Yay! Another year is here, at this rate, it won't be long until we have a cure for cancer, a solution for world poverty, and free nachos. Yeah, '07 went by really fast
. Here's to everyone having an excellent year in 2008.
I saw a few films over the holidays:
I am Legend - Very entertaining. Will Smith is awesome. Some plot holes. SEE!
Charlie Wilson's War - Dramatic, realistic. A commentary on Iraq based on history. Hey, it's got Tom Hanks. SEE!
National Treasure: Book of Secrets - First movie recycled. Drags a bit. Not as exciting. WAIT FOR DVD/BR!
Alvin and the Chipmunks - Just NO. Go see Enchanted.
Now more Photoshop tips:
I'm still going to keep it to simple tips this time, next 2 times, we'll dive into using layers. If you have any questions here, ask and I'll answer (if I know the answer.) If you have any info to add, that's also welcome. Tip 4
- You press "b" for brush. You can change the brush sizes with the "[" and "]" keys. This is very useful. Press "enter" to access opacity levels, press "tab" to scroll over to flow levels. you can change the levels with the middle mouse button or the up and down arrow keys. When in brush mode, if you press alt, it'll give you the color dropper and you can pick another color.Tip 5
- The lasso and marquee tools, once you have a selected area, if you press alt, you will be able to subtract from that selection; if you press shift, you'll be able to add to the selection. This is especially useful. By pressing v (move tool) you'll be able to move the selection.Tip 6
- This is one of the most useful knowledges of Photoshop and it'll save you a lot of time, so remember this. Once you have a selection by lasso or marquee, press "control t" to enter the transform node. In this mode, if you right click, you'll have the full option of the transform tool. This applies to path and layers as well
(but I'll get into that when I get to them.) Once you have completed your transformation, double click in the selection area to rasterize it.Tip 7
- Stepping back from tools, as a common note, you should try to use as much RAM as possible for Photoshop when possible. This will speed up the process quiet a bit as you'll never hit a hickup where you're out of RAM and the computer starts using the harddrive as the cache. Goto Edit > Preferences > Memory & Image Cache, here pick a percentage of total RAM that fits your computer (I use 75%). If you're running a quad-core with 4GB of RAM, ignore what I just typed. Still in preferences, goto Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks, make sure the first option is pointed at one of your drives that has ample space (3GB+).
That's all for this time.