Photoshop tutorial: Sony xperia lightning effect

Photoshop tutorial: Sony xperia lightning effect

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a kind of lightbeam that has the style of the xperia cellphones. I came across this tutorial once when I was browsing the net but I find it was explained rather difficult, so here we go!

Step 1: Creating the document

Open photoshop (I used cs6 but this will work with older versions). Create a new document with any size you prefer. I used a standard 1920 x 1200. 
Fill up your document with a dark grey color (I prefer #121111).

Step 2: Create your beam

Create a new layer (Layer -> New layer) and call it "Rectangle". Now go to Layer -> Smart Objects -> Convert to smart object. Now we're going to apply a blur. Go to FIlter -> Blur -> Gaussian blur and use 10 px as radius.
You're getting something in the line of this:

Step3: Apply some light

Create a new layer and call it "Light" take a soft brush and set the hardness to 0 (color = white). Now start painting some spots across your previously created beam. Do it randomly and play around with the opacity setting a little.

After this select the rectangle layer and the light layer and go to Layer -> Group layers. This will create a folder with the two layers within. Set the blending mode of this folder to "Color dodge".

Step 4: fill with colors!

Create a layer on top of the background layer and name it "Colors".. Now fill this layer with any color. Go to Layer -> layer style -> Gradient Overlay and use these settings:

Step 5:  Create some smoke effects

Add a new layer on top of the "Colors" layer and name it "Smoke". Set your for and background colors to black and white (press D). Goto Filter -> Render -> Clouds and set the radius to 20. Now set the blending mode of that layer to soft light.
With the Eraser Tool (press E) remove some of the smoke effect on the corners of your image. You should get something like this:

Step 6: some finishing touches

Go wildly with your imagination and finish your project.. I only used some pattern to create a nice effect but you can do many things.

This tutorial is inspired by: http://abduzeedo.com I'm not the rightful owner of this tutorial.


Liz Claiborne: Curve

Liz Claiborne: Curve

We all know the famous Curve by Liz Claiborne. It's fresh, green, slightly synthetic, but most of all very very cheap.
Because it's dirt cheap, it's very popular. Every boy has had a bottle of the green stuff when they were a teenager. The invigorating smell brings back memories of the good old days. Though this is only the case for American people.
Where I live (Belgium) this stuff is very hard to come by. I got my bottle of Curve from T.J. Maxx when I visited NYC. It cost me around 16$ for a 75ml, so I didn't think twice before grabbing a bottle.

The fragrance itself is fresh, green and clean. In the opening it has the same vibe Abercrombie’s Fierce. The pineapple and lemon have a very energetic feeling and stay during the whole life of the fragrance. This means that Curve is very linear which a bad thing isn’t because the opening is the best part of this fragrance.

Is this a masterpiece? No!
Is this something that true collectors that are looking for something unique? Hello no!
Doe this smell bring back memories and make you feel fresh and clean during a hot summer day? Yes!

For the price you can't go wrong with this one and that's what counts for most people that aren't into fragrances as much. 

Rating (max. 5 points)
Longevity: Around 6 hours (3/5) 
Projection: Average projection. (3/5)
Compliments: Almost everyone likes the smell (4/5)
Overall smell: Good but nothing mind blowing (3/5)



League of Legends: Maokai jungle

League of Legends: Maokai jungle

Here's a video of my first ranked game with Maokai.! Hope you'll enjoy it...


Items to start with:



If the team uses a lot of physical damage go for the ninja tabi, otherwise go for mercury's:
ninja-tabi OR mercurys-treads



After a while get:


Finally :


For a better look at the runes and masteries check out this link: http://www.mobafire.com/league-of-legends/build/maokai-jungling-with-the-tree-186254



Flight Attendant Steals iPad From Passenger And Gets Caught By Amazing App!

Last week a passenger flying on Horizon Air, which is owned by Alaska Airlines, lost his Ipad during a flight. The passenger’s Ipad was equipped with an app called “Find my Ipad”. Witch this app you can track down your Ipad everywhere in the world, display messages to the finder of the device and even lock it with a passcode.
The Ipad’s owner was able to track it to an address outside of Portland , Oregon. Wendy Ronelle Dye, a flight attendant, was arrested for theft. She claimed that a passenger brought the Ipad to her and that she never used it and planned to turn it over to the airline officials. This was a lie as the police found her personal information on it.
Wendy was suspended for her actions.





A new hype has been released! Women no longer have to worry about where to put their stuff when going to parties. The Joey Bra brings the comfort all women were desperately searching for. It is not only a beautiful designed bra, it also has a pocket on each side of the bra, just beneath the armpits, where women can keep their cell phone, camera, keys, … Now they are no longer obligated of always having their purse with them, they can easily use the Joey Bra and are thereby free to dance as much as they like. It’s also said that after a while you are so used to it, you no longer even notice having something underneath your arm. The Bra also comes in very handy when going for a run. Mp3-players, for example, fit into the pocket perfectly, as you can see on the picture below.

The Bra was invented by two students of the university of Washington. They held a survey where they asked women about their party habits. Their conclusion was that approximately 95 percent of the respondents had a problem with storing their stuff when going to a party and 88 percent of those women were very interested in having a subtle pocket on the side of their bra for keeping their personal items.

Thereby, they invented the first bra for women who like to party without carrying a heavy handbag with them. And now you’re probably wondering what this handy thing may cost. Well as I may say it, the designers were very generous when putting up a price tag, as you can already buy one for 30 dollars.



Thousands of pounds of pot found floating off Calif. Coast

Thousands of pounds of pot found floating off Calif. Coast

According to reports Harbol patrol officers  found nearly 8000 pounds of marijuana floating off the coast of Orange County. The marijuana was packed in bales and was worth around $3.6 million. The event was spotted on Sunday May 20, 2012 and was reported by a boater, who saw them floating around 15 miles offshore,  to the maritime law enforcement .
All 160 bales were floating in the water off the coast of Orange County, near Dana Point and the weight totaled 7,263 pounds. Three harbor patrol boats and a coast guard cutter were needed to retrieve the floating marijuana from the water.
Border patrol agent supervisor Michael Jimenez said: "At other events, they've dumped the bales to get rid of weight if they're being chased," he said. "Generally in these cases we're aware they're being dumped. What's more unusual is that the bales were floating with no boat in sight."
No vessel or suspects have been identified .




Twitter Agrees to ”Do Not Track Privacy” Option

Article first published as Twitter Agrees to Ć¢€ Do Not Track PrivacyĆ¢€ Option on Technorati.

               Twitter Agrees to ”Do Not Track Privacy” Option

Most websites often collect information about their visitors. Some of these sites are very respectable, like Facebook. This collected data is used for advertising.
Now twitter wants to make a difference. Thursday the company announced that it was joining Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, and giving their users the ability to opt-out of being tracked by twitter by enabling the “Do not track” feature on the Firefox web browser.  This function allows people to prevent cookies from collecting personal data — but it will only work if a site agrees to acknowledge it.
Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for Twitter, said: “As the Federal Trade Commission’s CTO, Ed Felten, mentioned this morning, Twitter now supports Do Not Track. We applaud the FTC’s leadership on Do Not Track, and are excited to provide the benefits of Do Not Track.”
Recently Facebook started allowing people to see what personal data was being collected, but the function to disable these tracking cookies is still unavailable.
Mozilla shared new statistics for the Do Not Track add-on and congratulated Twitter for its actions.
Mozilla said: “We’re excited that Twitter now supports Do Not Track and global user adoption rates continue to increase, which signifies a big step forward for Do Not Track and the Web”.