FREE Designer Watercolor Assets March 23rd, 2017
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:
Special Black Friday Pre-Release Deal on On1 Photo RAW November 25th, 2016
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*
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.
MacPhun Noiseless Pro – Photo Noise Reduction Made Easy October 6th, 2016
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:
MacPhun has Released Aurora HDR Pro 2017 – Amazing HDR Software September 29th, 2016
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.
On1 Sweepstakes is Starting! September 18th, 2016
Click the banner and enter each week to win:
On1 Photo RAW and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen and Touch
12.9 inch Silver 128 GB Apple iPad Pro
$1000 B&H Photo Gift Card
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with a 16-50mm lens
$1000 Amazon Gift Card
DJO PHantom 4 Qudacopter with 4K/12MP Camera
And, in the meantime, click ON1 Effects 10 FREE to download a free version of the On1 set of Photoshop plugins
A Great Photoshop Plugin has a Great Sweepstakes Coming September 16th, 2016
As an avid Photoshop user, as well as teacher, I’ve become enamored of a few of the best plugins available for various purposes. One of my main Go-To plugin suites is the On1 set. I’m planning on doing quite a few tutorials on this set, and will be speaking a lot about it in the coming months.
They’re about to release a brilliant new RAW processing app, which will complement their suite. It can be used as a replacement or adjunct to your normal Photoshop or Lightroom workflow, and it promises to be terrific.
To encourage people to check out their software, On1 is going to be launching a new SWEEPSTAKES this Sunday, September 18th. They’ll be giving away all sorts of things – iPads, cameras, drones, software… and I encourage you to enter the sweepstakes! To do so, please click the banner on this post.
In the meantime, I also suggest checking out their ON1 Effects 10 FREE plugin for Photoshop
You know how I like FREE!!!
For the love of Typography April 2nd, 2016
As most of my design and graphics students know, I’m a bit of a type geek. In almost every class, even if it’s not in our regular syllabus, I try to include at least a brief introduction to Type as Design – or, Typography.
And, you probably also know how I stress the idea of kerning – the way individual letterforms fit together, as a method of refining your work, adding a cohesive look and confirming that you’ve taken some time and put in some effort at making your type look good, as well as read well.
Nik Collection – Photoshop Plugins FREE to Everyone! March 24th, 2016
Today, Google announced that their excellent Photoshop Plugin “The Nik Collection” is going to be free to everybody.
This excellent collection includes: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine – professional level controls to refine your images. I’ve been using it for several years (along with some other plugin sets) for efficient control over my effects, sharpening, noise removal and more.
For those of us who use Photoshop on a regular basis, getting this (previously $149) plugin for FREE is a boon!
Check out their post at: https://plus.google.com/+NikCollection/posts/AFGsG2Di7EK
Really Interesting and Informative Typography Article March 20th, 2016
As almost all of my students know, I’m a bit of a type geek. So, imagine how fulfilled my inner geek feels, when I find blog post about Typefaces, Type Structure, Type families, Type anatomy, and Type Classification, the use of Type in Paragraphs, Typographic Terms like kerning and spacing, Page Layout and Type, and so much more!
Although this article is written with a focus on software development, the article is about DESIGN. Knowing what you’re using, and why. As I always say “in design, you can always break the rules, but first you have to know what the rules are!”
I seriously recommend this article to all my design students, my motion graphics students, my still image students, and anyone else who feels that Type is more than just a way to make a word show up.
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Deal on On1 Plugin for Photoshop February 17th, 2016
Hi guys. As you know, I love Photoshop, use it extensively and work intensively with almost all of it’s features (certainly not all on one project, since it’s so very vast.
Long ago, I won a silent auction for OnOne Perfect Effects. I hadn’t used plugins in a few years, but the ease of use and functionality of this set of controls made what I usually did in Photoshop SO much faster, and gave me so many options, that I quickly became addicted. For any photo, we can run our entire workflow while only using On1 (they changed the name) and it’s functions. Please note, this set is for photo enhancement and adjustment – with very powerful features, but it’s not a replacement for Photoshop, since it’s not a program “about” compositing, 3d, video.
On1 is on their version 10 right now, and they’re offering a great deal: On1 Photo 10 (Photo editing, effects, masks, organization, state-of-the-art enlargement), a Training set, Presets (which, by the way, they send you new ones monthly for free), and a magazine – all for $80!
I now use quite a few sets of plugins (there are some really great deals out there, if you watch for them, or meet them at a trade-show), but On1 gives me so much functionality, it’s become a strong part of my go-to package.
Take a look: On1.com
NOTE – there’re only 2 days left on this promotion