All posts tagged: Photoshop

Success With SketchUp and Photoshop

I enjoy reading comments posted here at my blog. And sometimes a comment is very helpful. Case in point with my last blog post. Sarah gave me a very helpful tip concerning how to add out-of-view objects to my images. And it could not be easier. First, take a look at the image above. It is one of the exported SketchUp images to be used in Photoshop. One of the four screws is out of view and I want readers of the woodworking plan to know it is there (logic would dictate that a fourth screw is there, but I have learned to take as much guess-work out of my plans as possible). The next step is to hide all of the components except the missing screw and the line which shows the path which the screw needs to take. I export this image as well. Both files are PNG files which allow for a transparent background which is important. I wish I could just load a video at this point which shows the steps …

Update: Media Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Just like my window seat bookcase project, I am making slooowwww progress with my next woodworking plan. With You Can Build The Versatile Media Cabinet, I am taking the time needed to make it as close to magazine quality as possible. The Photoshop process for creating custom sketchy edges is being used for every image and I continue to refine and get faster with the method of selectively adding pen flourishes to images output from SketchUp (see the process here). The cover page shows why I call this media cabinet versatile. The modular shape of the cabinet enables the builder to add or take away drawers as they like. Click the image to enlarge… One thing under consideration: re-working this page to show just one version of the media cabinet. The cover shows four different configurations. My concern is these options will create inquiries requesting help with these other versions. In the plan, I walk the reader step-by-step throught the construction process for the three drawer version only. What do you think? Should I focus …

Experimenting with Sketchy Edges

Did you notice this in a recent blog post? The image above is the first time I have published an illustration using SketchUp’s “Sketchy Edges” along with some Photoshop work. For those of you who don’t geek over SketchUp, Sketchy Edges is a set of illustration styles which can be applied to a SketchUp model. You may wonder, “Why do this?” I suspect a lot of woodworkers could care less about Sketchy Edges. But I have a goal of being able to produce magazine quality images for my blog posts and woodworking plans. Illustrations in woodworking magazines often feature line styles which look like illustrations even though they are computer generated and not hand drawn. A very good example of what I want to achieve is below. Note the line style with extenders which gives the look of a pencil or pen drawn illustration. When I first downloaded the pdf which contains this image, I made creating images of this quality a long-term goal. There is a whole different world of SketchUp users which do …