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nestrest hanging lounger by dedon

Introducing the Outdoor Hanging Lounger Nestrest by Dedon

I have always wanted to be one of the birds. Heck, I would give my left leg to be able to fly. While I may not be learning to fly anytime soon I sure can perch myself up in this cozy little nest and live like a bird. German furniture creators, Dedon, released this hanging chair that they like to call the Nestrest. Continue reading

Airbrushing skin with Photoshop

Photoshop is used by graphic designers and photographers alike. One of the most popular techniques of Photoshop is airbrushing. You can see airbrushing used everyday in magazines as well as in photography and on the Internet for certain advertising campaigns.

Creating perfect porcelain skin on everyday photos is an easy with Photoshop. In this tutorial you will learn how to easily and quickly create that airbrushed photo effect on your portraits.

Keep in mind that there are many different ways to create the airbrushed skin effect in Photoshop this is only one of them.

Before and after results.
before-and-after

The photo we used was a stock photo from stock.xchng. You can download the photo here .
start

Once you have you photo opened in Photoshop select the Healing Brush tool. The healing brush tool is great for masking under eye circles, acne, moles, age spots and scars. I used a size 19 brush with 75% hardness. Alt + click an area close or near to where you want to cover up and then paint over the blemish. I used the healing brush on the models’ mole, cheeks as well as underneath the eye.
heal-brush-example

Next, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and name the layer Airbrush.
duplicate-layer

Set the Airbrush layer opacity to 50%
50-opacity

Now we’re going to blur the top layer to get that porcelain skin effect. You should zoom in pretty close to the skin so you can see the details. Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. You still want to see the details of the skin such as fine hair and some pores but you want to get a really creamy texture for the skin. The settings used for this photo were Radius: 25 pixels and Threshold: 30 levels.
surface-blur

We don’t want the surface blur effecting anything but the skin in the photo so we’re going to paint only the skin. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. With your layer mask selected you’re going to paint over all of the visible areas of skin. I chose to use a smaller size brush with 75% hardness.
layer-mask

The end result should be a portrait of our model with perfect, porcelain skin.
end-result

Josiah Leming Playing at SXSW

Josiah Leming is an Alternative/Indie/Pop/Rock performer from Moorestown, Tennessee. This artist is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Influences include Coldplay, Remy Zero, Radiohead, Blur, and Travis, among many others. He has had an appearance on American Idol and is presently working on his debut album under Warner Bros. Records.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

Alessi Laurent-Marke Playing at SXSW

Alessi Laurent-Marke is an Acoustic Psychedelic performer/guitarist from London, England who likens her music to magical potions: her cauldron of ideas are mixed with her music. Record labels include Zooey Records as well as Virgin Records. Releases include The Horse EP, Friendship with Thunder Power as well as Bedroom Bound.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

Jen Lane Playing at SXSW

Jen Lane is an Folk/Folk Rock/Indie artist from Saskatoon, SK. Jen Lane is a vocalist and guitarist who is accompanied by Smokekiller (guitar, vocals), Joe Dickson (drums), and Andrew Dickson (bass, vocals). Influences include the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Ryan Adams, and Elton John, among others. Releases include Jen Lane, Injection, Sleepless, and Jane Lane Live.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

I Am David Sparkle Playing at SXSW

I Am David Sparkle is from Singapore which came together in the year 2001; this group works as an instrumental collective. The band derives its name from the translation of the Malaysian singer M. Daud Kilau. Present members include Amran Khamis (guitars, effects, keys), Johnny Mo (guitars, beats, keys), Farizwan Fajari (bass), and Zahir Sanosi (drums, percussion).

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.