Watercolor Vector Styles for Adobe Illustrator and other Vector Graphics Apps

During the redesign of my site, I didn’t want you to miss out on the great things I see and recommend for my clients, students, and interested parties.

As you know, although I teach how to make some amazing graphics, sometimes I feel that incorporating pre-created work and altering it for your own design uses, or using them straight out is a time-saver. For the practical designer, this is a great place to start and work.

DesignBundles.net is affiliated with FontBundles.net. Both websites offer beautiful design elements and unique fonts with full, commercial licenses at EXTREMELY affordable pricing. I love their work, and am a fan. If you sign up for emails on their site, they’ll also offer you weekly freebies that can NOT be beat!

While perusing their offerings, I saw these BEAUTIFUL Watercolor Vector Styles that can be applied to any stroke or brush in Illustrator to make completely unexpected art. Thought you guys might be interested, so take a look at them HERE!

If you value your time, you can’t make these yourself for the $15 they’re charging!

Watercolor Vector Lab - DesignBundles

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Adobe MAX This Week!

 

This week, Adobe is having it’s Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be working as a Teaching Assistant for several classes, and according to the conference schedule, anticipate being kept VERY busy for the week! I’m looking forward to it, very much – and anticipate I’ll be “paying” for the worthwhile time with some exhaustion for the entire following week!

For those of you trying to reach me this week, either via the blog, our Facebook page ((2) AYM 4 Training – Home), our Twitter Account (AYM 4 Training (@aym4training) | Twitter)

I do hope that some or many of my students and colleagues will be attending this event, and if so, please seek me out – I’d love to see you! I’ve been assigned to TA the classes named
B342 – Photoshop Magic: Making Brushes to Speed Up Your Workflow, and B341 – Photoshop+After Effects = Awesomeness (multiple bookings of each in my schedule). I’ll also be attending other classes with some of my favorite speakers/writers and Adobe Evangelists.

I hope to see you at the conference, if you can make it, and I’ll do my best to respond to questions and such, as time allows. Have a great week!

 

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Adobe Creates the Pen Tool Game

For my students who need to practice the Pen Tool, Adobe’s created an adorable online game to practice it’s usage. The pen tool is important in Adobe Illustrator (of course), but also in Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, Animate… there’s a version of it in almost every Adobe App!

Check out the game here: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/illustrator/how-to/pen-tool-game.html

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Google Bought the NIK Collection, Made it Free, and Aren’t Updating It

The NIK Photoshop plugin collection’s been a staple in my system for many years. It’s sharpening algorithm, it’s controls have always had a strong place along with all my other plugins, and I’ve made great use of it throughout the years.

A few years ago, Google bought it, and made it FREE! That was great, and they even updated the software a few times. But, on the Mac, they stopped updating past OSX 10.10 Yosemite, on Windows, they stopped updating past Windows 8, and for Photoshop, their last compatible version is with Photoshop 2015.

THANKS GOOGLE, for buying something, ensuring it’s not profitable for you, and leaving us in the lurch…

OR DID THEY? Thank goodness for One1. They’re releasing the version Photo Raw 2017.5 in just a few days. MacPhun is not only excellent on the Mac, but they’re finishing up their first BETA of their Luminar and Aurora HDR software for Windows machine. Both of these have options very much like those offered in NIK, and they’re committed to continuing their development for years to come!

By the way – my FAVORITE software for Up-Rezzing images (when necessary) used to be Genuine Fractals – which is now On1 Perfect Resize – part of their Photo Raw software!

To check these apps out – take a look here:
On1 Photo RAW – and check out their On1 software, and On1PLUS – an amazing and unique training center for the use of On1 software

MacPhun Software – and check out their current deal with Plotagraph Pro! Don’t forget to use coupon code SGANS_DISC on checkout, if you choose to buy the software.

I’m finally about to upgrade to Sierra… Bye Bye, NIK….

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MacPhun Luminar May Creativity and Mega preset Pack offer extended until June 6th!

Luminar + Creativity Mega Preset Pack, Essential Pro Secrets for Unleashing your Creativity eBook, Ultimate Posing Card Collection, Overlays Variety Pack and first 3,000 customers will also receive a collection of Light and Bokeh Overlays for $69 ($49 with coupon for MacPhun users, $59 with coupon for new users!). Total value of $250.

 To get this offer – use Coupon Code SGANS_DISC at checkout!

OFFER ENDS Tuesday June 6th

You Get:

  • Luminar, The Supercharged photo editor for Mac that adapts to your skill level.

  • Creativity Mega Preset Pack – 26 beautiful presets from Presetpro to create stunning looks in Luminar

  • Essential Pro Secrets for Unleashing your Creativity ebook by Ian Plant – Creative lessons and techniques for how to make your photos match the depth of your passion

  • Ultimate Posing Card Collection – Hundreds of ideas for boudoir, family, indoor, newborn, wedding photography and more

  • Overlays Variety Pack – Sky, snow, rainbow, leaf, and fireworks overlays to create a unique look in your images

  • ADDITIONAL BONUS FOR FIRST 3,000 CUSTOMERS145 Fireworks Overlays

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MacPhun Aurora HDR and Plotagraph Offer EXTENDED!

Firstly – I need you all to know – MacPhun has their apps for Windows machine in BETA – you will soon be able to get all these cool features I’ve been touting on Windows!

But, I’m really writing to let you know that the Aurora HDR and Plotagraph Offer has been extended until Sunday – June 4th!

Plotagraph Pro allows you to animate PART of an image and create video or animated gifs to use. Check out my first attempts at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_7zXumUEow
https://youtu.be/V4suaTH-noo

This offer is available for as low as $89 (a $186 value) if you use coupon code SGANS_DISC at checkout.

Click here to see the deal!

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Aurora HDR 2017 PAIRED with Plotagraph Pro!!!

Starting today, MacPhun is offering

Aurora HDR 2017($99) and a 3 month Plotagraph Pro+ Membership ($87 value) for as low as $89 when they use Coupon Code SGANS_DISC.

If you haven’t heard of Plotagraph before, it is SaaS-based solution that allows you to bring your photos to life. From a single JPEG, Plotoagraph Pro can create MP4, animated GIFs and more; with endless skies, flowing streams, crashing waves and of course far more abstract artwork than that. For a quick overview about the software, watch this quick video, or this longer video, and to see some incredible animated images created with it check out the gallery here.

Aurora HDR 2017 and Plotagraph Pro

Plotagraph Pro pairs well with the depth and contrast that you develop in Aurora HDR 2017, so you can create your own truly living photo.

You Get:
Aurora HDR 2017, The world’s most powerful HDR image editor for the Mac.
Plotagraph Pro+ Membership (3 months) – Bring your photos to life, animate from a single JPEG.

Remember to use Coupon Code SGANS_DISC to get the discounted price of $89. Without the coupon, the cost is $99.

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A Useful Clarification of the Term “Image Resolution” in Digital Images

In so many of my classes, particularly Photoshop, Digital Photography and the Video applications, we discuss image resolution – or DPI – dots per inch (or PPI – pixels per inch). For the most part, my students seem to grasp the concepts from when I teach in (as I describe it) “Stephanese“. But here’s another discussion on the subject – this time in “CreativeBloqese“.

Check out this article from CreativeBloq.com for further clarification on the subject of pixel resolution (height/width/depth) of an image for print and for screen viewing:
http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/what-is-dpi-image-resolution-71515673/2

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Premiere Pro Multi-Camera Editing Idea – WITHOUT Synced Cameras

For my Premiere students…

In our Advanced classes, we learn to edit a Multicamera sequence, when several cameras have been used, simultaneously.

Today, Rocketstock’s blog has a very interesting article  for an alternative use of Multicamera editing – when using a variety of clips from various shoots. I think you may find it inspiring for a new and efficient workflow. Take a look!
https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/edit-videos-with-multi-cam-sequence/?utm_source=RocketStock+Updates&utm_campaign=11a2cf663f-RS_Blog_Updates_04212017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74052b2af9-11a2cf663f-429325757

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FREE Designer Watercolor Assets

You all know I love FREE! DesignBundles.net has a free, very very large and beautiful bundle of watercolor assets for your design needs. Check it out at:
https://designbundles.net/free-design-resources/free-watercolor-bundle

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