Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Create Colorful Sparkling Text Effects In Photoshop

Well, today the text effect that I have brought for you is really a stunning effect. The good news is this text effect is very simple to create. It is created with Brush combined with layer styles and blending options. Little experimentation with these tools provides us with amazing results. I have created this effect in Adobe Photoshop CS3. This funky and sparkling text effect can be used in creating lively images. Not only in text, this text can also be applied to any other image or object. So follow me to learn this technique.
Create a new document measuring 8 inches x 5 inches in Adobe Photoshop . The background of the document should be black in color. Now select Type tool from the tool bar and type the wordlight or any other word in the middle of the document. Keep the font settings as:
  • · Font: Franklin gothic (you can use font of your choice, preferably take a simple font)
  • · Size: 215 px (regular)
  • · Color: White
The resulting document will be shown as
Now duplicate the text layer by pressing CTRL+J. Click on the original text layer and apply the following layer styles.
Outer glow:
  • In outer glow change only the following settings, else leave as default
  • · Blend mode: screen
  • · Color: white
  • · Range: 100%
Inner Glow:
  • Similarly change the following setting leaving the rest as default
  • · Opacity: 75%
  • · Color: white
  • · Size: 10 px
  • · Range: 65%
These layer styles will produce a soft glow. Reduce the fill of the layer to 0%. Now copy these layer styles and paste on the duplicated layer. To copy layer styles, right click on the layer and click Copy Layer Style and then right click on the duplicated layer and click Paste Layer Style. The resulting image that you will get will be like this:
Now get back to original text layer and apply the following layer styles;
Bevel and emboss:
  • · Depth: 200%
  • · Size: 2 px
Don’t forget to check the anti-aliased for smoother results. Similarly mark the contour layer style and also check the anti-aliased box in it.
Now click the brush tool from the tool bar. Pick the brush named as Star Burst from the category of assorted brushes.
Press X to keep white color in background. You can keep the brush size to 50 px. With this brush draw some star bursts on a separate layer. Create its two duplicated layers by pressing twice ctrl + J. Select first duplicated layer and go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Keep the Angle to 90o and Distance 150 px. Similarly select the second duplicated layer and apply motion blur but at 0oAngle and Distance 150 px. At this stage the document will look like this:
Now create a new layer and change its mode to color. Now take soft brush of about 200 px and mark daubs of different funky and vibrant colors. The resulting image will be like this:
So you have seen that just with few layer styles we have created a stunning sparkling light texteffect that can be used in a variety of designing tasks. I hope this tutorial will help you.

Archos 101 Tablet Hacked To Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb [Guide

Here are the screenshots of Archos 101 tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb from licuende[1,2]:

Install UrukDroid 0.6
Download and place it on /tmp
Booting into stock Android, mount SD and run these commands (replace /dev/sdc2 with the second partition of your SD card):
# cd /tmp
# mkdir sdcard
# mount /dev/sdc2 sdcard
# mkdir honeycomb
# cd honeycomb
# unzip ../
# cp -rf sdkramdisk/* ../sdcard
# cp -rf sdksystem/* ../sdcard/system
# umount ../sdcard
Reboot and boot the Developer Edition
Wait some time and… you’ll get the unlock screen of Honeycomb!

Create Free Greeting Card Background With Photoshop CS 3 [Guide

Greeting cards hold much significance in communicating emotions to your loved ones. They become more special if they are designed exclusively. Creating greeting cards in Photoshop is fun. It lets you to show your creativity with which you want to convey your message to your loved ones. While creating greeting cards background is very important. Today my idea is based on how to make a background of a greeting card. You can further experiment with the given idea to show your own creativity. Let’s create a colorful background which will look perfect with thegreeting card.
I am going to create this background in Photoshop cs3. The resulting document will contain only two layers, and the tools we are going to use are brushes, Gaussian blur and shape blur.
Create a new document in photoshop. Keep it as large or small as you wish. Now take the brush tool and set its parameters. Open the brush engine by pressing F5. Choose the soft brush of about 15 pixels. Now leave all the settings to the default except the following ones. Change them as given
Brush Tip Shape:
  • · Size = 15 px
  • · Spacing = 60%
Shape dynamics:
  • · Minimum roundness = 100%
  • · Scatter = 0%
  • · Control = pen pressure
  • · Count =1
  • · Count jitter=100%
Along with these settings, also check the option of Smoothing. Now take a new layer. Pick the Pen Tool from the tool bar and draw a straight line path. Pick the Path Selection Tool. Keep the background color to white, right click the path and click Stroke Path. Select brush and check the option of Simulate Pressure. Press ok to exit the dialog box. Now changing the brush size repeat the process two times more. The resulting image you will get will be like this:
Now duplicate these layers to create random or any specific pattern. I have created the following pattern. Select all the layers by holding down the ctrl key and press ctrl + E to merge the layers. Now we will apply Gaussian blur to it. Go to Filter > Blur and select Gaussian Blur. Give Gaussian Blur of 2 pixels. You will get the following result.
Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light. Double click it to open the layer styles. We will apply the layer style of Gradient Overlay. Select any gradient from the default ones or create your own new gradient. Apply it on the layer. Now again go to Filter > Blur and select Shape Blur. In Shape Blur select the shape of Diamond Card. This will give a slight abstract look to the background.
Now apply the layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button located at the bottom of the layer panel. Keeping white as background color, take the soft brush of about 150 pixels and mark daubs at the bottom of the image. This can be a place for your text.
Now as a final touch I have just used a round brush, and mark its daubs by lowering its opacity. The background is ready now. You can experiment further by adding text and applying different layer styles.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Has Root Already ?

According to some developers and Android hackers over at XDA forums, HTC Thunderbolt stands with root prior to it’s release! The two images provided below show ClockworkMod Recovery along with bootloader access:
It will be pretty pre mature to say regarding the method used for rooting and in our opinion, these watermarked images can be misleading as well. You can get in discussion over this at the XDA thread posted here and find out for your self if this is legit or not. We will keep you updated regarding any other developments that take place in this regard so stay tuned.
There is loads of development taking place regarding Thunderbolt root and unlock at the officialANDIRC channel. Join the party by clicking here now!

Cook Windows Phone 7 Custom ROMs With WP7 ROM Manual Kitchen [Guide]

If you fancy yourself as a Windows Phone 7 hacker and ROM chef / developer, then there is some great news for you. Senior XDA member, Haseeb Ahmed, has lately released the first ever Windows Phone 7 ROM kitchen that will allow users to create custom WP 7 ROMs with relative ease and simplicity. The work for producing a full fledge GUI based Windows Phone 7 ROM kitchen is underway and then noobs like my self will be able to get our hands in this ordeal.  According to the WP7 Custom ROM Manual Kitchen Developer, this package comes with HTCROM Image Editor along with HV Edit and IMGFS from Dump and some custom .bat files to make it easier for WP& ROM chefs to cook basic ROMs and generate cool mods.
You can download WP7 Custom ROM Manual Kitchen and then follow the instructions below to get your first WP7 ROM sizzling:
1.Extract part04.bin from of any flashable MAGLDR WP7 ROM for HTC HD2
2.Rename part04.bin to part04.nb and put it in the "1.ROM Image Editor" folder
3.Run "htcRIE.exe" & Select part04.nb
4.Select IMGFS in the Left Column, then click on any item in the right column & press "Ctrl+A" to slect All.
5.Now press the "Save Selectd Files" button on the top bar & save the files to the "3.IMGFS from Dump\dump" folder
5a.Again, Select IMGFS in the Left Column and press the "Save Selectd Files" button on the top bar & save the "imgfs.bin" file to the "3.IMGFS from Dump" folder
6.Once saved, goto "3.IMGFS from Dump\dump" & copy the "default.hv" & "user.hv" to the "2.HV Editor" folder
7.Now drag and drop "default.hv" & "user.hv" on "HVEdit.exe"
8.Delete "3.IMGFS from Dump\dump\default.hv" & "3.IMGFS from Dump\dump\user.hv" files
9.Two files will be creatd "default.hvm" & "user.hvm" respectively. Edit them as per your requirement to make Registry changes.
10.Once editing is done, again drag & drop the "default.hvm" and "user.hvm" onto the "HVEdit.exe"
11.Now "default.hv" & "user.hv" will be recreated. Cut & Paste them into "3.IMGFS from Dump\dump" folder & replace the old files.
12.Now run "start.bat" in the "3.IMGFS from Dump" folder
13.Cut and paste the imgfs-out.bin into the "1.ROM Image Editor" folder
14.Make a copy of part04.nb in the same folder & rename it to part04.bin
15.Run the "build.bat" in this folder
16.Now replace the part04.bin file in the "" with this new creatd part04.bin
17.Flash MAGLDR Rom as you normally would.

Create Textured And Glossy Text Effects Easily In Photoshop [Guide]

Experimentation with different tools in Photoshop yields very amazing results. Today the text effect which I brought for you is the result of my experimentation with Photoshop. You will see that by little playing with filter effects how cool text effect we can produce. Let me share this technique with you.