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Cars We Love by Cihan Ünalan

Cars We Love by Cihan Ünalan

I was reading my news in the end of the day today then I saw this beautiful photo of a batmobile and the titled saying "Cars we love". It turned out it was a series of digital photography of cars that we really love, from the Batmobile of the 1989 Batman movie to the iconic DeLorean from The Back to the Future movie. If yo like cars, and photography you will love this collection. This is the first two of an ongoing series I called 'Cars we love'. I intend to photograph the cars or 'mobiles' that made an impact on our lives through movies. I wanted to begin with my two favorites, more to come soon These photos were take by Cihan Ünalan, a photographer and digital artist from Istanbul, Turkey. For more information visit http://www.cihanunalan.com/

Exquisite Illustrations by Martin Ansin

Exquisite Illustrations by Martin Ansin

Time for more great illustrations here at Abduzeedo! This time, we're featuring Martin Ansin, an artist who has done some super great pieces for Mondo and many other clients, such as Wired Magazine, Rolling Stone and more. Martin is from Uruguay, and it's pretty awesome to see artists from South America doing great worldwide work. These are some of his images, and for more I recommend you to visit his personal portfolio. He'll definitely enjoy your visit. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Cheers, and have a great weekend. ;)

Captain America & Tron Concept Designs by Daniel Simon

Captain America & Tron Concept Designs by Daniel Simon

Sci-fi movies are one of my favorite genres because they explore the unknown trying to envision the future. Thinking about the future is not an easy task. There are so many things that we just take for granted and therefore it is hard to imagine how they will look and behave. Daniel Simon is a master of this reality and has created vehicles for movies like Tron Legacy, Captain America, Obvlivion and many more. In this post we will share with you some of these projects, showing artworks and sketches. For more information we highly recommend that you visit Daniel's website at http://danielsimon.com/ Marvel’s Captain America Hydra Parasite The Hydra Parasite is a flying bomb designed for the 2011 Marvel feature film ‘Captain America’, carried by a large Flying Wing in a set of eight. The 2R marking on this early test version defined its spot in the wing, second right. Early concept drawings and models were created to explore the taste of director Joe Johnston. The simplistic teardrop shape on the right got picked (see first image left), with pusher props and a cockpit positioned far back. A futuristic forward facing cockpit was also considered (see second image with design models), but was difficult to film in particular scenes. So the front of the final design turned into the bomb device itself. Counter-rotating twin props were later dropped in favor for a more experimental drive. The Hydra Schmidt Coupé The Hydra Schmidt Coupé is technically a roadster, but was originally designed as a Coupé and never changes its name. Lets just say its stubborn owner Johann Schmidt the Red Skull liked the sound of it. The car was explained in the film script to be the fastest road car of its time. Not due to its aerodynamics but its incredible power – a supercharged, 16 cylinder engine. Together with Director Joe Johnston and Production Designer Rick Heinrichs, we researched Coupés of the 40ies to define the style for this vehicle. At first, I envisioned an extreme car shaped like a 1937 Auto Union Type C streamliner, but I soon understood the film’s director was looking for something classic and upright. A style-blend of a Mercedes 540K, a Mercedes G4 Off roader plus some hints of Bentley and Duesenberg turned out to be the perfect language. Others Disney’s Tron Legacy Disney’s Tron Legacy was a fantastic project to be involved with. I was hired as Concept Vehicle Designer under the supervision and inspiration of director Joe Kosinski and production designer Darren Gilford. Between September 2008 and July 2009 I was responsible to create the final look of various Tron vehicles, including the Light Cycle, the Vintage Light Cycle, the Light Runner, the Light Jets, and a few background vehicles. Working hand in hand with Darren Gilford, set designer Joe Hiura and cutting-edge effect house Digital Domain, this project was a team effort. For the most iconic vehicle of the film, the new Light Cycle, I could based the final look on previously done studies by fellow designers Ryan Church, Harald Belker, Tim Flattery and Ed Natividad. Other machines, like the Vintage Light Cycle or the Tank, are modern re-interpretations of their originals from the 1982 film, created back then by master mind Syd Mead. Sketches

