StylePix is a free image editing software, an alternative for Photoshop or Fireworks, with numerous advanced features.
It has an intuitive user interface where all the controls can be selected easily.
The software works with layers & offers multi-layer/group editing support.
Some features of StylePix are:
various selection types (auto-range, color-range & rectangular, circular, polygonal, lasso area selection)
30 different filters
thumbnail, histogram & waveform view for current image
StylePix works on Windows OS & consumes very few system resources, even the installer is ~800kb, which makes it an ideal solution for less-powerful computers or running from portable devices (a portable version exists).
Compatibility: Windows OS
Online image editors have evolved so much in the last few years & became very mature + functional for designers at every level.
They generally offer a similar interface with the popular image editing softwares which lowers the learning curve so much.
Almost all of them are Flash-based (no extra installations -like plugins- are required) & load/work very fast.
Why To Use Them?
You may be asking yourself why to use a web-based one when there is a powerful image editing software installed on your computer like Photoshop, Fireworks, GIMP, etc.?
There is no need to have a software other than a browser to run such applications. Also designs created with them can be saved instantly online.
This function is specially handy for anyone working at different locations/computers.
The Price Factor
Most popular image editing softwares, except GIMP, are generally not cheap & every new version requires a new license.
Online image editing platforms are free or come with cheap subscription plans.
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Mastering frequently used applications increases the productivity significantly.
Controlling these applications via keyboard is a part of this "mastering process" which helps you use an application with 2 hands = much faster.
Also, knowing the tricks of tools inside these products definitely opens new doors for creating.
Specifically for designers, here is a list of cheat sheets for the most popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, Fireworks & more..
Keyboard shortcuts are very well organized, both by menu & alphabetically.
Also, shortcut presets that add lots of extra shortcuts are provided too.
Keyboard shortcuts for previous Photoshop versions:
There are many different way & settings for converting images to black and white with Photoshop.
This is a Photoshop file presenting different filters/presets. Just update 1 file & see the various outputs.
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BlendFu is a website featuring free Photoshop & GIMP brushes in a well-tagged presentation.
Users can upload their brush sets & even the designs they created using those sets.
Currently there are 900+ brush sets featured.
Brush sets have 3 different download package options:
- PS Creative Suite
- Photoshop 7.0
And, a great thing about BlendFu is, when you click on a brush set, you can view every single brush in the set in detail.