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I Heart Photoshop World Video Contest

on December 04, 2010

NAPP / National Association of Photoshop Professionals is having a little contest that ended yesterday (December 3, 1010). I Heart Photoshop World VideoTestimonial contest. The grand prize, a free pass to PhotoshopWorld along with hotel accomidations. I've been to three Photoshop Worlds and have been looking for a chance to return. When I noticed the deadline looming and only 2 entries (and one that broke the rules for being longer than 2 minuets) I had to throw my hat in the ring. I think I have a good chance but my kids think the guy disguised as a bush has the better video. You be the judge.

If you are interested in my entry I’ve embedded the video below.

Speaking of Photoshop training, don't forget to check out the PhotoshopIsland video channel at youtub.com. Or if you have an iPod, iPhone, Apple TV or iPad you can watch PhotoshopIsland.com tutorials videos directly on those devices in HD 720p.

New Holiday Greeting Cards & Brushes

on November 19, 2010

The holiday season is hear again! PhotoshopIsland.com is excited to kick off the season with two holiday products: Retro Holiday Greeting Card Designs Vol. 1 & Holiday Greetings Photoshop Brushes Vol. 1. These products were designed to work together or stand alone and are accessible for the Photoshop beginner as well as the advanced user.

What's included in the Holiday Greetings Photoshop Brushes Vol. 1:

  • Brushes compatible with Photoshop 7, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, Photoshop Elements 2 and newer, GIMP 2.2.6+
  • Ready to be used for personal and commercial use. Read our License Agreement for details.
  • We help you by providing easy video tutorials so you can be up to speed quickly
  • Brush set delivered in a single .zip download
  • Brushes must be installed before they are available to use in your graphic design software
  • Images shown here are for demonstration purposes and not included with the template

What's included in the Retro Holiday Greeting Card Designs Vol. 1:

  • 5 designs delivered in 2 sizes equals 10 layered Photoshop files that are easy to use and flexible so you can easily customize
  • Files 4" x 8" & 5" x 7" at 300 pixels per inch (for high quality prints (1200 x 2400 pixels & 1500 x 2100 pixels)
  • Files are layered for maximum flexibility
  • Just add your own high quality photo
  • Customize the message so cards work for a variety of holiday options

NEW - 2011 Monthly Calendar Brushes & EPS Files

on November 03, 2010

PhotoshopIsland.com is excited to announce the launch of out 2011 monthly calendar brushes and matching EPS files! 21 styles x 12 months = 252 Photoshop brushes. Just a simple click of your Photoshop brush tool you can make a the perfect gift or photography for your customers. The brushes or EPS files provide an easy way for photographers and designers to add a 2011 monthly calendar to a design or project. Scrapbookers can dress-up pages and highlight exact dates.

Includes:

All 252 High Resolution 2011 Monthly Calendars Photoshop Brushes can be used for personal and commerical use. Read our License Agreement for details.

Ideas for uses:

  • Great to create team or event schedules (see tutorial below).
  • Photographers can create calendars using clients images and offer as a product or bonus give away.
  • Add a 2011 month calendar to a graphic design print project by simply placing one of the EPS files in your Indesign or Quark Xpress document.
  • Highlight a season, month or special day in your latest scrapbook page.
  • Add a calendar to a family portrait for an attractive and useful holiday gift.

PhotoshopIsland Drupal Gardens Site Design Contest Winner

on October 22, 2010


I'm excited that Drupal Gardens has recognized the PhotoshopIsland's redesign as a runner up in their design competition. You can see the post and other winners in the Drupal Gardens blog post. PhotoshopIsland is also a featured Drupal Gardens sample.

I want to give a special thanks and shout out to my development partner and friend Josh at Ranchhand Media for all his help in making the site everything I wanted it to be.

2011 Calendar Brushes & EPS Files Available NOW!

on October 15, 2010

I am please to announce the launch of 2011 annual calendar brushes and matching EPS files! With a simple click of your Photoshop brush tool you can make a great product or gift for your photography customers. These brushes or EPS files provide a fast way for designers to add a 2011 calendar to a design or project. Scrapbookers can dress-up pages with exact dates.

