A few weeks ago we posted a super cool poster created by Flavio Montiel. Today we share another great work from this talented art director, digital artist and illustrator from Brazil. The title of the artwork is 'Starfleet Jerks' and the reason it deserves this feature is, in my opinion, the beautiful light effects mixed with textures and that always pleasant retro look. For more information about Flavio check out his work at http://flaviomontiel.com/
I love neon light and the light effects that they create. I also wrote a few Photoshop tutorials back in the day showing how to reproduce this kind of effect, nothing as fancy and realistic as the work that RADA put together in Cinema 4D for a personal project inspired by the work of Mathias Nösel. The outcome is quite beautiful and the first time I saw I was sure that it was real neon and not 3d. For more information and to check out Rada's full portfolio check out his webiste on Behance at https://www.behance.net/rada
For this week's tutorial I will extend the Chrome Effect in Photoshop tutorial and add a super cool light effect simulation featuring a fan hole in a computer. We will use some images and Photoshop's layer styles for the whole tutorial. The process is quite straightforward but it is a little time consuming, roughly one hour to create your own image. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document, as usual I am using 2880x1800 pixels for the dimensions so I can use it as a desktop wallpaper. Using the Paint Bucket Tool, fill the bakcground with #201E1E for the color. Step 2 Add a new layer and fill with with black. After that go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 15% for the Amount, Uniform for the Distribution and Monochromatic. This is pretty much the same process we did to create the plastic texture in our previous tutorials. //--> Step 3 Duplicate the noise layer and then just flip it horizontally. After that group the 2 layers and apply a layer style for the group. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial from mid grey to dark grey. Step 4 For the internal part of our speaker or computer search on Google Images for some videocards, they usually are super cool in terms of design. I also used an image with light effect I did a lont time ago for the Abduzeedo Book. You can use anything you want for the light effect. Merge both images and then go to Image>Image Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Select Colorize with 40 for Hue, 50 for Saturation and -13 for Lightness. Step 5 Time to mask everything. For my design I used a vector I found online with the circles like a round phone speaker. Create a marquee selection of the shape and mask the internals. Step 6 This is what you will have after the masking. Step 7 With the shape you used to create the mask go to Layer>Layer Style>Blending Mode. Change the Fill Opacity to 0. Select Bevel & Emboss and then use the values below, after that select Contour and use 56% for the Range. In the end duplicate this layer and change the opacity to 10%. Step 8 Add a new layer on top of the other layers and fill it with black. With the Brush Tool (B) paint a circle with a dark grey like the image below. After that change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 9 Go to Layer>New Layer Style>Photo Filter. Use Warming Filter at 30% Density. Step 10 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the new layers and with the new layer selected go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 pixels for the Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Screen at 70% Opacity. Conclusion Now to finish the design just add your logo with the same nice chrome effect we created in our previous tutorial, Chrome Effect in Photoshop and your design will be done. Now it's up to you to come up with your own. I hope you have fun. Download Photoshop File Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it's time for our holiday tutorial. For this year we will have a very 80s image inspired by the work of Arkuma using Photoshop CS6. So for this tutorial we will create a image using basic filters and effects to create a nice vinage effect. The fonts used are Avant Garde and FreestyleScrD. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 for the size so I can use it as a nice wallpaper for the MacBook Pro Retina. Then for the background layer use a radial gradient from #a4a4a4 to black. Then add another layer on top using purple (#8e70b2) for the color with Multiply for the Blend Mode. Step 2 Create a grid in Illustrator with the Rectangular Grid Tool. Copy it and then paste it in Photoshop. Make sure that your grid lines are white, then with Layer Styles use Outer Glow with Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 75% for the Opacity, white for the color, 5% Spread and 10 pixels size. Step 3 Groupt the layer into a folder and change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge at 60%. After that apply a Gaussian Blur to the grid layer. Step 4 Create a triangle and fill it with a dark purple (#191123). Step 5 Duplicate the triangle and then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Stroke. Use 5 pixels for the Size, Outside for the Position and white for the color. Step 6 Select Inner Glow and use the values below. Step 7 Select Outer Glow and use the values below. Step 8 You will have a triangle with some lights below it blending with the grid. Now let's add some text. With the Horizontal Type Tool (T) insert the work Christmas. Step 9 Let's apply some layer styles to this text. Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel & Emboss. Use the image below for the values Step 10 Now let's add a chrome gradient. You can come up with your own but let's use the one available on Photoshop's presets. Step 11 After applying the layer styles duplicate that layer and then right click on the FX little icon in the layer in the layer panel. Select Create Layers. What that will do is that will create layers for each of the layer styles. The only one we will use is the gradient one. With the Stamp Tool (S) create some little peaks in the center of the gradient. Step 12 Add a layer on top of the others, the with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, start painting with cyan at the top, green in the center, and purple at that bottom. Step 13 Group the layer with the brush paints and then change the Blend Mode of the folder to Overlay. Step 14 Add the word Merry using #ff009c for the color. Step 15 Now let's add some more layer styles. First Inner Shadow. Use the image below for the values. Step 16 Select Inner Glow and use the values below. Step 17 Select Outer Glow and use the values below. Step 18 If you got all the way to this step, you will probably have something like the image below Step 19 Add a layer on top of the others and group this layer into a folder. With the Brush Tool (B) start painting some white spots with a very soft brush. That will create some nice light effects. Step 20 Select all layers and duplicate them. Merge the new layers into one and then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 5% for the Amount, Gaussian for the DIstribution and select Monochromatic. Step 21 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Use 0 for Hue, 1 for Saturation and 13 for Lightness. Conclusion You can add another layer with a purple to black radial graident on top with Linear Dodge for the Blend Mode. You can also add a layer on top with a scanline effect. To do that you just need to create a new document, like 4x4 pixels. Fill the half of the image with black and the other with white, so you have 2 lines. Go to Edit>Define Pattern. Go back to your design and add a new layer filling with the pattern you just created using Color Burn at 30% Opacity. That's the design is done, now it's up to you to add your own little touch. Other options Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Last Friday we launched our new way for users to submit work for the Daily Inspiration at Abduzeedo. We call it RAWZ or Abduzeedo Raw Inspiration. Anybody can submit their work and we will select some to be featured on Abduzeedo. We also created a logo in Illustrator and then this cool effect in Photoshop, inspired by Tron. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create the RAWZ light effect in Photoshop. It's a beginner/intermediate tutorial and it will take you 45 minutes to go through it. I hope you have fun doing it as much as I had. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. With the Paint Bucket Tool (G) fill the background layer with black. Step 2 To create a carbon fiber texture is quite simple. Create a new document and using the Rectangle Tool (U) create squares in black, grey and dark grey like the image below. That will be the base for our pattern. Notice that the size is really small. Step 3 With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) create a square selection like in the image below. Step 4 Go to Edit>Define Pattern. Name it Carbon Fiber. That was it for the pattern part. Step 5 Back to the document of our design, add a new layer and fill it with black too. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use dark grey for the colors. The darker one will be at the bottom. Also change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Step 6 Select Pattern Overlay, then for the Pattern select the Carbon Fiber we created in the previous steps. Also change the Scale to 60%. Step 7 Here is our carbon fiber background. Step 8 Import the logo you would like to use. In my case I am using the RAWZ logo I created in Illustrator. Step 9 Go to Layer>Layer Style. Select Drop Shadow. For the Blend Mode use Color Burn at 50% Opacity, 90• for the Angle, 2 pixels for Distance and 5 pixels for the Size. Step 10 Select Stroke and then use 3 pixels for the Size, Inside for the Position, 95% for the Opacity and then for the color use #5c7a92, #000000, #5c7a92, #5c7a92, #000000, #5c7a92. For the Style use Linear and for the Angle use 90º. Step 11 Here is the logo with the Layer Styles. Step 12 To create the neon light in the middle is quite simple. I did that in Illustrator and imported to Photoshop. Step 13 Select the layer you want to apply the neon effect and go to Layer>Layer Style. Select Drop Shadow. For the color use black, with Color Burn for the Blend Mode at 100% for the Opacity. For the Angle use 90º and then 2 pixels for the Distance and 3 pixels for the Size. Step 14 Selec Outer Glow. For the Blend Mode use Screen, for the Opacity use 100% and blue (#00a2ff) for the color. Change the Spread to 0 and the Size to 9 pixels. Step 15 Select Inner Glow. Use Lighten for the Blend Mode with cyan for the color. Also select Edge and change the Size to 10 pixels. Over the Quality change the Contour to the same as in the image below. Step 16 Here is the result after the Layer Styles. Step 17 Add a new layer and group it into a folder. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, 0 hardness, and then paint some spots ver the neon to create those light spots you can see in the image below. Step 18 Add a new layer inside the folder with color dodge and fill it with the carbon fiber pattern. Create a marquee selection of the neon layer by clicking on the thumbnail of the layer holding Command (Mac)/Control (PC), then with the layer with the carbon fiber pattern selected, go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. That will create really nice light effect on the neon. Step 19 Here is what we have gotten so far. Step 20 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that merge all the new layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Step 21 Duplicate the blurry layer again, and change the Blend Mode of the one that is underneath to Overlay and the one on top to Screen. Step 22 Group both layers into a folder and change the Opacity to 50%. Step 23 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Cyan for the Filter with 50% Density. Conclusion Here is the final result. As you can see, the whole process is quite simple and this technique is very versatile, I use it all the time. The cool new thing I believe we learn here is how to create the carbon fiber background. So now it's up to you. Download Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern is one of my favourite designers out there! He changed the freelance industry for the greater good of future designers like us. Entitled with the nickname of the 'Master of Light Effects', Chuck Anderson recently facelift his website with new works and features. Chuck is also involved in several charities like Charity: Water, WordMadeFlesh and many more! I had the honour to ask him some questions about his philosophy, his knowledge and things that will make you see that Chuck is a successful designer but also an down-to-earth kind of guy with lots of great values. Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern - Image by Brian Kelly 1. First of all, we would like to thank you for taking your time for this interview with Abduzeedo. For those that aren't familiar with you, tell us a little bit of yourself? Thank you for interviewing me and for all the continued support Abduzeedo has given my work and the design community. As for me, I'm an artist & designer and have been running my studio NoPattern for nearly 8 years now. I do a lot of work with clients like Microsoft, Reebok, Nike, Vans, and UltimateEars, among others, and do a lot of my own personal work, much of which is available at my online store NPandco.com . The best way to learn about me and my work is to just look through my site NoPattern.com and get a feel for the work and collaborations I've done over the years. 