Advice from an Author – Plotting to Be a Planner

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Author Alan Parkinson on why it pays off to put in work before getting to work on your novel. Continue reading “Advice from an Author – Plotting to Be a Planner”

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

Make Your Gunshots Sound Better

TFLAward-winning filmmaker duo The Film Look are masters of simple tricks to inject life to your filmmaking.

In their latest video production tutorial, they bring you a simple technique to make your gunshot sound effects feel more realistic, using just your video editor.  No need for any special sound effects software.

If you’re a filmmaker, and interested in expanding your film production skills, I’d recommend you check out the The Film Look:  Two filmmakers, Rob & Rich, try to tackle what it takes to make a movie.  A YouTube show dedicated to teach indie filmmaking techniques; from script to screen.

Blogging 101 – Sophie Dishman

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Sophie Dishman, a young blogger based in Sunderland, is perhaps one of the most persistent, engaged online writers I’ve ever met.  You’ve seen how irregular the posts on the 99% blog are to date, right?  I envy Sophie Dishman.  She is to me as a tommy gun is to a cannon.

Photo: Sophie Dishman’s Instagram, @MusingsOfAJournalismStudent.

But fear not – Sophie’s been kind enough to share some of her insight with us; a veritable “Blogging 101”, which walks you through from idea germination, some of the must-dos and the must-not-dos which I wish someone had taught me, all the way to how to best utilise the features on your blog, and promote it effectively.

Just follow the link below to find her genius how-to.

Source: How I create my blog posts.

NYF Gold Award Jay Sykes - circle cropAnd, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration