One of my favorites weekend morning activities is fooling around in Photoshop. From time to time I find myself lured by one or more interesting effects. This time it was grungy, well worn (thought not worn out) hang tags. It actually started when I stumbled across a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a well worn ace of spades playing card. This tutorial is a popular and one can view results of the tutorials students in various locations on the web:
View Kevin Chu’s Result
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View My Result
Where would the fun be if I didn’t provide my .psd. One never knows when something other than “SALE” might come in handy.
Working on a shopping cart I decided to have a waaay cool out of stock sticker, instead of a boring text blurb. I looked through several of my favorite free photo sites but didn’t find anything suitable. I did find a neat graphic at istockphoto.com, but you know how they are now in kahoots with Getty Images.
This is a layered Photoshop (CS5) file. The full size image is 2000px wide. You can edit the text to have it read anything you like. If you use it, leave a comment and a link so I can see.
Who doesn’t need spare change from time to time. Starting right now you can mine your own coin with my Photoshop Bitcoin file. There are two designs to choose from, or edit my file and create your own coin design.
Grab Some Coin
Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic money and payment network introduced in 2009 by pseudonymous developer “Satoshi Nakamoto”. Bitcoin has been called a cryptocurrency because it uses cryptography to secure transactions. Digitally signed payment messages are broadcast to and verified by a decentralized network of computers all over the world. Specialized computers use a proof-of-work system to prevent people from copying and spending the same bitcoin multiple times, a problem for digital currencies known as double-spending. The operators of these computers, known as “miners”, are rewarded with transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins.
After having driven by it fifty times, I suddenly saw it! All I had to do was ‘look’. This abandoned ranch popped out in front of the fall foliage and with just the right lighting, lent itself well to HDR. I shot a couple HDR’s off my tripod, then as I was leaving I looked over my shoulder and seeing the expansive nature of the area, I setup anew and shot a seven frame 180 degree panorama.
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The series of Boxelder Cabin images are available for free from my Pixaby account.
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Give yourself a bronze trophy. This is a CS5 layered psd for you to have your way with. When you have something to look at I’d appreciate a link?
After a “major’ storm passed, and a new “monster’ storm ‘slammed’ Fort Collins (maybe eight inches), I grabbed by Nikon D5000, a warm coat, my favorite hat and the green and purple gloves, that often times are the sole remaining pair, after other family members have made their glove selection. One short whistle for Molly the dog had her running for the door, eventually taking up her position in the back seat of my -94 Aerostar van (207k!). Together we drove slowly over snow covered roads to the Arapaho Bend natural area and the Poudre River. I’ve been itching to grab an HDR shot of the historic remains of Strauss Cabin. My father and I had photographed Mr. Strauss’ cabin in the summer of 2011. I wanted to have a contrasting cabin shot with a winter snow comparison.