32 votes

Why is the effect called Dodge?

Darkroom manipulation The term originates in the photographers dark-room, and sadly I am old enough to have literally "dodged and burned" photos under the enlarger! An "enlarger" is simply ...
user avatar
  • 8,448
11 votes
Accepted

Which file format is best for printing?

It depends a lot on where you print, what printer will be used for the task and what you need to do with the files. You might want to stay away from anything JPG because of the compression, that's ...
user avatar
  • 13.6k
10 votes

How to give photo credit in a book

You can not just use pictures from online sources without first looking up the license of each and every picture. No amount of citing the source will make it permissible to use images. Only the ...
user avatar
  • 55.4k
9 votes
Accepted

What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

Scott is exactly right. This is a photograph and there was no editing done to it to make it look the way it looks -- this is straight out of the camera. When a camera takes a picture it opens its ...
user avatar
  • 10.9k
9 votes

Replicating a backlit effect in Photoshop?

Sorry, but you won't be able to easily replicate the look of that image in Photoshop. It's actually a lighting technique, not a Photoshop technique. This is called backlighting the subject, or ...
user avatar
  • 74.8k
8 votes

What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

This is a photograph. By leaving a camera shutter open, sitting on a tripod, it's a common effect to use light to create interesting shapes with the long exposure time. A person moved around with a ...
user avatar
  • 199k
6 votes
Accepted

Reason to use vector art instead of photos (How to convince a client one style is better than the other)

After years of working with clients and bosses I have learned to always ask, "Why?". For instance in your situation I would be asking, "What's the problem you are trying to solve with using a ...
user avatar
6 votes

Are Photoshop skills needed for a Graphic Illustrator?

You will be best served over the life of your career by knowing both Photoshop and Illustrator. For immediate needs, generally Photoshop knowledge can be slightly more useful out of the gate. But ...
user avatar
  • 199k
5 votes
Accepted

What items is a company's brand identity typically applied to?

In my opinion, anything which the clients sees in relation to the photography and its business should be branded. Stationery (card, letterhead, envelope) Web Site Photographic prints Invoices Quotes ...
user avatar
  • 199k
5 votes

Where can I find celebrity photos for commercial use?

A celebrity is a brand. That brand is marketed to generate revenue, by using that brand to endorse products or services. By providing royalty-free, commercial use, photography you are asking that a ...
user avatar
  • 199k
5 votes

Which file format is best for printing?

First question. Print where? 1) If you are printing from home use the same application you are working in. 2) To print photos. The first option is to print from the original jpg extracted from your ...
user avatar
  • 33.8k
4 votes
Accepted

Is there a name for the type of photography or layout where items are arranged on a grid?

The name for this type of layout is called knolling. This term originated in 1987 though I believe the popularity of this sort of style blew up due to the Things Organized Neatly blog.
user avatar
  • 10.9k
4 votes
Accepted

How to create or take a large photograph for displays? Is it worth it?

OK, You have a 20Mpx image. Lets do some math. 18" at 300 ppi 54" at 100 ppi 108" at 50 ppi 50 ppi is TOTALLY FINE for a photo that big. That is a pixel arround of half a milimeter. If you are ...
user avatar
  • 33.8k
4 votes

How to create a very big photo (like for a billboard)

The viewing distance of an image is somehow proportional to the size of the print. For example you normally do not see a magazine from across the street, and you do not see a billboard very close. ...
user avatar
  • 33.8k
4 votes

Regular panoramic photo to iPhone panoramic

According to this answer on Quora, all you need to do is change the EXIF data of the image. You'll need to download ExifToolGUI v5.16 and Download ExifTool to do the job (Windows only). Using those ...
user avatar
  • 7,806
4 votes

When to use photos or illustrations in design?

Some reasons why an illustration can be the choice: Illustrations can filter out unessentials. A photo can have something that is unintentionally interesting and causes distraction. If you have a ...
user avatar
  • 51.5k
4 votes
Accepted

Achieve Ludwig Hohlwein style from photograph

Although there is no substitute for a real watercolour illustration, it is possible to get a similar look, or as you say, à la Ludwig Hohlwein. Clearly the choice of photograph will play it's part. ...
user avatar
  • 74.8k
4 votes

instructions to give photographer when shooting for web

A quick sketch can give the photographer a 'better than guesswork' chance of supplying the images you need. So, you need a girl on a bridge by a river, with some tall buildings in the background. You ...
user avatar
  • 4,260
4 votes

Hands-on design: What material was used for this piece?

University of Design and Art / Poster by C2F It looks like bags of a gel-like liquid that has been melted in places and/or had glue from a glue gun applied. However, this could also be a 3D image ...
user avatar
  • 1,697
4 votes
Accepted

Why is the effect called Dodge?

Just to round out the answers so far, Billy Kerr found two early references to "dodge" in a photographic capacity in 1883 and 1889. A manual of photographic chemistry : theoretical and practical by ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Oops, my shutter speed was too fast. How do I fix this light banding?

You can fix it almost perfectly by using the gradient tool and the divide blend modes. EDIT: For the cleanest results, I switched to 16-bit colour mode before performing the following steps. 1) Fill ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

How to achieve better consistency with stock / vendor photos taken from different distances?

This seems like a simple matter of a two step workflow. Crop all images to allow the same amount of white space around the product. Resize the images after the crop so they are all the same size. ...
user avatar
  • 199k
3 votes

Which file format is best for printing?

Totally depends on print house. Usually they take raw/psd/ai/eps files, pdf is also an option to convert all of those. Each print bureau have their own standards e.g. transparency flattened, pdf ...
user avatar
3 votes

Does a feathered vignette for a child's portrait look good?

Answer: No a floating head vignette should not be used, unless you're going for an ironic dated look. If you choose to use the Floating Head Vignette thing anyways: If you shot a bunch of photos to ...
user avatar
  • 22.9k
3 votes

Does a feathered vignette for a child's portrait look good?

Question: I think the upper left corner of the picture needs something. From your comment, you're defining the little boy on the chair as being your main subject but you seem to imply you're free to ...
user avatar
  • 13.6k
3 votes

How do I sync photos across multiple devices?

Your best option would be an online file storage that has computer sync. What the sync does, is it leaves a folder on your computer where you place all the files. Any changes you make will get synced ...
user avatar
  • 9,821
3 votes

How to give photo credit in a book

You should be able to get a long way with CC-BY-licensed pictures. Google image search has this as an option but it's not perfect so you need to check. Finding the CC images takes time. Checking ...
user avatar
  • 801
3 votes

Achieve Ludwig Hohlwein style from photograph

In 99.9% of the use cases, there is no simple answer to "how can I make a photo look like this illustration/painting style." And in fact, for most styles it would entail many various techniques to get ...
user avatar
  • 199k
3 votes

What graphics program to use to make 3D scientific illustrations for journal articles?

The shortest way to make a replica is to have all needed items as high resolution photos, drawings or rendered 3D models. Low res screenshots are probably useless because there must be some resolution ...
user avatar
  • 51.5k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible