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into1Welcome to another free Adobe Photoshop tutorial,today we are going to create an abstract Freestyle Image using textures and your Lasso tool.  I’ll be explaining in detail on how I used Photoshop’s tools  to achieve the final effect, also I will add some extra tips on how you can make your work stand out and look more special.
Bram Vanhaeren is 19 years old and shares the same passion as his older brother, Graphic design. I’ve been developing my style since my first pen tool experiments in Illustrator about 5 years ago. My style ranges from simple illustrations and typography to mixed media artwork. When I’m not making art, I enjoy going out with friends, train together with my brothers for the next Athletics competition and I can’t resist spending my money on clothes and new fancy accessories. I’m currently a Freelance Graphic designer under the name Into1.be

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1Open your file and drag a paper texture stock to start working. Nobody likes to start working on a plain white background, right? I searched for “paper texture” on sxc.hu to find some nice textures.

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2Keep your layers organized, I think it’s very important if you work with big .psd and lot’s of layers. Now you can easily find layers back and work faster. So keep this in mind and try to stick with it.

Here you can see how I named my first groups.

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3I choose 2 stock photo’s from deviantArt where I will play with. I want to freestyle the whole piece so that means play with the models and make something new.

You can see what I did with the 2 models in the picture below. I just cut and paste few parts and played around with it till it fitted.

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4As you can see I had to duplicate parts and place them in the correct space so you only see the panther texture on her clothes.

I also changed the colors with Color Balance and Hue/Saturation. It’s easier to get the same skin colors when you saturate the pictures a little bit more.

5Once you think you got everything in the correct space, it’s time for our next step.

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6Add a new layer, take a soft round black brush with opacity of 10%, and now try to brush the correct shadows so you blend all the different parts into 1.

7Also keep in mind where the lightning is coming from, this is very important if you’re working with shadows.

The lightning is coming from the left so brush bit more on the right side where my arrows points at with number 7.

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8Now have we finished our new model, next we going to start adding some fresh objects and depth. I searched for some green leaves on sxc.hu and found a perfect stock to work with.

Cut out few leaves and place them in front of the model and behind the model. You can also change the colors if you want.

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9 I placed some bigger leaves in front of the model and blurred them (Gaussian blur) this adds depth to the whole image.

10Place some smaller leaves in the back and keep them sharp. So it looks they’re flying next to our model.

Also add few little leaves in the back and blur them a little bit. Now you just created depth in your artwork.

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11The next thing that we are going to do, is fill our model with a grass texture. Try and look for a stock of green grass. I found a really good one and will use it here.

Maybe you don’t believe me it’s real grass because of the image quality, but trust me, it’s grass.

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12Now select your model layer by (shift +click on layer) as soon as you do that you will see a selection around your model. Just select inverse and hit delete.

If you won’t you can use another pattern, with the selection still active on your model layer right click and choose fill from the menu, next choose your pattern and click ok. (this is optional)

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13Ok, now change the layer style to Overlay, you might already like the effect but we are going to play a little bit more with it.

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14First thing let’s change the colors, to do that go to Image>adjustments>hue/saturation and play with the colors until you find a nice color combination. Here is what I used.

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15I changed the opacity of my grass layer a little bit because I found it stand out a little bit too much. Next step is cut out some of the grass layer. Just do something random.

Get your Lasso Tool and draw a bad circle or something, erase this selection from your grass layer and make nice effects. I erased a little bit of the models arm and face.

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16Next steps are easy and fun. Add a new group and call it color fun or something. Now add a new layer and chose a big round soft brush than start brushing around her butt with a crazy color.

When you are done change the layer style to screen or lightning by doing this you create some amazing and interesting effects.

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17Ok I took my pen tool and made a random selection behind my model to add more contrast. After I filled this selection I took a brush with a softer color to add a sort of gradient on it.

Just play with it people. This step are not necessary of course.

18Add some white brushes behind our model, to give it this grungy effect. You can make your own brushes by painting and scanning your paint strokes or download them.

You can see I added a typo and placed on of my brushes over it.

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19Alright easy fun step, Draw a new selection with your lasso tool and use this effect; Filter>Distort>Twirl I have to admit it takes a while till you find a nice twirl, but it’s a quick and fun filter that you can use later.

20I always like to add these dark spots in my work, I took my Lasso tool once again and draw a paint looking selection and filled it with our dark blue.

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21This is the final round, the following steps consists of objects I liked to add. Here I created a rocket looking object made of 3 different layers, every layer was made with my Lasso Tool and filled with a pattern.

22I took a small soft round brush to sketch parts of her hair to add colors, not necessary but I tough It was fun to do.

23I draw a balloon, added a texture over it and brushed with a white round soft brush to add lightning.

24I illustrated some armbands to make her look sexy.

Final Result :

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EXTRA:

Let’s add some experimental blur. We have our final result, now save it and save as under yournameofthework_blur.psd or something. Flatten image and duplicate your layer.

1Then go to Blur>Gaussian Blur and try to find a nice blur radius. Click ok.

2I just selected a triangle looking selection and deleted this part in the blurry layer. You can cut more parts from this blurry layer. This is my extra final result.

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Final Result : Bulr added

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Interview With 15 Year Old Self Taught Artist Saad Moosajee

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Hi Saad, thanks for taking time away to chat with us. Could you introduce yourself to the viewers and tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Saad Moosajee, a British born self taught illustrator currently living in the United States. I’m still fairly young and in school so am currently freelancing.

Where do all your ideas and inspirations come from? And why do you love creating them?

My inspirations and ideas are from various sources, so I could never quite pin it down. Sometimes I get ideas and inspiration from the most random events or objects, and sometimes its by looking at other peoples work. If i had to pick one though I would say random, a lot of the time I’ll be thinking about stuff and then just have something pop in to my head.

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What are your major principles for doing a great photo manipulation?

It depends on the manipulation. If your going for a surreal scenic manipulation, its all about the technicalities and the levels of exposure and color. I really like to keep a good balance of exposure and color to create a certain type of tone in my manipulations, like Frank Miller did with some of his productions like his movie ” 300 ”

What percentage of project duration does it take to achieve such detailed works?

It depends, I don’t usually count in hours but rather days or weeks. Sometimes I give my projects complete 360’s, I worked on Tree Of Life on and off for 3 months, I left it for an entire month because I ran out of ideas and then modified the entire piece into something else later.

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What are your top 3 favourite graphic software’s, and why?

My tools of the trade are Poser, Cinema 4D & Photoshop. Photoshop is the most important for me because its what I do the majority of my work in, but I like to mix 2D and 3D which is why  I use Cinema 4d and Poser.

Do you use any special techniques and tools, such as a tablet, or is it mainly the mouse doing all the work?

I use a large Wacom Intuos 4, which I believe is absolutely necessary to any sort of digital artist regardless the genre. It makes my life easier and allows me to do digital painting and highlighting much easier.

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You are a very young self-taught artist, there’s a well known debate in the design community regarding the role of education in a designer’s work versus no design education,what do you think about this?

I can’t say for sure, I haven’t gone to art school so I don’t really know if it helps or not. My view is that art school probably helps, but to get a good job you don’t really need the degree that comes with art school.

What areas of your work do you enjoy the most?

Looking back on projects and selecting my portfolio overall, I like to glance at works that are 6 months or a year old and remember the experience and be glad I made them because I am proud to have created a certain piece.

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If this whole “designer career” thing fell through the floor tomorrow, what else could you see yourself doing for a living?

I’ve still got two years left of high school so who knows…

What is one piece of advice you would give to any artist looking to improve their technique?

Dedication, if you actually want to be good you can push yourself to become good, its all about how hard you try.

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What sort of things do you do to relax?

Eat chocolate, drink tea, and watch some good television.

So what do you see yourself doing in the future?

Being my age I don’t really like looking that far ahead, so who knows..

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Do you have any helpful comments for our viewers out there about being a young freelance artist?

Everyone says it but its true, if you’ve got contact info for someone, send them your link, it doesn’t even matter who, just send away.

Finally, Red-Bull, Coffee or something else?

Tea.

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Well its been a great pleasure and thanks for taking the time out to talk with us.

No problem, cheers!

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Grunge Art In Photoshop

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Olson MinoHello guys, it’s been a while since we have published a Photoshop tutorial that’s because we have been very busy working on a new cool project for TB, i don’t want to give any details at this point so to keep you working we have a great guest post tutorial by DC a graphic designer from India.
DC is a young and creative graphic designer and he has produced a very interesting tutorial. He will show us how basic Photoshop functions like Layer Styles, Blend Modes and Adjustment Layers could dramatically alter images and make them appealing. This and a basic idea of colors could do wonders. You can contact him here. digitalcompositions@gmail.com

This Photoshop Tutorial is based on Grunge form of art with use of vibrant colors.

Materials Needed:

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Making The Background & Placing The Snowboarder.

Open a new document of size 1600px X 1200px Load the textured image on top of the background layer and resize ( Ctrl + T) it appropriately

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Open the snowboarder image and extract the snowboarder from it. Since the snowboard is slightly rough at the bottom cut it out slightly within the snowboard.

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Bring it onto our document, resize it to fit it within the canvas and place it at the right side.

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Now goto Filter –> Artistic –> Cutout and apply the values
Number of Levels – 4
Edge Simplicity – 3
Edge Fidelity – 3

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Having the snowboarder layer selected go to its Layer Style Window & select Outer Glow enter the following values:
Blend Mode : Color
Opacity: 100%
Noise : 0%
Color of glow : #5093f8
Spread : 0%
Size : 84px

Everything else remains at default.

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You should get the following image.

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Make a new layer BELOW the snowboarder layer and name it ‘gradient’.

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Having ‘gradient’ layer selected Ctrl + Click on thumbnail of snowboarder layer. This will make a selection of its outline.

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Now fill it with a two color gradient such that the color changes at the point of contact between the snowboarder and his snow board.

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Having done this paint with a Smooth(0 hardness) brush White color, over the areas of the face and the lower end of the snowboard.

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Now change the blend mode of the snowboarder layer to Multiply Your picture should have resemblance to the following image.

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Setting Up The Buildings:

Now bring that onto the right hand side of our canvas and resize it so that it fits about slightly more than half.

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Set the mode to Soft Light.

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Duplicate the layer and reduce the Opacity to 40%.  Make a new group named “Building Right” and put the two building layers into it.

Duplicate the group(Right click on the group –> Duplicate Group) Having the copy of the group selected go to Edit –> Transform –> Flip Horizontal. press v(Move Tool), move the Buildings to the left, and rename the group Building Left.

At this point it becomes vitally important to be sure that you’re headed the right way. Check the image bellowt. It shows the arrangement of layers you should have by now.

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Make a new layer under the layer “gradient”, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool make a selection going across the canvas, from the eyes of the snowboarder to about his legs. Fill it black. DO NOT DESELECT.

With the black label selected Press Q (Quick Selection Mode). Go to Filter –> Pixelate –> Color Halftone. Put in the values Max Radius : 22 Channel(All) : 40

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Change its opacity to about 55%

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Darkening The Image:

The part of the image to the top right side seems rather brighter. Lets add an Adjustment Layer –> Brightness/Contrast below the ‘black label’ layer. And on the layer mask apply a gradient going from Black to White from the bottom right to top left of the canvas.

Dramatic Changes:

This is another milestone in the tutorial where you should check everything before proceeding further since things get messy. Also you should have downloaded your brushes. You can experiment with your own brushes as well.

Above the Brightness/Contrast Layer , make a new Adjustment Layer –> Curves(don’t use your imagination we’re talking about photoshop 😀
To make it easier I’ve given the Output – Input Values .
12RED – Output:40   Input:195

13GREEN – Output:145   Input:119

14BLUE – Output:89   Input:119

15No changes in the RGB Channel.

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You should get similar results.

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Now selecting the Curves layer and all layer below it, press Ctrl + Alt + E. You will get a merged layer. Make a new layer below it and fill it White. Having the Merged Layer selected create a layer mask ( Layer –> Layer Mask –> Reveal All) Select color Black

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And now use some Splatter, Spray Brushes and apply at the edges of the mask. You may do the same for the ‘black label’ layer. Above the ‘black label’ layer make a new layer with blend mode set to Soft Light.

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Select the color #00fffc and using the same Splatter brushes apply on some parts around the snow boarder.

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I’ve added some text at the end. Its Adams Font You can browse dafont.com you’ll find tons of ’em there. And that’s a Wrap folks. Hope you found this tutorial helpful.

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How To Create A Realistic Pendrive in Adobe Illustrator.

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OMThis is a guest post by Ubiratan Cunha in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial he will show us how to create a realistic pendrive only using shapes and gradients. Observation to details like lights and shades can make all the difference. Hope you enjoy it!
photoMy name is Ubiratan and I´m a freelancer graphic designer from Brazil. Illustration and web design is my passion. I´m graduated in Panamericana School of Art and Design, one of the best schools in my country. I also build websites using the Joomla CMS.

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Create a new document the size you want (I set my document to 550 x 550 px).

Pick up the Rectangle Tool (M) and click anywhere on the page. In the dialog box input the values 175 px for width and 300 px for height.

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Let´s align our rectangle to the center of the page. Select the rectangle we just created and click on the button beside the align controls, on the top of the page. Select the “Align to Artboard” option. Now clik the buttons “Horizontal Align Center” and “Vertical Align Center”.

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Now that our rectangle is centered, let´s create the bottom part of our image. To do this, select the Ellipse Tool (L) and click anywhere on the screen. A dialog box will appear. Set width to 175 px and height to 50 px.

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Let´s align the ellipse to the rectangle. To help us do this, go to View and select the option Smart Guides to enable them.

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Now, using the Selection Tool (V), drag the ellipse to the bottom of the rectangle until you see 2 green smart guides indicating the ellipse is alligned in the bottom center. See the image bellow.

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OK, now select both shapes and using “Pathfinder”, unite them.

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Now let´s use some gradient to fill our shape. Select our shape, open the gradient window and apply the gradient to the shape. Now follow this steps to setup the gradient correctly:

Fisrt of all, add 6 stops to the gradient, and setup one by one following these instructions:

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Set the first stop to 82% black and location 30%, like the image below:

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The same way, set the other stops using this values:
2º Stop: 2% black, location 6%
3º Stop: 40% black, location 22%
4º Stop: 45% black, location 75%
5º Stop: 10% black, location 93%
6º Stop: 100% black, location 100%

Finally, set this two sliders this way:

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Now set the stroke to none and using the Rectangle Tool, draw two more rectangles. The first should be 158 x 12 px and the second 118 x 8 px.

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Now, let´s apply some effect. Select the first rectangle, go to Effects > Warp > Arc…. Set the vertical distorsion to 10%. Do the same with the other rectangle.

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Now apply a gradient with 95% to 80% black with 90º to both shapes. After that, align them to the center of the page and behinde the pendrive body as shown bellow.

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Alright, now using the Rectangle Tool, make 3 squares:

  1. 100 x 100 px. Fill it using a gradient following the parameters described in the “First gradient” image
  2. 97 x 97 px. Fill it using a gradient like described in the “Second gradient” image
  3. 94 x 94 px. Fill it using a gradient like described in the “First gradient” image

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Select the 3 squares and click Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center. After that, send them behind the other elements on screen and in the position presented below.

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Let’s add some details to our pendrive. Draw 2 little rectanles about 25 x 14 px and fill them with a gradient (see the image below).

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Set the position of the rectangles following the image. Now, using the Pen Tool draw a line between the two rectangles the same way you see in the image. Set the stroke to 0,25. Finally, create a ellipse with 135 x 35 px, with 70% black for fill and set it behind the object body.

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Now, using the Rounded Rectangle Tool create a shape with 80 px for width, 165 px for height and Corner Radius of 20 px. Set the fill color to white and center it on the screen.

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With the Selection Tool, select the Rounded Rectangle and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. When the dialog box open input -3 px in the Offset field.

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Select the smaller rectangle that we just created and apply to it a gradient following the instructions in the image bellow.

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To finish our work, add a stroke of 2px 80% black to the smaller rectangle and add some text on top of it like the image bellow. Now our pendrive is finished!!!!

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Here it is!!! Hope you enjoy!

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How To Create A Stencil Look In Photoshop

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bomb-funkIn this tutorial we are going to combine a number of photographs and turn them into interesting graphics elements as part of your designs. This tutorial was inspired by Corey Barker the Executive Producer of PlanetPhotoshop.com He covered this technique on his training DVD Design Effects With Photoshop CS4.
I recommend you guys to head over at kelbytraining.com and have a look around at their high quality training material.

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1First thing is first start by creating a new document by holding down CTRL+N or go to File+New, enter the name the width, height and resolution for the new doc.

Note you can enter whatever settings work for you but if you like to follow along enter the setting above.

2When you are done click OK, open your first image by using Adobe Bridge or the standard command CTRL+O

3With the new image opened in our case we loaded the city image go to Image-Adjustments-Threshold.

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4The threshold forces all the pixels in the image to either white or black. Adjust the Threshold slider so you get as much white detail before anything else comes into view.

5When you are done click OK.

6Select the Move Tool and click on the image and by holding down the mouse drag the image into the new document we created.

Note unlock the layer by double clicking on the lock icon if you get the message the layers is locked. When you are done click on the Bridge icon to launch Adobe Bridge.

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7Navigate to folder where you have your images and load the wood texture that we are going to use as our the main background.

8Select the Move Tool and click on the image and by holding down the mouse drag the image into the new document we created.

Note unlock the layer by double clicking on the lock icon if you get the message the layers is locked.

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9Drag the Wood Layer  underneath the City Layer.

10We need now to invert the colors on the City Layer form white to black  to do that select the City Layer and go to Image-Adjustments-Invert or hold down CTRL+I.

11With the city layer still selected click on the blending mode and choose Multiply now only the black areas are visible.

Next load the girl image by clicking on File Open or use any other method you are comfortable for opening a image.

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orangeWith the girl image opened let’s repeat step 3 go to Image-Adjustments-Threshold.

12Now start adjusting the slider and  try to get as much details, when you are done click OK.

13Next repeat step 8 to insert the image into the composition document.

14Select the girl layer and  choose Multiply from the blending mode.

15Click on the Add Layer Mask icon.

16Make sure the colors are set to white and black and select the Brush Tool.

17Start erasing the  black spots that are not needed.

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18Select the City Layer.

19Hit CTRL+T to scale down the image.

20Click the Commit icon or just hit Enter.

21Select the Wood layer and go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur.

22Adjust the setting so the layer is blurred slightly.

23Click OK.

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24Create a new Layer by clicking the Create New layer icon and than select the Gradient Tool.

25Select a white to transparent gradient form the menu and also make sure you select the Radial Gradient form the settings toolbar.

26Now hold down the Shift key and click and drag from down up in the eye region to create a gradient, now the gradient gives a glow look to the face area.

27Repeat step 24, to create a new layer.

28Select the Rectangular Marque Tool and draw a square shape on the new layer you created.

29Select the Gradient Tool.

30The last setting should be available if not repeat step 25 the only difference this time  is that you have to set the opacity to 70% also choose Dissolve for the Blending Mode.

31Hold down the shift key and click and drag in the selection form bottom to up and release the mouse button, now the selection fills with the dissolved gradient giving a  transparent  noise look.

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32Select the Eyedroper Tool or press i on the keyboard, sample the backgorund color.

33Lock down the noise layers transparency and with the selection still active hit Alt+Backspace to fill the layer with the sampled color, if the selection is not active just make a new selection bigger than the noise square and hit Alt+Backspace because you have selected the Lock transparent pixels icon only the noise will be filled with the color.

34Select Linear burn for the blending mode.

35Hit Ctrl+T to show the transformation controls and right click in the middle choose Warp from the menu.

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36Start to warp  the layer to whatever shape you like try creating a splattered look.

37When you are done warping copy the layer lower their opacity and place them in diferent parts of the compositon also try rotating and fliping the layers so the look random.

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38Now we need to make a rough looking shape to place the name on top, to do that first create a new layer and place it on the top of all layers select the lasso tool and by using your mouse or graphic tablet draw a rough looking shape.

39Hit Ctrl+Backspace to fill the shape with black or just use the Paint bucket tool, and next double click on the layer thumbnail to show the blending option.

40Select Drop Shadow.

41Click on the color and sample the background color for the Blend Mode choose Linear Burn, the rest of the settings are fine click OK.

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42OK now we need to add some text, select the Text Tool and type in a name.

43To complete the effect just add a simple drop shadow by double clicking on the layer thumbnail and select drop shadow from the Blending Mode.

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bomb-funkSo with a combination of photos and some elements that we created from scratch  we can achieve very interesting and cool looking effects. Thing to keep in mind when using the Threshold is to try and get as much detail in, also adding little elements will help your composition look more complete and professional.
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bomb-funkIn this tutorial we are going to use The Spot Healing Brush to removing blemishes. We can greatly improve a portrait by removing skin imperfections which are rarely a desirable feature in a photograph.
In previous versions of Photoshop, you could use the Clone Stamp tool or the Patch tool for this task. Photoshop CS introduced the Healing Brush, which is even better for repairing certain skin imperfections. The Spot Healing Brush can be found in the fourth row on the toolbar, and looks like a plaster. The Spot Healing Brush is now the simplest tool to use for removing blemishes. The key to using the Spot Healing Brush is to choose a brush size that is just slightly larger than the blemish and to work in stages on separate layers.

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1With the image open, drag the Background layer over the New Layer icon to duplicate it.

greenA Background copy layer is added, but the screen does not change.

2Click the Zoom tool.

3Click Resize Windows To Fit.

4Click and drag over the blemish areas to zoom in.

greenThe image is enlarged and fills the screen.

5Click the New Layer icon to add a new blank layer.

orangeA new layer is added in the Layers palette, but the screen does not change.

6Click the Spot Healing Brush.

7Click Sample All Layers.

8Click here to open the Brush Picker.

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9Click and drag the Diameter slider to adjust the brush size.

greenNote: The brush size should be just larger than the blemish that you want to remove.

10Click each of the worst blemishes of a similar size first.

greenPhotoshop removes the blemishes and blends the surrounding skin area.

11Click the New Layer icon to add another blank layer.

12Repeat steps 8 to 10, clicking the other blemishes.

orangeLayer 2 should be highlighted in the Layers palette.

13Click here and drag the Opacity slider for Layer 2 to the left until the skin looks natural.

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14Press the ALT key and click the New Layer icon.

greenThe New Layer dialog box appears.

15Type a name such as Skin Tone in the Name field.

16Click here and select Overlay for the mode.

17Click Fill with Overlay-Neutral Color (50% Gray).

18Click OK.

greenA gray layer in Overlay mode appears in the Layers palette.

19Click the Brush tool.

20Click here and select a small soft-edged brush.

21Click here and reduce the brush opacity to about 5%.

22Click here to reset the default colors to black and white.

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23Click here to reverse the colors, making white the foreground color.

24Paint over any dark spots in the image to smooth the skin.

greenThe skin tone appears smoother. Continue painting over any dark areas, adjusting the size of the brush tool as necessary.

25Click here and drag the Layer Opacity slider to the left to reduce the effect for a more natural look.

26Click the Visibility icon for the gray layer off and on to compare the image before and after the adjustment.

greenThe skin tone is smoothed and appears natural rather than over-corrected.

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27Select all the layers except the original layer by holding down The Shift Key and clicking on all the layers, than go to Layers Merge Visibles or hit CTRL-E.

28Now click and drag the Merged layers to the Create New Layer button to make a copy of the layer.

29Select the copied layer and go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur enter 1 pixel for the radius.

30Click OK.

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31Select the Eraser Tool.

32In the brush option select a soft edge brush.

33Start erasing the important areas of the images so the viewer’s attention is drawn to the spots.

34Lower the opacity to 30% now the image looks more natural.

35Click the Levels Button.

36Play with the settings until you get the desired result.

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bomb-funkThat’s it guys for this tutorial try experimenting with the settings and see what works best with your images.
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Interview With freelance artist Alice Catrinel Ciobotaru (AKA Seiorai)

Alice Catrinel Ciobotaru (AKA Seiorai).

1: Hello Alice, thanks for taking time away to chat with us. Can you briefly give us a little insight into your background as an artist, and how it all started for you?

Hi there! Uh, the beginning was a long time ago, when I was 9 years old, and started drawing Sailor Moon FanArt. Though looking at those errr…drawings…now I can hardly call them “art” but hey! they were something great for me back then hahaha.

10.000 Lightning Bugs - by Seiorai

For a few years I drew mostly anime and manga, but then one day I saw “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” on TV and that was it for me: I knew I will have to move on from anime to semi-realism and CG one day.

After an year or so I bought a computer capable of 3D rendering and for the next year or so I worked with Bryce and Poser, then a friend introduced me to Photoshop and my tools of trade switched again. After a few tries to paint in Photoshop 7(without a tablet) in early 2007 I gave up on it and started on web design.

Then, in the last days of 2008 I tried my luck again at painting, with better results (I can say the Pen Tool helped a lot, hahahaha). The following March I got my first tablet, a Genius MousePen 6×8 (no i’m not advertising no worry) and from there…it all came naturally :) I am 23 now and look back to the old beginning days with a smile..

Tous Les Secrets - by Seiorai

2: Where do all your ideas and inspirations come from? And why do you love creating them?

…all over? It honestly can be anything, from a song to an image to a text or a dream…really! As for why I like it….I think it has something to do with each person’s way to express their inner life. That plus I love the whole …magic..that goes on when you create something, anything! Yes, that is real magic, and I like that :)

3: We are very interested to know what type of graphic software’s do you use?

Right now I use Adobe Photoshop CS2 most of the time, but occasionally go back to my old loves, Bryce, Poser, Terragen… I also work with Flash when the project requires it.

4: Do you use any special techniques and tools, such as a tablet, or is it mainly the mouse doing all the work?

Well, for digital painting, if you’re not investing in even the smallest tablet on the market you’re insane hahaha. I remember in the first 3 months of 2009 I was working with the mouse and Pen Tool shapes….it took me about two weeks to finish a picture that with the tablet I finish in two days. Really!

As for my pixelwork/web design I got used to using the tablet even if just to click around…dunno, it’s so handy hehehe.

5: What has been your greatest artistic achievement in your life so far?

Oh…that’s a difficult question. To be honest, I consider myself to be “work in progress” at the moment. If I were to list an achievement, I would probably list those first mouse-made drawings from the beginning of 2009, which in my opinion are as much an artistic achievement as well as a moral one.

I can’t even promise I will have a sure answer to this question in a few years from now, because knowing myself I will always go for a step further and not think of my past work as necessarily an “achievement” hahaha….

6: Are you formally trained as an artist or are you self-taught? There’s a well known debate in the design community regarding the role of education in a designer’s work versus no design education, what do you think about this?

Well, my drawing teacher from 5th grade scolded me for drawing “those horrid things” (aka, my anime drawings of that time)….if that counts as formal training/advice? xD
The rest I’ve learned on my own, with the help of books and tutorials.

Sini ID - by Seiorai

I think that even though it’s great to do it all by yourself, because it gives you a powerful feeling on strength and confidence in yourself and your skills, I would say that a “formal” training is necessary for a beginner artist, because learning by yourself is (almost) as if the wheel was invented again..and again..and..again…by every generation.

Having a GOOD teacher could spare the beginner artist of maybe years of work on his/her own.

Another reason why I would recommend formal training is one which is usually avoided…but nonetheless: if you select well the school/course/its teachers where you learn your craft, so that it does more good than bad, it’s also a great way of getting yourself some nice shiny diplomas, which later in life will be very useful, trust me.

We all love the Cinderella story, where the poor skilled artist is noticed and taken on board by a major design company…but in reality it takes loads more work and skill for a self-taught artist to be noticed, than for one who has a CV complete with teacher recommendations and all, I’ve seen it happen.

Golden Compass Icon - by Seiorai

7: Do you think sketching is necessary for an Artist or is there any other way round?

Sketching is the air that you breathe!

For one, it takes all those ideas you have in your head and puts them on paper, so that you can think clearly without a thousand little voices asking “Me first! me first!” hehehe ^__~
Kidding..partially. The point is it gives you ..well….fluency would be a good word, so that when you go to your canvas and start drawing something without a previous plan, your hand&eye will know exactly how to move and what to do.

Imagine not sketching for a month: when you return to the canvas, it will be much more difficult to put on paper/screen certain poses, for example.

8: Of all of your artwork, which piece is your personal favorite and why?

…both finished and unfinished? Hahaha..well, right now my favorite is a piece which I didn’t get a chance to finish yet. However, from my current gallery…..I think this would be it:

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Yes, I know it is a year and a half old, but I still love the soft, loving, happy feeling it gives me when I look at it.

9: The Zodiac – Scorpio is my favorite image, can you tell us little more about on how you went to create this image?

I wanted to do a Zodiac series ^^
And..naturally..I being a Scorpio, started with this particular starsign :)
I tried to put in it a Scorpio’s challenging attitude to him/herself and others, their inner pride, the affection they can share, their energy, as well as the harmless tattoo which out of nowhere comes to life….a bit of Scorpio magic.

The Zodiac Scorpio - by Seiorai

10: Where do you plan to take your designing career in the future? And what do you hope to accomplish in the next couple of years?

I can’t say “Oh I want to work with this or that design studio”.
But I can say that I want to become better at what I do, and that is design. Perfect what I know now, learn more styles, more software’s, return to my old CG love alongside with Photoshop this time, and start to study Animation.

I will develop my Fashion Design portfolio and would love to see them become real clothing, worn and enjoyed by real people.

Sometime in the future (though not sure if it will be withing two years), I would love to work alongside other artists in a studio of our own, a place where everyone would give their best while listening to their favorite music in huge headphones, where plush toys would be as often seen as project whiteboards and blueprints, where each would work on their own and yet like one.

This is what I hope.

How can a flower bloom - by Seiorai

11: What are your hobbies and please describe your free time, if you have any?

…are you sure? Hahaha…okay umm..let’s see.
To be honest I don’t have that much free time, but when I do I enjoy things like photography, learning foreign languages, astronomy, knitting, origami, small leather or fabric bags (I have a whole collection of those hahaha), making miniature notebooks, repairing various broken things (tires, statuettes, etc), playing/tuning my remote control car, playing the electronic keyboard (lacking space for a piano), sometimes – though rarely now for lack of time- playing Need for Speed, Guild Wars or Resident Evil…oh, and singing while nobody listens heheh (I don’t have very good singing voice) ^_~

I could list some more but those are minor ones or hobbies for which I don’t have much time anymore so….

SUPERSTAR XXX - by Seiorai

12: Well its been a great pleasure and thanks for taking the time out to talk with us.

It was awesome meeting you as well, and thank you for taking the time to put together these questions and giving me the opportunity to share my portfolio with your readers.
And for you, who are reading this now, thank you for having read this far :)

See you later ^__~

Alice

For more information check out Alice portfolio at: http://seiorai.deviantart.com

Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements: Which One Is Right for You?

Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements: Which One Is Right for You?

If you’re in the market for an image editing software, chances are you’re choosing between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Both are excellent software for manipulating digital photographs and images. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the ways the two software are different. Hopefully, after reading this, you can make an informed decision.

Keep in mind Adobe’s intentions when you consider each one. In their website, Adobe says that Photoshop CS4 (the latest version) is ideal for “professional photographers, serious amateur photographers, graphic designers, web designers.”

Unfortunately, Adobe doesn’t tell us whom Photoshop Elements is ideal for. It does say you can “get creative,” “enhance your photos,” “share and protect all your memories” with Elements.

This hints at a more consumer-level (rather than professional) user who manages images for personal use.

With this in mind, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements differ in three main areas: price, ease of use, and features. Let’s go over each one.

1. Price

Adobe Photoshop costs a whopping $699, while Photoshop Elements is $99.99.

For many, the price will dictate their choice. Keep in mind, some professionals use Elements even for their work. They use workarounds such as add-ons and other tools to get Elements to do what they need to accomplish. But more on that later.

2. Ease of Use

With Photoshop geared towards professional image users, you can expect it to be more difficult to use. Elements has a more intuitive, more user-friendly interface.

However, if you’re already familiar with photo editing software, such as earlier versions of Photoshop, then this won’t be much of an issue.

3. Features

As you might have guessed, the differences in price and ease of use stem from differences in features. Photoshop has functionalities which Elements doesn’t have… and vice versa.

For example, Photoshop has more robust features for manipulating the finer details of a digital image. Here are just some features in Photoshop, which aren’t in Elements:

– CMYK and LAB color modes
– ability to work with 16-bit and 32-bit images
– Layer masks and layer comps
– Adjustment layers for color balance, curves and selective color
– Advanced text formatting, including putting text on a path

But don’t ditch Elements yet. It also has features you won’t find in Photoshop, such as:

– Automatic red-eye removal
– Cookie cutter tool, background templates and artwork
– Photo Organizer, which lets you tag photos and later find them quickly through tags. Photo Organizer also lets you share your photos by creating online galleries, slideshows, photo books and more.

As mentioned earlier, many Elements users find they can do with Elements a lot of the things Photoshop can do. Some of the functionalities are there but need to be “unlocked.”

Add-ons and tools for Photoshop Elements are developed by users of both software. Some are free, while others you need to pay for. These will enhance Elements to be able to do more of the things Photoshop can do.

Whichever software you choose, you have to know how to use it in order to achieve the images you want.

If you decide that Photoshop is for you, check out Learn Photoshop Now. Its video tutorials is like looking over the shoulder of a seasoned Photoshop user.

Should you go with Elements, Learn Elements Now will help you master the software in a short time.

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? Both are powerful software for perfecting your digital images. Choose the one that best meets your needs within the resources you have.

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The MAKING OF “MEET MELINE” : THE CREATION OF A 3D ANIMATED SHORT FILM

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Meet Meline tells the story of a little girl who spends the majority of her time drawing in the barn of her grandparents, one day she will be face to face with a bizarre creature that arouses her curiosity. So does Meline know that little creature, is it real, what will occur after she meets this enigmatic creature for the first time?

After two years of intense work on an independent 3D animated short film called “Meet Meline”, Virginie GOYONS and Sebastien LABAN have released the MAKING OF “MEET MELINE” This is a 12-minutes feature with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, talks about the story, the characters, the environments, shot breakdowns and much more.. This is one of those pieces that is a MUST SEE for every aspiring cg artist.

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Top 15 Best Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

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Olson MinoHalloween is just around the corner and to spice things up we made a compilation of the best top 15 Halloween Photoshop Tutorials. Now you can practice and start creating your own realistic scary images.Warning some images contain intense blood and gore.

1

Freakish Zombie

Freakish_ZombieIn this tutorial you will learn how to turn anyone into zombie. You will use advanced manipulation techniques in Photoshop to produce this realistic Zombie image.

2

Vampirize

Vampirize_Gwen_StefaniIn this Photoshop tutorial you will use simple manipulation techniques  to create  a perfect “vampire look”.

3

Scary Clown

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In this impressive tutorial you will learn how to turn any portrait into a scary looking clown.

4

Skull Face

Skull-Face-TutorialThis is another easy to follow photo manipulation tutorial you’ll learn how to transform pictures of ordinary people into pictures of the living dead.

5

Good And Evil

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In this tutorial you will learn  how to split a portrait photo into two personalities. One side dark and evil, the other light and sparkly.

6

Halloween Pumpkin

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In this awesome tutorial you will learn how to create a cool Halloween Pumpkin wallpaper.

7

30 Days of Night Vampire

Vampire-Eats-Your-FaceIn this tutorial you are going to learn how to turn a normal person into one of the nightmarish vampires in the graphic novel-turned-movie 30 Days of Night.

8

Making an Image Look Evil

evil-imageIn this Photoshop tutorial you are going to learn how to make an image look evil and pretty dark.

9

Photo Montaging – Halloween Theme

Halloween-themeIn this tutorial you will learn how to use various stock photos and brushes to make Halloween theme montage.

10

Alienize

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In this tutorial you will use various tools and techniques to create a very cool looking alien.

11

How to Create a Severed Arm in Photoshop

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In this tutorial you will be learning how to create a severed arm with fleshy stumps and strings of sinew. This will be created by using some basic Brushes and Layer Masks.

12

Create a Quick Vampire Scene

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In this tutorial you will learn how to  make a scary vampire environment with minimal effort.

13

Zombify Your Photos

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In this tutorial you will learn how to turn  an ordinary photo into a terrifying zombie image, all in less than 20 steps.

14

Bloody Method

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In this interesting tutorial you will learn how to create a Realistic Bloody Mouth Look.

15

Grunge & Dark Art

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In this awesome tutorial you will learn how to create  a Dark Art image following the steps of this tut.

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