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 …

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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