How to Smooth Skin and Enhance Portrait Lighting using a Wacom Tablet

How to Smooth Skin and Enhance Portrait Lighting using a Wacom Tablet

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use Smart Objects, Filters and Layer Masks combined with a Wacom Tablet to smooth the skin of a model and then selectively enhance shadows and highlights within the scene.

I am using this Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet to complete the tutorial, however the techniques we will use can be done with any Wacom tablet. If you are interested in Digital Art and don’t have access to a graphics tablet, I strongly recommend looking into picking one up. Check out Wacom’s entire line of creative pen tablets here: http://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-tablets
Step 1
Begin by opening your chosen image in Photoshop. I am using this image from Unsplash which you can download …

Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush

Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush

In the past, when I wanted to create a paint-like effect, I always opened Photoshop and relied on the trusty old bitmap graphic. That is, until I discovered the Bristle Brush in Illustrator. The Bristle Brush (which is actually a set of brushes) allows you to paint with layers of vector strokes that apply different shades and transparencies to the stroke. The result is a beautiful and realistic looking paint stroke that is 100% vector.

Create a Quick and Easy Typographic Illustration in Illustrator

Create a Quick and Easy Typographic Illustration in Illustrator

Creating a hand drawn look in Illustrator is easier than you think. So easy in fact, that you can create an entire design that looks completely hand drawn in a matter of minutes. I’ll show you how below in this easy to follow tutorial.

Create an Easy Retro Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Easy Retro Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Everyone loves retro type styles. Whether its a poster heading or an editorial title, this style is very desirable. Creating type effects in Adobe Illustrator via the Appearance panel is quick and easy. Keeping your type editable and saving your effects via the Graphic Styles presets is a huge time savor for down the road.

Quick Tip: Using Adjustment Layers for a Fast Hipster Look

Quick Tip: Using Adjustment Layers for a Fast Hipster Look

We’ve all seen it on Instagram. The look is a blend of retro and vintage with a touch of cross processing. We tend refer to it as a “hipster” photo effect. Whatever you like to call it, the look is undeniably appealing, and very quick and easy to create in Photoshop with just a few adjustment layers. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how.

How to Create a Stress Relief Coloring Book Page in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Stress Relief Coloring Book Page in Adobe Illustrator

I’ve noticed a recent trend of coloring books targeted to adults. It centers around the idea that coloring intricate patterns can be a method of stress relief and relaxation. These patterns are often complex with tons of detail and repeating patterns. While these pages may look very intricate they can be created quite easily with a few simple tricks in Adobe Illustrator.

Create a Quick Vintage 3D Effect in Photoshop

Create a Quick Vintage 3D Effect in Photoshop

If you’ve ever seen an old 3D movie, comic book or photograph you’ll recognize this look. It’s intended to produce a 3D effect when viewed through the old red and blue 3D glasses. But, if you’re like me, you’ve removed the glasses and wondered about the distorted and colorful image that’s revealed. This look is wonderfully nostalgic, and very easy to create yourself in Photoshop.

In this tutorial, I’m going to add to the image a bit using the free Dust Particle PS Brush Set found here at WeGraphics. After all, what’s the point of creating a 3D image without something intended to “come at” the viewer. Also, I will be …

Create a Vintage Type Design Using Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Vintage Type Design Using Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial I’ll show you how I use the Envelope Distort feature in Adobe Illustrator to warp text, creating a vintage badge or logo design. After that we’ll add some additional text, photos and textures to complete the piece. Let’s dive right in and see how easy this process can be.

Create a Quick and Easy 3D Type Effect

Create a Quick and Easy 3D Type Effect

Clean and modern 3D type is a cool effect, and it’s surprisingly quick and easy to create. With the combination of Photoshop and Illustrator, this effect is can be created in minutes. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Create Decorative Swirls in Minutes Using the Width Tool

Illustrator Quick Tip: Create Decorative Swirls in Minutes Using the Width Tool

I’ve always been a huge fan of Si Scott. I’ve followed his work for some time now, and I’m always amazed at the amount of detail in his illustrations. I can’t imagine the time it takes to create such beautiful and perfect swirls and curves that is featured in a lot of his work. With that in mind, I set out to see if I could create a similar look in Illustrator, and what I found was one tool that was essential in creating these decorative swirls.

5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop

5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop

I take a lot of texture photos. The macro lens in on my camera about 90% of the time waiting for the opportunity to find a perfect texture. In most cases though, textures are not design ready right out of the camera. Below I’ll cover 5 simple tricks that I use to enhance my textures in Photoshop.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select

Photoshop Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select

There is a tool in Photoshop that I use so often that I don’t even think about it. This tool is so essential to my work flow that I would be lost without it. I realized that if I didn’t write a PS Quick Tip on this simple tool, I would be doing the design community a disservice. If there is even one Photoshop user out there that discovers this tool from this article, I will have done my job. :-)

Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop

Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop

Stitched fabric type can add a realistic element to your designs. It’s an appealing and stylish look that is easy to create using layer styles and a few fabric patterns. Let’s jump in and give it a try.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

This simple technique is so fast and easy, you’re gonna love it. To transform a script font into something that looks like custom hand lettering can be a useful skill to have in your design arsenal. Let’s dive right in and see how it’s done.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Screen printed graphics have a certain retro look and feel, which I love. Recently, I set out to find an easy way to recreate this look in Photoshop. Below are the steps I took to transform a photo into a screen print.

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