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Field Blur Tutorial

26.08.2015

Field Blur Tutorial

This week, on-hand Photoshop Guru Eric Renno, aka Tip Squirrel demonstrates how to use Field Blur in Photoshop.  Last time we took a look at Photoshop’s Iris Blur to draw attention to areas of the image, in this post let’s have a look at the similar, yet different, Field Blur: Work Smart In this post I’m using this image: […]

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Fotolia vs Advertising – A Genius of an Idea?

25.08.2015

Fotolia vs Advertising – A Genius of an Idea?

A new edition in the series “Fotolia vs. Advertising”, where Joe la Pompe nails ads from all over the world which – just coincidentally, (or through lack of inspiration?) use the same visual ideas. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein. In this case the sources weren’t very well […]

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Free Images of the Week: Fall

24.08.2015

Free Images of the Week: Fall

Autumn Leaves Yes we know, it’s still August and summer-time and the prospect of fall looming isn’t a pleasant thought for most of you. However this week’s three free images all based around crisp, cool autumn days are simply to ensure you’re ready for the change in seasons (available until 11.59pm, Sunday 30th August). Autumn […]

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Never Without My Drone

20.08.2015

Never Without My Drone

With the summer now upon us you may be thinking of taking advantage of the holiday period to try your hand at using your drone for aerial photography. Great idea! You can get accessories for hobby drones that help to steady and stabilize the images produced by GoPro sports cameras and the like. Note: it […]

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Changing an Image’s Dimensions and Resolution

19.08.2015

Changing an Image’s Dimensions and Resolution

In a previous article published on our blog, we saw how important a bitmap image’s dimensions in pixels are when you want to display the image on a screen, and how important the image’s resolution is when it comes to printing it out. The greater the number of pixels per inch, the greater the image […]

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Fotolia API

18.08.2015

Fotolia API

If you’ve ever explored the Fotolia website you may have stumbled across a link to the ‘Fotolia API’. There is often a lot of confusion surrounding this term and we thought therefore we’d take the opportunity to explain what the Fotolia API is, what it does and whether it could potentially help you and your […]

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Free Images of the Week: Cereals

17.08.2015

Free Images of the Week: Cereals

Cereal in a bowl on the table With harvest time approaching the three free images of the week show the culinary outcome of when the crops are cultivated and end up on our plates. Now see what creativity you can harvest using them, available to download until 11.59pm, Sunday, 23rd August. Bread Ear of Corn, Revealing Yellow Kernels For […]

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Story Behind the Image: Creating Landscapes

13.08.2015

Story Behind the Image: Creating Landscapes

We chose Fotolia Contributor Carlos Castilla Jiminez’s image based on what we thought was a stunning photograph of a desert maybe in New Mexico or Death Valley. Potentially outback Australia. What we weren’t expecting is to find that it’s the creation of two beautifully manipulated photographs, both taken in Spain: “I enjoy creating 3D renders, […]

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Nikita and Pasha

11.08.2015

Nikita and Pasha

Fotolia contributor’s Nikita and Pasha’s work struck us when we came across their portfolio: crisp, clean perfectly shot stock images that have a wide scope of uses. They’ve taken relatively common themes such as exercise or various hobbies and emphasised their own artistic eye to create unique yet multi-purpose images. We spoke to Nikita to find […]

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Free Images of the Week: Back to School

10.08.2015

Free Images of the Week: Back to School

End of Crayons Take a trip down memory lane with our three free images of the week: the excitement of new stationary, backpacks and books and the worry of what you were going to wear on your first day back will all come flooding back. Holding an Open Notebook Schoolgirl in Uniform For more ‘back to […]

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How to Choose the Right Size Image

06.08.2015

How to Choose the Right Size Image

Choosing an image isn’t just about “feeling”! You also need to be aware of technical issues which will affect its usage. If you aren’t familiar with definition, resolution, dpi, or ppi, here ‘s a short course. Pixels and megapixels In an image, the pixels are the colored squares which are lined up like on a […]

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Cropping and Composition – The Art of Directing Your Audience

06.08.2015

Cropping and Composition – The Art of Directing Your Audience

What is included, excluded or cut from the frame can make the difference between a regular image and an exceptional image. There is a tension created from utilising the edges of your image that is daring and can help direct the attention of the viewer to the desired detail. Cropping can be one of your […]

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