Thursday, December 30, 2010

A little Wish for you ~ Happy New Year!!!


When you reach the end of the year, it's my experience that three things happen: 
you speed up, then you tally up, and then, all things being fair you find some time to rest up.
The first two are pretty much inevitable, but the third one can sometimes get by on you. 


Monday, December 27, 2010

10 Most Incredible & Best Photoshop Tutorials

We've put together a list of Most Incredible & Best Photoshop Tutorials here as our collection. Click on each of the title to learn its trick. Enjoy reading and hope you find this information useful.

Dynamic Liquid Splash Effect
This is a step by step tutorial where you will learn how to use brushes to add a dramatic splash effect to your seemingly normal image to create a stunning abstract piece of artwork. So, sit back and enjoy.




Using a mixture of simple techniques, we are going to blend 2 different elements to a face. By adding minor details like Icicles and Melting Plastics, we are able to portray an extreme freezing effect on one side, and give a blazing hot effect to the other.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Wishing You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!


A simple yet elegant Christmas Greeting Card to wish you an early Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true and stay happy always.


Image Sourced from Petrol @123RF.com
You can look for more Christmas Season Greetings @123RF.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

When Penguins Meet Santa.......



Image Sourced {Day}from Joingate @ 123RF.com
Image Sourced {Night} from Joingate @123RF.com

Lucky Number: KDJXUP7K6R3E

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

123RF Tutorial : Lab Mode Sharpening (Unsharp Mask)

'Lab' is an acronym that spells Lightness, channel A, and channel B. In 'Lab mode', greyscale channels are translated into the following instead of the more common RGB mode.
  • Lightness (luminance): or simply known as brightness channel.
  • Channel A: consist of colors from red to green, and
  • Channel B: consist of colors from blue to yellow
Conversion to Lab mode is useful for preserving the original color value while enabling change to certain aspects of the image. In terms of sharpening an image, lesser artifacts and noise would be produced, whilst ensuring color data are unaffected. This ultimately contributes to better quality prints during post production.

Example:
Image below may already contain subtle artifacts and noise. We want to sharpen objects in an image without increasing the effect or visibility of those unwanted elements and also in a way that does not affect the original colors.

A brief note on Unsharp Mask before advancing:
Unsharp Mask is a filter that sharpens objects in an image, or in other words increase edge contrasts to objects in an image.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Whole New Level of To Do List on Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner! Have you planned anything haunting and exciting to do? Here's how you can celebrate Halloween on a whole new level...


1. Go to a haunted house tour


Friday, October 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Because You're not 18 yet...


Image sourced from Richard Lindie  © 123RF.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Agent of Pollution...


Image sourced from Tezz Stock © 123RF.com

Friday, September 24, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Creating a Tilt-Shift photo using Photoshop

You may wonder what Tilt-Shift means... A Tilt-Shift lens enables you to rotate the lens against the image plane, hence “tilt”, and also “shift”. These movements of the lens create an optical illusion where scenes appear wide and dramatic with objects in it looking miniature. The effect is achieved by focusing on a part of the image and blurring out its surroundings.

Using Photoshop, let’s see how we can mimic the images shot with a Tilt-Shift lens.

Before & After

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Honest Abes...


Image sourced from Thomas Jones © 123RF.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What we do in life echoes in eternity...


Images sourced from Eduard Titov © 123RF.com

Thursday, September 16, 2010

123RF Tutorial : Recreating The Aurora Borealis

In this tutorial, we are going to recreate the northern lights effect, otherwise known as “Aurora Borealis”. Using a combination of filters such as Render Clouds and Motion Blur, we then transform the combined effect to form the shape of an aurora, with a touch of perspective.
Before & After:


Thursday, September 9, 2010

123RF Tutorial : Recolor Black & White Photograph

In this tutorial... we are going to apply the Brush Tool, make selections and create multiple Adjustment Layers to add color onto a black & white image. By using Adjustment Layers, we can make modifications anyhow, anytime throughout the process. Note however that time and patience is needed during coloring in order to achieve better results. If you want good results, using Layer Masks will save you a lot of time.
Before & After:
Let's try the technique using the below image. Image ID: 2376311 © iofoto 123RF.com

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

...the man who thinks.... - Henry George


Image sourced from Martin Novak © 123RF

123RF Tutorial: Creating a Searing Hot Effect

Using a combination of ripple, wave, and displace filters, we shall create an effect that resembles a heat wave.

Lets start off by creating 3 displacement maps.

The first displacement map shall be used for the distortion of the overall image. The second, for the car and creation of light smoke and the third, works as an added detail.

Open the image that we will be working on. For a more precise displace distortion, it is best we examine the size of the image and create a new file base on that. Mine would be 1500 x 916 pixel.
Before & After:


Thursday, August 19, 2010

A bad situaton in a safety gear company

In light to the recent walkout of their quality control department, Hardhat Safety Products had to make temporary improvisations.



 


Sourced from IMAGEHIT Ltd. @ 123rf.com
 Impressed? Browse his portfolio here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Creating an Enchanting Ice Fairy - Part 3

This is the final part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy. If you've missed the first two parts, don't worry, the index to the first 2 parts are listed below.
Here's the rest of the tutorial. Enjoy!
Step 83
Scale the size and place it on the head of the ice fairy.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Creating an Enchanting Ice Fairy - Part 2

This is the second part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy.

Take note that this is the 2nd part of the 3-part tutorial. First part can be found here.

Enjoy

Step 48

Open a new 300 Resolution file with Width 1680 pixels and Height 1050 pixels. This will be the working canvas in which we place all our work.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

123RF Tutorial Creating an Enchanting Ice Fairy - Part 1

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to create an ice fairy in an oceanic environment. Due to the length and complexity of this tutorial, it was divided into 3 parts. This is the first part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy.
 
Here's the rest of the tutorial. Enjoy!
Final Image:



Monday, August 2, 2010

Albert Einstein says....


Image sourced from Eskay Lim © 123RF

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stop comparing yourself to others...


Image sourced JY Lee © 123RF

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tips for pet photography

Do you own a pet? I used to own a dog, and any pet owner knows that their pet, be it a dog, cat, hamster or even a goldfish has an unique personality that is begging to be captured in picture. However, photographic pets is an art form on its own and to do so requires a different approach than other forms of photography. Here are a few tips on animal photography that you might find useful.












 Source: Pet photography

Monday, July 19, 2010

Poker Face.

Image sourced from Sergey Lukyanov © 123RF

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lee Morris demonstrates how to take fashion shoot using iPhone.

Lee Morris from fstoppers.com demonstrates how you can create excellent photographs without expensive or high end camera. All it boils down to is technique, lighting, and some makeup artist.
"So many photographers get wrapped up in the technical side that they forget how to take compelling images. This video is for them." - Lee Morris
Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Storm Effect

See the image below? Transform this cloudy country side picture into a stormy and dramatic evening by adding simple lightning effects!


Start off by duplicating the default layer (CTRL+J) as Layer 1.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Top 20 Challengers for the role of Spartacus in 123RF

Intertitle from the television program Spartac...
Image via Wikipedia
The TV-series Spartacus: Blood and Sand has gained huge followers. According to John Hannah, an actor who plays the role of Batiatus said that It is "…the most explicit, violent series’ ever made…”
Set in Rome in 73BC – in a world where women are preposterously nubile, and men are preposterously muscle-bound – the show is, indeed, unlike anything we have seen before. When the Thracian slave Spartacus fights in the arena, vast crowns of blood fan suddenly from head wounds, arms are scythed off, a man bereft of legs is pitchforked in the back, and blood spots spatter the camera lens. It looks like a computer game crossed with a cartoon and littered with full-frontal nudity and extended sex scenes.
Below are some top 20 challengers from 123RF for the role of Spartacus. Kindly note that the images are arranged randomly.
WHO DO YOU VOTE?
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

K-i-s-s-e-s

Comics 6

Images sourced from Pauline Wessel © 123RF

Inspiration

Do you know what the word "inspiration" is?

I was told that it's made out of the component words "in" and "spirit", in other words, it's about getting "in spirit", meaning being motivated and excited about yourself and your life. By doing so you're at one with all connections with your mind and body that makes it possible for us to take action to make all things we desire possible.

But, you and I both know that this state of mind is a rarity, especially to surrounding factors that often encourages otherwise. Doors to inspirations are often shut but it's really up to you to open it.
 
Here are the 8 keys that can help open these doors:

1) Enjoyment. It would take a spiritual master (or a nut) to enjoy washing the dishes or taking out the trash, or to slave on on something you don't really like.. so find something you really excites you. It can be anything you really enjoy.

Source: Senior man enjoying a bicycle ride in the park

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Creating a Space Scene

In this tutorial, we're going to see how we can use textures to create planets and also build an awesome space scene in Photoshop.
Final Image:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hidden Agenda in meetings around the world.

Images sourced from nyul © 123RF

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chase Jarvis shares workflow of Professional Photographer



Photographer/Director Chase Jarvis shares his workflow and backup process for all his works. This in-depth look includes all the steps from capture to archive and gives you a method to ensure that you'll never lose a single image.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Top 10 Cutest Animals in 123RF

6993213_sI’m a celebrity...get me out of here!
4215349_srub-a-dub-dub, i am one sleepy cub
6039033_sYou don't expect me to kiss you like the princess, do you?
3124678_sSALAD GREENS WITH HAMS-TERS
5698417_s
“who is that penguin I see... staring straight back at me”

4685769_sUpside down, boy, you turn me. Inside out, round and round and round
4946897_sSomeone get me down now! I'm done with sunbathing! I don't want to get sunburn!
6594766_sI've got nothing but the music on 
5949883_s"Just because they want me to grow, doesn’t mean they have to feed me 3 meals at 1 go"
5043508_s
Boy, this mushroom is heavy..its slowing me down :(