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Abstract Artwork in PIxelmator

Abstract Artwork in Pixelmator

This weekend I was waiting for my flight sitting at the airport with no internet and decided to create a new wallpaper for Abduzeedo. I started in Photoshop, but then I decided to play a little bit with Pixelmator. After 1 hour and lots of experimenting the final result looked really nice and that's what I want to share with you in this tutorial. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract image using Pixelmator. The process is super simple and it won't take more than 30 minutes for you to achieve the same result. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document, I am using 2880x1800 pixels for the dimensions. Step 2 Fill the background layer with black, and then add a new layer. Fill it with black as well and the go to the Effects Panel and select Light Leaks. Step 3 Select Nebula for the Light Leak. Step 4 Increase the size of the effect by moving the controllers Step 5 Back to the Effects panel, select the Tiles option. Then select Bug Eye. Move the center point up a little bit. You can also play with the values to change the preset the way you think will look better. Conclusion This technique is super simple but you can put together a really nice wallpaper, it works really well with photos and others colorful background colors. Now it's up to you, just experiment and have fun.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

It's been quite a long time since the last time I posted a Pixelmator tutorial. I've been using Pixelmator more and more for my daily blog activities like simple and fast image editing. The tool is so fast and with the new version you will be able to do pretty much anything you want. I've been also experimenting with the tool and having a lot of fun. Today I want to share one of these experiments. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple artwork mixing typography and images. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using the A4 preset. Step 2 With the Type Tool (T), add one layer with a very big P and another layer with a much smaller text "ixelmator". The font I am using is the Myriad Pro. Step 3 Type to import a image to use for our photo montage. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled "Cliche tree on hill with beautiful blue sky background in black and white" by Matt Gibson. Step 4 Create a marquee selection using the big P then mask the image so you have the P and the tree blended. Step 5 With the Brush Tool (B) start refining the edges so the branches are not just the mask cutout. It's important to keep the shape of the P visible, so be very careful on this step. Step 6 Make the ground part of the image visible. Keep using the Brush Tool to edit the mask. Step 7 Make the trunk of the tree a little bit wider. Step 8 Make half of the page black and move the composition up. Also add some more text o finish the composition. Conclusion This is a little tutorial showing how to play with masks and text in Pixelmator to create a sort of double exposure effect in a way. The whole process is pretty starightfoward and you won't take more than 45 minutes to do an effect like that. Now it's up to you :) Download Pixelmator file Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.

Man of Steel Poster

Man of Steel Poster

Next month one of the most anticipated movies of the year will open in the theaters, I am talking about Man of Steel, the new Superman movie. It's amazing how much promotion this movie is getting lately, every day there's a new picture, poster or some news about it. With all of that, of course I also get really inspired to create some artwork about it. I've created the symbol in the past using Illustrator and Photoshop a few weeks ago. Now I will create a simple poster, this time however I will use the new Pixelmator 2.2 to test it out. So in this post I will walk you through the creative process behind my minimalist poster for the Man of Steel movie. I will use Pixelmator's new features like the Vector Tools and Light Leak effects. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and then grab the latest poster of the movie to use for reference and to trace superman. Step 2 Using the Pen Tool, start tracing the silhouette of superman. Don't add to many points and also don't worry if it's not super perfect. You can always edit that later. Step 3 Here's the final trace. Step 4 Fill the background with a dark blue using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Change the superman color to white. Step 5 Using the Rectangle Shape Tool create 2 lines like the image below. Step 6 Add the text. If you notice the kerning of the text is really crazy, I changed to 250%. Step 7 With the rectangle shape tool, add another rectangle with no color and white for the stroke. Select inside for the options and then use 50px for the stroke width. The idea here is to add a simple white border to the composition. Step 8 This is not really necessary, I prefer the version without the effect but you can also add a nice vintage look by using the new Light Leak Effects in Pixelmator. Just select the background color and then drag it to the composition. I used Nebula with 100% for the Amount and 65% for Sunniness. Conclusion The poster is done. It was a great exercise to test the new Pixelmator and some of the new features. I can also say that Pixelmator is faster than ever and getting more complete at each release. It's a nice alternative if you don't want to pay Adobe's subscription. There are some important tools missing but I am sure they will be added in the next release. Applications Download Pixelmator file Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Playing with the new Pixelmator 2.1 - Giveaway: iPod Touch and 3 Pixelmator

The Pixelmator team has just launched the new version of their really cool photo editing tool called Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry. We have been playing with a beta version for a few days and we are really impressed with the new features especially the new Effect Browser and of course the speed. To give you an extra incentive to play with Pixelmator we will show you how to design a really cool vintage style image and the best part, we will give out 3 copies of the new Pixelmator and an iPod Touch. So the rules are simple. Download the Pixelmator file and come up with a version based on this image. You have total freedom to do anything you want. Once you get your design, just post it at http://raw.abduzeedo.com/submit with the title Pixelmator Contest: Title of your design. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that import a photo. I am using a photo of cherries by kksummers found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tkksummers/2561778086/. Step 2 One of the coolest new features in Pixelmator 2.1 is the new Effect Browser. You can browse and preview the effects in real time. Really cool. So Let's start adjusting the image. Scroll down to the Color Adjustments. Step 3 Select Levels and then adjust the Gray to 55%. The easiest way to apply the effect is by either double clicking or drag the thumbnail of the filter to the image. Step 4 Select Exposure and change it to -10. Step 5 Scroll down and go to Vintage. Vintage is a new set of presets that create nice vintage filters like Instagram. Select Wormwood and change the Saturation to -10 and the Vignette to 100%. Step 6 Select the Rectangle Shape. Add a white rectangle in your design. Step 7 Add another rectangle with the Rectangle Shape tool. Then duplicate it and position the new ones like the image below. Step 8 Add another rectangle, this time in black. Position it in the end of the big retangle and click on the little gear icon on the top left of the canvas window. Select Make Editable. Move the vertices to create a sort of 3D ribbon effect. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 With the Type Tool (T) add the texts Pixelmator and Cherry using the font Mensch http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=mensch. For the Pixelmator text use black and for the Cherry text use white. Step 10 With the Rectangle Shape tool add another rectangle, this time like a line going from the edge to the word Cherry. After that duplicate 3 times to create lines like the image below. Step 11 Add another text, this time the "2.1". Then with the Ellipse Shape tool, create a circle underneath the 2.1. Step 12 Group all these shapes and texts, then change the Blending of the group to Screen. That way the black will be transparent creating a really nice cut out effect. Step 13 Go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Then with the Brush Tool (B). Select the Grunge Brushes preset and paint with black a few dirty areas like the image below. Step 14 Select the photo layer and then drag the CMYK filter to the image. Use the image below for the values. The idea of this effect is to create a sort of halftone style to the image. Conclusion You can rotate the Pixelmator to add more style or you can even rotate everything. The idea is to explore and that's why we are runing this tutorial and giveway. We want you to download the Pixelmator file and create a new version using the new Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry. We will pick the 3 winners that will get a license of the new Pixelmator and for the first place we will have an iPod Touch as well. Download the Pixelmator file Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Graffiti Stencil Effect in Pixelmator

Street art and graffitti will always be part of the counter culture and an important way for artist to express their ideas in the big canvas that is the streets. WIth that in mind we will show you how to create a simple spray effect using Pixelmator. For this tutorial we will show you how to create a nice stencil spray effect of the Squarespace logo using brushes and simple filters. It's a very useful technique and despite the fact that it looks quite easy, the details are very important and might take you some time practicing until you master your design with this effect. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 2560x1440 pixels for the size. After that place your logo or symbol in the center. I am using the Squarespace logo for the Dribbble context. http://dribbble.com/shots/653082-Official-Squarespace-6-Rebound-Playoff. Next thing to do here is import some brushes. I am using the T9 Dirty Brushes and you can download them here http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/brushes/t9-dirty-brushes/. Once you download them just open the .abr file in Pixelmator. The brushes will be automatically imported to the brushes panel. To see them, click on the gear icon and select the preset. Step 2 Add a new document on top of the other layers and with the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill the layer with white. After that go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 100% for the Amount. Step 3 Go to Image>Desaturate. Step 4 Go to Edit>Free Transform. Resize the layer like the image below. Step 6 Create a marquee selection of the logo we added in the Step 1 one by simply clicking on the thumbnail of the layer holding the Command key. After that create a mask on the layer with the Noise filter by selecting the layer and going to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 7 With the Smudge Tool start deforming the mask of the layer to create some dripping ink. Also go to Layer>Blur>Gaussain Blur. Use a 4 pixels for the Radius. Step 8 Now make the logo layer visible on top of the noise layer. Step 9 WIth the logo layer selected go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Again using the spray brushes start painting on the mask to hide some parts of the layer. The idea here is to make the black less uniform as possible. Step 10 Add a layer on top of the logo and again paint some spray splatters using the brushes we imported in the first step. Step 11 Add another layer on top and now create some dripping ink with the spray brush set we imported. You will probably have to rotate the layer so for each dripping use a separated layer. Group all layers used to create the logo. Duplicate it and hide one copy. After that merge one of the groups and change the Blending to Hard Light at 95% Opacity. Step 12 Go to Google Images and search for wall images with graffiti. Import one that has a nice area for you to place your logo, like the one I am using below. Step 13 Duplicate the texture layer and move to the top of all the other layers. After that change the Blending of this wall layer to Hard Light at 100% Opacity. Step 14 Duplicate the layer with the spray effect with the logo and change the order of the layers. Make sure the copy is on top of all other layers. Also change the Opacity to 80% Conclusion Here is the spray effect. Very easy and I am sure it is a technique that will be very useful for future projects. In our opinion here at Abduzeedo, a designer should be able to understand and create all sorts of effects, that will make it versatile and able to work with different audiences. Of course effects is not the most important part of the design process but it helps to visualize the ideas much quickly. Now it is up to you . Download the Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.

Dark Knight in Pixelmator

The year's most anticipated movie for me with no doubt is The Dark Knight Rises. I had high hopes for Prometheus, but in the end it was underwhelming. But the new Batman I am sure will not disappoint. With that in mind we decided to come up with some tutorials playing with the subject. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice composition using the Batman logo in Pixelmator. The technique is quite simple, we will play with some basic techniques and the brush tool. The whole process won't take more than 45 minutes. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 2560x1440 pixels for the size. After that with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background layer with a radial gradient with dark grey in the center and black on the edges. Step 2 Add a new layer and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Use black and white for the colors. After that change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 3 With the layer with the clouds selected go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Select the mask of the layer and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Apply the clouds filter in the mask to make it a bit more real. Step 4 Add another layer on top and fill it with orange. Change the Blending to Overlay and again add a layer mask to the layer and apply the Clouds filter to the mask. Step 5 Add a new layer on top and fill it with black. Change the Blending to Color Dodge and go to View>Show Brushes. Click on the settings gear icon on the Brushes Panel to select a new preset. Select the Smokes one and pick one of the smoke brushes. Then with the Brush Tool (B) start painting with white on the black layer to create some highlights, like a cloud of fire. Step 6 Add some dark areas as well, but to do that you will have to add a new layer just for the dark areas. Try to create the bat symbol of light and shadows in the center. Step 7 Do a Google search for the Batman symbol. Then place it on the center of your document for reference. Change the opacity to 40%. Step 8 Drag the batman symbol to the brush preset panel. After that change the presets based on the image below. That will create the bats for our composition. Step 9 With the Brush Tool (B) start painting some bats using black for the color. Start from the outline of the symbol that way you will have an idea of the area you will be able to paint. Step 10 Change the size of the brush and keep painting to create the bat. Step 11 Add some smaller bats. Step 12 Make the center much more dense with smaller bats. Step 13 Now try to fill some of the empty spaces to make sure that when you hide the reference symbol you will be able to see the big bat based on the Gestalt Principles :) Step 14 Hide the symbol and see if it's easy to spot the batman symbol. If not, just add a few more using the Brush Tool. Step 15 Still with the Brush Tool, increase the size quite a bit to create some bats flying in to form the big symbol. Step 16 Now add some bats on the edges of the image. Step 17 Select all layers and duplicate them. With the new layer selected go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have one layer with the composition. After that go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 10 for the Amount and center the control in the center. Duplicate this layer so you will have 2 layers with the composition. Step 18 Go to Image>Desaturate. After that change the Blending to Soft Light at 70%. Conclusion With the other copy of the layer with the zoom blur selected, change the opacity to 20% and the design will be done. You can always tweak it a little bit more if you want, like adding noise or motion blurs. Now it's your turn to come up with your own version. Enjoy. Download the file Download the file used for this tutorial

Super Easy Furry Text in Pixelmator

We love playing with typography, it's simple and always effective not only in terms of outcomes but the amount we can learn by experimenting with text effects. From 3D to light effects or simply creating a furry text effect with a leopard style texture. That's the idea of the following Pixelmator tutorial. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create a Furry Text Effect using Pixelmator. The whole process won't take you more than 30 minutes and it is without any doubt a very useful technique for future projects. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1650x1080 pixels. Step 2 With the Type Tool (T) add the text you want. I used the word "fur" with the font Rockwell bold. I also reduced the kerning so the letters got connected. Step 3 Time to use some nice texture. The one I am using is called Skin Of The Leopard by Friday, from Bigstock. Step 4 Holding Command Key, click on the thumb of the text layer to create a marquee selection. After that select the texture layer and then go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 5 Select the mask layer and then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the Radius. Step 6 Go to Image>Levels. Use 54% for Black, 56% for Grey and 58% for White. The idea of these 2 steps was to create a rounded corner for the text. Step 7 Go to View>Show Brushes. Then click on the settings icon on that panel to change another brush pack. Select Nature and use the brush I used in the image below. Once the brush is selected just start painting with white over the layer mask. Step 8 Chane the size of the brushe for some area to ake it look more realistic. Step 9 Duplicate the layer once it's done and move it a few pixels down to add some depth. Step 10 Darken the layer underneath to create the 3D effect. You can do that by either using Image Adjustments or just creating a black layer on top of the layer created in the previous step and use Multiply for the Blending at 70% Opacity. Step 11 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge the new layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. Step 12 Change the Blending of the blurry layer to Screen at 50%. This will add some nice glow to the furry text. Conclusion You can add a texture for the background now and the image will be done. You can also try different textures and this technique applies for all sorts of text effects. Download the Pixelmator file Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Hipster Text Effect in Pixelmator

Every time I checked Dribbble I see a bunch of posts with this sort of vintage typography style. It's a very interesting look and very trendy nowadays. With that in mind I decided to improve my skills by trying to replicate this look and feel using Pixelmator. I will also post a tutorial using Photoshop, Fireworks and CSS. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice Hipster Text Effect in Pixelmator. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1680x1050 pixels. With the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill the background with a salmon color (#d97b64). Step 2 Let's add some text now. For the font I used Sulivan Bevel. You can download it at http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=sullivan. For the color I used #cfbf9b. Use Overlay for the Blending. Step 3 Duplicate the font layer and change the font to Sullivan Regular. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 1 for the radius, also change the Blending to Overlay. Step 4 Just duplicate the layer created on step 2 to darken the text. Step 5 The first thing to do here is duplicate the text layer and change the font to Sullivan Fill. Then use the same color of the background. We want to create some shadow but the problem is that the font has some cutout areas and by adding a layer with the text and the Sullivan Fill we solve the proble, After that duplicate the layer with the Sulivan Fill and change the Blending to Color Burn. This layer will be underneath the others. Move the layer with color bur 2 pixels down and left. Step 6 Keep duplicating and moving the layers 2 pixels down and left. Step 7 After some new layers you will have a sort of 3D effect like the one in the image below. Group them all and in a folder. Step 8 Duplicate the group with the color burn layers and merge the group into a layer. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur. Use 5 pixels for the radius. After that go again to Filter>Blur>Motion. Change the angle to 145º and the a Radius to 20 pixels. Step 9 Let's add some nice texture to our design. I am using a nice pattern from SubtlePatterns.com You can download it here http://subtlepatterns.com/?p=834 Just place a stripe with the texture using Color Burn for the Blending. Step 10 Let's add a tagline. Use the same color as the Pixelmator text, but for the font use Mensch Regular. Step 11 Duplicate the layer a few times to create a drop shadow effect by using Color Burn for the Blending. Conclusion Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all new layers into one and go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 2% for the Amount. Our design is done. As you can see it was a very simple techique to create this type of effect. Now it's up to you to come up with your own. Enjoy :) Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

LCD Style Effect in Pixelmator

Digital LCD effects are very common but they still impress me especially in terms of light effects. The way the light gets blurry on the edges and super strong in the center is simply amazing. I have been doing this kind of effect for quite a long time but never shared exactly this one and using Pixelmator. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a LCD style text effect using Pixelmator. The whole process is quite simple and won't take you more than 30 minutes. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1650x1080 pixels. After that fill the background layer with #191919 Step 2 Go to View>Show Gradients. Then add an new gradient preset by clicking with the right button of the mouse on an empty slot and select New Gradient. Create a gradient using black, dark grey, black, dark grey, black and dark grey like the image below. Step 3 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 100 pixels for the Radius. Step 4 Add a new layer and using the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill the layer with green (#3f7d00). Step 5 Change the blending of the green layer to Multiply at 98%. Step 6 Add a new layer and go to Filter>Generator>Stripes. Use white for the Primary Color and black for the Secondary Color. Also use 2.0 pixels for the Width and 0% for the Sharpness. Step 7 Rotate the stripes layer so you will have horizontal lines. After that change the blending to Color Dodge at 40% Opacity. Step 8 Time to add some text. I am using a font called DS-Digital. You can download it at http://www.dafont.com/ds-digital.font After that add the text you want. I am using 00:00:09 with white for the color. Step 9 Add a new layer underneath the text layer and with the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill the layer with black. Step 10 Select the text and the black layer and merge them into one. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 7.5 pixes for the Radius. Step 11 Change the Blending of the blurry layer to Color Dodge. Step 12 Duplicate the layer and change the Blending to Overlay. Step 13 Repeat the same process to add more text to your composition. Step 14 Select all layers and duplicate them. With the new copies selected, merge them into a new one. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10px for the Radius, then change the Blending to Screen at 50%. That will create a really nice and realistic glowing effect. Conclusion You can create different colors effects by simply adding different layers with different colors instead of the green one on step 4. This effect is simple but very cool for some more advanced compositions or even for some animations. Now it's up to you to come up with your own versions. Download Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Nice Vintage Badge in Pixelmator

Last year we published a tutorial showing how to create a nice badge in Photoshop and Illustrator. Now we decided to do the same, or similar effect using Pixelmator and its new vector tools. The result is very good and there are some nice techniques to overcome the lack of some more complex shapes. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create complex shapes in Pixelmator and add round corners to it. After that we will show you how to make it look like an old badge using textures and some basic filters and blending. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1680x1050 pixels. After that using the new vector tools, select the Rectangle Shape and add a square by holding the shift key. Step 2 Duplicate the square and rotate it 30º. Step 3 Duplicate the rotated square, then go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. You will have the base of our badge. Step 4 Select the 3 squares and merge them into a layer. Layer>Merge Layers. After that go to FIlter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 7 for the radius. Step 5 Go to Image>Levels. Change the Black to 86%, the grey to 88% and white to 90%. After that you will have a nice shape with rounded corners. If you want it to be more rounded you can use a higher value for the blur in the previous step. Step 6 Go to Filter>Color>False Color. Use red for the color. Step 7 Duplicate the shape and rotate it to have more sides on the badge. Step 8 Change the color of one of the layers to blue and change the Blending to Multiply. Step 9 Select both layers and merge them. Then with the Magic Wand Tool (W) select the center area. After that use black for the false color. Step 10 Now let's start adding some text. I used a font called Carnevalee Freakshow for the font. Also used the Rectangle Shape Tool to add some other elements. Step 11 I added more text using another font, called Birch Std for the words San Francisco and Abduzeedo. Also change the opacity of some text to 30% white. Step 12 Let's add some texture. The one I used is from Subpatterns.com and can be found here: http://subtlepatterns.com/patterns/paper.png Use one layer with it for the background and another on top of the other layers. With the one on top go to Image>Levels. Use 95% for Black, 99% for the Grey and 100% for White. Then change the Blending to Screen and the opacity to 60%. Step 13 Select the badge with the text layers and duplicate them. After that merge the duplicated layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5.2px for the Radius. Step 14 Change the Blending to Hard Light at 60%. You might need to delete a bit of the center area to make the text more visible. Step 15 Duplicate all layers and merge them again into one. Then go to Image>Desaturate. You can change the opacity of this layer to 60% to make the colors less vibrant or... Conclusion You can have the layer in black and white, which is my favorite. So the idea of this tutorial was to show you how to create some more complex shapes using Pixelmator vector tools. You can go much further and add more details, but that now is up to you :) Conclusion You can have the layer in black and white, which is my favorite. So the idea of this tutorial was to show you how to create some more complex shapes using Pixelmator vector tools. You can go much further and add more details, but that now is up to you :) Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for thist tutorial

Playing with Vectors in Pixelmator

One of the new features of Pixelmator 2 is the vector tools. You can create primitve shapes like rectangles, triangles, ellipses and edit them like in Illustrator or using paths in Photoshop. I decided to give it a try and create a poster using some impossible structures like Escher. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a poster using the vector tool in Pixelmator mixed with some textures and basic painting tools. The whole process won't take you more than 45 minutes and I am sure you will like the outcome. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1200x1600 pixels. After that select the Rectangle Shape Tool and add a rectangle like the image below. Step 2 Click on the gear at the top right of the window and select Make Editable. Then click on the rectangle twice to edit the points. Move the bottom points to start adding a perspective to the rectangle. Duplicate the rectangle and again edit the points to create a 3D object. Note: add one shape per layer, not all in one layer only, otherwise it's not possible to select different colors for each side of the object. Step 3 This is the basic object that we will use to create the whole composition. Step 4 Duplicate the basic object and rotate. Move it to the left and match the edges. Step 5 Duplicate again and rotate to finish the triangle. Step 6 Select the bottom side of the horizontal object and the right side of the one on the right. Use a dark grey for the color. To do that is easy now in Pixelmator. Just select the shapes and the go to Shape Settings and select the Fill Color. Step 7 Select the left side of the left object and the top one of the bottom object and fill it with a light grey. Step 8 Select the other 2 shapes and use a middle grey. You might have to adjust the order of the layers and also adjust the middle grey one on the left. It will be on top of the bottom object, just move it so you have something like the image below. Step 9 Time for some refinements, especially with strokes and the connection of the objects. Once you do that the impossible triangle is done :) Step 10 Add a new layer and then with the Gradient Tool (G) fill the layer with a radial gradient with black on the outside and dark grey in the center. Step 10 Select the light object at the bottom and add a layer on top of it. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a big soft brush you will paint with black to create a shadow on that area. Step 11 Repeat the same for the other 2 inner sides. Step 12 Duplicate the left side and move it down. The idea here is to create the letter A of Abduzeedo. Step 13 Repeat the same thing for the other side. You will have to create the top part of this object. Do that using a very dark grey for the color. It will give the depth we need to make the impression it is behind the impossible triangle. Step 14 Now lets add a paper texture on top of everyhing. The one I am using is by R-studio and it's called Paper Texture. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Add the texture on top of all the other layers and change the Blending to Multiply. After that go to Image>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the saturation to almost greyscale. Duplicate this layer and change the Blending to Color Burn at 30%. Step 15 Select just the vector objects with shadows and duplicate them. After that merge the duplicated layers so you will have one layer with the impossible A. Rotate it and move it behind the main object. The last thing to do here is to change the Opacity to 10%. Step 16 Duplicate a few more times to create a sort of pattern for the background. Step 17 Add a new layer on top of all others. Select the Brush Tool (B) and then a very soft brush. Start paiting with blue, yellow and pink. Use the image below for reference. You can also try different colors to fit your taste and style. Conclusion Change the Blending of the previous layer to Overlay and the design is done. Just add the text you want and that is it, you have a nice poster design using impossible objects. Pixelmator 2 and the vector tools make the process of creating this kinds of shapes much easier. It's all about trying and exploring. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Sweet Cookies Typography in Pixelmator

Playing with text is one of the coolest things to exercise your skills with any software, at least in my opinion. You can try to make fire with the word fire or water effects with the word water. In my case today I will show you how to create a sweet cookie effect using Pixelmator. In this tutorial we will show you how to create a nice text effect using basic filters and some stock images. The result is really good for the amount of time required to achieve it. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1920x1200 pixels for the size. The background is white. After that select the Type Tool (T) and type the word you want. I used "sweet" with Cooper Black for the font. Step 2 Add a new layer and then with the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color select the clouds preset. Then start painting on the edges to make the word much less uniform. Once you finish the word ad a layer underneath and fill with it white using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Duplicate these layers a few times and hide them for future use. Select the white layer, the text layer and layer with the brush effect and merge them. Layer>Merge Layers. Step 3 Add a new layer and group it into a folder. After that holding Command, click on the thumb of the sweet word from the previous step to create a marquee selection. Select the folder and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 4 Now let's use some cookies texture. The image I am using is from Bryan Solomon and it's called Three Peanut Butter Cookies Isolated on a White Background. The image is courtesy of Shutterstock. Step 5 Add the images of the cookies inside the layer with the mask. Step 6 Delete the areas where the cookies that overlap each other. Step 7 Select the layer with the word "sweet" and the layer with the brush effects. Merge both and then go to Edit>Stroke. Use white for the color, 10 pixels for the width and Inside for the Position. Step 8 Go to Image>Invert Color. Step 9 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 8 pixels for the Radius. Step 10 Change the Blending to Soft Light. Duplicate the layer once again and hide it. Step 11 Select the Eraser Tool (E) and start deleting the top and left sides of the visible layer from the previous step. The idea is create the shadows on the bottom and right only as if the lights are coming from the top left. Step 12 Make the other layer visible and then go to Image>Invert Colors. Change the Blending to Overlay at 40%. Then with the Eraser Tool (E) delete the bottom right of the layer to create a highlight at the top left. Step 12 Let's add a background to make the effect a bit more realistic. The image I am using is called Texture Series - Old aged antique parchment manuscript for background use. Reduce the opacity to 40%. Conclusion Using the same layer of the Step 2, make sure it's all in black and merged with a white background. Then move the layer so it will be underneath the cookies text. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use 4 pixels for the radius. Duplicate the layer and apply the blur again with 10 pixels for the radius. Change the Blending of both layers to Color Burn and move them down a little bit to create a really nice shadow effect. Download the Pixelmator file Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Awesome Light Effect in Pixelmator

Pixelmator is a really cool tool for image manipulations and editing. It is a really versatile tool for some photo manipulations and the new version of the tools, the 2.0 has a brand new text tool with more options. So I decided to create a light effect using Pixelmator. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool light effect playing with some photos and basic filters in Pixelmator. The effect is quite simple and it won't take you more than 30 minutes to achieve the same effect. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and import an image of a light bulb. The one I am using is from Tischenko Irina and it's called Glowing lamp on black background. The image is courtesy of Shutterstock. Note: Make sure that the filament is in the first plane. Step 2 With the Eraser Tool (E) delete the parts of the glass that are being reflected. Step 3 With the Brush Tool (B) click ALT to select a color. Pick the ones closer to the filament but not the filament, we need the yellow behind it so we can hide the filament. Add a new layer and start painting to hide the filament. That are we will add our text. Step 4 Add the text you want. I added the word Pixelmator using Edwardian Script with white for the color. Step 5 Duplicate the text layer and then go to Layer>Convert into Pixels. After that go to Edit>Stroke. Use yellow for the color, 3 pixels for the width, Outside for the Position. Make sure that the Preserve Transparency is not selected. Step 6 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4 for the Radius. After that add a new layer and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Merge the blurry layer with the black layer, then change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 7 Duplicate the blurry layer from the previous step and go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use the image below for reference. After the filter make sure that the Blending is Color Dodge and change the Opacity to 35%. Step 8 Let's import some lens flare to make the effect more realistic and a bit cheesier :) The ones I am using can be found here and then desaturate the color and increase the contrast so you have something like the image below. Step 9 Change the blending of the lens flares to screen. Note that I moved them to the connection of the word with the rest of the light bulb. Step 10 Add a new layer on top of the others and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Make sure you have black and white for the color. Also go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Apply the clouds filter in the layer mask too. Step 11 Change the blending mode of the clouds layer to Soft Light at 60%. Step 12 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge all the duplicated icons into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5 for the Radius. After that duplicate the layer. Select one layer and go to Image>Desaturate and change the Blending to Overlay at 50%. For the other layer, change the Blending to Screen at 50%. Conclusion After a few blending changes and some basic filters we have a nice light effect done. It works really well for wallpapers and you can apply the same technique for other ideas. Now it's up to you. Download the Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Super Easy Vintage Look to Photos in Pixelmator

Vintage looking photography is super trendy especially with so many apps for Android and iPhone, apps like Instagram, Hipstmatic and so on. The vintage look is cool and easy to create in Pixelmator especially light leaks. That's why I decided to give it a try. In this tutorial I will show you how to add a super cool vintage look to your photos in Pixelmator 2.0. The tutorial is very simple, it has 10 steps only and I'm sure you will have a lot of fun playing around with your photos. Step 1 Open the photo you want to apply the vintage look in Pixelmator. The one I'm using is from ssuaphotos called beauty young woman blowing soap bubbles in summer day and you can find it here: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-57812896/stock-photo-beauty-young-woman… Step 2 Duplicate the layer of the photo and go to Image>Colorize. Reduce the Saturation to 25 and keep the Lightness at 0. Step 3 With the layer you just applied the Colorized adjustment selected go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush with grey for the color start painting on the mask over the soap bubble and her face in order to hide that part of the layer. The idea is to let her face and the soap bubble in color while the rest in that sort of sepia tone. Step 4 Add a new layer and the with the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill it with black. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color start painting on the center of the layer. Use the image below for reference, also if you want you can apply a Gaussian Blur to make it more subtle. Step 5 Change the Blending of the layer to Multiply at 30% in order to create a vignette effect. Step 6 Add a layer on top of the others and with the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill it with black, after that with the Brush Tool (B) and red for the color paint some spots that you want to create a light leak effect. Once you have the red spots, still with the Brush Tool, select yellow for the color and then paint some smaller yellow spots over the red ones. Use the image below for reference. Tip: Use the motion blur with 90º angle to make the effect more realistic. Step 7 Change the Blending to Screen to create a really nice light leak effect. Step 8 Repeat the same thing to create the flares effect over her shoulder. Step 9 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that, with all the duplicated copies selected go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have one layer with all the effects merged. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the Radius. Step 10 Duplicate this layer once, you will have 2 blurry layers. With the one on top change the Blending to Screen at 50% and the one that is beneath, use Soft Light at 50%. Layers Order Conclusion You can add an old paper texture like a did in the final result, I'm using an texture from Shutterstock which you can find it here. For the Blending I used Multiply at 20%. Notice in the previous step that the light leaks layers are on top of the others, even though we have the merged layers. That's because I wanted to increase the strength of the light effect. Now it's up to you trying it with your own images. Download Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Captain America Shield in Pixelmator

It is been a while since the last time we published a Pixelmator tutorial and now with Pixelmator 2.0 out there and App of the Year we decided to show more love to this really cool tool. We will be creating weekly Pixelmators tutorial here on Abduzeedo alongside with our Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks tutorials. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the Captain America Shield using Pixelmator only. The process is quite simple and won't take you more than 30 minutes. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 2560x1440 pixels for the size. After that with the Gradient Tool (G) fill the background with the default black/grey radial gradient. Step 3 Pixelmator 2.0 has some amazing new features like vector shapes. So select the Ellipse Tool and create a circle. After that go to Shape Settings and change the fill color to red (#d51a37). Step 4 In the shape Settings options you can now add shadow as well. So mark the Shadow option and use Black for the color, 90º Angle, 10px Offset and 30px Blur. Step 5 Add 3 more circles. A light grey, another red and a blue. After that add a Star like te image below. Note that I added shadow to the internal circles as well, however I used 5px for the Offset and 2px for the blur. Another important thing you can do is duplicate the circles and change their colors to white and move them 2px up and make sure that they are underneath the original ones. The idea here is to create a highlight. Another important thing is to make all the circles clipping masks of the bigger circle. Step 6 Add a new layer and also go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Fill this new layer with white using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). After that make sure you have black and white for the background and foreground color. Then go to Filter>Style>Noise. Use 30% for the Amount and select Monochrome. Step 7 Now go to Filter>Distort>Twirl. Use 500 px for the Radius and 720º Angle. Step 8 Repeat that 6 times to make the effect stronger. Step 9 Change the Blending to Multiply. After that duplicate the layer to make the effect stronger again. Step 10 Select the Gradient Tool (G) and then create a new gradient preset. Use Angle for the type and then use white, black, white, black and white. Add a new layer and again make it a clipping mask. Fill the layer with the new gradient like the image below. Step 11 Change the Blending to Multiply at 60%, after that duplicate it and change the blending of the new one to Hard Light at 60%. Step 12 Now let's make the effect more real by applying some textures. The one I am using is from maxstockphoto and it's called Metal plate background texture. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Step 13 Change the blending to Overlay at 30%. After that go again to Filter>Distort>Twirl. Use the same presets of the Step 7. Step 14 Duplicate the layer again and change the blending to Color Burn at 33%. Conclusion Now just add some texture on the background as well. The one I used is from Kompaniets Taras and it's called seamless silver metal texture with empty place for your text or image. As you can see the process was very straightforward and Pixelmator with its new tools make it easier to play with basic shapes like circles, rectangles, stars and so on. This effect can be used to create nice UI buttons as well. But now it's up to you. Download Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Radar Icon in Pixelmator

A few weeks ago I showed you how to create a Mac style icon using Photoshop. It was a radar one inspired by the Network Utility icon. As I like to play with all tools I decided to give it a try in Pixelmator as well. So, in this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful Mac style icon using Pixelmator. I will show you how to create some bevels and light effects that are very characteristic of these icons. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document, I'm using 1024x1024 pixels. After that fill the background with a dark grey and add some noise using black for the background. Once you have the background with the Ellipse Marquee Tool (M) create circle and fill it with a 50% grey. Step 2 Duplicate the circle and then go to Edit>Free Transform and resize it so it's slightly smaller. After that go to Edit>Load Selection to create a marquee selection of the smaller circle. Step 3 Select the big circle with the marquee selection active and hit the Delete key to delete that area of the big circle. If you hide the small one you will have a result like the image below. Step 4 Duplicate the grey border we created in the previous step and change the Blending to Screen in order to make it lighter. Step 5 Duplicate the border again and fill it with black then, there are 2 ways to do that, once is using the Paint Bucket Tool (N) and the second one, which I prefer is to go to Filter>Color>False Color. Then just make sure that you have black as the background color before applying this filter. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 for the amount. Then move it down a little bit. Use the image below for reference. Step 6 Duplicate the grey border again and use the fake color filter but this time to convert it to white. Then go again to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 again for the amount. After that resize it a little bit in order to make it a slightly smaller. Another thing you will have to do here is this, add a new layer and fill it with black, this layer will be beneath the white border. After that merge the two layers and change the blending of the merged layer to Linear Dodge. Step 7 Group all layers used to create the metallic border. After that create another circle that will be the center of our radar. Use black for the color and it will be beneath the border group. Step 8 Go to View>Show Gradient. Create a new gradient preset and then use radial for the type and for the colors use black and #926007 for the center color. Step 9 Duplicate the black circle in the center and resize it in order to make it slightly smaller. After that go to Edit>Load Selection. Then with the Gradient Tool (G) fill the circle with the gradient where the center will be at the bottom of the circle. Use the image below for reference. Step 10 Add a new layer and with the Brush Tool (B) and with a very soft brush and #926007 for the color paint a light spot on top of the center of the circle with gradient. Notice that the circle marquee selection is still active. Step 11 Add a new layer on top of the previous two layers. Now with the Brush Tool (B) and still with the same very soft round brush, use black to paint on the sides of the circle in order to create some depth. Step 12 Add a new layer then fill with black. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) create a thin rectangle and fill it with white in order to create a line. Step 13 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use 2 for the Radius. After that change the Blending to Color Dodge. You will get a really nice light effect. Duplicate this layer and rotate it 90º. Step 14 Duplicate both layers and apply more gaussian blur to them in order to create a glow. Step 15 Duplicate the black circle that we created in the step 7 then change its order so it is on top of the others. After that resize it so it will be much smaller like the image below. To create the light effect is very simple. The circle will be black already so go to Edit>Stroke. Use a inner stroke of 3 in white. After that change the Blending of the layer to Color Dodge and apply a Gaussian Blur of 2 or 3 for the radius. You can also duplicate this layer and apply more blur to create the same glow as we did in the previous step. Step 16 Repeat the same thing we did in the previous step to add another white stroke circle. Step 17 Add a new layer and fill it with Black. Notice this layer will be on top of the others but beneath the metallic border. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft and round brush create some white spots. Step 18 Change the Blending to Color Dodge and you will have a super cool light effect. Step 19 Add a new layer and with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) create a rectangular selection and fill it with black, after that create a thinner rectangular selection over the black area and fill it with white. Change the Blending to Color Dodge and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5 for the radius. After that just go to Edit>Free Transform and rotate it 45º, then align it as I did in the image below. Step 20 In order to create a sort of ghost tracking light effect for that rectangle as it is rotating let's use the Gradient Tool (G). Create a new gradient preset using Angle for the type and black and white for the colors. Once you have the gradient preset, add a new layer and create a circle the same size as the radar center one. Then fill this circle with the gradient we created. Rotate it so the white part is exactly over the rotating bar. Step 21 Add a new layer on top of the other radar elements but beneath the border. Then create an elliptical selection of the center circle, just select the center circle and go to Edit>Load Selection. After that select the new layer and then with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) change the type to ellipse and then holding ALT create another selection a little bit below the center of the previous selection. Use the image below for reference. Step 22 Fill the selection with white and reduce the opacity to 10% and you have created a nice glossy effect. Conclusion Select all the layers used to create the center area of the radar and duplicate them, after that merge the duplicated layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 for the radius and then change the Blending to Screen at 50% Opacity. That will increase the glowing effect. As you can see, we created a very Mac style icon using Pixelmator only. We didn't have any specific filter for bevels but there's always ways to overcome that. Now it's up to you. 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UPDATED: Pixelmator Christmas Giveaway

So yesterday's giveaway went great. In fact, it was so popular that some flaws in how we were judging the winners of the giveaway came to the surface very quickly (we're in the process of making sure everyone from yesterday is taken care of). So today we'd like to make one change that should clear everything up for today's Pixelmator Christmas Giveaway. Commenting. At 1pm EST today (Wednesday), I will be posting the below image to the Abduzeedo facebook page. The rules are simple, the first 5 to COMMENT "Abduzeedo" (reasonable typos accepted) on the image will get a free copy of the Pixelmator software. This will go even faster than yesterday's contest so I'll be extra careful to be precise on the time. 1pm EST - on the dot!