The Old Days and Design

The Old Days and Design. At times I think about the days when design programs were just starting and extremely hard to learn. I would work on my drawing table to sketch out the ideas and produce comps for a client. It was time consuming, but fun.  At least I liked doing it that way. The client mockups would be …

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Free 100+ Photoshop Tips + Shortcuts and More

Free 100+ Photoshop Tips + Shortcuts and More. There are over 100 Photoshop tips ( some old and others new) that will help you create better images and composites. There are also Shortcuts for the various Photoshop revisions and inspiration in images from several creators that have been promoted on our site.   What’s the cost? FREE. That’s right. We …

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Stop Action Learning Adventure

Stop Action Learning Adventure I have always been amazed at stop action animation from the early Disney until today. It takes a long time to produce this type of movie and a lot of work. The video shows in great detail the making of “Box Trolls” and the intricacies of the puppets. The second video gets into more detail. If …

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Pink Ribbon Header

By now viewers have seen the Pink Ribbon header on our site.  It is more then a header, but a family connection.  I have someone who is 5 years cancer free and that is why the ribbon was placed.  It is also for the many others who are dealing with this or have already.  Be strong and keep fighting. John …

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Zbrush and Photoshop Composite Lighting

Zbrush and Photoshop Composite Lighting This is a tutorial on lighting and compositing by Jose Cua. The images are pretty cool and the software looks like fun, but I am already learning Poser and Corel Painter. So I figured one of the readers out there must be working with Zbrush and PS. So, here you are…Enjoy. Anyone out there working …

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Composite Blending Video Series 3

Composite Blending Video Series 3 This is the third and final video in our Composite Blending series. We hope you have learned all you need to know about it and will start creating some great images. Please let us know if you have created something and we will post it on our site to give your work the exposure it …

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Composite Blending Video Series 2

Composite Blending Video Series 2. This is the continuation of the first in this series. This is video number 2. Enjoy. We hope these videos help you to master the art of composite blending and to create some fantastic images. In case you missing the last video: Composite Series Video 2 The Creative Tablet

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7 Creative Block Relieving Tips

7 Creative Block Relieving Tips. Are you stuck in creative idea limbo? We all get stuck there from time-to-time, but we have found several ways of getting out. 1. Get Out. That’s right. Get out of your studio or wherever you work. Take a walk, go for coffee or somewhere away from your work. This helps you to re-focus and get back …

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Artist Paints People Surprize

Artist Paints People Surprize is not what you think. These are real people! I found this to be an amazing story about how an artist makes people look like art. The great thing is that you can’t tell at first until the person moves. Her name is Alexa Meade from Washington, DC and has been commissioned by Lauren, Mini Cooper and …

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Extraordinary Planet of The Apes Design

Extraordinary Planet of The Apes Design. I just got this from Adobe Inspire magazine and I am still wondering how much time it took to make this image. With all the pen strokes and lines I am confused looking at it, but the final results are extraordinary. Orlando says he used only vector points, shapes and linear gradients to make this …

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Check back because I will be posting the continued and definitely interesting story as things develop. Let me know what you think. I like comments and critiques. Thanks, John