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Interview with Wojciech Pijecki from Zero Bound

This interview is quite different to the one we usually do. Beside working for clients Wojciech Pijecki creats kick ass photoshop tutorials, to teach you his skills. You probably have seen some on the most famous tutorial site PsdTuts.com. With a click on the picture you may get directly to the tutorial of your chosen design. 1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide abduzeedo.com with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? Hello. I've been interested in all kind of art for a very long time. But I never considered me as a graphic designer, I was more into drawing than graphics. Unfortunetely my works never were good enough to get some interest. The person who helped me to get into digital art was my brother. He kinda convinced me that my graphic works were always pretty good and I should follow this direction. So I left my base program, which was Paint Shop Pro 7, and started to learn graphics more seriuosly with Photoshop. 2. Your work is pretty unique and full of creativity. Where does your inspiration come from? Daily, I search through around 50-100 arts that I find on the internet. I'm always influented by multiple sources, trying to create something new and creative with lots of details and some nice quality. I just learn by watching. Even simple, daily objects work for me as an inspiration. Sometimes I just walk, or rest and some idea just hits my mind from nowhere. 3. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? It's never easy to create a nice art piece. I change my designs several times before I finish. The thing is easy when you have the right photos. I start by planning what effect I want to achieve. Then comes the hardest part: searching images. When I finally find some satisfying photos, I move forward the way I planned this piece. There are lots of hours of playing with some effects, but it always pays off well. I'm very patient with each design. No matter how long it takes, I go step by step to get the work done. 4. What are your tools of the trade, both hardware and software? I work on 24' Dell monitor. My machine is Quad Core with lots of ram and some geforce graphic card. Photoshop is definetely my favourite tool, but I also use Xara 3d6 and Cinema 4D as well. 5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? I must say, the best thing is - I do what I simply love. And what makes the graphic design so interesting, is that there's always something new to discover. It never bores me. As for the cons, well I work at home, and the design sometimes consumes all my time. Especially when the dead line comes, I'm kinda flooded with work. There was a time when I created some project whole day and whole night, something like 24h. Later, I was totally dead ; ) 6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? That's a very good question. It affects my life pretty well. Now every object has a graphic value for me. Wherever I look, I pay attention how does the realism look like. I mostly focus on lights and shadows. While working on a project, I'm using the directions from real life. 7. What are your coming projects? I'm creating a new tutorial concept for PSDTUTS, it should be ready by the end of April. Besides I'm working on a project for some contest that I lately found on the web. For more info, check my account soon at http://www.behance.net/zerobound. 8. What are your favourite 5 websites, and why? Behance.net, great inspiration and people PSDTuts.com, best tutorials YouTube.com, fast music/audio stuff whenever you need ; ) Eis.com.pl, there is a cool music forum, where you can get any advice you need about music (ofc in polish language) DeviantArt.com, great artworks, and graphic resources 9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? Well, I always try to convince people to work patiently and hard. I improved my skills by working alot with colors and shading, so I'd recommend you same thing ; ) Thanks. Where to find Wojciech Pijecki on the web Behance.net/Zerobound His personal Behance account Psdtuts.com/.../Wojciech-Pijecki Wojciech Pijecki's tutorials for Psdtuts.com More work of this artist

Watercolor Effect in Photoshop - Wallpaper

Last weekend I spent sometime watching TV, more specifically Lost, playing video-games, and playing around in Photoshop as well. I was working on some new images for fun, and for new tutorials of course. Speaking of tutorials, PSDTUTS has published my new tutorial, Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop, so check it out. Also I’d like to share with you the wallpaper version of the Watercolor tutorial Below you have the different sizes of it. Desktop Version iPhone Version Resolutions 1900x1200px 1680x1050px 1440x900px 1280x1024px iPhone Version

Christmas wallpaper design in photoshop

December is here, another year is ending and nothing better than creating a Christmas desktop wallpaper using Photoshop to celebrate that right? Well, maybe not. Anyways I created this image using paths, the brush engine and layer styles in Photoshop. Besides that, I used some amazing Christmas Icons I found online at http://www.iconarchive.com/category/christmas-icons.html The step-by-step tutorial will be posted soon at psdtuts.com, but below you can see and download the wallpaper in a 1440x900 version and the iPhone version. 1440x900 version iPhone Version

Using the Vanish Point Filter tutorial

My latest Photoshop tutorial is available at psdtuts.com and it’s about using the Vanish Point Filter to mockup a business card. There are many instances when you will want to simulate or mock up how a design would look printed out and photographed. It might be for a portfolio piece, it might be for a client to help them imagine a concept design or it might just be for your own satisfaction at seeing how your work is going to look to the end user. In this technique we'll use a bit of perspective and the very useful Vanishing Point filter to achieve some great results. I will apply this technique to Collis' Sample Calling Card from a previous tutorial. The Vanish Point Filter is one of the most useful filters in Photoshop. It can be used in so many ways and it’s very hard to find good references showing how to use it. So it’s definitely worth checking it out. By the way, I will publish a tutorial showing how to achieve the same effect without using the Vanish Point filter for those who don’t use Photoshop.

Amazing fire in Photoshop

Most of you know that I have written some tutorials on how to create smoke using Photoshop. Last weekend I took sometime and tried to come up with a nice and easy way to create fire in Photoshop. There are lots of good tutorials on the internet about creating fire but the majority are creating fire for text effects. What I was looking was to reproduce an effect I saw sometime ago in a Nike Ad. It was that fire that is created when a spaceship or comet enters the earth's atmosphere. After some hours trying, I came up with a very convincing effect. I redid it several times trying to simplify the steps until it was easy enough for me to write a tutorial about how I did it. Below you can see the image. The tutorial will be published soon at psdtuts.com. Desktop Wallpaper Version iPhone Wallpaper Version

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

My very first tutorial for the PSDTUTS.com has been published. It is, again, about how to create a digital smoke in Photoshop. However this time I’m using a bit of Illustrator. Actually some people said it does not look like a smoke at all, but what I was trying to produce was an effect like those smoke photos taken using macro, pretty abstract design, the same the image I use for the header here in my blog. The best thing is that this technique is fully customizable, that means you can create any sort of shape for your smoke. That makes this tutorials very useful, and, besides that it is a very easy and quick way to create abstract designs. The link for the tutorial is at: http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/creating-a-stunning-digital-smoke-effect/ I will be writing more Photoshop tutorials for the PSDTUTS.com, however I will keep blogging here about other tools like GIMP, ILLUSTRATOR, PIXELMATOR and PHOTOSHOP as well. So let me know if you have any question or requests for tutorials.