Create a Photo With a Half Faded Pencil Sketch in Photoshop Touch.

In this tutorial, we will take a photograph and fade half of it into a pencil sketch.

You will need a high-res photograph, or you can use the one provided for free below which already has the HDR effect applied. Simply right click the image below, and save to your device storage:


First load your image into Photoshop touch.


1) Click fx and select the photo menu, at the bottom left, click the HDR effect, set intensity to 89% or whatever looks best with your photograph.

2) Duplicate the layer twice, highlight the second layer in the middle, hit the fx menu, and select grainy night. Set the grain to 0 percent, and keep the brightness at 50 percent.


3) Select the second duplicated layer at the top, hit the fx menu, under the Artistic tab, select pencil at the top right. Set the size to 1.5, set the threshold to 55 percent.


4) Select the & menu, click fade, select the half page fade, make the line segment horizontal rather than vertical, or whatever you feel looks best, or like so:


5) Now do the same with the grainy layer but pull the horizontal leg segment up so the image fades from pencil to black and white too colorful, like so:


That’s it, the faded pencil image is finished, you can also play with the layer blending options. Try setting the grainy layer to darken, and the pencil layer to overlay, the image will have a nice colored pencil fade. The final image is below:



Monongahela River South Side

An artistic photograph composed with Photoshop Touch for the tablet depicting the Monongahela river..

First, I used the HDR effect on a duplicated photo layer, second layer was a duplicate of the original and was set to the layer property of ‘Overlay’ with a 55 percent opacity.

Next, the bricks on the very bottom were copied and pasted onto a new layer using the paint selection tool.

Finally, text was added and placed centered using the Charlemagne font.

This image was taken in South Side, Pittsburgh, PA.

Easily Change the WordPress Email Sender

Whenever someone subscribes for a self-hosted WP site, or WordPress sends an email, the auto email sender of the subject will say wordpress@somesite.com and the name of that email sender will be WordPress.

This is okay however some of us will want to change this to reflect a friendly no-reply@somesite.com or something a little more professional to allow the user to know that the email was automatically generated.

There’s a few plugins that can change the email sender of WordPress but finding the right one can be complicated. If you find these plugins offering more than what you need, there’s a simple solution that requires changing two lines inside wp-includes/pluggable.php.

Open wp-includes/pluggable.php and search for the following text and change WordPress to an appropriate sender name:

$from_name = 'WordPress'

That’s the senders name that appears for the email.

Next line you will want change is the following:

$from_email = 'wordpress@' . $sitename;

Change wordpress@ to a friendly name such as no-reply@ or auto-reply@ so that users can know that the message is automated. This is the email address shown, for instance: no-reply@somesite.com and appears much more appropriate.

Now this solution above will be removed whenever wordpress is updated. We will be including a filter on this page for use in the mu-plugins folder soon.

We hope this helps and appreciate any feedback, thank you for reading!

How to change wp-admin to admin

*Update 2014 – This article is a little outdated. I’ll have a new write-up soon for 3.8, thank you for visiting!

Changing the wp-admin url to simply admin or even dash may seem tough, however, this is very simple to accomplish.

Many tend to believe they need to change the hardcoded wp-admin strings inside the core files yet all that’s needed is a simple rewrite rule inside the .htaccess file as well as a plugin inside mu-plugins folder to filter and replace the wp-admin links located inside the dashboard and admin bar.

Now head to the WP installation, open the .htaccess file, and insert the following highlighted text in the same locations, keep the add trailing slash rewrite, and comment out the red rewrite line below and paste the second highlighted text after.

RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]
# Fix trailing slash using the previous answer.
RewriteRule ^admin/(.*)$ wp-admin/$1 [QSA,L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule ^[_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $1 [L]
#Fix to load css js image files for multi site admin urls.
#old code RewriteRule ^[_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/(.*\.php)$ $1 [L] note:comment this out insert next line below
RewriteRule ^[_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/(.*\.(php|css|js|png|jpg|gif))$ $1 [L]

Next grab an awesome must-use plugin code created by Hakre and Gruvii, which was shared at: http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/4037/how-to-redirect-rewrite-all-wp-login-requests/4063

Copy and paste the plugin code from the near bottom of that post, save the text as a .php file inside wp-content/mu-plugins/, create the folder if it’s not there, and wrap the text in php tags, for example:

 <? .... plugin code here.. 

Now that should be all, if you did this tut correctly the site should be redirecting too /admin instead of wp-admin!

Thank you for reading!

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