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Articles By Lance Gray
Lance Gray | No iPhone app is going to make bad photos look like they were taken by a pro, but The Best Camera and the way it filters colors goes a long way toward making a blah photo quite extraordinary!
Posted 10 Dec 2009 / December 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | We've all been there: A client gives us a logo or other image that's embedded in an extraneous background and expects us to magically make the background disappear. Here's a quick tip that could save you the time of cutting out all that white space when all you really want is for that logo to be overlaid on your screen.
Posted 06 Oct 2009 / October 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Recently, a reader asked me a design question about how to create a "look" that would make text appear as if itg were nicely chiseled into a block of wood. So for this lesson, I'll show you how incredibly simple it is; I believe you'll be surprised at how amazingly realistic the result looks. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was printed incorrectly in the July issue of EventDV with a key step missing. Please read this version for the complete tutorial.
Posted 20 Jul 2009 By
Lance Gray | Recently, I was producing for a 720x480 NTSC resolution screen, but the clients submitted only still photos gathered from their website that were in the 300x200 range. Understandably, they were miffed about how I was going to "stretch" the photos to make the stills look decent because they had already attempted this and realized the results weren't pretty. Little did they know the solution wasn't in stretching the canvas but in approaching the problem more creatively. Here's how I made it work.
Posted 05 Jun 2009 / June 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Lance explains how to simplify and streamline the production of pro-quality photo collages for video and montage projects using Google Picasa.
Posted 05 May 2009 / May 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Shallow depth of field is easy to achieve with a nice camera. But what if you have a photo in which there's little distinction between the foreground and the background? In this tutorial, I'll show you a quick way to get this effect with minimal effort.
Posted 09 Apr 2009 / April 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | While you could certainly find a font or Photoshop brush to make a star, there is actually a very easy way to do it within Photoshop. And if you do it this way, you can even dictate the number of points!
Posted 05 Mar 2009 / March 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | What if you love a certain pristine font and can't find a grungy version of it? Well, I'm going to show you how to take crisp and clean and make it tattered and dirty!
Posted 31 Jan 2009 / February 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | In the December 2008 installment of Graphic Thoughts, I shared the first 5 of my top 10 most commonly used Photoshop tricks. Here's the rest of the best.
Posted 01 Jan 2009 / January 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Over the course of the next two installments of Graphic Thoughts, I'll share my top 10 most commonly used functions of Photoshop. Understandably, many of you may already know some of these, but I hope you will all find something among the tips I present here that will make your workflow work better.
Posted 01 Dec 2008 / December 2008 Issue By
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Lance Gray | Sketch Master enables you to create realistic-looking hand-drawings from photos by simulating tools such as lead pencil, ink pencil, crayon, charcoal, and airbrush with brilliant results. Here's how it works.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / November 2008 Issue By
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Lance Gray | In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a memorial tupe of graphic using a slick, free Photoshop Frame Border Action from the good folks at ActionFX.com called ActionFX_Framing-SamplePack-001. This action, with just one click, will create a very nice frame around a photo.
Posted 01 Oct 2008 / October 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | In this tutorial, I'll show you how I often create usable backgrounds when I need something quick and there isn't a predefined image to choose from in my arsenal.
Posted 01 Sep 2008 / September 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create perspective shadows in Adobe Photoshop CS3. The result is dynamic, but the technique is a breeze.
Posted 01 Aug 2008 / August 2008 Issue By
August 2008 EventDV
Lance Gray | For this installment of Graphic Thoughts, it's kind of a 3-for-1 deal: one column, three quick ideas, regarding three applications, beginning with a great Photoshop plug-in called virtualPhotographer.
Posted 01 Jul 2008 / July 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | One of the "looks" I see in disc packaging everywhere is that of highly polished "glossy"text, which screams high-end, slick, and cool. The good news about this trendy, glossy text is that you can create it in Photoshop. Here's how it's done.
Posted 01 Jun 2008 / June 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | Actions are Photoshop's way of recording the steps you make to play back at a later time. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create an Action called the "$500 Photo Effect." It's simple to create, the results are dramatic, and it's the perfect look to have as an Action in your arsenal.
Posted 08 Mar 2008 By
Lance Gray | Adobe Photoshop version 6.0 changed the way that everyone used Photoshop with the introduction of "styles." For years, that feature alone was the reason I'd tell people, "If you're using anything less than the full version 6.0 of Adobe Photoshop, then get rid of it, or upgrade!" So what exactly are styles and why are they so important?
Posted 04 Feb 2008 By
Lance Gray | In this tutorial we'll focus on a key, often-overlooked part of photo montage production: the acquisition of the photos and a way to make the process super-efficient. This is crucial when you're working on a tight deadline, as with most memorial tributes.
Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Lance Gray | Kicking off his new monthly tutorial series on graphic tips for videographers, Lance "Dr. Photoshop" Gray of PixelPops Design explains how to isolate a color in Photoshop and create the single-color-in-a-B & W-image effect first seen in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List.
Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
Photoshop CS2 is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. From the Adobe Bridge browsing tool to Smart Objects to eye-popping new filters, CS2 will make any videographer, photographer, or designer happy to hand over their hard-earned cash to purchase a program that is going to revolutionize the way they work.
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