Cool Stuff – Week of March 16, 2012

Cool Stuff – Week of March 16, 2012

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter. You can find his blog at and his work on 500px.

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  1. What are The Other Uses Of Adobe Photoshop?

    Although Adobe Photoshop is typically thought of as a photo-editing package, it also includes an arsenal of tools that makes it one of the premier painting applications as well. In fact, painting in Adobe Photoshop means much more than in most other painting applications, what makes it more effective is that Adobe combined the powerful photo-editing tools with the paintbrush tools so you can use paintbrush strokes to apply localized photo editing and you can apply photo-editing techniques to your painting. The best way to understand painting in this editor to look at the brush-based tools that Photoshop provides. Understanding how these painting tools work can make you more effective at both editing photos and applying artistic effects.

    Most of these painting tools provide blending modes that define the behavior and look of the effect and how it blends to the pixels beneath. Blending modes are computer algorithms that define methods to combine two pixels into one pixel. The idea is, instead of using one pixel or the other; you can define several ways to combine the two to create a different outcome. Before jumping into adding text to images, let’s look at what text really means inside Adobe Photoshop and how it will be related to digital photography. When you initially consider text, you probably think about letters, words, and paragraphs. Then as you apply the term text to a computer application, you start to include the concept of fonts or typefaces. Although the terms font and typeface are used synonymously, they are actually a bit different. A font consists of a set of letters, numbers, and/or symbols that have the same weight and style.

    A typeface is a collection or family of fonts that have the same overall appearance but different weights or styles. For example, many typefaces include regular, bold, and italic font versions. All these features mentioned just give you an idea that Adobe Photoshop’s capabilities are endless. So, just push that button of your camera and surely, this phenomenal editor will do the rest for you.


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