Web Site Of The Month
This new column in Shutterbug
will introduce you to a new photographic or digital imaging web site
each month. Some of the sites you will see are created by companies
and others by individuals, but all will provide the kind of practical
information that every photographer--digital or traditional--will find
useful. Certain sites will be technique oriented, while others will
focus on image creation.
Since the theme of the July issue is "digital," the first web site of the month is Ultimate Photoshop which is found at: www.ultimate-photoshop.com created by Prat Itharat, a graduate student at the University of Michigan. The site provides access to different kinds of tools as well as information about using Adobe Photoshop. Don't be put off by the first page that you see. While lacking the design panache of the rest of the site, the opening page serves merely as a table of contents and a way the Webmaster communicates with visitors. Since the web is volatile, chances are quite good that the first page may be redesigned by the time you read this. If not, don't worry; it's your gateway to some of the best Photoshop-related content and links you'll find on the Internet. While on the first page, take the time to "subscribe" to the site by providing your e-mail address in the space provided. Whenever the site is updated with new links, tools, or techniques, you will receive an automated e-mail message from the Webmaster inviting you to see what's new. Worried about spam? There's also an "Unsubscribe" button, and Itharat promises that "Your privacy is respected; your address will not be given to third parties."
Ultimate Photoshop has three
major sections and several minor ones. The Filters and Plug-Ins section
provides download access to a wide collection of commercial demo, shareware,
and freeware plug-ins. All plug-ins are identified as Mac OS or Windows-based.
Even though this site was created on a Windows computer, it isn't
biased toward one specific platform--unlike many such sites. While searching
through the available downloads, there are as many Windows plug-ins as
there were for Macintosh users. The graphics in this section, like most
of the others, are quite professional and include a "What's
New" listing of new items added since the last update and a search
function designed to help you locate a specific plug-in. The Webmaster
is modest enough to provide links to other sites with plug-ins available
Of all the three major sections,
the site's Action Archives is the least extensive. When last I visited
the site it contained 39 Actions, so fans of Photoshop Actions might want
to visit Actions Xchange (http://jmc.mit. edu/photoshop) for a greater
number of Action downloads. Yet, there are still plenty of interesting
Photoshop Actions available for download here that are designed for images
and text. There are no platform designations for Actions because they
are inherently cross platform. An Action created on a Macintosh will run
on any Windows-based computer. The only restriction is that you must be
using Adobe Photoshop 4.0 or later. If you've never used an Action
before, download one from Ultimate Photoshop. Action files are so small
that, at 56K, downloads are almost instantaneous.