Photoshop For Beginners: Understanding Layer Masks

Photoshop For Beginners: Understanding Layer Masks

This article is part of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbie. In the previous article I’ve explained the core of Photoshop: layers and their functionality.
Today I will show you one of the most powerful Photoshop tool: layer masks. They can result difficult to use for a beginner, but once understood how they work, you won’t need the Eraser tool anymore. Let’s start!

Design a conceptual symmetrical composition in Photoshop

Design a conceptual symmetrical composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial the talented graphic designer Edmar Cisneros will explain an easy way to realize a marvelous conceptual composition in Photoshop, using skulls, flowers and barbed wire. You’ll learn some useful techniques to make your works simmetrical and work on small details, with a color balanced and unique end result.

Create a retro sci-fi movie poster in Photoshop

Create a retro sci-fi movie poster in Photoshop

I’m a great fan of sci-fi art, as WeGraphics friends may have noticed from my works. After played for a while with a type treatment, some paper textures and light effects, I’ve created a nice design that could be used for a movie poster.
And now I gonna show the simple process that is behind this composition. We will deal in particular with blending options and textures customization. This tutorial can be followed by Photoshop newbie without problems.
To all Stargate lovers, let’s start!

How to create a melancholy model photo manipulation

How to create a melancholy model photo manipulation

This tutorial was born with a specific aim. I was playing with the image of a beautiful model, with the intention to realize a simple photo retouch tutorial, thought for all those who are approaching to photography and need simple Photoshop skills to embellish their models shots. As always, I finished with something totally different, with a pinch of “dark”. Today we will use several simple techniques to realize a beautiful melancholy photo manipulation starting from the image of a model. We will deal in particular with masks, brushes and lots of adjustment layers to have full color control.

Designing a highly-professional website, from the sketch to the code

Designing a highly-professional website, from the sketch to the code

Making great websites is like designing excellent buildings. A good web designer approaches the planning of a website like a worthy architect starts a new projects for a physical structure. The art and science of designing ‘something’, a website or a building, includes technical, aesthetic and functional criteria and all structures created through a balanced mix of usability and creativity will be a little piece of art.
In this new post of ‘The web side of WeGraphics’ series we will try to design a super-professional and very clean website for a fictional Architecture studio, that we call ‘Studio Hunter’. We want to reproduce through the website the main objectives of the …

The process of making a professional set of social media icons

The process of making a professional set of social media icons

Many readers have contacted me via e-mail asking for a brief tutorial on how I created Socialiconized – The ultimate social icons pack. And here I am! I will show you some tips useful while working with icons. In particular we will deal with layers organization and pixel simplification. At the end of the tutorial, you will be able to create your own set of icons, in a variety of dimensions, from 48×48 to 16×16 pixels.

How to give a canvas-printed look to your images

How to give a canvas-printed look to your images

I’ve received several emails from our readers asking me to explain the method used to give a canvas-printed look to some of WeGraphics set preview images. You can see an example of this effect in action on Watercolor Splodges and Drops brushes and Angry Animal Face vectors previews. So today I’m glad to share with you some nice techniques about textures, and how they can be used in Photoshop to transform a digital work into a printed stylish image.

How to create a professional and clean web layout (with PSD-to-HTML conversion)

How to create a professional and clean web layout (with PSD-to-HTML conversion)

Our passion for web stuff grow day by day, so today we’ll learn how to create a highly-professional and clean web layout. We will see that using gradients, the noise filter and some subtle 1px lines to achieve depth, we can easily create a great web design for a wide range of uses.
As usual the post is divided in two parts: first we create the web page in photoshop and then we convert the PSD in a working HTML/CSS page ready for the web. Following this step by step walkthrough of design you’ll learn, touching with your hands the entire process to make a web page, how to design and …

Photoshop For Beginners: The Power of Layers

Photoshop For Beginners: The Power of Layers

This is the third of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbie. In the previous two articles I’ve explained how the pen tool works and some useful extracting techniques.
Today I want to go one step backwards, and deal with Photoshop power core: layers. It’s like to ask: how does Photoshop work? The answer is: with layers. Once understood this concept, everything in Photoshop will be more clear. As always, after a brief introduction, I’ll drive you through a series of micro-tutorials to understand better this matter. Let’s start!

Create a lovely textured web design from Photoshop to HTML/CSS

Create a lovely textured web design from Photoshop to HTML/CSS

I love using subtle and soft textures to create clean web designs with an impressive visual impact. The right texture with a good use of typography can generate in simple way (saving your time) unique and absolutely creative web designs.
In this tutorial we are going to learn how to realize a nice web site layout using a nice texture. The post is divided in two parts: first we create the web page in photoshop and then we convert the PSD in a working HTML/CSS page ready for the web. Following this step by step walkthrough of design you’ll learn, touching with your hands the entire process to make a web …

Create a fantasy-horror scene in Photoshop

Create a fantasy-horror scene in Photoshop

Today I’ll drive you through the process of making a fantasy horror scene in Photoshop. We will use some of our grunge textures to realize the background scene, several Photoshop filters to create light effects and we will turn the picture of an innocent child into a diabolic character. I’ll show you how the liquify filter can be used to modify face lineaments. Inspiration derives from horror movie posters design. Are you ready to enter in the dark horror world?

How to design a funny Monkey T-Shirt illustration

How to design a funny Monkey T-Shirt illustration

A few days ago we published a set of tee shirts mock-up templates. Today I gonna show you how to create a nice monkey illustration and how to apply it on a t-shirt of the set. We will use Photoshop tools to modify stock images and work with shadows and color contrasts. Then we will switch to Illustrator to create the vector monkey. Even if the result can appear easy to achieve, I’m sure you will learn some new tricks with this tutorial.

Photoshop For Beginners: 6 techniques to extract anything from its background

Photoshop For Beginners: 6 techniques to extract anything from its background

This is the second of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbi. Today I’ll show you 6 techniques you can use to extract a person/object from its background. From now on extraction won’t have secrets for you!

Photoshop For Beginners: The pen tool

Photoshop For Beginners: The pen tool

This is the first of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbi. At the end of the course you’ll be able to follow any kind of tutorial without problems and to start creating your first masterpieces. Today I’ll show you how to use one of the most powerful Photoshop tools: the pen tool.

How to create a baroque pattern in Illustrator

How to create a baroque pattern in Illustrator

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a decorative pattern in Illustrator starting from a sketch. The process is really easy to follow. You’ll need only 10 steps to create a baroque stylished pattern. Have a try!

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