Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Get Better Black and White Conversions from Your Shots [Photoshop Tip]



via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 8/25/09

Converting to black and white can be a saving grace for concert shots and other photos, but you can get better, crisper results by veering off the default options. Photoshop tinkerer Helen Bradley explains which sliders to pull on.

Bradley points out that when simply converting to black and white in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you get a very thumbnailed view of your picture, one that doesn't grant you a good look at how sharp it will turn out, or how the newly limited hue will look in certain corners of the image. By setting up a bottom layer of the image and tweaking its saturation, shadows and highlights, and other elements, you'll get a lot more control over how good your finished product turns out.

Photo gurus, what steps do you always take when you're converting a shot to black and white? Share the knowledge in the comments.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2/52 Screw loose

2/52 Screw loose
Originally uploaded by Alastair Montgomery

Week 2 of my "post a picture a week for a year" project and already we have proof I have a screw loose.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rain and a yellow fun bus 1/52

Rain and a yellow fun bus
Originally uploaded by Alastair Montgomery

Taken with my LG Renoir this morning.

First shot in my one a week project, should be a bit easier than the one a day challenge?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

40 Incredibly Inspirational Retro & Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

Worth a look



via by hongkiat on 8/17/09

retro vintage photoshop tutorials

The memories of yesteryears invoke in us a sense of nostalgia as we long for the days gone by when life seems so much simpler. Technology was not as advanced as it is today, and things were changing at a slower pace. Retro and vintage years usually refer to the decades before our present day, up to the last century. Images of the early 1900s to the 1980s comes into mind as we think about the designs of this era. Even though retro and vintage designs, as the names suggest, are technically outdated, many of us still turn to them for inspiration. These designs are still very much appreciated today due to its nostalgic value.

For this very reason, we have combed the web for a number of Photoshop tutorials on retro and vintage designs. Enjoy the list and be inspired!

Old Fantasy Map
via Vile Works

Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper
via Tutorial 9

Realistic Burnt Parchment

3D Retro Strip
via Photoshop Tutor

Creating the New Retro
via Computer Arts

Awesome Retro Collage
via 10 Steps

Retro Pop Art

Retro Photo with Background
via Denis Designs

Retro Grunge Poster
via Photoshop Tutorials

Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design
via Psdtuts+

Stunning Old-World Look

Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration

Old-Collage Effect Poster

Stylish Retro Text Effect

Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Photographs

Retro Boxing Poster

60's Psychedelic Style Concert Poster

Rockin' 80's Party Poster

Vintage Car Poster
via PSD Vault

Old-Style Safari Map
via PSD Fan

Retro Comic Book Effect
via Photoshop Roadmap

Gigposter Design
via GoMediaZine

Old School Type – Line Gradients

Retro Cosmic Design
via Fudge Graphics

Planet Terror Style Poster
via Outlaw Design Blog

Vintage Magazine Ad

Vintage Effect for Photos
via Alfoart

Photo Transfer Edge Effect
via PShero

Old World Wax Seal

Old Paper

Old Envelope

WWII Airplane

Retro Logo with Soft Grunge Background
via PV.M Garage

Retro Lighting – Ford Mustang
via Adobe Tutorialz

Dreamy Vintage
via Blueprint Media Design

1950s-Style Movie Poster
via Spoonfed Design

Sweet Old School Album Cover
via Fortyseven Media

Turn A New Photo Into An Old Photo
via Photoshop Essentials

Curvy Cross Processing
via Layers Magazine

Vintage Polaroid Effect
via MyInkBlog


Day trip to Saltburn by the sea

Here are some pictures from my birthday day trip to Saltburn by the sea.
More pictures are available in my Saltburn set on Flickr

Saltburn Pier
saltburn pier 013

Surfers under the Pier
surfing under saltburn pier

Surf and cliff view
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Saltburn pier 005

See more Saltburn pictures

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