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Inspired by Oregon - Photoshop Tutorial

Inspired by Oregon - Photoshop Tutorial

Back from my first visit to Portland, Oregon I got really inspired by the city, especially the rugged Pacific Northwest landscape, the grey colors of the sky, the Willamette River running right through town and the people that make the city unique. The first thing I was motivated to do upon my return was to create something inspired by Mark Weaver's work starting with a beautiful photo as the background and some less saturated tones. I have never created anything of this nature so it was a great opportunity for me to learn and share in a Photoshop tutorial. So in this tutorial I will walk you through the process behind my Inspired By Oregon artwork. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document I am using 2880x1800, so I can use as my desktop wallpaper. After that it's time to find a photo for your background. I am using one from Shutterstock titled "Columbia River Gorge in northwestern Oregon showing the Vista" by Dan Thornberg. Step 2 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 54, Saturation to 12 and Lightness at 16. Also select Colorize. Remember that these values might change depending on the image you will be using. Step 3 Select a circle in the middle of the screen and then paint with black on the mask layer of the adjustment layer to make the circle area have the original colors. Step 4 Add a new layer on top of the others and paint it with black. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint with white in the center. Try to achieve something like the image below. Step 5 Change the Blend Mode to Multiply to create a nice vignette effect. Step 6 Try to find a nice light leak effect online. The one I am using is from an old tutorial and I created it using Pixelmator. Step 7 Delete the circle area used for the mask during the step 3 and delete the circle in the middle of the screen. Step 8 Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge at 90%. Step 9 Duplicate all layers and then merge all new layers into one. You can do that by clicking Command+Alt+Shift+E. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 40% opacity. Step 10 Create a black circle in the area the photo was masked. Use Multiply at 50%. Also hide the Light Leak layer. Step 11 Add your logo, in my case I added the "A" and then "Oregon • Summer 2013". Step 12 Select the background photo and go to FIlter>Blur>Tilt-Shift. Move the dashed lines up and down a little bit to make the zoom less strong in the center. Conclusion You can add some details like I've seen some designs out there using it. You can also make the light leak visible and reduce the opacity to keep the design a little bit more colorful. The idea for me was more about trying to learn how to create an artwork like that, especially because I think it captures the Oregon feeling, from the little I saw during this past few days. I hope you have fun playing with this style, it works really well especially for posters. Have fun! Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Signalnoise Design Renegade in Portland, OR

Signalnoise Design Renegade in Portland, OR

This November 15th, our good friend James White from Signalnoise will be heading to Portland, Oregon for a speaking event, presented by Spaceman Design and AIGA Portland. Everything took place when James started his Gum Cards Initiative and Portland based designer Dave Hardy pledged on the fundraising as the Diamond Package. One of the prizes of the pledge was that James will be going to wherever your city and make a Design Renegade Talk. Portland was the winner! All Rights to Dave Hardy About the Event In order to reach our goals in the upside-down world of graphic design, you need to be a rogue. A misfit. A renegade. James White from the Signalnoise Studio has based his career on doing things outside of the ordinary, turning his back on boardrooms and creative briefs in order to chase his design dreams with vengeance and rock n’ roll. He will be telling his story while discussing personal projects built from love and ambition in his small home office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. These led to him working with respected people all over the world, from his favourite metal band to film juggernaut Kevin Smith. James will talk about chasing your creative path, building your personal body of work, the value of supporting friends, and never forgetting the artist inside. Being “different” isn’t enough anymore. You need to be a renegade! For more information about Dave Hardy and AIGA Portland, you can visit their websites at SpaceManDesign.com and AIGA Portland at AigaPortland.org. Sample of James White's Works All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White Links For more information - http://aigaportland.org To buy your tickets - http://aigapdx-signalnoise.eventbrite.com Spaceman Design - http://spacemandesign.com AIGA Portland - http://aigaportland.org