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John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

7 Essential Premiere Pro Plugins (2018)

By John Thatch / January 25, 2018

Premiere Pro is probably the most well-known editing software in the industry, and with good reason: it’s an incredibly powerful and user-friendly tool that editors, colorists and FX artists would struggle to live without. But, by adding a few plugins, you can get even more out of Adobe’s editing software.Whether you’re new to Premiere Pro, […]

The Best After Effects Plugins 2018

By John Thatch / January 22, 2018

After Effects in itself is perhaps the most powerful tool in any motion designer, 3D artist or animator’s kit. But with the addition of plugins, Adobe’s software becomes smarter and more effective, as well as becoming the gateway to infinite creative possibilities.Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete newcomer to After Effects, these seven […]

The Best Photo Apps 2018

By John Thatch / January 17, 2018

When you think of photo apps, it’s likely that you immediately think of Instagram. And, although this is the best known app of its kind, there are a whole host of other software solutions that will take your imagery to a level that Insta users can only dream of. From simple edits to fun features […]

10 Beautiful (Handpicked) Tattoo Fonts

By John Thatch / January 11, 2018

Tattoos have been around in some form or other for thousands of years, and nowadays it seems that everybody wants a slice of the inking action. With tattooing and its related culture becoming more and more mainstream, it’s inevitable that cheesy clichés will pop up (we all remember the time when everyone was getting Chinese […]

How to Choose Between Acrylics and Oil paints

By John Thatch / January 9, 2018

If you are a new or inexperienced painter, one of the first things you will need to decide is what you want to paint with. Most painters will be deciding between acrylic and oil paint, and while both are great options, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. This guide will help you to […]

A complete list of oil painting supplies

By John Thatch / January 9, 2018

When you start working with oil paints, there are several items and materials to buy. You will need everything on this list to paint with oils, and each item is widely available from art supply stores.Oil paintOf course, the first thing you’ll need is oil paint: and plenty of it. If you are just starting […]

The 7 Essential Photoshop Plugins 2018

By John Thatch / January 9, 2018

Photoshop in itself is a creative powerhouse and a ‘can’t live without’ tool for photographers and designers. But, there are countless plugins available that will allow you to get even more out of Adobe’s photo editing software.We’ve rounded up seven essential Photoshop plugins that will help you take your images to the next level.7. OptikVerve […]

How to Be More Creative (2018)

By John Thatch / January 7, 2018

True Creativity isthe ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations. Here you’ll find real evidence-based tips and tricks to increase your creativity. Some of it supports common wisdom, some goes against it.Benefit counter: 29 (as of 06/05/2018)  Embrace your inner psychopath +2 A 2012 study […]

The Best External Paint 2018

By John Thatch / October 22, 2017

On average, homeowners re-paint the exterior of their homes every 7 years, and it’s one of the easiest ways to give your home a new lease of life. It’s a job that can be done without the need for a professional contractor, but to get a great-looking, long-lasting finish it’s important to choose the right […]

The Best 4K Camera 2018

By John Thatch / September 26, 2017

If you’re a keen videographer and you haven’t already ventured into the world of 4K, chances are that you’re thinking of doing it. After the 2003 launch of the Dalsa Origin, the world’s first commercially available 4K camera, the technology was slow to grow. It took until 2010 for YouTube to support the format, and […]

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