Facebook tips – Restricted ????

Did you know you can put people on a restricted list ?
When you add someone to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see your Public content or posts of yours that you tag them in.
So if you put your boss on your Restricted list, post a photo and choose Friends as the audience, your boss (and anyone else on Restricted) won’t see that photo.
However, if you add a tag of your boss to the photo, Facebook let them know they’re in it. If someone else tries to tag your boss in one of your photos, you’ll get to approve this tag from your pending posts.

This can be very useful as you don’t need to set exclusions on every post. You may want to accept a friend request but limit what the person sees. 

How to do it ?

When you accept the friend request you can put them into the restricted group.

You can add individual friends to lists by hovering over the Friends button at the top of their profile (timeline) and selecting from the list names that appear. If you don’t see the name of the list you’re looking for, click the option to show all of your lists.

If you wnat o organise all your friends just go to your timeline, click on the friends box up the top.

This will open all your friends. Just hover over their name, then on the ‘friends’ and you can see what group you have them in and change any settings.

More later. Any questions feel free to ask and I will see if I can answer.

Creative uses for your dud photos.

If like me you end up with lots of out of focus or not quite right photos don’t just delete them straight away as you may be able to use them in your art. I played with my new macro today and it was dull and breezy so i got a lot of blurry pics. This one was of a head on some native grass.

Straight away I thought I could use this to make a texture for my scrapbooking /art journal papers.
I used Photoshop – made a new doc at 12inches 300dpi [standard digital scrapbook size]
I dragged the photo over the top and cropped it.
Then I made a new layer and filled it with a solid color.
Next play with the blending modes till you find one you like. You can get a huge variation in the finished paper this way.
Add a texture and you are done.
Here is my result.

You can also use photos as textures using photoshop’s texturizer under filters. You need to save the image as a psd and then open it in texturiser. This is the result which you can see is more an engraved look. I personally don’t love highly engraved textures on plain colors but if you play a it combining them on your papers as the end step you can get some fabulous effects.

If you would like the photo or papers to use in your art you can grab them from my Flickr free stuff.

Adding Your Contact And Copyright Info To Your Photos

Uploading your photos to the web can be a great way to get yourself and your work noticed, but before you send an image out into the world, make sure your contact and copyright information is included with the file. This tutorial shows you how! Written by Steve Patterson you can read the full tutorial here.
It shows you clearly step by step and using images how to utilize Photoshop’s File Info command.

Automatic cropping and rotating photos

Summary: Whether you’re restoring old photos or adding them to your digital scrapbooking designs, let Photoshop’s Crop and Straighten Photos command speed up your scanning workflow!
Wow was I happy when I read this. I admit to not fully exploring photoshop’s potential – other tasks often get in the way. I can’t believe I missed this one though. I have spend days scanning old photos from my mother and grandmother and often find it much easier to scan a whole page. Sometimes the pictures are stuck down and you don’t want to damage them. That in itself is time consuming. Now I know that I can use photoshop to intuitively crop each to an individual file and straighten them. It is a simple process that speeds it up dramatically and works fairly well. You could use this for other tasks as well.

Take a look at the full tutorial here for full info and screenshots or just take a look under file/automate/crop and rotate photos.

DRAWING A PERFECT CIRCLE – for Photoshop beginners

New to Photoshop ? I hope to bring you some beginner tutorials. I taught myself and often found the simplist things wasted heaps of my time. So let’s start with drawing a perfect circle or other shape.
Take a look at the toolbox [ I am using CS3 so your version may be slightly different.]
Scroll down until you see the square and you can either right click or drag to the right on it to open the box up.

 You can use these tools to draw shapes. Here are some examples.

To use these tools to draw a perfect circle or square you simply hold down the shift key while dragging your mouse. You can use this on custom shapes as well.

That is it. easy wasn’t it ?

Tutorial Photoshop CS5 – How to apply Cross Processing effect (Xpro)

Tutorial for Photoshop CS5 english – how to apply the cross processing effect to a photo, this effect gives an unnatural coloration to a photo and we can get every time a different result because we can choose which color to highlight.
The Cross Processing has been used in the movie Domino.[I apologise for issue with the link not sure what happened]