Posts Tagged ‘Adobe Photoshop’

Photoshop for fashion illustration: It’s easier than you think

Published by | Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Experimenting with color choices

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If you learned to draw with a pencil, it can be scary to make the switch to digital illustration. I’m old school and learned to draw the traditional way: with pencils, T-squares, ruling pens, and an airbrush. I fought the move to digital for a long time—until I realized the computer isn’t the evil thing I made it out to be, but a new tool to add to my box of tricks. And not just any tool, but a power tool.

The good news is that you don’t need to master Adobe Photoshop to benefit from it. Learning just a few tricks has made a huge difference in my workflow: I can accomplish tasks in Photoshop that once took hours if not days to complete. I still draw my initial sketches by hand but scan them into the computer to color. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a scanner; you can take a photo with your smart phone and email it to yourself instead.

Construct a metal grill in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, December 20th, 2013
Create a metal grill in Photoshop

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This week Bert shows us how to create a metal grill from scratch. At first glance you may think he used Adobe Illustrator for this episode of Pixel Playground, but in reality this repeating effect is created completely within Photoshop. Bert starts out by creating some patterns for the repeating holes, plus a special pattern for adding some depth. Next, he creates a linear gradient that helps create the illusion of metal. Finally, he lines up all of the layers and patterns to complete this impressive illustration of a metal grill.

Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, December 13th, 2013

Combine photos with Auto-Align Layers

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This week Bert shows how we can auto-align layers to merge content from multiple photos.

Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Convert a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing

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Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist known for parodying pulp comic strips—transforming them into oversized original artwork featuring bold color and Ben-Day dots, a tonal treatment used in commercial printing. His images, like Oh, Jeff … I Love You, Too … But… and Whaam!, are instantly recognizable and frequently the object of parody themselves. This week Deke returns to show you how to transform any photograph into a Lichtenstein-style comic panel with Adobe Photoshop.

Instead of faking it with the Color Halftone filter, Deke shows you how to overlay uniform Ben-Day-like dots using a Basic Graphics Dots swatch. This technique also uses the Photocopy filter and some hand-painting techniques to create the final effect. Click on the free video below to get started.

Creating a “pig-ture” with shapes and letters: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Creating a holiday "pig-ture" in Photoshop

As members in the US are aware, Thanksgiving is almost here. And what is Thanksgiving, aka Turkey Day, without the turkey—the bird so iconic that it launched a million children’s handprint drawings? In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland provides an alternative way to illustrate the holiday. Less gobble, more oink. He shows you how to use simple shapes and letters to draw a “pig-ture” of a Thanksgiving ham with Adobe Photoshop.

This technique is perfect to share with your littlest family members, because it uses the letter shapes M, E, W, and a cursive e, along with the Ellipse tool, to create the basic drawing. Deke then shows you how to use the Gradient Fill tool to create a pastoral background for your pig. Because while turkeys may be in trouble, the pig has been pardoned just for this one special day.

Creating a stone wall: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 15th, 2013

Create a stone wall in Photoshop

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This week Bert shows us how to create a stone wall using a variety of textures. He starts out by using the pen tool to draw in the pattern for the bricks. Next he uses the filter gallery to add a stone texture to the pattern for a sense of realism. From there he uses a custom brush to paint in weathering and colored texture and then uses another brush to add damage to the wall. Finally, with a unique layer effect he is able to paint and draw in shapes to virtually chip away at the wall. Check out this week’s video on, and get started.

Cleaning up a crummy product shot: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cleaning up a poor product shot

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If you’re selling something on Craigslist or eBay or even documenting possessions for insurance purposes, you want to make your stuff looks its best. But if your camera or lighting isn’t up to snuff, the images can be a little grainy and distorted. What to do? Deke McClelland faced this same challenge recently, and he’s here to share the solution with you.

Inspiration for this technique struck during the tutorial Deke was making on attaching a GoPro camera to a bicycle’s rear wheel. He took a photo of the necessary equipment with a camera he had on hand, but was disappointed with the results. Then he realized he could clean the image up in Adobe Photoshop. Watch today’s free Deke’s Techniques video to learn how to use the Reduce Noise, Camera Raw filter, and Magic Wand in Photoshop CC to make your product shot look more professional.

Creating a boat medallion, part 3: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 8th, 2013

Finishing the golden boat medallion

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This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.