Following our series of Pixelmator tutorials, this week we will show you how to create an abstract wallpaper using the Quartz Composer filters. Even though the effect seems a bit complex, you will be surprise how easy is to create it in Pixelmator. It won't take you more than 10 minutes to reproduce this tutorial. And to make you really keen on doing that we will give away 2 copies of Pixelmator. To win one of the two free copies of Pixelmator, just drop a comment saying why you want to win it. Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Step 2 Select the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the background layer with a gradient from blue (#336699) to black. Step 3 Create a new layer and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Moving Shapes. Change the Primary Color to ##554C87 and use the default options. After that change the Blendings to Multiply. Step 4 Create another layer again and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a very light grey or even white and the Secondary Color to Black. Also, increse the Density to .3 or more. You can even move that little dot attached to a string. That is the position of the effect. Step 5 Here just go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4 for the Radius. Step 6 Now change the Blendings of the layer to Color Dodge. Step 7 If your effect wasnt bright enough you can go to Image>Levels and increase the white. To do that just move the white slider to the right. I use 145 for White. Step 8 Create a new layer, change the Blendings to Color Dodge, and lets repeat the same steps we did to create the first element. First go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a light grey and the Secondary Color to Black. Also increase the Density to .5. Step 9 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, use 2 for the Radius, or if you want it smoother you can use a bigger value. Step 10 Let's rotate the layer. Go to Edit>Transform>Rotate. Step 11 Now let's create another layer and apply the grid filter one more time. This time however move the direction, like the image below. Step 12 Create another layer and change its Blendings to Color Dodge, again. Go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Image Hose. Use the image below for reference. But just make sure to reduce the Opacity to 50-60%. Step 13 Now you can add some colors if you want. To do that, just create a new layer right on top of the background layer and fill it with a gradient color. I used a default gradient that comes with Pixelmator. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and drag a diagonal line like the image below. Don't forget to change the Opacity to 40%. Conclusion In this tutorials we used some of the cool Quartz Composer filters that come with Pixelmator. The best thing in this filters and in Pixelmator is how fast it manages the previews and the quality. I've been telling this since the very first Pixelmator tutorial I wrote, and I really wish that Photoshop was fast and beautiful as this amazing app. Check the full preview of the Blue Version and the Color Version Video Tutorial This is just a quick video showing how to create this effect in Pixelmator. The values used are not the same, it's just a visual guide if you have any problems following the written tutorial. Abstract Wallpaper in Pixelmator from fabio sasso on Vimeo. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial. Editor: David Parrott
Hey, guys!! It's been an awesome experience to have you guys sending so many card designs for our contest! It's pretty great to have many of you participating like that. Today, besides start voting, we're gonna announce the winner of the great The Bullet Tutorial! Since the post is really long, I won't taking long about the winner of the sweet "The Bullet" Tutorial. It totally kicks butt. And the winner is: royceaquatic Congratulations, dude! And now the cards!! Here are many designs sent to our Flickr Pool, remember that it was a rule for this contest. So please, you guys may start voting on your best picks. No anonymous vote will be count, nor non-member votes, since it was a member-only contest. You guys cannot vote in your own design, you only must cheer about your own pieces, ok? You guys may choose 2 designs (leave a comment with the numbers you'll choose), and from the results, we'll name the winners. Cheers!! ;) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
What's up everyone? It's been an awesome time here at Abduzeedo... this week we had seriously thousands and thousands of visits, and we'd like to thank you all for hanging out here so often. We really appreciate it! We appreciate so much that today we not only will announce the winner of the Helvetica film giveaway, but we are also opening a new one: The Bullet Tutorial. The film is a really great documentary about the history behind the Helvetica font, and the fortunate person who's taking it home is: Guerella Congratulations, dude! We'll be contacting you soon so you can get you prize. ;) "The Bullet" Tutorial Giveaway And we're honored to say that we've got new partners here at Abduzeedo. They're the gentlemen from VideoCopilot.net, an totally awesome motion graphics tutorials site. They are totally masters, you can trust their work is hot stuff. For this giveway, they gently gave us a copy of their "The Bullet" tutorial, worth $49,95. Check out the mini-trailer below: A little reminder, that from now on, only people with an Abduzeedo account will run for prizes around here. So hurry up and join in! This baby can be all yours!! All you gotta do is drop a comment naming some of the movies you can remember that got awesome shooting scenes! The winner will be announced next week. Good luck, and cheers! ;)
Abduzeedo.com is doing great at the time. We get more good posts and users daily. Thats why we sometimes have to give something back to our users. This time we give away 2 full version of iStopMotion 2 Express each worth 100 $. Just in case you don't know what i'm talking about: "Stop-Motion is a film-technique that makes a physically manipulatted object appear to move on its own. The object is moved by extremely smallamounts while every frame is being photographed." I am working with iStopMotion for quite a long time and i think it's one of the best programs ever made for doing StopMotion art, especially the second version. I don't know how I got interested in this style of filming but it's very simple actually. I want to show you 2 movies i did with this programm: Adventures of Santa Claus (StopMotion) from Alexis Papageorgiou on Vimeo. Paperboy from Alexis Papageorgiou on Vimeo. Remember how you watched, fascinated, when King Kong climb the Empire State building? When Luke Skywalker rode the ice beasts? When Wallace and Gromit hunted down the Were-Rabbit? For centuries now, stop motion animation has made the fantasies of film makers come true. Now it's time to tell your story, frame by frame iStopMotion 2 Express offers you most of the same professional animation tools that allow the pros to make the most amazing music videos, ads, TV shows and even feature films at a reasonable price. Create animations with resolutions of up to PAL/NTSC. The great thing about this programm is that its very easy to use and has a lot of features like the chroma key where you can blend out the background just with one click. HOW CAN YOU GET ONE OF THE PROGRAMS ? Just leave a comment in this article what you would like to see on Abduzeedo.com in the future. Be creative, the winner will be announced next week in the comments.
So, last week we had a giveaway featuring some awesome textures from ColorBurned and we didn't expect that so many people would want it! We had over 70 comments! So today, I come to tell you 2 things. One, is that Grant is offering a real good deal of those who might want buy the textures. If you buy all 6 sets, you get 50% OFF! Which means that you will get over 300 textures for about $35 USD. Pretty awesome, huh? So hurry up, and go visit his shop (if you are not the one lucky person today, of course). Two, the winner!! And the winner of all 6 sets of textures is: AlarkaOne more thing, is that for the upcoming giveaways, only people that have an Abduzeedo account will run for prizes, ok? If you don't have an account, yet, join now!
One of the greatest things about the internet is that you always manage to find great sources of textures, templates, inspiration and everything that might help you come up with some good design. And there's a cool site by designer Grant Friedman, called Color Burned where you'll find some awesome textures for a real good price and some freebies... Grant generously donated all 6 sets of textures he's got for 1 fortunate person who will leave a comment for this post! The sets are Wood, Pavement, Concrete & Stone, Clouds, Brick and Metal & Rust. Cool, huh? To see some of the textures he's got and you might win, just visit his shop and take a look! Here are two examples from the Wood set, out of 30 other wood high quality textures: So don't forget, if you wanna try your luck to get these really cool sets of textures, just leave a comment! Next week we'll announce the winner!! Cheers! ;)
When designing we have to think about the goals of our project, the audience and what we want them to feel when seeing our design. Among all areas of a design project, color selection is one of the most important. They can make our design look cold, warm, retro, futuristc, vintage, etc. Because of that a good color scheme can make your work look much more professional. In the Mod is a very nice AIR application. It allows us to drag images and create color palettes from them. Also, you will be able to save these colors directly to Illustrator and Photoshop. With the recent release of Adobe® Air™ and Adobe SwitchBoard, we now have the capability of connecting the dots between stand-alone Air applications, the internet and Adobe's Creative Suite 3. As a result, Kelvin Luck – the creator of Flashr: the ActionScript Flickr API wrapper – and Dr. Woohoo introduce three new color tools to create instant palettes that: Search Flickr. Capture images with your WebCam. Or drag-n-drop images from your computer. Just click a magic button, and the colors are saved to Illustrator, Photoshop CS3 or as an XML file for Processing. The new editions of In The Mod allow digital artists and designers to create instant color palettes of one-to-thousands of colors from a variety of sources — Flickr, your WebCam, images on your computer, or choose from a collection of (in)famous paintings — to use in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator CS3 or Processing. For more information check out the In The Mod website at http://inthemod.com/. Also we have 2 licenses for In The Mod to giveway, just leave an email and next week we will announce the winners.
It's been more than a year that I write tutorials almost every week. Even though I got used to the process of capturing screenshots and then organize and save them with the right names for the right steps, it was still very time consuming task. Now, I've found a software that really helps the process of writing tutorials. Screensteps is as the documentation tool for people who don't want to do documentation. Basically Screensteps allows you to capture the screens directly to a document. Then you can add title, description, and export it in many different ways: PDF, HTML, straight to your blog, or even to Screensteps live blog system. But it's not just that. You can edit steps, replace and resize images, add sequences of numbers, graphic elements such as rectangles, ellipses, and arrows. Also you can format the text with bold, italic, and different text colors. However the coolest thing is that you can create templates and export your tutorial the way you want. In my case, I write tutorials for 2 blogs, Abduzeedo and PSDTUTS, so I have 2 templates and just choose the one I will export it. That simple. Screensteps really helps the process of creating tutorials, although, I think, there are some features missing that would be very important, like add more than one image per a step for example I highly recommend you to download the demo and check it out. Besides that we have a copy of Screensteps to giveaway, so just leave a comment and next Tuesday we will announce the lucky winner. Quick Intro Video More Screenshots