Call for Submission: Website Critique with Design Cuts

Call for Submission: Website Critique with Design Cuts

First impressions are important and often times your website serves as the book cover to your potential clients. So how do you know if your website is communicating your most potent story? 

Tuesday, June 18th, CEO & Founder of Design Cuts, Tom Ross, will be taking over our weekly FacebookLive to provide feedback on your websites! Tom has worked with hundreds of websites before starting Design Cuts and is ready to help you improve yours!

If you’d like Tom to take a look and offer insight on your website live on ‘The Creative Brief’, please fill out the form below.


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Fix Old Photos With This One Easy Photoshop Trick

Fix Old Photos With This One Easy Photoshop Trick

Do you know that strange red tint on all of the photos in your family albums? It has a name – it’s called a color cast. Most old pictures have one, and if you scan and upload them to Photoshop, you can easily do away with it.

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In Photoshop Restoration Rescue, CreativeLive instructor Matt Kloskowski shared a quick and easy restoring tip to help you fix old photos, even as a novice Photoshop user. Simply put, you just need to, “close the gaps between the edge of the histogram,” Matt explained.

Not quite sure what that means? This quick primer on histograms – what they’re for and how to use them – can help.


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Essentially, though, what Matt means is that to get the best results you’ll close the gaps between the edge of the range for each of the channels: red, blue, and green. It’s a simple technique that just requires a little slide of the mouse. And even though it’s a simple action, the results are impressive.

Corrected Color Cast

For a more comprehensive look at how to fix old photos using Photoshop, check out Matt’s tutorial:

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Why We Use Photoshop: Top Photographers Explain

Why We Use Photoshop: Top Photographers Explain

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Thanks to blogs like Photoshop Disasters and the many, many err in editing judgment it points out, use of the Adobe photo-editing software has become something of a punchline. But Photoshop itself isn’t the problem; it’s how the tool is used, and by whom. For professional photographers, Photoshop isn’t about warping bathroom mirror selfies — it’s about creating beautiful images with subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) alterations after the fact.

Getting it right in-camera is the dream, sure — but Photoshop has allowed top photographers to expand their abilities and stretch the bounds of photography.


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With the introduction of Photoshop, it felt like “the whole world opened up to us as photographers,” says food photographer Andrew Scrivani. “It bridged the gap between film and digital.”

“Photoshop is a tool I use every day,” he says, calling it “another tool in your lighting kit.” Neutrally-lit photos can be edited in a wide range of ways, from color correction to shadow emphasis, turning otherwise fairly average images into powerfully detailed masterpieces.

In addition to augmenting and correcting photographs, Photoshop Hall of Famer Dave Cross says that the software can also be viewed as a way to expand the horizons of photography itself.

“We were having the traditional, you know, ‘get it right in the camera vs. fix it later in Photoshop [discussion]’,” he said in an interview with Tamara Lackey, “and I sort of stuck my hand out and said, ‘I think you’re missing a middle part, which takes advantage of Photoshop to do things you can’t do in camera alone.’”

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Fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler agrees.

“Sometimes I have these — these grand ideas. But I don’t have much of a budget. So how do I make that become a reality? Well, what I do, is I become resourceful with Photoshop.”

For example, if Lindsay dreams of having her model laying in a bed of hundreds of flowers, but can’t afford to spend the money for that many blooms, she can clone and composite the image to create the exact effect she wants, without breaking the bank.

CreativeLive CEO Chase Jarvis, who has shot for companies like Nike, Apple, and REI, says that Photoshop compositing can be extremely helpful in high-end advertising campaigns. But in an interview, he said the main reason that Photoshop is essential for photographers is that it acts as a kind of cushion during intense or highly active shoots.

“Photoshop allows me to really think of the moment,” explains Chase. “When you’re focused on the moment and on capturing that thing that might not ever happen again in the history of the world, getting the horizon right and getting the light — all that stuff — perfect doesn’t always happen. And in that case, Photoshop serves as a sort of safety net and really helps me in my job.”


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5 Bad Photoshop Mistakes & Habits You Need to Break Today

5 Bad Photoshop Mistakes & Habits You Need to Break Today

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After years of shooting and editing photos, Dave Cross has had ample time to make Photoshop mistakes — and learn from them. But his biggest piece of advice isn’t just to be better, but rather, to work smarter.

“From a creativity standpoint, working non-destructively, to me, has been a huge bonus,” says Dave in his CreativeLive class, Productivity Tips in Photoshop.


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What does that exactly mean? According to Dave, the most efficient way to produce great work is to give your photography the ability to change and grow through the editing process. Chiefly, he says, you need to edit photos, but allow the edits, filters, and files to continue to work for you in the future. Too often, says Dave, individuals have developed bad Photoshop mistakes and habits which lead them to change their original file while editing, leaving them with little source material later.

Here’s how Dave proposes you break the habit:

1. Don’t give up your ability to edit

You never know when you’ll want to come back to an image and make some changes (or steal some of your awesome effects for another photo). Make sure you have the information you need by saving the pre-flattened version of your file as a PSD and not a TIFF – that way you always know where to find the most editable version of an image. The benefit: “I can come back six months from now and go ‘that’s pretty cool how did I do that?’ and I can reverse engineer that.”

2. Don’t add vignettes the old way

Once upon a time, when you wanted to add a vignette, your only option was to add a new layer, fill it with black, then take the marquee selection tool and feather it. If you didn’t like the outcome you’d have to start again. Those days are over. If you want to add a vignette effect, do it in a way that is, “much more editable, flexible and reusable.” Within Photoshop, simply use an adjustment layer, darken with curves, make your selection, fill with black on the mask and use the feather slider to your heart’s content.

3. Don’t skimp on masks

“Deleting and erasing is a quick fix that is very permanent that leads you to problems.” Use masks instead – a mask lets you keep every piece of information in a file available for use at another time. It’s simply hidden from view.


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4. Don’t rely on the history panel

“The history panel is a short term fix that will come back and bite you later.” When you rely on the history panel to keep track of what you’ve done, you are unnecessarily constraining yourself. The history panel is a bit of a one trick pony. It keeps track of your changes “linearly” and if you want to undo a change made at step 3, you’ll have to reverse all the changes you made since step 3. It’s also only relevant for the session you have open. Once you have saved and closed a file, you’ can’t access the information from that session in the history panel again.

5. Don’t delete; convert to smart objects

Smart objects remember their original size which lets you scale down and back up (provided its not bigger than the original) as much as you want without diminishing quality. When you are working with regular pixels, you are stuck with the smallest size you saved that layer as.


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These Time-Saving Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

These Time-Saving Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

Your Photoshop workflow depends on several factors, including the volume of work you’re dealing with and your own mastery of the software. Lightroom and Photoshop instructor Ben Willmore has another secret for helping speed up your workflow when editing photos: Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.

Becoming familiar (and quick) with these shortcuts can help you make changes without requiring a lot of physical movement, which can take valuable time out of your editing. Zooming, undoing changes, and even nudging layers can all be done with your hands on the keys — so long as you know where the keyboard shortcuts are.

Below are Ben’s recommended Photoshop keyboard shortcut guides.

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How to Nourish Your Soul and Optimize Your Creativity

How to Nourish Your Soul and Optimize Your Creativity

You’ve
probably heard it a million times before. It’s that piece of advice that people
love to dole out when you’re feeling nervous about an interview or
presentation: “Just be yourself.”

But have you
ever stopped to analyze exactly why being yourself is so important,
especially for creatives?

Ashley Ford is here to help you figure this out, while also offering you some nourishment for your creative soul. Ford is a Brooklyn-based writer, podcaster and educator who has been named among Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Media and Time Out New York’s New Yorkers of the Year.


“Whatever you’ve gained is a gift you can give back. If you don’t feel safe being yourself, the gift can’t be shared with us. If you don’t explore yourself, you can’t share with us” – Ashley Ford
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From
Ford’s point of view, “being yourself” is actually about giving to others. “Whatever
you’ve gained is a gift you can give back. If you don’t feel safe being
yourself, the gift can’t be shared with us. If you don’t explore yourself, you
can’t share with us,” Ford says.

But for creatives, it can sometimes be difficult to view yourself, and your experiences, as unique enough to really explore. Ford has a solution to this that you might not expect: “Don’t think about yourself as unique.” Instead, she says you should focus on what you can contribute to any given situation.


“It’s just something you love, quietly – and suddenly, it’s relevant to everyone” – Ashley Ford
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“You never know what people will need, or how to
provide it to them, or why you’d even be interested in providing it to them.
You may be the only person in the room who has the knowledge to apply to the
task at hand. This validates the things you take seriously for joy. It’s just
something you love, quietly – and suddenly, it’s relevant to everyone,” Ford
explains.

In fact, to flourish as a creative individual,
you actually do need others to inspire you, to connect with, to lift you up. It
helps to find your tribe. As Ford puts it, “there are seven billion people in
the world. You’re not the only person who likes this thing. It’s about finding
the other people who are like you, expanding on it, and showing
it to the world
: ‘This is who we are, this is what we want to
talk about.’” 

So where can you turn to for support if you’re
just getting started in a creative space? How do you explore your creative
process? How do you find inspiration? Where do you find community? Hanging out
in creative online spaces – like CreativeLive
— can give you a huge boost. You can use social media to follow the
individuals you look up to.

