The Photoshop thread

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  1. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    In this thread, we discuss all things related to Photoshop. Share your tips and tricks, or ask a question about something you're stuck on.


    To start things off, here's an interesting tutorial I happened upon the other day: Masking out difficult images.
  2. Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host

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    I wish I had Photoshop. :(
  3. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    If you do not have Photoshop and feel like downloading the 30-day free trial would just be a waste, there are some free alternatives. GIMP or GIMPshop are definitely worth checking out, as they have many of the same features Photoshop has. GIMPshop is actually a variant of GIMP that re-arranges the user interface to mimic Photoshop. Try googling them.
  4. Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host

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    Is there a tutorial for using GIMP to create a JC banner?
  5. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    No, but I can guarantee there are tutorials showing how to use the basic functions of GIMP.
  6. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    I used GIMP to create a JC Banner, and its really not too different than on Photoshop. I can say this having used both.
  7. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    Kev, have you ever used GIMPshop?
  8. Tyi-Maet_Nefer Force Ghost

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    I've used Flash and Windows Paint to create a banner for these forums before, so anything is possible. :p

    I own Photoshop as of the beginning of this year and find it very ... useful.
  9. Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host

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    I guess I'll give GIMP a try eventually.

    I'm using a bit of Photoshop at school for publications staff, but not much.
  10. Vidina Jedi Master

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    is gimp as plugin-friendly as photoshop? I recently purchased CS4 master collection, but gimp ain't bad. pixelmator(mac) is also a great alternative, albeit, not free.
  11. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    I have, but it was too glitchy for my tastes, as it always crashed, on my desktop, which is actually pretty fast (3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, XP Pro). Besides, I'm on Linux now (no GIMPshop for Linux), and the default GIMP interface isn't too bad once you get used to it. In fact, the selection tools beat photoshop hands down. The only thing that detracts from it is the lack of functionality with the text tool, and I can always just import an svg from Inkscape for that.

    I also am able to work with a tiny 1024x600 resolution (netbook) just fine.

    Oh, and GIMP actually has a whole boatload of plugins out there, as it is actually pretty easy to code your own with some basic programming knowledge (I believe it uses either C++ or Python).
  12. Lexi Host of Quick-Games

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    I don't like GIMP, but I guess it's because I'm so used to Photoshop.

    If you don't want to download anything and you want to fix something really quick in PS, I recommend Pixlr. It's an online photo editor that looks like PS and has a lot of great functions.
  13. Ludo_Kressh Jedi Grand Master

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    I don't know about banners, but I've been using GIMP 2 to create icons and I really like it... and here's a link to some GIMP tutorials if anyone interested.(I think they are for GIMP 2, but I think they may work for earlier versions)[face_peace]

    And GIMPShop? That sounds interesting...is it free?
  14. Fire_Ice_Death Chosen One

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    GIMPshop is free. Granted I've become a bit of a snob toward it.
  15. bluesaber70 Force Ghost

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    I do not have a talent for photoshop. But, I like to look at what others can do.
  16. Dark_Jedi_Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    I either use Photoshop or Jasc Paint Shop Pro.
  17. Dunc T'racen Force Ghost

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    I tried a bare-bones Mac take on GIMP (Seashore) because the real thing wouldn't install and I really only needed the basics on my laptop, and it drive me batty. Photoshop or bust.

    I plan to get a cheapie Windows laptop in the next couple of years to replace my aging Macbook, so maybe I'll try GIMPshop then.

    If you only need basic image editing tools (cropping, color correction) Picnik is a decent web-based (Free!) application I've used occasionally. It's rather kindergarten but it does the job.
  18. LittleMissNightsaber Jedi Knight

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    I have photoshop. I'm slowly learning, but I know there is so much mores such as adding images to others to make a banner or something. What is that called?:confused:
  19. LittleMissNightsaber Jedi Knight

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    Okay here's what I want to do. How do you merge images?
  20. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    Its called blending.
  21. Darth_Meanders Force Ghost

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    Our FanForce banner was done using GIMP. It does the job :D
  22. Tyi-Maet_Nefer Force Ghost

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    Neat stuff, Meanders. Was that yourself who created it and used Gimp?
  23. Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA•

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    I'm self taught on Photoshop, which has meant that I can do quite a bit, but there's probably plenty I'm doing wrong, or taking the very long way to say the least. Anyway, looking forward to what I can learn from this thread. :D
  24. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    [obligatory]How do you make lightsabers???[/obligatory]

    ... Kidding. :p

    I used to fool around with making Livejournal icons in Photoshop, but that was several years ago, and I've been thinking of trying my hand at it again. I there any advantage to getting the latest version, for an amateur dabbler? I have CS2 - we're up to CS4 now, yes?
  25. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    CS3 completely redid the interface, thanks to Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia, and CS4 added in GPU acceleration for NVIDIA Graphics Cards, and other goodies. Although, IMO, CS2 is fine, especially since they dumbed down the animation in CS3+ with the removal of ImageReady, and integration of basic animation tools into Photoshop itself.
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