Photoshop Tip: Writing Text on a Path

Capture2Whenever I need to write text on a circle I find myself coming back to this quick youtube tutorial. It gets right to the point and is always a good refresher. Check it out at http://youtu.be/wXG6H-6l3aI?t=6m9s.

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Images in Outlook are Blurry After Sending

I recently had an issue when I would embed an image in Outlook and it would look great. However, after sending the email the image became noticibly blurry and pixelated. I tried using the image as both .jpg and .png and neither worked.

I then came across this article http://www.howto-outlook.com/faq/unsharpimages.htm which solved the issue. The short answer is that the image needs to be created at 96 dpi because Outlook will reformat it to 96 dpi anyway. If it is not already at 96 dpi then it will become distorted. Check out the more detailed explanation below.

This issue usually happens when you are using a picture other than 96dpi.

When inserting a picture, Outlook will rescale the image as if it was a 96dpi image. This means that if you have a picture of 150dpi with a height of 88px, it will be displayed as an image of 56px high;
88px/150dpi * 96dpi = 56px

It even gets worse; upon sending, Outlook will convert and compress (re-render) the images to 96dpi with the new dimensions permanently! This means that all the “detailed” picture information is lost and you’ll be sending an image of 96dpi which is 56px high. This is of course a severe and very visible quality loss.

If your picture is less than 96dpi, then the opposite happens. A picture of 88px high with a dpi of 32 would then result in a 96dpi image of 264px high. So the result will be a very large image (but this time you can resize it back without the image becoming blurry).

This is a long outstanding issue/function/design choice which goes back all the way to Word 6.0 from 1993.

While this issue might not be a real issue when inserting pictures (which are usually too big anyway), it will become an issue when you have a carefully designed graphic to be used in a newsletter or signature; quality loss and unexpected changes in graphic sizes is not what you want then.

Where to find amazing free photos

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This is something I only discovered myself recently. It’s so good I had to share it.

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Stock photos. They ain’t cheap! Especially if you have an already limited marketing budget. But thanks to this post by Medium writer Dustin Senos, I discovered a new world of high quality, free photos that can be used any way you want.

In his post, Dustin provides a list of links to 15 or so free stock photo sites. To make it even easier for you to find great images, I’ve picked my favourite six sites from Dustin’s list and have written a bit about each one.


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Easy Vignette in Photoshop

Here are two ways to do an easy vignette in Photoshop

Method 1 via http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/vignette/

  1. Create a fill layer with the vignette color
  2. Select the layer mask thumbnail (in the layers panel)
  3. Use the elliptical selection tool to make a rough selection of the cutout
  4. Fill the selection with Black (right click > Fill > Contents: Black)
  5. Filter a Gaussian Blur to fade the edges
  6. Free transform to modify as needed

Method 2 via http://dmad.com/photoshop-vignette

  1. Go to Filter » Lens Correction…
  2. Click on the Custom Tab
  3. Under the Vignette section, move the amount slider to the left towards “darken” and adjust the midpoint slider to suit your needs.

Quick Photoshop Tip: Apply an Adjustment Layer to Only a Single Layer

Credit: Tip is originally from Matt Ward, thanks for the tip.

Here are the quick steps.

  1. Create the adjustment layer and place it just above the layer you want to adjust (for now it will apply to ALL layers below it).
  2. Create a Clipping Mask on the adjustment layer (either right click the layer or go to the layers menu).
  3. Boom. The adjustment layer should now just apply to the ONE layer that was below it.

Here is a great summary quote from Matt…

It would be much easier if they just called it “Apply to One Layer” or something like that, but the Clipping Mask functionality is much more extensive than that.