I am huge fan of pixel art, I even dabbled with the form in 2004, however after my studio got robbed, I lost my backup disks including my pixel work and I've never tried it again. As of late, I've been following the work of Alex Griendling and some of his amazing pixel arts. Inspired by that I decided to give it a try though I streamlined the process a little bit just to make my life a bit easier in Illustrator. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice pixel art from an existing photo, in my case, the great Mohammed Ali. We will use Illustrator for most of the tutorial and I have to say, the whole process will take quite a few hours so be sure to find your patience. Step 1 The first step is to find the image that you want to pixelate. I am using one from Neil Leifer of Muhammad Ali, you can find it at http://abduzeedo.com/inspiring-photography-muhammad-ali-neil-leifer Step 2 There are lots of ways to pixelate a bitmap. It's nice but it's not scaleable as a vector. One of my favorite tools for that is Pixelmator. So I open the image in Pixelmator and then using the Pixelate tool, I used 20px for the scale. That means that each pixel will be 20px; Step 3 Open the image in Illustrator and now it's time to recreate the image in vector. The first thing to do is to create the basic pixel, in my case a 20x20 square. Duplicate the square to create the grid then. Step 4 With the Blend Tool, use 20pt for the Specified Distance to start creating the rows. Step 5 After that start duplicating the rows. Once you have a grid you can then just picl the colors using the Eyedropper Tool (I); Step 6 Now go to Illustrator's preferences and change the Guids&Grid preferences to show a gridline every 20pt, and 1 Subdivision. Step 7 Here's an example of the beginning of the illustration with the grid visible. Step 8 After an arduous and time consuming task, you will have a beautiful vector object, ready to do whatever you want. Conclusion After editing and adjusting you can create your own layout using the pixel art. I am a huge fan of the style and love the work of some people do with it, however I am not that talented and need to use a tool to pixelate for me first. The result is really cool, but the time necessary to achieve it is quite long.
Last weekend I was playing in Illustrator trying to create a simple wallpaper to use on my phone and tablet. I love geometric patterns, but I hadn't done anything like that in a while. So, I started playing with some ideas inspired by Andy Gilmore. It's really nice to see how the Pattern Tool in Illustrator facilitates the process of creating patterns these days. So in this tutorial I will show how to create a simple pattern in Illustrator. The process is pretty straightforward, but I believe it will be really useful when you need to create vector patterns for your projects. Step 1 Create a new document in Illustrator and then with the Rectangle Tool (M) create a square. Step 2 Rotate the square 45 degrees. Step 3 Delete the bottom part in order to create a triangle. Step 4 Duplicate the triangle and flip it vertically, align them so they are on top of each other. After that selecte the 2 triangles, copy and paste them in place. Rotate the copies so you create a square again with different colors for each triangle. Step 5 Create a set of squares rotating them so the colors of the triangles are on different places. You can make 2 or 3 rows. Step 6 Select the set you created on the previous step and go to Object>Pattern>Make. Add a name for your pattern and play with the options. After that you will have a new pattern in your Swatches pallet. Step 7 Create a new artboard. I am using 2880x1800 pixels for a desktop wallpaper. After that select the pattern you created in the previous step. Step 8 Add a new rectangle using a dark blue (#294156) for the color. Step 9 Change the Transparency mode to Color Burn at 40%. Step 10 Duplicate the rectangle to make the color a bit more intense. Step 11 Duplicate the rectangle again and this time use a green (#3D7F39) for the color. Step 12 Create a line crossing the artboard. Use white for the stroke color. Step 13 Move the line to the left, make sure it align with the bottom square, then duplicate the line and align it with the top right square. After that with the Blend Tool, select both lines and try to find the exact number of steps to match your pattern. Step 14 Repeate the same steps to create more lines matching the pattern. Conclusion Add the logo in the center of your artboard using a circle to break the pattern flow a little bit. After that your wallpaper will be done. I did that last weekend and I have been using this wallpaper on my computers and tablets since then. I really like the color and the flow, however you can try a version without the white lines if you want it something more subtle. Download Illustrator file Download the Illustrator file used for this tutorial
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.
