Free For All: Spring into Photoshop Freebies
Optimize Photoshop CS5's Performance
Released just last week by the Photoshop Performance Team, this PDF whitepaper will help you make the most of Photoshop CS5, squeezing the last drop of performance and speed from it. The whitepaper explains the differences between Photoshop running on 32-bit and 64-bit computers. It also helps you optimize your RAM, graphics processor, and CPU(s) to get the most power and fastest response from Photoshop CS5, and demystifies best practices for working with Scratch Disks and disk caches.
Rarely do I say anything is a must-have, but if you work regularly in Photoshop CS5, this document is just that.
Grid Guides, Margins, and Center Points for Photoshop
"After many hours spent meticulously nudging nav elements and building grids for layout in web comps, I began to wonder why Photoshop didn't have a grid tool like InDesign. At a certain point I decided to stop thinking about it and just build a tool to do it for me." That's what Cameron McEfee said was the inspiration for GuideGuide, a free Photoshop add-in.
GuideGuide's three major functions:
* Creating midpoints. With a single click, you can set a guide at the horizontal or vertical center of a Photoshop document, or set both horizontally and vertically centered guides.
* Margins. If your document needs margins—say, for photo borders or to create margins for website layouts—all you have to do is define the size of the margins in pixels, inches, or a percentage of the overall document size. GuideGuide will place guides at those locations, defining one, two, three, or all four margins.
* Rows and Columns. Dividing a page or area of a page into equal width or height columns and rows is easy in InDesign via Create Guides and in Illustrator using the Rectangular Grid tool and the Make Guides command. Photoshop? No such feature... until GuideGuide. In GuideGuide, select either the entire document or just an area of it, enter your desired number of columns and/or rows, set the gutter or distance between columns and/or rows (or leave the value empty to have no space between them), and click the Create Guides button. Voila!
GuideGuide is an invaluable enhancement to Photoshop CS4 & CS5, for both Windows and Mac. Here you'll find GuideGuide's complete description, instructions for installing it, and, of course, the download link itself. And you can even watch Adobe's own Russell Brown demo GuideGuide in this QuickTime video from the Russell Brown Show.
What would a Photoshop-centric edition of Free for All be without textures to enliven your designs?
Go to page 2 for oodles of image-editing actions.
Photoshop Actions automate a series of filters, effects, adjustments, or other tasks you might perform on an image to achieve a particular effect. The actions below can help you process a photo, achieving the demonstrated effects much faster than doing it step-by-step.
What can I find free for you? Want more free fonts? More Photoshop brushes? How about more online applications that do this or that for free? Tell me in the comments what you'd like to see in future installments of Free for All, and I'll do my best bloodhound impression to track it down for you.
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