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Turn Photos Into Stars and More in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll harness the power of blending modes to convert a photo into a multicolor star halftone! With the same principles, you'll be able to create your own halftone patterns - especially if you have a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

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Black and White to Transparent in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll check out a nice little timesaver for converting black and white to black and transparent, white and transparent, or a solid color and transparent. In just 4 steps, this approach will even preserve the parts of your image that might be off the edges of the canvas. Works great for creating keyable logos, textures for knockout masks, preparing artwork for screen printing, and more.

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Grungy Chrome in Photoshop OR After Effects

In this tutorial, we’ll check out a grungy chrome text effect, side by side in both Photoshop and After Effects! Along the way, we'll create a high end effect while highlighting some interesting similarities, differences, and unique features of both programs. Written project descriptions below…

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Stencil Spray v2.0 | Photoshop Action

A new and improved method for creating stenciled spray paint effects in Photoshop! In this video, we’ll check out an action that will give you a random spray effect for text, vector art, shape layers and more.

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Burn Transition | After Effects Tutorial

In this tutorial, we’ll check out an After effects setup for a high quality burning transition effect. Using only native effects in the program, we’ll generate glowing embers, trailing smoke, heat distortion, and more.

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Extreme Blur Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll check out a method to create this grungy blur effect using an unexpected tool in Photoshop. Screen or overlay some texture on top to quickly create an awesome graphic design effect!

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Eye-Popping Color Overlays in Photoshop

Harness the power of simple color theory to create insanely vibrant color overlays, tints, and colorize effects. In this quick Photoshop tutorial, we’ll check out a method for creating gradient maps that pop off the screen and give your work just that little extra “something you can’t put your finger on”. Then we’ll take a look at a blend setting to give the brighter colors a bit more of an illuminated character.

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Animated Spiral Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll check out a clever technique for creating a perfect spiral in Photoshop. Then we'll apply it as a retro-style optical illusion and create a looping animated graphic! This project makes a nice introduction animation - in fact, the "Video Timeline" in Photoshop uses many of the same principles as Adobe After Effects.

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Toy Camera Photos | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll check out a few techniques for creating the artistic look of a simple plastic analogue camera. Vignetting, light leaks, distortion and chromatic abberation - all the things which modern high end cameras have tried to minimize - will become our tools for creating unexpected, playful images. There's nothing more fun than ruining your photos in Photoshop!

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Vector Style Treatment | Photoshop Tutorial

More adventures in creating art without drawing! In this tutorial, I’ll run through an approach to create a vector or vexel style treatment using a few key tools in Adobe Photoshop. This look will draw some inspiration from the portraits of Shepard Fairey, but this approach can be adapted to create all kind of other vector-ish styles!

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Retro Halftone Effects | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, I’ll run through a setup I use to create halftone effects in Photoshop. Great for posters, apparel, stickers, or just creating cool retro-lookin stuff! This approach will bypass the halftone filters and create the effect from scratch, with the added benefit of being live and adjustable.

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Art History Brush | Photoshop Tutorial

In this photoshop tutorial, we’ll check out a fast, fun, and easy way to create digital oil paintings! We’ll focus on one specific tool - the art history brush. Once you’re up and running, this tool unlocks all kind of awesome possibilities.... but first, it does help to get a basic sense of how the art history brush works and a few headaches you might run into as you get set up.

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10 Tips for Layer Style Effects | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll check out ten ways to elevate your standard Photoshop layer effects. We'll also take a look at a few common problems you might run into and how to solve them, plus a couple of bonus tips!

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Weathered Live Type | Photoshop Tutorial

This is one of my favorite techniques in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we’ll check out a method for distressing typography and shapes that is totally adjustable and non-destructive. You can weather any font or single-color logo in real time… awesome for apparel, print design, and more!

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Stipple Illustration Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

A Photoshop tutorial for those of us who are not so handy with the brushes... We'll check out a method for turning photos and artwork into authentic-looking ink stipple illustrations.

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Realistic Glowing Text Effect

Looking for an alternative to the flat-looking Outer Glow Effect in Photoshop? In this tutorial, we’ll check out a simple technique that generates awesome results to create a more realistic glow for text and logos. Be sure to try out the same technique to make your photographs glow as well!

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Epic 3d Text | Photoshop 3d Workspace and Compositing

In this tutorial, we'll jump into the Photoshop 3d workspace to create some epic, superhero-style typography. With some basic modeling, texturing, lighting, and compositing, we'll check out a step by step workflow to harness infinite intergalactic awesomeness.

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Engraved Money Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

Create this strange and simple texture in Photoshop to apply an engraved Illustrated look to your photos and artwork. In this tutorial, we'll run through the basics of getting it set up, then take a look at a few techniques to give your image a more authentic dollar-bill style treatment.

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Color Bleed Watercolor Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

Learn to create an ultra-realistic bleeding ink or watercolor effect in Adobe Photoshop! In this tutorial, we’ll harness the power of Photoshop Actions to build a one-button effect that can be applied to photos, text, artwork and more.

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80s Ultra Chrome Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

Create hyper-stylized 1980’s chrome text and logos with a few versatile techniques in Adobe Photoshop! In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basic process of how to set up a chrome reflection that can be customized for infinite different looks, plus a few extra details to give the image some hyper-realistic radness.

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Dripping Paint Effect | Photoshop Tutorial for Text & Logos

Create this dripping paint effect without any painting by hand in Photoshop. Works great for text, logos, graffiti artwork and more.

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Spray Painted Stencil Effect | Tutorial for Text & Logos

Learn an easy technique to create a realistic spray painted text effect on black leather without any custom painting in Adobe Photoshop.

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Ultimate Gold Text Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

Create realistic gold type and logos without any custom painting in Photoshop - scroll through fonts and turn them to gold in real time!

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