I find cool stuff all the time that I’d like to share, but don’t have the time to write a full page article about. Below I’ve listed some of the things I’ve come across during the past week.
A while back I included Alex Grigg’s Photoshop animation tutorial in a weekly roundup. In that video he explains how to use Photoshop actions to create new frames, color layers, and generally speed up the animation process in a program that isn’t set up to be used for animation.
It turns out that there are Photoshop extensions available that do this for you. AnimDessin is one of these and the good news is it’s completely free. AnimDessin, along with AnimCouleur turn Photoshop into a full featured animation software package. For ten dollars a month that’s not bad.
If you prefer to pay for this kind of thing there’s the Animator’s Toolbar which I haven’t used, but it does seem to have its advantages. Plus, since you pay for it, there’s the added benefit of customer support.
Photoshop’s color picker has always left something to be desired when it comes to digital painting. This is an advantage that a program like Painter has always had over Photoshop. Thankfully, there have been a number of color wheel extensions created that try to remedy the problem.
Coolorus is one of these. It’s based on Painter’s color picker and has features like color schemes, gamut lock and the ability to save settings in case you have multiple people working on the same project.
I’ve included CG Cookie‘s tutorial for the extension above so you can get and idea of how the extension looks and functions.
Lazy Nezumi Pro
Lazy Nezumi Pro is an extension that helps you create better line work by offering a suite of tools that give you greater control over the smoothness and pressure. Additionally it contains a scripting tool to create patterns and perspective tool. It’s incredibly useful, and it’s not solely limited to Photoshop. It is limited to Windows though, so Mac users are out of luck for now.