A New Beginning – Talk To Me!

March 13th, 2010 § 5 comments § permalink

After much frustration I decided that Joomla!, while powerful and well supported, just didn’t work for Helluva.
My thoughts on how the site might grow were kind of scuppered by the meteoric rise of social networking sites like Twitter et al, leaving Helluvaforum with tumbleweed blowing through it and the rest of the site seeing spikes of traffic whenever a post goes up, and a steady stream of people viewing the tutorials and recipes.
So I decided that it was time to reverse direction and, instead of thinking about a Helluva Community site, revert to the simplicity of a personal website, where I can post articles, stuff that I find interesting around the internets, review hardware and software for whoever would like to read them, and share my knowledge of things like Photoshop etc.
Helluvablog is more sociable than before though – we have comments and everything! So please, feel free to comment on whatever you find here, ask questions, moan, whine and correct spellings but, most importantly, say hello, enjoy your stay and come back often.
Oh, and if you’re wondering how to comment, you can do so by clicking on the title of any post, or by clicking on the teeny-tiny number underneath the post title.

Listen to Yourselves

March 11th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

“You need to identify this man before someone kills me”
David Calvert

No, they need to restore order and reason before someone kills you.
I hope the tabloids are pleased with themselves when someone does get hurt.

And neither is my wife...

.44 Blues

March 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Finally figured out a reliable way of mounting my camera onto my guitar without a/ making it unplayable or b/ being in danger of twisting the neck off.
Anyway, for your delectation, here is my rendition of 44 Blues…

Video Tutorial – Removing Colour Casts

March 11th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

A Helluva video tutorial on how to remove colour casts from any image using the Curves tool. Quick and easy, this method offers far more control over the end results than most others.

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Video Tutorial – Skin Retouching

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A Helluva video tutorial on how to re-touch skin, removing blemishes and the like without leaving your subject looking alien-smooth. 

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Review – Adobe Premiere Elements 4

March 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Following on from our Photoshop Elements 6 review, the other half of the two-disc bundle is Adobe Premiere Elements 4. As you would expect from a bundled package, the interface shares a look and colour scheme with the new Photoshop Elements and the two packages interact with each other in an easy unobtrusive fashion. How does the ‘user friendly’ version of Premiere measure up to its 800lb cousin?
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Review – Acrobat 8 Professional

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For all of the universal presence of the PDF format it’s a constant surprise just how many people are unaware of the existence of Acrobat Professional, the software used to create and manage those PDFs. But why would you want to make a PDF?
Well, at its simplest level, the PDF is about as close as you can get digitally to the printed page – a universal, freely distributed medium which, once editing is complete, can be published in a locked format and distributed without fear of it being changed.
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Review – Photoshop Elements 6

March 11th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Photoshop Elements 6 is a re-engineered version of the most powerful tool in the business – like a production version of a championship rally car. At a fraction of the price of its industry darling sibling, it’s affordable by just about everyone. So how does it measure up? Should you buy it? Read on and find out….

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Tutorial – Whitening Teeth

March 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Ok, here’s the scenario:
You’ve just come fresh from a photoshoot and whipped your master shots onto your computer and Oh My God, your subject looks like he’s smoked 50 a day and brushed his teeth with saffron for the last twenty years.
Don’t panic! We can fix it.

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Steak and Ale Pie!

March 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

A guest recipe for a delicious Steak and Ale pie, by Mike Cummins.

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