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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MacPhun Black Friday Offer for Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 – PLUS Discount Coupon HERE!


 Macphun’s Black Friday offers are here!

This year, both apps are offered with special bonuses AND with special Black Friday pricing! In fact, they’re now ALSO offering their previous versions of the MacPhun Creative Kit 2016 (and also their individual apps) at a 30% discount

About Luminar:
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filterLUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

In fact, Luminar has just received it’s first point update – the new version is 1.0.1

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

The Bonuses: 

  • A Pack of Urban presets from Contrastly
  • Creative Look LUTs Collection for use in Luminar 2018
  • The Ultra-Wide Landscape Ebook by Ian Plant
  • Lights&Shadows Photo Training Video by Matt Granger

Those who pre-ordered Luminar 2018, will get these bonuses for free.

About Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and powerful luminosity masking controls.

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 ($79 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • 40 realistic presets by PresetPro
  • A Special Ebook

Coupon Code:

Don’t forget to enter SGANS_DISC on checkout, to get an additional $10 off your purchase!

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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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InDesign – A Free Script to Rotate Single Characters INSIDE a Text Frame

InDesignSecrets.com has shared a link to a script that FINALLY allows us to rotate selected characters INSIDE a text box in InDesign. The text remains editable and the effect can be applied to individual letters, selected character, and/or dingbats. So VERY handy!!!

https://indesignsecrets.com/free-script-to-rotate-selected-characters.php

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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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1 Day Left of On1 Photo 2017 Spring Saving Event!

In 24 hours, On1 Photo 2017’s Spring Saving Event will be ending!

Get On1 Photo RAW 2017, and get a huge collection of bonus presets and textures!

ON1 Photo 2017 is the best new all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects app! It includes new versions of Effects, Resize, Browse, Develop, and Layers.

Use it as a standalone app or as a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®.

PLUS – you’ll get

  • Photomorphis Colores Y Texturas On1 Presets
  • On1 Guru Signature Preset Collection
  • Matt Kloskowski Landscape Presets

Click this banner to view your Spring Savings Discount!
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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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Special Black Friday Pre-Release Deal on On1 Photo RAW

The Pre-Release version of On1 Photo RAW is finally available!

For New Customers: 
$99.99 for ON1 Photo RAW
+ 4 Master Courses [training videos for ON1 Photo RAW] created by Matt Kloskowski
+ The ON Guru Signature Collection preset pack*

For Upgrades:
$79.99 for ON1 Photo RAW
+ 4 Master Courses [training videos for ON1 Photo RAW] created by Matt Kloskowski
+ The ON Guru Signature Collection preset pack*

BUT, for Black Friday/Cyberweek, The deals are even better! As a special feature for Black Friday/Cyber Week, an exclusive, limited time deal on a new product offering we’ve created with one of our partners- Photomorphis.

Be on the lookout for the ON1 Photo Kit: Expert Masking & Compositing in ON1 Photo RAW. This is a limited time- 5 day only deal launching on Black Friday and features an extensive 3 part training course for Masking and Compositing in ON1 Photo RAW. Also packed full of tons of presets, textures, backgrounds, and borders – 6 products in 1 combine to form a limited time bundled ON1 Photo Kit. This item is sure to be hit for any interested in ON1 Photo RAW.


Once you’ve taken advantage of this excellent deal, you’ll need to Activate your software. Please follow these instructions – so that the full release on December 17th will be available to you!

ON1 Photo RAW has a different activation method than our previous versions. For ON1 Photo RAW (and for this pre-release), you will need to create an ON1 “user account” on our website. Since you are an ON1 Affiliate, you most likely have not created a user account on our website. You will also be able to activate Photo RAW on up to 5 computers! Don’t forget to mention that to your users.

1) Go here to create a new “user account” on our website: https://www.on1.com/newuser/

2) After you create you account, you will receive a confirmation email asking you to confirm your email address.

Note: you do not have to use the same email address as the one you use for affiliate purposes (this one) if you prefer to keep them separate.

3) After confirming, send me your email address in response to this message that you used to create a user account and I will be able to send you the installers for ON1 Photo RAW!

4) You will activate ON1 Photo RAW with your username/email address and password you create.

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MacPhun Noiseless Pro – Photo Noise Reduction Made Easy

As you all know, I’m a big fan of using my DSLR for most of my photography, but it’s rather bulky to carry – so often, I count on my Smart Phone to capture a moment or scene (in my case, an iPhone 5S). I love it’s convenience, but compared to the captures I can get on my Nikon, there are often issues I have to repair.
Noise (blocks of off-color pixels) is a major issue for me. I get it in skies, shadows, areas that should be smooth look broken and pixellated. This is a particular problem in Southern California, where the lighting outside can often be quite harsh. Please note, this software is Mac only.
Enter MacPhun Noiseless (and Noiseless Pro, as a Photoshop Plugin). With some truly intuitive settings, noise can be easily cleared from an image, while clarity and detail can be maintained and enhanced. Check it out by clicking the banner:

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MacPhun has Released Aurora HDR Pro 2017 – Amazing HDR Software

Today, MacPhun released their 2017 version of Aurora HDR Pro. For those of you who want beautiful visuals, with detail in your highlight, shadow and midtones in your photos, this software is insanely powerful. Even with a single image, detail can be pulled out that the camera’s capabilities can’t match.

Check out this great app at:

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