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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…. We also used a photo of the Chrysler Building, courtesy of <a href="">gagliardifoto</a> / <a href=""></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 (…). 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 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

Web design inspiration: Lincoln

Web design inspiration: Lincoln

Technology changes so quickly that sometimes we forgot how things were. Not long ago most movies web sites were done in Flash but since the explosion of smartphones and tablets, and the lack of the Flash plugin for these devices, the industry had to adapt. Now we can see beautifully crafted websites done entirely using HTML/CSS and Javascript, like the one for the movie Lincoln designed and developed by Watson Fusing the site together is a seamlessly smooth interface, allowing visitors to move between pages without menu visitation and complementing the visual experience with effortless browsing. Leveraging new techniques within the framework of HTML5 and jQuery, users are also able to easily access the site across the gamut of mobile devices, exhibiting versatility across all platforms and contributing to the huge mobile accessibility percentage of 31%. Navigation includes fluid transitions and structured text display reminiscent of the time period; together, these integrated features create a widespread appeal for history buffs and casual movie-goers alike. A testament to the power of the American spirit and a sprawling epic of immense proportions, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ takes us straight to the heart of our nation’s sixteenth president and the trials faced during his term in office. Channeling the quiet passion evoked in the film, the Lincoln website immerses the visitor in the White House of the mid-19 th century utilizing emotive imagery, stately formatting and a poignant score. Watson Design Group Watson Design Group is an independent, digital creative boutique founded in 2005. We specialize in innovative creative and online development, driven by serious passion for what we do. Projects range from all-encompassing web campaigns to smaller, integrated viral elements and digital marketing initiatives. We are not afraid to challenge ourselves creatively and push the envelope of what's possible, always setting our goals high and reaching beyond the ordinary.

Fantastic Illustrated Movie Posters by Ive Bastrash

Wednesday is my favorite day of the week to watch movies, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you guys something to get you craving a good movie: illustrated movie posters! Ive (Ïve) Bastrash, a Canadian illustrator was really inspired by some classic movies, like Aliens, Blade Runner and Raiders of the Lost Art, and he came up with fantastic illustrated posters for these movies. I must say that he should definitely come up with more of these! There are so many great movies out there for him to illustrate... he should definitely keep these going. For more of his work, please, visit his DeviantART portfolio! I'm sure he'll enjoy your visits. Cheers! ;) Bonus

Astonishing Movie Illustrations by Marie Bergeron

What began as a simple visit to a portfolio turned into an actual state of awe when I realized how good Marie Bergeron is. Her pieces are simply breath-taking, and I just need you to check these out. At the beginning I didn't see her movie illustration works, but I was really thrilled on the quality of her work and would feature her here anyways, but then I reached the section of her portfolio called "What are we watching?". In it, she's got the illustrations she made for her 25 favorite films from the past decade. My head exploded in awe. I really loved her style. It's delightful and well-done and that's why I keep complementing it. Time for you to see with your own eye. I've selected some of her movie illustrations and a little more of her pieces for you to enjoy it. And don't forget to pay her a visit! She deserves it. Cheers! ;)

Stellar Illustrations of Movies by Scott Campbell

Oh man, these are truly amazing! Scott Campbell, an American illustrator, has got the sweetest style of all. He makes these truly stellar illustrations of movies, totally worth checking out. Scott's style is amazing, and he developed a project called "The Great Showdowns", in which he shows some of the greatest showdowns of cinema. He even got a site dedicated to that. But the best part is that you can actually buy some of these at his store! I really hope you manage to buy some and show him your love, because this is an fantastic, sweet project. And as usual, these are only a handful of his pieces... in his websites (project and personal) you'll find tons of other great illustrations... I wish I could post all of them, but there's too many. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Pulp Fiction Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Spirited Away Top Gun The Avengers Willow Billy Elliot Let the Right One In District 9 The Fly V for Vendetta Police Academy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Sandlot Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Who Framed Roger Rabbit The Fifth Element Gremlins Drive Machete Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Fantastic Mr. Fox Ghostbusters A Trip to the Moon Mars Attacks! Black Swan Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Little Shop of Horrors Shaun of the Dead

The Avengers Kickass Wallpapers

The Avengers will be arriving in theaters everywhere in less than a month, and we keep checking amazing images promoting the movie that only make us more excited about it. If that wasn't enough, Toys "R" Us brought great wallpapers for the fans. Here you may check all the wallpapers, but don't worry, these are the full resolution images. In order to get it larger, simply open each image in a new tab. Don't forget to check T.R.U. site for more The Avengers content! I hope you enjoy these, people. Cheers! ;)

Wrath of the Titans in Photoshop CS6

We always try to publish tutorials based on effects we like especially from movies, posters and other sources of inspiration. Most of the times we want to redo effects so we want to learn how that was done. This tutorial is not different. We will be revisiting the Clash of the Titans tutorial with the new effect inspiring on the Wrath of the Titans poster. All done using the new Photoshop CS6. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create a nice text effect based on the Wrath of the Titans poster in Photoshop CS6. The whole process is simple but it will take you 1 to 2 hours to go through everything. Step 1 First thing to do is to get the text right. To do that is pretty easy, we have already showed a tutorial on how to make the Clash of the Titans logo, so you can just follow that at Step 2 Now in Photoshop, create a new document and fill the background layer with a radial gradient from #181818 (dark) to #757575 (light). Step 3 Copy the text from Illustrator and paste it Photoshop. Just make sure to have a light grey for the color of the text. Step 4 In order to add some cracks and deformations on the logo we will use an image for reference. The one I am using is from Roberto Castillo entitled Cracked Set. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Just import the image and place it on top of the logo. Try to find a position that doesn't destroy the logo that much. Then just create a marquee selection of the cracks. Step 5 With the logo layer selected go to Layer>Mask>Hide Selection. You will have an effect like the image below. Step 6 Time to play with Layer Styles. WIth the logo selected go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel and Emboss. Select Inner Bevel for the Style, Chisel Hard for the Technique, 365% for the Depth, 250 pixels for the SIze, 0 for Softness, 100º for the Angle, 32º for the Altitude. For the Highlight Mode use Color Dodge with orange at 65%. For the Shadow Mode use Darken with Black at 85% Step 7 Select Pattern Overlay. Then we will use a custom texture. The one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's entitled The surface of the old metal, visible rust by Supertrooper. Basically what you will do is open the file in Photoshop and go to Edit>Define Pattern. Name it "Meta". Back to the design. Select the texture you created for the pattern. Use Hard Light for the Blend Mode. Step 8 Select Color Overlay. Use grey with Overlay for the Blend Mode. Step 9 Select Inner Shadow. Use orange for the color with Hard Light for the Blend Mode. For the Angle use -90º with 11 pixel for the Distance, 20% for the Choke, 13 pixels for the Size and change the Contour for the same we are using in the image below. Step 10 Go to Edit>Transform>Perspective. Add a little perspective like the image below. Step 11 Back with the cracks from the step 4. Make it visible and then create a marquee selection of the logo. Step 12 With the cracks layer selected go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. The blue cracks will be visible on top of the areas we deformed on the step 2. Step 13 Now let's add some layer styles to the cracks to make the melting metal. Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Color Overlay. Use Orange for the color. Step 14 Select Outer Glow and then use Overlay for the Blend Mode with red for the color. For the Technique use Softer with 10% Spread and 30 pixels Size. Step 15 Select Inner Glow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 60% for the Opacity, white for the color. For the elements use center with 1 for Choke and Size. Step 16 Duplicate the layer so the effect is a bit stronger. Step 16 Let's create a brush now so we can add some nice smoke effects. Go to Window>Brush. Select the Cloud tip preset. Change the Spacing to 1% Step 17 Select the Shape Dynamics. Use the image below for the values. Step 18 Select the Scattering and use the image below for the values. Step 19 Select Texture. The for the Pattern select the Cloud one. Also change the Scale to 200% and the mode to Color Burn. Step 20 Select Transfer and change the Opacity Jitter to 100%. Step 21 Add a new layer on top of the background. Use the Brush Tool (B) with the brush you have just created to paint some clouds. Use grey for the color. Step 22 Add another layer, this time underneath the previous one. The still with the Brush Tool and the brush you created. Paint some red clouds. Step 23 Repeat the same process, this time to create some black clouds on top of the others. Step 24 Add a layer on top of the grey clouds one. Then fill it with brown #574f41. Then change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 25 Now let's add a nice Google Map satelite view. I print screen a map from greece. Put underneath all the other layers, but on top of the background one. Step 26 Go to Image>Saturation>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 40 and the saturation to 15. Step 27 Add a layer on top of the clouds but underneath the text effect. Then fill it with a radial gradient from black to white in the center. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 80% Opacity to create a Vignette Effect. Step 28 To create some nice shatters on our text effect we will use another image to get the assets from. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and can be found here… Step 29 Copy some shatters from the stock image and paste in the document. Position them on the areas that we deformed the text. Just copy the layer style from the logo and apply to them. You can change the inner shadow a bit so they won't be so yellow. After that merge all layers with shatters into one and go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Use 10 for the Amount, Zoom for the Blur Method and Best for the Quality. Step 30 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use a dark yellow with 75% Density on top of the other layers. Step 31 Select all layers and duplicate them. Group all the new layers into one so you will have a layer with your composotion. Go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Use the same settings as on the Step 29. Conclusion Duplicate the previous layer and then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 8 pixels for the Radius and then change the Blend Mode to Screen with 50% Opacity. Your design will be done by now. As you can see the process wasn't based on new techiques but on how to reuse them to create the effect we wanted. Using the tools will be always like that. Tweaking and evolving techniques. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

The Artist Inspiring Design in Illustrator and Photoshop

A few weeks ago I watched The Artist. Since the first time I saw and read about the movie I got curious about it, especially because it was a black and white movie. I wasn't expecting that much from the movie but I got really impressed in the end and ended up loving it. The style, the story and the little dog makes it a very pleasant experience. So in this tutorial I decided to create a tutorial based on one of the scenes of the movie. The one in the very end in which there were a skyline while the 2 main characters were dancing. The whole process won't take you more than 45 minutes to get the same result. However this should be considered more as a case study than a tutorial in terms of details. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. With the Rectangle Tool create two rectangles to create the first building that will be in the center. Step 2 Using the rectangle tool again, create a rectangle and with the Direct Selection Tool (A) modify the rectangle to sort of skew it. After that duplicate it and move it to the right. Step 3 With the Blend Tool, create the details on the facade of the building. Step 4 Create a rectangle with dark grey and move it below. Also duplicat the facade details and flip it horizontally. The idea is have one side with light grey (1) and another with dark grey (2). Step 5 Create more details using the rectangle tool and the direct selection tool to add some perspective. Step 6 Still with the rectangle tool, let's create some more buidings. Now with some perspective converging to the main building. The perspective doesn't need to be super perfect, but make sure it's good enough to look convincing. Step 7 Keep adding a few more buildings. Move the higher ones behind the lower ones. Step 8 Once you have one side right just duplicate it to make the other side. Step 9 Time to Photoshop. Copy the main building and paste it Illustrator. Step 10 Copy the other buildings and arrange them in the document. The main building in the center will be behind the others. Step 11 For the main building, create a layer on top and then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint with white to create a sort of radial light effect coming from the bottom. Repeat the same for the other buildings. Step 11 Select all buildings and light effect layers, then duplicate them. Go to Layer>Merge Layers. After that go to Edit>Transform>Flip Vertically. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. The idea here is to create the popular wet floor effect. Step 12 Fill the background layer with black. Step 13 Add a new layer and fill it with black. After that go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 45% for the Amount with Gaussian for the Distribution and Monochromatic. Step 14 Go to Image>Adjustement>Levels. Change the black input to 160 the grey to 1.00 and the white to 205. That will create some stars in the black background. Step 15 Add a white frame to your design. To do that is pretty simple. Create a new layer and fill it with black. Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Stroke. Use 70px for the Size and white for the color. After that just change the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen. What is black will be invisible and what is white will be shown. Step 16 Now just add your text. I used a font called Andes for that. Also duplicate the background and the buildings then merge them into a new layer. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the amount. Change the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay at 50% Opacity. Duplicate it again and change the Blend Mode of the new one to Soft Light at 60%. Conclusion Time to add some paper texture on top of the all layers to add the nice vintage look. I used two paper textures using Overlay and Multiply for the Blend Mode. The result is simple but it looks the way I was envision since I saw the movie. I got really impressed by the classic style of the movie and wanted to make a nice interpretation. Download the Photoshop file Download Photoshop file used for this tutorial

The Avengers Poster in Photoshop

Super Bowl is always a great time to see some nice movie trailers and previews. One that caught my attention was for the new The Avengers movie. I am looking forward to watching this movie but I also was looking forward to trying to recreate that poster in Photoshop. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the shine effect of The Avengers poster using only Photoshop. We will pretty much play only with Layer Styles and the Brush Tool (B). Step 1 First thing to do is to find the Avengers logo. Just search on Google and you will find a vector version. Then in Illustrator you will have to create 2 new versions using the Object>Path>Offset Path. Use negative value for the offset. I used 2mm for both inner and outer versions. Step 2 Copy one by one from Illustrator to Photoshop so you will have 3 layers, inner, middle and outer. Hide the inner and middle and let's start creating the effect with the outer shape. Step 3 Go to Layer>Layert Style>Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Chisel Hard for the Technique, 140% for the Depth, 50 pixels for the Size, 3 for the Soften. For the Shading use 175º, 32º Altitude and for the Gloss Contour use the same I am using in the image below. Also change the Highlight Mode to Color Dodge with white for the color at 70% Opacity. For the Shadow Mode use Color Burn with black for the color at 100% Opacity. After that select Color Overlay. Use #32333a for the color. Step 4 Make the middle symbol visible again and duplicate it. Hide the duplicated version for now. Step 5 With the middle version selected go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Chisel Hard for the Technique, 200% for the Depth, 20 pixels for the Size, 3 pixels for the Soften. Then for the Shading use 175º for the Angle, 32º for the Altitude. Then for the Gloss Contour use the same as the image below. For the Highlight Mode use Color Dodge with white for the color at 80% and for the Shadow Mode use Color Burn with black for the color at 70%. For the Color Overlay use the same as the previous step. Step 6 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Inner Shadow and then use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode with white for the color. For the Opacity use 80%, for the Angle use 175%, for the Distance use 20 pixels and for the Size use 30 pixels. Step 7 Make the duplicated layer visible again and apply the same inner shadow as the previous step. Also for the color overlay use #21262f. Step 8 Make the inner symbol layer visible. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use #031532 for the darker color and #a4c2d6 for the lighter. Step 9 Select Stroke and then use a gradient from light blue to white with 4 pixels for the size and inside for the position. Step 10 Now it's time to add the shine effects. That is quite simple it's pretty much basic shapes masked. In this step just create 3 black ellipses and maske them so they will be visible only on top of the inner symbol Step 11 Now add a new layer on top of the others and start painting some shadows using the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color. Note that this shadows only apply for the middle and outer symbols. Also note that some areas it the shadow gets blurry. You can do that by either using a soft brush or using the Blur Tool. Step 12 Add a new layer and group it into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. Select the layer and then with the Brush Tool and white for the color paint some highlights (1-5) Step 13 Add some new hightlights if necessary, in this case I highlighted the bottom part of the arrow (1-2). Step 14 Add the text you want using the Text Tool (T) and then using layer styles apply a linear gradient like the image below. Conclusion Select all layers and duplicated them, them merge all the layers into one. Go to Fitler>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 50%. Duplicate this layer and change the Blend Mode to Screen. The last thing here is to duplicate all the layers again and merge them into one so you can add some noise to the image. The design is quite simple as you can see and this was just an exercise. There's still quite a few fine tunes to be made, especially the contours. But now it's up to you. Download the Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Sound Design: The Sound of Drive and Transformer: Dark of The Moon

This week, supervising Sound Editor Lon Bender shares his thoughts on the creative process behind the acclaimed sound design for the movie DRIVE. The project was also mixed at Sound One by Re-recording Mixers Roberto Fernandez and Dave Paterson. Sound Studio: Sound One In the next video, the director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Speilberg return for the third film in the Transformers franchise, Tranformers: Dark of the Moon. The amazing visual effects in this film are complimented by the talented efforts of the sound team including Re-recording Mixers Greg Russell and Jeff Haboush, and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designers Ethan Van der Ryn, and Erik Aadahl. This is the first 3D film of the series and will also be presented in regular 2D, Real D 3D and IMAX, featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound. Sound Studio: Sony Studios

Drive Poster by James White: 3 Posters Giveaway - Winners

As you have probably seen, James White designed another great movie poster. This time the poster is inspired by the movie Drive. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you should because it's one of the best movies of 2011, especially in terms of style. James was also generous enough and he is giving away 3 of these beauties to us. In James' words I finally got a chance last week to sit down and watch Nicolas Winding Refn's film DRIVE, after big recommendations from Jason 'Hobo With a Shotgun' Eisener. Every so often a film comes out where midway through I think "Man, I'd love to design a poster for this thing" ... obviously, I muttered those words during DRIVE. I immediately got to it. Shown above is the Signalnoise movie poster for DRIVE. Since this is an unofficial poster I created without approval from any of the production companies behind the film (yet?), the first print run will be incredibly small. I'm talking, like 20. Each poster will be hand-signed and numbered, to make it official. The poster stands at 24" x 36", official movie poster size. I will be giving away 3 of these first run posters via this giveaway, right here. To enter is easy, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email address. Simple as that. Just 1 comment per person please, no blanket coverage or I'll show up at your desk with a hammer. Contest will be open until Sunday evening, October 30. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday at 12pm EST, October 31. Halloween! Thanks so much, everyone. The response to this unofficial DRIVE poster has been incredible and I'm looking forward to getting them into peoples' hands. If you want to see some behind the scenes shots and get more info, check out the blog post on Signalnoise ( So drop those comments and best of luck to all of you. -- James Update Big congrats to Noel_didier, Uncleoflies and DJSoundwav who will receive a super limited edition DRIVE poster. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating! Signalnoise Studio - James White on Twitter -!/Signalnoise James White on Facebook - James White on Google+ -

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

Sound Design: The Sound of Real Steel and Black Swan

Craig Henighan is a well known and established sound designer. He has worked on several big budget movies such as Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Sin City, Jumper and others. In the video below, Craig Henighan (sound designer, sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor), Skip Longfellow (first assistant sound editor), Warren Hendriks (sound designer), Rob Nokes (sound effects field recordist), and Dan O'Connell (foley artista), talk about the sound of Real Steel, one of his most recent productions. SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of Real Steel from Michael Coleman on Vimeo. In a totally different context, Craig Henighan talks about the challenge of working on the sound design for the movie Black Swan. SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of "Black Swan" from Michael Coleman on Vimeo. Enjoy and if you are a sound designer, send us the link of your site, portfolio or work.