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Inspiring Chrome Car Logos

The chrome of car logos has always inspired a lot of people especially designers and car lovers. It's not just the brand of the car or model it is what that represents to legends like the Camaro or Dodge among others. The best site to find inspiration on that is hands down Chromeography ( With tons of incredible photos it's a very useful resource for designers and enthusiasts For more information visit

Awesome Amp Controls in Photoshop

I love some apps that recreate amplifiers with leather and those controllers. I have been thinking about doing a tutorial on that for quite long time, so today I decided to learn how to do that and then try to explain how I did it to you guys. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create an awesome amp controls using only Photoshop. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2560x1440 pixels. After that fill the background layer with grey using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) Step 2 Go to Filter>Texture>Craquelure. Use 9 for the Crack Spacing, 2 for Crack Depth and 10 for Crack Brightness. Step 3 Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Color Overlay. Use black for the color and Multiply at 70% Opacity. Step 4 Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Use 120 for the black input, 1.00 for the grey and 181 for the white input. Step 5 With the Ellipse Tool (U) create a circle in the center of your design. Step 6 Select the Gradient Tool (G) then click on the color preset. Change the colors so you have something like the image below. Step 7 Add a new layer and the with the Gradient Tool (G) select the Angle Gradient type and fill the layer with the gradient preset we created in the previous step. After that create a marquee selection of the circle we created in the step 5, to do that is super simple, just click holding Command (mac)/Control (PC) on the thumb of the circle layer. Step 8 Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Step 9 Duplicate the circle layer and fill it with white. Change the order so it is on top of the other layers. After that change the Fill Opacity to 0%. Step 11 Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Inner Shadow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, white for the Color, 90 for the Angle and 70% for Opacity. After that use 8 pixels for the Distance, 11% for the Choke and 7 pixels for the Size. For the Quality change the Contour for the one we used in the image below. Step 12 Select Inner Glow. For the Blend Mode use Overlay, for the Opacity 36% and for the Color use White. Also change the Source to Center, Choke to 12% and 65 pixels for the Size. Also change the Contour to the one I used below. Step 13 Select Bevel and Emboss. Use Emboss for the Style, Smooth for the Technique, 1000% for the Depth, Up for the Direction, 50 pixels for the Size, 0 pixels for the Soften. For the Shading, change the Angle to 90º at 30 º Altitude. Also change the Gloss Contour to the one I am using below. For the Highlight Mode change the Opacity to 0 while for the Shadow Mode use black with Multiply at 100%. Step 14 Duplicate the circle layer and move to the top, make sure it is white. After that go to Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint. Use Fine Dots. Step 15 Create a marquee selection of the circle and then go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Use 20 for the Amount, Spin for the Blur Method and Best for the Quality. Step 16 Change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Step 17 Select all layers used to create the button/tuner, then go to Layer>Group Layers. After that duplicate the group and resize it like the image below. Step 18 Select the layer with the layer styles inside the group and then change the Color Overlay to Black with black for the Blend Mode at 45%. Step 19 Add drop shadow to both circles the bigger and the smaller. Like the first circle in the stack of layers that were used to create the effect. Step 20 With the Rectangle Tool (U) create a square holding Shift. After that rotate the square 45º and position it like the image below. Step 21 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow. Use Normal for the Blend Mode and Black for the Color at 100%. For the Angle use 120º, 5 pixels for the Distance and 5 pixels for the Size. Step 22 Select Inner Glow. For the Blend Mode use Color Dodge, for the Opacity use 70%. Change the Choke to 10% and the SIze to 9 pixels. For the Quality use the preset I used in the image below. Step 23 Select Gradient Overlay. Use dark red and light red for the gradient colors like the image below. Also change the Style to Linear and the Angle to 180º. Step 24 This is the effect you will get after all the layer styles. It's pretty good but it is still to uniform and with the computer look. Step 25 To change that lets use a metal texture. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can find it at:… Step 26 Change the Blend Mode of the metal texture to Overlay at 30% and mask it using the big circle as reference, this way the texture will be on top of the other layers. Step 27 Lets add some leather texture to make the effect more real. The image I am using is courtesy of shutterstock and you can find it at…. Place it at the bottom like the image below. Note: You wil have to duplicate it in order to fill the screen. Step 28 With the Rectangle Tool (U) create some rectangles and rotate them until you get something like the image below. Tip: Start with the one at the top, then duplicate and move to the bottom, after that duplicate both and rotate 90º, the select all 40 and duplicate them. After that rotate them 45º and so on. Step 29 Merge all layers from the previous step, then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Inner Glow. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode, Black for the Color, Edge for the Source, 10% for the Choke, 5 pixels for the Size. Step 30 Select Bevel and Emboss. Use Pillow Emboss for the Style, Chisel Soft for the Depth and 500% for the Depth. Also change the Size to 3 pixels and for the Highlight Mode use Color Dodge with white at 50%. For the Shadow Mode use Color Burn with Black at 50%. Step 31 Select Gradient Overlay and use the same gradient we used before for the circle. Also use Color Dodge at 40% for the Blend Mode and Opacity. Step 32 Select Patter Overlay and use the metal image for the Pattern. To do this is pretty simple. Before opening the Layer Style box, select the texture and go to Edit>Define Pattern. Step 33 Also add a new layer on top of the previous one and go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Then with the Brush Tool (B) and red paint some rectangles with red like the image below. Step 34 Add a text using for the font DymaxionScript, you can download it at I added Abduzeedo and then with rasterized the layer and stretched the end of the A and the O to fill the screen. Step 35 Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Drop Shadow. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode with Black for the Color at 100% Opacity. For the Distance use 9 pixels, for the Spread use 12% and for the Size use 13 pixels. Step 36 Select Inner Shadow and use Screen for the Blend Mode with white for the color at 85%. For the Angle use -90º, 5 pixels for the Distance, 0 for the Choke and 1 pixel for the Size. Over the Quality Options use the image below for reference. Step 37 Select Inner Glow. Use Color Burn for the Blend Mode at 50% with black for the Color. Change the Source to Edge, Choke to 5% and SIze to 4 pixels. Step 38 Select Gradient Overlay and use Multiply for the Blend Mode and the Gradient preset like the image below. It's basically white grey, dark grey, black, white and dark grey for the colors. Step 39 You can use the metal texture on top of the text layer as well. The image below is the effect you will get after all these 40 steps. Conclusion In this tutorial we created a nice retro amplifier style interface using basic layer styles and a metal texture, as you could see, it's all about finding some references and trying to replicate in Photoshop. In this image below I added a few more light effects, but that is for another tutorial ;) Download the Photoshop File Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Chrome Round-Up

Everyone knows that Google has released his Web Browser called Chrome. Almost all blogs around the globe at least has mentioned this big news. That's why we would like to share with you some of these good sites, that we visit every single day, and let you know what they think about the google browser, and of course the great illustrations around the buzz. Take a look and let us know about other sites writing about Chrome. Also if you have already played with Chrome, we would love to know your opinion./> Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project by Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome... /> Meet Chrome, Google’s Windows Killer by Make no mistake. The cute comic book and the touchy-feely talk about user experience is little more than a coat of paint on top of a monumental hatred of Microsoft. ... /> First Images of Google Chrome by Google appears to have soft-launched this site for Google Chrome, its open source browser, which is slated for release on Windows tomorrow... /> Google to Launch Webkit Based Web Browser Called 'Chrome' [Available] by Google announced today that they would be releasing a new open source web browser called Google Chrome. The new browser will be available for download as a beta starting tomorrow.... /> Google Chrome by Google Chrome is finally here. This kinda reminds me the old days where you’d have to pick who’s side you were on – Netscape or Explorer… At least now the rendering issues are obsolete, and the browsers are competing for functionality and ease of use, both of which are celebrated in this new browser... /> Google to Offer its Own Browser: Chrome by Google watchdog Phillipp Lessen has scanned and posted a printed comic he says he received in the mail from Google today describing the company's forthcoming open source browser Chrome. The link to Chrome is currently a 404. Lessen's slide show is loading very, very slow. We've got another copy of it that loads much faster here. Long rumored to be in the works, this appears to be the first formal acknowledgment that Google really is working on its own browser - and it looks very cool... /> Chrome: Test it With Us Live by Update: we'll be posting a recording of our live unboxing of Google Chrome as soon as it's ready, hopefully in minutes. 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Vorgestellt wird es aktuell von Google unter Zuhilfenahme eines Comic-Strips, was ungewöhnlich und gefällig zugleich ist... /> Google Chrome - The Comic by It's unlikely you're going to get to the end of the day without hearing about Chrome, Google's straight-out-of-nowhere web browser that looks to me like it's made of awesome. What you're less likely to hear about is the 38-page comic they've produced with Scott McCloud, which explains the thinking behind Chrome and the work that's gone into it. It's deeply geeky in a lot of places, but altogether a lovely piece of work that's got me a lot more excited about a new browser than I'd probably otherwise be... /> Thoughts on Chrome by You've probably heard the buzz - Google is releasing it's own web browser. It's called Chrome, and if you haven't seen it already, you can read their introduction comic here. It's definitely worth a read as it illustrates beautifully the different problems Google identified in today's web browsers, and what their proposed solutions are... /> Your new favorite browser by My friend turned me on to Google’s entry into the browser market today and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Chrome is a lightweight, search-centric take on the web browser which aims to speed up the browsing experience. So far it’s lived up to that lofty goal for me, all while taking up only 34MB in memory (less than half that of FireFox)... /> Google Chrome by First of all, the good news is they’re using Webkit. I remember John Allsopp joking about how great it would be if there was just one rendering engine, that was downloaded just like the Flash plugin. It’ll never happen, but the rapid adoption of Webkit outside Safari is getting to be the closest we’ll have to that. I had expected them to go with XUL and Gecko, in order to support other platforms with ease, so a voice at the back of head says this will be Windows only... /> Initial thoughts on Google Chrome by When I wrote the last post, Google Chrome seemed like vaporware, but just as I hit publish, a release time was announced for later that day. Now that I’ve had a chance to have a play with the beta, here’s a brain dump of initial reactions:... /> Google apresenta Chrome, browser de código-aberto baseado no WebKit by Um dia antes do lançamento público da 1ª versão beta do Google Chrome para Windows em mais de 100 países, a gigante de buscas liberou informações preliminares sobre o seu primeiro navegador oficial para a web. A forma escolhida? Um livro de histórias em quadrinhos de 38 páginas, desenhado pelo famoso Scott McCloud... />