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Thursday, July 10, 2014

NEW Tutorial Video: Awesome FREE Photoshop CS 6 Painter's Color Wheel Extension (CS 4 & 5 versions as well)

Video Below

* PLEASE NOTE *:   Unfortunately it seems that this painter's wheel no longer works for "Creative Cloud 2014" because Adobe is now using html for extensions instead of flash.



Back in February of 2013 I made a tutorial video about Len White's awesome FREE! Color Wheel!

It quickly became a popular post on this blog and in just over a year on YouTube it had passed 30,000 views...and over 300 comments...and nearly 250 "thumbs ups" from various viewers.

Then one black day a few months ago I was informed by the dark overlords ruling YouTube that my video had "violated community standards" and had been removed.

Not unlike Orwell's "Big Brother"...this cryptic notice didn't say exactly why this step had been taken...and there is no way to directly contact anyone about it...but they thoughtfully included a link that offered a number of reasons why a video might be removed.

The best I could figure from looking over this info was that my video had included screen-captures of several different software interfaces...from the Color winRAR...and even Len White's site....and someone had flagged my video over their copyright.

Since there are hundreds of thousands of tutorial videos (if not millions) just like mine...I thought there was precedent...but YouTube says that even if others are violating their standards...videos which do...can be subject to removal.

I could have filed a "protest"...but soon I figured..."their house..their rules"...and moved on.

Then...the more I thought about it I decided that there had been so much interest in Len White's Painter's Wheel...for example many, many comments said just "THANK YOU!" I wondered if I could make a new one...that wouldn't use any screen captures...and hopefully not be subject to removal.


At long last I finally finished uploading the new one today...and invite you to check it out.

It's posted below!

BTW...I learned a ton about my video editing software and had a lot of fun experimenting with it.

Hope you enjoy it too!


Here's what I said about it in my original post back in 2013:

I just put together and uploaded a video tutorial for Len White's Free "Painter's Color Wheel" for Photoshop CS 6 (which is backward compatible with CS 5).

There is also a CS 4 + version available which works for both CS 4 and 5.

The Painter's Wheel for CS 6 has a few more features and uses the popular Photoshop darker color scheme for its interface.

But if you're like me and have Photoshop CS 5 and don't mind a little different look for the interface...IMHO you'll want to use the CS 6 version for those little "extras".

Here's a look at the CS 6 interface:

Screen Capture of Len White's "Painter's Color Wheel" for Adobe Photoshop CS 6

And here's the CS 4 + version:

Screen Capture of Len White's "Painter's Color Wheel" for Adobe Photoshop CS 4 +

And at long last...the new video!

Thanks fer schtoppin by!!  : )

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7-9-14: First Life Drawing Charcoal In A While


This morning I decided to head on over to Mesa Community College to a Life Drawing Open Session for the first time in quite a while.

I thought it went from 10 am to 1 pm but about 9:30 I re-read the e-mail and realized it started at 9 am.

Charcoal Life Drawing, Copyright 2014, Jephyr (AKA Jeff Curtis)
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At first I debated about going but quickly decided to race on over.

I burst in about 10:15 and fortunately there was a small I was able to still find a good spot.

By the time I had my easel and all set up it was getting close to 10:30 and so at last I jumped into my drawing.

It's always fun to draw very lean people because the "landmarks" on them are easier to see.

And maybe you can tell that Rebecca was both very tall and lean.

I wish I'd had more time because she had a beautiful, exotic face...but sadly working in that kind of detail in such a short time meant doing that was outa reach for me.

Anywho...I'm glad I went after-all...and plan, God willing, to go to the next one later this month .

Thanks for stoppin' by...see ya next time!