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.
How to Create Intense Light Streaks in Photoshop This post was originally published in 2008 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. A couple of subscribers left their comment on a previous post that collated a range of inspiring graphic artwork from digital artists across the world. The commentors asked how the light stream effect on some of the pieces was created. View Full Size Firstly find a subject to base the flowing light streams on. Reselect the object by CMD/CTRL + Click on the layer, go to Select > Feather and enter 1px. On a new layer draw a circular marquee and add a Gradient fading to black with a colour of your choice, here I've chosen a cool green. Open up some kind of texture and paste it into the document. Change the blending mode to Multiply to render the white areas of the texture transparent. Back on the can or object layer add an Outer Glow through the Layer Styles, the key is to change the blending mode to Color Dodge to give a really intense glow.
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Understanding & Using Ansel Adam's Zone System The Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. Your camera's metering modes are built to give you a correct reading under most average situations. Capturing a correct exposure every time, even in the trickiest light or scene situations. The camera metering is designed to give correct readings under average circumstances.
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
How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game Poster This post was originally published in 2010 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Combine stock photos and design resources to create an awesome retro sci-fi themed game poster that takes inspiration from Atari games of the 80s. By mixing up bright and vibrant cosmic designs with old, distressed and grungey textures we’ll create a retro futuristic poster design for ‘Galactic Attack’. I knew from the start what theme and style of poster I wanted to create, but to further develop my ideas I took to the web to research my chosen theme in order to pick out common design elements which would help tailor my design to the style I was after. A quick search for Atari games and retro sci-fi movies soon brought up plenty of creative ideas to start with. Open up Adobe Photoshop and create a document at your desired poster dimensions. Find an old paper scan, such as this one from SXC. Switch over to Illustrator to create a vector resource. Find a photograph of some lightning.
Cole Rise 100 New And Free Cool Fonts A Designer Must Download With more and more designers in the world, cool free fonts are released even quicker than usual which makes us more than happy. Download these free fonts and you’ll have a rich typography toolbox with which you can make a solid impression in your future designs and projects. You’ll see that there are various styles in here, from serious and rigid ones to fancy and creative examples of typography. Jura Hero Fat Vodka Guayule Say it fat Per4m Practique Kilogram Matilde Raleway Sketchetica Tiwo CR21modern Doughboy Puhl Maddie’s font Deibi Piron original FONT 2 Retro Matey Base Prociono Gembira MSD.10 Typeface Rubber Paranoid Sertig Code Solgas Aerofrog High Five St Transmission Teardrop Lobster Fabianstem Circled Color Lines Luco Badabing Cardo Tenderness St Marie SMD Black Days typeface ElementalEnd Block face Null Droid Dekar Riesling
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