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Photoshop CC and Adobe Stock Tutorial: Creating a spooky Cinemagraph

Photoshop CC and Adobe Stock Tutorial: Creating a spooky Cinemagraph

It's not usually our day to share a tutorial but why not. Thanks for our friends from Photoshop CC and Adobe Stock, we are sharing this cool tutorial about making a cinemagraph using those very same tools. Staying in the theme of Halloween since it's still a novelty, also the tutorial is by Chris Converse from Codify Design Studio. Let's take a look! In Chris's words A cinemagraph captures the “moment in time” of a photograph, while incorporating the “cinematic effects” of motion. This combination gives us the experience of animation without the need to interpret a linear story. This means we have many more options for creating a cinemagraph experience. In this article, we’ll explore a workflow for creating a cinemagraph by compositing video, illustrations and photos with Adobe Photoshop. Your browser does not support the video tag. Start with an Illustration from Adobe Stock In searching Adobe Stock, I found this illustration of a spooky tree. I liked the black and white composition, and decided I’d like to keep that essence while replacing the background with moving clouds and fog. The first thing I needed to do was mask out the background. I created a new layer and began by painting over the branches of the tree with a bright color. I’ll admit, this was a bit tedious, even with a few selection tricks; but the fine detail really helped the final result. Next, I loaded the pixels of the new layer as a selection. A short cut for this technique is to hold the Command key (Mac), or the Control key (Windows), and click the layer thumbnail icon. Then, select the original tree layer, and add a new layer mask. The result is the branches of the tree appear in white on the layer mask, and the remaining appears in black. The result is a silhouette of the tree against a transparent background. Then, I simply added a new layer, moved it to the bottom, and filled the layer with a gradient from dark grey to black. Adding the moon Next, I searched Adobe Stock for a full moon. Once I found one I liked, I added the file to my composition as a linked Smart Object. In order to apply a mask, I editing the new Smart Object, added a circular layer mask With the moon masked, add a 165 pixel white outer glow, with a spread of 6 and a blend mode of screen. This will create the effect of the moon glowing through dense clouds. Working with video in Photoshop Next, I downloaded two videos from Adobe Stock that we created to apply special effects for photos and video. I designed and animated these black and white videos to help you simulate cinematic effects for a cinemagraph, video, and motion graphic project. In the Photoshop file, open the Timeline panel and create a video timeline. Import a video into a layer by choosing File > Place Linked, then selecting the clouds.mp4 file.  Note: If you use the “add media track” option ( the + button) in the Timeline panel, Photoshop will group the video into a video group. To remove the group, select it, and choose Layer > Ungroup Position the clouds behind the tree and set the blend mode to screen. This will drop out the black areas of the video, and allow the moon to show through. Apply a layer mask and fade the right and left sides to be fully transparent. This will make the clouds appear to be lit by the mood.  Next, import the fog video, convert to a Smart Object, then position it behind the tree. Duplicate the fog video Smart Object, and position the copy above the tree. This will create some depth within the fog. Add a layer mask to both fog video layers. On the further back fog layer, set the opacity to 30% and mask the right and left edges to be transparent. This will create the same effect for the fog that we set for the clouds. Finally, mask the right and left edges even further than the back layer, giving the illusion that this fog is even closer. Render The fastest growing file format for a cinemagraph is video, specifically an mp4. This file format allows for many more frames than an animated GIF, and results in a much smaller, single file. While CSS- and JavaScript-based cinemagraphs can be even smaller and randomized, they do require more files, and are a subject for another article. To render a video from Photoshop, select Render Video from the File > Export menu. More Links Adobe Stock Resources: Background and Moon Learn more about Chris Converse at chrisconverse.com Via Adobe Blogs

Halloween Illustration: Well That's Pennywise!

Halloween Illustration: Well That's Pennywise!

We are only a few days from Halloween, are you still trick and treating? Hah! I've been quite fascinated by the latest adaption from Stephen King's movie "It". With both events combined, it's a nice occasion to revisit the main character of one of the scariest movies of the year. Hello Pennywise! Let's take a look at this illustration for Halloween by Germany-based designer Martin Hoffmann, after having 3 days of free time between two jobs. Why not having fun taking a poke at Pennywise? What do you think? Martin Hoffmann is a graphic & character designer and illustrator based in Stuttgart, Germany. Focusing his work into Book Illustration, Cover Design, Kids Art, Children Books, Visual Concepts, Scribbles, Story Board, Logo Design and more. Check him out on Behance. More Links Learn more about Martin Hoffmann at illustration-und-design.com Follow Martin Hoffmann on Behance Illustration  

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is here! Judging by our feeds, some of us had fun partying since it was during the Weekend even though the official day is today. Hope you’ll have some energy left to do some more Trick & Treating tonight. For the occasion, we would love to feature this exclusive video made by François Fortin especially for Halloween. What a treat! François is based in Montreal, Canada (Like me) and he used a number of Adobe tools such as Photoshop, Fuse CC (Preview) and Illustrator to create a world filled with zombies, ghouls, and skeletons. Hope you will enjoy! My background is photography so Photoshop and Lightroom were my main tools, then I started doing video with Final Cut and then animation with After Effects wich was Photoshop with a timeline. Then a couple years ago, I started to do some 3D work with Cinema 4D lite that came with After Effects. I did a few projects incorporating 3D with simple elements. Early this year, I had a video clip project where a wanted to have 3D characters. But doing character creation and animation was too complex for me. Then I discovered Adobe Fuse for character creation with the Mixamo website and it was a real life saver. The combination of Fuse, Mixamo, and Cinema 4D makes it possible for me. Before that, it wasn’t really conceivable to do that kind of work for me. Watch the Video    Your browser does not support the video tag.   Tools used for this Project Cinema 4D Adobe Fuse Mixamo Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator Octane for 3D Adobe After Effects Adobe Audition Pond 5 More information: http://francoisfortin.com.

Halloween Logotypes

Halloween Logotypes

Halloween! Whenever you like this holiday or not, it’s always a great time of year to see everyone get in disguise and taking the time to Trick and Treating, playing pranks and more fun stuff. Designers, we take a different route, always! That’s why I love this initiative from Logobaker to assemble designers/artists all over Europe to create a series of logotypes on the theme of Halloween. Spooky, cheesy, predictable, we can’t help to enjoy the different types of style that would apply to these logo designs. We took the liberty to feature all of them instead of a few, hope you will enjoy! This collections has been created by designers from Logobaker community to celebrate Halloween. We hope you enjoyt it!   More information on this project via Behance.

Amazing Face Paintings by Jordan Hanz

Amazing Face Paintings by Jordan Hanz

Even though halloween is already past, I found this amazing artist over the weekend and I had to share her work. The most amazing face paintings I've ever seen before. Check it out! For more from Jordan Hanz follow her on instagram @jordanhanz.

Fun Dogs in Halloween Costumes

Fun Dogs in Halloween Costumes

I know, I know, not the ~design~ post you'd expect, but if there's a day not to be serious, it's Halloween. It definitely is a day to have fun and to fool around, and I've always thought dogs in halloween costumes were super funny, so it was definitely a good idea to share with you some of these wide-eyed pups in costumes. Here you can see some very cute dogs wearing some unbelievable costumes... I gotta say my favorite is Chucky! Such creative folks! If your pets are also wearing a costume this Halloween, please share it with us! We'd love to see them. For more pictures of these cuties, please click each picture. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Have fun and have a happy Halloween. ;)

Mini Halloween Illustrations

Mini Halloween Illustrations

Halloween is around the corner so I decided to collect some really cool dribble shots from halloween. These illustrations are in mini size but they are super cool. Check them out! by Nikita by MUTI by 羊女走召 by Cuberto by Katya Prokofyeva by The Fox And King by Creativedash by Maria Keller by Graham Erwin by Glenn Jones by Den Parukedonos by Artua by Joey Ellis

Eerie Halloween Photography

Eerie Halloween Photography

It's halloween time and as we are less than two days away from this big celebration we selected some eerie looking photography. From dark and creepy trees to spooky abandoned houses, these photos convey that feeling of fear and angst, as if there is someone observing you from somewhere, maybe from the great beyond ;) Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

Disney Halloween Series by Isaiah Stephens

Disney Halloween Series by Isaiah Stephens

Today on Abduzeedo, we are all about Halloween! Since most of us will be in costumes for the occasion, how about the characters from Disney too. Well, this is what talented artist and illustrator Isaiah Stephens did and it’s done beautifully. Our favorite Disney characters wears iconic outfits of heroes and villains from our favorite movies, TV shows, video games, and comic books. Aladdin All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Peter Pan All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Beast All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Flynn Rider All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Kida All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Wendy All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Giselle All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Tinkerbell All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Quasimodo All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Jane All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Megara All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Charlotte La Bouff All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Alice All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Cinderella All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Merida All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Jasmine All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Ariel All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Mulan All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Belle All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Snow White All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Rapunzel All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Pocahontas All Rights to Isaiah Stephens Links More info about Isaiah Stephens: http://isaiahstephens.deviantart.com/

Halloween Party Posters

Halloween Party Posters

Happy Halloween everyone, today I wanted to post something relative to this date so I found these awesome halloween party posters designed by Cape Town designer Ian Jepson. The posters are a mix of illustration, typography, and color with a hint of creepiness, check it out. For more from Ian Jepson visit ianjepson.co.za and behance.net/ianjepson. Friendly Ghosties Tour It Came From The Jungle: Halloween 2013 Halloween Extravaganza 2013

Retro Horror Movie Posters

It's Halloween! We all have our ways of celebrating this holiday, some of us will do some trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, playing pranks, telling scary stories or like me watch some old horror movies. This is a showcase of retro horror posters of famous and not-so famous movies from the mid 30s until the late 80s. They are mostly illustrated but in my opinion are the most successful of expressing the emotions and triggering your imagination of fear. For more information on the movie posters, simply click on the image and you'll be redirected to IMDB Site (Internet Movie Database). Michael Jackson's Thriller Video Clip

Fresh Halloween Portraits

This past weekend was Halloween and everyone got dressed up to celebrate this crazy date. Here is a fresh selection of halloween portraits, very cool costumes and if you did enjoy your halloween on a costume please send you photo on the comment area. by isto-ica by ryunosuke8025 by Guttormur Ingi by Photos by Dash by tiffanycsteinke by tibchris by mchasesteely by Steve Glashier by JeremyHall by Corinne Alexandra by Corinne Alexandra by Lou Bert by Lou Bert by ToFuGuns by ToFuGuns by Jon W. Howson by oNe.SwEeT.wOrLd by smw photography by Rafee H. by simaruba by S T E 7 E N

Awesome Carved Pumpkin Art

A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. At night, a light is placed inside to illuminate the effect - Wikipedia. I know we are far from Halloween, but after seeing several pictures of pumpkin art, with so many different characters and designs that I had to create a post with them. chaoskomori joh-wee spikewolfwood joh-wee kamose ceemdee yoshi-warrior joh-wee vampirehimora zohnii myaen joh-wee kamose revelation-six punkbouncer faerlyte mediaklepto ibethepirate 7anya ego-sum-mihi And the funniest: mdcrinos About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to marcostorres90@gmail.com, also follow me on twitter

Awesome Horror Movies

This is probably one of the most common posts on Halloween, but I couldn't just turn my cinephile side down. And it isn't all about posters itself, but it's about good, classic movies. There are some horror movies that are part of my childhood, and building this post was actually pretty fun, 'cause I got to remember some badass horror flicks. From Candyman to the Amytville Horror, there are so many classics that it's really worth taking a look at this list just to remember how horrors were really cool sometime ago, and how we need a serious reboot for the entire genre for better quality movies. Of course, some of these are not that old, some are teenage horror (like the Faculty) but still, got me the goosebumps at some point of my life. Also, there are oldies and its remakes, like Romeros' zombie classics, and a bunch of first ones (usually, horror sequels suck bad, like the Scream ones). Hope you all enjoy it, and remember these awesome flicks! Cheers! ;) The only horror trilogy that is actually pretty damn scary.

Vintage Halloween Inspiration

It's the Halloween week, and even though we don't celebrate it here in Brazil we can see all over the internet posts about it. That's why we decided to write this article and select some of the coolest vintage Halloween images. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [?s?aun?]; from the Old Irish samain). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year"] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. Source: Wikipedia.