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Photoshop Tennis

From the title, some may think Photoshop tennis involves tennis rackets and copies of Photoshop, but the rackets are not need in this game. Photoshop tennis is, as the Flickr group stipulates, a game whereby someone chooses a starting image, and then people edit the image following the guidelines that the person who posted the original image lays down. The game ends when people stop posting, or a deadline can be set. I’ve seen this in another form, called Photoshop Relay, in a Photoshop magazine and it produced some very good designs. The best thing about Photoshop Tennis is that it helps designers use what they are given and add to it and, in the long run, it also helps improve their skills. The ability to alter an existing design is challenging enough, but to continue the alterations continuously takes a certain amount of skill that can only be enhanced through playing. Due to many of the “games” involving multiple people, with varying levels of design expertise, the final images can seem quite amateurish, but there are a few that can look stunning. For those who are interested in joining with Photoshop Tennis, there are a few sites offering games. As mentioned above, there is the Photoshop Tennis Flickr Group, Urban Collective offer competitions and possibly the biggest site devoted to this e-sport, Layer Tennis, which also includes use of other programs, such as Flash. About the Author My name is Luke Davis aka Starchild, and I’m an 18 year old student from England. I’ve only just finished college, where I studied Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Graphic Design and will be going to Nottingham Trent University to study a degree in Computer Science. I’ve been using Photoshop since the summer of 2005, and relish the chance to use the program whenever I can. My sites

3D Layer in Photoshop

One of the coolest features in the CS3 Extended version of Photoshop is the 3D Layer tools. These tools allow us to import a 3D file and transform it like if we were using a 3D software, we can rotate, move, and scale the layer in a 3D dimensional environment. Last weekend I decided to try this feature, but first I needed a nice 3D model, and a good site to get free 3D file is They have lots of very cool .3ds files for free. I found a very nice Robocop robot over there and used in my image. Despite the fact that my computer suffered to complete simple tasks like rotate, I liked the 3D functionality. I was able to position the robot the way I wanted, and you can even edit the textures as well. Here’s my image:For more information I recommend you take a look at this video workshop from the adobe site and the Use a 3D Model to Create a Dramatic Scene in Photoshop tutorial on PSDtus.

A Perfect Lie in Photoshop

Hi my name is Cameron Rad. I am 17 years old and am an aspiring graphic designer from Los Angeles, California. I have been using photoshop for almost 2 years now and thought i should take it upon myself to try something new. I have always been fascinated by how models and actresses appear to have that glowing, flawless look. So over a period of 3 months I worked night and day to take this photo: And turn it into something amazing. I went through about 40 different makeover techniques, until i found what i thought was the best balance for this photo. By combining 2 very common techniques, i think i have found a good "flawless" skin method. So without further adieu: Video:

Creepy Photoshop Tutorials

If you are a fan of gore and horror flicks, then you'll love these tutorials. The Photoshop Roadmap linked some great tutorials that will chill your spine. Muahahaha. I usually don't try much of these tutorials myself, but I will definitely try this one out. Too real to be fake! ;p

Inspiration: depthCORE

Deviantart, Flickr, various portfolios... these are just some examples of places where you might find some superb art work. DepthCORE is one of these places. depthCORE is an international art collective focused on modern and abstract art, incorporating design, photography, animation and audio. Established by Justin Maller and Kevin Stacey in 2002, our membership is comprised of artists of all ages from all locations around the world and all walks of life, united by their love for art, and their passion for innovation. So go on and visit this awesome website, fulfilled with unique pieces of art. Here are some examples of what you will find over there. ;) Alejandro Javier Soto Martinessi Alejandro Javier Soto Martinessi Allan Tangedal Anneli Olander Chris Haines Craig Shields Pete Harrison Pete Harrison and Sheena Aw Erik Schumacher

Photoshop Experiment Blocky Brushes

Yesterday was holiday and I took the day to do some Photoshop experiments. One of these experiments was inspired by the work of James White. I’m a huge fan of the James White’s work, I love the way he plays with geometric elements and colors, it gives a retro feeling to the design but at the same time very modern. In an interview he told that he uses a Flash script to generate the vectors, then he does the rest of the job in Illustrator and Photoshop. My workflow is rather simple. I wrote a very simple program in Flash that allowed me to create random assortments of shapes that I export to a postscript file so I can edit them in Illustrator. From there I will clean up the exports, add gradients, and use brushes to bend my shapes into unconventional combinations. Then I port them into Photoshop one by one where I can overlap them, lay down colors, lighting effects, textures, etc. James White. After some time thinking, I sort of figure out a way to do that only in Photoshop. I’ve tried to simplified the process, the effect uses basically the Brush Engine and Layer Styles. Below you can see the final result. I’ve written a tutorial showing the whole process. It will be published on PSDTUTS, probably next week.UPDATE: Check the tutorial at…

Swirl Mania in Illustrator & Photoshop

There are lots of ways to create swirls in Illustrator, you can even download vectors from sites such as bittbox and dezignus, and if you are using Photoshop you can download brushes with those sorts of symbols. However in this tutorial I will show 4 ways to create swirls, and by mixing them you will learn some very powerful techniques that will allow you to easily make tons of different styles of swirls and crazy sperm vectors. 1st Way - Arc, Circle, and Path tool Select the Arc Tool and create an arc. You can change the arc's properties by holding the mouse button and pressing the UP and DOWN keys for the angle of the arc, SPACE to move it, and ALT to change the center point. Now create an ellipse using the Ellipse Tool (L). After you create the arc go to Object>Path>Outline Stroke. The stroke will be converted to a shape, the select the Direct Selection Tool(A). 2nd Way - Blend Tool(W) Create 2 circles, one will be the start and the other the end points of our swirl. Then select the Blend Tool (W) and click on the small circle and after that on the big circle. Double-click the Blend Tool icon to open the Blend Options, there you will be able to change the spacing of the elements and the orientation. Select Specified Distance and use 1pt, for the Orientation use Align to Path. The spine is the path along which the steps in a blended object are aligned. By default, the spine forms a straight line. To adjust the shape of the spine, drag the anchor points and path segments on the spine with the Direct Selection tool. To replace the spine with a different path, draw an object to use as the new spine. Select the spine object and the blended object, and choose Object > Blend > Replace Spine. To reverse the order of a blend on its spine, select the blended object and choose Object > Blend > Reverse Spine. You can test different styles for the blend, like adding a dark stroke with some light color. 3rd Way - Spiral Tool Select the Spiral Tool and create a spiral, you can change the style of the spiral by holding the mouse button and some keys like CMD/CTRL, ALT, SPACE, UP, and Down. You can go to Object>Path>Offset Path and specify the offset to 3pt, you will create a uniform spiral. But if you want to make the start point smaller than the end or vice-versa, you can use the spiral as spine for a Blend. 4th Way - Twirl Tool Create an ellipse with the Ellipse Tool, after that select the Twirl Tool and double click on the icon to open the Twirl Tool Options. Deselect the Simplify option and use 10 for detail. Then go with the center of the twirl tool over the edge of the circle and press and hold the mouse button to create a spiral. Mixing Techniques Step 1 Create the first swirl using the first technique. Use a very long line with a circle at the end. Step 2 Duplicate the swirls and resize it, repeat that to create another one, so you will have 3 swirls. Step 3 Create a spiral applying the 3rd or 4th technique, actually you can do that with blends too. Step 4 Create another swirl this time make the circle or much bigger. Step 5 Duplicate the new swirl, resize and make it a bit smaller than the other like the image below.   Step 6 Duplicate again the swirl, now go to Object>Transform>Reflect. Change the color to yellow. Step 7 Create a new spiral like the image below, then duplicate it again resize it like and place it above the other spiral. Step 8 Keep adding swirls. Step 9 Now we will add some 3D effects using the Mesh Tool (U). This tool allows us to apply multiple gradients to one object. Just select the object then with the Mesh Tool click where you want to add a new color. Here in our swirl we will create a highlight area and a dark area. Repeat the process to the other swirls. Step 10 With the Pen Tool create two lines following the shape of the tail of our "sperm" shape, then apply the Blend Tool with 5 Specified Steps. After that duplicate and resize the blend and use it on the other swirl Step 11 Add more shapes and apply the Mesh Tool. Duplicate the yellow swirl and make it really bigger like the image below. Step 12 For the spiral add a gradient from pink to cyan, then go to Effect>Stylize>Inner Glow... Use Screen for the Mode, 75% Opacity, 5pt Blur and Center.   Step 13 For those stripes following the spiral we will create a brush. To do that is really simple in Illustrator. Just create a rectangle and drag and drop it in the Brushes Palette, then in this case select New Pattern Brush. Use the image below for reference. After that create a spiral exactly like the one you want to add the stripes, and apply the brush. Step 14 Select the spiral without the Brush Stroke and copy it. Then select the spiral with the stroke and go to the Transparency Palette (Window>Transparency). Double click the area next to the thumbnail, it will create a new thumb all black, select this thumb and paste the spiral. It will create a mask, just move the mast to align it with the original spiral. It looks complicated but it's easier than the explanation ;) Step 15 Use the blend tool to add more elements and details to some shapes. Step 16 Create more swirls using the techniques we've seen before and just change the sizes and colors. After that group all swirls. End result in Illustrator. Step 17 (Photoshop) Create a new document and place your image, I used a photo from and 1440x900px for the document size. Step 18 Copy the swirls in illustrator, the group with all swirls we have created, and paste it in Photoshop. Select Paste As Smart Objects. After that go to Layer>Layer Style>Bevel and Emboss, use the image below for reference. Step 19 Duplicate the layer and go to Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical, and reduce the size of the layer and move it like the image below. After that select the 2 layers and convert them to Smart Objects and rename it to "Swirls" Step 20 Duplicate the new "Swirls" and rename it to "Swirls Glow", then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, use 3px for the Amount, place it behind the "Swirls" and change the Blend Mode to Hard Light Step 21 Duplicate the "Swirls" layer again and go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal, again reduce its size and move it like the image below. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, use 3px for the amount again, but don't change the blend mode. Step 22 Duplicate the "Swirls" layer one more time and this time just rotate it like the image below. Then go again to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, however this time use 5.5px for the Amount and reduce the opacity to 70% Conclusion Just place your logo and that's it. You can add more elements, you can even copy and paste each element separately and apply different layer styles to each swirl. There are many options and tons of different results from these methods, now it's all about trying different combinations. Download the Files Click here to download the files used in this tutorials

Light Graffiti in Photoshop

A few weeks ago, Paulo published a really cool post about what he called “Awesome Light Graffiti Pictures”. I was completely blown away by the images and the crazy things they’re capable of doing just by taking pictures with a long exposure. I received some emails asking me how to create that effect in Photoshop, and there are already some good tutorials on it, but I decided to write one myself. I’ll write 4 tutorials explaining how to do that in: Photoshop, GIMP, Pixelmator, and Fireworks. I’ll start with the Photoshop one, and the final result you can see below. The tutorial will be published this week I think.Update: You can read the tutorial at PSDTUTS.COM or clicking  here

Wave explosion Photoshop Tutorial Soon

Today I took 2 hours to do another reader’s request. I have to say, this image was really cool to make because I didn’t know how to even create that effect in the first place. But it turned out to be easier than I thought. Now I just need to write the Photoshop tutorial. Well I don’t even know how to describe the effect, it’s such a Heroes Peter Petrelli power of mind wave explosion, . Seriously, it’s a sort of explosion that this guy saw on a video and wanted to know how to do it. Below you can see the end result. Besides that, I’d like to share some information about the site. It had a huge traffic last month of over 930k visitors and more than 1.6 million page-views; it was a record. We’re all really happy with that and we want to thank all of you for visiting the site. We are also going to give away 2 favicon slots. These 2 slots will be to promote our visitor's sites. Each one will be there for a full month and by the end of that month, we'll change the favicons. So remember, every month we will give these 2 slots away. Wanna be the first one to get your site favicon here? Drop us a comment!You can check the tutorial at Winners of the Favicon slotsRajJonathan Solichin 

Funny Celebrity Digital Manipulations

Most of us, during our photoshop sessions, have made some bizarre experiments using pictures of family, ourselves, strangers or even celebrities. Bobby, a 37 years-old from New York took those experiments to a whole new level. These pictures are really funny, some are a little bizarre, but all of them are the product of an insane, open mind. Making Adam Sandler look like a Soprano got this guy lots of extra points. Awesome! You can check out more of his very creative work at

Retro Effect in Photoshop

Last weekend I worked on the new design for this blog. I already done 3 designs and the process is always the same. First I love it, then after a couple of hours I like it and by the next day I am already working on a new design.Anyway, after the Pixelmator tutorial, the Retro Light Effects, I thought  it would be nice to write a Photoshop tutorial showing how to create something with a retro style as well.  Besides that I was trying to create something inspired by some of the James White designs, with those geometric lines. Below you can see the result. I’m finishing the tutorial and I think it will be published this week.

Time Machine Icon in Photoshop

Last week I got sometime to study a bit of icon design, specially the Mac OS X icons. Among all Leopard icons the one that I like the most is the Time Machine one, it's really beautiful and the idea is very clever as well. With that icon in mind, I sort of challenged myself and I decided to recreate it in Photoshop to see how some of those effects work and, perhaps, start creating some icons as well. After a couple of hours I had gotten a satisfactory result, I think. So I decided to teach my girlfriend how to create the icon. Well, she stopped on the third step :). But I still think it’s a very useful tutorial. UPDATE: I think the tutorial will be published this week on PSDTUTS.

Photoshop Disasters

Isn't it freaky when you're reading a magazine, and then you notice that the cover model is missing her belly button? Or maybe that foxy red head has got the longest fingers in history? Yeah, that's more common than you might imagine. Photoshop Disasters is a blog dedicated to... photoshop disasters. There are pages and pages of those freakish images of semi-nude babes that you think are hot... until you notice a third hand... geez, disgusting. Check it out! Castles In The Air OMG. That's a three handed lady!!! I wonder if the dude noticed that little detail. Highlander Now we all know that they took the pictures without swords. I mean, why?? That's not to hard to hold a sword during a photo shoot. Jordache Nippleless. If that is even a word. Maxis The title for this one cracked me up: "Model Distorts Space-Time Continuum". Lol. These are only a few of it. Please, visit the blog to check all the disasters! Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]

Lighting Effects Inspiration

I’ve always been a fan of lighting effects and glows, I know, it might sound outdated but I like to recreate those effects in Photoshop. The last 2 Photoshop Tutorials I wrote, the Sparkling Hot Girl in Photoshop and the Break Apart, I explained how to do some of these effects mixing them with photos. Now, in this post I will show you some of the images that really inspired me to write those photoshop tutorials. There are some incredible designs, from guys like: Chuck Anderson, Leandro Demetrius, James White, Someone Graphic Design, and others. There’s one more thing, I’m already working on some tutorials using this technique for GIMP and PIXELMATOR. Leandro Demetrius Signalnoise - James White DESIGNER--ISHHHH .... UM.... DESIGN PORTFOLIO NoPattern Chuck Anderson Someone Graphi Design Various If you like this post, please help us to get some diggs.

Hot Chick on a Muscle Car

In this tutorial we'll fuse an image of a Muscle Car and an image of a Hot Chick into one cool retro postcard design. Learn some brush, texture, and layer techniques to create a classic image everyone wants to get ahold of. Step 1 We need to gather the assets for this tutorial. They are all available from istockphoto: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6. Go ahead and download these files. Let's get started by removing our model from her background. Step 2 Next create our working document. Make it about the size of a Postcard. Then place our Muscle Car Image. Then place our cut out model on top of the hood of the car. Do some Free Transforming to scale the model down to fit and rotate her a little counter clock wise. Step 3 First Draw a dark green to bright yellow gradient over our images. Then set the layer to Multiply. And then set it to 30 Percent Transparency. Step 4 Import our Paper Texture. Scale it down until it looks right. Then set the layer to Multiply and give it a Transparency of 90 Percent. Step 5 Import our Stars and Stripes Background to the top layer and set it to Hard Light. The grab the Eraser Tool with a Maser Diameter: 300 and a Hardness of 0 Percent. Now Erase the Background in the places where it overlaps the car and the model. This will allow the background to move to the back and fade the background around the edges of the model and car. Step 6 Import our Clouds and place them behind the Muscle Car. Then set the Muscle Car to Multiply. Use a large Eraser with a Hardness of 0 Percent and remove some of the clouds until your results match the image below. Step 7 The first image below is just to show you what we are accomplishing on the Paper Background. Grab a large Eraser, set the Brush Hardness to 0 Percent, and erase on the Paper Background layer right where the models head would be. Make sure your settings for the layer are the same as before. The second image shows the change to our image. Her face and torso stand out more now. Step 8 Let's make our ground stand out more. Import another copy of Stars and Stripes Background. Drop it just above our cloud layer and use a similar Eraser Brush as the last step and erase the top of this layer until your results match the image below. Step 9 The little details can make a big difference. Draw a selection around the models yellow bracelet. Create a new layer and color the selection orange. Then set the layer to Multiply. Next create a new layer below the model. Grab a small Brush and draw a shadow under the model. Then set the Layer Opacity to 50 Percent. Step 10 Type in the text ANYWHERE USA and place it at the bottom. I used Arial Black set at 54pt. Use the settings below to give our text a layer style. Step 12 Now let's add some brush work to give the design an old worn feel to it. In the first image you can see the Brush Tool chosen. On a new layer residing at the top of our document use a dark blue to brush the edges. View the effect in the last image of setting the layer style to Overlay. Step 13 Use the same kind of Brush as above and create Multiple Brush layers with different colors and opacities. Place all these at the top of our design. Work with it until your happy with your results. My results are shown below. I really like the brushes that started to glow when working with this. Look at the yellow brushes over the text for example. Those are set to Hard Light with an Opacity of 60 Percent. Step 14 Create a new layer right above our Muscle Car image. Grab another large Brush of the same style we have been using and give it a color of red. Set the layer style to Color Dodge and now wherever you brush it will glow a little bit. I mostly brushed around the Models head to get that to stand out a bit more. But I brushed a little in the bottom corners as well. Step 15 Now lets add some fingerprints so that it looks like this photo has been handled over the years. First lets cut out each fingerprint from our Fingerprint image. Then paste each one individually onto its own layer. Use the Free Transform tool to move them around until your happy. Keep in mind that the corners are where the most handling usually occurs in a Photograph. I also Erased a little bit of one of the prints as you can see below. Step 16 Now give your fingerprints varying levels of Opacity and Layer Styles. I used Darken on some and Multiply on the others. I used varying Opacities set between 40 percent and 100 percent. The last thing I did was go over the top Stars and Stripes background with the eraser a bit more so we can see the clouds break through next to the model. The results of our final image is shown below. Conclusion Fusing photos into a composition is fun. Textures, brushes, and grunge elements are a great way to pull these images together. And above all else never forget that muscle cars and hot chicks are a cool and classic design combo.Download the PSDClick here to download the Photoshop file. About the authorThis tutorial was written by Sean Hodge. Hi All! Tutorials are awesome. I'm really into writing them on my Illustrator and Vector Graphics blog AiBURN. I'm from the US, but living on the beach in Venezuela. My studio is Connection Cube. That's where I get to create graphics, design websites, and write for some great companies! I love working on creative projects!

Breaking Apart tutorial request

Firstly I’d like to thank you all for the emails, I really appreciated them. Besides that, I’ve received some requests from readers, what is awesome because sometimes I don’t have much time to think on ideas for tutorials. The best thing about this requests is that I can learn new techniques and explore Photoshop in a new way. This new tutorial I’m writing is an example. Some users sent me emails asking how to create explosions, like breaking apart some objects in images. So yesterday I took some time and did my first image, you can see it below.UPDATE: THE TUTORIAL IS AVAILABLE AT PSDTUTS:… I have to say, the breaking apart effect was easier than I thought, at least for this image. I will try new ways to achieve explosion effects as well. And please, keep sending requests.

Sparkling Hot Girl in Photoshop

I’ve seen some very nice images mixing photos with light effects and sparks. If you go to flickr in those Photoshop and Graphic Design groups you will see images with this effect. There’s a designer, I think he's Brazilian, who has some amazing designs using this style, his name is Leandro Demetrius and it’s really worth checking his work out. Anyway, in this tutorial I will show you how to create an image using this technique. It basically mixes some techniques from tutorials like Magic Lighting Effect, Amazing Photoshop light effect in 10 Steps, and the latest Create the MSNBC header effect. Step 1 Create a new document, mine is 800x600 pixels. After that double click on the background layer to open the Layer Style dialog box and add a Gradient Overaly. Select Radial for the Style and use a dark red to black for the colors Step 2 Select a nice photo, in my case an amazingly hot girl from the 30 Color and Pattern Inspiration Bikinis post. Select the Pen Tool (P) and start creating a path with the shape of the woman. Later we will convert this path to selection to mask the girl. Step 3 After you create a path with the shape of the woman, go to the Path palette, right next to the Layer Palette. You will see the path with the girl’s shape. Click on the dotted circle icon at the bottom of the box to create a selection from the path. Step 4 Back to the Layer Palette, select the girl’s layer and then go to Selection>Refine Edge. This command will allow us to adjust the selection in real time with some nice settings like feather, smooth, contras, and others. Make some tests with a black background. When you have a good selection click ok. After that go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Step 5 Lets increase the contrast of our girl, go to Image>Settings>Brightness/Contrast. After that reduce the layer like the image below. Then add a bit of noise. Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Step 6 Group the girl layer so it will be inside a folder on the Layer Palette. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), set the feather option to 30px and create a elliptical selection like the image below. Now select the Folder instead of the girl’s layer and after that go again to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. We will add the mask to the folder and everything inside the folder. Step 7 Double click on the girl’s layer to open the Layer Style box. Select Outer Glow. For the Blend Mode use Color Dodge and for the size set 35px. After that Duplicate this layer and go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Use 43º for the Angle and 155 for distance. Make sure that the blurry layer is behind the normal layer. Step 8 Create a layer, not inside the folder anymore. This layer has to be behind the girl. Then go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 9 Create another layer, behind the clouds’ layer. Now go to Filter>Render>Fibers... Use 13 for the variance and 4 for the Strength. After lets add another filter, this time Motion Blur, go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. The angle will 90º and for the distance use more than 300px like the image below. Step 10 First rotate the layer. Then select Lasso Tool (L) set 30px for the feather and create a selection like I did. Then one more time go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. After that double click the layer to open the Layer Style box. In the Layer Style’s first screen set the Fill Opacity to 60%, then add a Gradient Overlay, use the rainbow colors. Step 11 Here it’s all about brushes. But first create a new Folder in the Layer Palette and set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. After that create the layers you want to be light inside of this folder and using white color. You can even add some different shapes and apply gaussian blur to create those rays of light. Conclusion This is one of those designs that looks a bit complicated when we see it at first. But when you start working on it, it turns out to be much easier than we thought. You can add different light colors, more or less sparks, or even explode some parts of her body. Well that’s another tutorial I will write about. Download the PSD file Click here to download the PSD file.