A must for every Flickr Linux user.
For those that use Flckr, it’s always easiest when you have a simple tool that allows quick and painless file uploading. Although logging onto the web site and using the built-in Flickr uploader isn’t difficult, when you have a number of images, or when you upload frequently, this can be a real hassle. So having a stand-alone tool for this purpose is always nice. There are plenty of these tools for the Windows desktop. But what about Linux? You bet there are. There are Flickr uploaders for KDE for GNOME and everything in between.
In this article I am going to introduce you to the GNOME Flickr uploader Postr. It’s simple to install and simple to use.
Postr offers some fairly straight-forward features such as:
- Simple user interface.
- Common attributes for photos.
- Nautilus integration.
- Session management.
Installation is simple, thanks to the fact that Postr is located in your standard repositories. Just follow these directions:
- Open up your Add/Remove Software tool (such as Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center, Packagekit, etc).
- Search for “postr” (no quotes).
- Mark Postr for installation.
- Click Apply to install.
That’s it! You are ready to set up Postr.
Linking to your account
This of course assumes you already have a Flickr account. To open Postr click on Applications > Graphics > Flickr Uploader and Postr will open. When you first run Postr a small window will appear with a link asking you to Login to Flickr. Click that link and your web browser will open to the Flickr login page. You have to walk through a couple of steps on that page. If you do not finish the authorization steps on the Flickr site Postr will not gain access and will return an error 108. Once you have done that click the Continue button on the Postr window. You will know you have successfully linked to your Flickr account when the Upload button on Postr is no longer grayed out.
Adding and uploading photos
This is very simple. To add and upload photos follow these steps:
- Click the “+” symbol (see Figure 1).
- Navigate to the directory housing your photos.
- Select the photo(s) you want to upload (use the <Ctrl> button to add multiple photos).
- Click Open.
- Click the Upload button.
Your photos will then upload to your Flickr account.
There are, of course, other methods of uploading to Flickr. Thanks to Postr’s Nautilus integration you can also upload like this:
- Open up Nautilus.
- Navigate to the location of your photos.
- Right click a photo you want to upload.
- Select Upload to Flickr.
- When Postr opens click the Upload button.
You can of course add information to your photos before you upload them. You can also add photos to sets, send them to groups, and set privacy settings from within Postr. NOTE: You can not create sets from within Postr. You will have to create those on your Flickr page. Once you have sets created, you can then add photos to the sets before you upload them.
If you are a frequent Flickr user, you should do yourself a favor and start using Postr. It’s simple to use and will save you time.
Converting to black and white can be a saving grace for concert shots and other photos, but you can get better, crisper results by veering off the default options. Photoshop tinkerer Helen Bradley explains which sliders to pull on.
Bradley points out that when simply converting to black and white in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you get a very thumbnailed view of your picture, one that doesn’t grant you a good look at how sharp it will turn out, or how the newly limited hue will look in certain corners of the image. By setting up a bottom layer of the image and tweaking its saturation, shadows and highlights, and other elements, you’ll get a lot more control over how good your finished product turns out.
Photo gurus, what steps do you always take when you’re converting a shot to black and white? Share the knowledge in the comments.
Worth a look
The memories of yesteryears invoke in us a sense of nostalgia as we long for the days gone by when life seems so much simpler. Technology was not as advanced as it is today, and things were changing at a slower pace. Retro and vintage years usually refer to the decades before our present day, up to the last century. Images of the early 1900s to the 1980s comes into mind as we think about the designs of this era. Even though retro and vintage designs, as the names suggest, are technically outdated, many of us still turn to them for inspiration. These designs are still very much appreciated today due to its nostalgic value.
For this very reason, we have combed the web for a number of Photoshop tutorials on retro and vintage designs. Enjoy the list and be inspired!
Old Fantasy Map
via Vile Works
Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper
via Tutorial 9
3D Retro Strip
via Photoshop Tutor
Creating the New Retro
via Computer Arts
Awesome Retro Collage
via 10 Steps
Retro Photo with Background
via Denis Designs
Retro Grunge Poster
via Photoshop Tutorials
Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design
Vintage Car Poster
via PSD Vault
Old-Style Safari Map
via PSD Fan
Retro Comic Book Effect
via Photoshop Roadmap
Retro Cosmic Design
via Fudge Graphics
Planet Terror Style Poster
via Outlaw Design Blog
Vintage Effect for Photos
Photo Transfer Edge Effect
Retro Logo with Soft Grunge Background
via PV.M Garage
Retro Lighting – Ford Mustang
via Adobe Tutorialz
via Blueprint Media Design
1950s-Style Movie Poster
via Spoonfed Design
Sweet Old School Album Cover
via Fortyseven Media
Turn A New Photo Into An Old Photo
via Photoshop Essentials
Curvy Cross Processing
via Layers Magazine
Vintage Polaroid Effect
If you’ve got an idea (or concept) but find it hard to present on your artwork because the drawings just don’t add up, try Photoshop Brushes. Brushes are designers best friend, particularly web designers who don’t illustrate graphics much.