Star Wars in CSS

Star Wars in CSS

One of the most memorable opening credits of all time has to be the Star Wars text scrolling in a 30-45deg perspective towards the horizon. It's a classic and it has been subject to all sorts of exercises and tutorials. I have never done anything related to this but last Friday while playing with CSS I was inspired to create the same effect for my personal site. The result is what I want to share with you today. The only thing missing is the theme music so feel free to add that to your own personal effort. So in this little tutorial, I will walk you through the process of creating the Star Wars opening credits effect using CSS and CSS animations only. I used Javascript for other details, but the rolling text effect is just CSS. Step 1 The first thing to do is to get the content of your HTML page. I used the content of my personal site. Basically the site contains a Header and a Section for the text. Below you an see the final HTML. Fabio Sasso I’m a Brazilian graphic and web designer based in San Francisco, California. Currently working for Google, I am also the founder of Abduzeedo, a personal project that has become the biggest promoter of my work. Abduzeedo is now one of the design world’s most sought after blogs for design inspiration and tutorials. Over the years I have had the amazing honor to work on projects for web and print media as well for clients such as MSNBC, Wired UK, Adobe, Digital Arts Magazine and Abril among others. In 2011 I joined Google as senior designer at the Mountain View headquarters. For over 2 years I have had the opportunity to work on incredible projects, from Doodles and icons to major products like Google Wallet, Offers, Shopping, Currents, Ventures and others. Currently I am part of the Search/Knowledge team working with amazing people. Step 2 Let's start adding some style to the design. We need to make sure that the background is black, the font is San-Serif and that we will use 100% of the height and width. Let's also set the perspective of our design. To do that let's add "-webkit-perspective:300" to the "section" tag. */ Step 3 Now let's add the text. I enclosed the text in a "article" tag and used "P" tag for each paragraph. To make the text fly in that perspective we will rotate the "article" tag. Then we can move the paragraphs in the Y position via "translate". Here's the CSS. article{ height: 100%; overflow: scroll; font-size: 32px; height: 100%; -webkit-transform: rotateX(45deg); -moz-transform: rotateX(45deg); transform: rotateX(45deg); } Step 4 To move the text off the screen we will use "TranslateY" for the paragraphs. article p{ -webkit-transform: translateY(800px); -moz-transform: translateY(800px); transform: translateY(800px); padding: 0 20%; } Step 5 Now let's create the animation. Below you can see the code, it's basically moving the paragraphs in the Y axis from the bottom to the top of the screen. @-webkit-keyframes txtmove { 0% { -webkit-transform: translateY(800px); } 100% { -webkit-transform: translateY(-1400px); } } Step 6 With the Keyframe animation creaed, we will have just to assign it to the element we want to animate. In our case, the "article p" or the paragraphs inside the "article" tag. The animation will last 70 seconds, and it will have a 3s delay. The timing function will be linear so it animates at the same speed from the start to end. article p{ -webkit-transform: translateY(800px); -moz-transform: translateY(800px); transform: translateY(800px); -webkit-animation: txtdmove 70s linear 3s 1; -moz-animation: txtdmove 70s linear 3s 1; animation: txtdmove 70s linear 3s 1; padding: 0 20%; } Conclusion The animation is done, now you can add more elements in your composition, like stars or your logo. Below you can see the final result and you can also download the files if you want to tweak it. Demo - Save from the browser to download it

Star Trek: Into Darkness Poster by Paul Shipper

Star Trek: Into Darkness Poster by Paul Shipper

Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in theaters this week and of course we over here at Abduzeedo are looking forward to watching it. These blockbuster movies always generate a lot of fan art and it's always amazing to see the work that people can do just for fun and of course to have the opportunity to work on something really cool like their favorite movie. In my opinion, Paul Shipper created a poster that is better than any of the official posters so we just had to share it with you today. Paul Shipper poster reminds me those classic Drew Struzan movie posters for Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Rambo and Star Wars film series. Paul Shipper Specializes in Traditional and Digitally Illustrated Works of Art for the Entertainment, Advertising and Publishing Industries all over the World from his Studio in Hamilton, New Zealand. Growing up in the UK with a pencil permanently attached to his hand and realizing his talent for the visual, Paul followed art and design through high school and college before graduating with a BA in Illustration in 1997. Poster Details “My training came from years of drawing and painting, studying the works of my illustrative heroes and driven by my passion and determination to making a dream become reality.” Exclusively premiering on Blurppy.com today, this artwork is presented alongside even more 'Into Darkness' inspired alternative movie poster goodness, from some of my talented 'Poster Posse Project' Pals Matt Ferguson, Marko Manev, Marie Bergeron, Adam Rabalais, Rodolfo Reyes, Johnny Dombrowski, Fernando Reza, Tim Anderson and Joe Vetoe.

