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Posted On 2010-01-19 , 11:56 PM
Current mood: Disappointed
I was working on a photo manipulation tonight that I hoped would be the base for my next Photoshop Tutorial for this site. I wanted to create something that looked like a Japanese Water Color. As you can see, it didn't quite turn out well.
I am going to have another attempt another night. I love the images that I am working with, I just need to find the right combination of steps to create the atmosphere that I want. This one just doesn't quite do it (though it looks alright small; it's the larger version that is awful).
Posted On 2010-01-05 , 5:08 PM
This blog entry is going to be something a little different than I have previously featured here. Over the holiday weekend I received an email politely recommending a new website for artists and photographers. In the email, I was asked for a review and offered, in return, special treats for you (lovely little readers that you are).
The website is called Rollip and is an online resource for adding filters to your images. Now, I know, Photoshop does the same thing. That was my initial thought when I saw this website too. Then I got to thinking: Not everyone has Photoshop. Even those that do have, don’t necessarily have access to it from anywhere. And, let’s face it, sometimes Photoshop can be overkill for the small amount of editing that an amateur artist or photographer wants…and since Photoshop runs for a couple hundred dollars, it doesn’t always seem worth it.
(P.S. As a complete lover and loyal user of Photoshop, that hurt my soul a bit to write, but that doesn’t make it any less true.)
Rollip offers 40 filters that can be applied to any image that you upload. The images are not resized and you retain full ownership of the image. Rollip is completely free of charge for smaller images, though high-quality processing requires a membership.
Now, about that special treat that I mentioned. Thanks to a lovely correspondence with someone named Maurice (who either works for or owns this site, not real sure on the details), I’m able to give away 15 pro accounts at Rollip with 30 credits each (30 credit accounts are worth $5.98 per account as credits are purchasable in 15 credit packages of $2.99 each). I’m lazy, so I’m making offering these accounts on a first come first serve basis: the first 15 people who click the link and sign up, get the accounts. Yay.
Personally, outside of the free credits being offered, I think I’d stick with the free image adjustments. If you are applying filters to that many high-resolution images, it may be time to invest in Photoshop. Rollip is cheaper in the short term, but Photoshop offers more. Of course, as a Photoshop addict, you may or may not want to take me at my word.
I think Rollip is a great site for amateurs or for anyone looking to apply a quick filter for an image (maybe great for personal images before putting them up on Facebook or what have you). Not sure that I could see the benefit at a professional level, but it’s worth taking a look at. Who knows, maybe you can find more uses for it than myself.
Let me know if you do, I’m curious how different people will use the site. I’d love to see any photos that were created with Rollip’s filters, too, so if you use it and want to share, post a comment and let me know where I can see the pic!
Just to show off the site: Here’s an image of a random kitten (top, left is the original stock photo) that I applied a few different filters to. Only took a couple of minutes, and it shows the different effect the filters can apply to a single image.
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