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:

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.

Just Read: The Alpine Path

I just read The Alpine Path by L. M. Montgomery.  It’s the story of her life focusing on her writing career.

She did not remember a time when she wasn’t writing.  She got her first stuff published when she was a girl, but it took forever before her first book, Anne of Green Gables, was accepted.  It was sent out, resent, sent again, and rejected a lot.  But finally it got accepted.  Even after her success, she still had to be persistent and send out things many times before they found a home. So, the lesson from this is that all writers need to be persistent.  Even the best ones.

It also seems that, in many ways, she WAS Anne Shirley.  No, she wasn’t an orphan.  But she grew up on Prince Edward Island and loved it just as much as Anne.  She even had the habit of naming ordinary things romantic names and seeing the magic in everyday places.  Most of her stories seem to have had their seed, at least, in real events that happened in her life or the lives of those she knew.  So, the lesson there is to pay attention to everything around you.  It can provide inspiration for your work.

It also has a long section that’s essentially a travel log from her honeymoon trip to Europe.  That’s kind of nice to read, but doesn’t really have much to do with her writing.

I’m always surprised how long ago she lived and wrote.  Her books do not seem to be set so very long ago, except when fashion or current events are mentioned.  The language she writes in and her character’s motivations are not so very archaic. Sure, there are some unfamiliar words and phrases, but not so much that it’s at all difficult to read or to identify with the characters.  I love her writing.

On a side point, I really appreciate the nook’s built-in dictionary.  The vocabulary used back then contains some words I’m not familiar with and the ability to immediately look them up as I read is wonderful.

Back on topic, The Alpine Path is something worthwhile for any aspiring author to read.