Extendability

Extensions: A Diverse and Functional Range of Integrated RocketTheme Plugins. Plugins/Widgets are an integral part of any WordPress site, and template sided integration of our popular addons is an important step on theme development. Therefore, as is tradition with our template releases, we have styled integration of many of our extensions such as RokTabs, RokNewsPager,…

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Menu Structure

Navigation: Setting the Standards for WordPress Menus, from the Advanced Fusion Menu to Traditional Alternatives. Fusion, the default, but most powerful, menu is the central navigation system of Reaction. Javascript and advanced styles make it a complex, efficient and functional dropdown system. Other options are available such as non-js version of Fusion and a Suckerfish…

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Modern Lego

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Photoshop Q&A

Someone recently suggested that I take questions and turn them into short YouTube video responses. I think this is a pretty cool idea, and would like to give it a shot. If you have Photoshop or photography related questions, send them to me. In a week or two, I’ll take a look at the responses…

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3D Fabric in Photoshop CS5 Extended

I posted a new video tutorial up on YouTube, covering the basics of creating realistic fabric. The actual technique doesn’t take long, but has a lot of capability for variation. I’ve been meaning to put this one up for a long time, but have had several time conflicts, and a tough bout of laziness. So,…

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Atmospheric effects with Photoshop

On last week’s RetouchPro Live session, I talked about adding atmospheric effects to photos in a realistic way. The key point I kept trying to drive home was of paying attention to the details in the image you’re manipulating. While this is probably a good rule-of-thumb for all photomanipulation, in atmospheric effects it has a…

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New live session on RetouchPro!

Doug Nelson has invited me back to do another live 2-hour seminar on Photoshop. This time, I’ll be talking about creating atmospheric effects in photographs. I really enjoyed the last show, as it gave me a chance to show how I work, not just outline the steps. When I write for CommunityMX, I like to…

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Another Repoussé video up on YouTube!

The Photoshop Facebook page has posted another of my Photoshop CS5 Extended videos, this one also on Repoussé in the more mundane text arena. I’ve done something a little different than most with this in that I’ve chosen to do image element replacement and composite the text so it appears to be an actual part…

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On 3D in Photoshop…

After my video went up on the Photoshop Facebook page and YouTube, I got several comments from folks who are underwhelmed by 3D in Photoshop. I figured it was time to discuss this issue in a little detail, and hopefully give a new perspective to this capability. First, let’s look at what Photoshop is not……

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Digital painting + composite work

Nice walk through of Phil McDarby’s work on "The Green Man Awakens" here. He doesn’t go through actual steps, but you can see the progress from one frame to the next. It’s also nice to see the idea evolve along with the actual composition, since most walk-throughs seem to be 100% visualized in advance. I…

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