Using Photoshop for Good/Evil


Curbly guest Craig spied an old post of mine, Attention Woodworkers: Make this Pisa Bookshelf and got all evil genius about it. Craig made a schematic of workable plans for the bookshelf using Photoshop. Here’s how he explains how he made the plans:

I take a photo of a shelf which is always at an angle, and use Photoshop to rotate it so it’s straight, then make a new layer and trace it, then resize it to actual, and in PaintShop I can throw a 1 inch grid over it and do a screen capture… Well it sounds more complicated than it really is 🙂

As far as that last sentence, I’ll just take Craig’s word for it. Continue Reading

DIY PhotoPumpkin Carving Techniques.

I remember the first halloween that ‘art’ pumpkin carving books became widely available…everyone in my neighborhood carved the same three patterns…witch-on-a-broom profile, three ghosts with boo, or cutesy scarecrow face. So, while they weren’t the old triangle-eyes and toothy smiles of yesteryear, the variety was as hollow as the pumpkins themselves.

Certainly, modern books have improved on the patterns, but sometimes, you just need a customized piece…sometimes a really customized piece, like the face of your sworn enemy that you’ll carve into a pumpkin and then stab it with a knife, set it on fire, and then leave it on his doorstep. Continue Reading

Edit and Finalize your Photos with Free Alternatives to Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop is the premier photo-editing software, but it carries a heavy price tag for the casual user. Instructables user TechnoGeek95 offers several free alternatives to Photoshop to import, edit, stylize, and publish your photos. The tips highlight several (though mostly PC-only) freeware and online tools that get your photos looking sharp, organized, and viewable by all.


Among the options:

Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

created at: 03/27/2013

Though screen printing is the most efficient way of printing on textiles (check out my how-to here), it’s a lot of work to print a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Here’s a cool way to create a stencil on the computer, and handprint it upon your shirt. It produces a different aesthetic than silk screening, as your completed shirt won’t look brand new, but nicely broken-in.


  • Computer with image editing software (the instructions here are for Adobe Photoshop)
  • Craft knife and blades (such as X-Acto) 
  • Cutting Mat, or scrap piece of plywood
  • Thin or Medium sheet of acetate (overhead transparency)
  • Masking tape
  • Textile Ink, or Acrylic Ink and Textile Fixer
  • Small Painter Roller
  • T-Shirt
  • Iron and Parchment Paper

Designing the Stencil

(The instructions are for use in Photoshop. Continue Reading