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It's been quite a long time since I played with water textures. I was checking some amazing artworks on Behance and Pinterest when I saw some examples that really inspired me to try something and learn a little bit more about Photoshop and the Displace filter. So for this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool effect with water texture and the displace filter. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that fill the background layer with black. Step 2 We will need a nice photo of water and some ripples or waves. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock, titled An image of a beautiful water background by Markus Gann. After that change the opacity of this layer to 60%. Step 3 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 0, the Saturation to -71 and the Lightness to 0. Step 4 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Use 0, 0.5 and 255 for the inputs. Step 5 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Brightness and Contrast. Use 0 for Brightness and -35 for Contrast. Step 6 Add a new layer on top of all other layers, including the adjustment ones. Fill this layer with black and change the Blend Mode to Multiply. With the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush and white for the color to paint in the center of the canvas The idea is to create a nice vignette effect. After that, save this document with the name Displace.psd. Step 7 Add your logo to the design. Step 8 With the layer of the logo selected go to FIlter>Distort>Displace. Use the values below. After that use the Displace.psd file you saved in step 6. Step 9 This is the result you will have so far. The values might vary depending on the image you are using for the Displace filter. So try some variations until you get a result that you are happy about. Step 10 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 3 pixels for the Radius. You can also apply a Tilt-Shift blur after this to make the edges blurred. Step 11 Add a mask to the symbol and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush with black, start painting over the edges of the symbol, top and down. The idea is make those parts darker as they are underwater. Conclusion The last thing to do is just duplicate the original water image and move the order so it will be on top of all other layers, then change the Blend Mode to Overlay and you will be good to go. The whole process is quite simple but the end result is simply beautiful. Now you can try yourself. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Back from my first visit to Portland, Oregon I got really inspired by the city, especially the rugged Pacific Northwest landscape, the grey colors of the sky, the Willamette River running right through town and the people that make the city unique. The first thing I was motivated to do upon my return was to create something inspired by Mark Weaver's work starting with a beautiful photo as the background and some less saturated tones. I have never created anything of this nature so it was a great opportunity for me to learn and share in a Photoshop tutorial. So in this tutorial I will walk you through the process behind my Inspired By Oregon artwork. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document I am using 2880x1800, so I can use as my desktop wallpaper. After that it's time to find a photo for your background. I am using one from Shutterstock titled "Columbia River Gorge in northwestern Oregon showing the Vista" by Dan Thornberg. Step 2 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Change the Hue to 54, Saturation to 12 and Lightness at 16. Also select Colorize. Remember that these values might change depending on the image you will be using. Step 3 Select a circle in the middle of the screen and then paint with black on the mask layer of the adjustment layer to make the circle area have the original colors. Step 4 Add a new layer on top of the others and paint it with black. After that with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint with white in the center. Try to achieve something like the image below. Step 5 Change the Blend Mode to Multiply to create a nice vignette effect. Step 6 Try to find a nice light leak effect online. The one I am using is from an old tutorial and I created it using Pixelmator. Step 7 Delete the circle area used for the mask during the step 3 and delete the circle in the middle of the screen. Step 8 Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge at 90%. Step 9 Duplicate all layers and then merge all new layers into one. You can do that by clicking Command+Alt+Shift+E. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 40% opacity. Step 10 Create a black circle in the area the photo was masked. Use Multiply at 50%. Also hide the Light Leak layer. Step 11 Add your logo, in my case I added the "A" and then "Oregon • Summer 2013". Step 12 Select the background photo and go to FIlter>Blur>Tilt-Shift. Move the dashed lines up and down a little bit to make the zoom less strong in the center. Conclusion You can add some details like I've seen some designs out there using it. You can also make the light leak visible and reduce the opacity to keep the design a little bit more colorful. The idea for me was more about trying to learn how to create an artwork like that, especially because I think it captures the Oregon feeling, from the little I saw during this past few days. I hope you have fun playing with this style, it works really well especially for posters. Have fun! Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Today we're going to show a interesting case study from our buddy Vigan Tafili aka. Nagivity. It's a really beautiful digital art concept that I hope you guys like it. Here's more about Vigan in his own words: Hi! I am Vigan Tafili aka nagiViTy, A 18 years old boy, born and raised in Peja, a small city in the newest country in Europe - Kosovo. Kosovo, is quite a small country, but with a huge trunk of ancient tradition in the culture of art expression; and if I might say, with a high number of artistic talents. My first contact with computer arts was on a young age. I started like a photographer continued as photo editor, then finally I became a digital artist, what I am today. You can see more from Vigan on the following links: Behance Facebook Twitter Dribbble Process The concept of this artwork is based on the very intriguing concept of humans, the birds freedom. Freedom, a big desire of people, especially on a man ruled society, women, being opressed, they always try to reach for freedom and equality. This have pushed me to create a good art piece and at the same time give a message to support this cause more than we do. Some inspiring verses that guided me to this concept: "I wanna clap a little louder than before, I wanna sing a little louder higher than before, I wanna jump higher than before, I wanna shout a little louder than before." I was thinking to share some of my tips and tricks with others. I wanted to show a little piece of my work by making an artwork without croping the body model by using only the 'Patch Tool' , 'Brush Tool' and some effects. Stock Images: Step 1: Upload the stock image that you will use, then duplicate and use the'Patch Tool' to remove the laces and hairs. Step 2: After using the 'Patch Tool' let's repair that erased parts by creating a new layer and painting them like i did. Step 3: In order to make a appealing background, I'm using a Mountains stock image. You need to put the image layer under the image that you want in front and so you should change the layer blending mode from Normal to Color Burn. Create a vector mask and remove some parts to make the blending smoother. Step 4: Put the same image on the project, change the blending mode from Normal to Color Burn and low the layer opacity to 31%. Them create a new vector mask and blend the image using the brush tool on the mask. Step 5: I have found a great peacock image and I used it as a female hair. Step 6: After positioning it, create a vector mask and with a basic brush, mask it by removing parts that we don't need. Afterwards, duplicate the layer and change the blending mode to Overlay and on the mask layer keep only the corner part of the peacock blend. Step 7: Create a new layer and rename it Blue, with the color #003e82 paint the girl's t-shirt, the tape, some skin parts and some parts of the mountains. Then change the blending mode from Normal to Color and create a new layer to paint the face by removing the eye of the peacock and draw some hair. Step 8: On this project I wanted to experiment with some new tricks, I'm using the Morning Mist a popular image on the internet. Place the image, and change the blending mode from Normal to Exclusion, then create vector mask and mask it with a brush, remove only the part that we won't use. Step 9: Get the snowflake image and place it, change the blending mode from Normal to Screen and change the Opacity to 40%. Then create a vector mask, invert it and paint with white color by using the basic brush only in the parts we want to keep. Step 10: Create a new layer and add some clouds with brushes using white color and soft opacity of the brush on the snowflake. Paint the left backgound with #cbd3d6 color by using the brush with soft opacity. Step 11: Create new layer and get some nice brushes and play with them make a flow effect on the girl and the snowflakes, then make a new layer fill with black color go to Filter/ Render. Step 12: Create new layer and do the shortcuts Shift + F5, at content use 50% Gray, change the blending mode to Overlay. Then by using the Dodge tool make the piece more brighter and made the details more shinning. Add a gradient map with white and blue colors and change the blending mode from Normal to Color Burn and make opacity 34%. Create another gradient map with #d8cbb3 color on the left and on the right use #423319 color and change the blending mode from Normal to Soft Light and make opacity 88%, add some color balance and play with lights. Step 13: Make some contrast on the image and create a new layer. Get a brush and make some parts more illuminated by painting with white color and changing the opacity on Overlay. Step 14: Create some effects on the project, then add some abstract wings by using the watercolor brush and blend it on the girl's back. Conclusion: Video: Making of ' LIKE A BIRD ' Artwork from Vigan Tafili on Vimeo.
With the announcement of iOS7, Apple revealed a completely new UI for their mobile OS. With the super flat design and thin fonts, Apple said that the design would be adaptable to apps by making some of the basic UI elements transparent, therefore, some of the colors of your apps content would bleed through and define how iOS7 basic components would influence the overall appearance. Another important detail of the UI was that with the transparency a blur effect was applied, similar to Windows Vista and their Aero design. With that in mind, I decided to see how to create and share a super simple workflow to achieve this effect using Photoshop and After Effects. So for this tutorial I will show you how to achieve the blur effect of iOS7 using Photoshop and After Effects. The cool thing about this workflow is that it clearly showcases how Adobe apps work together in a seamless way. Step 1 The first thing I did was to download the iOS7 iPhone PSD from teehanlax (http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/ios7/) to use the basic iOS7 UI. Step 2 Here I created a new document in Photoshop with the dimensions of the iPhone 5, 640x1136 pixels. Then using the basic iOS7 UI I started designing the screen of my app. In this case I designed what would be the home screen of the Abduzeedo App. Step 3 If you scroll up you can see that the iOS7 has a bunch of seethrough areas, sort of Windows Vista. For my design I just made sure that the action bar had some transparency going. The blur effect will be add in After Effects. After you finish your design, save the PSD file so we can import it in After Effects. Step 4 Time to open After Effects. In After Effects, drag the PSD file to the Project panel. Once you do that you will be prompt with the dialog box. For the Import Kind use Composition - Retain Layer Sizes. For the Layer Options use Editable Layer Styles. Step 5 Here is what you will have in After Effects. Noticed that when importing a PSD file you will get alread a composition with the name of the file and a folder with all layers and objects. Double click on the composition to open the home screen we created in Photoshop. You will have then all layers that you have in Photoshop. I deleted the background and other unecessary layers. Another important thing to do is to change the composition background color from the default black to white. Step 6 Now to make the blur effect in After Effects is pretty simple. Go to Layer>New>Adjustment Layer. Position this adjustment layer below the Navigation bar. The adjustment layer will apply the blur effect to all layers below it in the timeline. Right now we just have the layer, so let's apply some blur. Step 7 With the Adjustment Layer 1 selected go to Effect>Blur & Sharpen>Gaussian Blur. I don't know exactly how many blur Apple applies in iOS7, but for this little demo I used 20 for the Blurriness. Note that the whole Group 1 layer is blurry and the action bar is not. Our goal is to make the blurr visible only when the screen goes underneath the Navigation bar. To do that we will apply a mask to the Adjustment Layer. Step 8 With the Adjustment Layer 1 selected, click on the Rectangle Tool Q, then create a rectlange over the area you want to show. In this case, from the Navigation bar to the bottom of the page. Also make the width way larger and off the screen, that will make the blur more uniform when passing underneath the Navigation bar. Step 9 Try to move the Group 1 layer (the home screen) up and down to see the blur being applied underneath the Navigation bar. You can increase the blur of the Adjustment Layer 1 or you can make the Navigation Bar more transparent. Conclusion The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward. You can use this tutorial as a base for a template file and then reuse for future projects. You can also improve upon this or come up with your own process which I'd love to hear about. One thing to keep in mind is that in this day and age it is extremely important to start going beyond static mocks. After Effects is an amazing tool for this such work and it seems to be a smooth transition for UI designers using Photoshop. Download After Effects file Click here to download the After Effects file used for this tutorial
A few weeks ago I posted artwork I created for a poster inspired by the Man of Steel movie. I used Pixelmator for that project and got quite a few comments and requests about how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop. As Photoshop doesn't have the awesome Vintage filters that Pixelmator now has, I tried emulating the effect using brushes which I will share with you today. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice colorful background using Photoshop. The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward. One good requirement is to understand a little bit of Color Theory in order to create different color combinations. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that fill the background layer with black. Step 2 Create a new document and then with the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush and then paint some yellow brush spots. Step 3 Add another layer and then still with the Brush Tool, paint now a blue spot next to the yellow. Step 4 Add another layer and now paint a red spot. Use the image below for reference. Step 5 Select the 3 layers and group them. After that convert the group to Smart Objects, Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Objects. Then go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Deform the mesh in order to make the colors transitions less uniform. Step 6 Now resize the image a little bit, only in the height. Make sure the colors are blending well with the background, otherwise use the Eraser Tool (E) to smooth things out. Also go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Boost the Black and White Inputs to increase the contrast. Step 7 Duplicate the layer with the colors and change its Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 8 Change the background color to a dark blue like the image below. Conclusion Add your logo and the image is done. There are lots of ways to achieve this effect, this for me is the easiest one, but it's up to you to come up with your own workflow. Remember the most important thing is to have fun. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
I shared some posters awhile back on Abduzeedo and got a few emails asking how I created the application mockups for the posters so I decided to post about the process. There are several ways to go about and of course you can find templates online, however, today I'll show you an easy way to create simple mockups that you can reuse for your projects in order to give them a more realistic and professional look. So in this little tutorial I will show you how to create a poster mockup that can be reused for your future poster projects. It's a simple guide on how to use Photoshop Smart Objects to make non-destructive elements in Photoshop. Step 1 The first thing to do is to take a good picture of someone holding a real poster. In this case my friend and Abduzeedo writer Paulo Gabriel is holding an old Abduzeedo Poster. Take some pictures and open the one you like the most in Photoshop. Step 2 With the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) select the fingers that are holding the poster. Step 3 Click on the Refine Edge options. Select Smart Radius and then paint over the edges of the fingers to refine the selection. After that change the Output to New Layer with Layer Mask. Step 4 Create a rectangle covering the old poster. Step 5 Reorder the layers so the rectangle is below the fingers layer created during the step 3. Step 6 Select the fingers layer and then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Drop Shadow. Use Linear Burn at 30% for the Blend Mode and Opacity, then use 4 for the Distance, 0 for Spread and 5px for the Size. Step 7 Select the rectangle layer and change the color to white. Then go to Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Objects. After that go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Then edit the edges to make them follow the real poster. Step 8 Select the Smart Object layer and then go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use the black and white gradient at 10%. Reduce the Scale to 55% and move the dark area down to the bottom to the poster. Step 9 Now select Pattern Overlay. You can find a nice texture paper online to use as pattern. Then use Linear Burn at 20% to make sure that it blends with your design. Step 10 Here's the final composition you will have. The blank poster is a Smart Object that you can simply double click to edit it and simply add your artwork in there. Step 11 Once you save the .psb file that Photoshop will open to edit the Smart Object, the poster artwork will show in your poster composition. Conclusion Here are some examples of different posters using the same application mockup. Now you can create that from books, business cards, collaterals, pretty much anything. It's an easy way to make your projects more realistic. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Last week I posted about some icon design inspired by pancakes and donuts. Those icons were pretty cool and super realistic. Today we bring to you another amazing case study for an icon, this time inspired by a cooking glove. The cool thing about this case study by Anna Paschenko is that it shows the whole process of creating in terms of sketches, modeling, materials until the final result. Anna is a freelance designer from St. Petersburg, Russia. She has an incredible portfolio of icon designs. We highly recommend that you check it out. Her website can be found at http://annapaschenko.com/ Idea & Sketch Modeling Materials UV Mapping Texture Final Version
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
Personal projects are the best way for a designer to learn because it's much easier to try different things. It's just about making decisions and building them. With Abduzeedo we try to keep it as personal as possible, at least when it comes to changes. We redesign it at least once a year, not only the overall site design but the brand identity. Things have been a bit busy however and it's been over two years since the last time we designed a symbol for the site. With that in mind, here's a start on the 2013 symbol for Abduzeedo. This post we will show you the idea behind the new symbol. It's still a work in progress but we'd love to know what you think about the symbol and the creative process behind it. Old symbol The old symbol was created in 2009 and used for 2 years. The idea was basically a triangle with references to the letter A of Abduzeedo. References The first goal for the new symbol was that it had some similarities with the old one. The idea of a triangle and the letter A were the guide points. This time however, I wanted to make it super simple, no colors, just black and white and no effects. Triangle Letter A Simple Space theme Star trek Here are some images that inspired me. Sketches Starting out with some basic sketches trying to get a simple "A" based on the references. The main inspiration comes from the Star Trek logo and of course the old symbol. Digital Sketches After a few sketches I went to Illustrator to translate the idea into something digital. Below you can see the basic construction of the symbol. Final After a few iterations I got to a symbol that I really like. I was really indecisive about the shape I would use to frame the logo. In the end I went with the circle because it's more flexible for the applications I have in mind. There are still some optical adjustments and adapting the typography to the new logo, however you can see some examples of the final symbol below. So that's pretty much it. Now I will work on some stickers but before that I'd love to hear your opinion about the new symbol. Do you have any feedback or suggestions? Share your thoughts with us and you may be the lucky recipient of a sticker or poster :)
We've featured quite a few posts and images with the effect most call double exposure. This technique consists of 2 images superimposed. There are some really nice examples with very intricate overlaying, usually with faces of people mixed with photos of nature. I've been thinking about giving it a whirl in Photoshop for a long time and I've finally gotten around to it. So in this tutorial/case study I will show you how to create this double exposure effect using Photoshop and some stock photos. The process is simple however it does take time to adjust the details. Step 1 Open Photoshop and start a new document. I am using A4 for the format. After that get a photo of a person you want to use for your composition. The image I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock. It's titled Portrait of a young beautiful blonde model wearing trendy glasses and casual shirt and posing over metal background. Hipster style by Augustino Step 2 Isolate the girl from the background using the select tool. Use the Refine Edges option to help with the hair. Step 3 Now let's add the second image for the double exposure experiment. The image is titled Silhouette of tree. Black and white by Namsilat. Again isolate the background, we will just use the branches. Step 4 Duplicate the photo of the branches to make them mor compact. Step 5 Now put both images together. Create a marquee selection of the branches by clicking on the thumbnail of the layer holding Command (MAC) or Control (P). Step 6 Mask the photo of the girl with the branches selection. Step 7 Time for some refinements, especially on the edges and to make them look random and not so uniform. Also duplicate the girl's layer and move it on top of the other layers. Reduce the oapcity to 70%. Step 8 Duplicate all layers and merge them into one. Then change the Blend Mode to Screen. Conclusion Resize the layers to place the girl in the center of the document. You can also add a photo filter, Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. You can use deep blue or orange to add a really nice style to the final design. Applications Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Daft Punk is releasing their new album next month, titled Random Access Memories. While biking around in San Francisco I started seeing some posters and billboards on walls advertising the new album and was inspired by the amazing artwork. Of course I've always wanted to do something for Daft Punk so this post's timing seems just about right. So in this post I will show you how to create a simple and minimalistic poster for the Daft Punk. We will use Illustrator and then Photoshop for some mockups. Reference Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. I am using A3 format. After that create 2 circles. Overlap them like the image below. Step 2 Go to WIndow>Pathfinder. Then click on the Minus Front to delete the red part and keep just the top. That will be the reflection of the helmet. Step 3 Now with the Rectangle Tool create a rectangle in the center, then with the Pen Tool (p) start creating the details on the side of the helmet. Step 4 Once you finish one side, just duplicate it and flip it horizontally to have the other part. Step 5 Create another rectangle based on the images we used for reference. Step 6 Apply a gradient to the biggest rectangle like the references used for the design. Step 7 Now just change the white to black for the the colors and add a dark background. Final result To finish the poster, let's add their logo and we're good. The design is pretty simple and minimalist, but it works really well. Now it's up to you to create your own. Details Some applications for the poster, just for fun.