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From Bittbox: Today I’m sharing these highly useful vintage paper Photoshop patterns. These would work great for creating a lightweight and seamless web background, or a fast way to add some texture in your Photoshop project. In the download file I’ve included the core 200px jpeg files as well as the .PAT file. Enjoy!

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From Bittbox: I recently moved into a new space with a business partner and we just finished polishing our floors. These textures are from that floor. Believe it or not, the images for the textures might look rough, but they are very highly polished (1500 grit).

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This week, Deke takes a break from his sometimes out-there effects and gives you designer types a quick, practical tip on how to move, transform, and recolor items effectively—even if all you have to work with is a flat image.

Imagine that you were presented with the graphic below, completely flattened, and thus any impulse you had to rearrange or change the colors of the elements inside the image was thouroughly thwarted. Well, some simple tricks from Deke show you how to use a combination of the standard Marquee tool and (believe it or not) the much maligned Magic Wand to regain
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your designer’s power.

First off, Deke will show you how to simply move the words ‘for Design’ to a more interesting location, without threatening the descenders in the word ‘Photoshop.’ Next, he’ll demonstrate a similar technique with the addition of the New > Layer via Cut command, the Transform command, and the Eyedropper tool, in order to not only move, but also resize and change the color of the brushstroke flourish at the bottom. The result is this simple but effective transformation:

Yes, sometimes Deke tries to encourage your wilder notions and sometimes he just knows you have to get everyday important work done. Either way, there’s a technique that’s free to all every week. And for members this week, an exlcusive members-only video in the Online Training Library will give you a little creative bump by showing you how to add a magnifying glass that actually magnifies. Here’s a preview:

You can get a free 7-day trial to the Online Training Library. The trial membership entitles you to 7 days of access to all 986 courses in the Online Training Library for free. Click sign up on the subscription plan of your choice to get started.

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onOne has launched a summer sale that has reduced the prices of every one of their plugins. Visit onOne for full product descriptions. And if you decide to purchase one of their plugins, use our exclusive discount code - PSSPPT06 - for an additional 10% discount. Here's a list of the summer sale prices (before our 10% discount is applied):

Perfect Photo Suite $299.95 / $149.95 (upgrade)
Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes all of the onOne Software products and works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. Five of the products in the Suite even work as stand-alone application
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s now.

Perfect Resize 7 $199.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
The next generation of Genuine Fractals is still the industry standard for image enlargement. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.

PhotoTools $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Instantly give your photos the professional look. Works as a Photoshop plug-in.

Perfect Layers $69.95
Perfect Layers is the fast and easy way to bring a layered workflow to Lightroom and Aperture. Perfect Layers works with Lightroom and Aperture or as a standalone application.

FocalPoint $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Add realistic depth of field to your images. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application

PhotoTune $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Getting great color in your images is not as hard as you think. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.

Mask Pro 4 $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
For removing unwanted backgrounds, Mask Pro is the Photoshop plugin recommended by Advanced Photoshop magazine. Works as a plug-in for Photoshop.

PhotoFrame $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Add the perfect finishing touch to your photos or create an album layout design. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.

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In this week’s free Deke’s Technique, you’ll see how to create a classic anaglyphic stereoscopic 3D image in Photoshop. Anaglyph images are created by superimposing two slightly different perspectives of the same scene, with each version seen by only one eye or the other, resulting in a sense of depth when your brain fuses the two images into one. In this case, Deke shows you how to create an image intended to be viewed through the old-school red (left) and cyan (right) glasses.

In order to achieve this classic effect, you have to first correctly shoot a pair of images with a slight
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ly shifted perspective, like the ones shown below shot by’s own Jacob Cunningham. You can see in the top two images (each with a simulated filter applied), slightly means slightly—as in the distance between your two eyes. Then the two images are placed on separate layers in the same file, and the color channels are turned off so that each of your eyes (with the requisite glasses on) sees a slightly different image. Then, your brain does the rest.

If that’s not enough depth for you, members can see an exclusive video in the Online Training Library, in which Deke (again with the help of Jacob) demonstrates how to create a stereoscopic image with an object projecting out beyond the screen plane. Deke's Techniques is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away. Click here to see all the free clips from this series at

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BittBox is featuring a tutorial on how to create stunning bokeh effects, Guide to Creating Bokeh Textures: Bokeh textures are some of the most beautiful and rare resources out there. In this tutorial I’ll go over creating bokeh using both a digital camera or Photoshop.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Ornament Brushes -- Set name: Himitsu (brushes in set: 24)
All images in these are handmade and scanned off some things I can´t remember but I am sure it's still somewhere inside my closet
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You can find some free textures of old walls from Bittbox: Today’s textures came from an old abandoned one room school around here. I love how old crumbling buildings like this have the ability to tell their stories through the textures I can capture. I need to go back and shoot the rest of the building sometime, but that’s another post. These textures will work perfect for adding some vintage mood to your designs or photos. Enjoy!

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We've just finished posting 12 free Photoshop brush sets from our friend Janita. Here they all are, collected in one place. Look through the previews below and download as many as you like. You can also visit her site to see even more of her Photoshop brushes.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Floral Texture Brushes
Set name: Mad Moiselle (brushes in set: 10)
All images were scanned off what has been left by my bunnies that was once known as kitchen curtains.

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