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Happy New Year in Pixelmator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a design inspired by the Dreamworks logo, with fluffy clouds and some light effects. We will use the clouds brush that comes with Pixelmator and some stock photos. The whole process will take about one hour. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials I have been writing for the Pixelmator Learn site. Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, and with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background with a Linear Gradient using Dark Blue and Black from the bottom to the top. Step 2 Go to View>Show Brushes. Then double click on the clouds brush—this brush comes with Pixelmator. Let’s change some presets, especially the Opacity — we will change this to 55%. The Flow will be 80%. Use the image below for reference. This brush will be used to create the fluffy clouds. Step 3 Add a new layer, then select the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color. Next, with the brush we have created, start painting some clouds. Paint over some areas more than others, especially the corners. Step 4 Add another layer on top of the previous one with the white clouds. Now, still using the Brush Tool (B) with the same brush, paint some clouds using black for the color. The black is important to create depth in the clouds. Step 5 Add another layer on top of the other two cloud layers. Paint with the same Brush Tool (B), now with white again. There will be three layers for the clouds: white beneath, then black in the middle, and white on top of the others. Step 6 Let’s create some light effects. Add a layer on top of the first cloud layer, the white one. Fill this layer with black, then change the Blending to Color Dodge. Select a salmon color (#a78888) and paint some clouds again. As you can see in the image below, light effects appear in the clouds. Step 7 Add a new layer beneath the others, and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). After that, go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 15 for the Amount, and leave the Monochrome option unmarked. Step 8 Go to Image>Levels. Set the Black input to 37, the Gray to 55, and the White to 74. That’s the easiest way to create stars. You can also add some blur and repeat the steps if you want to make bigger stars. After that, change the Blending to Screen. Step 9 Again, let’s add another layer, then select the Brush Tool (B) with a basic round brush. Using purple for the color, paint a nice spot of light in the center of your design. We will place a moon in the center of the design, so make it big. Also, change the Blending to Screen and the Opacity to 30%. Step 10 For the moon, I used a stock photo. The one I used was courtesy of Shutterstock, and you can find it here: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-40812199/stock-photo-moon.html. Place it in the center of the document, the go to Edit>Transform>Scale. Re-size it and also change the Blending to Screen. Step 11 With the Type Tool (T), type “2010.” Use a font with a zero that is very rounded, like a perfect circle. The one I used was Instanter. Use white for the color and change the Opacity to 40%. Then go to Layer>Rasterize Layer. The type layer now is a bitmap With the Eraser Tool (E) delete the first “0.” With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the number “2,” then with the Move Tool (V), move it close to the moon; then select the “1” and move it close to the moon as well. After that, select the other “0” and move it very close to the “1.” With the Eraser Tool (E), select a basic rounded brush; for the size, make it a bit bigger than the moon. Also, the brush should be very soft. Then, delete the area beneath the moon, so a part of the “2” and the “1” will be affected. Step 12 Let’s add a texture to the text. Import a concrete texture, and place the layer on top of the 2010. Then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. The texture will be shown only where there are numbers. The texture I used is from Shutterstock and can be found at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-16751947/stock-photo-large-concrete-wal…. Step 13 Now it’s time for some fireworks. Again, I used my account at Shutterstock to find some images. The one I used can be found at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-43315858/stock-photo-many-golden-firewo…. Import the image and change the Blending to Screen. With the Eraser Tool (E), delete the areas of the image that are not necessary. To create more fireworks, duplicate the layer and rotate it (Edit>Transform>Rotate). Also, you can change the colors through Image>Colorize. I created two—one green and the other red—as you can see in the image below. Step 14 Add a new layer on top of the others, and fill it with a gradient. I created a gradient using Yellow, Red, Purple, and Blue for the colors. Use Linear Gradient and paint it diagonally in the layer. Step 15 Change the Blending of the colorful gradient layer to Overlay. After that, select all layers and go to Layer>Duplicate Layer. With all the duplicated copies still selected, go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have one layer with the design flattened. Step 16 With the flattened layer selected, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 25 for the Radius. After that, change the Blending to Screen. This step will add a nice glow to the image. Tip: You can use the Eraser Tool (E) to delete some areas to prevent the glow. Step 17 Select all layers and duplicate them again. After that, merge all the layers to a new layer, and go to Filter>Halftone>CMYK Halftone. Use 3 for the Width, 24 for the Sharpness, and 25 for the UCR. I love this filter because it gives that old printed style to the design, making it look retro and stylish. Step 18 In my opinion the colors were too vivid, so I went to Image>Hue and Saturation and reduced the Saturation to -10. Conclusion That’s it, the design is done. We used a basic brush from Pixelmator to create some fluffy clouds. Also, we used stock photos and blendings to match them together. The idea of this tutorial, and all the tutorials I’ve been writing for Pixelmator, is to practice using the tools and experimenting with the settings. I think the best way to learn is trying to see how the presets behave; that way, you can discover new possibilities that might be useful for your future designs. I wish a Happy 2010 to all, and I hope we can keep sharing and learning more about Pixelmator. Download the Pixelamtor File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.

