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I've been eager to try to expand my proficiency with brushes in photoshop, so I checked out some of the tutorials at the NAPP website. They may have some free tutorials...I've been a member for years and I find the software/hardware discounts I get through them always pay for my membership. This particular tutorial was members-only.

There was a wonderful tutorial on using particle effect brushes with text by Mark S Johnson. It involves a text layer with effects applied and two layers of particles, some in-focused and some soft focused. Here's my result (click for ginormous size to see detail.)

What's fabulous is the particle brushes are available for free at wegraphics.com

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theofenraven
May. 19th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I love playing in PS. Just wish I had more time to do it. I did download this brush and bookmark the tutorial.

Waiting a bit to upgrade to CS6, though. I'm always leery of brand-spanking-new releases. Soon! I've been watching the videos and this version looks terrific.

jordan_c_price
May. 19th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
So far CS6 is running smoothly for me.
theofenraven
May. 19th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and upgrade this week. I'm anxious to get my hands on it. PS is the only software I would sell a first born for.
rakashun
May. 19th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat...waiting to upgrade to CS6 when the dust settles, but kind of impatient to get started with it, too.
jordan_c_price
May. 19th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't crashed anything yet. So far I've taken the plunge by working in the new Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Indesign.

Bridge was intimidating, because I opened it and none of my collections were there and I didn't know how to import them, and I closed it again. I guess I need to figure that out.
rakashun
May. 20th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I hope there's an obvious way to import the Bridge images - I'd hate to have to rebuild my collection from scratch. :(

Edited at 2012-05-20 12:35 am (UTC)
jordan_c_price
May. 20th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
There must be an easy way, I just haven't figured it out yet.
jordan_c_price
May. 20th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Okay, that was easy. I must have been really tired the first time I tried to do it and then gave up. These instructions were for migrating Bridge collections CS4 to CS5 but they worked for CS5 to CS6.

"What I was most concerned about migrating were my collections, and my keywords, and on the Mac, you can do this with a simple file copy. In the Finder, navigate to ~ > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Bridge CS4. Open another window and navigate to ~ > Library > Adobe > Application Support > Bridge CS5.
If you want to copy your keywords, just copy the Adobe Bridge Keywords.xml file from the CS4 directory to the CS5 directory. Similarly, you can take your Collections by copying the Collections folder. As you can see, there are other preferences you can move.
After copying the files, restart Bridge CS5 and you should see all of your Keywords in the Keywords panel, and your Collections in the Collections tab."

From completedigitalphotography.com
rakashun
May. 20th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me - thanks!

I've just downloaded CS6...I'm going in! :D :D
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
Woo hoo! Onward!
bluesimplicity
May. 25th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Late to the party
OK, I know I'm late to the party on this one, but even though I don't any graphics work what so ever, I find these posts fascinating.

And then today SBTN posted this, and after I giggled myself silly, I thought you would get a kick out of it. (Needs sound.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cmyxmvJBjRk

jordan_c_price
May. 25th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Late to the party
Yay, I'm glad they interest you! I always like knowing how stuff is made, I wonder if it's like that.

I loved your video. Then I got sucked into this one about Japanese plastic surgery...
http://youtu.be/W9BWrwU3zu0
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