Adobe Photoshop does comes with a basic package of brushes but it has not been updated by folks at Adobe for quite some time. Thanks to the great community of designers out there who constantly distributing and sharing their brushes, you can almost find brushes of any patterns these days. Whether you are working on a nature-related artwork looking for floral and wood graphics, or merely adding some torn, burned and cracked effects to your artwork – there’s a free brush pack out there and all you need to do is Google.
In today’s post, we attempt to present you some of the high quality and good ones, those we thought would be generally useful in many occasion and definitely worth checking out and bookmark. Here’s our hand-picked of 50 Free and High Quality Photoshop Brush Sets You Should Bookmark. Full list after jump.
Some useful Photoshop related entries we’ve previously written:
- Preview Photoshop Brushes With abrViewer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- Great looking Photoshop CD/DVD Cases
- 40+ Excellent 3D Effects Photoshop Tutorials
- Photoshop Photo Tutorials Part I, Part II
- Photoshop Text Effects Part I, Part II
9 metal texture brush set.
A set of 12 abstract pixel brushes for Photoshop. Compatible with Photoshop 8+ / Photoshop Elements 3+.
8 really beautiful and fantasy butterfly brushes to spice up your painting.
Thirty-seven brushes from various torn, wrinkled, pieces of tape brushes made in Photoshop 7.0
13 awesome abstract brushes.
Pack contains 8 brushes, including 2 different sized leaves, 1 astral rose, 1 astral flowerbud, 1 astral butterfly, an assortment of whispy, starspangled curves.
Two barbed wire brushes.
Made with thick black poster colours. Just great for those pieces needing brush strokes with hard bristles.
Can be used for grunge, stars abstract and smoke/forg effects. This set was based upon the stars of the heavens. This set, cataclysm, was designed to bring violent destruction upon the use of other sets. It has many uses and works very well for sigs.
This pack includes around 80 brushes, all cracks, chips and cuts.
Demolished.Cracks pack contains 12 brushes compatible with PS 7 and up!
There are ten of fractal brushes in total.
New style of CS4 brushes.
There are 11 big brushes made with Photoshop 7.0
Now with these wonderful brushes all you need is Photoshop and the brush tool selected, you’ll create floral frame brushes so awesome that you will love.
A set of brushes for photoshop (created in CS3) with sizes range from about 700px to 1600px.
The pack contains the the letters of the alphabet, numbers and some extras. Theres a piece of tape and some marks which could be used in white and added to the labels once they’re done to make them look authentic and cool.
152 Photoshop brushes made on Ps CS4.
Metal Mesh Brush by =SocioBunneh.
45 moon brushes for ps7, ps8, ps9, ps10.
It includes 25 tiny text brushes for icons. The .zip contains an .abr file compatible with Photoshop 7.0 and up.
20 high-resolution stamp brushes.
8 brushes for lens, film and camera.
The package contains 15 different brushes made of different wall pictures. You will find cracks, scratches and dirty brushes.
8 large floral brushes, for use on headers and wallpapers.
7 100×100 floral brushes, for use on icons.
These hole brushes are higher res so would be good for higher res projects as well.
With this pencil brush and sketch paper action, you can quickly and easily create natural-looking pencil sketches, without the pencil! The brush takes advantage of both pen pressure and tilt to create a very natural feel and look.
Oldies set (8 brushes) for photoshop cs-cs2
A pack of solid and dotted lines.
The pack contains 70 cute brushes for lines, random scribbles and drawings, animals and a lot of hearts!
A set of high quality (200dpi scans) 42 photoshop brushes about photography. They are more like illustrations and blueprints of various cameras and photography related processes.
20 handdrawn musical note scribble brushes.
There are just 3 smokes per vol. All of them are more than 1300 px.
Several different variations and sizes of syringes.
A set of 7 pen brushes.
I’ve liked these pictures I’ve recently stumbled across on the web.
Check out their other works on the links below each picture.
Untitled by Andrew Lee, see it on Flickr
After the Rain by Ignacia Grace, see it on DeviantArt
Looks like this will be useful, easier than doing it in PS yourself 🙂
Tilt-shift time lapse videos by Keith Loutit were recently featured all over the Internet, inspiring others to figure out how to achieve the effect in their own photos. You could Google a step-by-step tutorial, or you could save yourself the trouble and use Tiltshiftmaker.
Pop a photo into Tiltshiftmaker, move the sliders around to choose the area you want to focus on, and that’s all there is to it. It seems to work best with photos that are shot from above and from a distance. If you need some inspiration, there’s also Tiltshiftmaker’s gallery you can check out and add your own photos to.
Things you can do from here:
Here are links to my collections of other peoples work on Deviant Art. Most of these make me feel like a talentless hack, lol.