Öne time I was out at a clients and needed to perform some Photoshop work on an image that we were uploading to their new website. I have used Adobe's "Photoshop Live" at photoshop.com before, but it's pretty basic and we could not get the image cropping to work correctly... so went back to the Google search results for "Photoshop online" and the next item in the search was "Pixlr". Well! This just blew me away, what a great service and free!. The work that must have gone into the development of this online app. Pixlr is a user friendly online image editing application that is essentially designed for non professional users and allows them to effortlessly edit images. Fast, simple and enough features to make this a great find for low- to moderate-level photo editing. You can create a new image, upload an image, or grab one directly from a URL location. The Pixlr Editor has nice features but requires some knowledge of photo imaging software or you will get lost. There is not much user support available (it is free), but the user interface is very easy to navigate and user-friendly. There is a easy version called "Pixlr Express", which is so simple anyone can master it in seconds. You can also grab a Firefox or Chrome extension "Pixlr Grabber" that lets you right click on any image in a webpage and load it into Pixlr for editing.
Over the last years we’ve got a pretty good understanding of what CSS does, how it works and how we can use it for our layouts, typography and visual presentation of the content. However, there are still some attributes that are not so well-known; also, CSS3 offers us new possibilities and tools that need to be understood, learned and then applied in the right context to the right effect. To learn more visit Smashing Magazine for useful tips and tricks!
Aviary has made a name for itself by offering creative types free, Web-based tools like image editors and color palette generators. Not long ago, it got into the audio editing game with Myna, a simple but functional tool for recording and tweaking sound. Now the company is expanding its music creation lineup with 'Roc,' a basic sequencing app for creating loops.
'Music Creator,' as it's officially known (although you'll see it called by its codename 'Roc' just as often), is an extremely basic app. It has a selection of pre-programed "instruments" that you can load into the sequencer. Individual sounds from each instrument can be added to the sequencer in any combination you want, but you can't load multiple instruments. This probably wouldn't be too big of an issue if it weren't for the fact that "instruments" in Roc are simply sample packs. This means melodic instruments (like guitar and bass) are limited by the number of samples that can be loaded at once. In this case, it's 12, so you're constrained to a single octave's worth of notes or chords.
Recently I posted a similar color tool for designers that matches the color ratios of certain pigments. Now I found an even better one! 0 to 255 is a highly detailed color tool which gives you all the room to play with in terms of colors. Highly recommended to all graphic designers!
Adobe recently announced the new CS5 and as always, the new update brings tons of features that not only make a lot of things possible but also make it a lot easier.
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium is selling for $1,899 and $599 for an upgrade. Educational pricing for students is $499 for CS5 Design Premium. The product will start shipping in mid-May, 2010.
The new features will actually blur the line between newbies and a pro, take a look at few of the videos on this page to know what I am talking about. So the following is a list of 5 videos showing some of the best new features…
Painting: The following video shows how the “Paint” feature converts any regular image to a waterpaint like poster.
Puppet Warp: This feature is one of the most advanced features I have seen in photoshop but remember “advanced” does not always mean complex. This feature is pretty easy to use and does some amazing stuff. Check it out.
Content-Aware: This feature is like a dream come ture, especially for users like me who do not know much about working with Photoshop. This is a life saver when it comes to removing unwanted objects from the image. Simple and easy!
HDR: Super COOL feature for all the photographers out there. Just select multiple pictures as required in the process and with a few clicks you will have your HDR ready.
3D Objects: Turning text and other objects cannot get any easier. I’ve read a tons of tutorials that show you how to turn the text into 3D. This new feature does not require a 30 steps long tutorial to achieve the 3D look.
Today Adobe releases Creative Suite 5, the newest version of its popular suite of applications. Included with this suite is Photoshop, the industry standard app for editing and manipulating images and the most popular app among design professionals. Photoshop CS5 marks the 12th version of the popular software package and is the latest version in the application's 20-year history.
Weeks ago, Adobe gave us the opportunity to test out their latest product and some of the exciting new features that come with it. Like you, we were impressed with some of the teaser videos that we saw in the lead up to the launch so we were excited to finally test them out for ourselves and see if the new version lived up to the hype.
Ultimately, we found that Photoshop CS5 is the most powerful version of the app to date, but, is it worth an upgrade or is this just another attempt to from Adobe to raid our wallets? In the following Photoshop CS5 Review we will summarize some of the new features available in Adobe Photoshop CS5, try them out, and see if an upgrade to Photoshop CS5 is really worth the hefty price tag.
To read the full review, and to see examples, click here.
Until now, most music Web apps have been little more than fun distractions, great for making noise, but not very good for serious music production. Audiotool changes that. While it probably won't lead you to ditch Ableton Live, Logic or even Garage Band, it does show how powerful Flash can be in the right hands.
Audiotool has a surprising amount of depth for something that exists in a browser window. In fact, digital music novices will likely be intimidated by the array of inputs, outputs, mixers, effects pedals, and drum machines at their disposal. Audiotool offers very little guidance for how to assemble a track. Visitors should know that in order to use the Moog-esque virtual synth, they will either have to use the note sequencer (hidden by default), or connect it to the Tenori-On-like Tonematrix module with virtual cables. Those widgets must then be connected, via another virtual cable to a mixer, that must then be connected to the Output Master -- the only module displayed when you launch Audiotool.
We spent some time getting familiar with Audiotool, and, while we weren't anywhere near composing this summer's radio anthem, we were able to compose a perfectly serviceable (if slightly cacophonous) electronic ditty. That task would have been much more difficult if we didn't have some experience with virtual synthesizers and recording equipment.
All of the modules are given original names, but are clearly modeled after classic equipment such as the TB-303 bass line synth, and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines -- staples of electronic and hip-hop studios everywhere.
Here is a very clever tool I found for designers. Whether you're a web designer, interior decorator, artist or just a lover of colors, ColorToy can help you find your ideal color scheme. This simple, flexible flash app lets you generate, modify and store complementary color palettes. Highly recommended!!!