Alien Skin breaks out in noise

Photoshop plugin house of legend, Alien Skin, has released version 2 of their popular Exposure package. Exposure 2 is a film simulator that appears to give very good results, and allows you to simulate popular grain textures from a more than 300 presets. Macsimumnews.com has the skinny. Other packages worth checking out are Blow Up…

AllExperts Answers – Photography Basics

I am just posting a couple of TinURL links to answers I’ve given recently. Mostly, I just want to keep track of them, but some folks might find them useful for explaining a couple of basic photography concepts to their neophyte friends: Explaining Depth of Field and Aperture Explaining "accuracy" misconception in photographic images As…

Complexity in Art (via Scott Kelby)

Scott Kelby recently hosted guest blogger Stephen Johnson to talk about complexity in creating art: Art seems rarely achieved through complex techniques, hidden features or secret workflows. This is particularly true in the digital era where the distraction of the software itself can make the creative process become stymied in menus and self-doubt regarding using…

Mac Pro setup?

So, I recently bought a refurb Mac Pro. I am moving from Windows, and would like to get started the right way. And I’m asking for your help despite my better judgment. I have heard that it’s possible/recommended to partition the OS onto its own drive for easy reinstalls. Is it possible to do this…

Experimenting with Photoshop

It sounds odd, but one of the most entertaining things I do with Photoshop is to improvise on a theme. That theme can be a compositional style, an effect, a genre, etc. Part of this experimentation relies on anchoring around some idea or look. For example, I recently posted a challenge on PhotoshopTechniques to come…