Tuesday, 13th Oct 2009
A new feature that has been added to the gallery photo pages. Now you can add photos to a ‘basket’ and download them all in one go as a zip file. Just like you were shopping for photos, but these are all free.
This makes bagging up a bunch of texture photos for your project even quicker and easier. For example, take a look at the bottom of this photo page.
How to use the download basket
When you are on a photo page, you’ll see a bar at the bottom of the screen like this:
If you want to put the photo you are looking at into the basket, click on ‘Add photo’, and you’ll see the a thumbnail of the photo appear in your basket. That photo will now stay in your basket until you either remove it, empty the basket or download the files.
Whilst browsing the gallery, your photos are not shown, in order to save space. Click on ‘Show / Hide’ to see the photos in your basket.
You can add up to 10 photos in one basket before you’ll be asked to download the photos. If you want more, simply download your files, then carry on browsing and you can fill your basket up again.
When you’re ready to download your photos, click on ‘Download (ZIP)’ and your photos will be processed and after a few seconds you’ll be asked to download a zip file, containing the photos that were in your basket.
Once you download your files, your basket will be emptied and ready to start again.
If you want to remove photos from the basket, click the ‘X Remove’ label underneath the thumbnail or you can empty the whole basket in one go by clicking ‘Empty’.
I hope you find this new feature useful and fun to use. It’s been in development for a while and I’m very pleased that it’s now part of the live site. If you have any comments, questions please send them over.
Go browse the gallery and pick your photos »
Sunday, 20th Sep 2009
I live in a city called Brighton on the south coast of the UK. It is where most of the photos in the gallery come from and a great place to be if you’re hunting for textures to photograph.
Here is a small gallery, designed to show you a few spots where some of Urban Dirty’s photos come from, plus you give a small insight into a great environment for texture lovers.
Tuesday, 4th Aug 2009
For a while now, The photos in the gallery have been accompanied by colour scheme suggestions, supplied by Adobe Kuler.This worked well but meant I had to manually tag the photos using machine tags in Flickr with whtaver colour first came into my head when looking at the image. Which, when uploading a large batch, became quite tedious and frustrating. EDIT: The colour schemes are now powered by the awesome Colourlovers!
But now… it is all automatic, thanks to a little bit of clever PHP code. So when you view photos such as this one, you’ll see the 10 most common colours from that photo extracted and listed out. And what’s more, you can also download an Adobe ACO swatch file of those colours to use in Photoshop.
Currently, the scheme suggestor takes the 5th (as in the ‘middle’) colour from the range and gets scheme suggestions based on that. It’s not ideal but is OK for now - it will however become something more jazzy whereby you click on a colour to get the scheme suggestions, which will be much more focused.
In fact, this new element to Urban Dirty has spawned another side project - which takes the colour schemeing a step further, take a peek at ColorSuckr, you might like it. I aim to get a few of the features from there over to this site very soon.
So I’m happy, you’re happy and we can get on with more textures…
Saturday, 13th Jun 2009
Issue 56 of Advanced Photoshop magazine packed 25 textures from Urban Dirty on the free CD, which got mentioned on the cover, bigged up on the CD itself and mentioned in a tutorial in the magazine.