Colorizing a background, whether it’s an illustration or a photograph, can give your artwork depth and create an interesting mood, but it can be a time-consuming process. But toil no more! This week Deke McClelland shows you a short, painless technique for changing the color of your background using Adobe Photoshop and the Color Overlay effect. Go from color to black and white or from one color to another in about three and a half minutes.
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This week’s Deke’s Techniques is a very special episode, inspired by a drawing Deke completed with his son, Sam. Watch as Deke shows how he recreated the drawing in Adobe Photoshop as a series of vector-based shape layers (drawn with the Pen tool) and makes it even more ghoulish using layer effects. The end result? Some really cool volumetric artwork that pops off-screen.
lynda.com members have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.
This week’s Pixel Playground technique combines a few different Adobe Photoshop features to create a subtle lighting effect.
Creating effects in Photoshop can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you run into limitations with the built-in effects. In this week’s Pixel Playground, Bert begins with a simple Bevel and Emboss effect to add some dimensionality and a light source to a circle. Since we are limited to only one light source with that effect, Bert demonstrates how you can use multiple alpha channels and a little bit of painting to add another light source to your scene.
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Take a 10-minute recess every week to join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the playground of digital artists. Every Friday Bert will walk you through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. Photoshop isn’t just an image editor; it’s a sandbox for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through its carousel of tools and get reinspired each and every week.
Animating falling snow with Photoshop
This week’s technique adds a new dimension to an otherwise flat image. Bert starts with a winter scene and—with some help from the noise filter, levels, and a simple animation—he ends up with an incredible falling-snow effect. Follow along with Bert and see just how easy it is to create this effect with your own images.
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When it comes to graphic effects, sometimes your most impressive creative work isn’t visible on the page—it’s in the technique that made what’s on the page possible. That’s the case with this week’s FX video on using the Adobe InDesign animation tools.
In the video, I show how to make it look like one object is revolving around another. It’s a simple example with a red circle that crosses in front of a black rectangle, then reverses direction and goes behind the rectangle.
PreVIZ is short for “previsualization.” It’s a technique that allows filmmakers to quickly visualize parts of a script to solve problems and inform planning and execution prior to a costly production phase. Oftentimes, this process creates momentum and excitement and helps you determine where to allocate your creative and financial efforts.
What if you had a looking glass into the future of your projects? What if you could help uncover what projects your firm would work on and what they’d look like? I discovered something amazing by watching several behind-the-scenes documentaries of my kids’ DVDs. This insight helped me identify an opportunity for a new type of design group at my company. I realized that filmmakers had developed a language and a methodology for creating their movies and telling their stories. I learned that the same process could be used to design anything from a website, product, service, or business strategy. Storytelling the future seemed like a very valuable proposition.
I was discovering the power of preVIZ.
As the new content manager for Design, I would like to say hello to all of our members!
I began my relationship with lynda.com many years ago as a member. With an appreciation for learning as much as possible, my lynda.com membership helped me gain the skills that I needed to succeed in my career as a designer. Over time I became an Adobe Certified Instructor, and eventually an author at lynda.com. If you are interested in learning more about me, please check out my lynda.com courses, or you can follow me @jamesfritz on Twitter where I post design-related tips, news, and inspiration.
Here at lynda.com my job is to help envision future course development for the design segment, and work with authors to produce the best content that we can for you, the members. While we have lots of great things planned for 2012, I would love to hear what you would like to learn next.
In the comments below, please let me know if there are any techniques, technologies, or concepts related to design that you would like to see at lynda.com.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Suggested courses to watch next:
• Muse Beta Preview
• InDesign CS5.5 New Features
• InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations
• Design Projects: Restaurant Menu
• Photoshop for Designers: Color