Uh-oh, It’s Firestorm Phototools Time…

So a couple of people have asked me to do something about how they’re not sure what to do with phototools and I seem pretty confident playing with them.
I’m going to walk you through the VERY basics in this blog post, and I would love love LOVE hearing from you about what you’d like me to delve deeper on.

This is a photo I took a while ago- back in February, the upload date tells me.
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It bears note that I did not touch it with Photoshop: I’m including it as an example of the sorts of effects you can pull off with phototools if you take the time. Now that I’m getting a bit of a handle on using Photoshop, I feel like I could have done SO MUCH more with this, but imagine having this as your starting point in editing with Photoshop. It’d be handy to let the viewer do a lot of the work for you, right?

Let’s look at some of the Phototools settings available using Firestorm or Singularity viewers. I’m going to be working on a PC with Firestorm here: Singularity uses most of the same shortcuts, and has most of the same functionality. On a Mac you’ll wanna use the Apple key (if memory serves) instead of the Control key.
So here’s where we’re starting out: mid-range graphics settings, no bells and whistles. This is just me, sitting in a chair, hum de hum…

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Nothing bad, but nothing very exciting, right? Let’s go deeper… Continue reading

Public Service Announcement

So last night I noticed that I had installed 32-bit Firestorm on my 64-bit machine.  I just upgraded it this morning and I am finding a TON of improvement.
If you’re running a 64-bit system and running Firestorm, make sure you’re running the right version! Click on the ‘Help’ option at the top of the screen, and select ‘About Firestorm’.  That’ll bring up this information screen:

About Firestorm

the GREEN circle is around where that screen shows you what version you’re using (if you are using 32-bit, it does not say so! You’ll see the circled text if you are using the 64-bit version, which means you don’t need to upgrade).
The RED circle is around where your OS’s version is displayed.

I like that Firestorm gives you all this data in one place.  You should definitely upgrade if you’re on a 64-bit system: I’m noticing definite enhancements in the fluidity of things, even with graphics prefs up at Ultra.