Ford always heads to a museum as a surefire
strategy to get out of a creative rut. But to find your way as a creative, she
adds that you don’t really need a specific place to go.

“It requires real research and real time. It
requires talking to people, reading the books, spending the time. It’s not all
online,” Ford says.

Know your creative process

“Being yourself” is also about getting to understand your creative process so you can make real progress in a creative career. If you know your creative type, you can understand how you work, what you need for your creative process to flourish – and how to successfully get your work done. Knowing how you work “also opens up the door to let you fall in love with process of creating something, and not just finding pleasure with the end result of your creative process. You can learn more about what it takes to get done what you want to get done,” Ford explains.


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It’s not just about crossing the finish line,
after all. In fact, the best advice that Ford has ever received is that the
only way out is through, which is what has helped her to “find joy in my work,
not just the fruits of my work, including money.”

Push through the doubt

Even as you begin to find your way as a creative, get ready for those inevitable moments of self doubt. There will be times when you just want to give up, wondering why you ever tried in the first place. All of this uncertainty and failure, whether we like it or not, is just part of the creative process. But finding a way to push through these murky waters is also part of the creative process, because it’s incredibly important not to get stuck in that place for too long.


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When Ford gets caught up in this kind of negative thinking, she reaches out to the people who know her best. “I let them know where I am. They compassionately show me evidence of my life, and why what I think about myself isn’t true. They encourage me. Deep inside I know that nothing is over until you’re dead. Thinking that ‘I could never learn that, be that, do that’ – no, that’s not true. This helps me find my way back to myself.”

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30 Spring Wreaths to DIY

30 Spring Wreaths to DIY

Keep your front door in tune with the season by DIYing a beautiful, eco-friendly spring wreath! Whether you prefer to craft with upcycled or natural materials, you’re sure to find something that inspires you in this list of free patterns and tutorials, below:

1. Bicycle Wheel Wreath

If you had to do a little more maintenance than you anticipated when you brought the bikes out of storage, upcycle an old bicycle wheel into a front door wreath!

2. Bundt Pan Wreath

A bundt pan makes a super fun wreath, especially when painted in bright colors and patterns.

3. Burlap Wreath

Did you know that burlap is a natural fabric? It’s true! And when it’s blue, it’s also very spring-like!

4. Clothespins and Washi Tape

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Repurpose your clothespins during the rainy spring season, and simply unclip them from the wreath form when it’s summertime and you’ve got lots of laundry to hang outside on the clothesline.

5. Butterfly Swarm

In this wreath, card stock butterflies swarm over a store-bought grapevine wreath form.

6. Crocheted Spring Wreath

You know it’s not one of my round-ups unless there’s something crocheted on the list!

7. Denim Wreath

Upcycle denim into roses to cover a wire or straw wreath form. To make it as spring-like as possible, go for the lightest washes of denim.

8. Embroidery Hoop and Chicken Wire Wreath

The prints and fabrics chosen for this tutorial make a fall wreath, but I have chickens and I garden and to me, chicken wire means SPRING!

9. Egg Carton Wreath

Cardboard egg cartons take paint like a dream. Take advantage of that fact by letting your little ones help you make a beautiful egg carton flower wreath!

10. Fairy Garden Wreath

You’ll have to consciously replace some of the suggested materials with more eco-friendly options, but fairy gardens are so popular that there are lots of tutorials (many of them right here on CAGW!) teaching you how to make fairy garden accessories from upcycled and natural materials.

11. Flower Pots and Paper Flowers

This is a wreath that doesn’t require a bunch of polyester ribbon or plastic flowers. Instead, you’ll need scrap wood, flower pots, and pretty paper!

12. Garden Hose Wreath

The tutorial calls for a brand-new garden hose (!!!), but you know that you or someone you know has an old garden hose for you to upcycle. With enough hose, you could make multiple wreaths!

13. Interchangeable Holiday Wreath

Keep your storage space clear by DIYing one single wreath that you can decorate interchangeable for each holiday and season.

14. No-Sew Fabric Wreath

This wreath can be made from any scrap fabric that you have on hand. Use all the colors and prints that scream “Spring!” to you!

15. Paper Dahlia Wreath

I wouldn’t put this wreath outside to get faded or wet, but if you have an indoor space that you’d like to make spring-like, this colorful paper dahlia is just the project for you!

16. Paper Wreath

I don’t love the look of most faux flowers, so I REALLY love the look of these DIY paper flowers.

17. Picture Wreath

I LOVE the idea of upcycling an old picture frame into a wreath!

18. Pom Pom Wreath

For this wreath, use pretty fabric and make pom poms to match.

