We all had the thought about seeing ourselves now in present traveling into the past, hanging out with our younger self like as a kid for example. Imagine yourself telling everything your younger self about the future, that would be cool. What would you even say? Let's look at this digital photography series called: Myself hanging out with myself Series by Montreal-based photographer Conor Nickerson. It must have been a lot of fun going back in the memories, hope you will enjoy this one! Conor Nickerson is a photographer & musician coming from Montreal, QC, Canada (Yay!). This is his first project on Behance and it's smashing hard. Let's give Conor more love on Behance. A photography project where myself in 2017 is photoshopped into childhood memories. More Links Learn more about Conor Nickerson at conornickerson.com Follow Conor's future projects on Behance Digital Photography
Deep Ice Fishing is a really cool photo manipulation project that Carlos Jiménez Varela created and shared on his Behance profile. The cool thing about this project is the use of Photoshop and the immense possibilities that it gives to designers and digital artists to simply let their imagination fly high and really translate crazy ideas into surrealist compositions like this one. Carlos merged a few photos to create an awesome ice cylinder with someone fishing and a monster deep inside. Everything seems on point and below you can see not only the final result but also a little walkthrough. Carlos is a designer and digital artist from Costa Rica. He has many more projects like this on his Behance profile and website. So make sure to check out: http://www.jimenezvarela.com/ https://www.behance.net/cejimenez Photo manipulation Photoshop Photo Manipulation Process
It's Friday and we would like to share this fun tutorial from Adobe in collaboration with photographer named Jaxson Pohlman. It's about creating a composite dreamscape using two photos in Photoshop. As most of us like photography, it's always nice to add some spark to your pictures with a simple technique. Let's take a closer look. Our friends from Adobe has released an easy step-by-step tutorial by fine art photographer Jaxson Pohlman. You can follow the steps from the Photoshop's Instagram post and we have stepped them out below in the article as well. In their words Hey guys! It's @jaxsonpohlmanphotography here. I'm going to show you how to create a composite dreamscape using two photos in just a few steps. Swipe through to see my mini #Ps_Swipe tutorial! • Using sunrise or sunset photos will add some spark to your final creation. Begin by opening the foreground photo in #Photoshop. We are going to mask a portion of the background out to create a smooth transition between the horizon and stars. • Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and click and drag across the photo. Make sure to select in between the horizon and the top border of the photo. Go to Select -> hold the "Shift" key and click “Select and Mask.” Adjust the edge by dragging the "Feather" option to approximately 200px, then click ok. • Next, use the Move tool (V), click and drag the selection over to your star photo (background). Make sure the foreground layer is above the star layer. Use the Crop tool (C) to extend visibility. Using the Move tool, drag your foreground layer down to the bottom of the cropped area. • Duplicate the foreground layer by going to Layer -> and click "Duplicate Layer.” Label it as "no. 2" and click Ok. Select the original foreground layer. Go to Edit -> "Free Transform" and increase the vertical size. Double click to confirm, and then drag the photo down so that is transitions smoothly into the stars. • Using the Brush tool (B), we are going to add a bright star to make the transition between the horizon and sky feel a bit more real. Click the Brush Preset picker and adjust to 25px with a hardness of 50%. Change the mode the "Lighten" and have an 85% opacity and flow. Select the duplicate layer "no. 2" and apply the brush where the horizon fades into the stars. • After applying the brush to create a star, we are going to apply a second brush to give a glow to the star. Adjust your brush settings to 175px, 0% hardness, 50% opacity, and 25% flow. Apply this brush over the star just created. • Add final touches such as exposure, contrast, color balance, etc. And that's how you can create a simple composite dreamscape! A post shared by Adobe Photoshop (@photoshop) on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:27am PDT Step 1 Hey guys! It's @jaxsonpohlmanphotography here. I'm going to show you how to create a composite dreamscape using two photos in just a few steps. Swipe through to see my mini #Ps_Swipe tutorial! Step 2 Using sunrise or sunset photos will add some spark to your final creation. Step 3 Begin by opening the foreground photo in #Photoshop. We are going to mask a portion of the background out to create a smooth transition between the horizon and stars. Step 4 (Video) Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and click and drag across the photo. Make sure to select in between the horizon and the top border of the photo. Go to Select -> hold the "Shift" key and click “Select and Mask.” Adjust the edge by dragging the "Feather" option to approximately 200px, then click ok. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 5 (Video) Next, use the Move tool (V), click and drag the selection over to your star photo (background). Make sure the foreground layer is above the star layer. Use the Crop tool (C) to extend visibility. Using the Move tool, drag your foreground layer down to the bottom of the cropped area. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 6 (Video) Duplicate the foreground layer by going to Layer -> and click "Duplicate Layer.” Label it as "no. 2" and click Ok. Select the original foreground layer. Go to Edit -> "Free Transform" and increase the vertical size. Double click to confirm, and then drag the photo down so that is transitions smoothly into the stars. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 7 (Video) Using the Brush tool (B), we are going to add a bright star to make the transition between the horizon and sky feel a bit more real. Click the Brush Preset picker and adjust to 25px with a hardness of 50%. Change the mode the "Lighten" and have an 85% opacity and flow. Select the duplicate layer "no. 2" and apply the brush where the horizon fades into the stars. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 8 (Video) After applying the brush to create a star, we are going to apply a second brush to give a glow to the star. Adjust your brush settings to 175px, 0% hardness, 50% opacity, and 25% flow. Apply this brush over the star just created. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 9 Add final touches such as exposure, contrast, color balance, etc. And that's how you can create a simple composite dreamscape! More Links Check out Jaxson Pohlman's site: jaxsonpohlman.smugmug.com Follow Jaxson on Instagram Learn more Adobe Photoshop Blog: blogs.adobe.com/photoshop
It's been a long time since the last time I wrote Photoshop tutorials. A lot of things have happened as I probably mentioned in the past. Right now there are tons of sites with Photoshop tutorials and they all share tons of content so I started to feel it wasn't necessary for me to keep doing. However, I have been trying to get back to a routine of trying new things back in Photoshop moving away a bit from product design, UI and flat design. Essentially, taking a step back to the good old days of having fun with light effects, textures and that 80s look I miss so much. So for this tutorial I will show you how to create the Wonder Woman logo with that crazy metal effect using Photoshop. There are several ways to do it, a 3D tool might be the best way, but I decided to try it in Photoshop. I hope you have as much fun doing it as I did :) Photoshop Tutorials Step 1 The first thing to do is get the basic shape of the Wonder Woman symbol. I recreated this one in Illustrator. You can do everything in Photoshop if you want, I just feel more comfortable using Illustrator as it's faster for me. Step 2 Now in Photoshop the secret here is to have all shapes in different layers. You can achieve that by copying and pasting or importing, or even selecting and creating layers from the selection. It doesn't really matter how you do it as long as you have one layer for each part. We will apply some Layer Styles on the following steps. Step 3 Select the bottom and biggest shape of the logo, the blue in my image. Then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel & Emboss. Use the values below. We will also add a Texture, Inner Shadow and Color Overlay. You can tweak things here as much as you want. For the Texture, use a metal texture. An easy way to do it is to do a Google search for metal texture images, get the one you like. Open it in Photoshop and select it all, then go to Edit>Define Pattern. You will be able to use that in the Layer Styles then. Step 4 Here you can see the first layer with the bevel look. It's important for it to have strong highlights and shadows. Repeat the same process for the other parts and use different colors. Step 5 Now that you have all layers with effect, make sure to tweak them a little. Notice that I have not only different colors but also different strengths for the parts. The 2 parts that go on top of everything else I added a drop shadow as well to create more depth. Experiment with it. Step 6 Now the tricky part, add the metal texture. I believe there might be a multitude of ways of doing this, I went with my way, or the way I thought it was the easiest one. So select one of the shapes. Step 7 Add a new layer and fill it with white. Step 8 Then go to Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint. Use Coarse Dots. Make sure that you have white and black for the background color. Step 9 After that still with the marquee selection active