Designing a Comic Book Cover with No Illustration

Designing a Comic Book Cover with No Illustration

As much as I’d like to be… I’m no illustrator. But often times, as a designer I’m tasked with creating a digital illustration. Lucky for me with the right reference and resources an illustration can be created without ever putting pencil to paper. In this tutorial we will explore the process behind my mock comic book cover for a book titled Tour.

How to Create a Realistic Crack Effect on a Face

How to Create a Realistic Crack Effect on a Face

Today we will learn an easy way to add crack effects to your images. We will only need a couple of textures and our Photoshop brushes to obtain a realistic end result. This tutorial is split into 9 easy-to-follow steps, with some basic Photoshop features carefully explained. Give a try!

Create an Ice Cream Type Treatment in Photoshop

Create an Ice Cream Type Treatment in Photoshop

It’s funny to see how simple objects can inspire creative type treatments. In the past I’ve played with plates, paper and wood. Today I will show you how to realize an awesome text effect using ice cream! The process is simple enough for any level Photoshop lover. We will be dealing with illustration techniques, and will explore the power of layer styles applied to custom brushes. So… give it a try!

Design a Surreal Photo Manipulation

Design a Surreal Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial I will teach you how to create a surreal image with a light color palette. Using some basic overpainting techniques combined with textured bushes, you’ll be able to make soft skin shapes and retouch stock photos of people to get an original looking illustration without the use of filters. This tutorial is inspired by an Illustration I did for the slashTHREE art community. Below you will learn some of the techniques I used in creating that image.

Design a futuristic 2011 wallpaper

Design a futuristic 2011 wallpaper

We couldn’t start the new year without a Photoshop tutorial on how to realize a high-style 2011 wallpaper! Let’s create together a futuristic type treatment in 16 easy-to-follow steps. We will deal in particular with layer masks and light effects. Also I will show you the power of layer styles and how they can be used to realize awesome text effects.

Design the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Poster

Design the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Poster

Movie posters and films are great sources of inspiration for graphic designers. With the success of Tron Legacy and its awesome light effects, we have seen several tutorials on how to realize these effects in Photoshop. Today I decided to reproduce the logo of one of my favorite film series: Pirates of the Caribbean. We are going to see the 4th chapter to the cinema, so let’s celebrate captain Jack Sparrow and his friends with this cool photo manipulation!

Design an Indie Rock cd cover in Photoshop

Design an Indie Rock cd cover in Photoshop

Today I’m going to explain how to realize a retro cd cover in Photoshop. We will photo-manipulate a sunset scene, then we will combine other elements like textures and vector resources to finalize the composition. At the end I will show you how to apply the final design to a cd case mock-up template.

Tips to create awesome 48×48 pixels icons

Tips to create awesome 48×48 pixels icons

48×48 pixels is the standard size of icons destined to web design projects, along with 32×32 and 16×16 pixels. While to create icons of larger size allow designers to add lots of details and realize realistic illustrations, i.e. 512×512 pixels icons, 48 pixels of width and height oblige icon designers to “simplify” the illustration. Today I gonna show you how to realize an awesome small icon of a graphic tablet. We will start by studying a real tablet, we will understand which are the fundamental details and shapes to re-create into the small icon, and finally I will drive you through the Photoshop steps necessary to realize the icon.

Create an awesome broken plate typography effect

Create an awesome broken plate typography effect

In this tutorial I will explain how to realize funny letters that look like broken plates. We will start in Illustrator modifying the original font, then we will switch to Photoshop in order to play with textures and layer styles. Also we will deal with selection tools and simple methods to create 3d illusion always in Photoshop.

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