Create Creepy, Branch Based Typography Create Creepy, Branch Based Typography Learn how to create some creepy typography created out of winter branches: Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Step 1 Create a new document (800X600px). Drag out a radial gradient ranging from f8f8f8 to e0e0e0 on your background layer: Step 2 Paste in your bark texture: Now apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Now return to your bark texture layer. Step 3 Now download the abstract lights brush set from the resources for this tutorial. Create a new layer called ‘brush marks 1′. Apply several of the brush marks (using a black paintbrush). Step 4 Now apply a couple more layers, applying more black brush marks, and then some white ones. Step 5 Now apply some text in the center of your canvas. Step 6 Now cut out and paste in your branches from the branch photos in the resources for this tutorial. Step 7 Paste your tree photo into the bottom left of your canvas, positioning it against the bottom of your P letter. Step 8 Step 9
Design a Dark, Moody Movie Poster Design a Dark, Moody Movie Poster Final Image Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating: Step 1 Start by creating a new document (600X650px). Fill your canvas with 343030. Paste in your ‘foggy city’ photo, positioning it at the bottom of your canvas: Now apply a layer mask, and use a large, soft black paintbrush at around 20% opacity to mask off the top of your city photo, blending it into your main background: Now apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer to your cityscape layer (using a clipping mask). Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings: Hue: 0 Saturation: -100 Lightness: 0 Step 2 Now repeat step 1, but add some cloudy sky (see the resources section for this tutorial) to the top of your canvas: Step 3 Now download the rust texture found in the resources section for this tutorial. Now reduce this layer’s opacity to 10%. This should add a subtle extra level of detail to your background: Step 4 Create a new layer called ‘watercolor brushes dark’. Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
Animal Composition Create a Colorful Out of Frame Animal Composition In this design tutorial we are going to create a nature inspired composition using a lioness as our subject. We will learn how to take various images and textures and seamlessly blend them together into one cohesive design. We will be working quite a bit with Clipping Masks and Adjustment Layers to create the highest quality image without compromising the quality of the design, and we will also cover some helpful coloring techniques along the way. Let’s get started! Final Image Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating: Step 1 The first thing we want to do is open the image of the white lioness from the resources folder so that we can isolate it from it’s background. The first image shows the image before removing the background: And this is the result after a bit of finessing: Pay close attention to the whiskers and pieces of fur around the edges as shown in both of the close-ups below: Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6
How to Make a Vector-Style Woman Composition Vector graphics design is one of the leading styles for print magazines and in titling of movies right now. In this tutorial, we are going to cover the entire body of a woman with stock vector art by employing some of the basic tools and blending options in Adobe Photoshop. We will also need Adobe Illustrator to open the vector files and to provide a source for importing the vectors into Photoshop. Preview You may click the image below to see the full-scale version of what we will be creating in this tutorial. Resources Here is a list of graphics assets that we will use. Model Female Stock 26 by Katanaz-Stock Vectors Texture Texture Set 38 by leilax Step 1: Separate the model’s swimwear into a new layer To begin, import the model into Photoshop (Female Stock 26 from the Resources listing). Take out the Pen Tool (P) and draw a selection around the subject’s clothes (her swimwear). Now press Ctrl/Cmd + J to copy the subject’s swimwear (the selected area) as a new layer. Step 11: Placing the vector
10 Important Nondestructive Editing Techniques for Photo Manipulators Photo manipulations don’t have to be a mess of layers. Many complex photo manipulations can be recreated in less than 15 layers by taking advantage of Smart Objects. Learn how to create photo manipulations with a fraction of the layers you’d normally use with these 10 tips. 1. It’s surprising how many people don’t use Smart Objects – the most important nondestructive editing technique. Nondestructive transformations. To convert your layers into Smart Objects, right-click on the layer then choose Convert to Smart Object. 2. Often times, photo manipulators would open an image in Photoshop then copy & paste it to another document. Bokeh Brushes Using the File > Place command also lets you place RAW, AI, and other types of files directly as Smart Objects. 3. Most of you already know about layer and clipping masks but they still aren’t being used properly by many. Need to use more than one layer mask? Clipping masks is another great way of recycling those layer masks/cutouts you’ve created.
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. 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. Step 4 – Coloring the Text Simple enough?
Photoshop Tutorial: Master Polygons Part 1 Download some of the tutorial files here Thanks go out to Ryan Barber for this tutorial. See more of his work at Step 1 The first phase involves tracing a series of triangles on top of a photograph, in Adobe Illustrator. Step 2 You can lock the image in one of two ways. Step 3 Now that your image is locked you are ready to apply the Pen tool, so activate this now. Step 4 The next step is to set up the weight of our Pen tool’s stroke. Step 5 It is now time to start mapping out a series of adjacent triangles on top of the base photo. Step 6 Select the first triangle and then copy it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+C. Step 7 Activate the Direct Selection tool by pressing the A key. Step 8 Copy the second triangle by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+C. Step 9 Most triangles will share one common side with another triangle, but some triangles will only share a portion of another triangle’s side. Step 10 Step 11 You’ve got your grid ready – now it’s time for the polygons. Step 12 To be continued…
Nebula Cosmolady Final Image Let start opening a new 300 DPI file on 4200px x 5100px. We will use beautiful Cosmo and Nebulas Pictures provide to us by Step 2.) Step 3.) Step 4.) Step 5.) Step 6.) Step 7.) Step 8.) Step 9.) Step 10.) Step 11.) and buy the girl picture. Or you can use one of our Exclusive HQ Model Stock Photos Step 12.) Step 13.) Step 14.) Step 15.) Step 16.) Step 17.) Step 18.) Step 19.) Step 20.) Step 21.) Step 22.) Step 23.) Step 24.) Step 25.) Step 26.) Step 27.) to add some sparkles. Step 28.) Step 29.) Step 30.) Download the 3d Model here
Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world (literally). I will walk you through the steps for creating 3D text by combining the power of Photoshop and Cinema 4D. You’ll also learn how to create unique and detailed light streaks that give the typography poster its signature look. Finally, we will add some great textures that will give the composition an “out of this world” appearance. Preview This is the poster that we are going to create. Resources Step 1: Setting up a new document in Photoshop We will start by creating the 3D text using both Photoshop and Cinema 4D. Then select the Type Tool (T) and write the text of your typography poster using the RNS Bobo Dylan font (or a font of your preference). As you can see in the following image, I have two lines of text and I have decreased the distance between them using the Character panel. Step 2: Converting the text into shapes Step 4: Create the 3D text
3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers Video Tutorial Split Toning The first effect you will learn is split toning. Split toning is an effect that tints the highlights and shadows of your black & white photo to give it a two-tone color effect. Before you apply this effect, you need to convert your image to a black and white photo. Next, add a Gradient Map adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) then set the blending mode of this layer to color. Photoshop CS6 has 39 built-in presets and they’re all created by a professional photographer. High Contrast Black & White Sometimes when you convert an image to black and white it can look a little flat. Here’s how to do it. To fix this, we can use the blend if layer styles. Use this technique any time you need to restore clipped shadows or highlights. Film Look Finally, you’ll learn how to create this film look that’s popular with wedding photographers. To start, create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).
Create Vintage and Grungy Digital Art Work in Photoshop Follow this step by step design process for my recent digital art work, High Voltage. The design process involves photo manipulation, creating patterns, mixing images, textures and blend modes to to create a vintage and grunge theme. Learn how a range of Photoshop techniques pull together the various elements to create the final design. Open up your chosen image in Photoshop. Here I’ve picked out a nice Pylons near wheat field shot from DepositPhotos. Make small Levels adjustments to increase the contrast slightly. If you are planning to use your work for poster printing, use a high DPI (between 150-300dpi) and CMYK Color Mode. Add Curves Adjustment Layer (go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and change the drop down menu to select the Red channel and make adjustments. Change the drop down to the Green channel and make adjustments to the tones controlled by this channel, and finally adjust the Blue channel. Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add) and Opacity to 50%. 3200% zoom
How To Make a Cool Cinemagraph Image in Photoshop No doubt you’ll have heard of the term Cinemagraph since it exploded onto the Internets. Originally coined by Photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, a cinemagraph is a clever revival of the classic animated GIF. It combines features of video and photography to create a the illusion of a still image but with cool motion effects. Let’s take a look at how to create your own animated GIF cinemagraph by playing around with Photoshop’s animation tools. Some of the best cinemagraph examples can be found on the creators’ own website. As the popularity of the cinemagraph grew we began to see mobile apps such as Cinemagram emerge, which allows the easy creation of amateur cinemagraphs using the device’s built in camera. Cinemagraphs require some kind of motion, so while the final image looks much more similar to a photograph than a video, we need to begin with actual video footage. Use a tripod. Alternatively you could always play around with existing stock video footage. Download this file