I was pleased to find out that one of my images on Flick’r of the Frank Gehry Vitra Design Museum was shortlisted for inclusion in the eighth edition of the Schmap Berlin Guide. Schmap guides are free to readers and entered pictures are clearly attributed to the photographer and a link is provided to the original image on Flick’r.
Schmap offers digital travel guides for over two hundred destinations around the world. Versions can be explored online or on various smart phones like the iPhone. Users can also create and share their maps, trip itineraries, or reviews. Later, I was even happier to hear that my image had made it into the guide. I have included a view of what it would look like on the iPhone.
Posted by pindsha21 on September 28, 2009
I must say that I had a lot of fun doing these watercolor tutorials, maybe even a little bit too much fun. Both are found on the psd tuts+ site and both were written by Fabio Sasso, the Brazilian web designer mentioned in my earlier post .net’s Top 20 Web Designers. The first tutorial, Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography, uses a variety of brushes and vector art (mostly free) to create a vibrant color rich wallpaper. The second tutorial, Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop, uses one set of brushes (completely free) to make a playful yet stylish image.
Sometimes when I do tutorials, I don’t follow everything to the letter. I try to get the basic techniques and improvise. The final result is usually an interesting surprise. With the watercolor typography tutorial, I opted to use different brushes, text, and vector art from the author; the final wallpaper is below. I’m still deciding whether or not I like it.
My Watercolor Wallpaper
I went a tad bit beyond what was required for the cool watercolor effects tutorial, but I think it works. I used several pictures of a friend of mine to create the image. They are from one of our camera wars. I always lost because my Nikon was considerably slower, but that’s another story…
My Watercolor Collage
Posted by pindsha21 on September 23, 2009
Learn how to Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop. This is a great tutorial, but it may take some time. The author recommends that you deal with each letter separately, which has its advantages if you would like to alter the letters individually i.e change spacing, move it around etc. However, if you are absolutely fine with the basic font placement, then you can skip the individual treatment, and make the adjustments to the whole word, saving you some time. Below is my result.
My Grass Text Design
Also, I have learned that when the author of a tutorial says that it may take some time to complete, believe them! I did this tutorial a while ago and unfortunately I can’t find the original source. I suspect it was originally on PST (photoshoptalent.com), but the site’s server experienced a hardware failure and everything was erased with no backup. They have started to rebuild with a new site called pxleyes. Anyway, this particular tutorial took hours to complete but it was worth it. It involves taking a normal photo and converting it to an illustration using lots of layers. The pen tool and I became very close that day.
My Final Image
Another tutorial I completed around the same time as the previous was Smokin’ Woman hosted on phototutorial.info. They claim to have “only excellent photoshop tutorials.” It’s worth checking out.
My Final Image
Posted by pindsha21 on September 15, 2009
There are a lot of amazing free resources out there on the internet and Qbrushes, Quality Brushes for Photoshop, happens to be one of them. I took a look in their Swirls category and gave myself a challenge. Why? Well, I didn’t feel like just telling you about Qbrushes, I wanted to try them out for myself, and it would be FUN. So I picked four of the brushes that I really liked and gave myself ten minutes per brush to create a mini-background image in Photoshop. I set the timer and when it went off I had to stop regardless of if I was done. Below are the results.
Made with Ornaments 2 Brushes
Made with InkDrop Brushes
Made with Floral Swirl Brushes
Made with Spiro Lines 2 Brushes
Posted by pindsha21 on September 9, 2009
So I’m on the Rock the Vote mailing list, (it was through them that I registered to vote) and here appeared this challenge: “Want to be a T-Shirt Designer?” “Of course.” I thought to myself. They were hosting a t-shirt design competition for health-care reform with an emphasis on youth and entry was free (always a good thing). The entries are narrowed down to 5 finalists and left up to everyone else to vote for the design that becomes apart of the Rock the Vote Store. Various prizes are awarded to the winner, but I think the most important one of course is having your design available for sale. It was worth a try.
Health and Death Sketch
I thought of health symbols that are instantly recognizable and settled on the rod with the snake entwined. I did a little research and found out two things:
- It is called the Rod of Asclepius which is associated with the Greek god Asclepius who was the practitioner of medicine.
- The Rod of Asclepius is most commonly confused with the Rod of Caduceus, a messenger’s staff which has two entwined snakes with wings.
Well I wanted to play with the idea of health and death so I drew the symbol to your right. The logo for the shirt is below. Even though I currently don’t know the finalists, this has certainly inspired me to start looking for more competitions such as this.
My T-shirt Design Entry
Posted by pindsha21 on September 2, 2009