures Pro to the Next Level

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Adobe Textures Pro is one of coolest panels that you can get for free from Adobe Add-ons site . If you do not have this panel installed, then I must inform you that you are missing. Read in this post about features and why you should consider installing Adobe Textures Pro. In this post I will provide you Photoshop actions and instructions how to take Textures Pro to the next level and to extend its capabilities when blending textures with images. About Adobe Textures Pro and why this set of actions Adobe Textures Pro allows us to place more than one texture and to Randomize blend modes . That's cool, that's what I am using all the time. When Textures Pro finishes its job user can remove all textures and repeat process, or to remove individual texture and to select some other to place. And that's cool option. One of the things that is not available is to randomize again blending modes and to shuffle layer order, what can result with more variations and better final res

Free Actions to Create Before & After Previews

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Today I have to share actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements which will help you to quickly and easily create before & after previews. You can also use actions to simply arrange (place) two images, one next to another or one above another . The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free . Click on button below to download package with Free Before and After Previews actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements which ships together. How to use Free Before and After Actions Here are steps how to load and run provided actions in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Step 1 Load actions The easiest way to load actions in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is from File > Open > navigate to provided .atn file and double click on it. Step 2 Display Actions panel After loading actions you must display the Actions panel from Window > Actions . In Photoshop Element

Make Right Click Your Habit in Creative Cloud Applications

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We all know for right/Cmd + click and context menu in Creative Cloud applications. When I am talking about or presenting right click nobody is so excited until I show them available options which are different and depends on the tool, panel in use but also and where user have clicked. It is easy to understand how context menu can save you tons of time and speed up your workflow. When I finish my presentation, the usual response is: I must start using right click more often! Beside reading those lines there is one more easy step to start using advantage of right click but let me first explain you why you should make it your habit. Why to make right click your habit Adobe applications which I am covering on this blog has a powerful context menu which can save you tons of time and effort to remember shortcuts and where a particular command lives in menus. That's first why explained. Second, why is that many times you will find more useful context menu than a keyboard shortcut

Easy Way to Automate Photoshop with Variables (Part 6)

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Our journey with Variables in Photoshop cannot be completed without to cover Method and Alignment options which are available when defining Pixel Replacement  Variables. Those 2 options are giving us opportunity to instruct Photoshop how to handle pixels which will be used to replace existing ones on the layer in our document for which we have defined Pixel Replacement Variable. In this tutorial I will use images from depositphotos . What is the benefit of knowing Method and Alignment options First of all, let me tell you that you can change Method and Alignment options on the fly while defining and after Variables are defined. You can experiment with both options, even when using external files with Data Sets which are defined in advanced. We haven't covered yet external Data Sets but it is worth to mention. Let me give you one example: you have image which you want to import as it is without any scaling during replacement. You want top left corner of the image to