Selection tools in Photoshop. Part 2.

Here is the promised Photoshop Selection Tools tutorial. If you have carefully read Part 1, you know how these tools work in theory. Now it’s time for a bit of ...

Selection tools in Photoshop. Part 1.

When I started to learn Photoshop years ago, my very first wish was to become able to cut a piece out of an image and paste it into another one ...

Gradients in Photoshop

People ask a question – why all the illustrations I see on the web look awesome, but my one looks plain? Like if it would be drawn by a child… ...

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Actions in Photoshop

Some tasks we do in Photoshop take a load of time to get them done. Sometimes there is a need to perform same task many times for many images. And ...

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Posted by IG Designs On June - 27 - 2011 2 Comments

I just tried to create a time-lapse video today. So, I shot 600 photos in Howth, Ireland to stick them all together and see how it works. The result can be seen below. Remember – it’s just a try 🙂 But more enhanced videos definitely to follow. I’ve shot 1 frame per 5 seconds, 600 frames in total.

Posted by IG Designs On June - 22 - 2011 Comments Off on The future is here. Concept Camera: The WVIL

A little while ago I could not even imagine something like this… Concept Camera: The WVIL from Artefact on Vimeo.

Posted by IG Designs On April - 24 - 2011 1 Comment

IG Designs wishes all of you Happy Easter!!!

Posted by IG Designs On April - 3 - 2011 2 Comments

Web site design principles and best practices are becoming well known these days. For example: In a process funnel, progress status should be readily visible across its pages. We should prevent errors from happening, but when errors do occur, provide adequate guidance to help users resolve them. Many believe the basic principles and guidelines that are applicable in the design of Web sites should still apply when designing for mobile platforms. After all, Web design has evolved from basic, text-based HTML pages into today’s Web standards. So, we might expect that mobile sites that follow the same guidelines could easily  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On March - 18 - 2011 1 Comment

Here is the promised Photoshop Selection Tools tutorial. If you have carefully read Part 1, you know how these tools work in theory. Now it’s time for a bit of practice. Because Photoshop is all about practice – that’s exactly what my Adobe instructor told me when I passed my first Adobe qualification exam. So, let’s start with selecting some simple shapes. I must say this usual thing about keyboard, I’m sure you all know that but anyway: CTRL on PC = Command on Mac ALT on PC = Option on Mac Geometric tools are simple – they draw a  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On February - 16 - 2011 12 Comments

When I started to learn Photoshop years ago, my very first wish was to become able to cut a piece out of an image and paste it into another one to make a composition. I thought it was so cool! It used to look a bit like a magic to me. Still some people ask me to show how to do that. So I will. I decided to divide this subject in two parts, so I can explain it properly. Part one will be an explanation of tools themselves, their settings and options (you got to know what you’re dealing  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On February - 2 - 2011 Comments Off on Photography basics: RAW vs. JPEG
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Here is a common question – what’s a RAW format for? My super-dupper camera shoots perfect JPEGs, there’s no need for all that stupid RAW post-converting hassle. RAW is just another time wasting professional photographer’s thing. And that’s what I say – the picture below shows how it all works. If it’s not enough of explanation here is another clue – your PC processor is much more powerful than ANY camera processor. JPEG compression made by PC always has better quality than if it would be made by your camera. Even if you didn’t make any adjustments of your RAWs.  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On January - 11 - 2011 6 Comments
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People ask a question – why all the illustrations I see on the web look awesome, but my one looks plain? Like if it would be drawn by a child… What gives to a professionally made graphics so nice look? And I tell them – it’s gradients. Gradients can make a simple white square on your screen look like a piece of stainless steel or glass. Gradients are used in an illustration workflow a lot. If you wish to draw shadows, highlights, light spots or 3D effect – it’s all gradients. So, let’s take a closer look at the subject.  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On January - 8 - 2011 1 Comment

I’ve been driving around Ireland many times. I always shoot pictures but this time one of my comrades had a video camera with him. It’s been a while since last summer but he finally got his hands around editing, got that done and sent me a link. Now watching this video I sense a bit of a nostalgia… It was a good time, a lot of fun and positive emotions. If you fancy to see beautiful Ireland’s South here it is:

Posted by IG Designs On January - 7 - 2011 Comments Off on Actions in Photoshop

Some tasks we do in Photoshop take a load of time to get them done. Sometimes there is a need to perform same task many times for many images. And if you don’t have a whole day to waste on doing the same thing again and again that’s when Actions come out to play. Actions will save you a huge amount of time on routine operations in Photoshop by automating them. Unfortunately people underestimate Photoshop actions and use them very rarely. Usually that happens because of incomplete understanding them. In this article I’ll try to throw a bit of light  [ Read More ]