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Photoshop Tutorial How to Create a Lightning

Photoshop Tutorial How to Create a Lightning

This Photoshop tutorial go through some really basic and important Photoshop techniques while showing you how to create a fearsome lightning bolt from scratch. You will be using Filters, Adjustment Layers and much more  to create the lightning effect.

Step 1: Create Lightning

a) Create a new document e.g. 600x600px

b) Create a new layer and name it Lightning

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c)Open the Gradient editor (Type G and click on the gradient in the top left corner) and create a black and white gradient with a narrow gray area as shown below:

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d) Paint the document with a linear gradient. The more narrow the grey area is the more clean the lightning will be so don’t make it too narrow.

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e) Next make sure you have selected black as foreground and white as background

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Then goto Filter > Render > Difference Clouds. Feel free to undo and redo to get the lightning effect you want:

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f) Notice the main black line through the middle. This will be your lightning bolt. But to isolate it, you first invert (Image > Adjustments > Invert or Ctrl+I) it:

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f) Add a new Adjustment layer with levels. You could also apply the levels directly but really in this tutorial you may need the flexibility later to fix the levels

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g) You should adjust the levels to increase the intensity of the lightning.

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Step 2 Add Color

a) Create a new layer and paint it with a blue gradient

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b) Set the blending mode to overlay

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c) Create another layer and call it Red Light. Then set the layer blending mode to soft light. Select a soft, big round brush and paint some lights with  a red, yellow and/or a violet color

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d) If you want to intensify the lightning even further I recommend you add an adjustment layer for Curves and Hue/Saturation. Set the Curves first. Individual settings for your setup may be needed.

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Than only adjust the Lightning a bit down in the Hue/Saturation layer

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The Result – Lightning Created in Photoshop

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Graphic Design

 

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

I have received quite a few emails asking me how to create a embroidery effect in Photoshop. It is a really nice effect and I had no idea how to do that in Photoshop. So one of these days while running I sort of had this idea of using the Scribble effect in Illustrator and then going to Photoshop to make it look real. After giving it a try I got a very nice result and that is what I share with you today.

So for this tutorial I will show you how to create a embroidery effect using Illustrator and Photoshop. The whole process is quite simple and it will take an average of 45 minutes to get it done.

Step 1

Open the logo or shape you want to apply the effect in Illustrator. In my case I am using the Abduzeedo logo, the 2011 version.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 2

Select the shapes and go to Effect>Stylize>Scribble. The Scribble Options will open and you will be able to customize the settings. The Abduzeedo logo has a sort of 3D effect, so I used different angles for the Scribble direction.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 3

Now it’s time to go to Photoshop. The first thing to do here is to find a really cool texture. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can find it at http://goo.gl/PNAHF

Place the texture in your design. Again, the texture is really important to make your design look real.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 4

Copy the logo from Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. I aligned it in the center of my canvas.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 5

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Inner Shadow. For the Blend Mode use Color Dodge with white for the color at 45% Opacity. For the Angle use 90º, 3 pixels for the Distance, 0% Opacity and 3 pixels for the Size. Also for the Contour use the one I used in the image below.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 6

Select Inner Glow. For the Blend Mode use Linear Burn with black for the color at 40% Opacity and 0% Noise. Change the Size to 8 pixels and keep the rest as it is.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 7

Duplicate the layer once and move it up a few pixels and to any size a few pixels as well.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 8

Duplicate the layer a few more times and move it to the sides and up and down. The idea is make it look less uniform. After that select all layers and merge them (Layer>Merge Layers)

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 9

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Drop Shadow. Use black for the color with Color Burn for the Blend Mode and 50% Opacity. For the Angle use 120º, for the Distance keep 0, for the Spread use 0% and for the Size use 15px.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 10

Select Inner Glow and then for the Blend Mode use Color Dodge at 50%, white for the color, Center for the Source, 0 for the Choke and 40 pixels for the Size.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 11

This is the result after the layer styles. The whole idea is to create the highlight and the depth that we always see on the embroidery effects.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 12

Here I added the Abduzeedo word with the custom font with the same effect. Just repeated the previous steps.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 13

Select all layers and duplicate them. After that go to Layer>Merge Layers. You can use the keyboard shortcut for that Command (mac)/Control (pc) + Shit + Alt + E. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Change the Blend Mode to Screen.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Conclusion

Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide all then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush with white start painting in the center to make that area visible.

As you can see the technique is pretty simple, it’s all about some layer styles and the Scribble effect in Illustrator. There’s also another ways to do that, like with custom brushes, but I think the scribble filter does a really good job for a quick result with nice realism.

Embroidery Effect with Illustrator and Photoshop

Download the Photoshop File

Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

About the author

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. You can get in follow us via Twitter at@abduzeedo

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Graphic Design

 

TILT SHIFT EFFECT MADE EASY IN PHOTOSHOP: MAKING THINGS LOOK LIKE MINIATURE FIGURES

By: ilovegraphics

Some of the more advanced cameras these days come with the TILT SHIFT effect feature. This is a specialized feature in rendering photographs that make certain objects in the image look like they were miniature figures or objects. These images are perfect for catalog printing, sometimes brochure printing or even your blog.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how you can do the same effect using Adobe Photoshop. So even if you do not have a hi-tech camera, you can also achieve that Tilt Shift effect for the different images that you have. So just follow these instructions and learn how to do it.

1. Initially of course you will be choosing an image. When you are choosing an image for this tilt shift effect, it would be better for you to choose something that is taken from a high vantage point looking down. This is essential as this is how naturally most people see miniatures. It would be harder to project the illusion of false miniatures if you do not use an image composed this way. So for this example, we are using this image that is looking downwards towards our subjects.

2. Now, once you load this image in Photoshop, make sure you duplicate it first. This gives you the background as your backup just in case you mess up the effects that we are about to do. If you do make a mistake, simply duplicate this base background we copied from and start over. To duplicate the background, simply right click on it and select Duplicate layer…

3. With our duplicate layer selected, click on the Quick Mask mode icon below the foreground/background color selection area. Afterward, make sure that your foreground and background colors are Black and white respectively.

4. Next, select the gradient tool and apply the horizontal gradient effect where your white is at the center whilst it goes on to black going upwards and downwards.

5. Now, with the gradient tool selected, drag your cursor to the canvass and draw the gradient. Remember that the center of the gradient will be where your target objects are, so apply the gradient tool appropriately. It is best not to go too vertical to make things slightly more natural.

6. Once you have selected the right focus for your image, press the Quick Mask Icon again or press the shortcut (Q). Afterwards, press SHIFT+CTRL+I to select the top and bottom areas of our image (if these were not the ones selected).

7. Now, we will be adding a lens blur on the top and at the bottom of our image to get the miniature effect. Just go to Effects -> Blur -> Lens Blur to apply this blurring filter.

8. The trick is to use a high radius value as well as a high threshold value as detailed above. Just adjust and refine the settings if you think the values above are too much for your image. Make sure to tick the “preview” checkbox above so that you can see the effect easily.

9. Once applied, you should see our Tilt Shift effect come to life.

10. As a final retouch we will want to adjust the colours and brightness so that the figures look a bit like plastic objects. To do this, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves…

11. Use an output approximately around 150 and an input of around 100 OR just shape the curve almost like the one you see above.

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Graphic Design

 

Create a Mobile Phone Ad Design

By: ViniMan

Step 1

We start off by searching for a mobile phone image. Be sure it also has a flat background color. This can be found on stock sites like Stock.xchng. Other images you’ll need for this tutorial: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7. There are also some brushes we’ll be using in this tut: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Once you’ve found a mobile phone image you like that has a big enough resolution, go to Photoshop and open a new document (Ctrl+N). Then choose a color for the background layer. I chose a light blue/grey(#cad6dd). Select the Ellipse Tool (U), and make an oval form with it. Then transform it over whole of the image.

Step 2

First, Right Click on the layer in the layers palette and then select Blending Options. Put the Fill Opacity on 0%. Press Gradient Overlay and put the Blend Mode on Overlay, Opacity on 45%. Make sure the gradient goes from White to Transparent. Then set the Style on Radial.

Step 3

Place the phone image into the document. Then use Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to fit the image in the document. Pick the Magic Wand Tool (W), andClick on the background color. Then press Add Layer Mask.

Step 4

Now that you’ve cut out the phone, turn the layer back on. Then go to Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen. Then go to Blending Options and add an Outer Glow. Also, put the Blend Mode on Overlay with an Opacity of 25%. Pick a color that you want to glow out of the phone. The size of the glow depends on the size of your document; I used 180px.

Step 5

Open your field of grass image. Drag it into the document on top of the phone image. If it’s too big use Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to scale it down.

Add a Layer Mask to the layer. Make sure the mask is filled completely with black, set your foreground color on Black (D) and use the Paint Bucket(G) to fill the mask. Then pick a big Soft Brush (B), and paint white on the mask underneath the phone. Also, paint a bit of an overlap as well, as shown in the results below.

Step 6

Find yourself some beautiful flowers. Put them in the document. Then get rid of the background so you only keep the flowers. You can do this by giving it a Layer Mask, picking a Hard Brush (B), and then painting the background away.

Another option to remove the background is to use the Pen Tool (P). This tutorial shows you how it works in case you don’t know it. If you’re lucky and the image has a flat background color, then use the Magic Wand Tool (W), or Select>Color Range may be a good quick choice as well. Use the ‘Blur Tool’ (R) where you think it’s needed to create more depth.

Step 7

Next go to Filter>Convert For Smart Filter. The mask will disappear, but you can still change the mask and image by double clicking the layers image found on the layer palette. Then Transform (Ctrl+T), and put it on the bottom of the phone. The magic of Smart Filters/Object is that you can always transform an image back to it’s original size.

Now go to Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen. Do this twice. You’ll see Sharpen two times in the layer palette. At the end of each Sharpen filter you see an icon with two arrows. Click on one of these and a box will pop up. Leave the Mode set to Normal, but put the Opacity at 50%. After hitting OK, the opacity of the second Sharpen filter will automatically be set at 50% as well, due to the awesomeness of Smart Filters.

Step 8

Next we’ll change the blending options. For Outer Glow use a Blend Mode of Overlay and Opacity of 75%. Be sure to use a Black color. Note that the Size of 90px depends on what size you’re working in on your document setup. For Color Overlay we want to give the flowers a red color. Set the Blend Mode on Overlay and the Opacity on 35%.

Step 9

Find yourself more flowersplants, and other fun stuff. Then repeat the same process as used on the flower. I added two bunches of red flowers for the background flowers, and in the front some blue ones. I didn’t convert them to Smart Filters, but rather sharpened them directly on the layer. It’s best to only useSmart filters/objects when you’re not sure of the size, filters, or when reusing multiple objects that you may change later. I also found a ladybug image and put it on one of the flowers.

Step 10

You can also do some fun stuff with cloud brushes and air balloons, put plants behind the phone, etc. Keep adding more images and details until you’re happy with it!

Step 11

Now to add some brush work to the background. I used splatter brushes and vector brushes on the area behind the phone.

Be sure to create new layers when you use brushes. Tip: Most brushes aren’t really sharp, so I Sharpen them often.

Step 12

I also made my own brush to add the sparkly design to the screen. Pick the Brush Tool (B). Then go toWindow>Brushes (F5). For the Brush Tip Shape pick a hard brush with a Diameter of 35px, Hardness of 35%, and the Spacing of 25%. Set Shape Dynamics to a Minimum Diameter 100%, Scattering, and Scatter of 600%. Set Other Dynamics to Opacity Jitter of 85%.

Step 13

Put the Opacity of the new brush on 45%. Then create a layer behind the phone layer, and you’ll see you’ve got to click only once to get that sparkly effect. I used a white color for the brush and put theblending mode of the layer on Soft Light. I also created two other ones with colors of blue and red. I set the blending mode of their layers on Overlay.

Step 14

Almost finished! As you can see, on the finished advertisement I made some line design elements and placed them on the flowers. That was made with Illustrator. To do that let’s open Illustrator. Then create a new document, it doesn’t matter which size. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and black as your Fill. Leave the stroke set at None. Then make your screen entirely black. I do this because we’ll be working with white lines.

Step 15

Grab your Line Segment Tool, and create a white line with 1pt stroke. This time use a Fill of None.

Step 16

Pick up the Pen Tool (P) and create a new Anchor in the middle of the line you just created. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to move the Anchor Point.

Get the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) and simply Click and drag your anchor point to another direction.

Step 17

Make another line the same way we just did in the step above.

Step 18

We’ll be using the Blend Tool (W) for creating more lines between the two we just made. It’s very simple,Click on the first line and then the second. You’ll probably see there’s only one line between the two you made.

Step 19

Let’s correct that. Press Enter, while your Blend Tool is still on and the lines are still selected. A box will appear. Set the Spacing to Specified Steps of 25. And now you have a blended linear design element.Tip: You can play with your anchor points, use more than 2 lines, and experiment to get different looks.

Step 21

Copy (Ctrl+C) the lines, and Paste (Ctrl+V) them in Photoshop. A box will pop up. Choose Paste as a Smart Object.

Step 22

I also made them into brushes especially for this tutorial, so you can download these instead of creating your own shapes in Illustrator. Download them here. Put the line layers blend mode on Overlay. Then place them over the flowers. Make a Layer mask and where the lines stop, and use a Black Soft Brush to make it fade out.

Finishing Touches

Now let’s add the final details. Create a title; I used Cicle font for this. Then add a logo for the mobile phone company. The final result is below.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Graphic Design

 

FUTURISTIC GRUNGE TEXT EFFECT | PHOTOSHOP CS5 TUTORIAL

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Graphic Design