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

RAW deathmatch – Lightroom 3 vs DXO 6 vs Capture One 5 vs Bibble 5

With new releases in RAW processing software, I decided to take a look at the newest professional programs and see how they measure up in terms of image quality, features, UI and speed. The results will surprise you. Read more

A photographer’s secret weapon – Portrait Professional 9

Portrait retouching. Everybody does it. In many cases is common knowledge, in fact it’s expected – “of course it’s photoshopped”. From the now famous Dove commercial to the ridiculous Ralph Lauren ad, portrait retouching is a very sensitive area yet part of everyday life. Read more

Advanced Day-to-Night Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial I will teach you how to edit in photo in Lightroom and Photoshop to dramatically alter its appearance and mood. We’ll change a broad daylight scene into a night-time one, lit by a street lamp. I’ll also take the opportunity to describe some non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop. Read more

HDR How-to: Photoshop vs. Picturenaut

For the impatient…

In case you are curious what I’m dealing with in this article, have a look: Read more

Best 50 Photoshop CS4 shortcuts

Finding tools or remembering where is a button you need fast can be disturbing sometimes so I have selected 50 useful keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster. Read more

Photography: RAW matters

If you own a semi-pro or pro digital camera and you’ve seen file quality settings such as “Extra fine”, “Fine”, “Standard”, “RAW” but never know what “RAW” stands for; if you heard about RAW on forums but never quite understood it; if you ever looked in awe at photos wondering how you could achieve such great colors, then look no further, as I am going to explain all there is to know about RAW. Read more

Photography – understanding exposure

To aid those who want to be in control of their cameras, to go beyond point-and-shoot, I decided to write a series of tutorials on the basics of photography. If you don’t know what the exposure or aperture are, this little tutorial is for you, so read on. I’ve done my best to avoid overcomplicated technical details and give lots of analogies and examples instead. Read more

Organize Your Brushes!

I’m back again as I promised with a video tutorial about organizing brushes. First of all I have to admit that the brushes presented in the video are downloaded from deviant art (Resources – Applications – Photoshop Brushes). I made this video for people who do not know how to upload, save or organize brushes. I hope you will find it usefull, when I first started to work in Photoshop all I did was play with hue and saturation, levels, contrast and so on, I discovered what brushes can do much more later and I really do regret that I did not know that from the beginning. (P.S. here on the left is a sneak preview of the next tutorial, be sure not to miss it.) Read more

RAW Heavyweights: Lightroom, DxO and Capture One

With the new releases from Adobe, DXO Labs and Phase One, I’ve decided to put to the test some of the top RAW processors. These are:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.3;
  • DXO Pro Optics Suite 5;
  • Capture One 4.

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