Enhance image colors using LAB colors and curves

Posted in Photoshop tips

So tutorial time. I want to show you a quick and dirty technique to make those colors pop out with a curves adjustment layer and a quick switch to LAB colors. And I’m going to show you with one of the images I took with my phone. Here’s what I ended up with.

Final flower retouched

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Sharpen your photo using custom filter

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Finised flower retouch

I want to show you some of my favourite photo sharpening techniques and I will start by showing you, how to sharpen a photo, using the custom filter in photoshop.

This can really make your photo “jump out”. It is a really easy technique that, if used right, can give you a sharper result.

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Removing blue tint from photo

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Finished tunnel photo

I took this shot on a walk a couple of weeks ago, when I first tested out my camera. As you can see below the original shot is quite bad. I decided that the best way to learn about my new camera was to set it to full manual and then just start messing around (that turned out to be a great way to get massively confused 🙂 ).

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Free small 16×16 icons – Spiced2Simple

Posted in Design

I like Icons, they tell me, what to do, without making me think too much. I’ve been making a bunch of icons lately for different work related things. I also had time to make a small set of icons that I’m going to give you for free. These are basic, general icons that you can use for many different types of websites (and other things). I call them Spiced2Simple.

Spiced2Simple 16x16 icons

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Great WordPress plugins you never knew existed

Posted in Tools

WordPress plugins are great for extending the capabilities of WordPress to fit your needs or just save some time for you. But there are so many of them that some of the great ones seem to go unnoticed. Here’s a list of great WordPress plugins you never knew existed.

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Fun ways to use advanced segments in Google Analytics

Posted in Tools, Traffic

Advanced segments is one of my favourite features in Google Analytics. It gives you the ability to create custom ways of viewing your analytics data with ease. In a few click you can segment visitors so you get data that you can actually use, rather than just overall numbers that don’t help you much. It gives you an easy way to answer questions that come up from the data that has already been collected which you are not able to with new site profiles.

Advanced segments in Google Analytics

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How to check if your email has been blacklisted

Posted in Tips, Tools

Ever started to get those not delivered emails in your inbox? It’s annoying, especially if you have sent some important emails to clients or partners. Often it is because of the recipients spam filter or a large file that is too big. But sometimes it can be your email that has been blacklisted. And that can be a big problem. I just had this problem not that long ago so I thought I would just share the tools I used to figure out what was wrong. So here are some ways to check if you have been blacklisted.

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Make your website sticky!

Posted in Traffic, Usability

Peanut butter and jelly. So tasty, so sweet and so sticky! Make your website like that and you are on your way to having a successful website. A Sticky website is a website that keep visitors around for longer, that make them view more pages and a website that get them to come back for more. It should be said that this will be a good thing for most websites but not for all.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fixe/ / CC BY 2.0

So let’s have a look at how you can make your website more sticky. I’m going to look at some of the things you can do, if you have a content site, like a blog, but you can use it across other types of websites as well.

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12 Firefox tweaks and hacks

Posted in Tips, Tools

Firefox, the application most used on my computer. Take away itunes, skype, hell even photoshop but leave me with firefox and I’ll be al right 🙂 But there are some hacks and tweaks to make firefox even better. I’ve gathered 12 that I use on my personal installation here.

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Website redesigns – what to think about

Posted in Design

I’ve done a bunch of redesigns lately and It’s been a challenge, to say the least. But I’ve learned a bunch about what not to do when you redesign a website. This is especially important when you are redesigning active and popular websites. If the site has been the same since 1996 and there isn’t much going on, it’s quite easy to redesign, but if it’s a popular site you have to be a little more careful in your redesign. These are some of the things that I have been thinking about during the redesigns, I hope they’ll help you too.

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