Articles by Dirk Metzmacher

Essentials

Vintage Style: 40 Free Retro Fonts Not Only for Hipsters

July 21st, 2014
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Vintage Style: 40 Free Retro Fonts Not Only for Hipsters

Hipster supercharged the already running Vintage trend. Thanks to that we have a plethora of note-worthy, production-usable retro fonts at hand. About half of those we are going to show you today allow commercial use, the other half is for private use only. The information is given right alongside each item of the following article. We hope you enjoy our little collection of 40...

Design

Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

July 2nd, 2014
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Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more...

Inspiration

Art of Photoshop: 40 Impressive, Digital Paintings for Your Inspiration

June 18th, 2014
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Art of Photoshop: 40 Impressive, Digital Paintings for Your Inspiration

The following collection is dedicated to the talented, digital artists who are able to transform Photoshop into a canvas and a brush. These people are able to create masterpieces of art from nothing but their own fantasy. You’ll find brave warriors, bulky monsters, starships, robots and mixes of all of that. It’s not untypical that some of these artworks show a slight sense of...

Design

Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

May 28th, 2014
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Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

Tutorials on how to create amazing text effects with Photoshop are highly coveted. And rightfully so, as a burning, frozen or glowing or in other ways different looking text brightens up any invitation, flyer, poster or other print and web product. We have found loads of these. What we also found are 3D effects we found astonishing. There’s a lot you can do without...

Photography

Time Lapse Videos: How to Quicken the Pace of Your Movies

February 6th, 2014
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Time Lapse Videos: How to Quicken the Pace of Your Movies

You can choose between two equally great methods to let videos run faster than in real-time. One is doing it directly from your camera, the other is postprocessing them in a suitable software such as Adobe Premiere. Both methods reduce long hours to a mere few minutes or seconds, even, while needing a speedy eye. Yet, nothing falls through the grid that way… Step...

(Free) Services

Thou Shalt Not Steal: Free Music for Your Videos and Websites

November 19th, 2013
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Thou Shalt Not Steal: Free Music for Your Videos and Websites

Photos, videos, music – all these types of content come with strings attached. There are legions of lawyers just waiting for you to make that tiny mistake. So, if you are looking for multimedia content to use in your own projects, you cannot be too careful. That’s why we constantly scour the web for sources of free content. Today, we want to introduce you...

Inspiration

Best of GIMP: 40 Professional Tutorials to Level Up your Skills

October 8th, 2013
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Best of GIMP: 40 Professional Tutorials to Level Up your Skills

The Gimp is where you go, if you don’t go for Photoshop. There is no other free alternative with such a grand feature-set. There is only little that can’t be done using Gimp. The large community behind the project works on getting this little even smaller. Did you know that there are really great tutorials out there, not only to help you get started?...

Essentials

Scratching The Surface: 40 High-Grade Textures for Print and Web Projects

September 3rd, 2013
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Scratching The Surface: 40 High-Grade Textures for Print and Web Projects

Textures are what you need if you want a surface to look realistic. Sure, you might as well create them digitally, e.g. using Photoshop. Yet, Photoshop’s results are much too clean to fake reality in a believable manner. If you want to create a photorealistic texture with your favorite image editor, you’ll need to combine filters with filters on filters, ’til days end. Why...

Inspiration

Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don’t Want To See In The Mirror

August 27th, 2013
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Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don’t Want To See In The Mirror

Vintage and retro effects, those that make images look dated, are common and beloved, while at the same time simple to create. It only takes a few steps in Adobe Photoshop to design that cool retro poster or that auld frame around the latest photo or to let that all too clean graphic age a few decades. The examples we dug up today will...

Inspiration

40 Extraordinary Package Designs For Your Inspiration

August 21st, 2013
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40 Extraordinary Package Designs For Your Inspiration

Good package design does a great job. It urges customers to buy, it informs, sports a unique look and gives the product a memorable, at least recognizable face. What we are going to show you today are prototypes. Most of these didn’t yet make into your favorite shopping mall, but might do so any day soon. What do you think of these avantgarde designs?...

Design

Homepage Construction Kit: 40 Ready-made Elements for Web Design with Photoshop (+ how to create your own)

July 10th, 2013
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Homepage Construction Kit: 40 Ready-made Elements for Web Design with Photoshop (+ how to create your own)

It is quite common to prototype web designs in Adobe Photoshop. Although the final product will consist of large amounts of CSS driven looks, it usually turns out to be faster to use an image-editor for the first drafts. Photoshop still is designer’s first choice in many cases. Using very few basic shapes and forms you are able to creative high-grade user logins, buttons,...

Tutorials

SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

June 18th, 2013
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SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

WP Tags and SEO Google's Penguin called it quits for some SEOs. Over-optimized websites with unnatural link structures and keyword stuffing got punished. New strategies had to be developed. Content marketing became the next big thing - a strategy I would have thought that was patently obvious. High-grade content, be it articles, videos, podcasts or...

Apps

To Hope Beyond Hope: iOS 7 Concepts Jony Ive Should Definitely Draw Inspiration From

June 13th, 2013
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To Hope Beyond Hope: iOS 7 Concepts Jony Ive Should Definitely Draw Inspiration From

ios1 Flat and very, very colorful is Apple's new approach to iOS. Reactions are partly flat, partly very colorful, too. "Love it or leave it" seems to be the only option. Yet, iOS 7 is only a beta version, nothing needs to be carved in stone by now, Jony. We have collected numerous different concepts to show you and...

Design

Better than Photoshop Tutorials: 50 Free, Detailed PSDs with Open Layers (+ Tips)

June 4th, 2013
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Better than Photoshop Tutorials: 50 Free, Detailed PSDs with Open Layers (+ Tips)

psd-datei1 Today we are going to look over the shoulders of quite a few professional designers. Using their original PSDs with open layers, we will be able to exactly reconstruct, what has been done and how. If you are like me, this way of learning by doing proves more effective than working through step-by-step tutorials. The following files come...