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  1. MrLlamaLlama

    Weird question...

    I have a friend studying geology at Uni. Part of his course encompasses palaeontology (dinosaurs). We've been cooperatively been trying to figure out whether a fully grown male T-Rex could kill a million kittens. Or rather, could a million kittens take down the same rex? Considering that: and: Collective kitten weight is 4000 tonnes. Assumed T-Rex weight is 7 tonnes. Kittens outweigh T-Rex by 571 times. That's like a single Muhammed Ali vs. a single kitten, folks. Collective brain weight of kittens is 30 000 000 = 1.5 × 10to the -5 grams, T-rex is 450 grams. (Non-math fans, that's a metric fuckton of brain) T-Rex is thought to have a top speed of 11mph, a kitten nearing 17 or 18 by my estimates based on full grown domestic cats.
  2. This is the 'Epic Photoshop Help Thread' - somewhere you can find links, advice, help and resources, all in one place. Anyone is free to post here with any questions, and all the content I post here is free. The guide is broken down into digestable sections, as follows: Starting out Improving your technique Tutorials - Starting Out - Starting out in photoshop for the first time can be pretty weird, there's a whole load of buttons you don't understand, which don't work, and strange panels showing strange numbers and stranger diagrams. The best way to overcome this is to... try everything out. Here's a diagram which outlines the basic tools you'll find on screen and what they'll do. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Part 1 - Interface, tools, and shortcuts Part 2 - Typography, photo manipulation, and buttons Part 3 - Tutorials, sites and inspiration </table> 10 Ways to improve your Photoshop skills This is a simply fantastic article that has already helped me no end. It contains loads of practical, attainable advice that genuinely help. Included in the list are a load of fantastic tutorial sites (most are linked in the section below for convenience), links to blogs, galleries and the like. It's written and compiled by Steven Snell, and brought to you by PSDTuts, one of my personal favourite tutorial sites. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> 10 Ways to improve your Photoshop skills - Experimenting, Fundamentals, Blogging and more...</table> Inspiration One of the best ways to continually produce fresh, original work of a high standard is to get inspired. Even if you try to recreate something by someone else, it can push new things into your grasp, give you new ideas to apply to new pieces, and help you to see what looks good from the public's perspective. Abduzeedo's 'Daily Inspiration' is right at the top of my bookmarks list, and I find it way better than any tutorial. It helps me to keep in tune with the new design movements, and also pushes me to up my game to the same standards. It's all chosen by the public, so it's there by common vote. Even if you see nothing you like today, chances are you will tomorrow. There's about 140-something backed up 'episodes' to flick through when you're bored / have a block. Enjoy. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Abduzeedo's 'daily inspiration' section.</table> The best Tutorial sites Yeah, a pretty big list here, so I'd recommend taking it easy, I know it's not exactly in a digestible format, for which I apologize. Also not that you should probably have at least a basic knowledge with photoshop (see the sections above) before starting. Alot of these sites are part of a huge multimedia network, and might overlap in some areas, but not to worry. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Tutorial9PSHeroTutzorAbduzeedoHongkiatPSDtutsPSDlearningPSDfanBittBoxGood-tutorialsTutorializedZymicPegaWebPhotoshopSupportPhotoshopTipsDzine blog TutorialsGoMediaZineTutVidWeb Design LibraryPixel2Life</table> You can find a few pre - CS tutorials (for Photoshop 6 / 7 / elements) at: <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> IdigitalEmotion YellowPipe</table> Thanks to TM, EvoZ and Toxic for contributions! Remember to add any you may have by replying to this thread! Shortcuts, hints and tips A nice, straightforward list, these shortcuts are all designed to speed up / increase the efficiency of your work, and make life easier, and more comfortable for you. I'll try to add to this list constantly, so watch this space. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> D</table> Resets your colour palette to black and white.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> X</table> Swaps foreground and background colours in your palette. (Useful especially when layer masking)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> T</table>Type Tool.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> V</table>Move Tool.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> B</table>Brush tool (Or an alternative tool, depending on which is selected in place of the brush)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> G</table>Paint Bucket (Or Gradient)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> I</table>Selects the “eyedropper tool”<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Spacebar</table>Hold, then click + drag to move around the layer.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + J</table>Duplicates the selected layer.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + A</table>Select all (Entire canvas)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + S</table>Save.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + E</table>Merges the selected layer selected layer with the one below it.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + Shift + N</table>Creates a new layer ( Add alt into the mix to get the full 'new layer' dialogue)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + T</table>Free Transform current layer. (Resize / Rotate, etc)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + D</table>Deselect / clear selection.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + G</table>Groups selected layers into a folder in the layer palette. (Great for crowded palettes, and keeping things neat)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + Alt + Z</table>Undo (Goes back as far as history allows)<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Alt + Scroll</table>Zoom in/out on document.<table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Ctrl + R</table>Display / hide rulers. (Right click on the rulers to change units) Resources - Textures, Brushes, Fonts, and more. Everyone loves freebies, and here's a good chunk of the best. Stock Images: www.sxc.hu (The 'stock exchange') is a simply awesome free stock images site. You get what you pay for really, so it's by no means comparable to paid for services, but great for personal projects nonetheless. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Stock.Xchange</table>Textures and brushes: Bittbox has one of the best, ever growing freebies sections around for Photoshop users, and is recommended by alot of the sites linked above. Not such a great selection for fonts as some, (see below for that) but for everything else, it's really good. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> BittBox - the awesome freebies section</table>Typefaces / fonts: Dafont is quite simply, the best free fonts site on the net, they have loads of files for both PC and Mac users. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Dafont - free fonts</table>(If you don't know how to install these, see below in the FAQ's section) (doesn't exist yet) Brushes: Brushes are a great way to expand what you can do with Photoshop, making complex, professional shapes easily attainable, letting you get the effect you want much more easily and quickly. Here are some of the best sites for free brushes: <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Brusheezy</table><table width="" class="user-bb-table"> QBrushes</table><table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Get Brushes</table>Bonus: Smoke Resources! I do agree that creating smoke manually in Photoshop is dull, time consuming, and it always comes out shit anyway. There's no shame in using brushes / stock images for this kind of thing, you shouldn't let your creativity be restricted. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Smoke Brushes - courtesy of qbrushes.</table>Also worth checking out is PhotshopStock's deviantart page, where you can get these 2 brush packs. The first is quite big in size, broken into 3 downloads, as there's a reported 40 super high res brushes. The second one is a standard ABR file, and isn't so big. <table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Brush Pack #1 </table><table width="" class="user-bb-table"> Brush Pack #2 </table>Yet another pack can be found, courtesy of getbrushes.com here Another site worth checking out is Designious, they mostly sell vector packs for a few dollars, but they have a small freebie selection, mainly samples, which can be found here. FAQs How do I install fonts? 1. Download a font file from one of the sources above. 2. If it's in a .zip file, extract it, and grab a hold of the file. 3. Right click, and choose cut/copy on the file. 4. Open Control panel, click on fonts, and paste it in there, amongst all the other files. 5. Wait for the dialog box to finish doing it's thang. 6. Load up PS, and it will be in your fonts menu. How do I install brushes? 1. Follow the directions above, up to 3. 4. Paste the brush file (.abr) into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Brushes 5. Load up PS, and find it in your brushes menu. What is a vector? This is a quoted post by me later on in this thread, and should shed some light on the matter... This thread is awesome! How can I help? Well, you can either get posting your links, suggestions and comments in this topic, and/or wear the PS help thread userbar (below) using the following code in your sig: (This will link to this thread and show your support for the cause) All of the material in this post is copyright of it's original creator(s) and owner(s), I have simply compiled it into one place and take no credit for it's creation. So... feel free to post, comment, advise, share, form an angry mob, or criticise any of the content here. It's all just here to help you.
  3. MrLlamaLlama

    General Music Chat?

    Title says it all... what albums you looking forward to this year? What are your favourite tunes right now? Who's the next big thing? Seeing anyone good soon? I'll start off by saying I know I've missed the boat a bit with dubstep, but really getting into it recently, especially remixes and stuff... (Trolly Snatcha, Nero, so on.) Along the same vein of British music, got cheap tickets to go and see Devlin with a mate which, given my soft spot for rap, should be good. Also the final tour of the Streets / Mike Skinner before he leaves the music industry (think he's going into films...) AND THEN... Blink - 182 in July supported by You me at Six which should kick some ass aswell. Also seriously hyped for Rise Against's new album called 'Endgame' coming out in March.
  4. MrLlamaLlama

    I haven't been here in a while

    I am also not dead. Yay.
  5. Max Payne 2 is £2.99 on Steam!

  6. Max Payne 2 is £2.99 on Steam!

    1. MrLlamaLlama




    2. BlackListedB


      Got it for PS2 a long time ago, but I had to supplant it with MP1 as well

  7. MrLlamaLlama

    Starting my crew, looking for like minded players

    Just dropping in to say I respect your vision. Good luck on your search dude!
  8. MrLlamaLlama

    Will GTA 5 be the best Rockstar's game?

    Rockstar presents table tennis. /thread.
  9. MrLlamaLlama

    IGN's Hands-on with GTA Online

    The variety in this game looks utterly insane. Vehicles, Missions, Characters, Landscapes, Guns - everything. I can tell i'm going to sink a ton of hours into the online if it hits PC. Probably won't go for an awful lot online on the 360, though.
  10. MrLlamaLlama

    Galaxy S4 SD Card causing S4 reboot loop?

    Are you running custom firmware or anything? This is the first thing that comes to mind. If you are look up the issue on XDA - developers. The other thing is to make sure you have a good quality brand of SD card such as sandisk - you can get these dead cheap off amazon these days. Failing this (ie, if your software is stock and so forth) submit a support ticket with samsung and i'm sure they'll help you out. Edit: holy shit it's kel, name changes confused me, how you goin' man?
  11. MrLlamaLlama

    Which system will you be getting GTA V on?

    I'll probably pick up a copy for the 360 just because i'm so damn hyped for the game, then get it on pc when it makes it there.
  12. MrLlamaLlama

    GTAOnline Official Gameplay Trailer!

    I can hear the Saint's Row 6 dev team crying themselves to sleep. Marvellous.
  13. MrLlamaLlama

    GTASA (Weird Error) ~ Assistance Required ?

    In the controls menu, what is your X key bound to? Any mods or so forth installed?
  14. MrLlamaLlama

    Dude with user tracks

    There should be a button for it you can define in the controls menu, it'll be called 'skip user tracks' - off the top of my head i think T does it, but don't quote me on that. Edit: If T doesn't work, the internet tells me [F5] should.
  15. MrLlamaLlama

    Change the nude skins

    They got removed from the game's files completely after R* faced legal pressure over them remaining in the game files.
  16. MrLlamaLlama

    I need help to change CJ Skin

    You'll need a chipped / modded console to read non -official disks. Unfortunately since this practice can lead to piracy in some cases we can't offer support much further than that. There are, however, many console modding forums out there which i recommend you turn to for your specific needs.
  17. MrLlamaLlama

    More New GTAV Screenshots from EDGE

    I found the handling in IV really rewarding to adapt to, i'm not sure whether i enjoy it more than the easy - to master arcade style that SA had, but i certainly don't feel as negatively about it as a lot of people seem to.
  18. MrLlamaLlama

    GTAIV PS2/3 controller emulator

    Google either Joy2key or Xpadder, choose which works for you. Enjoy.
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    First place to visit in GTA V?

    I like to think we'll be able to hitch up those gigantic trailers and attempt to scale chiliad just like we could in SA, so maybe that...
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    GTA IV Bug on login to Microsoft Live(PC)

    Always worth checking your firewall.
  21. MrLlamaLlama

    Utility Van Mods?

    NP, merged posts. I think the biggest favour you can do yourself at this point id learning to mod without SAMI - it's really not hard, and opens the door to alot more freedom and the ability to achieve the sort of results you're looking for. One of our admins Gerard wrote this thread a long time ago but it's still hugely relevant and useful. http://www.thegtaplace.com/forums/topic/5959-sa-modding-guide/ I'm pretty sure you'll be able to give any car the ability to tow by leaving the handling/cfg files unchanged after you install a mod, instead of replacing the lines. This means your range rover will handle like a towtruck but will keep the towing, but you can change the handling later on once you learn the values that the handling file uses. Which usefully are explained here. edit: i know it's kinda hard to get your head around at first, but investing the time to learn pays off.
  22. MrLlamaLlama

    Utility Van Mods?

    I think where you're going wrong is with the replacing of the handling lines, i'm pretty sure that's where the whole towing thing gets calculated by the game. Try installing a mod to replace the towtruck (renaming the files of the mod etc) but without changing over the handling lines and let us know if that solves anything. Tuna, if you're literally incapable of even offering someone advice without insulting them then please do the world a favour.