Design-related articles, from quick tips to tutorials on a variety of topics – photography, photoshop, graphic design and more.

Photoshop tricks: Solving common photography problems using Image Stacks

Have you ever wanted to take a noiseless landscape shot in low light but didn’t have a tripod with you? Got frustrated while trying to get a macro shot into perfect focus? Or have you ever tried to photograph some landmark but those pestering tourists kept getting into view? I bet all of these happened to you too. What do these problems have in common? They can all be fixed using the same basic technique, so today I’m going to show you how. Read more

The Best 3 Photo RAW Converters of 2013

While most casual photographers still shoot in JPEG, there’s no denying that RAW gives the photographer unparalleled control, allowing one to actually make the picture, not just take it. And what’s really exciting is that with each new generation of software, the processing becomes even more powerful, allowing one to revisit old photos and get even more “punch” out of them. Read more

Cardboard Texture Effect On Business Card Designs

In this simple guide, we will teach you how you can achieve the cardboard paper effect in business cards. It is fairly easy to do, and one does not really have to be precise with the tools needed to achieve this memorable effect for business cards. For our tutorial, we will be using Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool in the design, but do not worry, you do not have to be a professional to follow along. Even amateurs can easily follow what we will be doing. So let us start. Read more

Convert Your Text To Grass Using Illustrator

Green is the buzz these days and what better way for your brand or headlines to exude eco-friendliness than by turning them to grass? Add excitement to your magazine ads, postcard prints or posters by using this effect on your headlines with Adobe Illustrator. Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to do this on your own styled text, titles and headlines. So go ahead and start reading carefully these instructions one by one. Read more

A review of Photoshop Touch for the iPad

Introduction

After what seemed like an eternity, the world’s most powerful and popular photo-editing software makes it appearance in probably the world’s most loved tablet – the iPad 2. The way the iPad is growing in its functionality, popularity and usability, it was about time that it provided a way to edit and work with photographs too. Priced between $8-9, the Adobe Photoshop Touch is one of the most expensive apps ever. Though it does not hold the powerful capabilities of its desktop versions, it definitely provides sufficient control and playability for the user. Here is a candid assessment of the Touch PS for the Apple iOS. Read more

Photoshop CS6 – upcoming features

Adobe engineers have been busy adding features to the next version of Photoshop. While officially there’s no commitment (with good reason, since Photoshop CS6 is still in development and the features may change), it’s a pretty good bet that we’ll see all of these in action sooner rather than later; based on past releases, Photoshop Cs6 is expected to hit the shelves in October 2012. Read more

Photography on the iPad

A slew of photography and film apps have been developed for Apple’s iPad. Appealing to professional and amateur photographers alike, many photography apps have been developed for the iPad. The iPad’s large touchscreen and high resolution is extremely conducive to photo viewing and photo editing. Read more

Advanced 3D Prop Replacement with Photoshop

There are many instances, especially in creative advertising, when you need to blend computer generated elements in a photo in a convincing manner. This tutorial will show you some techniques to achieve photorealistic results.

For this tutorial, I decided to recreate the unofficial image for Microsoft Courier. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, in the early 2010 some concept images and videos of a very slick, dual-screen, foldable tablet were leaked on the internet. Whether that leak was intentional or not is another story. Everyone was pretty excited by the idea, but the concept was canned by Microsoft a few months later. Read more