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5 Free alternatives to Adobe products

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe are behind some of the most important technologies and applications in modern computing. Much like Google and Microsoft, it’s difficult to imagine a normal working day which doesn’t involve using at least one of their products. Blog posts like this beg the question – can you replace your Adobe apps with a free alternative? I say yes: why tie yourself to what is often very costly, proprietary software when there are great open-source and freeware options? Continue reading “5 Free alternatives to Adobe products”

A Definitive Collection of 800+ Categorized Photoshop Tutorials, Plugins and Brushes

Photo frames

During the last years I’ve been compiling resources for Photoshoppers. Since I’m the Editor of Photoshop Roadmap, I have to check for new tutorials every day and so I have a good knowledge about Photoshop resources being produced continuously.

That’s why I decided to gather all the compilations of Photoshop Resources I created for this blog. The most popular subjects are present in this collection: Photo effects, Photoshop brushes, text effect, lighting and grunge effects, etc. But also you will find other very specific topics covered such as: Videogames related tutorials, superheroes themed tutorials, complex lettering, movie posters and horror photo makeover.

Take a look at these more than 800 Photoshop tutorials, plugins and brushes. I’m sure you will definitely bookmark this page as a future reference. Continue reading “A Definitive Collection of 800+ Categorized Photoshop Tutorials, Plugins and Brushes”

Typography Commandments

1. Thou shall use rich Black

This is a tip that every beginner should know. It  passes down on a line of wisdom from art director to junior or its learned trough trial and error. If  you choose a black text for print it is very important to   make sure  you are using  rich black and it doesn’t contain any other colors. On the computer screen ,the eye can be easily fouled but the printer will always may have a different representation of the same black.  There are many different possible ink combinations – the most common “rich black” contains percentages of all 4 inks: 63C, 52M, 51Y 100K. This particular variant owes it’s popularity to Adobe Photoshop – when an RGB file is converted to CMYK, areas that are absolute RGB black (R0, G0, B0) will wind up with this combination, unless certain default settings have been changed. Other possible flavors of “rich black” are “Cool Black” (60C, 0M, 0Y, 100K) and “Warm Black” (0C, 60M, 30C, 100K).

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