free vector stamps (birds again but not necessarily to do with twitter)

I like stamps. I had some fun. At least until I decided to experiment a bit with mesh tool (long way ahead to master it…)
Traumatic discovery: no command to remove gradient mesh (or am I wrong?). Luckily, there is a trick that works. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set the offset to zero. Then delete the mesh object. Good news: your path is safe! bad news: it contains some extra anchor points. (Here is a link to where I found the solution).
Together with this post – my vector stamps (an .eps file). Free for personal and commercial use. If you decide to host them, please include the link to this site. Enjoy!

twitter acronyms wallpaper for the twitter newbies…

… such as I am. Yes, it happened I was scratching my head what DM could mean (luckily enough it was not @ me). So if you are in my shoes, you can browse some nice sites: a clear list or some in-depth explanations.
Or keep the top 15 acronyms stuck to your desktop. At least for some time until you learn them/get bored with the wallpaper. You can download them in three resolutions: widescreen 1920×1200, 1680×1050 and 1600×1200.

i perform a striptease in the DA valentine contest

I was actually planning Valentine’s Day not to be the main thread of my today’s post. But things changed since there is a new contest running on DeviantART. And it’s Valentine’s Day-related.
You download a template – more or less (there are some hearts) abstract shapes to be filled with solid colors. The criteria:  (1) use of Valentine’s Day theme, (2) use of color palette, (3) ability to standout among other entries.

Who would not decide to go for a 1 lb box o chocolates ;) ? Would I (or is it a Fella plushie)?

Can you remember  Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in the striptease scene in 9 1/2 Weeks? Joe Cocker ?

That’s right. You can leave your hat on… It’s my entry.da_valentine

And a funny thing: if you go 2 posts back, the formula of the DA contest seems pretty close to what the illustration class was about. 

Coming soon: Something useful, downloadable and to do with Twitter (but not Twitter icons). Stay tuned.

photoshop: paste a layer into a mask

It has not been the most productive day (so far at least). Still, I learned one thing I want to post about. Few times I wanted to do that and had no idea how to.

Paste a layer(A) into a layer(B) mask. In 4 easy steps:

1. select the layer A and copy it to clipboard (Cmd/Ctrl+a, Cmd/Ctrl+c)

2. go to the layer B, make it active and click the Layer Mask

3. go to your Channels Panel, there is your mask in the bottom, set it active and visible, paste the clipboard content (Cmd/Ctrl+v) 

4. make the mask channel invisible again and the RGB channel (top) active

And it’s done!

I played a bit with halftones today (Filter > Pixelate). I followed the Photoshop Guys’ and applied it in grayscale (all 4 channels parameters equal). I’m not too happy with what I got, but a post needs an image.halftones

taking an illustration class

Today, I discovered there is an artist I can recognize by a tiny sample of his work.  I followed a tweet ‘focus on creating with negative space, while doodling…’ and there I was, taking an IllustrationClass. Created by Von. R. Glitschka (that’s the one). The idea was to fill some simple abstract shapes with whatever your imagination prompts.

He said: ‘be creative, push yourself and have fun’ .

I did: relaxed and doodled a bit (on a print of an exercise sheet).

And that’s what I got:


And a version with some colors added:


my first post

This is my very first post. Some people say it’s not about how you start. And I so agree.
Still, it’s probably the rightest time to outline the future content (at least in my mind).
I don’t want to be a ‘bla bla’ daily diary blog (don’t get me wrong – some of them are fascinating). I won’t blog about politics (pretty sure), shopping or recipes (though that may happen from time to time…).
What then?
Inspiring journeys (also virtual) – very likely! Things that amaze, enchant or simply touch me – even more. But mainly, I want this blog to accompany me while I learn, master and create in Photoshop and Illustrator. I want to have it by my side.