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Jelly button

There are many ways to create Aqua like buttons. The tutorial below is a simple example that you can build on to create your own translucent objects.

Our sample document is 400x250 pixels. Start by choosing a bright color and create the oval shape on a new layer.

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I'd like to show you a little jewel. It's a free application from Xtralean software called Imagewell. It has a small window where you can drop or paste your images. Than you can resize, crop, title, etc. Most importantly you can upload them to your server with a click of a button, or just leave them under a different name on your disk.

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Fill shortcuts

Press Alt+Backspace to fill your selection or active layer with the foreground color and Apple+Backspace to use the background color. To bring up the Fill dialog box to select other options, press Shift+Backspace.

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Rock your stars

When you draw with the Star tool there are several keys that modify your star on the fly. They are extremely useful to get the exact shape you want for your illustration.

By pressing the Apple key while dragging the star you can change the length of the arms. Press the Space to reposition the star while drawing.

The Up and Down arrow keys will change the number of arms your star has.

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Bring your logos to life has an extremely easy to use system to create your own merchandise. Your on line store can be set up in minutes and you can start ordering stuff for yourself or you can send the link to your friends to buy the stuff you designed.

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If you ever have to make a copy of a selection on a layer or the layer itself just press Apple-J. It has the same effect as Apple-C, Apple-V.

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Crate a glamour portrait in 30 seconds

The following trick will make your portraits skin look just like the glamour shots you see in fashion magazines. In fact a similar technique is used by the retouch skin by professionals at Penthouse. In this trick the objective is to retain the character of the model as much as possible. There are many ways to improve your portraits, including color correction, retouching and others, but the most important thing to do is to smoothen out the skin of your model. Frontal flash is probably the worst thing you can do to your model, it brings out all the imperfections of the skin.

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Useful font sites

If you need to identify a specific font, scan it and upload it to WhatTheFont. If you are looking for a certain style to complement your design, try browsing at dafont or myfonts. You can find many free to download fonts at 1001fonts or a1fonts.

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If you need to open for printing or just viewing a huge .psd file and you don't need the layers, open the file in Window/File browser while pressing Shift-Alt. This way you can open only a flattened version of the file.

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Brushed aluminum

You can quickly reproduce the texture of your PowerBook in four easy steps.

Fill up (Alt-Backspace) your canvas with a medium grey and select Filter/Noise/Add Noise.

Next, select Filter/Blur/Motion Blur.

Now, make a selection with the polygonal lasso. This selection will give you the highlights on your sheet of metal. Add a Feather to make the selection smooth.


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