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|In this section I have listed some useful resources that I use on a daily basis. Please check back occasionally since I will be adding more as I come across them.|
WINDOWS DESKTOP GADGET-ACTIVITY GADGET
This is a windows desktop gadget I use to track the time it takes for me to complete an illustration. I usually work on and off on each piece, as well as working on multiple pieces at a time. With this gadget I just create an project name, then clock in and out as I work on that particular illustration. Apparently Microsoft has abandoned the gadgets platform so I have made it available for download here. [link]
MAGIC PICKER-PHOTOSHOP COLORWHEEL
Traditional color wheel for Photoshop CS3 and up. I can't live without this extension. I find the normal way to select colors in Photoshop very clunky and un-intuitive to an artist.
Click image for larger view or here to go directly to the website [link] . Mac and PC(32 & 64 bit).
3D PERSPECTIVE LAYER FOR CS5
I found this useful free tool for Photoshop CS5 Extended. Someone created a 3D perspective grid on a 3d layer which can be adjusted by moving the camera view. The site is in Korean but google translate can covert most of it into English.
Click image for larger view or here to go directly to the website [link]
This is another useful program that runs in the background. It generates a thumbnail for file formats that normally just would have a default icon. I use it for psd, abr, pdf, and google sketchup models. The fact that I see thumbs for all my photoshop brushes without having to open another program makes it worth the purchase, by itself. It works with a lot of other file formats including a lot of 3-d formats.
Click the image for larger view or here for a direct link to the site [link]
PLACES THAT I HAVE FOUND SOME USEFUL TUTORIAL VIDEOS FOR PURCHASE
Gnomon Workshop-Video game and movie industry illustration [link]
Theartdepartment-Mainly sci-fi and fantasy related illustration [link]
Lynda.com-Covers the use of paticular software [link]
Youtube and Vimeo are good places to find a lot of free tutorials.