light effects

Starfleet Jerks

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

RADA Neon Lights

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

Illuminating Motherboard - Photoshop Tutorials

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 background with #201E1E for the color.

80s Christmas Artwork in Photoshop

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.

Interview with Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern

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!

New Works of Chuck Anderson Aka 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 and I'll publish a couple of them.

Tron Legacy Tutorial

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.

Lens Flare Revisited in Pixelmator

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.

Hexagons Bokeh Effect in Pixelmator

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).

Abduzeedo 2010 Light Effects in Photoshop

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.

Amazing New Projects by NoPattern

The master of light effects, Chuck Anderson from 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.

Very Easy Heroes Eclipse in Photoshop

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.

45 Superb Light Effects

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!

Photoshop Quick Tips #4 - Color Dodge Blend Mode for Light Effects

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.

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