Photo Editing – Color using Levels

Posted in Photoshop with tags , , , , on September 3, 2009 by kuyks

How to edit a photo using Levels in Photoshop?

Paano iaayos ang kulay ng larawan gamit ang Levels sa Photoshop?

Here is how.  Ganito kung paano. READ.

Disk Space, Premiere Scratch Disk

Posted in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 with tags , , on July 6, 2009 by kuyks

A friend told me that his Premiere Pro 2.0 slows down the performance of his computer.

He said that since he uses the Pro 2.0 for his video editing projects, his computer crawls. I told him that it could not be because of the 2.0. It may be because of the location of his scratch disk.

Premiere eats a lot of disk space. And if your scratch disk is located in your drive C (or in the drive where your system files are located) it may slow down your machine.

Firstly, you should not burden your system drive (usually drive C) with your files. You should put your files somewhere else. Save them in your other drive or any external HD.

Your scratch disk should not be located in your system drive (unless it is the drive which has the biggest space). Files like video captured, audio captured, video preview, rendered, etc. are all stored in your scratch disk when you save your premiere project or when you exported a video.

It is important to transfer the location of your scratch disk to optimize the performance of your computer.

The default location for scratch disk is the same folder where you save your premiere project.

To change the location, go to Edit / Preferences / Scratch Disk. This will bring you to the dialogue box where you can see the specific drive and folders for the scratch disk files. Change the location of your scratch disk. This may help to make your machine work faster again.

Grid and Pixel Grid

Posted in Photoshop with tags , , on June 30, 2009 by kuyks

Aligning elements in your visual design is as critical as its positioning.

Poorly aligned elements can reduce or even lose the effectivity of your communication.  Or the worst, it can go against the whole design.

You cannot always rely to your imagined line, and it is not advisable to use it.

To be sure that all your design elements are perfectly aligned, you can use the advantage of Grid.

To see the Grid, click View / Show / Grid.

Below are the photos without and with Grid.



If it may not look enough for you, that you really want to be more precised than that, you can use Pixel Grid.

Click View / Show / Pixel Grid.

You cannot see right away the pixel grid until you zoom in.

Here’s a photo with the pixel grid shown.


It looks like it doesn’t have any difference.  But if you will zoom in, here’s what you can see.


Yes, Pixel Grid is to tiny that you have to really zoom in to see it.

Here’s that same photo with the Pixel Grid removed.  I just retained the Grid.


You can have both grids shown at the same time, Grid and Pixel Grid.

Filter – Sketch – Halftone Pattern

Posted in Photoshop with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by kuyks

Here’s a sample effect when you use the Halftone Pattern in your Photoshop.

Have a photo.  Add new layer.

Fill the new layer with white by pressing ALT+backspace.

Go to Filter – Sketch – Halftone Pattern.  Choose the Pattern Type that you like: Circle, Dot, or Line.

Set the size and contrast the you prefer.

Click Ok.

Add Layer Mask and Use Gradient tool.

Add another layer.  Fill it with any color.

Set Layer Style to Color (or any style).

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Too Crowded – Make Your Eyes Breath

Posted in Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by kuyks

I received this invitation in my inbox.


This is only the lower part of the invite.

There is not much breathing space.  Texts are crowding on the page.  By making font smaller, you will have a more easy to read message.

People make mistake when they use larger fonts all over their design.  Perhaps they thought that to effectively convey their message, they have to use larger letters.  It is not always effective.

I tried to shirk a bit some texts in the invite.  And personally believe it is much better.


Not all text on a poster must be in large font size to be noticed.

Font Size

Posted in Photoshop on June 16, 2009 by kuyks

In visual design, using only one font size is commonly boring.

Different font size can make your text lively and attractive.

In the example below, dates in your poster can attract more eyes and may have more chances to be remembered when you use different font size.


Text Leading (with Tracking)

Posted in Photoshop with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by kuyks

I was creating a template in Photoshop for the video that I was editing.  It was the title for the video.

The title given to me was very long that it almost crowded the whole screen.  It had to be shown all at the same time; could not be split into two.

In this situation, text Leading (and tracking; font size also) is very useful.

For the demonstration, I didn’t use the  title I worked on, but the title of my thesis during my university days.

I used four different settings for Leading and Tracking.

The best settings would be depending on your preference and style.

Here are the four examples:


What we should always have in mind in text is to make it easy for the eyes to read.

You can do that by experimenting on the Leading and Tracking (also font size and face).