R. Branding Photoshop Tutorial – How to Create a Spotify Duotone Effect & Use Blend If

RBrandingHello, Creatives!  If you’re like me, you’re the kind of person who wants to learn everything.  I may specialise in audio, but it’s so handy to get your head around visual software too!  But, unless you’ve been using Photoshop a while, you won’t know your way around the branding software.  R.Branding are here to make your life easier, with their series of Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

Ryan Booth from R. Branding (who’ll be featured in an upcoming episode of the 99% Perspiration podcast) demonstrates exactly how Spotify brands their images, artwork, and adverts, using a similar duotone technique.

Learn how to stylise your images using the “Blend If” tool in Photoshop; enhance shadows and highlights, giving more depth to your subject / scene.

 

And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

How to Create an Audio Drama Series on Little-to-No-Budget

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So you say you’re a creative type who has always wanted to put together some kind of artistic endeavour that will enthral the masses and make you big bucks at the same time?  Well, that’s really quite wonderful, but I’m sorry, you’re reading the wrong article.  No, this is for somebody who is desperate to provide a bit of entertainment to anyone who may listen, and to create that entertainment on an absolutely near-invisible shoestring budget.

Actually, this is more of a story about how I did it, and there are some steps here that I don’t recommend for everybody, but you should still know everything.  Well, almost everything.  I won’t bore you with all the sleepless nights I spent weeping over it like it was my own child.  Oh.  Looks like I just did.  So, why not read on?

PptSeason11. COME UP WITH A WONDERFUL IDEA.

Audio dramas are stories that are told so well that the listener can see it like a movie in his mind.  It’s your job to come up with that story.  You can do what I did, which is create an anthology series called Pulp-Pourri Theatre (each episode a standalone story with a beginning, middle and end), or you can go the way of a serial and have several episodes with a longer, drawn-out story.  The choice is yours, and you should go ahead and write the outline for your series.  No, go ahead.  I’ll wait right here until you’re done.  Got any magazines?

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Northern Bear Films – the Building Blocks of Video Production

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Hello, Creatives!  Our latest series of blogs comes from the lovely folk at Northern Bear Films, an award-winning creative film & media company, focused on creating and sharing entertaining stories.

Since launching in 2012, Aman, Jerome & the team have delivered projects for local to national brands, including names such as The National Trust, Creative England, and the British Film Institute.

Today, the basics – a very building-blocks approach to video production;
from the ground up, with or without a budget.

What is video production?

Northern Bear.jpgVideo is a great way to capture audience attention and convey the message in a short period of time, but have you ever wondered the different stages and the work that goes behind the scene before you see the polished product?

Here are the 3 main steps you need to consider if you are looking to create video content:

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Top Ten Tips – Editing Speech Audio in Adobe Audition

turntable-1109588_1920I love my job.  Maybe I don’t find the chance to make audio documentaries & dramas as much as I’d like to (and certainly not as much as I envisioned back when I was a media production student), but being an Academic Tutor of radio & teaching how to create strong audio documentaries is something that fills me with immense joy.

I love helping my students turn their interviews into something so much more.

It’s all very well & good that I can teach people how to edit audio.  But then if you Google “how to edit with Adobe Audition”, there’s no shortage of helpful advice.  What can I bring to add value?  There’s a fine line between being able to edit audio, as in actually use the software, and being able to edit audio effectively.

So, drum roll please.  This isn’t a “101” on the basics of Adobe Audition and editing, oh no.  This “Top Ten Tips” is all about how to make the most of your speech content.

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