Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

In this this tutorial I’m going to walk you through a few steps on how to use custom Photoshop brushes along with a few vector elements to create this immersive lighting effect composition. You’ll be surprised at how easy the steps are to create this piece.

Illustrator Quick Tip: 3D Type in Perspective

Illustrator Quick Tip: 3D Type in Perspective

The perspective grid in Illustrator is a powerful tool, but when you throw in a little type and 3D beveling you can create some very appealing typography for posters, book covers or whatever you choose. This quick tip will walk you through placing type on the perspective grid and applying a 3D effect.

How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshop

How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshop

I don’t know what it is about steampunk style that’s so appealing. Maybe it’s the mix of old world and imaginative technology, or the distressed grungy style that attracts me. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to create steampunk imagery, and in this tutorial, I’m going to walk through the techniques I used to create this steampunk type treatment in Photoshop.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Using The Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw

Photoshop Quick Tip: Using The Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw

In the past I’ve only used Camera Raw for making image wide adjustments. Then recently I discovered the Adjustment Brush, which is new as of Photoshop CS4. Below I’m going to run through a quick tutorial on how the adjustment brush works, and how it can be used for some powerful editing directly in Camera Raw.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Creating Film Edge Burns

Photoshop Quick Tip: Creating Film Edge Burns

In this quick tip we’re going to take a look at using the Quick Mask Mode to define areas of a photo to apply a film edge burn. The technique is very easy to follow and can be applied quickly to any photo.

Using HDR Toning in Photoshop to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene

Using HDR Toning in Photoshop to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene

In this tutorial I’m going to show you my process for utilizing the HDR Toning feature of Photoshop CS5 in combination with a few lighting effects to create a fantasy forest scene.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Painting Shapes with the Blob Brush

Illustrator Quick Tip: Painting Shapes with the Blob Brush

In this Illustrator tip I’m going to show you how easy it is to paint vector shapes with the Blob Brush. This brush was new to Illustrator CS4, and allows for very fast and easy creation of vector shapes using a “Photoshop style” of painting.

Creating a Vintage Typography Layout in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Vintage Typography Layout in Adobe Illustrator

Vintage style typography is classic and remains popular still today. There’s something about the hand drawn and hand placed feel of these types of layouts that is appealing and draws your eye. Lets take a look at how to create a vintage style type layout in Adobe Illustrator.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Using Content-Aware Scale

Photoshop Quick Tip: Using Content-Aware Scale

Have you ever run into a situation where your image isn’t quit wide or tall enough to fit in the space you need? Sure, you can always use the Clone Tool to try and fill it in, but there’s actually a much easier and faster way to fill the empty space using Content-Aware Scale.

How to Illustrate a Realistic Guitar Using Photoshop

How to Illustrate a Realistic Guitar Using Photoshop

In this tutorial we’re going to explore how easy it is to illustrate a guitar in Photoshop using tiny shapes, gradients and subtle shadows. Using these techniques and a good reference photo you can create an amazing amount of detail and realism. Lets jump right in.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Zig Zag Filter to Create Vector Seals

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Zig Zag Filter to Create Vector Seals

Below is an awesome tip for creating a vector seal. Seals and badges are a classic staple in design and especially branding. There’s sort of a throw back aspect to using a seal that always appeals to me. So lets jump right in and learn how to create one in Adobe Illustrator.

How to Create A Detailed Cassette Tape in Photoshop

How to Create A Detailed Cassette Tape in Photoshop

Anyone remember audio cassettes? Back in the day, when I was a kid, we were listening to music from audio tapes and vinyl records. In this step-by-step tutorial we will reinvent the tape … again! I will walk you through the process of creating a detailed audio cassette, from scratch, in Photoshop using shapes, layer styles and filters. Interested? Let’s start!

How to Create a Unique Fantasy World Featuring Your Logo

How to Create a Unique Fantasy World Featuring Your Logo

In this tutorial we’re going to explore some techniques for compositing images to make a fantasy world scene. We’ll also look at a method for converting the composition into a creative logo mockup.

Mobile Web Mastery: 25 Tips on Designing for Mobile Devices

Mobile Web Mastery: 25 Tips on Designing for Mobile Devices

I recently read that it’s expected that by 2013 there will be more users viewing the Internet through a mobile device versus a desktop or laptop computer. That’s pretty amazing, and it means that more so now than ever before, we as designers, should consider designing and developing for mobile users. It’s become a necessity that will continue to grow. So lets take a look at some tips on designing for mobile devices.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Working with Smart Text

Photoshop Quick Tip: Working with Smart Text

While working in Photoshop I’m sure you’ve run into a situation where you needed to apply a filter to a text layer, and received a notification from PS telling you that you need to rasterize the text in order to apply the filter. Well, that’s fine if you don’t plan to edit the text any further, but what if you do? What if you decide the text should be bigger, or should say something else? If you utilize Smart Objects you can get around the need to rasterize text to apply filters.

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