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A Better Way to Create This Classic Graphic Style in Photoshop
Ever get hit by a bolt of lightning and realize there's a better way to do something you've done a million times!? Love it when that happens. In this video, we'll check out a completely different way to create short and long cast shadows in Photoshop. With an approach that finally gives you the ability to experiment, it opens up the doors to all kinds of cool effects...
How the Pros Use Difference Blending Mode
Let's check out a powerful blending mode that rarely gets featured, but can be harnessed to quickly create a variety of fantastic effects! Grungy overlays, solarized vintage photos, colorful psychedelic design... It's a blending mode found in Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator and more. In this video, we'll take some cues from the pros on how to put it to use!
The Movie Poster in 9 Steps!
In this video, we’re going to run through a step by step formula for creating bold, dramatic movie poster-style images in Adobe Photoshop. While the format often feels formidable, we’ll break the process into 9 distinct steps, with lots of tips and tricks along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create Automatic Long Shadows in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we'll go through a few simple steps to set up an automatic cast shadow for text in Photoshop.
Distressed Text Edges | 4-Minute Photoshop Tip
For everything from a subtle worn-in effect effect to a heavily distressed text look, this quick and easy approach makes a great jumping off point.
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.
The Super Easy Grunge Stamp Photoshop Typography Setup
Learn the easy way to create a versatile letterpress grunge effect with a few simple Adobe Photoshop tools used in just the right combination.
Embossed Paper Text & Logos | Photoshop Tutorial
Learn a quick and easy technique to get more realistic embossed type or logos on paper in Adobe Photoshop.