All posts tagged: Photoshop

An Update to “Old World Dining Table”

Since I published my 15th woodworking plan titled You Can Build an Old World Dining Table, several factors fell into place which led to an update. Whether it’s building a piece of furniture or creating a woodworking plan, if I know it can be better, my conscience bugs me until I make it right. With Old World Dining Table, a few comments led to a realization that the table didn’t look old world enough. In a post I wrote about the design of the table, I mentioned playing around with gothic arches in the leg assembly. I omitted these arches because with chairs in place, said arches would be hard to see. Also, adding them to the woodworking plan would make explaining the construction process much more difficult and equally difficult to pull off in the workshop. I am treating these arches sort of like floating panels, so they fit in grooves with other joinery close by… But, not having the arches bugged me. It’s like my conscience was telling me, “Jeff, put the arches …

Making an Exploded View Using SketchUp

When I open the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, not only do I look at the various articles and their authors, I also pay attention to the illustrations and who created them. A typical issue of FWW will utilize illustrations from a number of artists; my favorite being John Hartman. He is a true illustrator. For my woodworking plans, I simply use SketchUp and a little bit of Photoshop. I’m not an illustrator; John Hartman is. His work in Fine Woodworking is what I use as inspiration for the images you see in my plans (check out John’s website for more of his work). As an online member at Fine Woodworking.com, I can search for just about any article from the library of past Fine Woodworking issues. When looking for inspiration for my upcoming woodworking plan, I searched for Matt Kenney’s updated Enfield cupboard (see the article here, membership required). It is somewhat similar in shape to my kitchen cupboard design, so when contemplating how to make the exploded view, I looked at the illustration …

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 …