Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz
One of the cool things about Photoshop is that sometimes you accidentally stumble upon something new (at least to you) and that is what happened with me recently.
I discovered how you can create an image like the one below:
Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz
And I discovered this by just fiddling around with the ’tiles’ filter. So to create an image similar to the one above is really easy. Just start a new image in Photoshop of whatever size seems best to you. Then using the marquee tool, create a rectangle with some fill color of your choice (and add a stroke color if you would like). With this rectangle that you just created as the active selection, go to the top filters menu and select -> stylize -> tiles, when the dialog box comes up then choose about 10 for the number of tiles and 1% for the offset, just to start. Then repeat the same action, only this time fiddle with the total number of tiles and the offset number (I used 15 for number of tiles and 5% for offset). And you can repeat this process any number of times or experiment with different numbers of tiles and offsets to get the abstract art that looks good to you. Pretty easy huh?
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Here’s two more:
shane photoshop logo
plastic shane photoshop logo
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So I have been learning and improving a lot lately on my graphic arts skills, mostly with photoshop and illustrator. Here are some recent works by me…..
Of course I post most of my works on my art website at http://art.shanezentz.com and also some on http://www.shanezentz.com so feel free to check out
those websites for more of my work. But for now here is a couple of recent images created in photoshop by me:
shane zentz logo papercut
shane zentz poster
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What is the best Search Engine?
by Shane Zentz
There has been a lot of debate lately about the NSA spying on all citizens and the collection of data of ordinary people, and one dimension of that debate is the internet. Specifically, internet search engines. It’s so obvious that most search engines track your searches. If you don’t believe it, just try this: go to google and search for ‘lawn mower repair your city’, and replace ‘your city’ with the city or geographic area that you live in, and press enter. Now to see if this search is tracked, visit a few websites (maybe 10 or so) such as facebook, before you know it you will see ads that are totally related to ‘lawn mower repair ‘your city” and this is no accident, it is just simple data collection and utilization. This bothers some and does not bother others. For me, I think that it is a little creepy, but I see the point of it, it is how google, bing, facebook, and others make their money, but it is still a little bothersome.
So recently I learned of a new search engine that promises not to track searches and ip addresses, but still gives you the quality of google searches. The search engine is called startpage.com and is based in the netherlands. If you read through the search engines documentation and claims you will see that they take your search term and submit it anonymously to google and return genuine google search results to you, without the creepy tracking of google or others. It sounds like a great idea to me, so recently I have started to utilize this search engine more and more, to the point that I use it as my default over google and others like duckduckgo.com (which also promises more privacy but delivers a little less quality results than google imo). So for me the best search engine is clear, it is google, but if you want google quality results without the tracking and data collection, switch to startpage.com for google quality searches without the google tracking and privacy invasion.
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