It is great to stumble upon an article which you really find both easy to read and informative enough that you keep returning for more ideas. Thomas Parpoulas has written such an article which really does exactly what it says on the tin ‘Amazing Landscapes using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop’.
Thomas takes you through the initial selection of a photograph deciding upon your goals, what you want your end result to look like and then a comprehensive step by step tutorial on achieving this. Whether you’re a beginner or someone with more experience I’m sure that you will all find something in this article which you will find useful in developing your own landscape Photoshop skills.
I will certainly be looking out for any other articles and tutorials written by Thomas.
Lighting your 3D scenes can be a bit of a black art well here is a short article giving a few tips which you might find useful.
For those of you who would like to find out more about the art of lighting objects and scenes in 3D environment then here are a few books that I can recommend.
Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn (A lot of none platform specific information in this one).
Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering by A Powell.
Essential CG Lighting Techniques with 3DS Max by Darren Brooker (though the implementation is in 3DS Max the principles are the same across all platforms).
These days it’s rare but on my travels round the web it’s always a real pleasure to come across a web site which both inspires and informs and this little gold mine keeps me coming back.
PhotoshopTutorials.ws rose out of the ashes of Denny Tang’s FotoFects web site after the death of the hard drive on the server it was hosted, but with every cloud a silver lining and this provided him with the opportunity to redesign the site to reflect the changing nature of their tutorials which had gone beyond the initial remit of Photoshop photo editing effects.
The site hosts a wealth of tutorials (many covering some quite advanced techniques), downloads and inspiration and has become one of my current top 10 favourite Photoshop resources. It does have a noticeably high amount of advertisements on but like it or not that is how many of these sites are able to cover their overheads so for me they a necessary distraction worth putting up with for such a site to be able to run.
Check the site out for yourself at www.photoshoptutorials.ws