Geokit issues

Yesterday while debugging an issue on our main app, I discovered that Geocoder.ca always returned a successful response when geocoding a postal code (yes, we geocode with that only). The successful response came back only with longitude and latitude values, that means, that city, province and country was nil and saved like that on our database.

Geocoder.ca geocoding. url: http://geocoder.ca/?locate=M6K0A5&auth=XXX&standard=1&showpostal=1&geoit=xml&strict=1
Geocoder.ca geocoding. Address: M6K0A5. Result: < ?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ ?>
<geodata>
<latt>43.642313</latt>
<longt>-79.429571</longt>
<postal>M6K0A5</postal>
<standard>
<stnumber>1</stnumber><staddress></staddress><city></city><prov></prov></standard>
<remaining_credits>XXX</remaining_credits>
</geodata>

 

So, if you ware going to trust Geocoder.ca with your geocoding needs, be sure to do that check before saving the returned values in your database. GoogleGeocoder at least gives you an unsuccessful response…but we all know it is not as precise as Geocoder.ca

 

Google geocoding. Address: M6K0A5. Result: < ?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ ?>
<kml xmlns=”http://earth.google.com/kml/2.0″><response>
<name>M6K0A5</name>
<status>
<code>602</code>
<request>geocode</request>
</status>
</response></kml>
Google was unable to geocode address: M6K0A5

 

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Text out of focus

Create a New 800×400 pixels Document. Type in your text and make it big so it uses all document space.

Text out of focus

Create a New Layer and get the Brush tool, with the Soft Rounded 300 pixel selected, click once over the letter that you want to be focused.

Text out of focus

Holding down Control on your keyboard, left-click the layer we have just created and applied the brush to it. When the brush selection is done press Control + Shift + I to invert the selection:

Text out of focus

Now, select the text layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, set the Radius to 10 pixels and click OK. You will be asked to rasterize the layer and click OK too, you will end with something like this:

Text out of focus

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Blue WordPress Layout tutorial

Blue WordPress Layout tutorial

Create a wordpress mockup layout with some 3D elements to it.

Blue WordPress Layout tutorial by hv-designs.co.uk

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Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Open a 800x600px document with a white background. Hit D on your keyboard to reset the colors and go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds, press Control + J to duplicate the layer and apply the Difference Clouds filter again bi pressing Control + F, do this last step again so we have 3 layers with Difference Clouds filter applied, like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Now, select the bottom layer and make invisible the other two, like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout, and use these settings:

Number of levels: 3 (because our camo patter will have 3 different colors).
Edge simplicity: 0.
Edge fidelity: 1.

And you will have something like this (note the three colors):

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Press Control + Shift + L to autolevel the image so we have the colors more defined and it will turn into this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Now go to Filter > Texture > Patchwork and use these settings:

Square size: 1.
Relief: 0.

And you should have something like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Now go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout and use these settings:

Number of levels: 2.
Edge simplicity: 0.
Edge fidelity: 1.

And you will have something like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Apply Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen edges and it will turn out like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Now use the Magic Wand to select all the “islands”:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

And press Control + J on your keyboard to duplicate the layer with the “islands” selected:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

For the other two layers repeat the process: Cutout, Autolevel, Patchwork, Cutout, Sharpen edges, “islands” selection.

You should end something like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

You will notice that there will be two “islands” layers that have small ones, place one above the other and merge those two. Select the layer at the bottom, and create a new layer by pressing Control + Shift + N and fill it with a white background by pressing Shift + F5.

Your final result should be something like this:

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

BUT we are creating a 3 color camo, so right-click the “islands” layers and go to Blending Options > Color Overlay and apply a black color to one and a gray color to the other one since we already hace the third color as our background, white.

 

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

Unique Digital Camo Pattern

 

Download my PSD.

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Design a Super Delicious, Shining and Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop

The outcome of this tutorial is simply amazing, but as for mine it did not looked like that…maybe because of the colours that I used. The tutorial is easy to follow and you get to know a few new things, at least for me, lol. The text effect achieved in Step 3 takes my ovation.

Design a Super Delicious, Shining and Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop from PSDvault.com

Here is my outcome:

Design a Super Delicious, Shining and Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop by PSDvault.com

Design a Super Delicious, Shining and Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop by PSDvault.com

Download my PSD.

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Digital Sewing with Photoshop Thread

I’m sorry but I wont upload my outcome from this tutorial nor the PSD. In fact I did the tutorial, it is well written but from the start you MUST do the same pattern, else, you will see yours slighty different. Also I would recommend you getting a nice leather texture where you could place your stitch creation.

Digital Sewing with Photoshop Thread from ZenElements.co.uk

Digital Sewing with Photoshop Thread by ZenElements.co.uk

Digital Sewing with Photoshop Thread by ZenElements.co.uk

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Turn your photo into pseudo HDR

I got amazed with the outcome that this tutorial had on the photo that I worked on, the details in the photo are highlighted but I dont like that it also highlights the noise that the photo has. All I can say is that the outcome may vary from photo to photo so you should try it with a photo of your own.

Turn your photo into pseudo HDR from PhotoshopTalent.com

My before:

Turn your photo into pseudo HDR by PhotoshopTalent.com

Turn your photo into pseudo HDR by PhotoshopTalent.com

And after:

Turn your photo into pseudo HDR by PhotoshopTalent.com

Turn your photo into pseudo HDR by PhotoshopTalent.com

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Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus

A basic photo retouch tutorial. I’ve noticed that this effect is used a lot in website banners that include people or objects but for sure it gives the final touch for a website banner, if that is what you are going to use it for.

Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus from Time2Photoshop.com

My before:

Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus by Time2Photoshop.com

Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus by Time2Photoshop.com

And after:

Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus by Time2Photoshop.com

Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus by Time2Photoshop.com

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Uncoloring part of coloured picture

The fastest way I have found to uncolour a picture, its worth a try.

Uncoloring part of coloured picture from ToxicLab.org

My before:

Uncoloring part of coloured picture by ToxicLab.org

Uncoloring part of coloured picture by ToxicLab.org

And after:

Uncoloring part of coloured picture by ToxicLab.org

Uncoloring part of coloured picture by ToxicLab.org

Done in less than 2 minutes!

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