Aerial photography is an impressive way to capture a landscape, but you don’t need to hire a plane to get great photos. Deke is back this week in another episode of Deke’s Techniques that shows you how to get the equipment you need to capture great aerial photography and video (all for around $1,000), and then shows you how to merge the resulting frames together to create interesting effects in Photoshop. Learn how to set up a GoPro camera and an UAV (aka an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone), isolate an image from the resulting video in Photoshop, and use masking, Camera Raw filters, sharpening, and layer effects to make your scene really pop.
Posts Tagged ‘Adobe Photoshop’
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.
Make the subjects of your photos look like they’re moving “faster than light” in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn how to add bright motion trails to silhouetted figures in an image in Adobe Photoshop. You can see similar effects used in advertising and Deke shows you how to achieve it in less than 10 minutes. It’s a great technique that makes use of the Ocean Ripple, Graphic Pen, and Motion Blur filters, plus some good old levels and channel adjustment. Click the video below to start learning.
This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to add a belly to your dragon tattoo in Adobe Photoshop.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been adding more details to our dragon tattoo and this week we’ll complete the dragon by adding the belly. To create the belly, begin by using the Pen tool to draw the various shapes of the belly. Next, duplicate the bottom portion of the path to help form the shape of the creases along the bottom of the belly. After adding fills for the belly shapes, create a layer and paint in the tones of the belly. Finally, make a new brush out of two rectangles and brush in the top of the belly, then finish the design by adding Inner Glow and Drop Shadow effects.
Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. This week, Deke shows how to convert an image from the RGB profile to CMYK—a process designers often need to go through when they’re sending their work to be printed commercially. However, Deke’s spin on this technique is an unconventional method that preserves more of your luminance data, using the Multichannel mode in Adobe Photoshop. Click the video below to start learning.
A few weeks ago, with Deke’s help, you transformed a photograph into a Pointillist-style dot drawing. (See Deke’s Techniques number 239 in the lynda.com library if you’d like to revisit the technique.) Today, learn how to refine that portrait with smaller dots. This doubles the resolution of your image, too, making it an even better candidate for printing. However, instead of a dynamic effect, it turns into a static one. The downside is you lose your Smart Filters and the effect becomes destructive, as opposed to nondestructive. But Deke bets that you’ll think it’s worth it.
This week’s technique will teach you how to create dragon scales for a tattoo in Adobe Photoshop.
Creating a complex illustration can be daunting, but by breaking the design into smaller pieces you can learn how to build complex designs over time. This week Bert shows us how to enhance a dragon tattoo illustration by concentrating on just the scales.
Follow the rainbow in this episode of Deke’s Techniques. First, Deke shows you how to create a rainbow-colored gradient, which he then transforms into a psychedelic fabric texture with a single application of the Wave filter. In Adobe Photoshop, of course.