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Advanced Masking with Knockout Layers

In this video, we'll check out a layer setting in Photoshop that just might disrupt your whole layer mask approach! Using knockout layers, we can bring the full power of regular layers (Smart Objects, Text Layers, Layer Effects) into the world of masks.

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Comic Book FX from Photos in Photoshop!

In this video, we'll rocket through the process of turning photos into comic-book-style illustrations in Adobe Photoshop. I though it would be fun to make a video you can finish before your burrito gets out of the microwave - to follow along, it might be easier to watch the video, then check out the written instructions below.

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Movie Trailer GFX in After Effects!

In this tutorial, we'll check out a surprisingly simple setup in After Effects to create cinematic typography effects, complete with studio-style dramatic lighting! With the help of an effect that's more versatile than it sounds - CC Plastic, we'll create a professional looking graphic in a single comp with just a few layers.

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Ultra-Realistic Sketches in Seconds!

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll check out a simple method for creating realistic pencil sketches in just seconds. With the surprising power of the Art History Brush tool, Photoshop can use a snapshot of your image to dynamically change the color of any custom brush.

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Unreal Effects in AE with CC Time Blend FX

In this tutorial, we'll unleash an effect so out-of-the-box, Adobe decided to leave it out of the effects menu - CC Time Blend FX. Using a very simple premise (the ability to loop other effects), we'll quickly turn effects like Turbulent Displace and Offset into unpredictable swirling transitions and organic smoke effects.

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Collage Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll check out a clever technique for replacing an entire image with a set of hand-built collage textures. Using blending modes to "green screen" textures into an image, this approach creates a totally adjustable live effect.

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Hand Illustrated Effect - After Effects Tutorial

In this After Effects tutorial, we’ll check out a technique for giving typography, shapes, and artwork a unique hand-illustrated look. Using adjustment layers, this effect is highly customizable can be applied quickly to multiple elements.

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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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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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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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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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