Includes:

  • 45 2011 Photoshop brushes using a variety of fonts and layouts.
  • Matching EPS files allow you to create calendars larger than 2500 pixel, import into Indesign or edit in Adobe Illustrator (NOTE: EPS file not included for Slab Grunge Style calendar due to large file size).

All 45 High Resolution 2011 Annual Calendar Photoshop Brushes can be used for personal and commerical use. Read our License Agreement for details.

Includes:

  • Photographers can create calendars using clients images and offer as a product or bonus give away
  • Add a 2011 calendar to a print project by simply placing one of the EPS files in your Indesign or Quark Xpress document
  • Highlight a season, month or day in your latest scrapbook page
  • Easy add a calendar to a family portrait for an attractive and useful holiday gift

August 2010 Hot Rod Desktop Calendar

on August 01, 2010

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A flaming hot rod will set up your desktop in style with this August 2010 calendar. This August 2010 desktop will having you thinking about Saturday night cruising! Download includes the following sizes: 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1200 This calendar replaces your current desktop background.

Create your very own August desktop calendar with our 120 Monthly 2010 Calendar Brushes & EPS Files Vol. 2. These Photoshop brushes come in several styles including grunge (simple sans serif was used for this August 2010 calendar), modern and vintage. You can place calendars in your designs and photos fast. With a simple click of your brush or for higher resolution import a vector eps. It's easy to make a useful desktop calendar, product or gift.

Stay informed about more PhotoshopIsland.com freebies and products, make sure you sign up for the PhotoshopIsland.com newsletter here.

July 2010 Desktop Calendar

on July 01, 2010

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Celebrate America with a patriotic American theme desktop 2010 calendar. In this case I'd gotten a little messy with some finger paints to created this June 2010 desktop calendar. This July 2010 desktop calendar will bring out your red, white and blue spirit and energize your desktop! Download includes the following sizes: 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1200 This calendar replaces your current desktop background.

Create your very own July desktop calendar with our 120 Monthly 2010 Calendar Brushes & EPS Files Vol. 2. These Photoshop brushes come in several styles including grunge (simple serif was used for this July 2010 calendar), modern and vintage. You can place calendars in your photos and designs quickly. With a simple click of your brush or for higher resolution import a vector eps. It's easy to make a useful desktop calendar, product or gift.

Stay informed about more PhotoshopIsland.com freebies and products, make sure you sign up for the PhotoshopIsland.com newsletter here.

June 2010 Desktop Calendar

on June 01, 2010

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Now that it's summer it's time to start getting out the fun kids activities. In this case I'd gotten a little messy with some finger paints to created this June 2010 desktop calendar. This June 2010 desktop calendar will brighten and energize any desktop! Download includes the following sizes: 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1200 This calendar replaces your current desktop background.

Want to create your one creative summer mess? Have an idea for your own June 2010 desktop or print calendar? PhotoshopIsland.com makes the calendar creation process simple with our 120 Monthly 2010 Calendar Brushes & EPS Files Vol. 2. These Photoshop brushes come in several styles including grunge (grunge was used for this June 2010 calendar), modern and vintage. You can place calendars in your photos and designs quickly. With a simple click of your brush or for higher resolution import a vector eps. It's easy to make a useful desktop calendar, product or gift.

Stay informed about more PhotoshopIsland.com freebies and products, make sure you sign up for the PhotoshopIsland.com newsletter here.

Members Always Get 10% Off

on May 29, 2010

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Just a short but sweet reminder that by simply joining PhotoshopIsland.com (just need your email address) you will get a special discount code for 10% off any PhotoshopIsland.com product. Sign up here!

Members Benefits Details:

  • It's Free!
  • Access to a special MEMBERS ONLY FREEBIE AREA.
  • 10% DISCOUNT CODE off all products all the time.
  • Special offers, news, freebies and product launch news.

Your welcome email contains the special login info for the Members Only Freebies & the special Members Only Discount Code.

18 LOST Photoshop Speed Painting Videos

on May 22, 2010

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I created a new Youtube video playlist in honor of the season final of LOST. It's a combination of LOST and Photoshop that's irresistible...18 LOST Photoshop speed painting. Ok a few are not Photoshop but they are all fun to watch!

I'll take this opportunity to mention that you will find PhotoshopIsland.com Photoshop tutorials on my Youtube channel.

A note about the image with this blog post. This was created using my very own Iron Grunge font and Photoshop CS5 using the new and improved 3D functionality.

FREE Photoshop Layered May Calendar

on May 10, 2010

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Another May FREEBIE! You can have fun with the layered Photoshop file used to generate the May 2010 desktop calendar. It's full of layers and layer styles so you can play with our creation or change it up and make your own creation. All the layers used are here to give you the maximum flexibility. Compatible with recent versions of Photoshop (created in Photoshop CS5).

A PhotoshopIsland.com membership required to download this file. Membership is FREE and easy. Just joina PhotoshopIsland.com to access this FREE layered file. If you're already a PhotoshopIsland.com member just login to access this file. In addition to access to FREE stuff members get a special discount code for all PhotoshopIsland.com products and receive special email offers and announcements.

May 2010 Desktop Calendar

on May 01, 2010

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It's time to peek over the old wooden fence and see what's going on in the world. A bright and fresh Spring has arrived. This May 2010 desktop calendar will help get you in the spirit! Download includes the following sizes: 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1200 This calendar

replaces your current desktop background.

Feeling creative? Do you have an idea for your own May 2010 calendar? PhotoshopIsland.com makes the calendar creation process easy with our 120 Monthly 2010 Calendar Brushes & EPS Files Vol. 2. These Photoshop brushes come in several styles including grunge, modern and vintage. You can place calendars in your photos and designs quickly. With a simple click of your brush you can make a useful desktop calendar, product or gift.

Want to be informed when more freebies and products are available? Make sure you sign up for the PhotoshopIsland.com newsletter here.

10 Sponge Texture PS Brushes

on April 23, 2010

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Need a cool texture? How about a sponge texture! These brushes create a grungy and rough look. Great for backgrounds. There's even a video tutorial to help you get started with a few ideas, check it out here!

Give these 10 sponge texture Photoshop brushes a try. 2.9 MB - high rez. Compatible back to Photoshop 7 and Photoshop Elements! GET THEM NOW!

Layered Spring Flowers Freebie

on April 14, 2010

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More spring FREEBIE goodies! You can now get your hands on the layered Photoshop file used to generate the April 2010 desktop calendar. It's full of layers so you can play with our creation or use the our spring brushes to change it up. All the layers used are here to give you the maximum flexibility. Compatible with recent versions of Photoshop.

PhotoshopIsland.com membership required to access this file. The good news is membership is FREE. Just become a member of PhotoshopIsland.com to access this FREE layered file. If you're already a PhotoshopIsland.com member just login to access this file. In addition to access to FREE stuff members get a special discount code for all PhotoshopIsland.com products and receive special email offers and announcements.

22 Inspiring Product Covers Includes PhotoshopIsland

on April 12, 2010

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I’m excited that Mark Monciardini has included some PhotoshopIsland.com product covers in his 22 Inspiring Product Covers showcase. Specifically you’ll see our Leaves: Photoshop User’s Design Kit product featured. If you follow this blog then you are most likely aware that I’m a big fan of Mark and his Cover Action Pro Photoshop actions. You’ll find these actions used all over PhotoshopIsland.com. I also use these cool action in my regular design work for Ridpath Creative Partners. I’m constantly finding new ways to put them in action (pun intended).

If you want to check out Cover Action Pro take a look at Mark’s site and his blog. On his blog you’ll find several very useful FREE sample actions. Once you have played with these actions you will want them.

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