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Create a Skateboard Illustration with Mixed Medias

As most kids born in the 90s I was very influenced by skateboarding and was a "skater" myself. I always loved skateboard art and I remember going with my friends to skate shops to see the shapes from brands like Santa Cruz, Flip, Powell Peralta and others. I must admit that this art had a huge influence on my work and here's just a little tutorial in tribute to that. If you're not really into skateboard art, I would suggest you to take a look at Jim Phillips artworks, he's like the father of skateboard art.

Quick Tips: Instagram your images using Photoshop

Instagram reinvented the photo sharing on our social media structure. It's a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your pictures to friends and family. And what I like the most about Instagram, are the various schemes that offers you to filter your pictures with your own little touch. My all-time favorite Instagram filter is the "Nashville" and today, I will show you a quick tutorial about how to achieve that same effect on your images. It's a very simple effect and very easy to accomplish in Photoshop.

Playing with Vectors in Illustrator

Last week I decided to spend some time playing with Illustrator and trying to come up with a cool black and white artwork. My inspiration came from some skateboard deck designs which have this sort of 3D effect without using gradients or anything, and not exactly a woodcut effect either.

Photoshop Quick Tips: Neon with Layer Styles

I have posted about how to create the neon effect in Photoshop a couple of times, however I still get emails from readers asking me how I did the light effect I use on the Abduzeedo logo. So I decided to simplify the process and show you how to create the this effect in very simple steps using basically Layer Styles and a few brushes. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using 1920x1200 pixels. Fill the background with black.

Photoshop Quick Tips #13 - Creating Reflection

This is a very simple effect to create a nice reflection. We have been asked a couple times to create so here is a very nice quick tips that you can use and abuse since it already is a big trend in web design and also very used for other types of design. So, to start out I need an image to create the reflection, I'm going to use an iphone for this one, you can use whatever you like, this works out really well with icon and typography.

Photoshop Quick Tips #6: Cloudy Text

Last year I wrote a tutorial showing how to create clouds using Adobe Photoshop. However, I have received quite a few emails asking me how to create a text made with clouds. Because of that I decided to write a very quick tutorial showing how to do it. Following our Quick Tips series, in this tutorial I will show you how to create a text with clouds, using brushes and other few interesting light effects.

Illustrator Quick Tips #2 - Scatter Brushes

Brushes are very useful in Photoshop. We may create all sorts of effects, from clouds to grunge brushes and many others. In lllustrator it is no different, actually it's easier to create and use brushes than in Photoshop because you can preview how they will look and edit them in real time, what makes a big difference. Creating brushes is really simple: just drag a shape to the brush panels and that's it! You got yourself a brand new brush. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. Type the text you want or use your logo.

Illustrator Quick Tips #1 - Complex Symbols with Pathfinder

Last week I posted an article showing some great logos using 3D effects and colorful gradients. There are quite a few ways to do create those effects in Illustrator, however for most of them you will have to use the Pathfinder tools. Because of that I will show you an example based on a few logos from that list. References When I was looking for references for a logo design project that I'm still working on, I selected some awesome logos. Below you can see some of them. You can visit the sites of these logos at:

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.

Photoshop Quick Tips #3 - Enhancing Photos with High Pass Filter

Following our series of quick tips, I will show you how to enhance a regular photo in Photoshop and make it look better. Of course you can change the presets in order to make it look more subtle, my idea was to exaggerate a bit. Also we will use the Shadows/Highlight adjustments showing how you can easily simulate a sort of HDR style.

Fireworks Quick Tips #1 - How to use QuickMask

One of the best functions we can use in Fireworks is Mask. It's a basic command that can make our life easiser when working with images or when we need to hide some part of an object. In this tutorial we will create a Polaroid photo using amazing and inspirational illustrations from Adhemas. We already talked about him, but if you don't know the work of this Brazilian artist yet, please check out his site after the tutorial! But for now, let's take a look at how this command works.

Photoshop Quick Tips #2 - Neon Effect with Animation

Back in July I wrote a tutorial showing how to create the effect I use on Abduzeedo's logo, a very subtle light effect, sort of neon style. The tutorial is the Shining Neon Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop if you want to check it out.

Photoshop Quick Tips #1 - Quick Mask Mode

We've been posting tutorials showing a bit of our creative process turning ideas into reality, either in Adobe Photoshop or other tools. These tutorials sometimes are quite long or we show lots of techniques that beginners can find quite difficult. Because of that we will start posting some dirty quick tips that we use all the time. In this first article we will show you how to use the Quick Mask in photoshop, and how it can be really useful saving us a lot of time.

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