2. Congratulations for your new website, tell us about the new things on your site? I'm super excited about the new site - it's been a very long time coming. I'd had the same NoPattern site for about 4 years and finally decided it was time for a serious overhaul. I needed a more efficient CMS first off. A backend that would be more effective for the sheer quantity of work I've accumulated over so many years. That was the first hurdle. The second thing was simply wanting a new visual & organizational way to show my work. The new site allows you to organize by client, type, and year - which makes a lot of sense when you're trying to show close to 100 individual client projects. And check out what happens when you resize my site - keep an eye on all the project images. Fun little easter egg...As for the actual new content on the site, there are a few new projects including collaborations with UnderArmour, Target, FootJoy, and Gizmodo with more projects coming soon with new clients like UltimateEars, Mead, and CAT Footwear. I also took the (very long) time to rephotograph all my work for the site, for example http://www.nopattern.com/work/detail/burton-light-camo-collection which was a great thing to have done but took a ton of time and a lot of hard work. Totally worth doing though. 3. How important it is for you the balance between commercial and personal work for you? It's important but the reality is I spend 90% of my creating time on commercial work now, which is actually quite fine with me since my clients almost always ask me to experiment and be as creative as I'd be with a personal project, so I'm not complaining at all. On the flipside, my new site is of course considered personal work, my new online store and all the prints available are personal work, all the promoting I do of my brand and work on Twitter, Facebook, etc. is personal work, so while most of the 'creating' time is spent on client work, a large portion of my overall time is spent on all that stuff. Man, I don't know, as long as I'm having fun and making a living from what I love to do I'm happy. 4. You have the design nickname of being the "Master of Lights Effects", how do you feel about that? I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't really know where that comes from or anything but I guess if anyone thinks of me and my work in that way it's flattering. Not sure what else to say on that one...I don't consider myself to be a master of anything, except maybe my 2 cats. Ha. 5. On last June, you went to Ethiopia for the Charity: Water.org, tell us a little bit of story and how was your experience? It was a great experience. It came about while I was in Washington DC at a Summit Series event while speaking with my friend Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water. He simply asked me if I'd like to join him and a group of others on a trip to Ethiopia to see what it is they're doing over there and ultimately to help raise money for their cause, which I was thrilled to do. It was a great trip, I saw a lot, met some great people, and have just been floored by the continued success Charity Water has continued to have. 6. What do you feel is the most common mistake that you see other designers do? Relying too heavily on stock imagery and the internet for resources; not stepping outside what you know and doing new things for yourself. It's not that that's a mistake necessarily, but I just hate to see entire portfolios of things that are half created by the designer and half created by someone they've never even met. I'm just a big believer in a deliberate collaboration or doing everything in your work yourself, 100%, unless you're working for a client and need images that are impossible to get otherwise. Stock has its place, I just hate to see people using it as a crutch and never stretching themselves enough to learn to do new things themselves. 7. What is the one thing in the world that you wish to design or had designed? That's a great but very difficult question. I'm so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I've already had to be honest, I don't think a lot about "what I'd REALLY like to do" because I'm already doing it. I'm very content when it comes to the projects I've worked on and am working on now. I guess I'd really love to collaborate with a few brands I haven't worked with yet like Apple (although my Windows 7 work may haunt me there), Prada (mainly from seeing what they hired James Jean to do ( James Jean Prada III), Bell & Ross watches. 8. And plans for the future, any new projects? I have several plans for personal projects I'll be launching this year. One of my big next steps is to begin curating and/or publishing - basically I'm working on a few ways that will serve as outlets for me to give a platform to other creative people I admire whether that's through a book, a design 'news' type site, interviews, or whatever, I really want to start using my platform as a way to give people I admire and up-and-comers some new exposure. 9. Once again, thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, inspired by John C. Jay (http://bit.ly/h8S2PK). What are your 10 lessons for young designers? 1. Be open minded to different styles & aesthetics when you're just getting started. It's great to be really good at one thing, but it's even better to be great at that one thing and also pretty good and a few others too. Your talents and portfolio should have a well-rounded depth, ideally. 2. Non-profit/working for free can be a great way to get started and get a portfolio some depth but just be aware of the difference between contributing a sensible about of work & time versus letting yourself be exploited and taken advantage of. 3. Learn more than just Photoshop. Life drawing, photography, painting, anything by hand. Do it if you aren't already. It will help you in the long run in all you do. 4. Find inspiration outside the internet - start by spending a few hours in a bookstore. 5. Don't be shy about what you do. If you're ready to put it out there for the world to see, be ready to come off confident and determined. 6. Writeoffs/taxes. Save all your receipts!!! 7. Invest in quality technology/equipment. If you need a better/faster computer, figure out what you need to do to make that happen and do it. You can write it off and it's the primary thing you're using to make your work. 8. Just ask. People on design sites, Twitter, Facebook, etc., are willing to help, you just need to humble yourself when it's time to ask for advice. Everyone had to do it at some point with someone. 9. Don't be annoying. Writing an email to someone you look up to is fine, but remember people are busy. Give it a few days before you follow up or, if its a potential new client, before you call to ask if they got it. They probably did. Patience is key. 10. Make sure you're having fun. For more information on Chuck Anderson, check out his website NoPattern.com, be a fan on his Facebook or follow him on Twitter @NoPattern.
Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern is a true example that hard work results into a success. He has collaborated and designed for companies like Microsoft, Nike, Warner Bros., Reebok, Burton, Target and more. Recently, he just launched his new site, this a sample of his recent works. I'll be also doing an interview with Chuck in the upcoming days. If you wanna ask some questions to NoPattern? Please send it out to email@example.com and I'll publish a couple of them. For more information on Chuck, check out his website , be a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. Target Racing Target Racing Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Footjoy Remy Martin Kaskade
Since the very first time I saw the trailer of Tron Legacy I decided that I would have to try to do something inspired on that, all those light effects were exactly what I always love to do in Photoshop. Then I saw the James White design inspired by Tron and I was damn it, James nailed it. So I postponed my little experiment, however this week I decided that the time had come and so, I decided to recreate the logo effect we see in the trailer. For this tutorial I used Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D. Pretty much all the light effects and composition are done in Photoshop, the other apps were used just to create some shapes and elements, so if you want to do just the Photoshop part, in the of the tutorial there is a ZIP file with all the resource files used for this image. Step 1 The first thing to do is find or create the logotype of Tron Legacy. I found a vector file online with it. Then open it in Illustrator and convert the strokes to fill (Object>Path>Outline Stroke). Export the file in a very low version of Illustrator, I'm using Illustrator 8. Step 2 Once you have the vector logo it's time to create the 3D version of it. We could use Photoshop Repoussé to create that but I decided to do it in Cinema 4D because I've been practicing more with it. So once you import the shape just apply a basic extrusion. You can download the Cinema 4D file in the end of the tutorial Step 3 One thing that was really cool with the Tron Legacy logo was that sort of digital pattern it has in the light effect, so to create that I used a simple Tiles texture for my material, that is a default preset in Cinema 4D. The color is not important because we will change that in Photoshop later on. Step 4 Here is the Objects I have in Cinema 4D, as you can see there is all the shapes with the Extrude NURBS and the material. I also added 2 lights and a camera to get the right perspective. Step 5 Here is the final render in Cinema 4d. You can download the TIFF file in the end of the tutorial. Step 6 - Photoshop Open the logo in Photoshop and now let's start editing and creating the light effects. The first thing to do is change the Hue and Saturation. Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Use 190 for the Hue, 50 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Step 7 Go to Image>Adjustment>Levels. Change the black input to 30, the grey input to 1 and the white input to 131. Step 8 Import the vector logo and make sure it's black, you can add a color overlay through Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Step 9 Go to Edit>Transform>Scale, reduce the size so it's a size between the front and the back faces. Step 10 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 pixels for the Radius. Step 11 Duplicate the layer in order to make this dark effect darker. Step 12 Import the vector logo again and position it in front of the 3D logo, this will be the neon effect. Step 13 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use #86f7fe for the color with 60% Opacity. Also over the Blending Options, reduce the Fill color to 0%. Step 14 After that select Inner Glow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode at 50% Opacity. For the color use white. Change the Source to Edge and use 0% for the Choke and 10 pixels for the Size. Step 15 Select Inner Shadow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode with White for the color at 50%. Use 120º for the Angle, 8 pixels for the Distance, 0% for the Choke and 10 pixels for the Size. Step 16 Now, select Drop Shadow. Use Screen for the Blend Mode with white for the color at 50%. For the Distance use 0, for the Spread 15% and for the Size 30 pixels. Step 17 The last option will be Outer Glow. Use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 100% for the Opacity, white for the Color. Them for the Spread and Size use 0. Step 18 Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 195 for the Hue, 90 for the Saturation, -20 for the Lightness. Step 19 Select all layers including the background and duplicate them, after that merge all the duplicated layers into a new one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the radius. Step 20 Change the Blend Mode of the blurry layer to Screen at 80% Opacity. Step 21 Again go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 7 for the Hue, 50 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Step 22 Again select all the layers and duplicate them, after that merge the duplicated layers into just one. You can do that using the keyboard shortcut Command (MAC)/ Control (PC) + Alt + Shift + E. After that just change the Blend Mode to Screen at 50% Opacity. Step 23 - Logo Conclusion The Tron logo is pretty much done, as you can see we were able to create the nice 3D/light efect as we see in the trailer and we used basically Blend Modes and Adjustment Layers. For the Legacy text I used Helvetica Neue Ultra Light with a nice teal glow. You can save your file and end the tutorial here, but I want to show you how I created the whole composition. You can group all these layers and name the folder logo. Also you can duplicate the group and merge it into a layer so we will use only that file in the end of the tutorial. As it has a black background, change its Blend Mode to Screen as well, then hide it. Layer Order This is the layers order. You can see that it's quite simple. Step 25 To create the composition like we see in the posters and in the trailer the first thing we will need is a city skyline photo to use in the background. The one I used is from Shutterstock and you can find it here http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-66610090/stock-photo-new-york-cityscape…. So basically just desaturate the image (Image>Adjustment>Desaturate) and then go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and increase the black inputs and the white inputs. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use something around 10-20 pixels for the Radius. The idea is make it very blurry. Step 26 Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 190 for the Hue, 40 for the Saturation and -50 for the Lightness. Also select the Colorize option. This adjustment layer will give that teal color to the image. Step 27 Back to Illustrator create a few rounded rectangles using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Also create a few circles and an empty space where it will be the sort of highaway crossing the grid. Step 28 Copy the shapes in Illustrator and paste that in Photoshop, below the the Adjustment Layer. Also make sure the vectors are white so you will make them teal. Once you paste the grid from Illustrator, go to Edit>Transform>Distort. Distort the layer to get the perspective like the image below. Step 29 Go to Filter>Blur>Guassian Blur. Use 5 pixels for the Radius. Step 30 Duplicate this layer and move it down a few pixels and then change the Opacity to 20%. That will create the reflection in the grid. Step 31 Duplicate the grid layer again and move it above the Adjustment Layer. Group this copy into a folder and change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. After that select the layer inside the folder and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10-15 pixels for the radius. That will depend on the shapes you created. Step 32 Hide the city skyline layer and then select all the layers and duplicate them, after that merge all the duplicated layers into one layer only then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Step 33 Change the Blend Mode of that layer to Screen at 100% Opacity. Also make the city skyline layer visible again. Step 34 Add a layer on top of the others and with the Paint Bucket Tool (G), change the type to Pattern and fill this layer with a scanline pattern. To create this scanline pattern is pretty easy. Just create a new document of 100x4 pixels and then create a rectangle of 100x2 in black. Also make sure that the background is white. Merge all layers and then go to Edit>Define Pattern. Just name it and that is it. With the Eraser Tool (E) delete the pattern area that is above the city skyline, the idea is that the effect will be visible only in the grid and city. Step 35 Change the Blend Mode of the Pattern to Overlay at 15%. Conclusion Now make the Tron logo layer visible again and position it in the center of the composition. After that add a new layer and go to Filter>Render>Render Clouds. Make sure you had black and white for the colors. Then change the Blend Mode to Screen and the Opacity to 40%. With the Eraser Tool (E) you can delete pretty much all the areas close to the edges leaving only the area that is behind the logo and a bit on top of it. You can also add the same pattern overlay effect over the Legacy text to give that nice digital touch. Once again everything we did was done using simple tools and techniques mixed together, the most difficult part is understand and organize the thoughts, the software part is all about trial and error. So now it's up to you. Click on the image for full preview Download the Files Click here to download all files used for this tutorial
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a very neat lens flare effect in Pixelmator. It’s true: the terrifying lens flare is back, and it can be really cool to use as wallpaper, as I’ve been doing. This tutorial is part of series of tutorials I have been writing for the Pixelmator Learn site. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. Go to View > Show Gradients. Create a new radial gradient using purple (#4b0026) and black for the colors. Fill the background with the radial gradient so the purple is in the center. Step 2 Add a new layer and change the Blending to Color Dodge, then create a new gradient preset. Use Radial for the type and black and white for the color. Fill the new layer with this gradient so the white is in the middle. Because of the color dodge, you will already have a really nice light effect. Step 3 Add a new layer. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a rectangle and fill it with black, then create a narrower rectangle and fill it with white. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 10-15 for the Radius. Step 4 Change the Blending of the rectangle to Color Dodge to create another light effect. Step 5 Duplicate the layer that has the rectangle light effect and move it down slightly. Resize it to make it thinner. Step 6 Add a few more light streaks using the same technique. Step 7 Add a new layer and fill it with black. Change the Blending to Color Dodge. Using the Brush Tool (B), select a regular soft brush with white, then create a few vertical lines in the center of the document. To make the effect more realistic, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Use 90º for the Angle and 20 for the Amount. Step 8 Add a new layer and change the Blending to Color Dodge, then create a new gradient preset using black, white, and black for the colors. This way you will create a white ellipse. Fill the layer with this gradient. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 Go to Layer > Add Layer Mask. Fill the layer mask with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). With the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color, paint over the areas you want to make visible. Use a very soft brush. Step 10 Using the same technique as in the previous effect, add another ellipse as in the image below. Step 11 Add a new layer and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). With the Brush Tool (B) and white, create a few white spots like sparkles, then go to Filter > Blur > Zoom Blur. Use 40 for the Amount. Step 12 With the Brush Tool (B) paint a few spots with blue and green. Change the Blending to Soft Light with 50% Opacity. Step 13 Add a new layer and go to Filter > Generator > Lenticular Halo. Use the image below for values, then change the Blending to Soft Light. Step 14 Add a new layer on the top of the others, make sure you have black and white for the colors, and go to Filter > Generator > Stripes. Use 2 for the Width and 0 for the Sharpness. Change the Blending to Color Dodge with 20% Opacity. Step 15 Go to Edit > Rotate 90º Right. Then resize to fill the entire width of the document. Step 16 Still with the stripes layer selected, go to Layer > Add Layer Mask. With the layer mask selected, go to Filter > Generator > Clouds. In this way you will make lines visible only when the clouds are white. If you want to hide the lines more, just go to Image > Levels and increase the black. Step 17 Add a new layer on top of the others and fill it with yellow. Then change the Blending to Multiply at 35% to give that sort of Lomo/vintage look. Step 18 Select all layers and duplicate them. With all duplicated layers selected, go to Layer > Merge Layers, then to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 20 for the Radius, then change the Blending to Overlay and the Opacity to 20%. Step 19 Duplicate the blurry layer and change the Blending to Screen. Order of Layers Conclusion When you finish these steps, you should pretty much have the effect below. As you can see, there’s nothing super difficult or new about it but applying blending and blurs. With this technique you can create all sorts of light effects. You can also play with different color overlays as we did with yellow, and you can use blue, green, or even red for different effects. Tutorial Resources Pixelmator file
