This week Bert starts off by drawing some simple shapes for the frame of the medallion, then jumps in to demonstrate how you can trace a reference image even if it is low resolution. From there he brings the paths into the frame and adds a stroke to finish this stage of the project. Join us next week for part 2!
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This week’s technique will teach you how to build a hand-carved antique sign from scratch.
This week, Bert’s lesson is out of this world! In this interstellar episode of Pixel Playground, we’ll create an animated star field in Adobe Photoshop.
This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to create fluffy clouds using the brush tools in Adobe Photoshop.
This week Bert shows off a simple technique to create a pillow effect suitable for a baby shower invite. He begins by creating type on a channel and adding a Gaussian blur to soften the edges. Next he refines the edge with levels, and fills in the selected area with a baby blue color. Finally, he completes the effect with some layers effects including a stroke, bevel, and drop shadow.
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Have you ever wanted to sculpt a body to remove some love handles, or just trim up your subject in general? This week Bert Monroy gives you a chance by showing how to use the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop.
This week’s technique will teach you how to use the Fibonacci spiral in your designs.
To wrap up his extended look at tattoo designs, this week Bert pays tribute to the classical Fibonacci spiral. By copying the classic spiral as a guide, he uses it to help plan the structure of his intricate flower design, creating slight variations of the same design throughout the piece to quickly build a repeating pattern. After placing the flowers in the proper positions, Bert scales and rotates them into an appealing layout, adding leaves and vines as background accents to provide the final touch.
Want to create your own? Check out this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial.
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This week’s technique will teach you how to create a realistic flower tattoo.
Continuing with last week’s tattoo theme, this week we learn how to create a flower tattoo in Adobe Photoshop. Bert takes us through his unique approach for painting the colors onto the petals of a flower. He begins by selecting non-overlapping paths and creating layers filled with a sampled color. To give the petals depth, he cleverly uses the Photoshop dodge and burn tool to add the various highlights and lowlights. To complete the tattoo, Bert adds a simple stroke layer style and duplicates it across the various petal layers.