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Journal Entry: Mon Nov 7, 2011, 9:55 AM
  • Listening to: Apocalyptica - Ruska
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham City
Mood, I'm perpetually tired and at the moment I feel an enormous artist's block coming my way, now that none of my ideas seem creative within 5 seconds. So! What's the best way to beat artists' block and beat down late-autumn depression? My answer would be, perfecting the technique. Or at least improving and finding efficient ways and shortcuts. With this motivation, I browsed around DA, looking for bestest tutorials demonstrating efficient and easy to learn photo-editing techniques. Having said that, I wholeheartedly dedicate this entry to good tuts for all life occasions whenever photo-editing is brought up.

Simple Picture Editing Tut by Out-of-the-rain Hair Tutorial by DarkDevil16 Creating Shadows in Photoshop by AdaraRosalie Photomanipulation Tutorial by intano-stock PS Tutorial (Seasonal Sale!) by ForestGirl PHOTOMANIPULATION TUTORIAL II by intano-stock Photomanipulation Tutorial by Cocodrillo ABC to Manipulation - part 3 by Eilorendil Multiuse Light Tutorial by Staldren Pale Skin Tutorial by eclipsy Painted Look Tutorial by Equinya Basic Landscape Blending Tut by FrozenStarRo :thumb111753567:


Aaaand apart from tutorials, which are always great, there are also times when you simply need some punchy effect and quick. Or maybe not quick, but on many photos. And this is where actions come to play their part. Actions could be roughly divided into two categories - special effects and photo touch-up (there are also functional actions such as cropping, separating lineart, converting to color profile, etc; but they matter a bit less for creative process itself). Special effects actions usually include fancy scripts which allow you, for example to create rain or wind effect, add spookiness, or convert your photo into a sketch. Now photo tune-ups offer variety of stylizations - vintage, retro, blend/icon style color scheme, hdr effect and many more. You should tread lightly with the latter. Nonetheless, here are useful sets of actions!:

Horizon Actions by LonelyDiary 50 Photoshop Postwork Actions by mauricioestrella Vintage Effect - Ps Actions - by photoshop-stock Action no.4-spooky portraits by bellalleb-stock LT's Sunkissed II Action by Lady-Tori Ghost Stories Photoshop Action by elestrial for all action. by smokedval Photoshop Action: Diabolic by davidnanchin HDR Tools by forfie LT's Raspberry Ripple Action by Lady-Tori Black And White by Jean31 Peacemaker's Glamour Pack by Peacemaker636 Sedrah Photoshop Action No2 by Sed-rah-Stock My first actions set by surrender---x3 JJ's PSD+ATN 5 by enhancers JJ's PSD+ATN 7 by enhancers :thumb112903816: White and black ps actions by cat-woman-amy--stock:thumb201733134:


Enjoy!

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elestrial Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for the feature :)
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's my pleasure ~<3
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Cocodrillo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Photographer
Thank you for the feature )
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's my pleasure :love:
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odwild Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
When I got art block some time ago I made some actions :giggle: which then led me to creative mood. Actually, I rarely have art block but just the opposite - too many ideas stiring in my head and screaming "me first! Make me first!!" honestly I wonder how is that my head didn't explode yet. I just have so little time :faint:
Thanks for sharing these, for sure worth a look :XD:
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, yeah I experience something similar from time to time. Usually I write my ideas down, but sometimes I just don't go with them straight away - and eventually their appeal fades away over time ~
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odwild Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I group needed resources in folders. Then, after time, I look at them and wonder what the hell i was trying to do with these?? As after time most of them just don't seem to fit anymore. But there are ideas, like the one with a swan in my work "Wet season", that has been sitting quietly in my head until I got the right resources. It happens sometimes ^_^
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tianne666 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorials, I sure helps.
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure :)
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ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think your work is gorgeous and I know what it's like to have artist's block. I have it all the time.
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks <33))) Sadly I feel to tired to go fancy with works nowadays. Curse you artist blocks ~
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ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry hun
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