Man of Steel Poster

Man of Steel Poster

Next month one of the most anticipated movies of the year will open in the theaters, I am talking about Man of Steel, the new Superman movie. It's amazing how much promotion this movie is getting lately, every day there's a new picture, poster or some news about it. With all of that, of course I also get really inspired to create some artwork about it. I've created the symbol in the past using Illustrator and Photoshop a few weeks ago. Now I will create a simple poster, this time however I will use the new Pixelmator 2.2 to test it out. So in this post I will walk you through the creative process behind my minimalist poster for the Man of Steel movie. I will use Pixelmator's new features like the Vector Tools and Light Leak effects. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and then grab the latest poster of the movie to use for reference and to trace superman. Step 2 Using the Pen Tool, start tracing the silhouette of superman. Don't add to many points and also don't worry if it's not super perfect. You can always edit that later. Step 3 Here's the final trace. Step 4 Fill the background with a dark blue using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Change the superman color to white. Step 5 Using the Rectangle Shape Tool create 2 lines like the image below. Step 6 Add the text. If you notice the kerning of the text is really crazy, I changed to 250%. Step 7 With the rectangle shape tool, add another rectangle with no color and white for the stroke. Select inside for the options and then use 50px for the stroke width. The idea here is to add a simple white border to the composition. Step 8 This is not really necessary, I prefer the version without the effect but you can also add a nice vintage look by using the new Light Leak Effects in Pixelmator. Just select the background color and then drag it to the composition. I used Nebula with 100% for the Amount and 65% for Sunniness. Conclusion The poster is done. It was a great exercise to test the new Pixelmator and some of the new features. I can also say that Pixelmator is faster than ever and getting more complete at each release. It's a nice alternative if you don't want to pay Adobe's subscription. There are some important tools missing but I am sure they will be added in the next release. Applications Download Pixelmator file Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Movie Title Sequences by Master Saul Bass

Movie Title Sequences by Master Saul Bass

I find totally great when Google pays homage to people in various fields. Today, Google is celebrating the birth of Saul Bass, one of the most famous graphic designers in the film industry, born in May 8th, 1920. Being a graphic designer and a filmmaker granted Saul to do some astonishing title sequences for its time. Full of style and sense of aesthetics, these sequences are state-of-the-art pieces until this day. If you're checking this post in the day it's been published (5/8/13), you may visit Google.com to check Saul Bass' doodle. For those checking in any other date, go to Google Doodles to check it. The title sequence videos below can be seen at Art of the Title, simply by clicking each image. I hope you enjoy these, and don't forget to comment which is your favorite. Also, recommend your favorite title sequence artists. Cheers! ;) The Seven Year Itch (1955) North by Northwest (1959) Carmen Jones (1954) Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) Ocean’s Eleven (1960) It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Vertigo (1958) Psycho (1960) The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

Fantastic Movies Cinemagraphs

Fantastic Movies Cinemagraphs

The cinemagraph is one of the most awesome category of GIFs. The idea of perpetuating a single moment of your favorite character or movie is definitely worth the time spent to do these. From Alien to Napoleon Dynamite, these cinemagraphs are some fine examples of GIF fine-art. If it was possible, I would hang many of these in my wall... like a fine picture of Roy Batty, in the rain, as he dies. Man, pure poetry there. These are only a handful. For more, visit Cinemagraphcollection.com, because they got tons of other pieces there. Cheers! ;)

Characters Portraits Project by Mike Mitchell

Characters Portraits Project by Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell is definitely one of my favorite artists out there. He's one of those artists that you should always keep an eye on, because when you least expect, BOOM, there's an awesome new project. This time he's releasing around 30 new pieces, portraits of famous characters from movies and TV. I always thought that his comic-like art was pretty awesome, but I didn't know he was so good in other styles, like the one below. These are a few pieces of this new project, but you can visit the exposition at Mondo Gallery, in Austin, TX. It opens today, April 26th, and closes on May 25th. Check out his portfolio for more information! I hope you enjoy these Cheers! ;) Igor - Young Frankenstein Django - Django Unchained Bill "The Butcher" Cutting - Gangs of New York Jimmie Dimmick - Pulp Fiction Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones Judge Dredd - Dredd R.J. MacReady - The Thing Driver - Drive Mr. Pink - Reservoir Dogs Marge Gunderson - Fargo Dae-Su Oh - Old Boy Jacobin Mugatu - Zoolander Thomas Jerome Newton - The Man Who Fell To Earth Nada - They Live Veronica - Heathers

Man Of Steel Title Sequence by Will & Tale

Man Of Steel Title Sequence by Will & Tale

We all have been anxiously awaiting the release of Man Of Steel since it was announced a few years ago. The words are not mine but I cannot agree more with the guys from Will & Tale that put together a simply fantastic title sequence for the movie. They created everything in 2D and 3D animations, voiceovers and other mind-blowing processes. I have watched it more times than I'd like to admit and of course we want you to watch it too. So, in this post we celebrate the Man of Steel title sequence created by Will & Tale. There's a little making-of but we highly recommend that you check their website out for more information at http://www.willandtale.com/?p=1253 Video Making of For more information about Will & Tale visit http://www.willandtale.com/

Iron Man in Illustrator and Photoshop

Iron Man in Illustrator and Photoshop

Last week I saw the new Iron Man trailer and as usual it was nothing less than amazing. The effects are top notch and I'm really anticipating seeing it in May. There's still a couple of months until we can set our eyes on the real deal so I decided to create the Iron Man mask from scratch using Illustrator and Photoshop just to warm up and to try to improve my illustrating skills. So for this tutorial I will show you how to create the Iron Man mask using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It's not too detailed because I wanted to share a simple overview/walkthrough so you could play and explore by yourself. In the end that's the best way to learn. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. The first thing to do is get a good reference of what you want to do. After that create circle and a line crossing the center. We will create just half of the mask. With the Pen Tool (P) start creating the basic shapes. Step 2 Create one shape for each part of the mask, it will help us to add colors and textures later on in Photoshop Step 3 Once you have all shapes, use basic grey colors to see if everything is alright. Step 4 Duplicate the half of the mask and flip it horizontally. Step 5 Now in Photoshop, paste each part of the mask as a layer and let's add some colors. The basic Ironman colors are gold and purple. Also there are some shadows and subtle details like you can see in the image below. Step 6 For each part of the mask, add a layer and go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Fill the layer with black and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B), a very soft brush and white for the color, start painting some areas to highlight. Use 10-20% Opacity. Step 7 Repeat the same thing as the previous step, but this time use Screen for the Blend Mode. Paint some more highlights. Step 8 Add some more highlights, especially on the mouth and purple part. Step 9 Now let's add texture. Again remember, apply the texture to each part of the mask. Move the position of the texture give more depth. The texture I used can be downloaded at http://www.hdwallpapers4ipad.com/_ph/24/641167066.jpg Step 10 For the eyes, the create the 2 shapes and fill with blue, then use a basic checked texture. Apply some gaussian blur after that. Step 11 Add a new layer on top of the layer you created the eyes and group this new layer into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Screen. After that with the Brush Tool, use a soft brush with white and paint 2 light spots. Add another layer inside this folder and paint 2 spots with blue. Step 12 Duplicate the folder and delete the blue layer. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. Delete the content with the white light spots and create 2 different ones, a little less strong. The color dodge will create a very realistic light effect. Conclusion The whole process is more about digital painting than design. I am not really good at digital painting but it's always a good exercise. There are a lot of tiny details that I will continue to work on this design, however I wanted to share with you a quick overview. Now it's up to you to create your own, have fun ;) Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Old Signage in Photoshop 3D

Old Signage in Photoshop 3D

Following our series of tutorials inspired by movie posters, today we bring to you a simple image inspired by the new Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell's movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The poster and the TV spot show a really nice old signage effect, that's the title of the movie. As usual that was perfect for a Photoshop tutorial and also to create a nice animated gif. So for this tutorial we will show you how to create a nice old signage effect using Photoshop and a stock photo. The whole process is pretty simple bu the end result is quite nice. We will also create a simple animated gif in the end. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 because it's the resolution I need for a nice wallpaper. Make sure that your background color is black. Step 2 Let's add the text that will be the base of the design. The concept is inspired by the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, it's about two magicians so it has all that Las Vegas style. For the font I used Knockout for the "Abduzeeni" and Adobe Devanagari for the "The amazing". Position the text like the image below. Step 3 Let's use some 3D in Photoshop. Adobe has been working hard to give to Photoshop users a better 3D tool and I have to say, it's getting better. It's not as slow for basic 3D objects and it is also more intuitive. So To create our 3D text, just select the layer with the text you want to apply the 3D and go to 3D>New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer. After that you the 3D panel will open and you will see the layers of the 3D. By clicking on the different layers: Scene, Current View, Text Extrusion, Infinite Light 1 and Default Camera, you will be able to change their properties. The images below show some of these properties. The first 3 images ar properties of the text extrusion, the second is for the light and the third for the environment. Step 4 Once you have your 3D settings adjusted, go to 3D>Render to render your 3D layer. You will have something like the image below. Step 5 Select the face of the 3D object and create a new layer from it. Fill this layer with red. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Step 6 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 30 for the Hue, 30 for the Saturation and -50 for the Lightness. Make sure that this layer is also using clipping mask (Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask) so the effect only applies to the 3D layer. Step 7 To create the light bulbs, let's use a real image. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's called Neon casino entrance sign by MaxFX. Copy one light bulb that is not completelly on and another that is off. Paste these 2 lights to your composition and start filling the space on the letters. Notice that I am using a shadow to give some depth. You can do that using layer styles. Another tip is change the direction of the shadow for the letters that are on the left or right, that way we make sure it's a little bit more realistic. Step 8 Add a layer on top of the others and group it so it will be in a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. Select the layer inside of this folder and then with the Brush Tool (B), select a very soft and rounded brush with white for the color. Resize the brush so it is a 30% bigger than the light bulb. Paint in the select layer with white on top of the light bulbs you want to turn on. Step 9 Repeat the same process to the other light bulbs. Conclusion Duplicate all layers and merge the new layers into one. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the radius. Change the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen at 20%. Duplicate this layer again and change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 50%. Move the folder with the layer that has the white spots (previous step) so this layer is on top of all other layers. After all these steps you are good to go. You can make some adjustments and improve the design for sure, but that's the whole idea of the tutorial, to give you some directions, now it's up to you. Animation To create the animation is pretty simple, just create a few different versions with some lights on and off. After that using a app that can create animated gifs, just import all this images. I used Fireworks and for each state I used one of the versions. Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Top Gun F-14 Photography Inspiration

Top Gun F-14 Photography Inspiration

This weekend Top Gun is back to the movie theaters in IMAX and 3D and we can't wait. It doesn't get any better than Navy pilots and dogfights with F-14 Tomcats and MIGs. A generation got inspired by this movie and we here over at Abduzeedo, children of the 80s, cannot see an F-14 or beach volleyball without bringing back the memories of this movie. To celebrate that we put together a few gorgeous photos of F-14 for your delight. joabe_brill Dew's kecemplunglagi mdmo30 ZZ330 awee_19 gsb_viva dihe Timmeh! Jamie L Adams Other

Super Cool Movie Illustrations by Ale Giorgini

Super Cool Movie Illustrations by Ale Giorgini

A good movie illustration is the one that reminds you of how great a certain film was. Also, illustrations really help creating a certain kind of feel to a particular movie, which might even become a pop culture or cult one. The work of Italian artist Ale Giorgini is just like that: awakens feelings towards beloved, classic movies. This is a great way to present you the work of this amazing artist. The best part is that you can actually buy his art at Society6. What a great way to have close to you the work of artists you really enjoy. These below are a few of his pieces... for more of it, you may visit his blog, personal portfolio, Society6 store or Twitter. Cheers! ;) The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction Ghostbusters The Goonies Star Wars Ed Wood Reservoir Dogs Vertigo Rear Window The Birds Inglourious Basterds Back to the Future Escape from New York The Blues Brothers Kill Bill

Oblivion Inspiring Artwork in Photoshop

Oblivion Inspiring Artwork in Photoshop

Following our movie poster inspired tutorials, today we bring to you an image inspired by Oblivion, the new Tom Cruise film we can't wait to check out. The poster has a post-apocalyptical composition of a waterfall with some ruins of old buildings including the iconic Chrysler building in NYC. Of course we loved the poster and we decided to create something similar in Photoshop. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create a photo manipulation of an 'end of the world' style image. To do that we will use stock photos and adjustment layers to make sure the image looks legit. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using a A4 format for this document. Step 2 The most important thing when doing this photo montages is to get the right images. To start the compostion we will use a sky picture found on Google Image Search downloaded from http://www.beachwallpapers.in/bulkupload/New_beaches/Sunset/Sunset%20Sk…. We also used a photo of the Chrysler Building, courtesy of <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-718624p1.html?pl=edit-00&cr=00">gagliardifoto</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/?pl=edit-00&cr=00">Shutterstock.com</a>. Place both images in the composition, erase the sky from the building photo an position them like the image below. Step 3 Now let's add another photo of a mountain in order to mix it with the building. You can download it at (http://www.backpacker.com/media/originals/RockyMountainNationalParkCont…). Use the Brush Tool (B) with a custom brush using a stone pattern for the Texture. Step 4 Let's add another photo blend it with the building and mountain images from the previous step. This one can be found on Google Image Search. Step 5 Start deleting some areas of the mountain image like the image below. Step 6 Now, to make it very cathastrofic, let's add a waterfall photo. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock, it's called A woman dressed in a red jacket carrying a red umbrella standing at the base of a waterfall. Shot on location at Skogafoss in Iceland by Darren Baker. Step 7 With the Eraser Tool (E) and a regular and very soft brush, start deleting some areas to blend the images together. One of the most important things when chosing images is to make sure that the light sources are almost the same. It's almost impossible to find images with exactly the same light source, but having them with similar sources will make your design more realistic. Step 8 Once you position all images together you will have to match the colors and saturation. There are different ways you can achieve that, for this tutorial we will use Hue and Saturation. Use adjustment layers on top of each layer and them Clipping Mask to apply Hue Saturation to each of the images. For the Waterfall lets use 220 for the Hue, 3 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Step 9 For the building and mountains use 0 for the Hue, -68 for the Saturation and -19 for the Lightness. Step 10 Add a new layer on top of the mountain and building layers, then change the Blend Mode to Multiply. With the Brush Too (B) and a very soft brush, use black for the color to create a shadow over the building and the mountain. Step 11 Now lets add 2 more images, one for a base of rocks and a guy staring at the utopic view. You can search for the images on Google Images to get them. It's up to you here as this step is not really necessary. Step 12 Once you have all images together, use the Brush Tool (B) with a custom brush using Clouds for the Texture to paint some sort of clouds/water on the base of the waterfall. Step 13 In the layers panel, make sure that the layer at the top is selected, then go to Image>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Use 34 for the Hue, 15 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Step 14 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that with all new layer selected, merge them into a new layer. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Change the Blend Mode of this new layer to Screen. Conclusion Select all layers and then duplicate them again. Merge the new duplicated layers again and then change the Blend Mode of the new layer to Overlay. These two last steps will give more realism to the composition and help the images to match the colors and styles. After that it's up to you to add more elements or adjust colors and styles. Download Photoshop file Download Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Astonishing New Zealand Landscape Photography

Astonishing New Zealand Landscape Photography

The Hobbit has arrived, and with it, also came a sense of total nostalgia for the Middle-Earth! In case you don't know, New Zealand is the equivalent to the Middle-Earth, the place chosen by Peter Jackson to bring life to Tolkien's works. For me, The Hobbit movies work like a way to bring back good memories of a long-lost place. I might say that it kills my "saudade" of Middle-Earth. "Saudade is a unique Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. It's related to the feelings of longing, yearning. A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing. Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one's children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence." - Wikipedia How can I miss a place I've never been to? Simply look at these fantastic pictures by these amazing photographers, and you'll know that the Middle-Earth is a place to be missed. And thankfully, New Zealand is here to be visited and give us that good feeling of a beloved place, whether it's Hobbiton or the forests of Fangorn. Don't forget to check each photographer's portfolios simply by clicking each picture. I hope you enjoy these, and if you got your own pictures of New Zealand, just drop a comment! Cheers. ;) AtomicZen Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim Coolbiere. A. Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim Kah Kit Yoong Aaron Pryor Daniel Peckham Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim AtomicZen AtomicZen Paul Emmings Hannsome Photography Peerakit Jirachetthakun Jordan Ek Paul Emmings Michael Thien Mike Hollman Amazingviews Photography Nathan Kaso Bryan Larson James Young Xin Cheng

New World for Superman in upcoming Man of Steel Movie

New World for Superman in upcoming Man of Steel Movie

We don't really post trailers on the blog but this one is just so incredible. We just couldn't help it. Superman returns in a new world with this trailer for MAN OF STEEL. We'll be looking forward to this upcoming summer! Directed by Zack Snyder (300) and produced by Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy) brings back this superhero to a new era for a new generation. As we all know the story but here's the synopsis: An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world. via IMDB.com For more information about the movie MAN OF STEEL, you can visit the official site of MAN OF STEEL. All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers