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Abduzeedo Happy Holidays Art in Illustrator and Photoshop

Abduzeedo Happy Holidays Art in Illustrator and Photoshop

One of the best ways to learn is by practicing and trying to recreate styles and effects that you like. We have been doing this here on Abduzeedo since the beginning, always adapting a little bit to add our own unique flavor. The goal is to learn the details behind a style or composition so we can apply some of that to our future work. I've been seeing quite a few logos using this style so what we'll show you today is how to create a logo, Abduzeedo just seemed natural, using Illustrator and then Photoshop. So, for this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple vector mark using Illustrator and then we'll add some effects in Photoshop. Step 1 Open Illustrator and with the Line Segment Tool create a vertical line. Copy and paste in place and rotate it 90º. Copy the 2 lines, group them and rotate 90º again. Step 2 Select the lines and rotate 33º Step 3 Duplicate and rotate the segments until you have something like the image below. Step 4 Select some segmentes and then start resizing them so you have different sizes for the lines The the first set will be the bigger and from there one you make them a bit smaller. Step 5 Add your logo in the center using a big white stroke. Also increase the stroke size of the lines to 8pt. Step 8 Selet the symbol and copy it. Go to Object>Expand. Make sure that the stroke is now a fill path. Then go to Window>Pathfinder and Unite the symbols. Select all lines and the symbol and in Pathfinder select Outline. The idea is to delete the area where the symbol and the lines overlap. Paste the symbol again. Step 9 Create a circle and aline in the center of your logo. We will use that for reference for your text. Step 10 Add your text and then repeat the same thing as the step 9 to make the gap on the area tha the text will be visible. Step 11 Create a black background and then place the logo in the center with white colors. Step 12 In Photoshop now, first use a brush to create the grungy effect. Step 13 Make sure you have a black backgroud and your logo over it. Merge the 2 layers and then go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Brush Strokes>Spatter. Use 1 for the Spray Radius and 12 for Smoothness. The idea of this step is to make the for less uniform. Conclusion Now just add your background and your image is done. I hope you enjoy this little case study/tutorial and have a great holidays. The background image is titled Background of snow flurry falling at night with motion blur by Elena Elisseeva, courtesy for Shutterstock Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Working with Type in Photoshop

Working with Type in Photoshop

In this post I'm going to show you some of the tools that I use in my workflow when working with type in Photoshop. Anti-Aliasing The elephant in the room seems to be as good of a place as any to start this post. In previous versions of Photoshop (pre-CS6) selecting the type of anti-aliasing method to use came down to choosing the best from a bad bunch really. However, a few months ago Adobe introduced two new OS-native options in the anti-aliasing settings in Photoshop: “Mac” and “Mac LCD”. These options aim to replicate the system anti-aliasing for fonts: “Mac” replicating OS X’s greyscale font smoothing and “Mac LCD” its sub-pixel font smoothing. For web designers, the CSS equivalent to “Mac” would be: `-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased` and the equivalent of “Mac LCD”: `-webkit-font-smoothing: subpixel-antialiased` As iOS uses greyscale anti-aliasing for all of its type rendering, you should use the “Mac” anti-aliasing method in Photoshop when designing for iOS devices. Character and Paragraph styles Character and Paragraph style panels shipped with CS6 and allow you to save the attributes you've set for a specific text layer to then re-apply the exact same styling to other layers. To display the panels, go to Window > Character/Paragraph Styles in the main Photoshop window. I find this feature very useful for keeping all of my typography consistent throughout a project. If you are unfamiliar with this feature, Tuts+ have a handy getting started video on their site. Wrap text with paths I only really use this when doing web design but it’s still good to know about. If you want to wrap text around an image then you can do so fairly easily with vector paths. Make sure to have a look at this [video tutorial from “Method and Craft”](http://methodandcraft.com/videos/shaping-textfields-in-photoshop) if you're unsure how to achieve this. In essence: draw the shape you want your text to be wrapped within then pick the type tool. Click on the shape you just created and the text layer’s bounds will be wrapped around the shape. Check out the end result below: Filter Text Layers This is a fairly well known feature in Photoshop but I still find it useful. At the top of the layers panel there are various filtering methods including “Filter for Type Layers”. Activate this to only show text layers in the panel. It can be handy for making bulk changes to a project. Paste Lorem Ipsum Another useful little time saver that shipped with CS6 is the ability to paste *Lorem Ipsum* text into your document from within Photoshop. When editing a text layer, go to Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum in the main menu to paste a paragraph of dummy text. I would recommend assigning a keyboard shortcut to this to make it even quicker. Font Management I use OS X’s built-in Font Book to manage the 269 fonts I currently have installed on my system. I have tried a lot different 3rd party font management applications in the past but they always ended up breaking something and felt unnecessary for the few fonts that I actually use. There we have it. These are some of the things I do when working with type in Photoshop to improve my workflow. Hopefully you found this post useful! Let me know if there are any other aspects of Photoshop you would like me to talk about in further blog posts, on Twitter. The original version of this article was published on the Realmac Software blog Elliot Jackson is a Designer at Realmac Software, a small, award-winning independent iOS and OS X development studio behind Clear, Ember and Rapidweaver

Dramatic Shadows in Photoshop CC

Dramatic Shadows in Photoshop CC

It has been quite a long time I've been thinking about creating a design with those very realistic shadows. This weekend I decided to give it a try. I started to think about what would be the best way, manually recreating that would be too much work. So I decided to try the 3D capabilities of Photoshop. It turned out to be the easiest and quickest way. The result was also very good. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a design with beautiful and dramatic shadows using the 3D in Photoshop CC. The process is very straightforward and it will take you less than 1 hour to achieve the same result. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document, I used 2880x1800 pixels for the size. After that add some letters or the text you want to apply the shadow. I used "ABDZ" using Futura Medium for the font. Step 2 Go to 3D>New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer. Then select the 3D layer. In the 3D panel select the Extrusion layer and then start editing the properties. Step 3 For the Extrusion Depth use 300. Also Rotate the object so you can use the Top view. Step 4 For the Cap, use 100% Width with Contour and 45º for the Angle. For the Bevel use 45º too. Step 5 Select the Infinite Light and rotate it a little bit. In the Properties, use 1000 for the Intensity and 75% for the Softness. Then go to 3D>Render. Step 6 After a few minutes this would be the result you will get. If you are not happy with the results, change the extrusion and the light source. Also, make sure that the object is right on the floor. Step 7 Add a layer underneath all the other layers and fill it with a Pattern. I used one from Subtlepatterns.com Step 8 Add some more elements just to fill the canvas and to create a nice composition. Step 9 Import a paper texture. I used an old paper texture that I found on Google Images. Step 10 Change the blending mode of the texture to Lighten at 50%. Conclusion Select all layers and then merge them into one. Change the Blend Mode of the merged layer to Multiply and your composition will be done. Photoshop CC has improved the 3D features quite a bit and it's way faster to experiment, especially if you want to create this type of effect. Now it's up to you, have fun! Download Photoshop File Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Erik Johansson Photo Manipulation Behind the Scenes

Erik Johansson Photo Manipulation Behind the Scenes

We have posted about Erik Johansson quite a few times, he was even interviewed and featured on the Abduzeedo book. If you don't know him, he's a photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. He uses photography as a way of collecting material to realize the ideas in his mind. Some of his compositions are simply incredible, and today I want to share some videos with the behind of scenes of some of his projects. Drifting Away - Behind the scenes Self-actualization - behind the scenes Cut & Fold - behind the scenes

Beautiful Water Effect in Photoshop CC

Beautiful Water Effect in Photoshop CC

It's been quite a long time since I played with water textures. I was checking some amazing artworks on Behance and Pinterest when I saw some examples that really inspired me to try something and learn a little bit more about Photoshop and the Displace filter. So for this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool effect with water texture and the displace filter. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that fill the background layer with black. Step 2 We will need a nice photo of water and some ripples or waves. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock, titled An image of a beautiful water background by Markus Gann. After that change the opacity of this layer to 60%. Step 3 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 0, the Saturation to -71 and the Lightness to 0. Step 4 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Use 0, 0.5 and 255 for the inputs. Step 5 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Brightness and Contrast. Use 0 for Brightness and -35 for Contrast. Step 6 Add a new layer on top of all other layers, including the adjustment ones. Fill this layer with black and change the Blend Mode to Multiply. With the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush and white for the color to paint in the center of the canvas The idea is to create a nice vignette effect. After that, save this document with the name Displace.psd. Step 7 Add your logo to the design. Step 8 With the layer of the logo selected go to FIlter>Distort>Displace. Use the values below. After that use the Displace.psd file you saved in step 6. Step 9 This is the result you will have so far. The values might vary depending on the image you are using for the Displace filter. So try some variations until you get a result that you are happy about. Step 10 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 3 pixels for the Radius. You can also apply a Tilt-Shift blur after this to make the edges blurred. Step 11 Add a mask to the symbol and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush with black, start painting over the edges of the symbol, top and down. The idea is make those parts darker as they are underwater. Conclusion The last thing to do is just duplicate the original water image and move the order so it will be on top of all other layers, then change the Blend Mode to Overlay and you will be good to go. The whole process is quite simple but the end result is simply beautiful. Now you can try yourself. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

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

Case Study: São Paulino Before Anything Else

Case Study: São Paulino Before Anything Else

This is an amazing case study that features an advertising work done by Ars Thanea for the Brazilian soccer team São Paulo. The concept for the ads was to show a são-paulino tearing away his skin to reveal a São-Paulo Football Club jersey. Check out how it was done step by step. For more from Ars Thanea visit arsthanea.com. Challenge Soccer is arguably the biggest sport in the world and team loyalties run thicker than blood, a concept that comes into play in São-Paulo Football Club's latest ads. Ars Thanea was approached by Young & Rubicam Sao Paulo to produce two key visuals for their "Before Anything Else, São-Paulino" campaign. In case you're not familiar, são-paulino is the term used for fans of the team and for them, soccer is life. The concept for the ads was to show a são-paulino tearing away his skin to reveal a São-Paulo Football Club jersey. Solution To achieve the unusual effect of very realistic skin tearing away we combined photography, creative retouch and CGI techniques. Concepts Process Process For more from Ars Thanea visit arsthanea.com.

iOS7 UI Effects in Photoshop and After Effects

iOS7 UI Effects in Photoshop and After Effects

With the announcement of iOS7, Apple revealed a completely new UI for their mobile OS. With the super flat design and thin fonts, Apple said that the design would be adaptable to apps by making some of the basic UI elements transparent, therefore, some of the colors of your apps content would bleed through and define how iOS7 basic components would influence the overall appearance. Another important detail of the UI was that with the transparency a blur effect was applied, similar to Windows Vista and their Aero design. With that in mind, I decided to see how to create and share a super simple workflow to achieve this effect using Photoshop and After Effects. So for this tutorial I will show you how to achieve the blur effect of iOS7 using Photoshop and After Effects. The cool thing about this workflow is that it clearly showcases how Adobe apps work together in a seamless way. Step 1 The first thing I did was to download the iOS7 iPhone PSD from teehanlax (http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/ios7/) to use the basic iOS7 UI. Step 2 Here I created a new document in Photoshop with the dimensions of the iPhone 5, 640x1136 pixels. Then using the basic iOS7 UI I started designing the screen of my app. In this case I designed what would be the home screen of the Abduzeedo App. Step 3 If you scroll up you can see that the iOS7 has a bunch of seethrough areas, sort of Windows Vista. For my design I just made sure that the action bar had some transparency going. The blur effect will be add in After Effects. After you finish your design, save the PSD file so we can import it in After Effects. Step 4 Time to open After Effects. In After Effects, drag the PSD file to the Project panel. Once you do that you will be prompt with the dialog box. For the Import Kind use Composition - Retain Layer Sizes. For the Layer Options use Editable Layer Styles. Step 5 Here is what you will have in After Effects. Noticed that when importing a PSD file you will get alread a composition with the name of the file and a folder with all layers and objects. Double click on the composition to open the home screen we created in Photoshop. You will have then all layers that you have in Photoshop. I deleted the background and other unecessary layers. Another important thing to do is to change the composition background color from the default black to white. Step 6 Now to make the blur effect in After Effects is pretty simple. Go to Layer>New>Adjustment Layer. Position this adjustment layer below the Navigation bar. The adjustment layer will apply the blur effect to all layers below it in the timeline. Right now we just have the layer, so let's apply some blur. Step 7 With the Adjustment Layer 1 selected go to Effect>Blur & Sharpen>Gaussian Blur. I don't know exactly how many blur Apple applies in iOS7, but for this little demo I used 20 for the Blurriness. Note that the whole Group 1 layer is blurry and the action bar is not. Our goal is to make the blurr visible only when the screen goes underneath the Navigation bar. To do that we will apply a mask to the Adjustment Layer. Step 8 With the Adjustment Layer 1 selected, click on the Rectangle Tool Q, then create a rectlange over the area you want to show. In this case, from the Navigation bar to the bottom of the page. Also make the width way larger and off the screen, that will make the blur more uniform when passing underneath the Navigation bar. Step 9 Try to move the Group 1 layer (the home screen) up and down to see the blur being applied underneath the Navigation bar. You can increase the blur of the Adjustment Layer 1 or you can make the Navigation Bar more transparent. Conclusion The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward. You can use this tutorial as a base for a template file and then reuse for future projects. You can also improve upon this or come up with your own process which I'd love to hear about. One thing to keep in mind is that in this day and age it is extremely important to start going beyond static mocks. After Effects is an amazing tool for this such work and it seems to be a smooth transition for UI designers using Photoshop. Download After Effects file Click here to download the After Effects file used for this tutorial

Super Easy Colorful Effects in Photoshop

Super Easy Colorful Effects in Photoshop

A few weeks ago I posted artwork I created for a poster inspired by the Man of Steel movie. I used Pixelmator for that project and got quite a few comments and requests about how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop. As Photoshop doesn't have the awesome Vintage filters that Pixelmator now has, I tried emulating the effect using brushes which I will share with you today. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice colorful background using Photoshop. The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward. One good requirement is to understand a little bit of Color Theory in order to create different color combinations. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that fill the background layer with black. Step 2 Create a new document and then with the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush and then paint some yellow brush spots. Step 3 Add another layer and then still with the Brush Tool, paint now a blue spot next to the yellow. Step 4 Add another layer and now paint a red spot. Use the image below for reference. Step 5 Select the 3 layers and group them. After that convert the group to Smart Objects, Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Objects. Then go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Deform the mesh in order to make the colors transitions less uniform. Step 6 Now resize the image a little bit, only in the height. Make sure the colors are blending well with the background, otherwise use the Eraser Tool (E) to smooth things out. Also go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Boost the Black and White Inputs to increase the contrast. Step 7 Duplicate the layer with the colors and change its Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 8 Change the background color to a dark blue like the image below. Conclusion Add your logo and the image is done. There are lots of ways to achieve this effect, this for me is the easiest one, but it's up to you to come up with your own workflow. Remember the most important thing is to have fun. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Poster Mockups in Photoshop

Poster Mockups in Photoshop

I shared some posters awhile back on Abduzeedo and got a few emails asking how I created the application mockups for the posters so I decided to post about the process. There are several ways to go about and of course you can find templates online, however, today I'll show you an easy way to create simple mockups that you can reuse for your projects in order to give them a more realistic and professional look. So in this little tutorial I will show you how to create a poster mockup that can be reused for your future poster projects. It's a simple guide on how to use Photoshop Smart Objects to make non-destructive elements in Photoshop. Step 1 The first thing to do is to take a good picture of someone holding a real poster. In this case my friend and Abduzeedo writer Paulo Gabriel is holding an old Abduzeedo Poster. Take some pictures and open the one you like the most in Photoshop. Step 2 With the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) select the fingers that are holding the poster. Step 3 Click on the Refine Edge options. Select Smart Radius and then paint over the edges of the fingers to refine the selection. After that change the Output to New Layer with Layer Mask. Step 4 Create a rectangle covering the old poster. Step 5 Reorder the layers so the rectangle is below the fingers layer created during the step 3. Step 6 Select the fingers layer and then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Drop Shadow. Use Linear Burn at 30% for the Blend Mode and Opacity, then use 4 for the Distance, 0 for Spread and 5px for the Size. Step 7 Select the rectangle layer and change the color to white. Then go to Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Objects. After that go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Then edit the edges to make them follow the real poster. Step 8 Select the Smart Object layer and then go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use the black and white gradient at 10%. Reduce the Scale to 55% and move the dark area down to the bottom to the poster. Step 9 Now select Pattern Overlay. You can find a nice texture paper online to use as pattern. Then use Linear Burn at 20% to make sure that it blends with your design. Step 10 Here's the final composition you will have. The blank poster is a Smart Object that you can simply double click to edit it and simply add your artwork in there. Step 11 Once you save the .psb file that Photoshop will open to edit the Smart Object, the poster artwork will show in your poster composition. Conclusion Here are some examples of different posters using the same application mockup. Now you can create that from books, business cards, collaterals, pretty much anything. It's an easy way to make your projects more realistic. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Fantasy Landscape Artworks by Karezoid Karcz

Fantasy Landscape Artworks by Karezoid Karcz

Fantasy enthusiasts really love the idea of exploring new worlds. It might be right here on Earth, a land where no man has been to yet... or it might be in another galaxy, something like the landscapes from Prometheus. Worlds like that can be easily reached through the work of Polish artist Karezoid Michal Karcz. He's got a really creative mind when it comes to imagining other worlds, and his methods are amazing. Some of these you might even think that actually exist! For more of Karezoid's artworks, please visit his portfolio at 500px. He'll definitely appreciate it! Cheers. ;)

Double Exposure Style in Photoshop

Double Exposure Style in Photoshop

We've featured quite a few posts and images with the effect most call double exposure. This technique consists of 2 images superimposed. There are some really nice examples with very intricate overlaying, usually with faces of people mixed with photos of nature. I've been thinking about giving it a whirl in Photoshop for a long time and I've finally gotten around to it. So in this tutorial/case study I will show you how to create this double exposure effect using Photoshop and some stock photos. The process is simple however it does take time to adjust the details. Step 1 Open Photoshop and start a new document. I am using A4 for the format. After that get a photo of a person you want to use for your composition. The image I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock. It's titled Portrait of a young beautiful blonde model wearing trendy glasses and casual shirt and posing over metal background. Hipster style by Augustino Step 2 Isolate the girl from the background using the select tool. Use the Refine Edges option to help with the hair. Step 3 Now let's add the second image for the double exposure experiment. The image is titled Silhouette of tree. Black and white by Namsilat. Again isolate the background, we will just use the branches. Step 4 Duplicate the photo of the branches to make them mor compact. Step 5 Now put both images together. Create a marquee selection of the branches by clicking on the thumbnail of the layer holding Command (MAC) or Control (P). Step 6 Mask the photo of the girl with the branches selection. Step 7 Time for some refinements, especially on the edges and to make them look random and not so uniform. Also duplicate the girl's layer and move it on top of the other layers. Reduce the oapcity to 70%. Step 8 Duplicate all layers and merge them into one. Then change the Blend Mode to Screen. Conclusion Resize the layers to place the girl in the center of the document. You can also add a photo filter, Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. You can use deep blue or orange to add a really nice style to the final design. Applications Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Photoshop in Real Life

Photoshop in Real Life

What Photoshop would look like in real life? Flora Borsi, a Photographer from Hungary had that same question and decided to share her view of what it would be like, take a look and share you point of view with us. For more from Flora Borsi visit behance.net/yayuniversal

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

One of the most important things when learning design, or pretty much anything, is to pay attention to how other designers tackle problems. That was my personal inspiration that led me to start sharing tutorials and case studies. They are not designed to help come up with ideas, but to help with the execution, one of the biggest problems most people have. In my opinion, good ideas aren't good without turning them into something palpable. In today's case study we will show you how Cristian Eres created the image featured as Wallpaper of the Week a few weeks ago. Christian, a Spanish freelance digital artist and graphic designer based in Valencia, has been creating digital art for over five years and is particularly skilled within illustration, graphic design and web design. Step 01 - Illustrator Scan Step 02 Vectorization, and added different gradients using the Shape Builder tool. Step 03 I retouched colors (I like to use the Recolor Artwork tool). Also I've added particles and joined the numbers to give unity to the piece. Step 04 Adding shadows with the Draw Inside tool for each element in the artwork. Step 05 Adding lights with the mesh tool. Step 06 - Photoshop Added background with two overlapped gradients. Step 07 Added some lights and sparkles. Conclusion Applied some curves and filters. Details For more information visit http://www.cristianeres.com/

Adorable Zoo Portraits by Yago Partal

Adorable Zoo Portraits by Yago Partal

A creative mind will light up anyone's day, right? Of course! Even more when you're talking about amazingly cute animals in suits. It may sound funny, but from the feature image you get the picture already. This project by Spanish designer Yago Partal truly reminds me of the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox, which featured animals in clothing, many such as these used by Yago. The only sad part about it is that many of these animals dress better I do (lol). For more images of Yago's Zoo Portraits project visit the project page, where you may buy prints. For more of his work, visit his personal portfolio. Cheers! ;)

Iron Man in Illustrator and Photoshop

Iron Man in Illustrator and Photoshop

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

Stellar Design Works by Aldo Pulella

Stellar Design Works by Aldo Pulella

Aldo Pulella, a South-African designer, has come up with some pretty solid design pieces and it's time to share them with you. His style is pretty awesome, mixing photography with 3D modeling and more. These are only a few examples of his work. For more of his pieces, please visit his portfolio at Behance. He'll definitely appreciate it. Cheers! ;)