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Digital art, Smaug the Magnificent

Digital art, Smaug the Magnificent

We are talking about Smaug, the arrogant, greedy, malicious, cruel, dangerously sharp minded, massive and powerful dragon from the Hobbit.This digital art was designed by Brazilian digital artist and graphic designer André Luiz de Castro, who used ZBrush and Photoshop and took around 35 hours to finish.

Smaug is a fictional dragon and the last great Fire-drakes of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. Smaug rose to prominence by laying waste to the town of Dale and capturing the Dwarf-kingdom of the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) with all of its treasure. These events occurred some 150 years before the events of The Hobbit, and Smaug was already centuries old at the time. In the book, the dragon is sometimes called Smaug the Golden or Smaug the Magnificent.

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Lion Image Designed in Adobe Illustrator

Lion Image Designed in Adobe Illustrator

Ukrainian artist Denis Gonchar shows the process of dealing with lion image with Adobe Illustrator. The tutorial shows how does a colorful dimensional lion head appear on the warm sand yellow background. The way is to add color onto the original lion head and deal with details time and time again.

A lion-head profile with light background is a must. The next step is to darken the lion’s mane, presenting dimensions, then proceed to add decorative colors to present the artist style of the lion and finally be sure to the deal with the bright color and dark color around the lion head carefully to show light and shadows reflected by the lion head, which is also for dimensional purpose.

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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.

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20 Best Places to Submit Your Photoshop Tutorials

20 Best Places to Submit Your Photoshop Tutorials

When you have created your own amazing Photoshop tutorials, I am sure you would like to spread the world by submitting them to the Photoshop tutorials sites. However, many of the Photoshop tutorials sites are inactive, and have not been updated for a long time. Only some of the Photoshop tutorials sites can drive you large amount of traffic.

We have selected the following 20 Best Places to Submit Your Photoshop Tutorials. They can gives you nice amount of traffic and a good quality of valid linkback. You can find the “Direct Submission Link” on each of the Photoshop tutorials sites we mentioned. We hope it can make your life easier.

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Pixel2Life

Pixel2Life

Pixel2Life is probably the biggest tutorial search engine on the web, covering the most subjects as well.

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Good-Tutorials

Good-Tutorials

Good-Tutorials is the largest source of tutorials on the web today. It has been featured on the BBC, SkyNews, TechTV (now G4), in the British magazine iCreate, PC World, and has been linked to by thousands of sites, blogs and forums. Since its start in 2002, it has been designed, coded, and loved by Zach Holman.

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Design Bump

Design Bump

Design Bump isn’t just a tutorial website, rather a general design resources depository. Covering subjects such as: Web Design, Tutorials, Flash, Business, Programming, WordPress and much more!

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Psdtuts+ is a blog/Photoshop site made to house and showcase some of the best Photoshop tutorials around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great graphics and effects, but explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner.

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PSLover

PSLover

One of the bigger Photoshop tutorial databases on the web, PSLover has been arond for quite a while now and is still going strong.

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Tutorialvault.net

Tutorialvault.net

Tutorialvault.net focuses on collecting and archiving the best graphic and coding tutorials on the internet. While a large part of our database features tutorials from the Adobe Family of programs, we also have a vast list of CSS, PHP and 3D tutorials.

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TutorialsGarden

TutorialsGarden

Covering many subjects extensively, such as: 3D Studio Max, CSS, Fireworks, Flash, Gimp, Photoshop and more.

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Tutorial Outpost

Tutorial Outpost

Tutorial Outpost was started in November 2003 by Josh Pigford initially as a project to learn web development. It quickly turned in to much more as being one of the first major tutorial portals around. It has expanded in to many more categories past the initial Photoshop Tutorials and is now visited by more than 125,000 people each and every month.

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Tutorials Expert

Tutorials Expert

Covering subjects of: 2D graphics, 3D graphics, audio editing, business applications, databases and more.

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Photoshop Roadmap

Photoshop Roadmap

A brilliant collection of Photoshop tutorials, brushes, resources and plenty more.

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FSTutorials

FSTutorials

A beautiful depository for Photoshop tutorials, including the following categories: basics, buttons, color effects, designing, drawing, photo effects, special effects, text effects, textures and web graphics.

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TutorialMix

TutorialMix

Covering topics on the following: 3DS Max, Photoshop, ASP, Cinema 4D, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and many more.

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Tutorial-Index

Tutorial-Index

One of the younger but larger collections of tutorials on the web. Tutorial-Index covers the following subjects: Photoshop, Flash, PHP, Unix, Javascript and many more.

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TutorialKit

TutorialKit

Covering many popular categories, including: Photo Correction, Special Effects, Text Effects, 3D Effects, Web Layouts and Graphic Design.

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Tutorialized

Tutorialized

One of the oldest tutorial databases, Tutorialized has been around since the beginning.

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Total Tutorials

Total Tutorials

Covering tutorials on Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and Cinema 4D, Total Tutorials has been in the game for a very long time.

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Tutorial Center

Tutorial Center

Just some of the categories that Tutorial Center covers: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Blender, CSS and more.

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Kaoz-Tutorials

Kaoz-Tutorials

Covering the following subjects in some depth: Photoshop, Flash, HTML and CSS, Javascript and PHP.

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CG Links

CG Links

CG Links covers 3D & 2D files, tutorials, books, plug-ins and textures

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CGTutorials.com

CGTutorials.com

CG Tutorials is becoming one of the fastest growing directories of computer graphics tutorials. We seek to index all computer graphics tutorials in order to give them publicity and to give everyone an easy way to find the tutorial they seek.

Photoshop Lady Forums Launching

Photoshop Lady Forums Launching

Photoshop Lady Forums Launching

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Introduction

We aim to generate a Photoshop Community for Photoshop user in order to allow the users to swap tips, link up the worldwide designers and to have experience sharing.

Apart from these, you can also advertise your business there such as selling your personal design drawings / logos / others.

What do we do for your submission?

We are very welcome for everyone of you submitting your tutorials. Once we find your submission is appropriate for our readers, the submission will be published on Photoshoplady.com.

Why we have such a forum idea?

This forum idea is initiated when we launched “Photoshop Lady”. We are taking the steps to provide more resources to the Photoshop designers. As above-mentioned, we aim to provide a Photoshop Community for Photoshop users as well as acknowledge for our readers who have been giving us lots of opinions and supports.

Why you choose our forums to discuss, post your artworks, submit your tutorial or run your business on our market places?

So far, we have got the worldwide trust and developed a good brand in the Photoshop world. Over 2000 new visitors and 4400 RSS readers visit “Photoshop Lady” to read our post as routine. It is noted that a foundation has been set up. Therefore, whatever you are doing on our forum e.g. swap tips, link up the worldwide designers, experience sharing or advertise your own works. It will bring you a very positive and optimistic result.

In our Photoshop tutorial sections, 7 little forums are categorized as below:

1. General Forum Discussion,

2. Photoshop Techniques,

3. Drawing Tutorials,

4. Abstract Tutorials,

5. Photo Editing Tutorials,

6. 3D Tutorials,

7. Text Effect Tutorial

In order to specialise the Photoshop users and designers, we divide the tutorials categories into 7. Users and designers can easily choose the right area to go to and concentrate on a single topic as prescribed.

Moreover, if you want to have extra income and you are confident with your personal creation. We are welcome you to sell your products on our market places. These places allow you to buy / sell various products like e-books, Photoshop tutorial, other Photoshop related products. Our forum is “Not” like others, as charge or commission will not be induced. Based on our strong foundation, it is believed that our Photoshop forums will provide a certain exposure for your personal products or artworks.

At the end, we are very pleasure you giving us a lot of supports. We still need your supports in the future.

Let’s Come to our Forums and Open your discussion!

Create a Realistic 3D Snooker Ball in Photoshop

Create a Realistic 3D Snooker Ball in Photoshop

In this tutorial, it will demonstrate you how to create a realistic 3D snooker ball. It is not difficult to make. Hope you will find it interesting. To create a 3D design, the shadow and reflection are always the most important elements to think of. Once you get familiar, your design will become awesome.

My final result for the 3D snooker balls will be as this:

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1. The first thing to do is the background. Choose the combination colour brown & yellow – #bdc68d .

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2. Combine it with my chosen texture and set the opacity = 50% as below. (You can download the texture from http://www.flickr.com/photos/bittbox/2118265369/sizes/l/

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3. After complete the background, we can actually create the snooker ball. And I have chosen the ball in brown colour – #b79e3a. Using Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a simple circle, then fill the colour by gradient tool >radial gradient as below.

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4. The brown circle is created, we can move on the next step, making some shadow for the ball. Go to Select > Modify > Contract by 20 Pixel.

5. After the contraction, create a new layer. Then using the gradient tool to fill in the black colour and adjust the gradient editor setting as below:

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6. Using the blur tool > Gaussan Blur to the previous painted (black) colour. Set your Blur Radius = 5 pixel.

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7. You should achieve the ball similar as below. Then let’s go to make the reflection effect for the ball.

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8. Move the elliptical circle into the upper part. And then fill the colour in gradient > radial gradient and set the colour as below.

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9. Press ctrl, then move the pointer to the ball’s layer thumbnail. Then elliptical circle will move back to the ball. Then press ctrl + Shift + I to select the rest bit of the circle. And you can delete the colour out of the circle. You should achieve the ball as following.

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10. Using the above-mentioned skill, make the elliptical circle and apply the contraction to the circle set the radius as 6 pixel. Fill the circle in white colour and set Opacity into 80%. Then repeat the same step to make one more circle with 8 pixel. Then delete the colour inside the small circle. Use the eraser to make the upper bit reflection, it should be like the curve at final

Here you have to try the adjustment of Opacity & blur until the result reaches your satisfaction because the strength of reflection really rely on these adjustments. Here you go, it is my result.

11. For the shadow at the bottom, you just need to simply create an ellipse circle by elliptical circle tool, fill it in black by “paint bucket tool”. Apply the blur > Gaussian Blur into 6 – 8 pixel.

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12. The last step is to simply add a white circle in the centre and add the number.

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13. Duplicate the layers, to create one more ball in red, and you should be able to achieve the scene as below.

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Hope you can enjoy and this tutorial can give you an idea to develop your personal 3D object.

Thank you very much!