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PostworkShop – Beyond the Artistic Filters

PostworkShop – Beyond the Artistic Filters

Introduction

Everybody knows the artistic filters in our favorite image editing program, but sometimes the results can appear somewhat artificial. Let me introduce you an alternative tool: PostworkShop that comes in handy when we need an artistic effect for a photo, a 3D render or a vector illustration. First let’s see a few sample images:

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These are just a few possible results among the 350+ artistic styles that you can find in PostworkShop, the artistic image manipulation tool that we are talking about. It costs $99 usd only, which is very affordable!

How it works?

With one simple click you can transform your photo, 2D image or 3D render into an oil painting or watercolor, pastel drawing or pencil sketch, abstract or old-time photograph with the built-in styles.

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You can also Create your own styles with the Style Editor. Simply drop filters and existing styles into the workspace and build a new, custom filter graph. Just link each filters’ output and input pins together to easily create a complex image processing engine that becomes your own custom style!

Currently, PostworkShop is not a Photoshop plug-in, but image exchange is possible through PSD files. The plug-in will be released as a free update in version 2.0, so you can already start to learn and use it.

Conclusion

PostworkShop is really a handy tool for transforming pictures in a lot of different styles. It is easy to learn and to use. We do strongly recommend it. Let’s try it out now!

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:

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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.

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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 50 Stunning Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials

Top 50 Stunning Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials

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 50 Stunning Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials. These are selected from our Photoshop users and readers.

Awesome Digital Art Portrait of Zephirus

Awesome Digital Art Portrait of Zephirus

Emi Haze is an Italian digital artist and illustrator who has a strongest passion for art and painting connected to technology. In his works the human being melts with nature and its four elements to give birth to his inner world, ethereal and imaginative, hanging in balance between reality, dream and fantasy. A harmony that bonds man and nature in a perfect way and which unfortunately nowadays seems to be a utopia.

His style is a mix of all these tools, digital art and photography but also various hand-made elements such as scratches, ink marks, acrylic or watercolour stains. For him, everything in every moment has an artistic side, the aesthetics of things, people around him…everything has its own importance, images, textures, sounds, fragrances, his creativity is constantly stimulated.

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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.

A Roundup of 25 Awesome Natural Themed Fonts

A Roundup of 25 Awesome Natural Themed Fonts

Thanks to climate change and a general shift towards eco-living, natural fonts are in high demand right now. We’ve scoured the web to find the best fonts with a natural theme available anywhere, for you to use in your own work. Some are conventional, others are wildly imaginative, but all should serve as a great source of inspiration when creating designs of a natural persuasion. Leaves, logs, trees, beaches, flowers, stones, stars, bugs and even human hair- you’ll find it all, and much more, below.

1. Touch of Nature

This ‘submarine’ font is perfect for use in any aquatic design. Complete with little fishies, it’s reminiscent of fish tanks and sea-life centres.

2. Tree Like

Bowed and warped, Tree Like has a really unique look and ties in perfectly with epic high fantasy. Think: Lord of the Rings.

3. Flame

I love this font! Quirky, peculiar and idiosyncratic, it would be perfect for promotion of a really cool, indie band.

4. Apple Tree

Apple Tree manages to look organic, despite its modern, some-might-say futuristic design. It would look great in work based around futuristic methods of sustainability and carbon conservation.

5. Beach Type

Beach Type is a chilled-out, laid-back kind of font. It’s the font you’d expect to appear on a beach bar on some exotic island.

6. Wood 2

Wood 2 has a classic, handmade feel. Characters seem to have been nailed together from bits of old timber. It’s perfect for work with an organic theme.

7. Flowers Cube

Flowers Cube is an embellished version of a classic, angular font. It has a real vintage feel to it.

8. Natural Log

Natural Log’s spindly, hand-drawn aesthetic makes it perfect for designs aimed at children.

9. Flower 3

Simplicity at its best, Flower 3 looks as though it was written with a blade of grass dipped in ink. It’s utterly charming. Perfect in work centred around agriculture and the countryside.

10. Seaweed Fire

Seaweed Fire is spiky, compact and rather dismal, but fantastic all the same. It should be used in anything to do with horror.

11. Charcoal First

Unruly and irregular, with some letters bigger than others, Charcoal First has a definite graffiti-like, urban quality. It looks like it’s been written quickly, possibly on a wall somewhere!

12. Wild Wood

Rooted to the ground and covered in thin shoots, Wild Wood looks like something from a modern fairytale. It has a certain Tim Burtonesque, gothic quality to it.

13. Stone Cold

Grungy and weathered, Stone Cold is abstract, but still easy to read. This font certainly looks better when it’s bigger.

14. Beyond Sky

Beyond Sky is a very feminine, dreamy font. It’s gorgeous and would ideally suit being used in the beauty industry.

15. Wood Sticks

The cartoon-like Wood Sticks font has a cheerful, light-hearted appearance. It would look great on the menu of a vegan cafe.

16. Night Sky

Night Sky is such a fun font, surrounded by stars and crescent moons. Why not use it in a children’s book or on a website aimed at kids?

17. Bingo Star

Stars are tightly clustered together to form the letters of this highly original, delightful font. If you’re looking for a font that’s unique, this is the one for you.

18. Earth

Sleek, slick, cool and highly professional, Earth is a font fit for the ‘space age’. It’s perfect for use on promotional flyers for club nights or modern, dance music events.

19. Galaxy 1

Similar to the Earth font, Galaxy has a real vintage quality. Like the font used in Star Wars, it looks like it has come straight from the 70s, which is great for use in vintage designs.

20. Alpha Woman Hair

You can’t help but laugh when you look at this font. Cheesy and pretty ridiculous, its letters are formed from various hairstyles. Not to be taken seriously, however, it could be used to great effect in a tongue-in-cheek design.

21. Moon Star

Moon Star looks like something from a 60s TV show like Bewitched or The Jetsons. It’s really magical and would fit well with 60s/70s-like vintage designs.

22. Little Insect

So cute, Little Insect is another hand-drawn font ideal for children or companies with a soft, caring image.

23. Animal Caps

Each Animal Caps letter looks like an antique object. While it won’t fit with much modern graphic design, it’s so imaginative; I just had to include it in this list.

24. Sea Dreams

Sea Dreams looks like it’s suffered from a degree of coastal erosion itself. Soft and calming, why not use it on the front cover of a suitable novel.

25. JF Jungle Rock

Chunky characters, shrouded in plants and bugs, JF Jungle Rock looks like something out of a classic, tropical arcade game. It’s certainly got a hint of caveman about it.

Tom Walker is a blogger and designer working with an online supplier of MFC cartridges, inks and various other print materials to the creative industry. He often writes about innovative advertising and design on the CreativeCloud.

Creepy Grey Metal Skull by Salazar

Creepy Grey Metal Skull by Salazar

Skull” is Colombian digital artist Santiago Betancur Salazar’s last project. Salazar has his own website, which exhibits his fabulous works with different styles. The reason why he presents his “Skull” here is he loves skull, so he shares his works.

Photos belows generally show Salazar’s working process with “Skull” by Photoshop. Skull itself is terrific enough, and Salazar created this “Skull” with creepy grey metal effects. The exquisite vein and muscle details prove Salazar’s skills and attitude. No matter seeing from the front or from the profile, Salazar’s Skull is naturally mixed together with its background, a grey metal skull emerging from its gray tenacious and unbreakable background.

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How to Create an Essentially Beautiful Flyer

How to Create an Essentially Beautiful Flyer

In today’s tutorial we will be showing you how to make use of simple elements and colors in Photoshop to get an essentially beautiful outcome. People always over complicate things, that’s why we will be having a simple approach towards this large piece. We will be teaching you in a step by step manner and hopefully you can learn something new from this tutorial. Let’s get to it.

Tutorial Requirements

Stock: Model Wearing Purple Dress
Brushes: Abstract Glow Brushes by Ro-stock
Elements: Elements Pack
Textures: DSC_0042
Time: 1 Hour

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Step 1

The first thing you have to do is decide what stock image you are going to use and what your output size for the large piece is going to be. Are you going to print it in a A3 size or are you going to only use it on the web. In our case we will be making a large enough image to use on the web and in print if necessary. Go ahead and open up Photoshop and then create a new document by going to File>New (CTRL+N) then create a document with the settings below.

Step 2

Now that you have a blank document in front of you it’s time to create your color base for the design. Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Gradient this will bring up a gradient fill box. Now double click the gradient to setup a new gradient and set the gradient from #3c6c94 to #c0ecf8 (See below) Once you have created your gradient hit OK>OK and then you will see a nice smooth, good looking gradient as your base.

Step 3

Time to make use of the first downloaded texture, it’s called DSC_0042 I am not aware who the author of the texture is due to having the texture for quite some time now. Open up the texture and drag it into your canvas. Set the layer’s blending mode to Overlay and erase parts of the layer you don’t want. Now create a new layer Layer>New>Layer (SHIFT+CTRL+N) and use a big soft brush with the color #6b6b6b and brush over your entire canvas, then set the blending mode to Overlay. Lastly go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map use the default gradient map, which is Black to White and then set the blending mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 76% This is what you should have below.

Step 4

Now it’s time to bring in our stock photograph, I have chosen to use one from iStock Photo. Open up your model picture in Photoshop and start to remove the background from around your model if you don’t know how to do it, follow This Tutorial from Media Militia. Now that you have removed the background from the models picture you can drag your model into your canvas and you should have something like this below.

Step 5

Now that you have your model in the canvas, it’s time to start working on the effects. Create a new layer and take a big black soft brush and then brush at the bottom of your canvas, just to add a darker feel at the bottom. You should have something like this below.

Step 6

In this step we will start adding lighting to the model. Create a new layer and fill it with black #000000. Now set the blending mode to Linear Dodge and select your brush tool with a soft brush of about 960px big. Now start using different colors to blend your model and lighten up the canvas. I used the following colors: Blue #005d7f | Pink #570033 & #970059 | Green #617c01 | Red #810007 I mixed those colors together and then finally used a hard small brush with White #FFFFFF to create the dots that you see on the chart below. The image you see below is the layer with colors without the blending mode.

Here you can see what the outcome is after the blending mode is set to Linear Dodge.

Step 7

You can see the piece is coming together now. In this step we will be repeating the exact same thing we did in Step 6 just with a bit different colors. Create a new layer and fill it with black #000000 now set the blending mode to Linear Dodge and grab your brush tool with a soft brush sized 700px now choose the colors that you want to use to light up the canvas. I used Pink #450627 & #32041b | Green #1a1900 you are free to use any colors that you desire though. See color placement below.

Now add in another soft pink in the top left hand corner just to balance the color in the piece.

Now make sure both your layers are set to linear dodge. You should have something like below.

Step 8

Now it’s time to add in some elements. In this case we will be adding in some butterflies, stars and cogs. I have made these elements available for download as a package Elements Pack Now you can import these elements into your canvas and then place them around how you would like them to be placed. I added in the cogs first and set some of their blending modes to overlay just to give a variety of depth.


Now I added in the stars and placed them around as I wanted, depending on the image you use, you can position them to flow with your design.

Next I added in the butterflies, I made some of them bigger than the others to also portrait depth in the piece. This is what I have so far below.

Step 9

In this step we will be adding some image adjustments. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Brightness/Contrast. Leave the brightness at 0 and make the contrast -20 now press OK to accept the changes. Now go back to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves Use the RGB Channel and just curve your line out a tiny bit to darken the middle of the piece a bit. You should have something like this below.

Step 10

Now it’s time to make use of some brushes. Navigate down your layers palette and create a new layer just underneath your model layer. Now grab your brush tool and make use of Abstract Glow Brushes by Ro-stock now choose your brush from the pack and brush underneath the model layer to give it a mystical feeling. I made use of 2 different brushes in this case to make things flow well. I have something like this below.

Step 11

In our final step we will be sharpening the image. Firstly create a new layer by going to Layer>New>Layer and then go to Image>Apply Image. Now that you have a applied image go to Filter>Other>High Pass now use a radius of 10px and hit OK. Now set your blending mode to Overlay and your opacity down to 42% and you are done.

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