two great ways to shrink PNG files - TinyPNG vs Photoshop.

by Andrew Brett Watson

 

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Here is a guide for people who want to reduce a 24bit PNG to 8bit using an online tool, specifically for those who may not have access to a program like Photoshop but also great for Photoshop users. Using this technique you can shrink any 24 bit PNG file quickly and easily without advance knowledge of how to manually optimise an image for saving as PNG.

Incidentally, PNG is pronounced "Ping".

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Make the background of photo/image transparent in photoshop while preserving shadows.

by Andrew Brett Watson

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One of the most common things I have to do in photoshop is the delete a background from a product shot or photo without deleting the shadow. I do this any time I take a product shot on white. Usually I remake the shadow myself because I can do it cleaner and I can simulate advance lighting this way.


At the end of the day I still have to "peel" the background off an image and make it transparent. Unlike clear cutting (or deep etching if your Australian), I need to make the background transparent but preserve other information (like the shadow). Preserving the shadow on the background isn't that hard if you know how.

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Extract/Export embedded images out of Illustrator.

by Andrew Brett Watson

 

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Ok you have an embedded image in Illustrator but not the original and you need some way to get it out. I'll give you two was to export embedded images out of illustrator which will cover almost every situation.

Both of these methods will work for all embedded image files types: TIFF, JPG, PSD, EPS, BMP, PNG .. you get the general idea.

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Coreldraw vs illustrator

by Andrew Brett Watson

Coreldraw vs Illustrator

I get asked a lot of the time which Graphics program I think is best: Coreldraw or illustrator?

I use Illustrator but I also really like Coreldraw. Why Illustrator? One word: MAC. I love OS X, but Coreldraw although a great program, is not killer enough for me to be forced to use windows, plus there are too many other great killer Mac programs you can't get on windows, so that's it for me. But Corledraw hasn't lost yet, it's a great program...

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