go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Use a high value for the Distance. My image is huge so I used 200 pixels. Step 10 Because the original logo looks like a very rough metal, we need to make the texture a bit stronger. So go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Move the black level all the way to the right and the white level a bit to the left. The idea is to increase the contrast. Use the image below for reference. Step 11 Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn and play with the opacity. I used around 10-30%. Step 12 Duplicate the layer and move it down a couple of pixels then change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge at around 80-100% depending on the color of your shape. Step 13 For the shapes that have different angles I just did the same thing but with one difference. I did different angles of motion blur depending on the angle of the shape. The tip here is to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the right angle for the junctions. Below you can see how I did the first 2 parts of the bottom shape. Step 14 Repeat that pretty much for every other shape. For the head, this is where you will have to do that 3 more times because of the different angles you get there. It's the same process, it will require a bit more attention though. Step 15 Group all shapes into a folder then apply a shadow to that folder. You can also merge the folder if you want. I always forget that I can add layer styles to folders now. Step 16 Add a new layer and mask it with the shape of the symbol. Then with the Brush Tool paint the sides and bottom with a very soft brush and black for the color. I painted with my brush at 50% so I could have more control. The goal is to create a sort of vignette effect. Step 17 Add another layer and fill with black. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, then with the brush tool, paint some white spots on your design. Because of the Blend Mode the brush strokes will create a really nice light effect. That's my favorite trick in Photoshop for light effects. It works all the time. Conclusion Add another layer and fill with with black, use it as background. Then, select all layers and duplicate them. After that, merge them onto one layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. I used 20 for the radius but you can try different values depending on the size of your image. Right after, change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 50%. Duplicate this layer and change the Blend Mode to Screen at 40%. Those 2 layers will give the image more depth, contrast and an interesting glow effect. And that's it. That's how to create a design with the effect similar to the Wonder Woman logo you see in the posters out there. As usual, try your way, have fun and check out more of our Photoshop tutorials. Download Photoshop file Download file for this tutorial
It's always great to see artists coming up with fantastic pieces of photo manipulations. A well-designed piece will take you to new places, strange worlds of light and magical scenery. Rob Simonsen, an American composer and creative director based in L.A. comes up with these awesome images. Here you'll see only a handful of his artworks. For more of it, please visit his Instagram! You'll get to see tons of beautiful manips. Cheers! ;) Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Jun 12, 2017 às 6:10 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Mai 29, 2017 às 5:23 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Fev 4, 2017 às 1:55 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Jul 7, 2016 às 9:26 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Fev 21, 2016 às 11:37 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Dez 27, 2015 às 7:35 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Nov 2, 2015 às 8:21 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Out 25, 2015 às 11:00 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Set 23, 2015 às 8:18 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Ago 30, 2015 às 6:57 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Ago 4, 2015 às 6:51 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Jul 10, 2015 às 9:25 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Rob Simonsen (@frozen_light) em Jun 22, 2015 às 11:07 PDT
When we started Abduzeedo we focused a lot on design tutorials, especially Photoshop tutorials. Later we started adding more tools like Illustrator, Pixelmator and others. That was 10 years ago and there weren't many resources where people could find content on those subjects. Nowadays, it's much easier, you can find Photoshop training videos, Illustrator from well-known professionals, including the mighty folks over at Adobe, the mastermind behind the most popular design software in the world. Today, I noticed that they have an amazing Youtube channel called Adobe Creative Cloud and they have already shared some very useful videos with Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials. The quality of the videos is incredible, they are short, 1 minute walkthroughs explaining interesting techniques to create 3D typography, double exposure effects, composite effects. Everything is really well done. I think they made all the other tutorials sort of obsolete after that. Below you can see the videos. Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials For more information and to subscribe for more videos make sure to check out https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD8AMy73ZVxUuKFHp5BTdVKW37-k6Qhcj
Today we would like to share this tutorial from our friends from Adobe Photoshop in collaboration with image creator Ted Chin released exclusively for their Instagram channel. You'll be able to learn how to create a Double Exposure Portrait with Photoshop. I know we don't usually share tutorials on Friday but why not! Carefully follow these steps with your own images and create your own experiments. Enjoy! This tutorial is by Ted Chin who is an artist/image creator based in San Francisco, USA. You should definitely check out his site for tutorials and make sure to follow him on Instagram. Crafting what I believe is creative, I use photography and modern technology to manipulate it. I am able to recreate what I imagine. Result Hey guys! It’s Ted (@eye.c) here. Today I'm going to show you how to create a double exposure portrait in just a few simple steps. Swipe through to see a mini-tutorial! • Using photos with simple backgrounds will help with the masking process. First, open the portrait (base) photo in #Photoshop. We are going to mask the background out and create the double exposure effect with the shape of the model. • Use the magic wand tool (W), click and select the background. Go to Select -> hold the "shift" key and click “Select and Mask”. Smooth the edge with the "Refine Edge Tool", then click ok. • Click on "Add a mask” then, "Create a new layer." Move the new layer to the bottom of the portrait. Select the "Paint Bucket Tool", or press "G", and fill in the white background. • Paste the second image, and adjust the image with "Levels" (Ctrl + L). Make sure the adjustment layer is clipped to the second image only. We want to make sure the sky is bright/clean enough so it's easier for selection. Hold (Ctrl + left click) on the portrait's mask we created earlier, then create a new layer mask for the landscape photo. • Un-link the mask by clicking the symbol in between, and re-adjust the landscape photo to the way you prefer. • Duplicate the Portrait layer and move the copy to the top of the landscape layer. Then change the blending mode to "Lighten". • I decided to add other elements (flowers) by using the same blending mode (Lighten) from the last step. • If you think the white background is too boring, you can try to add a different background, too. And this is how you can create a simple double exposure portrait! A post shared by Adobe Photoshop (@photoshop) on Mar 31, 2017 at 9:00am PDT Step 1 Hey guys! It’s Ted (@eye.c) here. Today I'm going to show you how to create a double exposure portrait in just few simple steps. Step 2-3 Using photos with simple backgrounds will help with the masking process. First, open the portrait (base) photo in #Photoshop. We are going to mask the background out and create the double exposure effect with the shape of the model. Step 4 Use the magic wand tool (W), click and select the background. Go to Select -> hold the "shift" key and click “Select and Mask”. Smooth the edge with the "Refine Edge Tool", then click ok. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 5 Click on "Add a mask” then, "Create a new layer." Move the new layer to the bottom of the portrait. Select the "Paint Bucket Tool", or press "G", and fill in the white background. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 6 Paste the second image, and adjust the image with "Levels" (Ctrl + L). Make sure the adjustment layer is clipped to the second image only. We want to make sure the sky is bright/clean enough so it's easier for selection. Hold (Ctrl + left click) on the portrait's mask we created earlier, then create a new layer mask for the landscape photo. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 7 Un-link the mask by clicking the symbol in between, and re-adjust the landscape photo to the way you prefer. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 8 Duplicate the Portrait layer and move the copy to the top of the landscape layer. Then change the blending mode to "Lighten". Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 9 I decided to add other elements (flowers) by using the same blending mode (Lighten) from the last step. Your browser does not support the video tag. Step 10 If you think the white background is too boring, you can try to add a different background, too. And this is how you can create a simple double exposure portrait! #abduzeedo
80's revival is stronger than ever. With Netflix's Stranger Things we're seeing people going crazy about 80's culture which is shown in the show thru its style and easter eggs. One of the things that set ambience for the show is its logo. I thought it would be cool trying to mimic its style in Photoshop, so let's try it out. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 1920x900 pixels. After that fill the layer with a gradient #000000 and #303030 for colors and tilt it for better effect. Step 2 Go to filter > blur > gaussian blur and fill with 100 for radius. Step 3 Add a new layer above it and fill it with #d91f26. Set is blend mode to Multiply. Step 4 Time to add some text. I'm using the original logo font, called Benguiat. The weight is bold. You can buy it at MyFonts, or feel free to use a bold, serif font of your choice. Adjust the text so that it has 2 lines, the top one being wider than the bottom one. Turn all text black (#000000). Step 5 Group the text. In its blending options add a stroke of 10px, #d91f26 for color. Step 6 Inside the group add 3 black, rounded rectangles, a wide one at the top and 2 smaller ones at the sides. Duplicate this group and turn the copy invisible, because we'll save it for later. Step 7 Add a new layer below the visible group and fill it with #000000. Step 8 Merge the group with this new black layer. Step 9 Set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Step 10 Duplicate this layer, and set the blending mode of the copy to Overlay. Step 11 Turn visible the copied group from ealier. Make its stroke thinner, from 10px to 8px. Add a new layer above this group. Step 12 Merge the new layer with this group. Go to filter > blur > gaussian blur. Set it to 1px and apply. Step 13 For its blending mode, set it to Color Dogde, and Opacity 50%. Step 14 Add new layer. Using a round brush add some strokes covering the logo. Step 15 Add a gaussian blur of 100px to these strokes. Step 16 Blending mode: Color Dodge, Opacity: 30%. Step 17 Merge all visible layers. Duplicate it. Step 18 Add noise to the top layer. Go to filter > noise > add noise. For values use Amount: 5%, Distribution: Gaussian, Monochromatic. Step 19 Set its blending mode to Overlay, Opacity 70%. Final Result I know the final result it's not a clone of the original style, but it mimics the original pretty well. I hope it inspires you to keep trying to perfect it and even make a perfect clone.
Last weekend while surfing the web I discovered this image of a classic 80s style logo. I noticed the option to buy the effect, amazed that nowadays we can simply buy something to streamline the process. I love this idea but I also feel that it's important to try to recreate sans short cut in an effort to learn something new. Of course you need time, but that was something I sort of had so I decided to take a crack. So on this post I will share a bit of my process using Illustrator and Photoshop. Step 1 To create the 3D effect I used Illustrator's Blend Tool. I feel that it might be the quickest way to get a nice extrusion, especially for this particular type of graphic. CGI in the 80s was still evolving and playing with basic geometries. Step 2 Now in Photoshop I created a document and the background I set to black. Step 3 Paste the vector in Photoshop, make sure you use Smart Objects. It's always good to be able to make mistakes and just change fix it withouth much hassle. Step 4 Now for the top part let's add some nice gradient from blue #0000ff to a very light blue. Step 5 Duplicate that layer and then add some Layer Styles to create the bevel and stroke effects. The images below show the values. Step 6 For the complementary text I used a font that I found on DaFont, a super cheesy one that has all of that 80s feeling. The font is Las Enter Font (http://www.dafont.com/lasenter.font). Just add your text and with Layer styes add 2 drop shadows. The first one white and the second black, that will create a nice bevel effect. Step 7 Now for the background let's apply a gradient. Get some of the colors from the logo to make it look like the logo is sort of illuminating the background. Step 8 Select the 3D extrusion layer and add an Adjustment Layer Hue and Saturation. The idea hear is to add a bit more Saturation, Brightness and Hue. Step 9 The classic reflection of the 80s, you can do that very easily by creating a sort of wavy selection and then create a layer to apply the same gradient that the text has. Step 10 Now it's that time, the little flares that are part of that beautiful decade. To do that is quite easy, create a new folder on your layer palletes and add a new layer in this folder. Change the folder Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Then select the layer inside and with the Brush Tool and a very soft brush you can just create some dots with white color. The result is a quite awesome light effect. Step 11 To add a bit more mood to the scene I just added some smoke using the Render>Clouds. Then change the Blend Mode to Linear Color Dodge. Also add a Layer Style with a Gradient Overlay. Use Linear with blue at the