How to create vintage retro effect in Photoshop

I used to do vintage alike photos with Photoshop. Some of my friends asked me how to do it. It wasn’t hard as you think but it is really depends on the color, contrast and tone involved in your photos.

I’m going to show you few steps that make your photos vintage retro alike using Photoshop.

Step 1

Open the photo in Photoshop. Here I used my puppy photo.

Step 2

In Layer Windows, click ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ and select ‘Curves’. (Press f7 if you don’t see Layer Windows)

Step 3

You just have created Curve layer, click ‘Curves 1’. In Adjustment Windows, select ‘Red’ Channel. and adjust the Red curve like below.

Step 4

Select ‘Green’ and apply the same thing.

Step 5

Select ‘Blue’ and adjust the curve too.

Step 6

Now go back to Layer Windows, and click ‘Create fill or adjustment layer’. This time, choose ‘Hue/Situation’.

Step 7

In Adjustment Windows, follow the numbers that i show below. Tick the Colorize check box. In Layer Windows, adjust the opacity level of the Hue/Situation layer you have just created.

Step 8

May be you can stop right here. But I want to go a little bit further than this stage. Now I’m going to create the Gredient Map. Click the ‘Create fill or adjustment layer’ and select ‘Gradient Map’ this time.

Step 9

In Adjustment Windows, try to find the pastel color tones. By default, pastel tones are not loaded in Gradient Map. Try clicking ‘>’ arrow icon and select Pastels. Select the pastel color that I choose here and in layers Windows, adjust the opacity of the Gradient Map layer. I set it 10% for this photo.

Now look at the changes before and after editing.

Before

After

If you have any questions or better suggestion leave the comment in this post.

How to create a new interests List in Facebook

Facebook just added a new feature called “Interests” lately. Interests is a list that shows the updates from the collection of pages, friends, and subscriptions. To create a new list, just head to Interest Lists https://www.facebook.com/addlist and click “+ Create list”. Facebook will show the pop up that includes your friends, pages and subscriptions or you can add the public Interest Lists. Facebook also allows you to set privacy level (public, friends, only me) of each List you have created.

facebook-interests-create-new-list

How to delete files permanently in Mac OSX

Secure Empty Trash Deleting files will go to Trash in Mac OS and you click Empty Trash to delete the files completely. For some reason, these files and data can be recovered from some utilities.

If you really want to delete the files permanently, just use the “secure empty trash”. To use “secure empty trash”, right click on Trash (if you enabled, right-click) or Click and hold on Trash icon, it will pop up the menu. Press Command key, then you’ll see “Secure Empty Trash” instead of regular “Empty Trash” menu.

Clicking on “Secure Empty Trash” will bring another dialog which will ask you whether you want to delete the data or not because it will completely erase the deleted files and will be gone forever.

secure-empty-trash-dialog

Tips for generating Fake Facebook Status

You have probably seen funny Facebook status messages with celebrities names or famous people.  Yet, many of these are fake and you can have your own fake Facebook status messages too.

thewallmachine

One of my favorites is the Wall Machine, a online fake facebook generator let you create fake facebook status messages and it allows you to customize the photos, time, and comments. It requires to authenticate with your Facebook account.

Another service is called Fakebook Quotes, a service that doesn’t require login and it converts simple chat conversations into fake facebook status messages. The service has few limitations which are blurred photos with censored last names.

Keeping the things you done with iDoneThis

iDoneThis keeps a calendar of your completed tasks. Everyday, iDoneThis email you with “What’d you get done today?” and you just create the new entry of things you have done by simply replying the email. You can set the time zone and time you want to receive the email from iDoneThis. You can see the things you have done in the past in the iDoneThis calendar.

Zootool – Another Social Bookmarking

Zootool is another online bookmarking tools with social features. You can boomark the links, images, videos as private or public. Zootool automatically grabs snapshot of the url that you shared. You can create the packs in Zootool to organize your bookmarks simply by its drag and drop feature.

 

Create Collage Photos with Loupe

Loupe is an online photo collage tool that let you to import photos from your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr accounts and make collage photo for you with simple steps. First step is to import photos from your social networking accounts like Facebook and choose the photos from each album.

Second step is to select the shape you want to make collage photos. Loupe lets you to add and remove photos and also allow you to move individual photo. Once you have done, you can share to Faceobok with the link loupe created for you.

How to prevent Chrome from downloading index files

I have been using Chrome as default browser for a while apart from using Firefox for web development. One thing I noticed is that Chrome downloads index files instead of displaying the page in some websites. There is a discussion on Chorme help forum shows that the problem is caused by Internet Download Manager (IDM). The solution is to opt-out the Chrome from Advanced browser integration under General tab in IDM Options. Just click Downloads->Options and under General tab, opt-out the Google Chrome. See the snapshot below.  I hope this help you too.

advanced-browser-integration

How to use Google Web Fonts

It is really considered to be painful when it comes to design the website with the custom type faces. Web designers and developers are limited to use web safe fonts when specifying the type faces to make the site support in all OS platforms. Thanks to the modern web browsers, you can now use and embed the custom type faces in your website. There are many web font services out there that allow you to embed both commercial and free fonts. I’m going to cover Google web fonts in this post.

Google Web fonts

Google web fonts is a free service from Google that allows you to embed the fonts which are available in Google web fonts. To use google web fonts, please follow the steps.

Step 1

go to http://www.google.com/webfonts and click “start choosing fonts”.

Step 2

There are number of free fonts available in Google web fonts. You can filter by type faces, thickness, slant and width if you want. Select the fonts by clicking add to collection button. After you select the fonts, you can now click ‘use’. Using of too many font faces can slow down your site loading. Please use it wisely.

Step 3

Select the html link tag code that you found in next page and insert the code before head tag element. In order to use the font, you must have to apply the font family in your css file.

Sample HTML

<html>

<head>

<title>Google Web Font testing</title>

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Condiment|Asap' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
<style type="text/css">
h1 {
font-family: 'Condiment', cursive, serif;
}
</style>
</head>

<body>
<h1>This is the Title - Condiment</h1>
</body>

</html>