Posts Tagged ‘Effects’

Weathering metal details: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, January 24th, 2014
Weathering metal surfaces with Photoshop

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This week Bert finishes up his work on the red truck project by focusing on how to create a weathered look on its metal details. He begins with a simple shape but quickly adds some noise to give it texture. From there Bert runs a series of Adobe Photoshop filters to blur and distort the noise, and to give it a unique look. Finally he warps the texture around the shape of this piece and paints in new colors to give it that weathered look.

How to combine and modify presets in Lightroom

Published by | Monday, November 18th, 2013

Many photographers rely on Develop presets to quickly change the appearance of photos in Adobe Lightroom. You can extend the power of presets by modifying them to meet your current needs, or by combining presets on a photo.

Modifying presets
By modifying a preset, you can make a third-party preset your own or update one that you created yourself.

Modifying a preset in Lightroom

Create spikes for a dragon tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, August 16th, 2013

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This week’s technique will teach you how to add spikes to your dragon tattoo.

Create a bobblehead effect: InDesign FX

Published by | Thursday, August 1st, 2013

This week marks the release of the final two videos in the InDesign FX series. And to say au revoir, I have an especially fun free video to share on creating a bobblehead effect. In the video, I show how to use Adobe InDesign animation tools to make the heads of an adorable pair of furry animals gently rock back and forth, just like a real bobblehead doll.

I know it’s very unlikely that you ever wished you knew how to create this effect in InDesign. But I hope you’ll watch the video and try it out—for two reasons. First, it’s pure fun and I’m sure you can get a laugh from your friends or coworkers by turning them into bobbleheads (or try some celebrity photos as source material). Second, this silly little project serves as a reminder of the main ideas I hoped to get across in the InDesign FX series: namely, to let your imagination run free, to push your tools to make them do the unexpected, and to create memorable visuals that are easy and fun to make.

Deke’s Techniques: Changing proportions selectively with Liquify in Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

This week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode demonstrates a (fairly ridiculous) method for shrinking a model’s head while leaving his body in standard proportion. Although, at first glance, this seems like another wacky manifestation of Deke’s fertile imagination (or homage to David Byrne’s Stop Making Sense big white suit), there are legitimate reasons (and skills) involved in learning how to transform one part of an image while matching the remaining parts.

Ultimately, Deke shows you how to take the normally proportioned model on the left, shrink his head, and realign his shoulders to match. Using a combination of layer mechanics, the Free Transform command, and of course the tricky, but oh-so-useful Liquify command, the effect is seamless:

The fact is, reducing one part of an image while making the remaining part match up is an exercise in careful use of the Liquify command. In this tutorial, Deke will show you how to work within the Liquify dialog box so that you can accurately see how the edges are going to match up between the layers. In order to keep the suit’s pinstripes aligned, you need to know how to employ the power that resides within the Liquify dialog box. It’s not a quick process, but the result is both whimsical and demonstrative of real Photoshop skill.

If you’re feeling contrary, and you’re a member of, Deke also has a member-exclusive new movie this week for increasing the size of a model’s head.

Deke will be back with another free technique next week.

Interested in more?
• The entire Deke’s Techniques weekly series on
• Courses by Deke McClelland on
• All Photoshop courses on

Suggested courses to watch next:
• Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
• Photoshop CS6: New Features
 Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching