Last week the new Man of Steel trailer was released and it is simply amazing. I remember watching the Superman movies when I was child and seeing the reboot of the movie brings me back to a lot of good memories. The visuals of this new movie are also really something, much darker and realistic than the previous ones. The Superman logo follows this same aesthetic and since the first time viewing the trailer I knew it must be the subject of a tutorial. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the Superman, Man of Steel logo using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will also utilize some stock photos for textures and the original poster for reference. The whole process will take from 3-5 hours depending on your pace. In the end it will be really fun to create and well worth the time spent. Step 1 Let's start the symbol in Illustrator. With the Pen Tool (P) start creating the shield. Maker sure you have red for the stroke with a nice weight and using round corners. Step 2 Now still using the Pen Tool, start creating the S. You can use the real logo for reference. Step 3 If you notice, the Man of Steel logo has some details in the center, so let's try to replicate that using the Pen Tool. The stroke here is not really necessary because we will edit that in Photoshop later on. Step 4 Go to Effect>3D>Extrue & Bevel Options. For the Angle use: -4º, 0º, 0º with 120º for the Perspective. Change the Depth to 35pt. Step 5 Remove the caps of the 3D and then change the color to grey. Go to Object>Expand. Then go to Window>Pathfinder. Select Unite for the Shape Mode so you have one object. Step 6 Now let's go to Photoshop. Create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. For the background use a gradient with white in the center and black on edges. Step 7 Copy the objects from Illustrator and paste them in Photoshop. It's important to make sure that each object has its own layer, so you will have one for the 3D extrusion, one for the red symbol and 2 layers for the yellow details. Step 8 Select one of the yellow details and go to Layer>Layer Styles. Select Bevel and Emboss and use the values below. Step 9 Select Inner Glow and use the values in the image below. Step 10 Last but no least, select Drop Shadow. Again use the image below for reference. Step 11 You will have an effect like the image below. The idea of the layer styles was to add a subtle white stroke with a shadow. Step 12 Group each layer into a folder, then for each folder do this: Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush using black, paint in the areas marked below to hide some parts of the details. Step 13 With the Brush Tool (B), and using a hard brush, paint a little dark detail in the center. If you look at the orginal, they have some sort of the same detail. Let's create now and adjust later on in the tutorial. Step 14 Add a layer on top of the red symbol, the one that has the S and the shield. Group this new layer into a folder. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint some dark areas with black at 20%. Step 15 Select the layer of the red symbols and go to Layer>Layer Style. Start by selecting Bevel & Emboss and use the values below. Step 16 Select Contour and use the default values. Step 17 Select Inner Shadow. The idea of the inner shadow is to increase the strenght of the highlights. Step 18 Now let's add a radial gradient on top with Multiply to create a more dramatic light effect. Step 19 You can add more layers to make the dark areas a bit more strong, but in the end of these steps you will probably have something similar to the image below. Step 20 Let's start adding some textures. Select the 3D layer and go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use yellow for the color. Place your metal texture on top of this layer, the one we are using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled Metal plate steel background. Hi res texture by R-studio. After that, holding the Command(MAC)/Control(PC) keys, click on the thumb of the layer of the 3D object, that will create a marquee selection of the 3D area. Select the texture layer and group it into a folder, then with the folder selected go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. You will mask the layer and make just the 3D area visible. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Multiply. Step 21 Add another layer and group it into a folder, repeat the masking process to make sure that everything you do will be only visible over the 3D area. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge, then with the layer select, paint some highlights with the Brush Tool (B) with a very soft brush and white for the color. Note: Start painting with 30% opacity to not make it too bright. Step 22 Repeat the same process, but this time it's going to be to create the shadows. Use Linear Burn for the Blend Mode for the folder however. Also use the Lasso Tool (L) to create the nice transition in the 3D sides (1-4) Step 23 Select the 3D layer and the red symbol layer and duplicate them. After that merge those 2 layers into one and fill this new layer with black. Move the layer down to create a little shadow and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius, also change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 80%. Step 24 Let's import a new texture. This time we are using another image from Shutterstock, it's titled Metal background by Phiseksit. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Step 25 Duplicate the texture layer and move the layer position so it is on top of all other layers. Maker a Marquee Selection of the symbol only and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. The only area visible of the texture will be the one over the symbol. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 26 Let's add another texture. This one this time is from Google Images and you can find it here http://www.texturex.com/albums/Metal-Textures/TextureX%20steel%20textur…. Place it at the top of all other textures and use Soft Light for the Blend Mode at 70%. Step 27 Now let's add the final texture, this one will be underneath the last 2, but still on top of all other layers. You can download it at http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/262/3/f/Scratched_Steel_Texture_… . Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode as well. Conclusion Add another layer on top of all layers and group it into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Linear Dodge at 80% Opacity. Select the layer in this folder and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint a spot light with white at the top of the symbol. After that your design is pretty much done. You can of course improve the details and textures, but the process won't change, so now it's up to you to make it the way you want it. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
We are heading to the last weeks of 2012 and nothing better than getting ready for the new year with a Photoshop tutorial playing with the number 2013. The inspiration for this image was, of course, from one of the trends of 2012: chalkboard typography with ornaments. So in this tutorial we will try to create a stylish ornament typography and then apply a chalkboard effect using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and some vector ornaments. The whole process is simple but time consuming, so I would take at least 3 hours to recreate this design. Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. With the Type Tool (T) add the text 2013. I am using a free font called Pistilli Roman, you can download it at http://www.dafont.com/pistilli-roman.font?text=2013 Step 2 Time to add some ornaments. There are several places you can download ornaments, the ones I am using are courtesy of Shutterstock. The file is title Set of vector graphic elements for design by iana. Start adding ornaments trying to match the letter design, in this case the numbers. Step 3 Keep adding more details. Remember to always make the transition of these ornames as smooth as possible. Step 4 You can duplicate the same ornament a few times and connect them. Step 5 Add more ornaments until you few you have a balanced composition. Step 6 The last thing to do is to add the final details like swirls in the end of most of the ornaments. Step 7 Now in Photoshop, create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that search for a black board image to place as background of your design. Step 8 Copy the graphic you created in Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. Also, add a layer and fill it with black. After that duplicate the 2013 graphic and merge it with the black background. Step 9 Change the Blend Mode of the merged object to Lighter Color. Step 10 Go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Angled Stroke. Use 67 for the Direction Balance, 9 for the Stroke Length and 5 for the Sharpness. Step 11 Add a mask and then with the Brush Tool (B) using a textured brush, paint with 30% black on the mask to make the white less uniform. Step 12 With the other layer with the 2013 graphic on top of the other layers, go to Layer>Layer Style>Outer Glow. Use the image below for the values. Step 13 After that select Drop Shadow. The idea of these 2 layer styles is to create a sort of chalk effect. Step 14 Here is the effect you might have after these steps. After that change the Blend Mode of the layer with layer styles to Dissolve. Step 15 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the duplicated layers into one and then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5 pixels for the radius. After that change the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 50%. Duplicate the layer again and change the Blend Mode to Screen. Add your logo in the end and if you want you add some noise and using adjustment layers reduce the contrast. But that is up to you. The idea here was just to create a nice chalkboard effect using Photoshop and Illustrator. Download the Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Lots of cool things in this week's batch from Photoshop Secrets Actions by bjango! Marc Edwards from Bjango creates some super useful Actions and Panel that every Photoshop UI Designer must have! You can download them here. I highly recommend reading the blog post that comes with it! While you’re at it, check out his tool Skala Preview, the fastest way to send pixel perfect previews from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. Use Keyboard Maestro to Group + Rename at the same time Every time I group layers I like to rename the group name to something more Meaningful than Group 1, 2, 3. So I created a Keyboard Maestro Keyboard Maestro Macro that replaces ⌘G with 2 actions, one to Group and another to rename. To make it work first you need to unassign ⌘G as Group from Photoshop by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts | Layer / New / Group Then download the Macro here. Just double click the file after installing Keyboard Maestro and it’ll be added to your library of shortcuts. Challenge yourself and hide that toolbar! I very rarely click on the toolbar icons. Instead I use shortcuts. Why not challenge yourself to hide the toolbar and use shortcuts instead? Here's the toolbar shortcut map… Remember if you press ⇧ + the letter, it will toggle between the tools that share that shortcut. Or you can disable that in the Preferences and just press the same letter repeatedly to toggle through the tools. A Select Vector B Brush, Pencil… C Crop, Slice D Set default BG and FG colors (black and white) E Eraser F Toggle Screen Modes G Gradient, Paint Bucket H Move Canvas I Eyedropper J Healing Brush K Rotate 3D Object L Lasso M Marquee N Rotate 3D Camera O Color Dodge, Color Burn P Pen Q Enter Quick Mask Mode R Rotate Canvas S Clone Stamp T Type U Shape V Move/Select W Magic Wand Y History Brush X Swap BG and FG colors Z Zoom / Lock layer 1-0 Selected Layer Opacity from 10% to 100% (tap two numbers quickly, like 37, to get specific values. And 00 to set it to 0 opacity.) Tab Hide Chrome Drag masks from one layer onto another You can drag vector and bitmap masks from one layer into another by holding ⌘⌥ and dragging the mask. It also works on Groups, as demonstrated on the video For many more tips like these make sure you check out Photoshop Secrets and follow @phtshp
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it's time for our holiday tutorial. For this year we will have a very 80s image inspired by the work of Arkuma using Photoshop CS6. So for this tutorial we will create a image using basic filters and effects to create a nice vinage effect. The fonts used are Avant Garde and FreestyleScrD. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 for the size so I can use it as a nice wallpaper for the MacBook Pro Retina. Then for the background layer use a radial gradient from #a4a4a4 to black. Then add another layer on top using purple (#8e70b2) for the color with Multiply for the Blend Mode. Step 2 Create a grid in Illustrator with the Rectangular Grid Tool. Copy it and then paste it in Photoshop. Make sure that your grid lines are white, then with Layer Styles use Outer Glow with Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 75% for the Opacity, white for the color, 5% Spread and 10 pixels size. Step 3 Groupt the layer into a folder and change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge at 60%. After that apply a Gaussian Blur to the grid layer. Step 4 Create a triangle and fill it with a dark purple (#191123). Step 5 Duplicate the triangle and then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Stroke. Use 5 pixels for the Size, Outside for the Position and white for the color. Step 6 Select Inner Glow and use the values below. Step 7 Select Outer Glow and use the values below. Step 8 You will have a triangle with some lights below it blending with the grid. Now let's add some text. With the Horizontal Type Tool (T) insert the work Christmas. Step 9 Let's apply some layer styles to this text. Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel & Emboss. Use the image below for the values Step 10 Now let's add a chrome gradient. You can come up with your own but let's use the one available on Photoshop's presets. Step 11 After applying the layer styles duplicate that layer and then right click on the FX little icon in the layer in the layer panel. Select Create Layers. What that will do is that will create layers for each of the layer styles. The only one we will use is the gradient one. With the Stamp Tool (S) create some little peaks in the center of the gradient. Step 12 Add a layer on top of the others, the with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, start painting with cyan at the top, green in the center, and purple at that bottom. Step 13 Group the layer with the brush paints and then change the Blend Mode of the folder to Overlay. Step 14 Add the word Merry using #ff009c for the color. Step 15 Now let's add some more layer styles. First Inner Shadow. Use the image below for the values. Step 16 Select Inner Glow and use the values below. Step 17 Select Outer Glow and use the values below. Step 18 If you got all the way to this step, you will probably have something like the image below Step 19 Add a layer on top of the others and group this layer into a folder. With the Brush Tool (B) start painting some white spots with a very soft brush. That will create some nice light effects. Step 20 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the new layers into one and then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 5% for the Amount, Gaussian for the DIstribution and select Monochromatic. Step 21 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Use 0 for Hue, 1 for Saturation and 13 for Lightness. Conclusion You can add another layer with a purple to black radial graident on top with Linear Dodge for the Blend Mode. You can also add a layer on top with a scanline effect. To do that you just need to create a new document, like 4x4 pixels. Fill the half of the image with black and the other with white, so you have 2 lines. Go to Edit>Define Pattern. Go back to your design and add a new layer filling with the pattern you just created using Color Burn at 30% Opacity. That's the design is done, now it's up to you to add your own little touch. Other options Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
For the next few weeks we'll be posting some of the best Photoshop tips from Photoshop Secrets. Some of these tips can greatly optimize your workflow helping you work faster and more precisely. Make sure to check out http://photoshopsecrets.tumblr.com and follow @phtshp on twitter. Feather Shape layers Vector Shape layers can be feathered (blurred) without rasterization. Open the Property Panel by clicking Window > Properties, then select a vector shape and adjust the feathering number. This is great for creating more editable drop shadows that you can bend and change without problems. As of CS6 you can do decimal increments too, this is particularly useful for smoothing out shapes if you're trying to make a smooth life-like illustrations or icons. I tend to use .1, .2 or .3 on my shapes when designing icons. User Keyboard Maestro to copy/paste shape colors and styles I often need to copy/paste colors for shape layers but unfortunately Photoshop gives me no easy way to do that. As of CS6 right clicking a shape layer gives you an option called "Copy Shape Attributes" which would be great if there was a way to set a keyboard shortcut to it, but there isn't, making it kind of useless. To circumvent this problem I use Keyboard Maestro. I created 4 macros Copy Color Copy Color + Style Paste Color Paste Color + Style You can download them here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/803h5plrgt2spzm/IPYPGBBAeN Just double click the file after installing Keyboard Maestro and it'll be added to your library of shortcuts. You can then change it to whatever shortcut you prefer as the ones I set might conflict with a shortcut you already use. But what if you want to Copy/Paste just the Styles? For that Photoshop lets you do it already by either right clicking on the Style and choosing Copy/Paste Layer Style. You can also set a shortcut via Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts / Layer >Copy, Paste and Clear Layer Style. Set default Global Light to 90º To set Global Light to every new document you create, open Photoshop and make sure you have NO documents open. Then click on Layer > Layer Styles > Global Light… For many more awesome tips visit http://photoshopsecrets.tumblr.com and follow @phtshp on twitter.
For the next few weeks we'll be posting some of the best Photoshop tips from Photoshop Secrets. Some of these tips can greatly optimize your workflow helping you work faster and more precisely. Move Gradients, Patterns and Shadows from the Style Panel When adding gradients, patterns and shadows to a layer, you can drag your canvas to adjust the relative position of the effect. Separate compound shapes or masked bitmap layers into a new layer If you have 2 compound shapes in one layer and decide to separate them, the easiest way to do it is to select the shape (with the Path Selection Tool) then hit ⌘⇧J. This also works if you mask a bitmap layer, it cuts and duplicates it. ⌘J Will duplicate the shape or mask and leave the original intact. Open a duplicate window of your document so you can work on a detailed version When creating icons or small assets you may want to see both the 100% view and a zoomed in view so you can edit details and see the original at the same time. You can do so by clicking Window > Arrange > New Window for [doc_name]. The shortcut you see on the image I created myself by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Press ⇥ while renaming a layer to rename the next layer Double click a layer name to rename it, Instead of pressing return, press ⇥ (tab) and the layer below will be selected and ready to be renamed. (CS6 only) Hide / show all effects on your document ⌥ click on effects icon to expand/collapse all effects in document (CS6 only) Change Layer opacity and fill opacity with keyboard Select a layer and press: 0 for 100% - 1 to 9 for decimals from 10 to 90. You can also type numbers in fast sequence to set specific opacity such as 25, 37 or 00 for 0%. Pressing ⇧ plus the numbers changes the Fill opacity. Make sure that you have the Move Tool (V) selected otherwise this will not work. With the Brush Tool the same shortcuts will set the opacity of the brush. And in case you don’t know, this is the difference between Opacity and Fill. Opacity changes the opacity of the entire layer including its styles, whereas Fill keeps the styles intact but knocks out the fill. Change Layer Blending Modes with your keyboard Select a layer then: ⌥⇧- Previous Blend ⌥⇧+ Next Blend ⌥⇧W Linear Dodge (Add) ⌥⇧E Difference ⌥⇧T Saturation ⌥⇧Y Luminosity ⌥⇧U Hue ⌥⇧I Dissolve ⌥⇧O Overlay ⌥⇧A Linear Burn ⌥⇧S Screen ⌥⇧D Color Dodge ⌥⇧F Soft Light ⌥⇧G Lighten ⌥⇧H Hard Light ⌥⇧J Linear Light ⌥⇧K Darken ⌥⇧L Hard Mix ⌥⇧Z Pin Light ⌥⇧X Exclude ⌥⇧C Color ⌥⇧V Vivid Light ⌥⇧B Color Burn ⌥⇧N Normal ⌥⇧M Multiply Change text size with your keyboard Select text by double clicking a text layer or manually selecting. ⌘⇧ ⌘⇧> Bigger by 2 points ⌘⌥⇧ ⌘⌥⇧> Bigger by 10 points Make your Layer Styles into Layers. Disconnect Styles from Layers by right clicking on effects and clicking “Create Layers”. This allows you to better manipulate effects, especially good for patterns, so you can morph them around a “3D” shape. You can also better adjust a drop shadow by cropping it or transforming it.
Xavier K. is an Interactive Designer and Art Director since 8 years from Québec, Canada. In this post he will show us step by step how this amazing piece was done and you get to learn straight from Xavier. You can check out his portfolio at xavier-k.com or his behance at behance.net/xavierk Specially for Abduzeedo.com I wanted to create a new project. The project name is «The Joker». So I reinterpreted this icon of our famous playing cards. Below, I explain step by step what's my process and what I did. The Joker Details Process Idea/Sketch Have an idea !? go for it and draw it on a piece of paper. Search / References Have some references to create a little moodboard is always cool and useful. Starting with background A graphic composition is like a building in construction ; you must to put the base of composition before the next step Close cut the character, dress it and makeup it ! Step highly important, because she drove the rest of the composition. Elements, finalisation, polishing Final step. Craft and polish your visual with some logical elements and effects. Final Result About the artist Xavier K. is an Interactive Designer and Art Director since 8 years from Québec, Canada. He has worked on various projects and for different clients like: Cirque du Soleil, IMAX, RedBull, Adidas, Dell… You can check out his portfolio at xavier-k.com or his behance at behance.net/xavierk
Last week Rockstar announced that they will release more information about Grand Theft Auto V this week. It will definitely be an awesome game and we are looking forward to getting a copy. Because of that we decided to recreate the logo using Illustrator and Photoshop, but not only because we like the game, the effect used in the logo is quite cool and it's something we always wanted to try.So for this tutorial we will show you how to create a nice money style effect using Illustrator and Photoshop. The process is a little bit long and we will just give you a high level explanation. It's important that you try to not only follow but modify the process so you can come up with your own effect.Step 1Create a new document in Illustrator. Then with the Type Tool (T) add the letter V using Baskerville Bold. After that go to Type>Create Outlines. Rotate the V so you can create a A.Step 2With the Ellipse Tool (L). Create an ellipse and then duplicate it like the image below.Step 3With the LIne Segment Tool (\) create the connection of the 2 parts.Step 4Using the Pen Tool (P) create a sort of curve as the paper the ribbon is folding. Just create something like an wave.Step 5Duplicate the last object and move to the other site.Step 6For the A let's add 2 strokes The first one is and bigger one is going to be black with 7pt for the weight. The second one, and the one that will be on top will be 3pt weight in white. Also change the fill color to green. For the other strokes use 3pt with black.Step 8To create the nice shadow effects with lines is quite simple. Create 2 lines following the ribbon shape. You can make the curves a little different .Step 9Using the Blend Tool (W), click on both lines to create the effect. After that, double click on the Blend Tool icon to open the Blend Options use Specified Steps with 20 steps. Also create some little shadows with the Pen Tool (P) like in the image below.Step 10Repeat the same process to the other parts of the ribbon. Always follow the curves of the ribbon to create a nice 3Dish effect.Step 11Repeate the same thing on the other side. You can also add more lines like the 2 in the center.Step 12Add the text you want and go to Object>Envelope>Make it with Warp. Use Arch for the style, 26% and for the Bend.Step 13To create the background of the letter A. Create an arc with the arc tool or pen tool. After that duplicate it and rotate it. Connect the vertices using the Direct Selection Tool (A) options.Step 14Click on the Rotate icon. Then holding ALT, select the vertices on the left. The rotate dialog box will appear. Use 15º for the Angle and click copy. Step 15Repeat the same process until you have something like the image below.Step 16Duplicate the object and rotate a few times to make the symbol more detailed.Step 17Move the object on top of the A. Select the duplicate the A and move it so it's in front of all the other objects. Remove the strokes and change the color to white. Cut it. Select the object created in the last 2 steps, then go to Transparency. Double click on the clip thumb and paste it using Command + F, so it pastes in place. Using clipping mask will also make the texture visible only on top of the A.Step 18Now in Photoshop, copy all objects from Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop in separated layers. Then for the shadows, use the Eraser Tool (E) to make the lines different.Step 19Add a green gradient replacing the dark green. To do that is pretty simple, just select the green area with the Magic Wand Tool (W), then fill the layer with a new color and use Layer Styles to add the gradient. For the pattern, using the Layer Styles, change the color to white, using Color Overlay with Color Dodge for the Blend Mode.Step 20Using Layer Styles, add a Bevel and Emboss to the text like the image below.Step 21Let's use an old paper tutorial. The one I used is from Shutterstock, it's called old grunge antique paper texture from photolinc. Group the layers used for the symbol and change the Blend Mode of the group to Multiply.Step 22Copy the object used for the texture in Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. Rescale it so it covers the whole document.ConclusionDuplicate the group with the symbol and merge the group. Use Soft Color for the Blend Mode, then duplicate it again and go to Image>Adjustment>Desaturate. After that select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the new layers into one. Move this layer underneath the 2 symbols with soft light and the effect is done.Despite the fact it is a long tutorial, the process is quite simple and I am sure you will be able to apply that to your own projects.Download filesDownload the Photoshop and Illustrator files used for this tutorial
The new promotional images for Photoshop CS6 are really amazing, they were created by Alberto Seveso, an incredible digital artist from Italy. Seveso has been pushing the limits of creativity and the use of Photoshop for a long time and we are great admirer of his work. Intrigued with artworks we decided to create something inspired by his work. It's amazing to see that such amazing images are most of the times done by simple techniques. This tutorial will show you how to achieve similar effect using Photoshop with Masks and Layer Effects. It's an intermediate tutorial but I am sure you will have so much fun doing as we did. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels for mine After that let's use a photo of a beautiful girl. The one I am using is from YuriyZhuravov and it's title Beautiful smiling woman portrait on white background. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Step 2 Now let's create some brushes to use for our masking exercise. The images I am using to create the brushes are also courtesy of Shutterstock and this first one is called "inks in water, colorful abstraction" by ADA_photo. Step 3 Copy some parts of the previous image and paste in a new document. After that go to Edit>Define Brush. Add a name to your new brush and create a few more. Step 4 Here's the second one, simply do the same thing as the previous step. Step 5 Now using a different image, this one from NatUlrich called Ink in water. Isolated on white background. Again copy a few parts to create different brushes. I created 4 brushes for my image. Step 6 Select the image layer and group it so the image will be in a folder. Duplicate this folder a few times because we will need it as we move forward. Hide all new folders and keep only one visible. Select the visible folder and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. The image will be completely hidden. After that select the Brush Tool (B) and one of the brushes you created from the stock photos. Using white for the color, paint on top of the layer mask to make part of the girl visible. Step 7 Let's add some layer styles. I am using Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and Drop Shadow to create some depth for the different layers. You can see the values below. Step 8 Select one of the hidden folders and make it visible. Apply the same process as we did in the previous steps to add another layer of our abstract collage. Step 9 Add a new layer inside the folder and group this new layer as well. Change the Blend Mode to Color Burn. Select the layer again and change the opacity to 30%. Using the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color and a very soft brush, start painting a sort of shadow on the overlaping areas. The idea here is to add more depth and separate the parts a little bit more. Step 10 Add more parts by repeating the same process. Every new part you should use a new folder with the image and the color burn folder. Step 11 Use different brushes and different sizes to make the image more dynamic. Step 12 Here is the final version of my layers. Notice that there's always a shadow between layers and the bottom one is different than the others. Try to vary as much as you can to make the effect more real. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all new layers into one. Go to Filter>Blur>Iris Blur. The Iris Blur is pretty cool because we have a real time preview. So move the blur around until you get something like the image below. The goal is to blur the edges a little bit. Conclusion Duplicate the layer and apply change the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 70% Opacity. Also duplicate it again and apply a Gaussian Blur with 10 pixels Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Screen at 40% Opacity. In the end you can apply a Photo Filter as well to make the colors match a little bit more. Now you can try with different images, brushes and colors. Remember, the tutorials are more to illustrate the process, try to come up with your own images. Download Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
We have been posting tutorials for almost 6 years and our goal here was and will always be trying to share easy techniques we've learned along the way. We try to make the tutorials short and open to adaptations so you can add your touch in order to create an unique result. That's the case of this week's tutorial. It's a simple Photoshop technique that can be applied to a wide variety of effects, from fur to grass, fire and pretty much anything. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create a really cool and super simple furry text in Photoshop CS6. We will use basic filters and tools but it's nice to say that we took advantage of the a new feature in Photoshop CS6 that is to apply layer styles to folders. Step 1 Open Photoshop CS6 and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels for the dimensions. After that with the Horizontal Type Tool (T) add a text. I used "CS6" for this tutorial. Step 2 Let's use some real textures to make our design more realistic. I am using an image by Kieren Welch called Snow leopard close up abstract fur. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Place the texture on top of the text. Step 3 Duplicate the texture to cover the whole text. Step 4 With the Erase Tool (E) delete some parts of the textures to make them blend together. It's important to pay attention to these small details. Step 5 Go to the Layers Panel and select the text layer. Click on top of the thumbnail of the layer with the right button of the mouse and click on "Select Pixel". A marquee selection will be added using the text as reference. Step 6 Select both texture layers and go to Layer>Group Layers. Select the folder created after grouping the layers and then go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Step 7 Let's create a brush to use in our design. The first one is a simple one that I created using a default brush and duplicating it to make something like the image below. Once you have a shape like that go to Edit>Define Brush. Name it "Fur". Step 8 Go to Window>Brush. Then for the Brush Tip Shape select the "Fur" one we just created. After that just follow the settings below to create a really cool fur brush. Step 9 Select the mask of the folder and then with the Brush Tool (B), select the brush we just created and white for the color. Start painting on the edges of the letters to create a very realistic effect. Tip: Change the size of the brush frequently to make the effect more natural. Step 10 Repeating the process for all characters. Step 11 Select the folder and go to Layer>Layer Styles>Inner Shadow. We will apply layer styles to a folder and this is a nice new feature in the CS6 version of Photoshop. It's really useful because you can apply the same layer styles to multiple objects at once. Or you can extend the amount of effects by adding to multiple folders. So for the Inner Shadow and the Drop Shadow we will add you can just use the values below. Step 12 The layer styles gave some depth to our design as you can see in the image below. Step 13 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Warming Filter (85) with 20% Density. After that change the Blend Mode of the Photo Filter to Multiply. Step 14 Now just add some nice shadows to make the letters standing on the page. Step 15 Add a subtle beige for the background using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) Step 16 With the Brush Tool (B) paint a nice white round spotlight in the center. Conclusion Resize the white spotlight to an ellipse for to give some perspective and our design is pretty much done. As you can see this tutorial was very simple but it's a technique that I am sure you will use very often because it's very versatile. I hope you enjoy it and share with us your results and of course opinions and suggestions. Download the Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Unknown is a piece created by Vigan Tafili for the EvokeOne art group latest release called Reconstruction. Vigan Tafili wanted to share with us this case study step by step on how Unknown got done. Check it out! For more from Vigan Tafili visit behance.net/nagiViTy Case Study
Last week I discovered a new Web site about chrome logos in cars. I spent hours browsing through that site and it's definitely one of my favorites right now. The site is called Chromeography and you can visit at http://chromeography.com/. The site inspired me so much that I decided to try to do something in Photoshop. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice chrome effect in Photoshop using only Photoshop. The process is a bit long but it is a very useful technique and there is still a lot to evolve in terms of layer styles values. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2560x 1600 pixels. After that fill the background layer with red, like Ferrari red, or blood red :) Step 2 Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Pattern Overlay. Select a metal texture. I am using a light aluminun effect from http://subtlepatterns.com Step 3 Click on Gradient Overlay. Use black and white for the color but notice that the black is a bit close to the center. Also change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 40% Opacity. Afte that change the Scale to 35%. Step 4 Add a new layer on top of the others and fill it with white. After that make sure you have black and white for the foreground and background color, then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 10% for the amount. After that go to Image>Adjustments>Invert, then go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Then make sure that the background is almost black with just some white details. The last thing to do here is go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Use Best for the Blur Method and Best for the Quality. Step 5 Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 6 Add a new layer and group into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. Select the layer inside the folder and then with the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush with white. Paint almost in the center of the image a little highlight. Use the image below fore reference. Step 7 Add the text you want to apply the chrome effect. The one I am using I created in illustration and it is inspired by AMG cars Step 8 Let's add some layer styles. Just follow the images below for the values. Step 9 This is the final result you will get after the layer styles. Step 10 Now let's add some adjustments. The first thing to do is go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Use the defaul black and white and change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Step 11 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all the new layers into one, then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5 pixels for the radius. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 100%. Duplicate this layer and change the Blend Mode to Screen at 50%. With the Eraser tool delete some areas of these two layers to create some differences in the light. Use the image below for reference. Step 12 Add another layer and group it into a folder. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a soft white brush create a reflection on top of the letter A. Step 13 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter. Use Cooling Filter (82) with 20% Density. Conclusion And here we have it, a nice chrome effect using just layer styles and basic Photoshop filters. Of course we can improve this effect and make it even more realistic, it's all about playing with the Layer Styles values. But that is up to you now :) Download the Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
The Dark Knight Rises movie is a couple of weeks away and the amount of posters and viral images promoting the movie is quite amazing. There are some really cool ones and as usual we want to learn how they were done. That is the case of this Photoshop tutorial based on another promotional image for the Dark Knight Rises. So in this tutorial we will create a stencil and spray effect using basic filters and some brushes. The technique is very simple and I am sure you will use it in your future projects. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2560x1600 pixels. After that let's use an image of Bane. Look up on Google Images for the right one. The one I used can be found at http://screencrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Bane-and-The-Bat-in-T… Step 2 With the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) select just the head of Bane. Step 3 Duplicate the head layer just to have a backup. After that select one and go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Sketch. Click on Halftone Patter. Use 1 for the Size, 43 for the Contrast and Dot for the Pattern Type. Make sure you had Black and White for the foreground and background color. Step 4 Look up on Google Images for the Batman symbol. After that use it as the eyes of Bane. Step 5 Add a layer to use as background. Fill it with black and make sure it will underneath all the other layers. Select the Bane head layer with the Batman symbol and merge them into one. Change the Blend Mode to Screen and if necessary go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and increase the black and white inputs to make sure there are no greys. After that add the text "RISE" using a san-serif font in caps. Also increse the kerning to 125. Step 6 Duplicate the background layer, hide one of the layers and then select the visible one. Merge them into one layer. Duplicate this layer. With one copy go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 8.0 Pixels for the Radius. Step 7 Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 30% for the Amount, Gaussian for the Distribution and select Monochromatic. Step 8 Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. Then with a spray brush from http://qbrushes.net/photoshop-splash-brushes/dirty-spray-photoshop-brus… start painting on top of the mask layer using white for the color. Step 9 Make the hidden layer of the step 6 visible again. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. Then with a spray brush and white start painting on the mask to make the layer visible. The idea of this stept is to give more detail on the Bane's head. Step 10 Repeat the same process to apply the effect to the "RISE" word. Note that there are some details like blurry edges and splatters. You can do that with the layer mask and the spray brushes. Step 11 Search from some asphalt textures on Google Images. The one I am using can be found at http://www.martworkshop.com/var/albums/free-textures/Ground-texture/Asp… Place the texture underneath the background layer that is filled with black. Change the Blend Mode of the background layer to Soft Light at 80% Opacity. Conclusion Add a layer on top of the others and using a spray brush with black, create a sort of vignette effect to make the focal point in the center. Our design is pretty much done and the technique we used to create the spray effect can be used for your future graffitti images or any sort of spray effect you want to create. Now it's up to you, have fun. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
A few years ago I saw an image of Homer Simpsons head in x-ray. I really like that effect and always wanted to try something like that in Photoshop. I didn't know exactly what to do but then I checked online and saw that some people did text effects with the x-ray type of image. That was indeed a nice idea to try. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple x-ray effect of a letter, in this case the Abduzeedo logo A. The whole process is quite simple but it will require a couple of hours to pull it off. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2560x1600. Also fill the background layer with #11171c for the color. Step 2 Add the object you want to use for the X-Ray effect. I am using the letter A of the Abduzeedo logo. Step 3 Time to find some images of bones. I found one at Shutterstock and you can find it at by using the reference number 62266120. Step 4 Copy bones from the image and paste in the x-ray document. To make the bones connect you can go to Edit>Transform>Warp and Edit>Puppet Warp. Step 5 Select the letter layer and then go to Layer>Layer Style>Inner Glow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 80% Opacity, 5% Noise, Edge for the Source, 175 for the Size, 45% for the Range, 35% Jitter. Step 6 Select Outer Glow. Use Color Dodge at 80% with white for the color. Also change the Size to 55% and the Range to 60%. Step 7 Select all layers used to create the skeleton and merge them into one. Change the Blend Mode of the Color Dodge, then go to Image>Adjustment>Levels. Use the image below for reference of Inputs. Step 8 Go to Image>Adjustment>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 0, Saturation to -100 and Lightness to 0. Step 9 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the new duplicated layers into one and change this new layer's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 10 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 197 for the Hue, 74 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Mark Colorize as well. Step 11 Add a layer on top of the background layer and underneath the others. After that go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Step 12 Add a new layer on top of the others and fill it with black, then with the Eraser Tool (E) and a very soft brush, start erasing some areas over the letter A. Use the image below for reference. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. Once again merge the new layers into one and then change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Also go to Image>Adjustment>Desaturate. Step 14 Add some text using the Horizontal Type Tool (T). Step 15 Select all layers and duplicate them. Once again merge the new layers into one and then change the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 50% Opacity. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20px for the Radius. Step 16 Duplicate the layer and change the Blend Mode to Screen at 50% Opacity. Step 17 Let's add a nice plastic texture to create a more realistic effect. The one I am using can be found at http://www.selected-webdesign.com/textures-for-free-download. Step 18 Change the Blend Mode to Hard Light. Step 19 Go to Images>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Use 197 for the Hue, 11 for the Saturation and -8 for the Lightness. Conclusion This tutorial was just a quick tip on how to create a nice x-ray effect. You can add a little bit more effects and adjustments like noise or different light effects. But that is up to you :) Have fun. Download Photoshop File Click here to Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Photoshop CS6 has updated its 3D tool adding more features and making it easier to use and faster. We decided to play with some 3D using Photoshop to create a basic extrusion and then adding some old halftone style to it. So in this tutorial we will create a basic 3D effect using Photoshop and Illustrator. The whole process is very simple but it might take you up to 2 hours to go through the whole technique. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. Using the font Teutonic No1 DemiBold, you can download it here (http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Teutonic-No1), create your text. I added the text 3D in CS6. Notice that I connect the letters so there pretty much one big block. Step 2 Copy the text in Illustrator and then go to Photoshop. Paste the text there. Step 3 Time to add some 3D. With the new layer selected go to 3D>New 3D Extrusion from the Selected Layer. After go to Window>3D so you can see the 3D panel. Follow the images below for the 3D properties for the Scene, Object, Texture and Lighting. Step 4 Here is the 3D text you will have after applying the effects. Now it's time to render. Go to 3D>Render. Step 5 The 3D image will be render and you will get a much sharper result. The rendering might take a little long, so it's time to get some coffee :) Once is done duplicate this layer. We will use it in the future to create a mask. Step 6 Once the render is over you can rasterize the layer. After that go to Image>Mode>Greyscale. Then go again to Image>Mode>Bitmap. Select 300 Pixels/Inch for the output and Halftone Screen for the Method. Step 7 For the Halftone Screen properties use 30 for the Frequency, 45 for the Angle and LIne for the Shape. Step 8 This is the result of the Halftone. Go again to Image>Mode>RGB Color. Using the layer duplicated in the Step 5, create a marquee selection by holding Command and clicking on the thumb of the layer. The idea here is to hide the background with the halftone. We just need the 3D text and shadow. Step 9 Add a new layer and fill it with #303030 for the color. Step 10 Move the new layer so it's behind the 3D. Select the 3D layer and change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Step 11 Duplicate the layer and change the Blend Mode to Normal. Step 12 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Deep Blue for the Filter at 50%. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge the new layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Conclusion Change the Blend Mode of the blurry layer to Overlay at 50% and the design will be done. The idea of this tutorial was to create a nice 3D effect using the new 3D interface in Photoshop CS6 and we found out that it has improved quite a lot since the previous version in terms of speed and ease to use. Download Files Click here to download the files used for this tutorial
Monday is the day to learn something new, that's been our idea with our weekly tutorial and case studies. This week we are bringing another really cool case study from Saad Moosajee for HTC through agency Deutsch Inc.. Saad’s work has been exhibited in multiple galleries and published in a multitude of magazines and books. He has also served as the Creative Director of slashTHREE.com for over 2 years, and is also a member of The Keystone Design Union. Case Study Final Result Details For more information and to check out Saad's full portfolio visit: http://saadart.com/
Photoshop CS6 has some great features, one of them is the new timeline for basic animations and this time Photoshop gets a little bit of the After Effects taste. As the idea of the blog is to play with these tools, we decided to come up with something for this new feature. So in this tutorial we will show you a simple animation using the new timeline and some light effect tricks. The whole process is super simple and won't take you more than 20 minutes. Step 1 Open Photoshop CS6 and create a new document. Fill the background layer with any color, then go to Layer>Layer>Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial for the Style and for the colors use black and #38556f for the center. Step 2 Add a new layer and fill it with a pattern. I am using one from http://subtlepatterns.com/ called Broken Noise. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Step 3 Add a text you want to use for the light effect. I am using the letter A of Abduzeedo using a stencil font called Major Snafu. You can download it at http://www.dafont.com/major-snafu.font?text=a+A Step 4 To create the light effect we will use Layer Styles. Just follow the instructions below for Bevel & Emboss, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Color Overlay, Outer Glow and Drop Shadow. Step 5 Duplicate the layer and disable the layer styles. Use Inner Shadow and Inner Glow using the settings below. Step 6 This is the results you will get after the layer styles. It's very similar with another tutorial I wrote a few years ago showing how to create a neon effect in Photoshop. Again the idea of this tutorial is to play with the timeline feature. That's why I will cover the first steps quickly. Step 7 Add 2 layers on top of the other layers and name them right and left. After that group these 2 layers in a folder. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint with white on top of the right part of the letter A. Select the left layer and paint another spot of light on top of the left part. Use the image below for reference. Step 8 Go to Window>Timeline. You will see the timeline panel. The first thing you will notice is that all layers are in the timeline. Select the 2 layers in the folder. Expand them in the tree and make sure that the timeline is in the 0 frame. Click on the Position option to create a keyframe. Step 9 Move the timeline to the position 1:00 and then move the layers in the composition where you want them to move to. Step 10 This would be the second position of the light spots. Step 11 Move the timeline again and after that move the layers to create new keyframes. Step 12 Keep moving them until you complete the animation you want. Timeline This is how the timeline looks like. Note the keyframes for the points where the animation changes position. Conclusion After a few steps this is the final animation. Using the timeline is quite simple if you compare the number of steps necessary to create the light effect. The cool thing is that Photoshop makes our lives much easier when it comes to create simple animations. Download the Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial.