You Got Your Wizard In My Photoshop!

MerlinI always knew DVDs had easter eggs hidden in them, so I guess software makes sense, but still, this was kinda news to me. Meet the Photoshop wizard, Merlin!

All you have to do is:

Hold down both the Alt key and the left mouse button, then move your mouse over Palate Options in the Layers window. Let go of the mouse, and Merlin appears.

Neat huh? Useful? Nah…

But hey, it’s Friday!

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Trade Color Alpha! (Sounds like an action movie doesn’t it?)


Well, if you’re into comics and coloring in Photoshop, this is about as close to action as you’re gonna get.

Trade Loeffler, of Zip and Li’l Bit fame, gives some PS coloring via channels advice that I’m still digesting over my morning coffee.

Channels is one of those PS features I don’t know much about, but Trade explains it really well, and you can bet I’ll be trying it out next coloring job.

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Elegant Technology

Have you seen this video?

Sure, millions have. But have you seen the new video via Fast Company? (I tried to embed it, but it didn’t want to take via Ecto.)

You look at stuff like iPods, the new iPhone, stuff like this, and all of a sudden, technology is, well, elegant.

After picking up a NuLOOQ to compliment my Wacom tablet, I was feeling pretty cool twisting and tapping with my left hand while drawing with my right. (I wonder how and when this sort of intuitive interface will make it’s way to something like the Cintiq.)

But after seeing the FC Han video, I have to wonder how long it’s going to be before I make the jump to cartooning entirely digitally.

So many guys already do it, I sort of feel behind already. And I have all the tools, but there’s something about the tactile experience of my brush pen on paper that’s so immediate…

To be fair, when I work in Photoshop I usually have a ton of other programs open and running, so my poor processor is working as hard as it can. Still, I do like ink.

I dunno how, when, if I’m going to make the leap, but seeing elegant technology like this coming so fast, I think it’ll be sooner rather than later.

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My New Productivity Enhancing Device (Read: Toy)

I just picked this little thingy up the other day:


It’s a NuLOOQ from Logitech. It a weighted dial with some buttons and a scroll wheel on top. Used with Photoshop it lets you zoom in and out with a twist, increase/decrease your brush/eraser diameter with the spin of the finger, move around your art with a nudge, and some other stuff I have yet to figure out that look like a lot of fun.

I colored two cartoons this morning in record time my first time out. I wish it were just a smidge heavier, but the glowing blue lights make up for it.

Seriously, this thing is great so far. Used in conjunction with my graphics tablet I save a lot of keyboard shortcutting and toolbar tinkering. Plus I look all space-agey when I use it!

Highly recommended.

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