Letterpress is certainly one of printmaking's most beautiful techniques: the textures of the embossed letters, the way the ink interacts with the fibers of the paper.
But, it's also one of the least easy printmaking processes to get into. Whereas stencils, stamps, and even screenprinting can be approached with supplies from the art store, letterpress requires, well, a giant, heavy press, cases of type, and fancy metal plates concocted for each specific project.
In short: one does not dabble in letterpress.
So, what's left to do, especially if you design intends to end up online? Recreate the effect in Photoshop.
There's a lot of work that goes into planning that perfect wedding day: getting the sitting arrangements finalized, making sure the photographer doesn't kill your future mother-in-law, shrinking your spouse-to-be down so he can fit inside your hand, shoes, and inside the champagne flute.
Oh, no! You forgot to reserve the minimizing ray!? No, prob. There's always Photoshop.
Okay, so this is super hard to explain, but just watch the video. It's super cool.
"114.psd Type is a simple typography which I designed once again thanks to Mac OS X. The idea for this type came in when seeing that this operative system memorizes the position of any file or window when you minimize and maximize it. So I created 114 photoshop files (I only used six colors, I played with all possibilites in RGB with the numbers 0 and 255, excepted 0,0,0 and 255,255,255). Then I placed and ordered the files in the right position before minimizing them on the dock. And finally I captured the screen maximizing every file."
Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, and was fortunate to attend a workshop by Alma and Mike of Ollibird. They're amazing artists who are superwhizzes with digital tools, and who've dedicated themselves to teaching others how to tackle creative software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
I learned a ton from their workshop, and even purchased their how-to books, which, for me, beat anything I've seen from big publishing companies.
Recently, they created this super-helpful overview of five simple tips to make your I-tried-but-couldn't-really-pull-it-off photos something worth posting
Face it. It's 2011, and Photoshop tutorials need more street cred.
Enter CYMKilla, the Photoshop master pixel pushin’ eye thrillah, who, along with his crew Masta Bevel, Filter Phil, DJ Dodge, MC Burn, and Rastorvizer, will get you 'shoppin' right.
So crop that tongue and sit back...it's about to get educational.
Check out the video:
With powerful digital tools comes anatomically believable Photoshop responsibilities... or something like that.
Photoshop Disasters have assembled a list of their top twenty most biologically or geographically impossible touch-ups of 2010.
ManMade reader Jordan sent in this great how-to from the music website The Needle and the Groove. Frustrated by the ubiquity of poster images and the high pricepoints of original artwork, the two bloggers/friends got creative. " I’ve always been ridiculously frustrated trying to find posters for my dorm room – everyone has the same posters (sorry, but John Belushi is a bit played out) and none of the posters really depict artists I want to hang on my wall. So when preparing for Duke a couple of years ago, I hit eBay (the greatest site of all time) to find some posters of Outkast, Talib, and Dizzee Rascal. I managed to find some sweet
Deke McClelland - master media lecturer - has done the impossible...or at least the ambituous. He's made this amazing how-to video that features nearly every Photoshop shortcut and excess-click-avoiding tip, all in five minutes and to a tune that mimics mid-90s bizarro hit "Popular" by Nada Surf.