3D Builder app for Windows 8.1

Microsoft released 3D Builder, a free app for Windows 8.1 that allows you to design,develop and print your next 3D creation using your 3D printer that is Windows 8.1-compatible
Using 3D Builder, you can create anything toys ,tools and more. 3D Builder is aimed at beginners as opposed to seasoned veterans, sporting an interface that looks far from intimidating and appears to be newbie-friendly. Using 3D Builder, you’ll be able to scale, rotate and adjust your design, add more than one item to a single project, and add multiple objects together by stacking them. You can even push one object into another during the design phase, resulting in a new design.


Magic Extractor

Magic Extractor:

To open up the Magic Extractor, go to Image> Magic Extractor. First of all, let me explain the uses of the various tools in the Magic Extractor.


Magic Extractor Tools Quick Reference List

  • Foreground Brush – Paint or scribble over what you want to keep.
  • Background Brush – Paint or scribble over what you want to get rid of.
  • Point Eraser Tool – Correct any mistakes you made with the Fore/Background Brushes.
  • Remove From Selection Tool – Remove parts of the image, leaving transparency.
  • Add to Selection Tool – Restore any parts of the image deleted by the Remove from Selection Tool
  • Feather Selection Tool – Soften the edges of your selection by any radius you wish.

Magic Extractor Tools and How to Use Them
Foreground and Background Brushes

These are the main and most important tools in the Magic Extractor. Using them is very simple. You use the foreground brush to paint on the part of the picture that you want to keep i.e. whatever IS NOT background, and the background to paint on the part you don’t want to keep, whatever IS in the background. The more you paint with the foreground and background brushes, the more accurate the background removal will be. Draw overall and inside the edges of the background and foreground with their respective brushes. Pay lots of attention to details and small objects that you want to keep as part of your final image. If your background has many objects and colours in it, made sure that you’ve used the background brush to paint over all of it, or you can use the Remove from Selection Tool as a more exact alternative.

Examples or correct and incorrect ways of using these tools



Point Eraser Tool

If you make any mistakes in the Magic Extractor, you can either use the “Ctrl+ Z” button combination for the “Undo command” or use the Point Eraser Tool to get rid of any stray brush marks you’ve made. This eraser tool is just like the regular eraser tool in Photoshop, except that it will only erase the brush marks you’ve made in the Magic Extractor, not any of the image itself.
Remove from Selection and Add to Selection Tools
When trying to remove an especially complicated background, they can be very useful. This tool is very exact, and has the same effect of the Eraser tool in Photoshop’s User Interface. Using the Remove from selection tool will erase any part of the image that you want, leaving you with transparency. If you make any mistakes, the Add to Selection Tool can be used to bring any part of the image back. I’ve always found it best to first use the foreground and background brushes, then use these tools to erase any background that might have been left behind. This is an example of the image after I have used the Remove from Selection Tool to remove some of the background, and then restore parts of it with the Add to Selection Tool.

Like in the rest of the Photoshop Program, you can choose to feather, or soften, your selection using this tool. Whether you want to use this and what radius you’d like to use depends entirely on the picture that you are editing and the effect you want to create.

Well, that’s about all you need to know about how to remove or change the background of an image in Photoshop.Happy Photoshopping!



Boost your Artistic Skill

Post Processing Tricks that may result in a Great Creative Photo:
9 techniques which may result in great photos are,

  • High Contrast Colour,
  • High Contrast B & W,
  • High Colour Saturation,
  • Vintage Look,
  • Lomo Look,
  • Over Sharpen,
  • Texturize,
  • Add Vignette and
  • Add Noise and Grain.

Try out some of these Post Processing techniques to boost your artistic style.

Less known Background Eraser

Less Known Background Eraser:

We are going to use a very little known Photoshop tool call “Background Eraser Tool”. It’s a super useful tool for removing background colors while preserving the main picture that you want. It’s pretty simple so you can start using it immediately after the tutorial.


1. Open up a image you want to remove the background from. Try to choose a picture with the background that contrast with the main picture.You can duplicate this layer if you want to preserve the original picture.
2. Click the “Background Eraser Tool”. Set a soft brush(Low hardness) with the size comfortable to remove the background. Set :”Sampling: Once”. Leave the tolerance at 50%. Select “Protect Foreground Color”.

3. Click the “Eyedropper Tool” to select the color of the picture you want to protect. For my picture, i would click the log.

4. Switch back to “Background Eraser Tool” .Click on the color of the background and start dragging around to erase the background.

5. If there is change in the color of the foreground, switch back to “Eyedropper” Tool and sample the color again. Repeat Step 4 again.

6. After you erase the entire background, let your imagination run wild!!

Power of the Brush Tool

Hidden Power of the Brush tool:
To learn all features, you can simply open Brush palette (Window menu – Brushes), change each setting and try the result when you draw a stroke. The first setting is Tip Shape. You can choose from pre-loaded shapes or you can create your own… more on that later!

Brush Tip Shape has one interesting setting: Spacing. It is usually around 20-25% but when you set it larger than 100-150% you will get very different result.

Using Shape Dynamics checkbox, you can randomize sizes and angles of brush dots.

Using Scattering, you can randomize locations of brush dots – as you draw a straight stroke, dots are added randomly around your mouse.

You can use Count setting to control amount of dots.

Dual Brush is very interesting feature, which will get you very different results depending on which brush and which mode you choose. Compare the two lines on this screenshot – first line made with simple brush, second – with Dual Brush enabled.

You can use Color Dynamics to randomize (or fade, or control with tablet pen) brush color.

The most exciting thing is that you can easily create your own brush. Let’s make a star brush for example. Create new image with transparent background (square for our star). Set foreground color to Black, switch to Shape tool (U), select Polygon tool on toolbar, open Polygon options, check Star checkbox, set Indent sides = around 90%, and sides = 4.

Draw a shape, rasterize it (Layer – Rasterize – Shape). Select all (Ctrl-A).

Go to Edit menu – Define Brush preset. Choose name for new brush, click OK.

Now, when you open Brushes palette window (from Window menu), you can see your new brush in Brush Tip Shape list.

Now you can enable and adjust Size Jitter, Scattering and Color Jitter, and with single mouse move, get result such as this!