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Jul 24
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Members Area Tutorial: Get Better at Photo Blending Starting Today

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 20:27 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Get Better at Photo Blending Starting Today

Do you struggle with blending your images properly?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

So many Photoshop designs are poorly blended, and the end result is often a very unrealistic scene.

You should always spend a good amount of time blending your images perfectly, particularly when working with photo manipulation works.

Today you’ll learn how to blend a large number of different photographic elements into a single cohesive scene. You’ll learn how to pay attention to light and shadow, and how to manipulate color and shade in a non-destructive way.

To make things extra challenging, we’re going to be converting a daytime scene to a nighttime scene!

This is going to be fun, let’s dive right in.

What You’ll Be Creating:

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Jul 17
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Music Event Poster by Following a Professional’s Workflow

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 16:52 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Music Event Poster by Following a Professional’s Workflow

Hey design students!

Today’s design lesson is a great opportunity to follow along with the workflow of a respected design professional. Eric Vasquez is one of our most popular teachers, and has worked with some huge companies throughout his illustrious design career.

Over to Eric…

“In this tutorial I will be walking you through the steps to create your own print ready poster. In this particular case it will feature a singer but the same techniques and rules apply to just about any type of poster that you would like to create.

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Jul 10
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Richly Detailed Viking Themed Photo Manipulation

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 18:03 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Richly Detailed Viking Themed Photo Manipulation

I’m really excited! Today’s design lesson is one of our most comprehensive tutorials ever.

I’m not going to bang on about how this tutorial is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Instead, I want to show you just how much you’ll learn from following along:

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Jul 03
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Members Area Tutorial: Create A Fantasy Photo Manipulation “Summoning The Power”

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 19:24 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create A Fantasy Photo Manipulation “Summoning The Power”

Today’s design lesson is an in depth guide to creating a beautiful, fantasy piece called “Summoning the Power”.

You’ll master a range of expert techniques including:

  • Very advanced, multi-layered lighting effects
  • Advanced, creative masking
  • Correctly manipulating and blending multiple images
  • Fixing blemishes, difficult edges and other difficult areas
  • Many more practical, actionable techniques

Let’s get started!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Jun 26
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Members Area Tutorial: Composite a Dynamic, Fantasy Winter Scene Using Photoshop

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:06 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Composite a Dynamic, Fantasy Winter Scene Using Photoshop

Today’s tutorial is one of the longest, most in depth design lessons you’re likely to come across. At over 8500 words, 70 steps long and 200 meticulously detailed and diagramed images, it’s a true design education.

In this tutorial we will be creating a composite where we will take various photos and blend them together to make them feel like they were all taken at the same time and place. We will be building up a dynamic winter scene with landscapes and wild animals and also integrating abstract shapes and objects to give the composition a fantasy feel.

Here’s a look at what techniques we’ll be covering in today’s lesson:

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Jun 19
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Members Area Tutorial: Design an Action Packed Movie Poster

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 15:52 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Design an Action Packed Movie Poster

In today’s Photoshop design lesson you’ll be learning how to create an action packed movie poster design.

This is a great way to take your Photoshop skills and apply them to a real, actionable project spec that you can then transfer to your client projects.

This lesson will teach you a variety of actionable techniques such as:

  • Using advanced lighting techniques to create a dramatic scene.
  • Creating 3D text and effects in PS CS6 using just Blending Modes and layer properties.
  • Working with lighting and shading.
  • Creating a war scene through multiple image blending
  • Cinematic style color correction.
  • and many more interesting techniques to make your design work easier and more fun!

Creating a Movie Poster

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Jun 14
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Magical Giant Pop Up Story Book

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:55 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Magical Giant Pop Up Story Book

The beauty of Photoshop is being to create amazing fantasy outcomes that defy the realism in our regular lives. There’s something truly satisfying about creating a magical piece that can wow your friends and colleagues.

Once you get a hand on this type of fantasy design you can really push your Photoshop skills to the next level and get more experimental with your work.

Today’s tutorial will allow you to create a beautiful fantasy pop up book, featuring a magical lake scene. You’ll learn how to bring this basic composition to life, through expert lighting, warping, professional image blending and atmospheric final touches.

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Jun 05
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Members Area Tutorial: How to Create A Serene Lake Scene Photo Manipulation

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 18:10 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: How to Create A Serene Lake Scene Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial our resident photo manipulation expert Jenny Le will show you how to create a serene lake scene.

You’ll learn a variety of manipulation techniques, such as blending, adjusting color, retouching, using brush as well as detailing to achieve a realistic outcome.

Beyond this, you’ll learn some practical techniques such as using the displacement filter to create an artificial water surface and how to combine adjustment layers and complex, layered masking to produce some beautiful results.

Let’s get started!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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May 29
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Members Area Tutorial: Learn How to Draw a Clean Coffee Maker Illustration

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 18:35 — julie

How to Draw a Detailed Coffee Maker Illustration

Often even more advanced Photoshop users shy away from illustration in Photoshop, despite it having some very robust drawing tools at your disposal.

Often times the issue is the lack of a clear guide to help you through the process. Well today our resident expert Andrei Marius will show you how to create a super clean coffee maker illustration using some of Photoshop’s advanced drawing tools.

Despite this being a long and in depth tutorial, each step is broken down into clear step by step instructions, so whatever your level of design expertise you can follow along and learn some great techniques in the process.

Clean design couldn’t be more on trend right now, some being able to create slick illustrations like this one will allow you to create incredible custom icons and graphics to support your (or your client’s) clean website design.

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May 22
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Members Area Tutorial: Create A Dark Photo Manipulation of A Devil Woman

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 17:46 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create A Dark Photo Manipulation of A Devil Woman

In this advanced design lesson you will learn how to photo manipulate a dark image of a devil woman.

You will master various photo manipulation techniques such as portrait/photo retouching, manipulating a natural landscape, creating a dark cloudy atmosphere, digital painting, image blending, multiple adjustments, advanced masking and many more.

There’s a ton of actionable, professional tips to learn in this lesson, so let’s get started!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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