Since the very first time I saw the trailer of Tron Legacy I decided that I would have to try to do something inspired on that, all those light effects were exactly what I always love to do in Photoshop. Then I saw the James White design inspired by Tron and I was damn it, James nailed it. So I postponed my little experiment, however this week I decided that the time had come and so, I decided to recreate the logo effect we see in the trailer. For this tutorial I used Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D. Pretty much all the light effects and composition are done in Photoshop, the other apps were used just to create some shapes and elements, so if you want to do just the Photoshop part, in the of the tutorial there is a ZIP file with all the resource files used for this image. Step 1 The first thing to do is find or create the logotype of Tron Legacy. Step 2 Once you have the vector logo it's time to create the 3D version of it. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 - Photoshop Step 7 Step 8
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Vector Polishing TechniquesSomeone emailed me and asked how did I do the illustration background on Next2Friends. It inspired me to write this article. He asked "Did I do it in Photoshop or Illustrator?" Why do I need to polish the vector art? Vector artworks are usually very flat, dull, and lack visual effects due to software limitations; thus they look very boring. Technique 1: Lens Flare Effect First technique, let's start with one of my recent work on Next2Friends. I assume you have the vector artwork ready and you want to add a lens flare layer on top. If you want the lens flare to focus on specify area only, you can delete the unwanted area. Sometime just the Lens Flare filter alone is not good enough. Technique 2: Colorful and Dusty Effect This is one of my common styles that can be found in most of my design work. Use the Radial Gradient tool, randomly draw some soft edge glows on a layer and set the layer blending mode to Dissolve. Repeat this step and create different color overlapping layers. See more
Web Design Blog, Tutorials and Inspiration | Web Design LedgerRecreate the Epic 80's Metal Text Effect in PhotoshopThis post was originally published in 2010 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. It’s funny how trends reappear through the years. The bright and shiny chrome text effect could be found everywhere in the 80s, then it disappeared altogether when people realised how hideous and gaudy it was. Recently though, this text styling seems to be making a comeback in the world of digital art as the 80s generation are implementing inspirations from their childhood into their designs and artworks. View full size artwork WWF Wrestling, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning album, Robocop, Amiga games and Transformers are all examples that I can relate to. We’ll begin in Illustrator for the first couple of steps to lay out our type. With the shapes selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Add a couple of basic gradient fills to the two shapes to make it easy to identify them. Draw a temporary rectangle around the text, then select this along with the outer shape. Download the source file
The Top 50 Best Photoshop Tutorials from 2010Today, we’ve got a special collection of the best Photoshop tutorials from 2010 for you. We worked really hard to gather up the best of the best tutorials from design blogs and magazines around the internet, with everything from text effect tutorials, matte painting tutorials, graphic design tutorials, print design tutorials, photomanipulation tutorials, web design tutorials and more, in order to supercharge your Photoshop tutorials for 2011. While we gathered up tutorials from nearly every source we could find, there are definitely a few sites that all Photoshop users should have bookmarked or added to their RSS feed, because they consistently bring high quality tutorials. Have a great start to your 2011! Divinely Dark Zen Composition in Photoshop Tutorial Show Me The Light Digital Art Photoshop Tutorial Gold Ornamental Text in Photoshop Tutorial Create an Unbelievable Surreal Abstract Artwork with Photoshop Tutorial Luxury Retro Car with Paint Splashing Effect Photoshop Tutorial
Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment - Part IWhether or not you're a Steampunk fan, this two part tutorial is sure to test your knowledge on Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop. In the first half, we're going to customize a Blackletter font and create 3D text with vector shapes. There's lots to do, so let's start with the first part of this two-part series! In this type treatment, I sought to bring together a Blackletter font with the alluring Steampunk Style. A quick search on the net about the movement will show a well defined style and a few dominant leitmotifs. Be sure to check out one of our other Steampunk tutorials on Psdtuts+, How to Create a Steampunk Style Illustration in Photoshop for great inspiration and some traditional Steampunk gadgetry! Take a look at the image we'll be creating. For now though, we're going to try and get this far. The first program on today's list is Illustrator. As you can see when zooming in, the font has a lot of harsh edges because it's free, and not meant to be used for display purposes.
Create a Grungy, Translucent Web Portfolio DesignNot only have watercolor brush strokes become a popular trend in modern web design, but so have advanced layers of transparency (or what I call, translucence). The new Envato design has received a lot of kudos for using this effect, and this tutorial will show you how to create a similar effect, while combining it with other popular web trends. Final Image Preview Take a look at the image we'll be creating. Want access to the full PSD files and downloadable copies of every tutorial, including this one? Join Psd Plus for just $19/month. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3+Difficulty: IntermediateEstimated Completion Time: 2 hours Step 1 - Set up the Template Let's set up our document. Next, we'll set up our guides. Now we need to allocate some space for the background we'll create. Fill the bottom layer with white (Shift + F5). Step 2 - Create the Gradient Background Right-click the "background" layer, and choose Blending Options. Your document should now look like this: Important
InstantShift | Web Designers and Developers Daily Resource.How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game PosterThis 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.
35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop TutorialsTop Home » Digital Artworks • Gallery • Illustration • Inspiration • Photoshop • Tutorials » 35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials If you are a lover of 1980’s style or like much vintage years styles then you are at exact point. Nostalgic and old-fashioned designs look and feel very much attractive and many times they have a lot inspiration in them. Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster in Photoshop DIY vintage T-shirts How to create retro sunflower poster in Photoshop How to Design a Rockin’ 80′s Party Poster Creating a Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights Gigposter Design: The New Sex Create a Vintage Looking Image with Photoshop Design a Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster in Photoshop Design a Retro Summer Poster Illustration Retro Modernist Poster Design with 3D Typography Create a Retro Design Poster in Photoshop Old World Wax Seal Comments