img/stack Helps You Manipulate Images on the Fly

Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan has announced that a new version of <img/>stack is now live. The service is described as, “<img/>stack works by taking a URL to an image and instructions on what to do with that image to create a new image on the fly.”

Tobin noted in an email exchange, “I wanted to simply request the image based on how I needed it for the page and just expect it to be there.  Cropped, resized, centered… I didn’t want to have to go back and forth between photoshop and batch processing scripts.”

There’s a tutorial on how the service works which is pretty easy to understand. Basically you can resize an image, crop an image, create thumbnails and fit an image to a specific size. The application lives on their server, you just call the parameters and the image to change and it will render the image as requested on the screen.

Looks like it could be a good fit for web applications that handle a lot of images for products or even avatars.

Photoshop – How to Create Custom Shapes

Are you either a beginner at PS, or are you familiar with most tools yet do not understand how to create custom shapes? If you are either of these two, this is the blog (tutorial *cough, cough*) for you.

It is 2008, so let’s do the Zodiac Tiger!
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