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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

5 Simple Tips for Taking Better Photos This Summer

Photography as an art has never been more exciting or enjoyable. Today’s photography enthusiast has many styles, topics, and tools open to them. Plus, the blending of digital with print makes the craft of taking photos very versatile.

While it is true that taking photos is as simple as running out and grabbing a cheap five dollar camera, taking good photos has never been easy. So let’s explore some quick ideas that can help you take photos that you will be happy to send home.

Here are five tips to help.

1. Get a little closer, don't be shy. One of the biggest mistakes most beginning photographers make is shooting from so far away. They leave too much distance between themselves and their subjects. Instead, get up close and personal. Fill up as much of the camera frame, with your subject, as you can. You can always reshape, trim, and resize a good quality shot using Adobe Photoshop. But you can't continue to blow up a distant subject and hope that it will come into focus. It just won't happen.

2. This tip springs directly from #1(above)... focus your shot on only one subject. Determine what the main subject of the photo will be, and catch that image. Try and find the one key subject, person, or event that accurately portrays the feeling you are trying to capture.

3. In addition to getting one subject, in your photos, you will want to make the background of the photo as simple as possible. Busy, distracting backgrounds pull the attention away from the central theme of your photo. The subject of your photo is absolutely the most important element, and anything that detracts from the subject can ruin your shot.

4. Finally, you want to take your subject out of the exact center of the frame. You do this by using the rule of thirds. Imagine having a camera lens split into 9 equal sized boxes, 3 across and 3 down (like having a tic-tac-toe game printed right on your camera lens). Where those "tic-tac-toe" lines cross, should become the focusing point of your subject, when you are arranging to take your photo.


5. For some reason if tips #1 – 5 fails, then it’s time to load up Photo shop to help with retouching your photos. Photoshop gives you the ability to remove red eyes, adjust coloring or improve the photos effects, and cropping or resizing, Photo shop also give you the ability to fix any under exposed or over exposed photos. So, if all else fails use Photo shop to save the day! You will be thrilled. So will your family.

Based on this tip, every time you compose a shot, the main subject of your photo should be located primarily on one of these "third" lines.

These are just five very basic tips and strategies to help improve your photos. As you know, photography skills can always be improved. In fact, most professional photographers exhibit a life long passion for learning new techniques, photography angles, and photo inspirations. A great place to start learning how to create and build a great collection of photos visits our great selections of Photoshop Tutorials.

We have a huge selection of Free Photoshop Tutorials that gives step by step instructions for beginners (for those who want to capture those great summer vacation pictures) or for those experts’ photographers that are preparing for that wonderful Art exhibit. So let’s get started, there’s no time, like the present and its All Free! PS Workshop - Photoshop Tutorials


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Photoshop Help Fight Crime CSI Style

Crime is the biggest problem to humanity as the graph of crime is growing with time. To fight against this monster and to retain peace and humanity on this planet, the governments of different countries are putting all their efforts to try and combat this injustice. Crime cannot be stopped only by manual efforts from all police departments of different countries but police departments must also take technological support.


The various new technologies are also introduced to uncover the hidden facts behind any crime and thus doing justice by saving the life of innocent and punishing the guilty. These new technologies involve the major use of animation and image editing software. In this animation and image editing software, Photoshop plays a major role. These technologies not only help police department in their investigation but also benefits their users in almost all industries.


Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) focuses on forensic tools and technology. What we see in these tools and technology are great graphics, excellent photo shots, and a single picture in different look etc. And what we don’t see is how these graphics are brought to life, how a single picture can be presented in different shapes etc. Most likely Photoshop is used to create many of these interesting clips. Adobe Photoshop provides a number of tools and plug-ins to work with images, giving them the desired effects, shape and sizes for forensic pathologists to work with.


Adobe Photoshop is user friendly software that anyone having some creativity and little experience can put their imagination and creativity to life to achieve their goals. Graphic experts have made it possible to give new dimensions to the technology of image editing, effects and animation.


For example if you have seen one the “CSI’s” episode on TV, whereby they bring the forensic evidence to life like DNA testing or an autopsy report. So that it can be understood by viewers like us, to understand how they create something as complex as DNA, but also make it simple with graphics, multimedia and image effects for us to vision and to interpret. It takes plenty of expert resources and talents to bring a show to life and to give us the type of illusion and imagery they are looking to portray.


Another good example of this is an episode of “Number’s” where they take the face of hundreds of men and add different algorithms like demographics, race (mug shots) and age to narrow their search down to a few potential suspects. Or they can take a colored picture and present it with different colors and change the background color and present it with a different number of colors to age a person for solving cold cases or missing and exploited children.


Technology like DNA has opened the door to creations of jobs that are available in the field of forensics. Graphic Experts in the field of Photoshop and Photoshop Design which has emerged as a career oriented course in most Colleges and Universities. So the next time you think that you are not cut out for CSI think again, and look at the number of opportunities behind the scenes in graphics, effects and animation.


It could be concluded that Photoshop has helped police departments, crime reporters, secret agents and other government or private agencies to enhance their performance in forensic science.


To learn more about Photoshop and what you can do to start your career path in graphics and design, take a look at our Free Photoshop Tutorials at: http://www.psworkshop.net Start with our Basic category and then work your way to Special Effects selection. You will find tons of Photoshop Tutorials that will give you a better understanding of what is expected in a career such as forensic science and how you can help stump out crime.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Featured Photoshop Tutorial

I’m sure you have noticed our Featured Photoshop Tutorial, located in our “What’s New” section. Many of you have asked how to be Featured?


To be Featured we randomly select Tutorials from the Previous Month Top Ten (based on hit count), then we randomly select a Tutorial from that users Tutorials list and post it as a Featured Tutorial for 1 week.


Its simple: The more Tutorials you add the better your chances and any participation in our Photoshop Forum will almost assure you a place as our Featured Tutorial. The benefit is 50-75% increase traffic to your web site.

So what are you waiting for? Get those Tutorials submitted. But hurry, you only have a few days left this Month if you want to be featured next month (May 2006).


 - Thanks and good luck


Monday, April 17, 2006

Photoshop - Your Journey Begins Here!

Summary: - This article will give you the history of Photoshop including its origin and various versions released from time to time. It also explains the advancement of Photoshop and points out the features added in newer versions. Over the next few weeks I will try to provide you with the background of Photoshop and it's features.
Photoshop is the industry standard for professional graphics editing software developed and sold by Adobe systems. Originally developed for paper based printing in the 90s, today it is extensively used to produce images for the millions of web pages on the Internet. Referred simply as Photoshop by both professionals and lay users, today Photoshop is the market leader in commercial image editing, manipulating software.
It was almost 15 years back in 1987 the brothers Thomas and John Knoll started the development of Photoshop. Version 1 was released in 1990 by Adobe. Photoshop version 9 is the latest version as of 2006. In its latest iteration, Photoshop is marketed as CS2 – Creative Suite of Adobe.
With the release of Photoshop CS2, it is now fully integrated with Adobe’s new brand image. The classic feature of the eye icon symbolizing Photoshop products have now given way to use of feathers in its new format to identify itself.
With so many new avatars, Photoshop still retains its versatility and flexibility. More specialized tools for editing for the web are incorporated in the Adobe Image Ready application. Photoshop continues to have strong links with other applications of Adobe in areas of video editing, animation and authoring to make professional standard DVD with special effects services, backgrounds etc.

The brand new Photoshop version now can read various RAW file formats from digital cameras. With so many professional features Photoshop is also facing severe competition from cheaper products. Realizing this, Adobe released the Photoshop Elements – a version shorn of many professional features for just under $100. This however appealed to the general consumer but did not have any takers with professionals as Photoshop Elements is not suitable for pre-press work.
While many competing products offer similar products, Photoshop still remains the favorite – the high price not withstanding. Adobe also has smartly collaborated with competition rather than fighting against them. It has added many new web-specific features and digital image processing making it popular with home users and amateurs. 
With more and more people switching over to digital photography and the proliferation of multimedia rich contents on the web and in the entertainment business, Photoshop is all set to continue its leadership position in true Photoshop tradition and style. After all, tradition never goes out of style. Thomas and John Knoll will approve with a resounding YES! To begin your journey in Photoshop start by using many of our Photoshop Tutorials that will provide you with step-by step instructions to guide you on your journey. – Begin your journey here:

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Graphic Design No Second Chance?

Graphic Design – No Second Chance?

Whether it’s a company business card, a letterhead, a poster, an ad in the paper, a web site, or any host of business presentation materials, you need superb graphic design to stand out in this highly competitive world. Like the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Great first impressions are made by outstanding graphic design or the luck of the draw.

There are people who take years of courses in university or college to study graphic design. The good thing is that if you’re not one of them there’s still hope! PSWorkshop is a great place to start gaining that knowledge needed to creating that great looking web site or that awesome looking logo.

Large corporations contract companies or highly capable individuals who can look after their corporate identity, but for the rest of us need to either hire the local printing shop or do the design work ourselves. But the good news is that according to the US SBA statistics there were approximately 22.9 million small businesses in the US in 2002. Which most uses some form of graphic design?

Today, being able to create a good company image is not the stumbling block it was years ago. Most computer programs, like word processors, desktop publishers etc., have 'wizards' that will help you create an identity for your business by using existing templates. All you need to do is plug-in your own information. These programs can create business cards, logos, brochures, newsletters, posters, and a host of other related presentation materials. We have become a culture of DIY Photoshop experts, so that we now have input and creative of our own design.

There are even software programs that will create a very professional company logo, whether your business is very conservative or very outlandish. Web sites are also a major part of a company’s identity, more so if you are actually developing or own an online company. By searching our Template Store you will find lots of templates for your web site that will almost be a perfect fit for your business, whether you are selling online or offline.

Even the presentation of information, the actual words that tell about your product or service, or anything related needs to be considered a graphic design element. Consider some of the posters that promote milk. The advertising companies that promote the drinking of milk could write a multitude of words explaining the chemical make-up of milk and why you should drink it.

Instead, they add a large photo image of an active person drinking it outdoors, with a cow in the background, and place one word in the corner of the poster, “Milk”. Everyone gets the meaning immediately from the photo, which is then reinforced by the word, or a few words. But like the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand “word”.

When doing your own graphic design, the best principle to follow is that ‘less is more’. Allow for lots of space. People find it hard to focus on things that are cluttered. Think of a desk. You don’t really notice the desk when it’s cluttered with papers and junk. Remove the clutter and everyone notices the desk. Remove the desk and people notice the empty office – ok you get the picture. Keep things clean and simple.

If you do have to present a lot of words, try adding visual interest by adding pull-quotes, which are boxes, set in the text that quote some of the highlights of the actual text. The box adds interest.

People usually notice the biggest, boldest item first, and then go left to right if no clear indication is given. In a newspaper article, it’s usually the photo first, then the headline, then bolded captions, then the actual article.

There’s no shame in looking at a design that works for someone else, and emulating it, but not copying it, that’s what make PSWorkshop a great resource because there are plenty examples to assist you with your design.

By keeping in mind what your ‘desk’, or focus, is, and by using all the tools at your disposal, many of which are free, you will be able to produce graphic designs that are eye catching and Profitable.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Welcome to PSWorkshop Blog

Today is an exciting day for me, after Months of deciding or rather trying to make a decision to add a blog, well as you guess here it is. I’m usually not quick to just jump on the band wagon so I decided to do something different. I was mainly convinced due to the fact I spent lots of time blogging on other web sites. But my main concern was time – will I have time to provide valuable information relating to Photoshop and Photoshop Tutorials and would there be an audience for that type of blog. Well the thought was over very quickly after searching the blog’s that were available out there. You would not believe what people blog about! But I guess if they could have a show about nothing they could have blog’s about nothing. So here we are my Grand Opening for PSWorkshop Blog and where do we start?
Many of us are everyday users trying to learn Photoshop and the tools associated. But in my biased opinion this is the best place to start. With our database containing over 2000 Photoshop Tutorials ranging anywhere from creating a basic web site logo to making President Bush look like Pre-Bush. But we all know – ok some of us know that youth is difficult to keep, but with tools available in Photoshop President Bush could look like Governor G.W. Bush again.

And for many of you who are College students like me, who decided on taking that Photoshop class for that easy A. WRONG, it not that easy!  Yes that’s also what I read about Adobe Photoshop Elements – here’s the course description “learn to quick fixes, organize and electronically share your digital photos and albums”. Now how difficult could that be for a person of my nature? Having created a web site and thinking I know it all. If you’ve taken the class, you now know it’s not as simple as it sounds! Well you will find that you are only good as the instructor says you are. Anyway it was a great class and yes, even I learned a lot, I guess the stick figure man thing is out. I will let you know how the re-take goes.
You are now stuck with me until – your computer freeze up while drawing that perfect stick man. Be sure and check out the tutorials, they are a great resource and if you’re anything like me they are great examples. And if your are taking any of the Adobe courses – don’t tell anyone, but most of the tutorials comes with step-by step instructors, also be sure and give me your comments.