19. Another Pom Pom Wreath

Can’t get enough of pom poms? Don’t bother using them only as embellishments; double down and make this wreath that’s entirely pom poms!

20. Printable Banner Wreath

Don’t want to design your own mini banner for the wreath’s centerpiece? There’s a free, downloadable printable banner included with this tutorial!

21. Pussy Willow Wreath

Use real pussy willows while they’re young and supple to create this show-stopping wreath.

22. Ribbon Wreath

You can’t get much simpler than this ribbon wreath. All you need for it are a wreath form, ribbon, and hot glue.

23. Ruffled Fabric Wreath

You guys! The fabric used for this wreath used to be a BED SKIRT!!!

24. Ruffled Muslin Wreath

Muslin is a wonderful fabric to create with, and the fabric flowers also used on this wreath make the whole piece look even softer and more inviting.

25. Rain Boot Vase

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It’s not exactly a wreath, but it will revamp your front door and get you in the spring spirit–while upcycling an old rain boot!

26. Tulips In Birch Vases

This unusual wreath style calls for making faux vases out of birch bark.

27. Upcycled Sweater Wreath

It’s too warm for that cardigan now, so upcycle it into a wreath covering! Any pastel color would look suitable spring-like.

28. Upcycled Magazine Flowers Wreath

The more colorful the magazines, the better!

29. Yarn-Wrapped Wreath

Wrapping a wreath in pretty yarn is a terrific way to hide an ugly or off-season wreath form.

30. Another Yarn-Wrapped Wreath with Felt Flowers

Use wool felt or upcycled plastic felt to make the eco-friendly faux flowers for this alternate version of a yarn-wrapped wreath.

Do you have a really awesome spring wreath idea to share? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Just Fix It In Post 😖

Just Fix It In Post 😖

Like nails on a chalkboard! CreativeLive asks photoshop experts how they’d respond to the ever-common request “Can you JUST fix it in post?” and filmed their response.

Truth be told, with the right skills, a little humor, (and the right price!) these Photoshop Week pros prove almost anything can be done.

What would you do? Shoot back a snarky email or accept the challenge? If you picked the later option we encourage you to join us for Photoshop Week 2019! We’re bringing the world’s top Photoshop experts to our studios June 12-14 to teach you everything from beginner to advanced techniques in 3-days of live demonstrations to help you rise to any occasion. Check out the full schedule here and watch them all live for free!


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Photoshop Tips for Outdoor Photographers: The Easy Way to Replace the Sky

Photoshop Tips for Outdoor Photographers: The Easy Way to Replace the Sky

It is pure kismet when the sky matches the beauty of the scene and you there, ready to capture the moment, with just the right gear in hand.

For everything else there is Photoshop.

Replacing a dull sky — or an uneven sky, or a sky that just isn’t doing it for you — in an otherwise awesome photo is an easy way to add more drama and make your landscapes truly stand out. This is also a great trick for real estate photography, product photography, or any other time when the sky isn’t the focus of the image but could make it better or worse, depending on what it looks like.


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Three tips for seamless sky-replacement:

–Make sure your colors match. The key to a solid sky-replacement job is believability. The replacement sky should feel authentic to the scene and matching it to an image’s color spectrum is the perfect way to make that happen.

–Set the sun in the same spot. The sun is your source of light and dictates everything from where the shadows fall to what shows up in camera. Be sure you line up your replacement sun source with the original.

–Refine your layer mask to make it perfect. Open that dialogue box and play with the sliders to ensure the edges of your layer mask create a smooth transition between your sky and your scene.


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Photoshop Week 2019: The Tools You Actually Need

Photoshop Week 2019: The Tools You Actually Need

You’re invited to Photoshop Week 2019!  

Are you a professional looking to improve your techniques, a creative looking for inspiration or a beginner hoping to make sense of Adobe’s massive program? Well, then we’ve got the conference for you. 

Between June 12th – 14th, Photoshop Week will be THE place to learn all the tools you ACTUALLY NEED. This year’s conference will be taught by 7 of the industry’s leading professionals including high-end blockbuster poster designer, underwater fine-art photographer, and skateboarding’s top visual influencer to name a few.

For 3 days, surround yourself with mentors and learning that push your real-world work forward. You can either register to tune into the free broadcast or buy the entire conference at the pre-order price of $199 to watch on-demand. 

With classes covering all the essential tools, you’ll learn:

You’ll have access to 17 freshly-designed workshops that cover topics such as:

Learn to easily create the images you envision for any project you take on. The faster your workflow, and the more skills you possess, the more you can offer your clients and yourself. 

We want you to be there, from anywhere. 


Check out the event page for a full schedule breakdown. RSVP here to be notified when we’re live for the free watch!

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