Snapshot Chooser Plugin Image

Snapshot Chooser Plugin

March 30, 2009

The Snapshot Chooser plugin, available as a free download for PhotoPressPro versions 1.2.1 and up, provides a widget that allows your users to choose from any or all of your saved theme Snapshots to view your blog. The Snapshot is saved in a cookie, so the user sees the same Snapshot on the next visit.

You choose which Snapshots your users can choose from in the Widget admin, and it works well in all of the theme’s widget areas. You can even have multiple Snapshot Chooser widgets.

Download the plugin here.

You may be wondering why I didn’t just include this in the PhotoPressPro theme. To be honest, I don’t think everyone wants it. Almost no one asked for it, actually. I just really wanted to use it on the demo. To be even more honest, this was a great opportunity for me to work out a process for building more multi-widget plugins in the future. But that’s a topic for another post.

To install the plugin, simply download and extract the zip file, and upload the ppp-snapshot-chooser folder to your wp-content/plugins folder. Go to your WordPress admin Plugins page, and activate “PPP Snapshot Chooser”.

Now you need to add the widget to the dropdown menu or the footer. Go to Appearance -> Widgets and choose your widget area on the top right. NOTE: If you don’t have any widgets in the selected widget area, adding this widget will replace your current default widgets in that area. On the widgets page, click “Add” next to PPP Snapshot Chooser to add the widget to the right side of the page. Click “edit” on the new widget to change the settings. You can change the title, choose a sort order, and choose from a list of your Snapshots. Hold down the Ctrl key (or the mac equivalent) to select multiple Snapshots. Click “Done” when you’re done, and click “Save Changes”. After refreshing your blog, you should see the Snapshot Chooser.

If you use the widget, be sure to let us know in the comments!

How to Save, Load, and Run Photoshop Actions Image

How to Save, Load, and Run Photoshop Actions

March 16, 2009

New to Photoshop? Or have you downloaded an action and have no idea where to begin? In this quick tutorial I’ll show you easy it is to save, load and run an action. Note: an action will always have the file extension of .atn. Let’s get to it.

First, you need an action to download. Here are a few free web actions I made. Sweet, simple, and to the point. Enjoy!
Free Web Resize Actions

After you’ve downloaded the action, it needs to be loaded into Photoshop. The .atn file needs to be put in your “Program Files/Adobe/CS3 (or your version)/presets/actions/” folder.

Now switch back to Photoshop, and go to the actions palette. (If your actions palette is not visible, go to windows-and make sure actions are checked). Click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of the palette. Locate the .atn file you want load and click. This will load the action into your palette. Once loaded, find it in the actions palette, and assuming you have a file open, press play. That’s it.

Hint: If you need to go back a step, you can undo in the History palette.

Free Web Resize Actions Image

Free Web Resize Actions

March 16, 2009

Posting large images is easy with PhotoPressPro, but too many large, slow files can really start bogging down your blog. If your blog suffers from blog-bog, you should optimize your images for the web. Reducing the resolution of hi-res images not only keeps your blog loading quickly and smoothly, but it also helps to prevent others from saving your print quality images.

These convenient, easy to use resize actions can help you post images to the web.

Download the action set here.

Read this post if you need help installing the actions.

Use these time-savers on a processed and cropped, 300 dpi image. After the action is done, save the file. I like to add “WEB” to my file name. Don’t forget to always save as a copy and file quality at 8 (you can adjust this if you like). For my examples, I processed the image, then cropped it to 4×5 300dpi. Then I ran the actions. Click the link below for the full-size original image.

Warning: Very large image.

Easy Web Resize

Easy Web Resize reduces your cropped image from 300dpi to 72 dpi. That’s it.

Easy Web Resize example

Web Resize w/sharpen

Web Resize w/sharpen reduces your cropped image from 300dpi to 72dpi, then adds an unsharp mask at 35-1-0.

Web Resize w/ sharpen example

Web Ready

Web Ready reduces to 72 dpi, runs unsharp mask at 35-1-0, and extends the canvas 1 inch all around, creating a thick white border. (Don’t forget to account for the border making your image larger.)

Web Ready example

These are just a few options; many users have different workflows that work for them. Do you have any tips for resizing images for the web? If so, we’d love to hear them in the comments.

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