top and purple for the bottom. Step 12 It would not be an 80s graphic without the classic scanline effect. I created a pattern with 2 rectangles, a black and an white. Then I filled a layer with this pattern and placed on top of all the other layers using Soft Light for the blend mode. I also applied a super soft blur. Step 13 To add a bit more texture I added a new layer and then filled it with white. After that I went to Filter>Pixelate>Pointilize. Then just change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 10%, it's very subtle but you can notice the difference. Step 14 I always like to add a bit of a warm feel to the image. For this particular one I just added an adjustment layer Photo Filter on top of all the other layers. Step 15 To finalize the image I added some lightning bolts. I used an image I found on Google Images. I also adjusted the flares to match where the bolts intersect with the logo. Step 16 The last thing I did here was just to duplicated all layers and merge them onto a new one. Then I applied Gaussian Blur with 20px for the amount and after that I just changed the Blend Mode to Hard Light at 60% Opacity. Conclusion Here's the final image. I added a grey solid layer on top at 10% Opacity to create a little Fade effect and that's it. As you can see, it's not a really complicated effect, it just require some trial and error and time to go through all steps. I even played with some color variations like an all red one. Download Photoshop file Download Photoshop file used for this tutorial
It is been quite a long time since the last time I posted a tutorial. I haven't for some reason stopped. I used to do this every week, it was part of my routine but little by little I stopped doing. I remember never having too much of hard time to come up with something but without using it, I definitely lost it. Now I am trying to create a routine again and write a few tutorials per month. Nothing fancy, just things I'd like to try and for this first one I decided to try a little sort of cutout effect using Photoshop. I added a little color touch in the end, just to make it a bit more unique. Anyways, I hope I start getting better little by little. Step 1 Start with a circle in the middle of your canvas. Step 2 Add two other smaller circles like the image below. You can add more if you want but for this composition I used 3 cricle only. Step 3 Now it is the most important part, the Layer Styles. They will give the look we are looking for. First thing let's use a Bevel & Emboss. That's because if you noticed, when you cut paper, the border always has a litte reflection and bump from the cut. Step 4 Second part of course is the shadow. That will give the optical illusion of depth. For this I used the Inner Shadow, that way we have control of the shadows for each circle. Another important thing is the Noise for the Quality. That gives that little dirty look that real materials have. Step 5 The last thing is the paper texture. For that we will use the Pattern Overlay with a paper texture I found on Google. You can use any texture you want. Ideally, you should take a photo of the texture you want, that way you have a trully unique design. Step 6 Here's the outcome of the layer styles for all three layers. Step 7 Now add the pattern to background of the artwork. Besides that I added the Abduzeedo logo in the center and use pretty much the same layer styles, but instead of inner shadow I used Drop Shadow. Step 8 Add a layer on top of the other layers and then with the brush tool paint half with cyan and the other half with pink. Then you can mask using the biggest circle as the mask shape. Step 9 Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, that way it will affect just the shadow and grey tones. Conclusion You can duplicate all layers and merge them onto a new one, then use Color Burn for the Blend Mode in order to increase the contrast. The outcome will be something simple but yet with some nice contrast. Download Download the Photoshop file
When you’re open to possibility, a challenge is always good—you learn something whether you succeed or fail. That was Erik Johansson’s perspective when we asked him to tackle a new challenge we’re calling “Take 10”: We give an artist one word and 10 digital images, and he or she must combine them into a new piece that represents the word. Johansson’s word was impulsive, and we think his response to the challenge was a success. It didn’t come easily, though. “It’s the complete opposite of the way I am used to working,” Johansson explains. Normally, he carefully plans every detail before going out to photograph the individual elements that will make up a collage. For this challenge, he says, “I had to adapt to existing material and include them all, not pick just the ones I wanted. I enjoyed it, but it does look a bit different from the work I normally create because of that.” Before Johansson touched a single one of the 10 images, he considered the word impulsive. “I’m not very impulsive. I’m a perfectionist,” he says. “I would say that the opposite of impulsive is rational.” The ironic twist? Johansson is well known for his irrational imagery. While he may not be impulsive, he does tap into the surreal. “To me, impulsive means something that is happening in our brain, a decision or thought on the inside that can lead to an unexpected action,” says Johansson. “I wanted to capture that feeling where we let go and the thoughts flow freely, much like the moment right before falling asleep where we leave the rational behind. In a way, the final image is a self-portrait of my own mind. I constantly try to make connections between unexpected things.” The 10 images Johansson used are above. Putting the pieces together Johansson divided his Adobe Photoshop CC canvas in two. Elements on the left side would symbolize the inner mind, and the right side would represent the rational outer world. The photo of the woman in profile would bridge the two sides. (All the images are from Adobe Stock.) He realized that he could combine the woman’s hair and the tree photo: “That helped me create the transition from the realistic portrait to the inner world of the mind.” Johansson used a layer mask and blending modes to collage the two. He also copied the tree several times to build a base layer on the left side of the canvas. To introduce variation, he transformed each copy using tools under Photoshop’s Edit menu, including Warp and Puppet Warp. To give the illusion of perspective, he added a haze to the trees that appear to be farther in the distance. He added texture by copying bits of the jagged peaks photo into a new layer and blending it into the trees. “Impulsive thoughts often come in fragments,” Johansson says. To express this idea, he put the abstract stock image with irregular angles on a new layer and blended that into the background. He then copied the abstract image but offset it slightly from the original and masked out different parts of the duplicate. The resulting effect looks like a crystal reflecting light. Johansson placed the cube stock image in the upper right corner of the canvas to represent the organized part of the mind. “At this point, I was happy with the image, but I hadn’t used all 10 of the challenge photos. So I had to push myself.” He took the image into a dream world. The fantasy came in the form of the fish swimming in the air and surreal bits of stripes, houses, and swooping power lines and poles (culled from the train photo). Although it wasn’t part of the Take 10 rules, Johansson chose to further test himself by completing the piece in 24 hours. “I normally work on images for weeks or months,” he says. The tight deadline makes his attention to detail even more noteworthy; for example, he decided that he wanted another instance of the irregularly angled, abstract stock image to enhance the glass reflection illusion, but he didn’t want to replicate what he’d already done. So he saved the image file as a map and used Photoshop’s Displace feature (Filter > Distort > Displace) to shift light and dark areas in unexpected ways. Another example: To give the image a little more punch, he increased local contrast with Photoshop’s High Pass feature (Filter > Other > High Pass); then he toned it down by setting the blending mode to Soft Light. And there’s much more: He dropped in a lens flare; changed the color balance with a photo filter adjustment layer; added a vignette and a little vibrance; and performed what he calls the “secret trick” he does with all of his images, a gradient map that casts a slight green-yellowish glow on the entire image to warm it up. Finally, he added noise “to make it all come together nicely.” That noise, by the way, comes from a macro that he uses on all of his work. “Somehow,” he says, “it creates a more photo-realistic scene.” Take the challenge and win What does the word impulsive mean to you? How would you express it with these images? From February 19 through the end of day on February 24, 2016, you can download the images for free and submit your unique artwork. Erik Johansson will judge the entries, and Create Magazine will award the 10 winners and give them prizes! Get the download link and all the contest details here. By Terri Stone
The best way, and probably the only way to learn is by practicing. As my dad always said, nobody was born knowing how to do things, there's always the need to practice, learn from mistakes and evolve. Iryna Korshak gives a great example with a set of beautiful backgrounds she put together while practicing her texture skills in Photoshop. Iryna is a hands-on designer who loves seeing projects through from concept to completion. She is always looking to work with forward-thinking brands across all sectors. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/IraKorshak Some simple backgrounds I made while practicing Photoshop texture brushes. Most of them were made in few hours, inspired by different photos I found on Pinterest. Enjoy, thanks!
