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Fabville has Officially Launched!

It has been in planning stages for a while now, but Fabville.com has officially launched with a new CMS bulletin board! The site has a long ways to go and new features and content will be added regularly. If you are into fabrication, building, or repairing things on your own, check out Fabville.

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Welcome to Fabville - Fabrication and DIY online resource

Posted in Web Design

Changing your Preferences to Plain Text in Apple TextEdit

I recently had to create some PHP files to modify a script, the first time actually since switching over to the Mac. After some troubleshooting, I eventually discovered that Apple TextEdit was indeed formatting in Rich Text. I came across an article on Apple’s Support site, but noticed the screenshots were a bit outdated, here are some updated screenshots from TextEdit Version 1.6.

So, for creating Plain Text in Apple TextEdit 1.6, first open up TextEdit on your system (you will want to make these changes before working on any plain text files such as PHP, if you don’t, portions of the file could be in Rich Text Format).

1. Once the software is opened, go to the main “TextEdit” drop down menu and go to Preferences, or use the keyboard shortcut “command + ,”.

2. Select the Plain Text radio button and ensure the Wrap to page checkbox is deselected.

Plain Text in Apple TextEdit v1.6

Creating Plain Text with Apple's Text Edit v1.6

3. Click over to the Open and Save tab and deselect the Ignore rich text commands in RTF files.

How to edit plain text in Text Edit version 1.6

Screenshot 2 - Plain Text edit in Apple TextEdit

Notes: If you want to revert back to the default settings, simply click Restore All Defaults at the bottom of the preferences window.

Posted in Software, Web Design

National Association of Photoshop Professionals

After attending a Kelby Training Live seminar in Austin, I signed up for a NAPP membership. The National Association of Photoshop Professionals has over 100,000 members world-wide and offers exclusive training materials via their website, a subscription to Photoshop User Magazine, discounts, and more. Among the many discounts available, you can save some green on software from Adobe, software plug-ins, and hardware to name a few. If you plan on making just a few such purchases, the membership can quickly pay for itself. For more information or to join NAPP yourself, follow the link below.

Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Posted in Training

Kelby Training Live – Adobe Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks Tour

I just attended the Kelby Training Live session “Adobe Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks” in Austin, TX this past Wednesday. The event was held in one of the ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center and had rather large turnout. Corey Barker was the instructor, and all in all it was a good experience. Some of the tutorials were a bit heavy on the grunge effects and could also be found on the tutorials available on KelbyTraining.com. Corey did have some new material I wasn’t familiar with including a method to create patterns using the new Photoshop CS5 content aware fill. The handout material was well laid out with step by step instructions covering all of the tutorials and also provided a notes page for the attendees to fill in their own notes. Corey’s a great presenter and has a good blend of humor mixed in which always makes learning that much better. One area I think could have been improved was the final tutorial which was a tutorial I already saw from him which involved the new puppet tool and bending water into text. It wasn’t much of a grande finale, but I definitely walked out with new inspiration and techniques learned.

Wacom and onOne software were also on hand, and I had a chance to give a quick test drive of the 21″ Cintiq – very cool! I could definitely see working off of one of these in the studio, possibly powered by a Mac Mini.

If you’re interested in attending one of the Kelby Training Live seminars, check out the website here: http://kelbytraininglive.com/

Posted in Training

New HDR Training DVD’s from Trey Ratcliff!

Trey Ratcliff, aka Stuck in Customs, has his famous HDR Tutorial and photos on his website, he’s also put on several seminar and even photo walks. Now, after several months of development, he has introduced new training HDR Training DVD’s in two packages, a basic and premium. Check out all the details below:

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The basic includes:
This Basic Package Includes
3 DVD Set
334 Minutes – 5 hours and 34 minutes
Many step-by-step on-screen tutorials (screen-captured video and more)
Access to “The Clubhouse”
A private section of StuckInCustoms.com
Access-only forums for private discussions
Get the latest techniques, information, and more
Open discussion area for questions and how-tos
Compare notes and photos with other hardcore post-processing enthusiasts!
Click here to visit Stuck In Customs.

