Posted tagged ‘photoshop’

Free Christmas Images & Photoshop Tutorials

December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas To All!

Today I have three sites for you to check out. The first two sites have a ton of free Christmas images. They have clip art, wallpapers, photoshop files, vector files, and png files. The third site is for those who want to design their own images. You will find pages of Photoshop tutorials to keep you busy.

Have fun with these! “Merry Christmas” to those who celebrate it!
Till next time!


Tools For Digital Editing

February 6, 2009

The following article covers some of the tools used to edit digital photos. If you’ve been thinking you need to know more about them, here’s your opportunity.

While the use of digital cameras has made it easier for photographers to quickly check whether or not they like the shot they’ve taken, there are still usually flaws that need to be touched up or a crop that will make the image more dramatic. Because of this, they need to use image editors to produce their desired results.

While image editors that are built-in to the computer’s OS (take Microsoft Paint, for example) can do very basic editing, power users such as professionals and web designers need more powerful programs.

There are a number of good image editors out there that are popular among photographers and web designers alike. For one there’s Adobe Photoshop.

Ever since it was released in 1990, its use has become an industry standard in the image editing industry. Then there’s Corel PHOTO-PAINT of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.  This program specifically targets photographers who wish to edit their images using the computer.

You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about photo editing software. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.

Another photo editing software is GIMP which stands for GNU Image Manipulation. The good thing about this photo editor is that you can use it in a variety of operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. For those who are used to the Photoshop interface, there’s the GIMPshop developed by Scott Moschella.

Google has also developed Picasa which is a basic photo editing and organizing software which can be useful to photographers who only need to crop, fix red eye, and adjust the hues on their photos.

It never hurts to be well-informed with the latest on photo editing software. Compare what you’ve learned here to future articles so that you can stay alert to changes in the area of photo editing software.

Skills to Create Web 2.0 Sites

January 12, 2009

Web 2.0 is a topic that has recently moved to center stage–at least it seems that way. If you’ve been thinking you need to know more about it, here’s your opportunity.

If you want to create your own websites, there are several
skills you need to get the job done. Some need a steep
learning curve, meaning that they are easy to learn, while
others need more effort in order to be executed properly.

I’ve listed some of the skills needed in creating web 2.0

1. Using a graphics editor

– this is important when you wish to create graphics for
your website. A good graphics editor can do jobs such as
simple photo editing to more complex ones such as creating
gradient and reflection effects. Photoshop and GIMP are
popular graphics editors used by designers.


– is another important skill any web designer needs to
have. HTML is a markup language, and just like other markup
languages, it tells the computer how the graphics and other
elements of the page will be displayed. Basic tags are
enough to let normal users get by, but knowledge of more
specialized tags are needed by those who want to build
better websites.

Knowledge can give you a real advantage. To make sure you’re fully informed about Web 2.0 , keep reading.

3. CSS

– is short for Cascading Style Sheets. Having a style sheet
for a website makes it easier for designers to design a
page by assigning values to tags such as those used in
paragraphs, lists and the likes. With a style sheet, a
style can be easily applied by using a variable on any part
of the site.

4. Flash

– is a program used for creating animations, games and
entire websites. Knowledge on how to use this is a must
among web designers. While the basic commands will be
enough for most users, Flash’s ActionScript gives people
more control over their creations.

Now that wasn’t hard at all, was it? And you’ve earned a wealth of knowledge, just from taking some time to study an expert’s word on Web 2.0.

Till next time!

Video, Pumpkin carving with Photoshop

October 5, 2008

Here it is, October already! Gosh how time is flying by! With that said, on with the show. I came across this video on you tube In the video Jeff Chadsworth shows how to use the tools in Photoshop to “carve” a pumpkin. His pumpkin isn’t scary but he shows exactly how to use the tools in Photoshop for the desired effects. I’m going to go create a pumpkin.

Till Next Time!

Tutorial on Making a Header

August 3, 2008

Since blogs are really popular, I thought I would show you how to make your own header. This way you can add your own personal touches to your site. We will use the header I just made for another site as an example to get you started.


If you have Photoshop Elements or another version of Photoshop open it up. I happen to be using Photoshop CS. Click on File > New


This is where the size of your header (or canvas size) is entered. The header for my blog is going to be 600 pixels by 175 pixels. In the pop up window (shown below) for the width I entered 600 pixels and for the height I entered 175 pixels. Your measurements may be different than what I have entered for mine.


Once your new file is open, double click on the lock symbol in the Layers pallet to unlock the layer. (As indicated below) A pop up will open to rename the unlocked layer. The default is layer 0, click OK. In the Tools pallet choose the Paint bucket. If the current color showing for the Foreground color isn’t the color you want, click on the color chip on the Tools pallet. The Color picker will pop up, choose your desired color and click OK. Place the Paint bucket cursor into any area of the white canvas and click your left mouse button. The area should now be what ever the color was that you choose.


Next, make a New Layer from the Layers pallet by clicking on the symbol at the bottom of the Layers pallet. I then clicked on the Shape Tool (from the Tools pallet) to draw an ellipse in the middle of my canvas. Be sure to change the color so you can see it on top of the background color. Something that complements your first color you choose would be good. Use the Move tool from the Tools pallet to move the shape to the desired placement.


For some added texture I opened a photo I have on my hard drive. Click on the photo and drag it to the canvas you are working on. Move the photo around until you are satisfied with the area that will be showing in the header. I then changed the opacity of the photo to 50% in the Layers pallet. This way the colors from the bottom layers can show through.


Add a New Layer. Choose the Text Tool from the Tools pallet. You may need to change the color of the text so you can see it. Use the same procedure to change the color as we did previously in the Tools pallet. Left click your mouse button to place the curser in the area you want to add your text.


Use the tool bar at the top of your screen to select the Font and Font size that you want to use. I have selected Arial Black with a 30 point font size. Then, using your keyboard, type your desired title.


Make another New Layer and use this same procedure to type your subtitle. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly in the correct area; use the Move tool to place the text in the correct spot.


This is what your layers pallet should look like when you are finished. If something isn’t showing up just click on the layer and drag it to the correct placement.


Finally, save your file by clicking on: File > Save As. On the window that pops up name your file something like “Blog header” and then click Save. (This saves the Photoshop file incase modifications are needed.) To use the header on your site just save the file again: File > Save For Web.


On the next screen (a section shown to the left) make sure GIF is selected as the file type, change number of colors used if needed. Then click Save. Name the file and where to save it. Click Save again.


Here is the finished header, ready to FTP to your site.


For the tutorial with images click this link: tutorial-on-making-a-header PDF


This tutorial was written by Joann Snell. For more information visit http://jlsnell/ or

You may use this tutorial as is on your site as long as the credits are included and no changes are made to the original content.