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Designing a Portable Gaming Device Poster

Designing a Portable Gaming Device Poster

Welcome (back) to Photoshop Lady. Thanks for reading!

In this intermediate Photoshop tutorial we will be walking through the making of an interesting, creative advertisement poster. This is what I would consider great for advertising your newest product, or just getting some design practice. I will not be explaining the function of every tool in Photoshop used in this tutorial, instead I will be walking through the design process (if you could call it that, anyway).

Here is our end result:

GP2X Console Advertisement Design

About the Author

Eli is a young and aspiring web designer from South Australia.

Inspiration

Before starting, you may want to locate some inspiration for your design. Here are just a few great places for finding design inspiration:

deviantART (Designs & Interfaces)
depthCORE
Designflavr
Smashing Magazine Inspiration
Web Design Inspiration

And there are plenty more sites out there where you can get inspiration, just take a look. You can even get inspiration from stock sites such as iStockPhoto and Vector Stock.

1. Setting up the Canvas

When creating a new document (File > New), you may want to use a Preset size. I selected International Paper > A6. This is just for practice, so we want to keep it fairly small and RGB as the color mode.

Settings for New Document

Resolution should be at 300, unless you want to change it. To fit the document nicely on your screen you will probably have to zoom out to around 33.3% of the document size.

2. Creating a Basic Background

For our basic background we’ll just be using a radial gradient. Locate and get out the gradient tool, then set your settings similar to these:

Radial Gradient Settings

The colors seen in the above image are: #a2f0e0 and #3793b3. All done? Create a radial gradient in the center of your document. I recommend you draw some rulers onto your canvas so you can find the center easier.

Centered Radial Gradient

2-2. Additional Background Effects

Now we want to upgrade our basic background a little bit. You can do this by adding a simple texture in there then messing with the layer mode(s) and opacity. First, head on over to Katanaz-Stock on deviantART and download the Light Texture 03 image.

Copy this image onto your canvas, resize/rotate it if you like, then change the layer mode to Multiply and lower the fill/opacity to something very low, 10% for example.

Light Texture Added

Duplicate your texture layer once, change the layer mode to Screen and put the opacity up to 50%.

Light Texture Duplicate

Now, we still have a fairly basic background, but it’s much nicer than just a gradient.

3. Choosing your Product

Now you need to decide what sort of product you want to promote in this design. It could be a cell phone, a gaming console, something fashion-related, or anything really. I’ve gone with something a little more unique for this tutorial, a GP2X F-200.

Head over to Google Images and search for a large or an extra large image of whatever product you want to use. I was lucky enough to find a pretty decent, extra large image of a GP2X.

gp2x

Click the above thumbnail for the fullsize image that we’re using.

3-2. Touching up Product Image(s)

Part of the job is touching up product images and making them suitable for placing in your main design document. As you can see, the image I’ve chosen has some noticeable blotches, blemishes, etc. so let’s try and remove them using the Clone Stamp Tool. There are a few different tools that you can use to remove imperfections, but I’ve found the Clone Stamp Tool works just fine (maybe even best), in a case like this.

Clone Stamp Tool in Action

If you’re not too fond of what we’re doing in this step, you can of course just download the PSD file at the end of the tutorial and use the cutout, although you won’t have learned much!

After you have touched the image up, we need to cut the product out from the background. Since the product is very light grey on a white background, you can’t simply use the Magic Wand Tool, can you? So we’ll have to use the Pen Tool to make a very clean, precise selection around the device.

Pen Tool and Path Created

Obviously I can’t really walk through you through the entire making of the path, so if you’re a newbie with the Pen Tool and making paths, I recommend you read this advanced tutorial on the Pen Tool.

Optional: after you’re done you may want to add a colorful image into the screen of your product.

GP2X Screen Added

4. Product Placement

After you’ve made all of your touchups and cutout your product, copy it over your other canvas. If you’re running a newer version of Photoshop (CS3 I think), you should be able to convert your layer to a smart object, so you will be able to resize it, rotate it and resize it again (over and over) without losing quality.

So, if you’re on a newer version of Photoshop, right-click your product layer and convert it to a Smart Object.

Convert Layer to Smart Object

Using Transform Mode (ctrl+t), size your product down to something more appropriate and then position it accordingly. To bring your product off of the background, you may want to apply a basic drop shadow via an Outer Glow layer style.

Outer Glow Layer Style Added

Duplicate your GP2X layer twice, rotate one -15.0 degrees, and the other 15.0 degrees using Transform Mode (ctrl+t). Position your new duplicates accordingly, and size them down a little if necessary. You have to use your own imagination here.

Duplicate and Rotate Products

Both duplicates have a similar Outer Glow layer style applied to them, except using a lower opacity.

5. Abstract Elements

To make our design “pop” we’re gonna use some abstract elements.

Using Cinema 4D I managed to muster up a basic but cool abstract render using the GP2X image as the texture. Using this render we’re going to make our design look a whole lot more interesting.

Download Abstract Render

This is how I made use of the 3D abstract:

1. Start by copying it to your canvas, make a few duplicates.
2. Rotate/resize/position your render(s) underneath the product, then erase away the parts of the render that make the overall design look worse than better.
3. Repeat 1-3 times.

And now I have this:

Abstract Render Duplicates

Now that looks much better! If you look around for some inspiration, or in some magazines for creative cellphone ads, you’ll notice these ads have a similar design style going on. The idea is to get some creative elements behind the product/around the product/maybe on top of the product.

6. Vector Elements

I still think our design is a bit boring, so let’s find some vector stocks. Check out the freebie websites such as Vecteezy and find some vectors. Or you can go to iStockPhoto/Vector Stock/Go Media and get some premium vectors.

To start off with I just used two simple splats with a light, sky-blue color (#87ffff), but it should be very easy to find a free brush that will do the job of these vectors just fine.

Splatter Vectors Added

Next, I used a set of vector icons that I bought a while back from Vector Stock for just one credit (one dollar!) to place underneath the product. This is what I’ve got:

Icon Vectors Added

This may look better or worse in your opinion, so please feel free to do whatever you like with the design to make it according to your tastes.

Note: the icons in the above image have an outer glow applied to them, using a light color and Linear Dodge as the blend mode.

Another note: for some reason I’ve been unable to locate these icons again on Vector Stock, otherwise I would have linked to them. I’m sorry if this is an inconvenience.

7. Logo/Text

If possible, find a large version of the logo that belongs to the product you’re trying to promote here. Copy it onto your canvas and resize it to an appropriate size.

Logo Added

Optional: lower opacity and apply layer styles to add extra effect to the logo.

Layer Styles Change

Next, add in some text describing your product.

Top text, description:

Top Description Text Added

Bottom text, website URL:

Bottom Text (URL) Added

The font used here is called Frutiger, it’s a commercial font rather than a free one, so you may want to find a suitable alternative. The text you can see in the above images also have a slight Drop Shadow layer style applied to them.

8. Finalizing

Finalizing the design is up to you. You need to add your own touches to this design to make it perfect. I don’t think I did anything to it that wasn’t stated in the tutorial! Some ideas would be to change the color of the document using some adjustment layers (add more contrast using levels adjustment, etc.)

A good idea would be to add some more color, so if you like, create a new layer, select a large, soft brush and make a few blobs on your canvas using different colors. Change the layer mode to something such as Color Dodge or Overlay.

GP2X Console Advertisement Design

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Top 10 Icon Design Tutorials in Photoshop

Top 10 Icon Design Tutorials in Photoshop

Sometimes, you may find it difficult to look for some of the highest quality photoshop tutorials using search engines. As most of time, almost all tutorials would label themselves to be good, high quality or even the best photoshop tutorial you can find. When searching through all these tutorials, your time is wasted.

In order to save your time, Photoshop Lady come up with Top 10 Icon Design Tutorials in Photoshop. These are selected from our Photoshop users and readers.

Awesome Artworks Printed on Quality Posters

Awesome Artworks Printed on Quality Posters

Posters are great avenues to showcase one’s creativity. They allow artists to express themselves in countless ways. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and convey information. The followings will show you some sophisticated artworks printed on quality posters which can admire yourself.

Captain America

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Professional Cat

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Acrobatic Hero

acrobatic-hero

Attack of the Zombies

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Conversation

conversation

Blue Faced Beast

blue-faced-beast

Gravity

Gravity

Dark & Demanding

Dark-&-Demanding

Cute Kitties

Cute-Kitties

Barbarian

Barbarian

Streams

Streams

Coming for Us

Coming-for-Us

Flying First Class

Flying-First-Class

Alone in the War

Alone-in-the-War

Ape Emotion

Ape-Emotion

Busy Designer

Guardian

Cosmic Bubble

Cosmic-Bubble

Fire Mage

Fire-Mage

Go Up Spidey

Go-Up-Spidey

Forest

Forest

The Best Photoshop Tutorials in 2014

The Best Photoshop Tutorials in 2014

Happy New Year! Photoshop Lady Group would like to say thank you very much to everyone who has been supporting Photoshop Lady in the past and we do hope our contents can inspire and help you with your artwork creation. Some published great tutorials from 2014 have been selected in this article and hope you guys like them. Enjoy!

Weekly Design Inspirations and Resources for Designers

Weekly Design Inspirations and Resources for Designers

Here we got the best inspirations and design resources around the world. Some of the most inspiring images selected by our writers and readers. Take a look at the links we have selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what’s going on out there. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, please feel free to let us know. You can also check out Webdesigner News for more great content from around the web that can be interest to web designers.

Giza Pro Typeface

Moon Typeface

4K Magazine PSD Mockup

Boris Khalvadjian – Branding

Hand-drawn Graphic

60 Days of Logos

Google Rebranding

55+ Elements UI Kit

Illustrator Vs Photoshop

Lombok Typeface

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.

10 Free Resources for Web Designers

10 Free Resources for Web Designers

As a designer, sometimes it’s difficult to get started on a new project. Maybe You will need to scour the web for inspiration, or doodle on a notepad to hopefully get some ideas. That’s when you need to look through collections of freebies.

Fortunately, enhancing your web design doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or take a lot of time. Here are 10 Awesome Freebies for Designers that can help enhance your web presence today.

1) Vector Icons

200 vector icons are fantastic for use on all manner of sites. With subjects ranging from science to entertaining, the vast scope of the icons means that you’re bound to find something useful.

This vector icon pack includes 200 vector shapes, meaning you can scale them up as much as you like and they’ll stay sharp. Each file includes AI, EPS, PSD and JPG files. They’re good for use on both personal and professional projects.

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2) CORP responsive WordPress theme

CORP is a clean and versatile theme that’s absolutely packed with features. The simple grid layout provides an ideal frame to hang your content on, it’s ideal for corporations that need an online presence in a hurry, or as a starting point for any business whose brand image projects organization.

The theme was tested up to WordPress 3.5.1; it features the drag and drop GT3 Page Builder; it’s fully responsive and retina ready; it’s coded with SEO and best practices in mind; Google webfonts are supported; different header layouts are available; custom menus, backgrounds, modules, shortcodes and widgets are all included; there’s a premium slider plugin; complete documentation; and much, much more…

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3) Flat Rounded Social Icons

Flat design is all the rage, and trend-conscious clients are beginning to ask for redesigns to meet the current fad for all things flat. Here is a set of free almost-flat social icons which is designed to embrace flat design without surrendering to it completely, the set is a great way to iron out your current design.

social-icons

4) Flowing Borders & Ribbons

Here is a set of 46 hand-drawn frame and ribbon vectors. Scribbled onto a page and then digitized, the liberated borders look like they were drawn in the heyday of UPA cartoons; I half expect to see Mr. Magoo, or Gerald McBoing Boing, come wandering across the page.

Add a light watercolor wash and combine them with a heavily scrolling script typeface and they’d make a lovely, and personal feeling, addition to any wedding stationery.

ribbon

5) Colorful Grunge Textures

This set of 25 Colorful Grunge Textures is perfect for use as overlay textures on your photos. The pack contains 25 .jpg textures at 5000 by 5000px saved at 300ppi. The textures are compatible with all photo editors that support layers (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, Pixelmator etc.), both PC and Mac.

patterns

6) Modus Versus PSD Template

Modus Versus is a free multi-purpose PSD template, designed on the 1170 grid system. Excellent for use with responsive frameworks like the popular Twitter Bootstrap, it could form the basis of a good corporate site. It would be an ideal choice for a marketing or professional services company, or you could pick it apart and use elements of it in other projects.

theme

7) Flat UI Kit

Flat design is more of a rejection of 3D artifice than it is a style, which fits so perfectly into the contemporary landscape that it’s already hard to envisage a time when it wasn’t de rigueur. To help you take the leap into flat design WebDesignerDepot put together this great freebie: A free flat UI kit.

ui-kit

8) Bluetron icons

This is a set of 40 fantastic icons called Bluetron. They are available as PNG files (256 x 256px). You can use them for free for both personal and commercial purposes. The icons were designed by Waqas Ahmed who’s the founder and blogger of The Art Times and Lead Designer at Iconic Graphics.

blue-icons

9) Ultimate Social Icon Set

This is a social icon set which contains all the latest icons needed for you social needs! It includes a total of 75 icons, provided in three sizes: 16×16, 32×32 and 64×64. The file is free for personal and commercial use.

social-media

10) Exclusive Photoshop Patterns

This one is a Photoshop pattern file (.PAT) which contains 40 beautiful textures that you can apply to your designs. A detailed step by step instruction is provided inside the file to help you use them. You can use these as textures for your websites or any background.

bg

Realistic Decorated Wine Bottle Illustration

Realistic Decorated Wine Bottle Illustration

In this tutorial I will teach how create a realistic bottle illustration and some shadow and cut techniques.

final-s.jpg

Step 1

Create a new file with 700px of width and 700px of height. Now use the pen tool (shortcut “p”) to draw one side of bottle. If you don’t know how use the pen tool take a look at this link of photoshop online help When you reach the desired result now use the Direct Selection Tool (shortcut “a”) to select all point of path, hold ALT and drag the path to duplicate. Now, still using Direct Selection (Shortcut “a”) select all point of the second side, right click and select “Free Transform Path“, go to menu “Edit/Tranform Path/Flip Horizontal“. Place the flipped path on the right place to create the bottle silhouette.

photoshop-tutorial1.jpg

Step 2

Now, we need to close the silhouette. First, using the pen tool(“p”) close the top of bottle. Go to the bottom o silhuette and do the same thing but with a little curve between points. Like above:

photoshop-tutorial2.jpg

Step 3

Go to the “Paths” tab and click on fill option button at bottom of panel. After this, make sure your path layer still there on paths tab, never erase or overwrite the layer of the bottle path. Now we have the bottle, but we need some color and realistic details, in most cases this can be done using some gradient and shadow effects. To apply Gradient without lost the initial shape we use the blending options.

photoshop-tutorial3.jpg

Step 4

Go back to the layers tab and right click on the bottle layer and select “Blending Options“. Check the Gradient Overlay, define Style to Linear and Angle to 0 and double click on the Gradient field to open the Gradient Editor. Create a new custom gradient using the color #878398,#9c96b3,#413e4d,#7c7792,#878398. Like below:

photoshop-tutorial4.jpg

Step 5

Create new layer and change name to reflection. Go to the paths tab, duplicate the bottle path(right click on the path layer) and resize the points of path to reach the first image above. Fill the path with white color. Back to the layer tab, apply a gradient overlay in blending options and set the Gradient Fill with some white and gray color and define the opacity field to 60% and close the Blending Options window. Now go to the blend mode of the reflection layer and set to Soft Light and change the opacity to something like 45%:

photoshop-tutorial5.jpg

Step 6

Go back to the blending options in the bottle layer and define inner shadow like below, and create a Stroke like below:

photoshop-tutorial6.jpg

Step 7

We need a label for wine glass. Create a new rectangle with Rectangle Tool, place the rectangle layer between reflection layer and bottle layer, rename it to “label”. Go to Blending Options again and apply a dropshadow with 41% opacity, distance 0 and size of 2. Now apply a Gradient Overlay with the settings like below:

photoshop-tutorial7.jpg

Step 8

Create some texts like the title and some description to fill the space, use old style fonts, for me Trajan Pro is a good one. Add some vector shapes with old flourishe style, the result will be something like this:

photoshop-tutorial8.jpg

Step 9

Create new path with the stopper shape, fill with brown collor(#988c6c). Go to Filer/Noise/, Add Noise and set the Amount value to 5. Now it’s to other gradient, add gradient overlay in blending options windows on this layer. Define Blend Mode of Gradient Overlay to Vivid Light and set angle to 0 and create a gradient #000000 to #957c34 and back to #000000. With this step we get a good stopper like below:

photoshop-tutorial9.jpg

Step 10

Now we jump to details. Create a new layer and a simple path to reproduce a ring on that layer, fill it. Create a dropshadow with Blending Options like below and add a Gradient Overlay. Use the colors to reproduce gold material (I use these #d1c04c,#eae2aa,#a48440,#645025,#3a2e14). Look step by step below:

photoshop-tutorial10.jpg

Step 11

More details. Create duplicate the stopper path and change her size to wrap the neck, fill it with black:

photoshop-tutorial11.jpg

Step 12

We almost finish. To create a coll background select #063e41 color and fill a background layer of document. Go to Filter/Render/Lighting Effects and select Omni Light Type.

photoshop-tutorial12.jpg

Step 13

Now we need a realistic shadow. Duplicate the bottle layer, remove all effects(right click on layer “Clear Effects“), go to Edit/Transform/Wrap menu or hold CTRL on the edge o shape and resize it to reach this result:

photoshop-tutorial13.jpg

Step 14

Go to Image/Adjustments/Hue Saturation menu or press CTRL+U on windows. Change the lightness to -100. Go to Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur menu and set it to 8. Change the opacity of layer to 34%:

photoshop-tutorial14.jpg

Step 15

Add some flowers. Open this images on photoshop, go to Channels tab select the most contrasted channel, duplicate him, increase the constrast of duplicated channel layer in Image/Adjusments/Brightness/Contrast and Image/Adjusments/Curve, use Quick Selection Tool(“w”) to create a fast selection of areas outside the flower. Delete the duplicated channel, back to the RGB channel, right click on the selection and select inverse. Cut and paste the flower on the bottle document. Repeate the same step to cut other flower. Othe tip is increase the brightness of flower (Image/Adjustments/Curves) to made things more white. Define some dropshadow in Blending options for eache flower:

photoshop-tutorial15.jpg

Step 16

Use some vectors like this and change the blend mode of vector layer to Luminosity and opacity to 50%. We also add an reflection effect in the bottle(we can teach how create reflection in some other tutorial):

photoshop-tutorial16.jpg

Conclusion

With this tutorial you learned how create a realistic bottle, shadows and how work with Blend Mode, Gradients. With some easy steps you can reach a good effect.

final.jpg

Creative and Unique Bow Ties from BowSelecTie

Creative and Unique Bow Ties from BowSelecTie

You may have the impression that a bow tie is either a thing for nerds, a tie for that weird joker in the office, or something you must have for any formal event like a wedding. Bow Select Tie is here to change your ideas about bow ties completely and forever. We love bow ties. We have endeavored to create the most unique bow ties that are sure to get you noticed. Naturally, we have a huge selection of classic bow ties that fit every occasion and dress. Amazingly daring and bold bow ties are our forte.

We feel that a bow tie should allow the wearer to express themselves in an unforgettable way. We have wooden bow ties that are real wood, a vibrantly colored collection of feather bow ties that go with any shirt or coat, humorous bow ties, and bow ties that celebrate your country or city.

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We know that many men are intimidated by having to tie a bow tie. We have pre-tied bow ties and our collection of self-tied bow ties comes with complete instructions to tie your bow tie. We have the bow tie for the man that prefers a classic look and the chic styling that classic bow ties add to any shirt or suit. We also have the most daring and outrageous bow ties that any man or woman could possibly desire.

Celebrate your favorite sport, a game you love to play, your interest in science, or your favorite cartoon character. We also have the largest collections of bow ties inspired by Chinese and Japanese art and design. Our ties let you express your passion for computers, comics, candy, money, fish, fruit, newspapers, and cities. We have designed the most elegant selection of formal classic bow ties in patterns and colors that go with anything. Our variations on the black bow tie let you express yourself in subtle and not so subtle ways.

Bow Select Tie is designed to let you experience the variety of material, color, pattern, texture, and shape that bow ties can have. We want you to look your best for that special event or person and we want you to be as bold and brassy as you dare to be. We have created a collection of bow ties that brings the bow tie off the formal wear rack and straight into the main stream of haute couture. Our desire is that you look great and feel great when you stand out from the crowd wearing one of our exquisitely designed bow ties, e.g. Peacock Feather Bow Tie.

Bow Select Tie is the place for the largest selection of bow ties. We held nothing back in our designs. We designed with you in mind. Wear a tie that gets you the attention that you want and deserve. Wear a Bow Select Tie.

Yellow Bow Tie

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Wooden Bow Tie

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Red Bow Tie

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Feather Bow Tie

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Black and White Bow Tie

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