Premium package includes:
This Premium Package Includes
4 DVD Set – 1 Extra DVD
Many step-by-step on-screen tutorials (screen-captured video and more)
Access to “The Clubhouse”
A private section of StuckInCustoms.com
Access-only forums for private discussions
Get the latest techniques, information, and more
Open discussion area for questions and how-tos
Compare notes and photos with other hardcore post-processing enthusiasts!
Premium Only: 388 Minutes – 6 hours and 28 minutes
Premium Only: Over 100 Working Files – Bracketed photos for following along
Premium Only: Bonus Bracketed images straight from Trey’s camera for practice
Premium Only: Free eBook – Top 10 Mistakes in HDR Processing, Bonus Edition
Premium Only: 3 Bonus Screencast Tutorials with new techniques!
Click here to view more details

Posted in DVD's

AMDM – Adobe Museum of Digital Media: Be There from the Beginning

I just received a newsletter from Adobe today announcing the launch of the Adobe Museum of Digital Media. They claim AMDM will be the world’s first virtual museum dedicated to digital art and innovation. The museum, along with its first exhibit, is scheduled to officially open in September. You can head over to their site and register (for free) to become a member and receive news and updates.

It should be interesting to see how the “virtual museum” evolves over the next several months and even years. In the virtual world they will have seemingly unlimited real estate (only limited to their server space and bandwidth) to showcase several exhibits over time. As with a brick and mortar museum, I’m sure the Adobe Museum will be extremely selective with the pieces of work it chooses to display, but I think it will be interesting to see if they plan to maintain “archived exhibits” or keep their floor space to standard floor size.
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Posted in Ramblings

New Digital Workflow eBook by Trey Ratcliff

I had a chance to hear Trey Ratcliff speak at the first ever, SmugMug Austin Meet. Trey went through a slideshow of some of his incredible HDR work and process techniques. Trey now has a new eBook you can purchase which can be found here:

Digital Workflow by Trey Ratcliff
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Posted in Books

Mac vs. PC

As I’ve previously posted, I recently made the switch from Mac to PC. While I still have my PC which is almost 4 years old now, it will die a slow death and I won’t look back. One of the books I’m currently reading is “Best Business Practices for Photographers” by John Harrington. There is about a full page devoted to the infamous Mac vs PC debate, here’s a short quote from the book on that subject:

“Windows fans cite the statistic that in the U.S., only 8% of today’s computers are Macs. What that statistic fails to reveal is that approximately 70% of the entire group of computer users from which that same 8% is drawn are enterprise-level major corporations whose IT departments dictate the PC mantra-in part because it keeps them employed fixing all thePC crashes and the like. When you extract enterprise-level networks from the equation, the Mac percentage skyrockets, and rightly so.” – John Harrington

The author further discusses how 99% of all viruses are written to exploit the flaws in the Windows operating system and suggests if you are forced to use a PC by your employer, to make sure to take advantage of the IT department and be sure to stay on their good side.

Posted in Notable Quotables

Photoshop CS5 – Merge to HDR Pro

Over the years Adobe seemed to acknowledge their inadequate High Dynamic Range ‘Merge to HDR’ tool within Photoshop/Bridge. For the CS5 launch, they have proclaimed significant improvements. After using Photomatix Pro for my HDR work over the last few months, I figured I’d give the new Adobe tool a try. Here is my final HDR image with some mild additional post processing:

Palm Tree HDR with Additional Post-Processing

Palm Tree HDR with Additional Post-Processing


Larger View – HDR Final

The three bracketed exposures:

Over Exposure, +2

Over Exposure, +2


Normal Exposure, +/- 0

Normal Exposure, +/- 0


Under Exposed, -2

Under Exposed, -2

Posted in Software