The Top 30 Text Effect Tutorials for Awesome Results Text effects are one of the most common tutorial subjects for Photoshop. Since text is used in all forms of design and advertising, it makes sense to not use simple plain colored text for every application. However, a lot of the text tutorials for Photoshop yield substandard results, and it can be hard to find high quality tutorials. We’ve collected up the top 30 text effect tutorials that yield awesome results in Photoshop. Not only will you end up with a super cool effect, you’ll also take away tons of valuable tips and experience from these detailed and well-explained tutorials. Enjoy, and if you have any other tutorials that you think deserve a mention, leave a link in the comments! Create an Awesome Funky Text Effect Smashing Your Creative Block – Broken Glass Text Effect Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment Amazing Exploding 3D Words in Photoshop Create a Beautiful 3D Text Composition Add Fantastic Color to 3D Text Create a Cool 3D Graffiti Text Effect in Photoshop using Line Art
An Amazing Collection Of Free Photoshop Grunge Brushes | DesignModo “Brushes are the designer’s best friend, particularly web designers who don’t illustrate graphics much.” – and this goes particularly for Photoshop brushes. These are amazing for almost anything from retouching your photos to creating amazing pieces of artwork. Once you master Photoshop’s brushes you can be sure to make almost any kind of effect in order to enhance your design. You can even create your own paintings with so many details that you could hardly imagine how to make it by hand. Besides the default brushes that you can find in Photoshop, there are hundreds of patterns available for you thanks to the great community of designers that are willing to share them with us. We have carefully selected a series of free grunge brushes that you can download and load in Photoshop and get the engines of your imagination started. Nebular Lite Plastered Prime Texture Crush Distressed Prime Braque Prime Urban Canvas Texture Smudges Space Rocks Oxidized Grunge Decorative Grunge on Board
5 Website Features You Can Offload to Reduce Costs The term "offload" or "offloading" in information technology and computer science refers to the transfer of something from your system to an February 08, 2011 The term "offload" or "offloading" in information technology and computer science refers to the transfer of something from your system to an external system. In the context of websites, your system is your website (and your Web servers/Web host), and the external system consists of third-party Web services such as Google Analytics or Shopify. Why You Should Or Shouldn't Offload There are advantages and disadvantages to having parts of your website catered to by third-party Web services. Pros of Offloading Reduced Cost: Whether it's lower Web server costs or fewer employee hours to commit to maintenance and management, the Web solutions listed below will generally lead to cost reductions. Cons of Offloading 1. Check out the following excellent hosted e-commerce management systems below. 2. 3. 4. 5. Image credit: iStockphoto, kemie
Τα χαρακτηριστικά των χρωμάτων Ένταση: Ένταση ενός χρώματος ονομάζουμε την καθαρότητα και διαύγεια που διαθέτει. Καθαρά χρώματα είναι τα βασικά χρώματα αλλά και τα απλά πριμιτίφ χρώματα που συναντά κανείς στη λα'ι'κή τέχνη και τη ζωγραφική των παιδιών. Ένταση έχουν π.χ. τα δυνατά και καθαρά κόκκινα, πράσινα κίτρινα, που μοιάζουν με τα χρώματα της φύσης, εκφραστικά και αισθησιακά. Λιγότερη ένταση αλλά μεγαλύτερη εσωτερικότητα και ποιότητα έχουν τα «σπασμένα» χρώματα, τα χρώματα που αναμιγνύονται με κάποιο άλλο χρώμα, με άσπρο, μαύρο, γκρι κ.λπ. Κορεσμός (saturation), ή Καθαρότητα (purity): Ο κορεσμός ενός χρώματος καθορίζεται από την περιεκτικότητα του σε γκρι. Φωτεινότητα (Brightness): H φωτεινότητα ενός χρώματος εξαρτάται από την περιεκτικότητά του σε μαύρο. Τόνοι (Tones): Τόνος ενός χρώματος είναι η ιδιότητα που εκφράζει τη σχέση του με το φως. Τίντα (Tint): Οι τίντες είναι οι φωτεινοί τόνοι ενός χρώματος. Σκιά (Shadow): Οι σκιές είναι οι σκούροι τόνοι ενός χρώματος.
Understanding Actions in Photoshop - LensVid.comLensVid.com On this video photographer Nino Batista goes back to Photoshop basics and looks at everything you need to know about using actions in Photoshop. Actions are simply a set of functions or operations that a user can record and use later on automatically with one click of a bottom in Photoshop (you can also have actions in windows or MAC and many other programs – but that is a matter for another lesson). An action can be simple – like reduce opacity and increase contrast or can be very complex involving many changes to you image with a single click of the mouse. Batista also mentions the Phlern actions from phlearn (called the phlearnmethod), we actually mentioned these in this video in the past – we also highly recommend them and you can download a few of them for free to check out what they do. As we have mentioned in one of his previous videos, Batista created a set of actions that work well for his style of retouching and he demonstrate that in the video.
11 Excellent Photoshop Tutorials to Boost Creativity Tutorials can often be your greatest source of inspiration. Sometimes, you may find it difficult to look for some of the highest quality Photoshop tutorials using search engines. There’s so many tutorials available, but only a handful offer inspiration along with valuable tips and techniques. Photoshop provides designers pretty much endless possibility of creating realistic effect. I have settled on 11 tutorials working with mix of typography and some other cool effects for you to practice and learn to apply in your future projects and designs. So here are the some cool, creative tutorials collected by us, we hope these tutorials should help sharpen your Photoshop skill-set. Don’t forget to comment and share your favorite tutorial. Design a Slick 3D Ice Text Effect Smokin’ Woman Cyborg 3D Text On Fire Dragons Flaming Photo Manipulation Bright Floral Text Effect Milk Typography Effect Making a grungy business card Hell Smashing Your Creative Block Advertisement
Free Resources for Web Designers 10 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Web Designer Like a lot of web designers I didn’t go to school to learn design or development. My degrees are in completely unrelated fields. As a web designer and developer I’m close to 100% self-taught. First I want to offer a few thoughts on learning in general. Two Types of Learning One of the frequent topics of conversation on small business forums is how important a college education is. Most people typically fall on one side or the other and I’ve usually found that side depends on their own career path. There are good arguments for both sides, but I think the best way to learn is through a combination of theory and practice. Theory Learning through theory is about learning from the experience of others. Theory: Builds a solid foundationShows you how others have solved problemsTeaches you why things work as they doGives you a roadmap for further study Mostly I pick up theory through books and through time spent thinking and analyzing my work and the work of others. Practice Practice: Find a Few Mentors
Monitor Calibration and Profiling If you can not trust the colors displayed on your monitor, all other color management is a waste of time. Calibrating and profiling your monitor should, therefore, be your first priority. Luckily, it is the easiest part of the image capture, editing, and printing system to profile. The cost to do this ranges from free to expensive. The most basic calibration tool, other than ignoring calibration altogether, is Adobe Gamma. Hardware-based monitor calibrators provide far more accurate and repeatable results. To get the best results from your monitor, it is important to understand the steps involved. If you have an LCD screen and your calibration system allows using the native white point, do so. Next, select the gamma to use. After selecting a color temperature and gamma, the next calibration step involves setting the black (brightness) and white (contrast) levels to their optimum values. After the monitor is calibrated, a profile is made. Notes: Evaluation Charts:
The Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions - Smashing Magazine Saving repetitive tasks as Photoshop actions can save you a lot of time, allowing you to automate your work and improve workflow efficiency. A Photoshop action is a recording of a sequence of commands and operations that you can save and access later on. We’ve searched for the best downloadable Photoshop actions that can help you improve your workflow and perform complex techniques with the push of a button. In this collection, you’ll find more than 350 free hand-picked Photoshop actions that you can use to speed up your graphics creation. Quick Introduction to Photoshop Actions Link For those unfamiliar with Photoshop actions, they’re simply pre-recorded tasks that you can save and reuse anytime. Image Effects and Graphic Creation Actions Link Cross-processing ATN1 Simulate the Cross-processing2 (Xpro) photography technique using this Photoshop action. Lomo Give your images a “Lomo” look and feel with this excellent Photoshop action. Photo Enhancement and Processing Actions Link (al)
Pimp My Text: Bling Bling With Photoshop » Web Design » SitePoint Blogs Last week I was watching the opening credits of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” and I noticed the titles consist of bling bling text getting dropped into the jungle. I’ve also noticed quite a few ads on TV using bling text as Christmas approaches. So today we’ll have a look at how to produce some sparkling silver and diamonds (or diamante) text in Photoshop using layer effects, blending modes and filters. 1. Start off with a new canvas (size 600 x 300 pixels in this example) with a dark gray background. I’m going down the gangsta route here and pimping out SitePoint using a Blackletter font called Divine set in white. 2. 3. 4. Double click on the Gradient to open the Gradient Editor, then choose Silver from the list of gradients. So that’s our silver text in place. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Click OK and your new fancy diamonds will be added to the layer. 11. 12. (Optional). This is one way to produce the bling effect.
Design a Vintage Style Swissair Travel Poster In Photoshop Follow this step by step Photoshop tutorial to create a modern, clean, travel poster design for Swissair, and then learn how to transform into vintage poster design. We will use useful techniques related to patterns, visual organization with Photoshop guides, grunge texture to give a distressed look to the composition and adjustment layers for final retro touch. Learn how a range of Photoshop techniques pull together the various elements to create the final design. Click on the preview image to see the final result in full size. Stock photo: Matterhorn 1 from stock.xchngTexture: Grunge texture by ~darkrose42-stock from deviantartLogo: Swissair logo from wikipediaFont: Helvetica Fire up Photoshop and create a document with your desired poster dimensions (File > New) and choose white for the background color. For this tutorial, I created a document sized at 800x1135px, RGB Color at 72dpi (for web use). Add 2 Vertical Guides (View -> New Guide) at 15px and 785px. We can start adding text.
Pairing typefaces in book design Choosing a typeface combination was something I struggled with when designing my first book. So it’s with pleasure that book designer, page compositor and layout artist Stephen Tiano wrote the following as a guest contribution. Image courtesy of arnoKath Choosing typefaces is one of the two most important choices you make when designing a book. Aside from a cover photo or illustration, it is the detail that is most out there in front of readers. Fonts* used on a book cover make the initial reading impression and, when properly chosen, prepare readers for how the reading experience will feel when they turn to the first page. I know of two ways to select typefaces for book projects. A few of my favorite type superfamilies are Fontin/Fontin Sans, Liberation Serif/LiberationSans, and Scala Pro/Scala Sans Pro. The second way to pair types is the “hard,” creative way; the doping-it-out kind of way, where the book designer does the matching.