Using Video

June 3, 2010

The quickest way to learn is by mimicing. Watching over someones shoulders and copying what they do. Then, take what they do and make it your own.

Quick Start Tutorial is based off this idea. You can save hundreds of dollars by buying a video instead of going to the expensive one on one class. You can save hours of your time by removing the technical book and travel time to classes.

Imagine in a few hours having the understanding and basics of a craft or skill that would normally take a semester and a few thousand dollars. Quick Start tutorials provides the information to understand the tools in Photoshop CS4 to create high impact flyers business cards, CD covers, and marketing materials.

New products, businesses, and events continue to populate. These products, businesses, and events will need flyers business cards, logos and websites to distiguish themselves from the competition. They will need graphic artist to help them craft their messages.

Quick Start Tutorials will give you the knowledge and confidence to attract those jobs and make a few extra dollars.

Download the 14 part tutorial now or enroll for the 6 part e-course for free.  Click here to begin 

Test it out and let me know what you think?


Resizing your Canvas in Photoshop

May 20, 2010

To resize your canvas in photoshop you want to go to IMAGE –>CANVAS.

There are two ways to change the canvas size.

1.) Absolute

2.) Relative

In absolute method you put the entire size of the image. If you start with a 4in by 6 in canvas and want a 8in by 10 in canvas then you would put 8in by 10in which would result in an increase in the canvas size. The background color will appear.

In the relative method you would check the box name relative. Then you would only enter how much you want the canvas to increase by. Therefore if you have a 4 by 6 image again and you want to increase the borders by .5 inches then you would say1 in for the width and 1 in for the hieght.

You can also just add canvas to one side by changing the anchor.

Changing the canvas size adapts to increasing as well as decreasing. Check out the video below.

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Navigating Photoshop

April 17, 2010

Here is a quick video tutorial on how to navigate Photoshop for all you newbies out there. Hopefully this is helpful. If you like this then sign up for a free 6 part E-course on PHOTOSHOP. Go to http://www.cdesign8.com. You will instantly download the course after sign up. Enjoy!


Creating Reflections

March 29, 2010

I took some time to video a tutorial. Hopefully first of many. I hope you enjoy the video. If you would like more tutorials check through my blog and sign up for email notifications of when the next tutorial is posted.


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3 Advantages for hiring Caleb

August 6, 2009

There are many advantages for hiring a graphic designer. I would like to highlight three advantages for hiring Caleb from Creative Graphic Art.

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1.) I’ll stretch your dollar to meet your needs. As a growing business with a tight budget I can suggest ideas and creative ways to reach your audience. There are cost effective ways to achieve big results. You just have to think creatively. In addition, my time in the field has allowed me to find great deals for web hosting and printing. 

2.) I’ll save you time. I have tutorials for photoshop and illustrator at  www.cdesign8.com. Anyone is more than welcome to try their hand at mastering the tools of the trade. But mastering the tools will take time.  You may not have time to figure out the tools. Why try to be jack of all trades when you’re the ace in your profession. Adding a graphic designer to your team like me is a great way to build around your skill.

3.) I’ll bring creative energy and ideas with an artistic twist and service that will be unmatched.

Drop me an email at caleb@cdesign8.com and ask about services and prices.


Background images

July 9, 2009

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I stopped in my colleuge’s office to ask  a question while he was  putting a presentation together. He was focused, giving total attention to his 17 in wide screen, powered by the new mac book pro. I watched him cropped an image in photoshop save it as a jpg and drop it in some kind of power point presentation. His eyes widen with frustration as he took a deep breath. He looked away from the screen abd notices me in his office. He leaned over to me and asked “how can I get rid of the background so I can use the new background I created?”

This gave me a great idea to write this short informational article to all those new graphic designers still learning the tools. This is something you should know:

1.) Once you save the file as a tiff or jpeg photoshop will automaticly create a background.

Therefore you need to do one of two things:

1.) Bring your background and cut out image into photoshop or

2.) Import your cut out image into the program that you have your background image placed.

For Example: If I have a background image in illustrator all laid out, then import your cut out image from photoshop to illustrator.

The important thing is to use it as a PSD file because once it is switched over to a jpeg or tiff a background will be created, even if it is white.

If you liked this article please consider signing up for a photoshop video e-course at www.cdesign8.com


USING THE LASSO TOOL

December 3, 2008

Using the lasso tool

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You have a couple options using the lasso tool. Free hand, polygonal,
and magnetic lasso.

Free hand: is self explanitory.

Polygonal: will always have a point or straight line.

Magnetic: will try to detect the edge of the object you are trying to
outline.
1.) Open up an image file.
2.) Click on the polygonal lasso tool. (Hold down the left click button and select polygonal.)

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3.) Go over to your image and zoom in. (Hit the letter Z on your keyboard.)
4.) Begin outlining the image.

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5.) Once you are completed with outlining hit the letter V on the key board
to move the apple in the position you want it.

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This is how you use the lasso tool in photoshop.