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Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop

Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop
This post was originally published in 2009 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Galactic space scenes are a popular theme for digital art, they’re packed full of texture and vibrant colour, which are two ingredients of an awesome design! Using Photoshop’s blending modes along with a mix of textures and brushes, let’s get lost in space and create an abstract cosmos poster design. Open up Photoshop and create a new document. Grab a couple of source images of smoke clouds, these particular images are courtesy of Shutterstock (1)(2). On a new layer, dab three bright colours with a large soft brush. Change the blending mode of the colour spots to Overlay to allow the colours to cast over the underlying textures. On a new layer, change the colour swatches to their default black and white settings (D). Fill a new layer with black, then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Download this handy collection of Star Brushes, then set up your brush settings in Photoshop as follows.

Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design Follow this step by step walkthrough of my recent design process for the ‘Spectrum’ poster. Starting with custom made type in Illustrator, we’ll move our vector graphics into Photoshop for some serious distressing with Photoshop brushes, blending modes and more! The Spectrum poster takes inspiration from the old ZX Spectrum computer of the 80′s, the feature of the design is the custom made abstract type, which is mixed with a full spectrum of colours then grunged up to the max with textures and muted background tones. The overall theme is a cool mix of 80′s retro and modern day grunge. Start work in Adobe Illustrator. Aim to follow each letter from the previous to form one continuous line. The word Spectrum is split in half to help compose the design and to add that extra touch of abstractism. Drag out a few guides to match on key points of the path. Once all the type has been aligned and tweaked, take a step back to review the design as a whole. Continue tracing segments of each letter.

Create Beams Of Light From Nothing In Photoshop Here is some great insight on creating beams of light in photoshop. Check it out. Working With Layers The key to getting a beam of light to look realistic is using multiple layers while creating it. A beam of light will be most intense in the center of the beam, so by making three different curves layers that get smaller and smaller it gives the light a sense of depth. It’s also important to apply a gaussian blur to the layer masks so the light doesn’t look unreasonably hard edged. Adding Fog The second part to making the beam of light believable is adding fog to the image. Photo by Vincent Tullo

Cosmic Abstract Shards Poster Design Follow this step by step Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial to create a vibrant poster design featuring abstract vector shards and intense cosmic colours. We’ll begin by constructing the vector shard pieces in Illustrator then combine them with blending modes and lighting effects in Photoshop to produce a cool piece of poster artwork. The cosmic abstract shards design we’ll be creating features an array of sharp vector objects that overlap to create a cool translucent pattern effect. A combination of cosmic background, intense lighting effects and a subtle pattern overlay gives the design a sleek futuristic style. View the Cosmic Abstract Shards Poster Design Open up Adobe Illustrator and draw a long thin rectangle on the artboard. Select the two upper most points with the Direct Selection tool and nudge them upwards and left to shear the shape and leave vertical edges. Change the opacity of the object to 50% in the Transparency window. Download the source file

Create Light Leaks & Lomo Effects Using Actions in Photoshop In this quick tip tutorial, we will explain how to create light leaks and lomo effects for you photos using actions in Photoshop. Let's get started! Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Step 1 Begin by opening your images and navigating to the Window Tab of Photoshop. Step 2 Now that you have the actions panel open, we can begin our first light leak. Step 3 For the first effect we will add Curves. Next add a Gradient from the "fill or adjustment layer". Change the color to "fc2c2c", then change the angle to -100. Now change the layer style to Screen and lower the opacity to 90%. Step 4 Now to wrap the action up, group the two adjustment layers, and name them "Effects". Step 5 You can now run this action on any photo. Conclusion Add this action to your own photos and experiment with different colors to create beautiful light leaks and lomo effects!

Grainy Abstract Lines Poster Design Follow this step by step tutorial to create a cool abstract lines design with awesome vibrant lighting effects. We’ll use Illustrator’s easy tools to create the vector linework then add a range of glows, colours and effects in Photoshop to finish the design with a cool grainy but luminous style. It’s difficult to describe this style of artwork without referencing Andy Gilmore’s awesome work. The overall design mixes geometric shapes from the vector linework with vibrant colours and grainy textures to create an intricate design perfect for use as a printed poster or maybe even a band’s album art. View the final grainy abstract lines design Open up Adobe Illustrator and use the Pen tool to draw a wavy line on the artboard. Copy (CMD+C) and Paste in Front (CMD+F) a duplicate of the line, then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select both items and go to Object > Blend > Make. Head back to Object > Blend then select the Blend Options menu item. Download the source file

Creating a Typographic Wallpaper After writing my previous tutorial here about Creating a Zune in Photoshop, several viewers asked if I’d share how I created the wallpaper graphic. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make something similar, and it’s quite easy! What is Typography? In order to create a typographic wallpaper, it would make sense to know a bit about Typography in the first place. Typography is the art and technique of arranging movable type. What does this mean? This is by no means an in depth look at typography. Step 1 – Creating the Background The background of our wallpaper is going to help set the mood. Create a new document with the dimensions you desire. Step 2 – Setting Our Text Boundary Since I want my text to be in the shape of a 9 (in relation to 2009 and Tutorial9), the easiest way to achieve the shape is going to be to create a large 9 and then use it to place our other text. Step 3 – Placing the Type Now that we have our boundary area, we are ready to start adding our type. Simple enough?

Retro Style Geometric Lines Poster Design Tutorial This post was originally published in 2011 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. In the recent typography inspiration showcase a design by Jordan Metcalf particularly caught my interest, which reminded me of the design style used in the Mexico 1968 Olympics branding. I decided to combine these inspirations and create my own poster design artwork in a similar style. The design we’ll be creating features a series of flowing striped lines interweaving and looping around the page to form an intriguing composition. View the large scale retro geometric lines design Start work in Illustrator by drawing a long thin rectangle on the artboard. Press CMD+D to repeat the transformation to generate a series of lines, then select each alternate line and change the fill to white, leaving a striped effect. Select all the lines that make up the pattern and click the ‘New’ icon at the bottom the of the Brushes palette. You can now use this new brush by applying it to any path.

Old School Type - Line Gradients One of our readers suggested we write a tutorial explaining how to do this cool text effect. On the Dragonforce logo above, the basis of my typography was sketched on paper first and then vectored in Illustrator using the Pen Tool. The process for creating the base logo is not included in this tutorial. Instead, we are going to take the base logo and add that cool “line gradient” effect that you see inside the actual letters. Here are some more examples: So in order to get this effect, we will need both Adobe Illustrator CS2 or higher and Adobe Photoshop. You can see the kind of effect we are going to create. Step 1: Prepare your base logo or typeface. We will use our Dragonforce Logo as our base, but you can simply use your favorite font. 1a: Open up Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop 1b: Create your base text (just type something out using a bold font) Step 2: Make a new document in Photoshop You’ll need to make a new document in Photoshop that’s 2500×2500 pixels and 300 DPI. Conclusion:

Retro Style Typographic Poster Design Follow this step by step tutorial to create a retro style typographic poster design with distressed textures and a muted colour scheme. We’ll create a typographic layout based on the number ‘one’ using Illustrator’s easy manipulation tools, then switch over to Photoshop to lay out the poster design composition and grunge everything up with some textures to create that cool dated retro look. The design we’ll be creating is based on the number ‘one’. View the final retro typographic poster design We’ll create the main typographic layout in Illustrator to make use of the vector abilities to maintain crisp edges on our text elements. Give the number object a light grey fill then lock it into place using the CMD+2 shortcut. Use the same font to type out the actual word ‘ONE’. Choose a corner to start laying up the text elements and align the first of many objects to the grey background guide. In no time the whole design will be filled with repeating elements. Press CMD+Alt+2 to Unlock All.

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Create a Hellboy Poster in Illustrator Before we begin, I must say this is going to be a more advanced tutorial, you won't need to know how to draw, but with you know it will be a lot simplier. The basic requirements is to be good with the pen tool and blending modes, so let's do it buddies. Open adobe illustrator and create a A3 vertical canvas (42 x 29,7 cm or 11,69 x 16,54 inches). Using the rectangle tool ( M ) create a rectangle to fill all the canvas and with the gradient tool ( G ) put a golden gradient on it. and repeat the same procedure, but this time make a rectangle with some distance from the canvas, in order to make the golden border. Using the create this brown gradient in the opposite direction of the golden. I used the Code font with bold, you can get it at Font Fabric. Using the gradient tool ( G ) create this mettalic gold gradient (it should take you some time to adjust correctly) in each letter. Now go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set Offset to 0,1 cm , miter Joins and 4 limit miter. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5