Create an Easy Smoke Type Effect Using the Smudge Tool

Create an Easy Smoke Type Effect Using the Smudge Tool

Recently I was in need of a method to create a quick smoke effect for an ad that included text within the puffs of smoke. I found that the effect could be easily created by using the Smudge Tool in Photoshop to distort the text around the smoke. Let’s take a look at how this can be accomplished.

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

This effect is so simple and fast, but produces such a stunning and unique appearance, that you’ll instantly love it. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you’ll spend quite some time playing with variations, brushes and different photos to see what sort of looks you can create. Let’s jump right in.

Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Oh how I love vintage film posters, especially sci-fi genre. The artwork and the typography are always fun to look at, and often times the posters are better than the actual films. Lets take a look at how we can create our own sci-fi inspired film poster in Photoshop.

Create Dynamic Lighting Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop

Create Dynamic Lighting Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop

Earlier today we released a free brush set called Rays of Light, and I wanted to follow up that release with a quick tutorial on how to use the brush set. Below is quick design using the brushes. Lets take a look at how this was created.

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Nothing tells a story like an old photo. You can find sometimes find them by the box fulls at antique shops and thrift stores. Not only are they fun to look at, there also fun and easy to create in Photoshop with a couple of adjustment layers and a good grunge texture. Lets take a look how.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect

Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect

Really shiny beveled text is cool, and eye catching. When I come across effects like this I always stop and try to identify the layer styles that were used to achieve the look. The fact is you can create a very complex look with just a few layer styles. In this Quick Tip, I’ll show you just how easy it can be.

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

We all know how much fun Instagram can be. Adding some really stunning effects to your smartphone images in the click of a button is great. But adding them in Photoshop can also be fast and simple, if you know the right moves. Lets take a quick look at how to accomplish an easy “Instagram Look” in just a few steps.

Creating a Highly Detailed Steampunk Insect

Creating a Highly Detailed Steampunk Insect

In this tutorial I’m going to walk through my process for creating a photo-realistic steampunk style insect. This tutorial involves a lot of image composites, so rather than repeating instructions over and over, I’m going to walk through the steps I took and give you an overview of my ideas and thought process behind the piece.

Design a Quick and Easy Indie Rock Gig Poster

Design a Quick and Easy Indie Rock Gig Poster

Gig posters are great fun for a designer. Typically you have the band’s music for inspiration, and beyond that, anything goes. These posters are often abstract and can often be incredible expressions of art. But, more often than not, you are working with a limited budget and limited time. So you need to create something incredible, quickly and inexpensively. Lets take a look at how that can be accomplished.

Create a Dark Knight Rises Style Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

Create a Dark Knight Rises Style Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

I’m a long time Batman fan, and I love the look of these newer films. The textured metal bat symbol is great eye candy. Using that basic look of the film logo, lets see if we can create something similar in just a few simple steps.

How to Create Dynamic Prototype Style Video Game Art

How to Create Dynamic Prototype Style Video Game Art

I’m not very good at video games, therefore I don’t play a lot. But I do pay close attention to video game art and design. I take a lot of inspiration from these dynamic illustrations and incredible graphics. I recently came across a promo poster for a game called Prototype 2, and fell in love with the design. I was curious to see if I could create something similar with a touch of my own style and design. Below is a walk through on how I created my own Prototype 2 promo art.

Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

I have a collection of old books that I’ve never read. I have them because I love the look of the engraved style illustrations found within the pages. There’s something about that look that is incredible. The cross hatched lines that go from thick to thin to make up the shadows and highlights. It’s a very distinctive style that has a vintage appeal.

How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie departement in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. In this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a vintage style ski poster design. We will combine stock photos, textures and brushes with blend mode techniques and filters on our way to achive the final design.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Adding and Enhancing Light Rays in Your Photos

Photoshop Quick Tip: Adding and Enhancing Light Rays in Your Photos

I love photographing light. You can get some really random and cool effects from aiming your lens at the sun. You can also create some really fun effects using filters in Photoshop. And sometimes these effects are so simple to achieve it almost feels like cheating. Lets take a look at one such effect… adding light rays to a photo.

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Layer Styles Only

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Layer Styles Only

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with layer styles. It’s a feature of Photoshop that is fun to play and experiment with. The short tutorial below is the result of some of my experimentation spending a few minutes with layer styles.

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