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How to: Use Custom Shapes and Text as a Clipping Mask in Photoshop

23rd October 2014

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use a really simple technique to create some great looking effects that appear a lot more impressive than they really are. Using custom shapes and text we’re going to create clipping masks which effectively constrain our image to the shape we’ve created.

How to: Create a Stitched Fabric Effect in Photoshop

10th October 2014

In this tutorial I’m looking at the basics of how you can use custom shapes and the text tool to create a realistic looking stitching effect. I start with a circle and apply a pattern overlay to make it look like a piece of denim. Then I create a second smaller circle inside which will…

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How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

28th September 2014

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting…

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Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

13th February 2014

Yesterday, after many years as a loyal Windows user, I switched to a Mac. There were many reasons which I won’t go into here but suffice to say one of the biggest attractions, despite the price, was the stunning high density Retina screen. Before I took the plunge I read quite a lot of articles…

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What are Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)?

3rd January 2014

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It’s an XML-based image file type. Advantages of SVG Unlike bitmap based image files like jpgs which remain the same size, they’re scalable. That means the resolution will change to fit the viewing window without loss of clarity You’ll typically find they have smaller file sizes than jpgs and…

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How to: Reset Preferences In Photoshop

20th January 2011

If you’re experiencing odd behavior in Photoshop CS5, try resetting the program’s preferences to eliminate the possibility that the settings files have been corrupted. For me, this solved a problem with the Magic Wand Tool, which was selecting absolutely everything no matter how many settings I changed. I’ve also come across plugins causing the whole…

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