Tuesday, October 25, 2011

iPhoneography - "Masking" Tutorial

Most of you know that I love editing photos in a creative way, and when I am not at home in front of my computer using Photoshop, I'm busy taking pics. and editing them all on my iPhone.  This new found art, and my current obsession is called iPhoneography, and with all the incredibly cool apps. that are out there, you can do some pretty amazing things without even touching your computer.  Now I've spent plenty of time exploring many of the free apps. that are out there, and that's a great way to get started, but for about $1-$2 a piece, you can do a lot more with just a couple of paid apps.  Considering the low price, (if you already have an iPhone) it seems well worth the investment if this is something that interests you.  And of course, as an advocate of integrating at least a little bit of creativity exercise into your life every single day, I think this is a perfectly easy way to do it!

Two of my favorite apps. are Camera+ and Photowizard.  Not sure how to use them?  Here's a tutorial on how to use some masking techniques.  Enjoy!  And if you like it, you might also want to visit me @magrelacanela on Instagram, my favorite free app. and iPhoneography social network.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Photoshop for Kids: Cinemagraphs Made Easy

New tutorial just posted on the Adobe Education Exchange.  Here it is.  It was made using Photoshop CS5Extended, but any full-version (extended) version of Photoshop will do.  It's the beginning level tutorial for making "cinemagraphs" or animated .gifs.  This one teaches simple frame by frame techniques, but there's lots of room for creativity!  Consider doodles on your pictures, making them into moving digital paintings, or rotoscoping frames of video.  These ones are pretty basic, but for more advanced techniques to create really stunning cinemagraphs, see my earlier post on cinemagraphs.  Enjoy, and stay tuned for my next cinemagraph tutorial on how to create time-lapse cinemagraphs with Photoshop.