Photoshop Notes: November 2008

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AKVIS ArtWork 1.0

Thursday, November 27, 2008
posted by Geetesh on 4:46 PM IST

AKVIS ArtWork, a Photoshop compatible plug-in transforms your pictures by imparting professional painting styles to them. The plug-in provides a realistic painted effect by using various algorithms that add tweaks like twisted geometric lines.

Read the review here...

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Saturday, November 22, 2008
posted by Geetesh on 12:32 PM IST

AKVIS, creator of various Adobe Photoshop plug-ins has announced a holiday season contest -- in this conversation Katerina Kharina of AKVIS tells us more.

Geetesh: Tell us more about the various contests you have launched.

Katerina: This time, we have launched three contests:

  1. New Year Collage -- the task consists in creating a New Year photo collage using any AKVIS programs and the provided photos, available on the contest page. You can also add elements from your images, but the provided photos should be the basis for the photo collage.

  2. Four Seasons -- turn summer to winter, winter to autumn! Everything is possible with AKVIS software! Take one of the provided photos, and use one or several AKVIS programs (+ any other tools) and try to change the season on a photo. You should use the given photos.

  3. Greet Santa Claus! -- in this contest you should disguise yourself as Santa Claus or even as his reindeer. The main condition is to use AKVIS programs. Use your photos, or photos of your relatives, friends (if they agree).
Geetesh: How well do AKVIS products work in the contest workflows?

Katerina: A participant should use at least one of our software, or more, even all our programs. He or she can also use tools from other developers, for example, Photoshop.

More details can be found on the contest site -- entries must be submitted by December 29th, 2008.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
posted by Geetesh on 11:03 AM IST

The new issue of the ShutterStock newsletter has a link to this easy tutorial on creating patterns in Illustrator. And it is really easy -- a great way to create patterns that you can use in both Illustrator and Photoshop.

Seamless Patterns in Illustrator

Learn here...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
posted by Geetesh on 10:48 AM IST

If you tried resizing an image larger than its actual size, you might have come across the problem where the quality of the image gets degraded and pixelated.

AKVIS Magnifier, a Photoshop compatible plug-in upscales the images with advanced enlargement algorithms, preserving the edge to edge image sharpness while improving image appearance by removing unwanted noise and compression artifacts.

Read the review here...

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