Peter Tarka is a designer and illustrator from Warsaw, Poland. He has been featured in several digital publications, even listed at the Photoshop’s 25 Under 25. His talented is visible especially on projects like the Boxes, in which he mixes 3D, Photoshop and abstracted ideas to create quite inspiring artworks. For more information about Peter check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/trk
Back to my image a week after a short vacation, much needed. I have also been spending my time with the new Abduzeedo which is looking much sleeker and soon will be going live. This week I decided to recreate an effect I saw a couple of weeks ago and I saved the screenshot because I thought it would be awesome to know how to do it. After a few tries I think I got a good result, at least worth sharing with you guys. Step 1 Starting with the simple path of the Abduzeedo logo in Illustrator. Step 2 WIth the Offset Path I made the logo thicker and it will also be used to separate both sides. Step 3 Here you can see the 2 different sides. I used red and black but that doesn't really matter because I will change those colors in Photoshop in the next steps. Step 4 Paste the vector from Illustrator to Photoshop. With the Magic Wand Tool I selected the black color and created a new layer with that as a mask. Step 5 Then I did the same thing for the red part. Step 6 After creating the layers, create 2 folders and move the mask to each one of the folders. After that just add layers and start paiting. The mask will do the job of keeping them separate. Step 7 I used the Lasso Tool (L) a few times to make some different cuts, like the 45 deg one on the you can see when the horizontal line connects with the other side. Step 8 Here's after a few tries. Step 9 The last thing I did was to add some shadow. Conclusion Here's the final image with a Photo Filter on top of it. This was a quick first try but I am very happy with the result, of course there's a lot to learn, but it's always good to learn some new things. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file
Week 6 and here we go again. This morning while I was looking for some references or inspiration on what to do I saw a post on Instagram from the Street League, it's the league of street skateboarders. I loved the logo and decided to try to create something with the same style in Illustrator to learn how to do that. After that I just went to Photoshop to add some flare. Below you can see the behind the scenes on how I achieved this effect. Step 1 I started in Illustrator with 3 circles with 1pt for the stroke. Step 2 For the outer circle I changed the stroke to be 5pt for the Weight and Dashed Line with 0.5pt for the dash and 1pt for the gap. For the inner circle, change the Weight to 0.5pt and for the dashed line use 0.5pt for the dash and 1pt for the gap as well. Step 3 With the Type on Path Tool I added the text you want using the Type on a Path Tool. Step 4 Here I cut the parts of the circles/paths that went over the text and then added the Abduzeedo symbol and with some paths I added the Since 2006. Step 5 Now in Photoshop I pasted the vectors and changed the color to #04D9AE using the layer styles. For the background I used #19242D for the color. Step 6 Here I added a stock photo from Shutterstock titled Black textured background by Valzan. I put it on top of all other layers and used Overlay for the Blend Mode. Step 7 Now to add some more realism and old school effects I used the Layer Styles in Photohsop. I added Bevel & Emboss and Drop Shadow. The values are below. Conclusion Here's the final result. It feels quite cool for my new hat. Maybe it will be available at the Abduzeedo store very soon. Download Photoshop file Download Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Week five and another image done. This time I went back in time and attempted a recreation of those crazy light effects I used to do in Photoshop back in 2006-2009. The main reason I wanted to do this was because I found out that with the new version of Photoshop we can now apply multiple layer styles, like multiple gradients, shadows, and inner shadows. That is something I always wanted to have and it's finally here. It saves so much time and also adds so much more power to one of my favorite features in Photoshop. Step 1 I started in Photoshop with a simple gradient from a super dark grey almost black to #453513 Step 2 Here I added an image to set the stage and make sure that the symbol looks great over a realistic metal background. The image I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock, it's titled Metal surface by Manczurov After importing the image make sure you change the blend mode to Soft Light and play with some masking. Step 3 Here I just added the Abduzeedo logo and went stright to Layer Styles. Step 4 Below you can see the layer styles I used for this image, the best thing about the new Photoshop is that finally you can have multiple styles, like more than one Gradient Overlay, or Shadows. For this image I took a lot of advantage of this features. Step 5 To add a little bit more realism I just added a flame, the image is from Shuttestock titled Fire flames collection by Lukas Gojda. I just imported to my image and with the Edit>Transform>Warp I made it match the design. Step 6 Here I created a new layer from a merged copy of all other layers. The shortcut is Command+Option+Shift+E. After that I appied a gaussian blur of 10 pixes for the radius and changed the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 60% Opacity. Step 7 Just duplicate the same layer and apply more blur. Change the Blend mode to Screen at 80%. Also use mask to make just the center visible. The sides should be super dark. Step 8 Here I just added a Photo Filter. Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. I used Colling Filter (82) to add a bit of blue to the image. Conclusion Here's the final result. It's a simple process but it's really cool that we have much more power now with Layer Styles in Photoshop. I always wanted that to happen and finally it's here. Now let's go to week 6. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial