Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

We all know how much fun Instagram can be. Adding some really stunning effects to your smartphone images in the click of a button is great. But adding them in Photoshop can also be fast and simple, if you know the right moves. Lets take a quick look at how to accomplish an easy "Instagram Look" in j...

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Creating a Highly Detailed Steampunk Insect

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

In this tutorial I'm going to walk through my process for creating a photo-realistic steampunk style insect. This tutorial involves a lot of image composites, so rather than repeating instructions over and over, I'm going to walk through the steps I took and give you an overview of my ideas and thou...

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Design a Quick and Easy Indie Rock Gig Poster

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Gig posters are great fun for a designer. Typically you have the band's music for inspiration, and beyond that, anything goes. These posters are often abstract and can often be incredible expressions of art. But, more often than not, you are working with a limited budget and limited time. So you nee...

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Create a Dark Knight Rises Style Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I'm a long time Batman fan, and I love the look of these newer films. The textured metal bat symbol is great eye candy. Using that basic look of the film logo, lets see if we can create something similar in just a few simple steps.First up, here's a look at what we'll be creating. Step 1 - Draw...

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How to Create Dynamic Prototype Style Video Game Art

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I'm not very good at video games, therefore I don't play a lot. But I do pay close attention to video game art and design. I take a lot of inspiration from these dynamic illustrations and incredible graphics. I recently came across a promo poster for a game called Prototype 2, and fell in love with ...

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Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I have a collection of old books that I've never read. I have them because I love the look of the engraved style illustrations found within the pages. There's something about that look that is incredible. The cross hatched lines that go from thick to thin to make up the shadows and highlights. It's ...

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How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nikola Lazarevic

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie departement in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. In this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a vintage sty...

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Photoshop Quick Tip: Adding and Enhancing Light Rays in Your Photos

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I love photographing light. You can get some really random and cool effects from aiming your lens at the sun. You can also create some really fun effects using filters in Photoshop. And sometimes these effects are so simple to achieve it almost feels like cheating. Lets take a look at one such effec...

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Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Layer Styles Only

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

It's amazing what you can accomplish with layer styles. It's a feature of Photoshop that is fun to play and experiment with. The short tutorial below is the result of some of my experimentation spending a few minutes with layer styles. First up, you'll need this texture pattern to follow along wi...

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Photoshop Quick Tip: Creating Depth of Field Using the Lens Blur Filter

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Ever wondered what the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop actually does? It's pretty interesting, actually. Unlike the other blur filters you can actually control the amount of depth and where it's applied in an image using alpha channels. Lets take a look at how this works.First up, lets grab a good pho...

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How to Create a Photorealistic Troll Using Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Sometimes, just opening Photoshop and playing around for a few minutes, can be the most fun. When you have no purpose, or deadline to contend with, just pure experimentation on the brain, you can create some interesting effects. Below is a tutorial, that I created doing just that. How to create a ph...

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Illustrator Quick Tip: Exporting Layered Files to Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Most of the time when I transfer a vector from Illustrator to Photoshop, I use a simple copy and paste. But if you have a more complex vector with multiple layers, there's actually a much better way by exporting the file to a PSD. Lets take a look at how to do this.Lets start with a layered Illustra...

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