Adobe Photoshop CS3 Demo Fun

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Greetings from Inside the SEOigloo!

We’ve gotten no work done around here tonight for a very good reason. We just received our copy of Adobe Photoshop CS3! Above, you will see the very cool gaucho (potentially one of my ancestors) that I have freehand drawn using this latest version of Photoshop in the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard Package. I spent about an hour drawing him. I hope you enjoy him.

The thing I’m loving most about this version of Photoshop so far is the flow function. Before becoming a web designer, I had been a fine artist all of my adult life. One of the skills anyone who draws or paints perfects during the course of their exploration of art is the control of the hand. Medieval monks were past masters of this with pen and ink. The alphabets used in the fabulous illuminated manuscripts they produced are all about hand pressure and the turn of the writing implement. This fine motor control is something you have to practice to get better at over time.

One of the things I’ve always found to be so funky about the previous editions of Photoshop I’ve worked with is that there was no sensitivity that mimicked hand pressure. Not so with my brand new Adobe Photoshop CS3. With that awesome flow setting, I can do shading of all kinds. I used that extensively in my friendly gaucho above.

Just for fun, here is the same image with various effects layered onto it. These effects have been part of Photoshop for years, but I still love them.

With Watercolor

With Paint Daubs

With Sponge

With Cutout

With Neon Glow

I really like that cutout one. That looks good enough to be on a label, in my opinion. The point of this post is not to show you how to use this software; I simply thought you might like to see how powerful such a tool can be in the hands of a web designer. A good designer is going to be able to create pretty much any look, any emotion, any atmosphere your business is looking for. And, though usability and SEO in web design are what are dearest to our firm’s heart, it is so exciting when we sit down to compose the graphic elements that make a website rich with visual appeal.

I am really looking forward to further exploring all of the new functions in this new version of Photoshop. It looks like its strength is going to be the ever-finer degrees of control it puts in the digital artist’s hands.

6 Responses to “Adobe Photoshop CS3 Demo Fun”

  1. on 26 Jan 2008 at 1:08 am Matt McGee

    Wow! You DREW him freehand?? Holy Moses – you’ve got some talent, Miriam!

  2. on 26 Jan 2008 at 3:06 am admin

    Heh-heh…you should see me with an etch-a-sketch! Thanks, Matt. That’s so nice of you to say. Please, pass along my gaucho to anyone who might like to see him. :)


  3. on 26 Jan 2008 at 5:04 pm Ruud Hein

    You’re kidding me I thought it was a poster of some kind, chosen to illustrate the post… Hand drawn… Free style… In a computer program! My pen drawn stick people need titles, let alone what I produce with my mouse!

    Amazing, really amazing…

  4. on 26 Jan 2008 at 6:29 pm admin

    Thanks so much, Ruud. Very kind of you. Yes, it’s hand drawn. This is why I’m so excited about the flow function…it really does a good job of approximating the way I paint offline, because it lets you achieve the effect of light or medium or heavy pressure of the hand. I think so much could be done with this, in the right hands…imagine how beautiful one could make some type of cultural site with this power. How vibrant, for instance, a town’s Cinco De Mayo website might be, or Chinese New Year’s parade site, or pretty much anything you want to add a truly human touch to, replicating any culture, in any era with a pretty convincing digital fine art.

    Very exciting for me, and I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I am a big fan of your writing, Ruud.

  5. on 29 Jan 2008 at 1:32 pm David Mihm

    Miriam, what a drawing! Great work. Maybe I will have to investigate CS3–seems like a pretty hefty pricetag, though, considering that I’ve been happy with CS2 so far…

  6. on 29 Jan 2008 at 3:36 pm admin

    David –
    I know. We would not have purchased this, because of our own small business budget. One of our recent SEO clients purchases software from corporations who are liquidating or upgrading, and he was able to give us a legal re-licensed copy of CS3 as part of his payment for our services. It’s not our habit to work for trade, but hey…this was a big exception!!! We feel really lucky to have this super software. Neat stuff. Thanks for the kind compliment.

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