PSD Repair App

logo-256I had a bit of trouble this morning opening a PSD file I’d worked on for hours yesterday.  It didn’t recognize the file type even though it was saved as a Photoshop Document (PSD) file on Photoshop.  Thought I was going to have to completely re-do several hours of work.  But, on a hunch, I searched the web for a way to recover the file.  There were suggestions on how to do it by going directly into the code and manually fixing something.  I’m not really comfortable working at that level.  But, luckily, I did find an App called PSD Repair.  Now, it’s not free, but it’s not too pricey either.  And they offer a trial which recovers your image (proof it works) with a watermark (to force you to pay for it).  Fair enough.  It did recover my file, which is worth $27 to me.  So, I paid it.

Now my file is recovered.

I do need to go in and redo the spacing on my font and make sure that all my layer effects came through correctly.  However, that should be much faster than starting from scratch, so I’m satisfied.  They also have an option to recover one file at a time online at $10 a pop.  That would also work, but I figured I’d spring for the download just in case it happens again.

So, anyway. I would like to recommend PSD Repair for anyone who needs their PSD files repaired. Seems to work, it’s not too pricey, and you can check if it works for your file before you buy.

Here’s the link:  https://www.psd.repair/#/

Lazy Nezumi Pro

I’d like to plug a Photoshop plug-in that I discovered a couple months ago and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. Lazy Nezumi Pro. What it primarily does is smooth your strokes for you, which eliminates the regrettable stair-step pixelated lines you sometimes get if you’re zoomed out too far when you draw or when your processor is being stupid. And it smooths out your wobbly curves. It lets you specify how much you want it to average out your strokes, so it’s totally adjustable for your preferences.

Another totally useful things it does is that it has a ton of different types of on-screen rulers to help you draw lines, curves, shapes in perspective, spirals, etc. The great thing about these rulers is that you can adjust the precision. So, when you want to draw almost-perfect shapes or lines, but not so perfect that it doesn’t look hand-drawn, this does that beautifully.

There are a bunch of other cool features as well that you absolutely should play with.

I bought it because my wonderful wacom cintiq had ANOTHER 3-in-1 cord fail on me. Seriously, wacom? Seriously?!? And it took TWO MONTHS for them to send me a replacement because they were out of stock. (If you have one of these, do yourself a favor and buy a spare cord to keep around, because they break ALL THE TIME and wacom can’t seem to keep them in stock. Especially if you’re out of the warranty period.)

So, my cintiq was out of commission for the entire second half of my recent Genie Loophole project. Luckily, I still had my old wacom intuos pro. It is a graphics tablet, but not a screen tablet like the cintiq. It takes a little longer to get the lines the way I like them on the intuos than on the cintiq. The two main problems are getting strokes to fall exactly where I want them and avoiding the stair-step thing on my lines.

Lazy Nezumi saved my skin. After some practice, I was able to use that in combination with my intuos and get results as good as, and almost as fast as, with my cintiq.

Anyway, go buy the thing. It’s worth the money. You will thank me for it.

Playing with Corel Paint Lite Today

I got a copy of Corel Paint Lite because I had heard good things about Corel Paint 12 but I’m not willing to shell out the money if it overlaps the features of Adobe Photoshop CS5 (which I already have) by too much. The lite version is to Painter 12 like Photoshop Elements is to Photoshop, I think. It doesn’t have the number of brushes that Painter 12 is supposed to have, but it does have some useful ones. I played with it this afternoon just to get the feel for it and I think I’ll have legitimate uses for it on future projects. It’ll be useful when I’m not quite getting the right painterly feel that I want from Photoshop, for example. Like Sketchbook Pro, I’ll use it as a supplement for Photoshop. Conveniently, you can save files in psd format, so you can go between Photoshop and Paint fairly easily.

I made this image in Corel Paint Lite. But it’s pretty boring and unimpressive, so I covered it in text.

If you don’t see the image, it means your browser doesn’t support background images in tables. You didn’t miss much.

Free Adobe Software… Sort of…

Not my image.

Okay, this is interesting. Adobe is making some of its OLD Creative Suite software available for download with the activation code. Although they say they’re not actually offering it for free, they sound like they’re operating on the honor system. They want to stop having to maintain a registration server for these programs or something, so they just put them up and tell you that you should only download them if you already own a copy. But they’re not checking. Anyone CAN download them for free.

Now, these are NOT the latest versions. They’re seven years old. But if you DON’T already have Photoshop, Illustrator, or one of the other programs on here, then old is better than no program at all. If you’ve never used any version of Photoshop at all and you have been wanting to try it except that the cost is prohibitive, this would be a way to try it without the limits of that pesky one-month trial period.  Then, when the limitations of the 7-year-old software irritate you sufficiently, you can purchase the current version.  Or, how many people do you know still limping along on Photoshop 6? CS2 is better than that, at least.  I’m looking right at you Ms. Zoch.  smiley 15

So, I am not saying you SHOULD download this free software, because, of course, it’s wrong. But… If you want to… Here are the links:

An explanation of what’s going on: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/01/adobe-releases-creative-suite-online-completely-free/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nofilmschool+%28NoFilmSchool%29

And the actual Adobe download page, with activation codes: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

I will leave the rest up to you and your conscience.  smiley 15