Couple of days ago, Brad Moore (Music Photographer extraordinaire – Photo assistant to Scott Kelby) came to me with an image that he shot on his way to a Bluegrass festival. The shot was from The Desert Inn in Yeehaw Junction in Florida. He didn’t think much of the mood in the area other than [...]

This is a really cool announcement today! Ever since the Intuos4 came out, my tablet usage has really skyrocketed (a lot had to do with the performance of the mouse – see my original post here). While I think that the tablet is now one of those must have accessories in your creative arsenal, one [...]

Hey everyone! I just noticed that our new season of Layers TV is up online, and i’m excited to share it with all of you! This week we have Worldwide Design Evangelist Terry White (also the writer of the Terry White Tech Blog and the Best App site showing us how to be able to [...]

The theory behind shooting portraits on a green-screen background is a good one: Give yourself a solid color that’s easy to select. The problem has always been that it isn’t easy to automate extracting subjects from the background—until now. Here’s a method to create a Photoshop action to extract your subjects and place them in [...]

There is certainly going to be a bit of excitement with this contest- let me tell you! Canon and Vimeo have teamed up with Los Angeles and New York based commercial director, DP and photographer Vincent Laforet to produce a contest called “The Story Beyond the Still” and I absolutely love this idea! Simple concept [...]

If you’d like to download the files used in this tutorial to practice these techniques, visit and navigate to the Magazine section. All files are for personal use only. A common task for Flash developers is to create countdown timers that let users know how long it is until a certain conference or event [...]

Experimenting with the settings and options for Illustrator’s Blend Tool.

Formatting line styles to give your text some graphic enhancement in InDesign.

The best way to make your site search-engine friendly is to design your site so that it’s easy for search engines to ”read” your pages—doing things like adding alternative text behind your images and using the meta description tag. In this tutorial, you’ll find a few search engine optimization (SEO) tips and discover the features [...]

Hello, Layers readers! Time’s running out on your chance to win $500 in credits from “How can I win $500 in credits from iStockphoto?” you ask. Just enter the Layers Back Page Design Contest. But you have to hurry because the deadline is January 11. Every issue of Layers magazine, we run a cool [...]

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