Realistic Golden Text in Pixelmator

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful golden text in Pixelmator. It might be useful for your next Christmas design. We will use basic tools and gradients to mimic gold with this super easy technique. I also have writen a tutorial showing how to create the same effect but for Photoshop, you can find it at PSDTUTS. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials I have been writing for the Pixelmator Learn Site. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. The size is not important but I’m using 1440×900 pixels. Then go to View>Show Gradient to open the Gradient Panel. Create a new Radial gradient from a dark brown in the center and blending to black. Fill the background layer with this new gradient. Step 2 Go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 1 for the amount and make sure that it’s NOT monochrome. Step 3 With the Type Tool (T) type VIVAVIDA (or any word you want). We will break the text into layers and create a new word. To do that, go to Layer>Rasterize Type Layer. Then with the Lasso Tool (L), select each character, then cut and paste it back. Each one will be in a different layer. (The font I used was Adobe Garamond.) Step 4 Now that you have layers for each letter, let’s create a new word. The one that I came up with was VIVAD. The VIV is connected and so is the AD. Select the layers that make the word, and go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have the word back in one layer only. Step 5 Go back to the Gradient Panel and create a new gradient preset. Create a linear one this time. Use dark brown, beige and white for the colors, exactly like the image below. Step 6 Add a new layer on top of the word VIVAD and go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to fill the layer with the gradient we created in the previous step. Start from the top of the word and finish at the bottom. Step 7 Add another layer on top of the previous one and go back to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Change the Blending to Multiply. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a rectangular selection starting 2 pixels down from the top of the word. With the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with the gradient we used for the gold letter; this time the direction will be the opposite, with the dark color at the top. Use the image below for reference.? The idea is create a tiny line to create the reflection of the gold. Step 8 Let’s repeat this step for the bottom of the word. The Blending will have to change, so you can use either Color Dodge or Screen. I used Color Dodge, but I had to duplicate the layer to get a stronger result.? Repeat the previous step, but now the idea is to put a shiny line at the bottom of the word that had been dark. Step 9 This is the result we have to achieve. Step 10 Duplicate the layer with the word VIVAD and move it beneath the gold effect. Then go to Edit>Stroke. Use any color, 1 for the Width and Outside. Step 11 Again over the Gradient Panel, add a new preset using dark brown, beige and dark brown. Use the image below for reference. We will use this gradient to create another reflection to our golden text. Step 12 Create a new layer on top of the layer where we applied the stroke. Then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Fill this layer with the gradient we created in the previous step. The beige part has to be almost at the bottom of the word. Step 13 Duplicate the layer with the word VIVAD and put it beneath the other layers but on top of the background. Go to Image>Invert. It was white and now it’s black; then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 30 for the Radius. The idea is to create a nice shadow beneath the golden text. Step 14 This is the gradient order that I have. Check yours to see if it’s similar, or simply download the file used for this tutorial to understand how the layers are organized. Conclusion This is a very simple but beautiful effect. Even though we don’t have the layer styles feature we have in Photoshop, we can create Bevels and Gradients using layers and clipping layers with gradients. We observe reality and try to recreate it with the tools that are available. Versions You can also create other types of metals, like silver. You can try different gradients or just apply Hue and Saturation. Download the Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Sleek Wallpaper in Pixelmator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an aluminum texture and a 3D pattern effect, using very simple techniques. This method is useful for designing modern and stylish interfaces or simply fashioning a mockup for the next MacBook Pro or an aluminum iPhone. This tutorial is part of a series of Pixelmator tutorials I've been writing for the Pixelmator Learn site. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I used 1440×900 pixels, but you can choose whatever size you want. Step 2 Go to View > Show Gradients, then create a new gradient preset. Use Radial for the type. Use #1c1c1f for the dark color and #363538 for the light color. Step 3 Add 1 horizontal and 1 vertical guide to find the center of the document. Next, with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background layer with the gradient that you just created. Step 4 Now, go to Filter > Stylize > Noise. Use 1 for the Amount, and leave the color intact. Step 5 Select the Brush Tool (B) and go to View > Show Brushes. Select a round brush and change the presets as shown in the image below. Step 6 Using the guide for reference, select the Brush Tool (B). While holding SHIFT, click to add a circle at the top of the image. Use the image below for reference. Step 7 While continuing to hold shift, click at the bottom of the image to create the circles. It's fairly simple. You can reduce the brush size as well. Step 8 Select the layer with the dots and duplicate the column of circles until you have created a nice block. You can do that by dragging the layer over the "+" icon in the Layer Palette. I also resized them, which you can do by going to Edit > Free Transform or simply by pressing Command + F. Step 9 First, reduce the opacity of the white circles; use 40%. Then duplicate the block of white circles and merge them (Layer > Merge Layers). Next, select black for the color and go to Filter > Color > False Color. The duplicated white circles will become black. Move them 1 pixel up, which will create a bevel effect. Step 10 Duplicate the pattern; you can select the black and white blocks and go to Layer > Merge Layers so that the pattern includes only one layer. Simply move the block to the other side of the canvas. Use the image below for reference. Step 11 Place the icon that you want to use in the middle of the document. I’m using the power icon. The color is not important in this step because we will use the Clipping Layer to change it. Step 12 Create a new layer on top of the icon and fill it with white. Step 13 Go to Filter > Stylize > Noise. Use 40 for the Amount and select Monochrome. Step 14 Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask; now, the layer will be visible only in the area of the icon. Step 15 On the clipping layer, go to Filter > Blur > Zoom Blur. Use 20 for the Amount and move the controller to the center of the icon. Step 16 Now go to Filter > Stylize > Noise. Use 2 for the Amount and select Monochrome again. This will create a brushed metal effect on the icon. Step 17 Duplicate the icon layer. The icon that I used was already black, so I put it behind the icon that had the brushed metal texture. Next, move the black icon 2 pixels up, creating an embossed effect. Conclusion This tutorial showed you how to create an aluminum texture using gradient and noise. We also played with the Brush engine to create a pattern and then gave the pattern a really cool 3D effect. Pixelmator has very useful filters that allow users to create any type of effect or image; it’s all about experimenting with the tools to discover what you can do. Click on the image for full preview Light Version You can create a lighter version of the wallpaper by simply using light grays for the background. You can also change the opacity of the white circles pattern to 100% so that the 3D effect is more visible. Click on the image for full preview Download the Pixelmatro File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorials

Creating a Colorful Light Effect with Pixelmator

We have already published tutorials on how to create a really cool light effect in Photoshop and GIMP, now In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this super, simple light effect inspired by a design that I saw recently in a Sony advert. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. Select 1440×900 pixels and then fill the layer with #121212. Step 2 Next, add another layer and select Filter>Generator>Clouds. Set the colors to black and white. Step 3 Choose options Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 40. Step 4 Use the Eraser Tool (E) to delete most of the layer, leaving just a little of the middle. In Blending, select Color Dodge and set the Opacity to 60%. Step 5 Create a third layer and fill it with black. Then, use the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M), to create a rectangular selection. Fill this with white. Step 6 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and change the Radius to 25 . Then resize the rectangle by reducing its height in Edit>Free Transform. This should make it thinner along its vertical access (as shown). Change the Blending choice to Color Dodge. Step 7 Add a new layer and fill it with black. Change the Blending to Color Dodge. Now select a very soft brush with 30-50% Opacity from the Brush Tool (B) options and paint some areas around the length of the rectangle as shown in the image below. Step 8 Create a new layer on the top of the others and use the Gradient Tool (G) to create a gradient in purple, red, yellow, and green. Fill the layer with this gradient. Change Blending to Multiply, and then set Opacity to 90%. Step 9 Add a further layer and select Filter>Generator>Stripes. Set the Width to 3 and the Sharpness to 55 . Then change the Opacity to 3% and the Blending to Screen. Step 10 Select the stripped layer and choose Filter> Distortion> Twirl. Set the Radius at 340 and the Angle at 100 . Then, position the controller over the line as shown in the image below. Step 11 Repeat the same filter but change both the position of the controller and the Angle to -100. Conclusion This is a wonderfully simple technique that creates a beautiful light effect with a very unique texture. It can be achieved in less than 20 minutes with a professional looking outcome. You may wish to experiment with different colors or more than one streak. Download Pixelmator File Pixelmator file

Torch Man in Pixelmator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a “human torch” effect. I created this effect a few months ago in Photoshop for a tutorial for Digital Arts Magazine, and I have decided to try it in Pixelmator. The process is very similar, and the result is equally beautiful. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and place a photo of the guy who will become the torch man. I used a picture from Shutterstock. It can be found here Step 2 With the Lasso Tool (L), extract the background from the image; you only need the guy and a black background. Always keep an extra copy of this layer because you will need to use the original several times throughout the whole process. Next, select one of the layers; go to Layer > Add Layer Mask. Then, using the Brush Tool (B), with black for the color, paint over the mask layer in order to erase part of the arm. Use the image below for reference Step 3 Duplicate the layer and go to Filter > Sharp > Unsharp Mask. Use 25 for the Radius and 100 for the Intensity. Step 4 Duplicate the layer again and go to Filter > Sharpen Luminance. Use 90 for the Sharpness. After that, change the Blending to Hard Light and the Opacity to 60%. Step 5 Now, duplicate the layer of the Step 3, then delete the layer mask so that the arm is in the picture again. Step 6 Add a new layer on top of the hand’s layer and change the Blending to Multiply. With the Brush Tool (B), paint the layer with orange. Step 7 Duplicate the orange layer and change the Blending to Overlay. Step 8 Add another layer and fill it with black. Change the Blending to Color Dodge and then use the Brush Tool (B) to add white paint over the arm—just to create some highlights. Step 9 To increase the realism of the composition, use some stock photos of fire. You can find some high-quality free stock photos at sxc.hu. I used a picture from Shutterstock, and you can download it here: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-2933444/stock-photo-fire.html.The idea is pretty simple. With the Lasso Tool (L), select parts of the flames and copy them in your composition. Use Screen for the Blending to make the flames match the photo. Step 10 Now import another photo—this time, a fireball. You can find the one I used at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1242072/stock-photo-a-fireball-shoots-across-a-black-background.html Step 11 Duplicate the layer of the guy’s arm. Then go to Filter > Stylize > Edges. Use 100 for the Intensity. Step 12 Change the Blending to Color Dodge and delete the other parts of the layer, leaving only the hand and arm. The purpose of this step is to add a white stroke to the arm. Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 4 for the Radius. Step 13 Duplicate the stroke layer; then, once again, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. This time, use 15 for the Radius. Keep the Color Dodge for the Blending. Step 14 Add a new layer, on top of all the others, and fill it with black. Change the Blending to Screen. Then, with the Brush Tool (B), select a dark orange/brown (e.g., #926721) for the color; paint over the fireball. With the Eraser Tool (E), you can erase some parts over the fireball to make the fire more visible. Step 15 Create a new layer on top of the others and go to Filter > Generator > Clouds. Use black and white for the colors. Next, change the Blending to Color Dodge. With the Eraser Tool (E), delete nearly the entire layer; leave only the areas where the orange light is visible. Use the image below for reference. Step 16 This is the proper order of the layers: Step 17 Select all layers and duplicate them, then go to Layer > Merge Layers. Next, go to Filter > Stylize > Noise. Use 2 for the Amount. Step 18 Duplicate the layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 25 for the Radius. Next, change the Blending to Screen and the Opacity to 70%. Then, with the Eraser Tool (E), delete the dark parts of the layer. The blur of this layer will create a nice glow, but it must be subtle; therefore, delete most of the layer, leaving only the areas that are close to the face and the fire. Conclusion By using a few stock photos and playing with the blending modes, we created a very nice fire effect. The purpose of this tutorial was to demonstrate that you can do nearly anything in Pixelmator. Just mess around with the tools and learn to understand the filters and tools. Download the Pixelmator file Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Web Design in Pixelmator

The newly released Pixelmator includes a very important feature: the Slice Tool. Now we can slice and save pieces of the layout to create Web sites. That is really handy! Because of that, I decided to create a tutorial showing how to create a Web site design using Pixelmator. Step 1 Open Pixelmator, go to http://960.gs/ and download the template files. Open the PSD version so that you will have layers with guides. Select them all and go to Layer>Merge Layers. After that, fill the background layer with dark grey (#333) using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Step 2 Go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 1 for the Amount. Also make sure that Monochrome is not selected. Step 3 Add a new layer, and fill it with white, again using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Then go to Filter>Generator>Stripes. Use 6 for the Width and 100 for the Sharpness. After that, change the Opacity to 5%. Step 4 Add a new layer, and, with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient from Grey (#666) to black (#000). You will have to resize the layer as well because, when you fill the layer with the gradient, it will fill the whole area. Go to Edit>Free Transform. Step 5 Add another layer and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). That layer will be beneath the layer with gradient. After that, change the opacity of this layer to 70%. Step 6 Create a new layer with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and then fill it with white using the . Go to Edit>Free Transform (Command +F). Then resize the rectangle until you achieve a 1 pixel height line. After that, change the Opacity to 20%. Step 7 Place the logo on the header now. Use the Type Tool (T) to create the text. Step 8 Let’s import an iPhone template. You can download the PSD file at http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/?p=447. Place it in the document. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 Choose an image, and place it in front of the iPhone. Then, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the visible screen area of the iPhone and mask the image you have just imported. Step 10 Import some icons and then create blocks of text using the Type Tool (T) for the titles. Use Lucida Grande Regular, 14pt and white. For the description text, use Lucida Grande Regular, 11pt and grey (#999) Step 11 Now add a slogan, again using Lucida Grande Regular, 24pt and white for the color. Then add a little text below that, again using Lucida, but now in 14pt and grey (#999). It’s important to create a big block of content with the slogan and description aligned to the left and with the block of features. Step 12 Add the App Store Badge with some text next to it. Step 13 Add a new layer beneath the iPhone, and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Use black and white for the colors. Step 14 With the Eraser Tool (E), delete most of the layer, leaving just a few parts beneath the phone, as if it is smoke coming from behind it. Step 15 Add a new layer on top of the smoke layer, and fill it with dark yellow (#f88b00). Then change the Blending to Color Dodge. With the Eraser Tool (E) again, delete most of the layer, leaving just the parts over the smoke. That will create a nice flame effect. Conclusion Now, with the Slice Tool in Pixelmator, we can start creating layouts. In this tutorial, I covered basic tips such as creating a nice stripped background, subtle 3D effects, and, of course, a nice light/fire effect. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Magic Cup Coffee in Pixelmator

Pixelmator is a very powerful image editor; you can create all sorts of effects using it. Because of that I decided to recreate some images and tutorials that I previously did using Photoshop in Pixelmator. You will see that you can do pretty much everything with Pixelmator, and usually faster. This tutorial is very useful for beginners or those users willing to learn how to use Pixelmator. You will learn how to create light effects, text effects and other nice tricks. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I used 1920×1200 pixels. Then go to View>Show Gradient. Create a new gradient using Brown and Black for the colors. Also select the Radial type, then fill the background with the gradient, like the image below. Step 2 Download the Office Space icon set at www.vistaicons.com and import the coffee cup icon. Step 3 Using the Type Tool (T), type some texts, using white for the color. I created two layers of text. Step 4 Select one text layer and go to Layer>Rasterize Type Layer, then go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 90º CCW. Move the text layer so it will be coming out of the cup. Use the image below for reference. Step 5 Go to Filter>Distortion>Twirl. Use 350 for the Radius and -40 for the Angle. Use the image below to understand how to use the controllers of the filters in Pixelmator. Step 6 Repeat the same technique to apply the twirl effect to the other line of the text. Step 7 Add a new layer, and, using the Paint Bucket Tool (N), fill the layer with black. Select the 2 text layers and the black layer and go to Layer>Merge Layers. After that, change the Blending to Color Dodge. One more thing that is necessary in this step is adding some blur to the text. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 2 for the Radius. If you want, you can add more blur. Step 8 Add another layer and fill it with black. Then change the Blending to Color Dodge. Select the Brush Tool(B) and, using a regular soft brush, paint some light with white. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 Create another layer and fill it with black again. Change the Blending to Color Dodge and, using the Brush Tool (B), paint a sort of splash coming out from the cup. After that go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 65 for the Amount; that will create a nice burst effect coming from the cup. Step 10 Let’s add some sparks. Pixelmator comes with a very nice set of brushes; one of them is Stars. So first add another layer and fill it with black, and change the Blending to Color Dodge. After that, using the Brush Tool (B), select the star brush and paint some sparks, using white for the color. You can add a bit of Gaussian blur to the stars as well. Step 11 Create a new layer on top of the others and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Make sure you are using black and white for the colors and generate the clouds. Select the clouds layer and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Then, using the Brush Tool (B) and black for the color, paint over the mask layer to hide some areas of the cloud. Use the image below for reference, and make sure you have smoke only over the cup. Step 12 Once you have the clouds properly created and masked, change the Blending to Color Dodge. You will have a very nice light effect. Conclusion In this tutorial we covered some variations of blur filters, the twirl filter, also how to use the gradient tool, the brush tool and, of course, the Color Dodge blending mode for creating light effects. Pixelmator has really improved, and with the addition of the Brush Engine, the Clouds Filter and the Noise Filter, Pixelmator is a very complete tool for graphic designers, digital artists and enthusiasts like me :)

Mental Wave Explosion in Pixelmator

Almost 2 years ago, I wrote a Photoshop tutorial that became quite popular. Its effect was a sort of explosion of mental waves, like a powerful superhero attack. Because of the tutorial’s popularity, I decided to recreate that effect in Pixelmator. In this tutorial, we will play with a few filters such as blurs, clouds, and distortions. Additionally, we will mix some photos and blendings in order to complete the images. Step 1 Open Pixelmator; create a new document. The size I chose was 800×600 pixels. Next, import a photo of a road. You can download the one I used at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/958370/ Step 2 Next, we need a photo of a guy who will be our superhero. You can find the picture I used at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/853035 Step 3 Using the Lasso Tool (L), create a marquee selection in order to remove the background from the photo of the guy. Step 4 Add a new layer, then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M); change the type to Oval. Step 5 Fill the layer with black, using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Step 6 With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the bottom part of the ellipse that you created, then go to Edit > Free Transform. See the image below for reference. Step 7 Holding the Command key on your keyboard, click on the thumb of the Ellipse layer in the Layers Panel. Then, add a new layer and go to Filter > Generator > Clouds. Use black and white for the colors. Step 8 Go to Image > Levels; increase the Black to 65 and the White to 195. This will strengthen the clouds. Next, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. I chose to flip the effect because the dark area of the clouds was not in the right position. Because rendering the clouds is a random filter, however, you might not need to flip them. Change the Blending to Hard Light and the Opacity to 80%. Step 9 Basically, repeat the same process in another layer. This time, however, the layer will be on top of the first one, and the Blending will be Multiply. The Opacity will be 100%. Step 10 Repeat once again, using Hard Light for the Blending. Now you have 3 layers of the clouds effect. Step 11 Create another layer and go to Filter > Generator > Clouds. Use black and orange for the colors; then change the Blending to Overlay and the Opacity to 30%. Step 12 Now, apply the Bulge Filter (Filter > Quartz Composer > Distortion > Bulge) to all the layers. The marquee selection must still be active; otherwise, the effect will expand. For the first layer, use 0.7 for the Amount. Step 13 For the second layer, the one with Multiply Blending, use 1 for the Bulge Amount. Step 14 For the third layer, use 0.6 for the Bulge Amount. Step 15 Apply another filter to all layers; go to Filter > Quartz Composer > Distortion > Pinch. This filter will add an impression of movement to the edges of the mental explosion effect. Experiment with different values for each layer. Step 16 As seen in the previous step, the effect was a bit too dark; hence, you should adjust the Opacities. Use 60% for the first layer (the one with Hard Light), 100% for the second layer (with Multiply), and 60% again for the third layer (with Hard Light). Step 17 Add a new layer, on top of the others. With the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a radial gradient from beige to brown. Use the image below for color references. Next, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 18 On top of all the other layers, import a photo of smoke. You can download the one I used here: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/941942 Change the Blending to Overlay and the Opacity to 80%. Step 19 Duplicate the layer of the man, then fill that layer with black by creating a marquee selection (using the layer of the man for reference). Hold Command and click on the thumb of the man’s layer. Then, add a new layer and fill it with black. Step 20 Go to Edit > Transform > Distort. Move the shadow until you find a nice perspective. (Try to follow where the guy’s shadow might naturally fall.) Step 21 Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 12 for the Radius. Step 22 Add a new layer, beneath the other layers but on top of the road’s layer. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create an ellipse, like in the image below. Fill the new layer with black. Step 23 Create another ellipse with the Marquee Tool (M) and delete that area. Step 24 Duplicate the layer and resize it (go to Edit > Free Transform). Make it much bigger, as shown in the image below. Step 25 Duplicate it again, but make it much smaller this time. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur; use 20 for the Radius. Step 26 Apply the Gaussian Blur to the other Ellipse layers as well. Step 27 Reduce the Opacity of the Ellipses to 40% or less. Step 28 Duplicate the road layer. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a selection like the one shown in the image below. Step 29 Go to Filter > Quartz Composer > Distortion > Pinch. Use 0.13 for the Amount. This step adds a little distortion to the road. Step 30 Now you can add more elements, such as a truck. I used a photo of a truck and applied a Motion Blur. Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Near the man’s left hand, I also applied the Pinch Distortion to the truck, but I selected only the area inside the bubble. Step 31 Select all the layers and duplicate them. Go to Layer > Merge Layers. You will have one layer of the image, so go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 25 for the Radius. Next, change the Blending to Screen. Conclusion With the Eraser Tool (E), delete the areas that are too bright and too close to the guy. (The idea is locate the guy in the center of the explosion.) Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

80's Style Text Effect in Pixelmator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a very nice text effect inspired by the colors and some light effects used in the work of a great digital artist who uses the name Empire. His work can be seen at empireisok.com. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document; I used 800×600 pixels. Then with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background layer with a gradient using black and dark grey. Step 2 With the Type Tool (T), type the text you want. The font I’m using is Tango BT. ? Step 3 Add a new layer on top of the text layer, and then, using the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient from pink to cyan. After that, go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask, and you will see only the text with a gradient. ? Step 4 Create a new layer on top of the gradient layer and change the Blending to Screen. Again, go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Using the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient from white to black. The white will be in the center, and the black will be towards the top. Step 5 Add another layer and go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Then change the Blending to Multiply. With the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient from black to white. The black will be in the center of the text and the white will be towards the bottom of the page. Step 6 Duplicate the text layer and move it to the top in front of the other layers. Then go to Layer>Rasterize Type Layer. Next, go to Edit>Stroke. Use White for the color and 1 for the Width. Step 7 Select all layers used to create the text effect, and then go to Layer>Merge Layers. Next, go to Edit>Transform>Perspective. Then distort the text a little bit, using the image below as a reference. Step 8 Duplicate the text effect group and move it 1 pixel up and to the left. Repeat this step 4 times. Step 9 Duplicate the text layer that is on the top of the others and go to Edit>Stroke. Use 3 pixels and Center. Select black as the color. After that, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. For the Radius, use 4px. Step 10 With the Eraser Tool (E), start deleting the right side of each letter in order to add a 3D effect to the type. Step 11 Duplicate the text layer that has all the effects and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 pixels for the Radius. Next, change the Blending to Screen. Step 12 Duplicate the text layer again and go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 25 for the Amount. Check out the image below for a reference. ? Step 13 Now let’s add some textures. I used 2 old paper textures using Multiply for the Blending. One of them, the darkest one, will stay in front of the other layers while the other one will stay in front of the gradient layer only. Step 14 Add a new layer on top of the paper layer and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Use black and white for the color. Then change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 15 Add another layer and fill it with white. Make sure you have black and white for the background and foreground colors; then go to Filter>Genereator>Stripes. Use 2 for the Width and 100 for the Sharpness. After that, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 16 Go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 90º CW. Step 17 With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create 4 rectangular selections like the image below. Then go to Edit>Inverse. Step 18 Select the layer with the stripes and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 19 Select the mask of the layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 45 for the Radius. Check out the image below as a reference. Step 20 Let’s add more light effects. Create a new layer, and with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a selection. Then with the Gradient Tool (G), using black and white for the color, fill the layer with a gradient so it looks like the image below. After that, go to Edit>Transform>Scale. Reduce the height only. Step 21 With the Eraser Tool (E), delete the edges of the light to make it fade away. Then just duplicate and rotate them to create a triangle. Step 22 Now add another layer on top of the others but beneath the dark paper texture. The paper texture will be in front of all layers. Then use some grunge brushes and paint the edges to give an old-fashioned feel to the image. The brushes I used were from Misprintedtype (www.misprintedtype.com/v4). Step 23 Select all layers and duplicate them. Then select only the duplicated layers and go to Layer>Merge Layers. Next, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 pixels for the Radius and press OK. Then change the Blending to Screen. Using the Eraser Tool (E), delete some areas to make the glow effect less strong. Conclusion The steps might seem a bit complex, but the effect is quite simple to achieve. It’s pretty much gradients with some blurs. The important thing is to pay attention to the details and try different solutions to overcome the lack of Layer Styles to create the bevel effect like we did using strokes and gaussian blur. Download the Pixelmator file Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Stylish Retro Poster in Pixelmator

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a stylish retro poster using Pixelamator. We wil play with basic tools and primary colors to do that. The inspiration is from old posters and of course, the master of the De Stijl Piet Mondrian. This tutorial was originally written for the Pixelmator Learn site, you can see more tutorials I wrote for Pixelmator at http://www.pixelmator.com/learn/ Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document, I'm using 500x2122 pixels for the size. Then fill the background with blue (#0963DB) Step 2 With the Type Tool (T) add the word Pixelmator. I used Avant Garde for the font. After that go to Layer>Rasterize Type Layer. Step 3 Add a new layer and then with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) create a marquee extending the T like the image below. Step 4 With the Paint Bucket Tool (N) and black for the color, fill the selection with black. Step 5 Now with Erase the top left part of the letter "T". Step 6 Nudge the new "T" to the left, then duplicate the layer with the black rectangle we created in the step 3 and 4. Then go to Edit>Free Transform, or simply Command + F. Rotate the rectangle like the image below. We will create the "A". Step 7 Duplicate the black rectangle again and nudge it to the left, the A is almost done. Step 8 Now just finish the top of the A and the middle part, you can copy and paste part of the other letters to keep the same thickness. Step 9 Now, lets extend the "I", you can use the same process using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (N) or simply by duplicating the black rectangle. Step 10 Now let's play with the X, again the same thing, just duplicate and with the free transform command rotate the rectangle to match the X style. Step 11 The last thing with the text will be the R, just extend the bottom right part of it like the image below. Step 12 Create a new layer on top of the Background layer only and beneath the other layers. Then with the Lasso Tool (L) create a selection of the area created with the letter A, like the image below. Step 13 Fill the selection with white. Step 14 Add a new layer on top of the white layer and change the Blending to Multiply then go to Filter>Generator>Checkboard. Use 15 for the Width and 100 for the Sharpness. After that select the white area again with the Lasso Tool (L) or the Magic Wand Tool (W). Then select the checkboard layer again and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 15 Select the ther closed area created with the extension of I, X and A. Then fill it with a dark red. Step 16 Now just play with some letters like the P, fill the open area of the P with blue. With the A and O fill them with yellow. The inspiration is clearly from Mondrian in the color choice. Step 17 With the Brush Tool (B) and some grunge and dirty brushes from Misprintedtype created by Eduardo Recife, paint some areas using black, white and red for the colors. The idea is make the elements less uniform, as the poster was created via silk scren. Step 18 Now using an old paper texture, in my case I used one that is courtesy by Shutterstock (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-35221027/stock-photo-old-paper.html). But you can use another image, the idea is just place a nice old texture in the design. Then change the Blending to Multiply. If it's too yellowish, go to Image>Hue and Saturation, then reduce the saturation. Conclusion Now just add some text and the retro poster is pretty much done. The whole process was very easy we used only basic tools to create a very stylish poster, once again I wanted to show that what is really important is the idea, the tool is just a way to make it come true. Download the Pixelmator File

Easy Space Scene in Pixelmator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a space scene in Pixelmator without using a stock photo or special brush, just the ones that come with Pixelmator. We will play with some filters and blending as well. The whole effect will not take you more than 20 minutes, and the end result is really impressive, very inspired on the Snow Leopard space theme design of the CD box. This tutorial was originally written for the Pixelmator Learn site, you can see more tutorials I wrote for Pixelmator at http://www.pixelmator.com/learn/ Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. Then with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background layer with a Radial Gradient such that the center is a dark blue (030826) and the edges are black. Step 2 Add a new layer and with the Paint Bucked Tool (N), fill the layer with black. Then go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 10 for the Amount and Monochrome.? Step 3 After you create the noise, go to Image>Levels. Increase the Black to 43 and the White to 101. The Gray will be 70. With that, you will create a really nice star field. Step 4 Now add another layer and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Use black and white for the colors and then change the Blending to Linear Dodge and the Opacity to 30%. Step 5 Go to Filter>Distortion>Pinch. Use 435 for the Radius and 75 for the Scale. In addition, move the handler to the very center of the image. Step 6 With the Eraser Tool (E), delete some areas of the layer and leave just a few clouds, as in the image below.? Step 7 Create a new layer on top of the others and fill it with black. Then change the Blending to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B), select the stars brush and white for the color. Then start painting some stars. Step 8 Add a new layer, this time on top of the background layer. With the Brush Tool (B), pick a light blue (005793) and then with a very soft and big brush paint a blue spot in the middle of the scene. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 Create another layer, again with the Brush Tool (B), and then with white and a smaller soft brush paint another spot in the middle of the image, creating a gradient from white to blue and then black. Tip. You can use the Gaussian Blur to soften the transitions.? Step 10 Let’s create another layer, this time on top of the others. Fill the layer with black. With the Brush Tool (B), create some round spots in white; use different sizes.? Step 11 Change the Blending to Color Dodge and then go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 20 for the Amount. To make the effect a bit stronger, duplicate this layer twice and select the 3 layers, then go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will need to change the Blending to Color Dodge again.? Step 12 To make the effect even stronger, go to Image>Levels and incresae the White to 70.? Step 13 Create a new layer on top of the others and change the Blending to Color Dodge. Then go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Travelator. Use the default settings and move the handler closer to the center of the image. Use the image below for reference. Conclusion Now duplicate the Travelator layer and go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. Then you can rotate them a little bit until you find a nice position, one that makes it look like the viewer of the image is traveling at light speed.All we used to create this image were simple filters, blending, and brushes. Once again, what is important is understanding what you can do with the tool and trying it out. I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I did creating the image. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Amazing Watercolor Effect in Pixelmator

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool effect using some watercolor brushes mixed with photos. The image we will create is inspired by the works of Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony, and Stina Person. This tutorial was originally published at Pixelmator Learn site, you can see more tutorial I wrote for them at http://www.pixelmator.com/learn/ Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document; I’m using 1440×900 pixels. Then select an image for the background. The one I used can be downloaded at: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-13035457-texture-series-old-aged-antique-parchment-manuscript-for-background-use.html. Place the image in the center of the document and then go to Edit>Transform>Scale and reduce its size to fit the page. Step 2 Let’s add another texture. I’m using a canvas texture, and you can get it here: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-18799315-watercolor-paper.html. Again, resize it to fit the image’s size and then change the Blending to Multiply. Step 3 Now that we have our background done, we will add a photo of a woman that will be the model for our painting. Use the photo you want, but if you want to use the one I used, go to http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-26914486-amazing-jumping-girl-in-black-underwear.html. Import the photo to your document and place it like the image below. Step 4 Go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Then, with a very soft brush using black as the color, start painting over the layer mask. You will be hiding some areas of the image. We need pretty much just the face for now. Step 5 Go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Stylize>Color Pencil. Step 6 Go to Image>Desaturate. Your image will become black and white. Then select the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color; paint over the girl’s layer mask to show some of the masked areas, especially the neck and part of the hair, exactly like the image below. Step 7 Now let’s start painting some watercolor splatters. You can download the brush I used at http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-set-ii/. Create a new layer and, using black, paint the first like the image below. Step 8 Paint another one in a new layer. The idea is that it simulates the girl’s hair, but does so using the brushes. Step 9 Add another one and go to Edit>Transform>Free Transform, or just Command+F. Rotate and scale the brush to match with the girl. Step 10 The last one and we have a nice image already. But it needs some color. Step 11 Add a new layer and fill it with the Gradient Tool (G); the one I used was the Pink/Purple one. Then select the Brush Tool (B) and, using the watercolor brushes, paint with different colors like red, orange, blue, green, and yellow. Use the image below for reference. Conclusion Change the Blending to Screen and there we go—we have a super cool watercolor effect. You can add your logo and also try a different color to see how it works. Also, if you try different blendings you will produce different results that are really cool as well. Other Examples Here is our example without the background image, only the canvas texture. In this example, I changed the layer with the gradient and brush splatters to Soft Light, a much darker but really nice effect. Here is an example using Multiply for the Blending—a really crazy result, though not my style. This example uses only one color instead of that pretty colorful layer. Tutorial Resources Pixelmator file

Sparkling Hot Girl in Pixelmator

This tutorial will demonstrate how to create great effect using Pixelmator. It is based on an image that I created two years ago using Photoshop. The idea is to mix a photo of a girl with some light effects, using basically default filters, brushes and blend modes. A really cool thing is that when I was doing it in Pixelmator, I was able to try different filters because of the real time preview that you have in Pixelmator makes a huge difference in productivity. You can download and try Pixelmator at: http://www.pixelmator.com/download/ Step 1 Create a new document, and use the Gradient Tool (G) fill the background layer with a gradient from black to a dark grey in the center. Use Radial for the Gradient Type. Step 2 Place an image in the center of the document; I used an image of a girl in a bikini. Step 3 Duplicate the layer of the girl and click on Image>Desaturate. Then change the Blending of the layer to Overlay. You can also apply a Gaussian Blur. Step 4 Duplicate the girl layer again, and arrange it so that it is behind the other layers. Then click on Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 21 for the Amount, and move the controller until you achieve the desired result, like the image below. Step 5 Now, just change the layer’s Blending to Color Dodge, and the effect will get darker and more subtle, like rays of light. Step 6 Once again, let’s duplicate the original girl layer. This new copy has to go behind the other layers of the girl. Then click on Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Use 50 for the Radius, and 26 for the Angle. Also, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 7 Duplicate the layer that we just applied to the motion blur twice, for a total of 3 copies of the same layer. This will create a much stronger light effect. ? Step 8 Now, we will add a new layer in front of the background layer and behind the others. Click on Filter>Generator>Clouds, use black and white for the colors, and click OK. The clouds filter is good because it makes the light less uniform. Again, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 9 Add another layer on top of the clouds, then, with the Gradient Tool (G), fill it with the default rainbow gradient in the Gradient Panel (View>Show Gradient). Then change the Blending to Overlay. Step 10 Now we can add some sparks. First, add a new layer and fill it with black, then change the Blending to Color Dodge. After that, go to View>Show Brushes. Select a regular rounded brush and double click on it to edit it. Increase the Spacing to 705% and the Scatter to 90%; also, make sure that the Hardness is 0%. Now we have the perfect brush to create sparks. Select the Brush Tool (B) and begin painting some sparks like the image below. Change the size of the brush using the keyboard shortcuts [ and ]. Step 11 To create more light effects, add a new layer and fill it with black again. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a rectangular selection, then use the Brush Tool (B) to select a big, rounded brush. Use white paint inside the rectangular selection like the image below. Step 12 Change the Blending to Color Dodge and we will have a nice light streak. Duplicate the layer and position it more toward the middle of the image. Then go to Edit>Free Transform and rotate them as seen below. Step 13 Add your logo and the effect is essentially finished. You can add more lights behind the girl, but remember to always create a new layer and fill it with black first, then use Color Dodge for the blending and white for the color of the lights. Step 14 Select all layers and duplicate them, then click on Layer>Merge Layers. This way, one layer will have the image and the other layers will be behind it. When the flattened layer is selected, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 for the Radius and click OK. After that, simply change the Blending to Screen and reduce the Opacity to 75%; this will create a nice glowing effect. Conclusion In this tutorial, we played with brushes and the Color Dodge blending and created some great light effects. We also used 3 types of blur: Zoom, Motion, and Gaussian. Pixelmator is incredibly fast when dealing with blurs; we can preview the effect in real time, making it much easier to try different things. Now it is all about playing with the tool; enjoy it! Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Fiery Fireballs in Pixelmator 1.4

Last year I created some images using fireballs, explosion, fire and smoke. Basically I only used brushes to create that in Photoshop. Now with the release of the new Pixelmator 1.4 and its brand new Brush Engine I decided to try it and create the same image in Pixelmator. So, in this tutorial I will show you how to create fire and smoke using Pixelmator. We will play with the Brush Engine, colors and Blendings. Also visit the Pixelmator site for more information at http://pixelmator.com Step 1 Open the new Pixelmator 1.4 and place import an image to your document. I used an old image I had and I really don't know where I found it. If you know please let me know and I will credit the author. Step 2 Duplicate the image layer and change the Blending to Overlay. Step 3 Now it's the coolest feature in this new version of Pixelmator, the Brush Engine. Go to View>Show Brushes. Then select the brush I selected in the image below. Just double click to edit it. You will have pretty much the same settings as in Photoshop. Change the Spacing to 40%, Scatter to 0%, Flow to 100%, Angle to 100% and Opacity to 50%. Use the image below for reference. With this brush we will create all the smoke and fire effects. Step 4 Create a new layer, select black for the color and pick the Brush Tool (b). Start painting the first fireball, to do that go pressing the button and not holding the button, that way you can change a bit the direction and it will produce a less uniform effect. Also use the "[" and "]" to resize the brush. So you can make it bigger and smaller just to create a more realistic effect. Step 5 Add another layer on top of the fireball layer and select grey for the color. Paint a smoke over the end of the fireball, exactly like the image below. Step 6 Now create another layer and select orange for the color. Change the Blending of this layer to Multiply and paint over the fireball and grey smoke. Step 7 Let's add another layer, keep the orange for the color and paint over the other smokes again. This time however, change the Blending of the layer to Color Dodge. Step 8 Let's add another layer and, now, select white for the color. We'll create the highlights of the fire. Still using the same brush, reduce its size a bit and paint over. The Blending of this layer will be Color Dodge too. Step 9 Add another layer, now let's create the shadows. Select black for the color and paint another smoke cloud, this time use Overlay for the Blending. Step 10 Select the Lasso Tool (L) and create a marquee selection on the areas of the photo that are in front of the effects. After that select the fireball layer and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask. Step 11 Select the all the layers used to create the fireball and fires and duplicate them. Then go to Layer>Merge Layer. Reduce its size going to Edit>Transform>Scale. Then change the Blending to 86%. Also use the mask feature to hide the areas that are supposed to be behind the plane. Step 12 Using black and a new layer create more smoke. Change the size of the brush to make the smoke more realist so close to the ground make it much smaller. After that duplicate the layer and change the Blending to Multiply, that way the smoke will be much stronger. Remember, always use Mask to hide the areas behind the aircraft and the dude. Step 13 Duplicate the big smoke layer you have just created and use the Perspective tool to create the shadow. Just go to Edit>Transform>Perspective and start distorting the new layer. Use the soldier's shadows for reference. Step 14 Also create another smoke column using the brush tool. Step 15 Here I used an image I created for the Flying Girl, it's an explosion I did using Cinema 4d. So basically I just imported the image and selected a part of it. Then I changed the size and used the Zoom Blur to create a nice explosion effect. After that just change the Blending to Multiply. Step 16 Let's add another smoke column. Again with the brush tool create the smoke but make it a little curved to the right. Use Hard Light for the Blending. Step 17 Add another layer and create smaller smokes close to the ground using black for the color. Step 18 Now create another layer and paint some orange smokes. Use Color Dodge for the Blending. Step 19 Finally, add another layer and paint more smoke this time use Multiply for the Blending. Step 20 Create a new layer, behind all the smokes, just on over the Image layer and fill it with black. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Y) and create an ellipse. Fill the ellipse with white and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Change the Blending to Color Dodge and you will have a sort of blast effect. Step 21 Add another layer, this time in front of all the other layers. With the Gradient Tool (G) fill the layer with a gradient from Yellow to Black. Then just change the Blending to Overlay. Conclusion Now just add your logo and you will have a very nice apocalyptic image full of fireballs and smoke. We basicaly used only one brush and just played with colors and blend modes. It's really nice to see the guys over at Pixelmator working hard to improve this great image editor. The Brush Engine and the Clouds filter are great, I did this image last year in Photoshop and now in Pixelmator and I have to say, Pixelmator is much faster in terms of Filters like blurs. The Zoom blur is a greate example, it's in real time, while in Photoshop it's always a surprise the effect wil you will get. Click on the Image for Full Preview Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Colorful Bokeh Effect in Pixelmator

A few days ago the guys behind Pixelmator released the new version of their really cool app, and if you check out the Pixelmator site you will notice that they are using my Bokeh image. I'm very happy :) not just because of that but, also because I had the chance to test Tempo very early and it's good to be part of the testing team. Anyway, this tutorial is the original Bokeh effect I created, the one I use for my twitter background and the inspiration to the Photoshop version. You will see that this effect can easily be done in Pixelmator, actually much easier than in any other tool. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Fill the background layer with Black. Step 2 Add a new layer and go to Quartz Composer>Generator>Defocus. Play with the settings, you can adjust size, blur, density, colors and even use hexagons. The best thing is the Blur because that will simply avoid the use of other filters. For this first layer use a big size and very blurry. I used 0.50 for the Size and 0.30 for the Blur. After that duplicate the layer and change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 3 Add another layer and simply repeat the previous step, this time however, create much smaller circles. Also change the Primary Color to white and for the Blur use 0.01. The Blendings of this layer will be Screen. Step 4 Again, add another layer on top of the others and repeat again the Defocus filter. For this we will create the medium size circles. I used 0.36 for the Size and 0.04 for the Blur. Also the Primary Color is white and the density is 0.50. The Blending for this layer is Screen as well. Tip: The Defocus filter is a Random so probably you won't have the same result in terms of positions. Step 5 Duplicate the medium size bokeh layer and just change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 6 Duplicate the Small size bokeh layer and move it up to the other layers. Then just change the Blending to Color Dodge as well. The color dodge will create a very nice light effect and add some depth to the layers. Step 7 Select the Gradient Tool (G) and choose the default rainbow gradient preset. Then create another layer on top of the others and fill it with the gradient. Use the image below for reference. After that just change the Blending to Overlay. Conclusion The Defocus filter in Pixelmator is really easy to use and the result that you can get just repeating the process changing some values and playing with blendings is really cool. That's why I like and recommend this app, you can create nice effects pretty quickly and with a gorgeous interface. As I said in the other tutorials you will be impressed by how fast some filters are compared with Photoshop. It's definitely worth downloading and testing it. Click on the image for Full Preview Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Girl in Tempo Tutorial - 1 Copy Pixelmator Giveway

In this tutorial I will show you how I created the Girl in Tempo Image. Tempo in this case is the new version of Pixelmator, which I've been beta testing for a few weeks. The design is a mix of some photos and filters that can be easily and quickly done in Pixelmator. Also we have another copy of Pixelmator to Giveaway, as usual drop us a comment, and remember, we will only choose Abduzeedo members, so if you are not, click here and create your account. But before we start the tutorial let me announce the winners of the 2 Pixelmator copies from the last giveaway: mani styletime Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Then fill the background layer with black. Step 2 For this image I bought a photo from iStockphoto, http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=6178363. Then with the new Magic Want Tool(W), cut the girl from the background. The coolest thing of the new Magic Wand is that you have a live preview of the selection while you are dragging the tool. Step 3 Place the image in the document and create a new layer, beneath the girl's layer. With the Gradient Tool (G) create a rounded gradient, from grey to black. Right like the image below. Step 4 Create a new layer and fill it with a gradient again, this time change the Blending to Screen and make it bigger than the other, right in the center of the document, like the image below. Step 5 Let's add another gradient, this time from Blue to Black. Step 6 Once again, add another layer and fill it with gradient, from grey to black again, and starting from the girl's hand. Step 7 Duplicate the girl layer and create a new layer behind the girl. Fill the empty layer with black and select the girl and the black layer. Click with right button of the mouse and select Merge Layers. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 1 for the Radius. Also change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 8 Go to Filter>Distortion>Circle Splash. Use 140 for the Radius and move the controller like the image below. Step 9 Repeat the Step 7 again and then go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 34 for the amount. Move the controller to change the effect, try different positions or just folow the image below. Step 10 Select the girl layer and duplicate it again. After go Image>Desaturate. Then go to Image>Brightness and Contrast. Increase the Brightness and Contrast. I used 11 and 10. Step 11 Select and duplicate the girl's layer again, put this new one in front of the black and white girl layer and change the Blending to Overlay. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the Radius. Step 12 Now let's add some elements to the design. I took some photos of clouds to use in some designs, you can download them here. Open the cloud's image. and first go to Image>Desaturate, then go to Image>Brightness and Contrast . Reduce the Brightness and increase the Contrast until you get a full black background. Step 13 Place the clouds' image in the document and change the Blending to Screen. Make the clouds much smaller. Step 14 Add more clouds repeating the steps 12 and 13. Create some clouds behind the girl as well. Step 15 Create a new layer on top of the others and fill it with black. Then change the Blendings to Color Dodge and go to Filter>Generator>Sunbeams. Move the controller to the hand of the woman and use the values of the image below. Right after that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. To make the rays a bit shiner, go to Image>Levels, then increase the White to 173. Step 16 Select the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color. Pick a very soft brush and paint the layer right in the hand. That will create a nice light effect. Step 17 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use 3 for the Radius. That's just to make the lights a bit smoohter. Step 18 Lets keep adding more elements, for the stars I used an image I found online, you can check it out at http://www.aavso.org/observing/programs/hen/archive/050410-dss-finder.jpg. Then just place the image in the document and change the Blending to Color Dodge. That will make the stars glow ;) also if you want to you can add a bit of Gaussian Blur. Step 19 Here let's use an image I created in Cinema 4D. It's like an explosion and you can download the image here. Then place it in the document and with the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Y), create an elliptical selection. Then go to Edit>Inverse and then go to Edit>Refine Selection. Use 200 for the Feather. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 7 for the Radius. That will create a sort of Depth of Field effect. Step 20 Change the Blending to Hard Light then go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 7 for the Ammount. Step 21 The last step is just add another image to the composition. I used a smoke image that I got online at http://www.sensitivelight.com/coloured_smoke0D0T9227.jpg. But you can use other images. So I just placed it in front of the other layers and changed the Blending to Color Dodge. Also resize and rotate a the layer, use the image below for reference. Conclusion In this tutorial we used some of the cool new features in Pixelmator like the new Magic Want Tool. Also we used the color adjustment features and of course some really good and useful filters. I think Pixelmator is evolving and has a great potential. You can create all sorts of images and it's easy to learn. Besides, if you are a Mac user and your budget is limited, Pixelmator will be the best tool for you. Click on the image for Full Preview. Different Versions You can try different colors as well, below I did 2 variations of the same design, one inspired by the new depthCore chapter called NOIR, all in black and white. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.

Abstract Wallpaper in Pixelmator - 2 copies of Pixelmator giveaway

Following our series of Pixelmator tutorials, this week we will show you how to create an abstract wallpaper using the Quartz Composer filters. Even though the effect seems a bit complex, you will be surprise how easy is to create it in Pixelmator. It won't take you more than 10 minutes to reproduce this tutorial. And to make you really keen on doing that we will give away 2 copies of Pixelmator. To win one of the two free copies of Pixelmator, just drop a comment saying why you want to win it. Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Step 2 Select the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the background layer with a gradient from blue (#336699) to black. Step 3 Create a new layer and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Moving Shapes. Change the Primary Color to ##554C87 and use the default options. After that change the Blendings to Multiply. Step 4 Create another layer again and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a very light grey or even white and the Secondary Color to Black. Also, increse the Density to .3 or more. You can even move that little dot attached to a string. That is the position of the effect. Step 5 Here just go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4 for the Radius. Step 6 Now change the Blendings of the layer to Color Dodge. Step 7 If your effect wasnt bright enough you can go to Image>Levels and increase the white. To do that just move the white slider to the right. I use 145 for White. Step 8 Create a new layer, change the Blendings to Color Dodge, and lets repeat the same steps we did to create the first element. First go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a light grey and the Secondary Color to Black. Also increase the Density to .5. Step 9 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, use 2 for the Radius, or if you want it smoother you can use a bigger value. Step 10 Let's rotate the layer. Go to Edit>Transform>Rotate. Step 11 Now let's create another layer and apply the grid filter one more time. This time however move the direction, like the image below. Step 12 Create another layer and change its Blendings to Color Dodge, again. Go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Image Hose. Use the image below for reference. But just make sure to reduce the Opacity to 50-60%. Step 13 Now you can add some colors if you want. To do that, just create a new layer right on top of the background layer and fill it with a gradient color. I used a default gradient that comes with Pixelmator. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and drag a diagonal line like the image below. Don't forget to change the Opacity to 40%. Conclusion In this tutorials we used some of the cool Quartz Composer filters that come with Pixelmator. The best thing in this filters and in Pixelmator is how fast it manages the previews and the quality. I've been telling this since the very first Pixelmator tutorial I wrote, and I really wish that Photoshop was fast and beautiful as this amazing app. Check the full preview of the Blue Version and the Color Version Video Tutorial This is just a quick video showing how to create this effect in Pixelmator. The values used are not the same, it's just a visual guide if you have any problems following the written tutorial. Abstract Wallpaper in Pixelmator from fabio sasso on Vimeo. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial. Editor: David Parrott