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I've recently got my hands on a copy (don't ask) and find it baffling. Any tips? Can you point me in the direction of a good tutorial or something?

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

New technology fearing answers!

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, be a man and just keep playing with it until you get good at it.

Josh, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

But I want to know how to alter pictures of my brother in amusing ways NOW!

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Josh is right...just play around. Does it have a Help section?

james, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Are Help sections ever helpful?

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

he he...only if you know what you're looking for! (sorry, enough of the bad advice, it's not turning out to be a great week)

james, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

use shatter

mark s, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I hang onto my store of arcane Photoshop knowledge for dear life. Sorry, chaps, you'll get no help from me.

Sean, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

You could always hang out in a megabookstore and crib from their computer books section, DG...

Josh, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't like it when people don't share the info. It's kind of annoying. I'll give you a good tip, DG. Get a used photoshop book from Amazon.com. There's way too much to tell. Really, who would even know where to begin?

Nude Spock, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I do.

:-)

Sean, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

So... what would you begin with; basics like resolution, selections, layers and color correction? The tools? Color modes? All the cool tricky stuff would have to come later, wouldn't it? Photoshop, like Quark, has a lot of options, don't it? DG, if I were you, I'd look up those topics first, so you know what you're doing before you make beautiful artwork that suddenly changes color or prints out half the size you expected.

Personally, I save all important selections as alpha channels, make a new layer for just about everything and work with the pen tool to get detailed bits. I generally have dozens of layers and 5 or 10 alpha channels by the time I'm done. The pen and the smudge tools are things I never used until a few years ago. For some reason I thought they were for dopes, imprecise and awkward. Then, I figured out if you use selections properly, all the tools have their major advantages. I love photoshop and can pretty much render anything I want to, faces, bottles, elephants that look like photographs.

DG, the best exercise you could do would be to take a glass full of water or wine and try to draw it perfectly. It'll help you to realize that shadows are never shades of black and light is never white. Choosing realistic colors is what sets amazing artwork apart. During the process, you'll intuitively figure out how to use the pen tool and how to create selections based on weird shapes of reflected light. And blur is about the only filter you ever want to use. Those filters are tacky, man.

Good luck, DG. Don't get frustrated, there's a lot to it, but it's cool as hell once you understand it all!

Nude Spock, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Altering pics of bro: use Clone tool (looks like a little rubber stamp). Hold down option and click on area of the pic you want to clone (like a black background, or shadowy wallpaper or summat). Release the option key, choose a brush size for your clone tool, and "paint" the area that you want to erase away. HEY PRESTO fat nick has no head.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"faces, bottles, elephants that look like photographs": i love this list, tho it omits "sirens" and "animals that have just broken the watercooler"

mark s, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Thank you very much! :-)

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Personal to Nude Spock: I was only kidding.

Sean, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Sean, I wasn't trying to be annoying or anything, honest.

Mark S, those are things I've recently done is the only reason I thought of 'em. Elephants is kind of an odd one, I suppose, but you should see how odd the design is. Virgin Mary with the head of an elephant and a lotus flower where the sacred heart should be, holding a monkey with a halo of elephants circling her head, holding nose to trunk, nose to trunk. Some arabic type, velvet curtins and sort of a tarot card look, but with regular "suits" corners. I'm still working on it, but it's gettin' there...

Nude Spock, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I made my first doctored image! Hooray! Though it isn't of ol' Fattie so there's no point posting it.

DG, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, be a man and just keep playing with it until you get good at it.
Eeeeeeew. ;-)

helenfordsdale, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Did you give someone a third eye? It seems like that's the first thing everyone does.

Nude Spock, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No, I created solid photographic evidence that my nemesis was top mates with Hitler.

DG, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.eyeball- design.com/index3.htm

Kodanshi, Thursday, 20 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
Yes but, say I have a logo which is RED, and I want to change the colour of this logo to the same purple colour that everything else is on our website, HOW THE FLIP DO I DO THIS?? I mean surely "change from x colour to y colour" is not difficult, right?!

RIGHT?!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 22 April 2004 10:33 (fifteen years ago) link

You need to go to "image" then "adjustments" and mess around with things. Its not as easy as hitting a button that says "change to purple". Do you want to change the whole logo or certain parts of it? Is there writing on the logo?

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Thursday, 22 April 2004 10:44 (fifteen years ago) link

You could email it to me at my opf address and I could have a look at it this afternoon, Starstar.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Thursday, 22 April 2004 10:48 (fifteen years ago) link

if it's just shades of red you could convert to grayscale, convert to "Duotone..." but actually choose monotone then choose how the grayscale converts to the colour in question, then convert back to RGB. this might be the long way round

Jaunty Alan (Alan), Thursday, 22 April 2004 10:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Ooh cheers Mr. the Nipper, I will do so. It's a very small logo so hopefully it wouldn't prove too problematic! I will also give Alan and Chris's tips a go and see how that works.

It's just red writing on a white background! It's THAT simple! :)

I did manage to select the colour I want, and drop it onto the old colour using the paintbucket, but that doesn't change the shades of red on the sides of the letters and it looks k-scrappy.

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:02 (fifteen years ago) link

well the method i describe will deffo work (even if there does turn out to be a quicker way)

Jaunty Alan (Alan), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Alang you're a bloody genius! I just did "remove colour" and then AS IF BY MAGIC it's worked a treat. Marv!!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:13 (fifteen years ago) link

right click on the layer panel and check the layer properties and the blending options.

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:14 (fifteen years ago) link

How do people do those mockups of record sleeves, magazines etc but still use the same typeface? Is that a photoshop trick or do they use some OCR program?

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:37 (fifteen years ago) link

just a matter of knowing your fonts.

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Thursday, 22 April 2004 11:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Funnily enough Billy, I asked exactly the same question the other day on here and stockholm cindy pointed me in the direction of What The Font?.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

There's also "replace color" which is not as simple as it sounds, but generally works.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Can someone with skillz help me out with what is probably a simple problem?

A friend was fucking around on Photoshop on my computer the other day, and now whenever I cut something and paste it into another picture, the pasted image appears semi-transparent, even though the fill and opacity is all the way on 100%. I've been trying to fix this for over an hour, and it's driving me nuts.

If it helps at all, I'll give a few more details. When I cut from an image, it leaves a little feathered hole where the selection was, instead of a clean line. This happens even though the feathering is turned down to 0 pixels.

Z S, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 02:08 (twelve years ago) link

you've not changed the 'mode' to something other than Normal by mistake have you, in the top tool bar ?

Ste, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 08:21 (twelve years ago) link

nine months pass...

does anyone have adobe postscript

roxymuzak, Thursday, 8 May 2008 02:32 (eleven years ago) link

or know where i can dl it for free

roxymuzak, Thursday, 8 May 2008 02:33 (eleven years ago) link

or what it even is

roxymuzak, Thursday, 8 May 2008 02:33 (eleven years ago) link

Postscript is a programming language, albeit one that is usually both written and read by other software. It is not something you buy.

What is it you're trying to do?

Jacob, Thursday, 8 May 2008 02:51 (eleven years ago) link

Do you want to read a postscript file? If so, get GSView or something here: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

mh, Thursday, 8 May 2008 02:59 (eleven years ago) link

No.. but what do you need to do? I do have most Adobe software access at work..

daria-g, Thursday, 8 May 2008 04:12 (eleven years ago) link

This happens even though the feathering is turned down to 0 pixels.

A few minutes after posting this, I think I realized that feathering was in fact at 20 pixels or something like that.

Z S, Thursday, 8 May 2008 04:35 (eleven years ago) link

After many years of not having a computer I finally got a laptop and reacquainted myself with Adobe Photoshop. It was like the return of an old lover from my teen years, but with a few hundred more vaginas, and I can't remember how any of 'em work.

^^^irrelevant post of no help to Roxy or anyone, i have no help to offer, sorry

RabiesAngentleman, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:39 (eleven years ago) link

Roxy -- are you thinking of Distiller, maybe? That's part of Acrobat Pro. And yeah -- what you need to do is a key question. :)

kenan, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:48 (eleven years ago) link

GOD yall are nosy

roxymuzak, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:33 (eleven years ago) link

if i'm thinking correctly then postscript is kind of like a beefed up printer protocol - ie, it tells your printer how/what to print.

Viceroy, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:54 (eleven years ago) link

7 years later, can we finally ask DG how he got his hands on a copy

s1ocki, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

i forget

however i recently got cs3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DG, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:57 (eleven years ago) link

don't ask, don't tell

s1ocki, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:00 (eleven years ago) link

no it was legit :(

DG, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

back in the day getting macromedia studio 8 for £60 was quite a coup

DG, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

wau at nude spock

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:43 (eleven years ago) link

Virgin Mary with the head of an elephant

no wonder this blasphemous heretic got banned

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

Photoshop CS4: Classic or dud?

ASCII NED (libcrypt), Saturday, 29 November 2008 21:49 (ten years ago) link

The new display technology throws me off a bit. Images at different magnifications can look very different.

ASCII NED (libcrypt), Saturday, 29 November 2008 21:50 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Getting desperate for a Christmas present for my Dad, who's a (very) serious amateur photographer and uses Photoshop Elements. I can just about afford the Photoshop CS4 if me and my brother both chip in and if I get the student version (I have a part-time student card so I guess that would work).

Is there any other giftable software a photoenthusiast would like, or is Photoshop basically it? He uses a PC.

He would never consider using cracks, hence worth us considering this present.

ljubljana, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:52 (ten years ago) link

I'd recommend Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (currently on v2.1) - gets rid of a lot of stuff a photographer wouldn't use, simplifies the workflow and provide a great tagging/cataloguing system. I couldn't cope without it now. A lot cheaper than PS-CS4 but quite a bit more expensive than PSE7.

Does his PC have plenty of RAM? Adobe recommend 1GB for Lightroom but I think 2GB is needed.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 14 December 2008 15:03 (ten years ago) link

I've never used Lightroom and don't know the extent of it's processing tools, but it sounds like a great idea. Alternately, maybe you could find someone selling CS3. Very few people are upgrading to CS4 at this point.

dan selzer, Sunday, 14 December 2008 15:36 (ten years ago) link

lightroom is a good idea if he's going to use it for his photography. not sure about the cost difference tho.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Sunday, 14 December 2008 18:05 (ten years ago) link

If he's a Mac user, then Aperture is a very good, photographer-centric image editing app. Lightroom can be considered Adobe's response to Aperture.

TEENAGE DIALECTICS (libcrypt), Sunday, 14 December 2008 19:25 (ten years ago) link

They have a CS4?

Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Sunday, 14 December 2008 21:06 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

They have a CS4?

Yeah, and it's dope.

bachmann boehner overdrive (kenan), Thursday, 7 May 2009 01:18 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

;_;

ledge, Thursday, 7 October 2010 22:30 (nine years ago) link

I'm finding it weird that there are a number of people on here & the ilphotography threads say they can't afford Photoshop and Lightroom, but have been on other threads talking about acquiring films/tv and music via certain internet wonders of sharing.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 7 October 2010 23:23 (nine years ago) link

adobe products have finally achieved gotten bloated with enough bad features to be an apt fit for microsoft

akm, Friday, 8 October 2010 05:09 (nine years ago) link

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

www.askjeeves.com (Z S), Friday, 8 October 2010 05:10 (nine years ago) link

OH FUCK! oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 8 October 2010 05:33 (nine years ago) link

this is all just rumor and speculation right now anyway.

akm, Friday, 8 October 2010 05:36 (nine years ago) link

:P

conrad, Friday, 8 October 2010 10:29 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

I've just been reading that recent editions of photoshop need to have a certain resolution of screen before they will allow you to save properly.
1024x600 which it doesn't look like I can access on my computer.
I'm just wondering if it has always been like that or if it might be possible to get hold of an older version and use it successfully.
Without the ability to save things the application's usefulness is sorely limited.

Is this a problem that other image editing software suffer from. Or am I better trying something like Gimp?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:57 (six years ago) link

AT the moment I just get no dialogue box coming up when i press save as & the only possible way of saving is to turn off the image at the x at which point it asks if you want to save the image that's being thrown away but then you can't come back and save differing versions of the same project.
Kind of sux really.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:59 (six years ago) link

ive used ps since the pre-creative suite days up to cs5 don't know what you're referring to about required resolution. no dialogue box for 'save as' sounds like your photoshop install is corrupted

am0n, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:58 (six years ago) link

wow you've seen a lot of shops in your time!

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:05 (six years ago) link

i can tell from some of the pixels

am0n, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:12 (six years ago) link

yeah, i've never run into any issue re: screen resolution and saving either, sorry!

but the boo boyz are getting to (Z S), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:15 (six years ago) link

try this¿?

http://www.nextgenupdate.com/forums/gfx-tutorials/394721-fixed-photoshop-save-problem.html

am0n, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:47 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

I mean, I'm thrilled that they've finally caught up to the rest of the world (and the rest of their apps) and made CMD+Z the all-around go-backward function, but damn. It's going to take me another five years to quit hitting OPTION+CMD+Z to go backward more than a step.

pplains, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:26 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Same with swapping shift-resize!

sktsh, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:38 (eleven months ago) link

Good Lord, that too.

Why even still have the little lock icon up there if it doesn't do anything?

Though, yes, the new way is better.

pplains, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:44 (eleven months ago) link

oh man that made me so angry and perplexed the first time I fired up the new version

I want to change my display name (dan m), Friday, 2 November 2018 18:00 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

i have a feeling adobe broke photoshop elements on my mac but blames apple and offers a "license fixing tool" that doesn't work in order for me to agree to language that it is not responsible for breaking photoshop elements on my mac in any way. cool trump-y move.

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:00 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

I attempted to open an image of a $50 bill today and GOOD LORD, I had no idea ps was so psssy about that sort of thing.

pplains, Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:19 (one week ago) link

Oh yes. I have actually been there before.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:38 (one week ago) link

Fortunately, Illustrator doesn't give a shit – which is so true for most of what I try to use illustrator for.

pplains, Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:42 (one week ago) link


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