Christening Photoshop CS4

February 14, 2009 at 12:12 am (computer art, Digital Art, Photoshop tips and tricks)


The Wizard

First Art Made With Photoshop CS4

This art took me about 5 days (and nights) to complete. The monkey is pieced together with about 10 digital images, the snake is several pieces, her dress and body are comprised of too many bits and pieces to remember. The flower vase is comprised of more than 30 pieces and was so much fun to make.

Actually this image was a delight to make, everything went smoothly and it is the very first art piece that I’ve made using CS4. I had bought CS4 (the Master Edition) several months ago but wanted to wait until I finished the card project before installing. For some reason the new OpenGL features aren’t working on Windows XP Professional. I have to find out if it’s due to XP or due to the kind of graphics card I have. I also have Vista installed on the same computer, but it’s acting up at the moment, keeps restarting after intalling an auto update.

But the fantastic news is that Photoshop CS4 seems to be far more stable than CS3 !!! Yipee !! To test CS4’s stability, I purposely tried doing some distortions that used to be a guaranteed way to crash Photoshop on my prior version (ie: I have a layer with a Mask that is grouped to another layer and I Transform / distort it). In a large file that is more than 2 gigs unflattened, CS3 used to crash … but the operation went as smooth as butter. A complete delight ! The image you see here (viewed at large size) is just 9 percent of the original image size, which is 22 x 30 @ 300 dpi.

Where’s The Extract Filter In CS4 ?!!

I spent about 15 minutes looking all over the CS4 interface, trying to find where the Extract Filter is hidden. Turns out that it doesn’t automatically install with the program. Several plug-ins are tucked away on the “Goodies” dvd (separate from the installation dvd) … not certain what the reason is for this, possibly due to the user having the choice of 32 bit or 64 bit, depending on their computer and graphic card’s capabilities. These plug-ins can also be downloaded on Adobe’s website: Photoshop CS4 plug-ins

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  1. Martin LaBar said,

    I like the explosion in the mirror at the back.

  2. galefraney said,

    Yes, it’s supposed to be undulating 🙂

  3. said,

    I couldn’t figure out some parts of your article, but I
    guess I just need to look at some more sources, because it looks

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