More than two years ago, I created an image of a digital bokeh using Pixelmator that became incredibly popular on the Internet. I easily created the image using Pixelmator’s filter, which was new at the time, called Defocus. I simply applied the filter and added a gradient overlay layer to create the effect. Therefore, in this tutorial, I will show you how to create a bokeh effect in a slightly different, but simple manner to achieve a beautiful outcome. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and fill the background layer with a very dark grey color (#0a0a0a). Step 2 Add a new layer and change the Blending to Color Dodge. Go to Filter > Quartz Composer > Generator > Floor. Use the default values. Step 3 Add another layer and fill it with black. Next, change the Blending to Color Dodge. With this new layer selected, go to Filter > Quartz Composer > Generator > Defocus. This filter is random, so you will not be able to replicate the same effect I created. Step 4 Duplicate the layer with the hexagons layer. If there are some areas that are too bright, use the Eraser Tool (E) to erase them. Step 5 Duplicate the layer once again. Step 6 Duplicate the layer again and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use 60 for the amount. Once again, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 7 Add another layer and go to Filter > Generator > Stripes. Use 2 for the width and 0 for the sharpness. Step 8 Go to Edit > Free Transform. Rotate the stripes 30º to match the hexagons. Then, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 9 With the stripes layer selected, go to Layer > Add Layer Mask. Select the layer mask thumb over the layer palette and then go to Filter > Generator > Clouds. Use the clouds filter to mask the stripes. Step 10 Add a new layer on top of the others, but beneath the stripe layers. Fill this new layer with black. Then, change the Blending to Color Dodge. Next, select the Brush Tool (B). Using a basic, but very soft brush, start painting to add some white some flares to your design. Step 11 Add another layer, fill it with black, and change the Blending to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B), select the clouds default brush. Then, with white paint, add some clouds over one area. Step 12 Go to Filter > Blur > Zoom Blur. Place the controller at the center of the area where you want to create the light burst. Then, change the amount to 60. Step 13 Add a new layer on top of the floor layer and beneath the other layers. Change the blending to overlay. With the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient. I am using a gradient with yellow, red, and blue. Step 14 Here you can see the order of the layers. Conclusion Here is the final result of this tutorial. As you can see, we only used basic filters and blended modes to create this effect. We did not utilize any stock photo to achieve these effects. One of the best features of Pixelmator is its speed. You complete this tutorial relatively quickly because the filters are fast. Now, it is up to you. Dowload the Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.
A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial showing how I created the new Abduzeedo's 2010 symbol, which will be used for icons, posters, t-shirts and other gears. That tutorial was about the Illustrator walk-through process and in the end there was the light effect version of the symbol that I created in Photoshop. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create that effect. It's a sort of monitor/halftone effect mixed with glows and other light effects. We will play with Blend Modes and Blurs. The whole process is quite simple and it won't take more than 20 minutes to achieve the same result. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I used A4 for the size. Also RGB colors. After that double click on the background layer and apply a Layer Style to it. Use Gradient Overlay. For the colors use black and in the center a dark blue. For the Style use Radial. Step 2 Import the vector object from Illustrator and paste it in the center of the document. Step 3 Duplicate the layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Step 4 After the gaussian blur, go to Layer>Layer Styles>Inner Shadow. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, use white for the color and 40% for the Opacity. For the Angle use 90º. For the Distance use 91 pixels, for the Choke use 0 and for the Size use 3 pixels. Step 5 With the duplicated layer, duplicate it again because we will need another layer with the symbol for the effect. Then select one of the and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 100 pixels for the Radius. This layer will be on top of the other one with inner shadow. Step 6 With the third copy of the symbol, select it and go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use white for the color. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. After that with the layer selected go to Layer>Group Layers. The layer will be inside a folder in the Layer Palette. Select the group and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. You will have a really cool light effect like the image below. Step 7 Add a layer on top of the other layers and select the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Change the type from Foreground to Pattern, then select a dotted pattern. You can download the pattern I used here. As you can see the background is black and the dots are white. Step 8 Go to Edit>Transform>Warp. For the Warp type select Fisheye. Then pull the little controller down to change the fisheye effect. Step 9 Change the Blend Mode of the pattern layer to Color Dodge and the glowing areas will have this sort of monitor, halftone effect. Conclusion This light effect it's pretty much the same effect I use to create the Abduzeedo's logo effect. However I added a few Layer Styles to increase the light effects, especially in the edges. As you could see the whole process is pretty simple and it can be done in 20 minutes or less. It's all about playing with the tool ;)
The master of light effects, Chuck Anderson from Nopattern.com has updated his portfolio with some incredible new work. The clients are very cool too, including Microsoft with beautiful artworks for Windows 7 and the package itself. Also there's the Google Chrome theme and the fantastic work for the Chicago Marathon. I updated NoPattern today with the biggest projects I've ever done. New work for Windows 7, the Chicago Marathon, and Google Chrome are up, along with a few other new ones. www.nopattern.com Chuck Anderson is a reference for us and we highly recommend that you visit his website and take a look at his portfolio. It's definitely worth checking it out. Also follow Chuck Anderson on Twitter at @nopattern. Microsoft Windows 7 Chicago Marathon Decibel Magazine Google Chrome Ernie Ball Solace Magazine Other Projects
The new season of Heroes is on and it's really good. While I was watching the last episode I saw the opening credits and I thought to myself, why I haven't done that effect yet. So I decided to create the Heroes eclipse effect in Photoshop with a litle extra retro style. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice eclipse effect using only Photoshop. We will add a texture in the end just to give that retro feel to the image. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. Add a new layer and with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the background with a Radial Gradient from black to a very light grey in the center. Step 2 Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Use 15 for the Hue, 35 for the Saturation and -15 for the Lightness. Step 3 With the Ellipse Tool (U), create an ellipse in the center of the image. Step 4 Again with the Ellipse Tool (U) create a bigger ellipse. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke. Use 60px for the Radius and white for the color. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Create Layer. That command will create a layer with the Stroke. So select the 2 layers that will have for the ellipse with stroke and go to Layer>Merge Layers. After that duplicate this layer because we will need 2 copies of it. Step 5 Select one of the "ring" layers and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 100 pixels for the Radius. Also change the Blend Mode to Screen. Step 6 Add a new folder in the Layer Palette and move the other ring into this folder. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge, then select the ring layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 35 for the Radius. Step 7 Add a new folder in the Layer Palette right on top of the gradient layer. Then change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. After that add a new layer inside the folder and with the Brush Tool (B), use white for the color and a big soft brush to create the light behind the black circle. Step 8 Add another layer still inside of the folder we have just created the light beneath the black planet. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and edit the gradient. Change the Type to Noise, the Roughness to 100% and select Restrict Colors and Add Transparency. Fill the new layer with the gradient like the image below. Step 9 Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation to -100. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 pixels for Radius. Step 10 Select the Folder with the light layers and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. Then select the Brush Tool (B) with a very soft brush and black for the color. Start painting over the Layer Mask to hide some parts of the layer (1-3) Step 11 The ring of light is too white so lets add some color. Select the layer with the ring of light that you applied more blur (Step 5), then go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Use 30 for the Hue, 35 for the Saturation and -70 for the Lightness. Step 12 Add a new layer on top of the other layers and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge and the Opacity to 20%. Step 13 With the Eraser Tool (E) delete areas of the smoke as well (1-4). The idea is just to add some noise and waves to the lights. Step 14 Now, add a layer on top of the black ellipse. Then with the Brush Tool (B) paint a light at the top right corner of the ellipse. You can, also, add another layer and repeat the Steps 8 and 9 to create some rays of light. But start the gradient from the center of the light effect and not the document's Step 15 Add another layer on top of the others and fill it with a beige color (#B59071), then change the Opacity to 20%. Step 16 Import an old paper texture and put it on top of the other layers. The one I used was a courtesy of Shutterstock and you can download it here. After that change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 17 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Use 0 for the Hue, -25 for the Saturation and 0 for the Lightness. Step 18 Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Increase the Black input to 30. That will make the image darker. Conclusion The whole process won't take more than 30 minutes and it's pretty straightforward. The idea of this tutorial was to show you how to create some light effects first using greyscale and then with the Hue and Saturation we add nice colors. Now it's up to you, it's really important that you try different settings and colors as well. Click on the Image for full preview. Download the Photoshop File Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
One of the most popular tutorials I have writen is the Sparkling Hot Girl in Photoshop. It was a very straightforward technique on how to create some nice light effects mixed with a hot girl. Everything over a dark background. Since then I have received emails asking me how to create light effects over white or light backgrounds. So I decided to try some ideas and create an image mixing a photo of a girl with some light effects. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very stylish image mixing light effects and a hot girl photo over a light background. We will play with Blend Modes and Adjustment Layers to achieve that. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. After that import a photo to your document, the one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can donwload it here. Step 2 Go to Image>Adjustemtns>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation to -65. Step 3 Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Use Black and White for the colors and select Dither and Reverse. After that change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Step 4 Duplicate the layer of the girl, this new layer will be on top of the original girl layer. Go to Filter>Other>High Pass. User 5 pixels for the Radius and press OK. After that change the Blend Mode to Hard Light. Step 5 Select the layer girl and go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Use 90% for the Amount, 7 for the Radius and 0 for the Threshold. Step 6 Duplicate the girl layer again and put it on top of the other layers. Go to Filter>Stylize>Glowing Edges. Use 1 for the Edge Width, 2 for the Edge Brightness and 2 for the Smoothness. Step 7 With the glowing edges layer selected, go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. You will have white lines now for the strokes, so just change the Blend Mode to Screen. Tip: You can make the lines stronger by going to Image>Adjustments>Levels and increasing the white input. Step 8 Create a layer on top of the others and with the Gradient Tool (G) use black and white for the colors and Radial for the Type to fill the layer with a gradient. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and reduce the opacity until you get a very subtle gradient effect. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 To create the first light effect I will use a photo of a star, you can download it here. Copy just the part of the photo you want and paste it in the document. After that change the Blend Mode to Screen so what is black will be totally transparent. You will have a nice light effect over her shoulder. Step 10 Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Select Colorize and then move the Hue until you get a nice pink color, I used 300 for the Hue and 50 for the Saturation. Step 11 Create a and with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft round brush select a light blue for the color and paint a spot of blue light (1). Add another layer and again with the Brush Tool (B) and the same brush, just select a green for the color and paint another spot of light (2). Change the Blend Mode of these 2 layers to Screen. Step 12 I wanted to add some nice effects like particles coming off of her body. To do that I create an explosion in Cinema 4D, it's very simple but I won't get in details this time. You can download the image I used here. Step 13 Import the image in Photoshop and place it in your document. After that go to Image>Adjustments>Invert. That way you will get black particles instead of white. Then just change the Blend Mode to Multiply in order to make what is white become transparent. Move this first image to her back like the image below. Step 14 Use again the same image but resize it a little bit and rotate it. It's very important to place both images trying to make it match the black areas of the girls blouse. Step 15 With the Eraser Tool (E) use a very small brush and delete some areas to make the edges of the girl less uniform on those areas that there are the particles. Step 16 Now just place a nice texture on top of the other layers, I'm using a concrete texture courtesy of Shutterstock. You can donwload it here. Also you can add more elements like a milk splash I added on her leg. Conclusion You can finish the design with some fine tuning, like reducing the size of some elements and add more details. The effect is just a mix of some other techniques I have already explained how to do them. Light effects with light backgrounds are always tricky because we need dark areas to make them visible also textures always give a nice touch to any design. The idea of this tutorial was just to create a nice and stylish light effect like the Sparkling hot girl but with a light background. Another version This is a simpler version without the particles. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Light paintings, also known as light drawing or light graffiti, is a photography technique in which exposures are usually made at night or in a darkened room. The images we are featuring here are from Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, the guys behind LAPP-PRO. The light art performance photography (briefly LAPP) is a one-shot, long time bulb exposure photography, performed additionally with movement of light. LAPP originates on a real-time basis directly in front of the camera, created between opening and closing the shutter. The work from Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza was suggested by one of our readers, longo, who mentioned these guys and asked us for a post about them. As they have some really amazing photos, we made this selection to show you here. Long exposure photography involving light effects are really awesome. We also featured a post about it a while ago, Awesome Light Graffiti Pictures, and here we are again showing nice 'light paintings' to inspire you! In writing this post, I remembered the statement, "In photography, it's all about light." I would say that it all depends on the effect that you want to produce - the correct light, the right amount of light, extra light, 'moving' light and maybe no light! Personally, I really liked LAPP-PRO's photos. They are pure art! And thanks to longo for the great suggestion! Enjoy. :) Bonus - LAPP Nature
Light-Effects are a great way to create awesome and colorful images. Also it has become a trend mostly because of the work of guys such as James White and Chuck Anderson who I think are the Light-effects Masters. So in this post I will share with you some of my favorite images with brilliant light effects. You can click on the images to get to the Portfolio or Site where I have found the images, enjoy the artworks people!
Color Dodge is one of the Blend Modes I use the most. It's in my opinion the easiest and best way to create light effects, and, even though I have already written quite a few tutorials showing how to use it, I decided to write a quick tips all about this very useful blend mode. Because of that in this Quick Tips I will show you how it works. You can use this technique in all programs that have Color Dodge, such as GIMP, Pixelmator, Fireworks, and others. Step 1 Open Photoshop, the size of the document is not important because the idea is to learn how the Blend Mode works. So the first thing is fill the Background with Black. Step 2 With the Ellipse Tool (U) create an ellipse in white. Then go to Filter>Convert to Smart Filter. That's available in Photoshop CS4, if you're not using the CS4 just skip this part. Step 3 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 Pixels for the Radius. Step 4 - Understanding the Color Dodge Blend Mode First change the Blend Mode of the Ellipse layer to Color Dodge. You will notice that the layer simply disappear. That happens because the color dodge doesn't work over Black. Change the color of the background to a very dark brown (#15100c). You will see that the ellipse will be visible, but without the effect we want. Now add a folder, or group the ellipse layer in a folder, and change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. That's the effect we want. In Photoshop that's the best way, in my opinion, to use the Color Dodge for light effects. Another way, and that works for the different apps is to create the ellipse in a layer with black background. For example: Add a new layer and fill it with black Create an ellipse in the black layer and fill it with white and apply the Gaussian Blur. Change the blend mode to color dodge When you have a layer filled with black with white objects, it's not necessary to group them and apply the Color Dodge. Step 5 - Real Example Create a group and rename it to Light. In this folder create 5 lines using the Rectangle Tool (U), then apply a Gaussian Blur to them. Use 2-3 pixels for the Radius only. Right after that with the Ellipse Tool (U), create some ellipses and apply a Gaussian blur to them. Use a much bigger value, 15-20 pixels for the radius. After that add a text. I used Zapfino for the font. Again apply a Gaussian blur to the word layer. Use a small value, 2 pixels for the radius. Use the image below for reference. Step 6 Now, change the Group Blend Mode to Color Dodge. You will have a very nice light effect. Step 8 Create a new layer on top of the others and not inside the Light folder. Make sure you have black and white for the background and foreground colors, then go to Filter>Render>Clouds. With the Eraser Tool (E) delete some areas like the image below. Step 9 Change the Blend Mode of the Clouds to Color Dodge and you will add a nice smoke effect. Conclusion You can create all sorts of light effects, glows, stars and many more using the Color Dodge. But remember it won't work over black backgrounds, so for example if you want to make it work over black you will have to create another layer between The color dodge layer and the black layer with another color. Also if you want to try different colors, just create another layer on top of the others using the Overlay Blend Mode, but that's for another Quick Tips. Another Example