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Articles by Michael Hoffman

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

Jack-O-Lantern in 3D (Part 1)

October 19, 2010

Almost exactly one year ago, I posted my first tutorial on TipSquirrel – carving a Jack-O-Lantern using layer styles. And, since it is that time of the year once again, I thought it would be a good [More]

Lighting a 3D Model in Photoshop CS5

October 12, 2010

In the past few weeks on TipSquirrel, I’ve explored some of the new ways to create 3D models with Photoshop CS5, and touched on adding materials to your 3D objects to give them a more photo [More]

Working with 3D Materials in Photoshop CS5

October 5, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, my tips have focused on new and interesting ways to create 3D objects with Photoshop CS5. However, the objects we’ve created have all been a bit cartoonish, with [More]

Photoshop 3D – What’s an Extrusion?

September 28, 2010

As I was experimenting with Photoshop CS5’s new Repousse feature for 3D last week, I had the sudden realization that I hadn’t had this much fun since I was a kid. And that led me to the [More]

Photoshop in the 3rd Dimension

September 20, 2010

For artists and designers who have been working with Photoshop, Illustrator and other traditional 2-dimensional graphics programs, the thought of moving into 3D can be intimidating. And, in earlier [More]

Lightroom to Photoshop and Back – Another Way

September 14, 2010

One of the biggest advantages Lightroom brings is the ability to build a path of non-destructive editing, and this is especially effective in a workflow that includes camera raw images. You can make [More]

Lightroom to Photoshop and Back – Another Way

September 14, 2010

One of the biggest advantages Lightroom brings is the ability to build a path of non-destructive editing, and this is especially effective in a workflow that includes camera raw images. You can make [More]

Lightroom 3 Publish Services

September 6, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has always had the capability to export images from the catalog. You could create presets, select your images, start the export job and send them on their merry way. The [More]

Lightroom 3 Publish Services

September 6, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has always had the capability to export images from the catalog. You could create presets, select your images, start the export job and send them on their merry way. The [More]

XOR Text Effect with Photoshop

August 31, 2010

XOR is a technical term that comes to us from computer science, but in Photoshop we see it all the time. It is the computer graphics effect that causes our cursor to always be a different color from [More]

Automatic Tourist Remover

July 27, 2010

Here’s a little tip that works with Photoshop Extended, versions CS3 or later, and Smart Objects. We’ve all been in public places trying to take a photograph, and people just keep walking by. [More]
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