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How To Paint A Poe & Pluton Cartoon Portrait in Photoshop

How To Paint A Poe & Pluton Cartoon Portrait in Photoshop

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On this tutorial we will make a Poe and Pluton cartoon portrait, using custom brushes created by ourselves

Tutorial Assets

Watercolor Texture

Paper Texture

Step 1

Open a new document of 1800px high and 1200px wide. First, we will set up what will be the brush that we are going to use to draw the general lines, from the Brush Selector pick the brush no.30, Hard Round, and set its opacity to 75% and Flow to 35%.

Step 2

Now, on the Brush Presets menu (F5), make the following settings, check the Shape Dynamics and Transfer boxes, and adjust Spacing to 1%. You can see the final shape of the Brush.

Step 3

Create a new layer “Poe”, and leave its default setting. With the Brush we created, start drawing the face, neck and shoulders, adjust the size to get thicker strokes on the garb, and thinner strokes for the face, hair, and neck. Draw flowing strokes, without taking much care on the detail, afterwards use the Erase Tool to remove the unwanted parts of the strokes. Also use the Erase Tool to create the eye’s brights.

Step 4

Next, on a new layer “Body & Pluton”, start drawing the Poe’s lower body and Pluton. On the picture you can see that the strokes just establish the main forms, using stains instead of precise lines. Again, use the Erase Tool to remove certain areas as Pluton’s eyes and Poe’s fingers.

Step 5

We will add an extra layer “Lower Body”, where we will paint the area between Poe and Pluton. After, this will be useful for split the two elements and avoid to mix them together. Notice the erased area beside the Pluton’s head.

Step 6

Now, let’s start to create our custom watercolor brush. Use a new layer to paint two brush strokes as shown, using the Soft Round Brush. Notice that they aren’t symmetrical, this will be better for the final result. Next, go to Edit > Define Brush, we can name it “watercolor”, now it is ready on the Brush List for being used.

Step 7

Next, on the Brush Presets (F5), start setting the following adjustments, check the Shape Dynamics box, and adjust Spacing to 1%.

Step 8

Check the Scattering box and adjust its settings as shown. The same with the Transfer option. You can see how the brush shape changes on the display.

Step 9

Finally check the Dual Brush box and select the brush number 45 with the following settings. Now we have our watercolor brush ready for be used.

Step 10

Pick the Smudge Tool, and with the watercolor brush, smudge the painted layers we created before. Adjust the Strength to get different results.

Step 11

Create a new layer “Details” and with a Hard Round Brush paint the fine details as cat’s whiskers and some loose hairs. Next, with the Smudge Tool, and a Soft Round Brush selected, drag some portions of black to create more cat fur, with a small brush size selected.

Step 12

Now, we will create another textured brush. Using the brush number 30 as a base, apply the following settings on the Space Dynamics and Scattering sliders.

Step 13

Following with the Transfer and Dual Box adjustments.

Step 14

Picking the Eraser Tool, and the brush we just create selected, erase some edges of Poe’s suit to imitate a dry brush watercolor effect.

Step 15

Next, create a new layer “Pluton’s Eyes”, and on it draw the necessary brush strokes to draw the eye’s pupil, yes, remember that it only has one…and the eye’s shadows. With white color, paint the tusk and the eye’s brights.

Step 16

For the Poe’s face shadows, select the brush number 30 and adjust it as shown.

Step 17

For the Poe’s face shadows, create a new layer “Poe Face Shadows”, set its Blending Mode to Normal and 60% opacity. Start painting the shadows as cheeks, chin, eye sockets, etc. Overlap more than one brush stroke to achieve darker tones.

Step 18

Let’s start with the background, create a new layer “Background Color”, just bellow of the layer we created before. On it, with the Gradient Tool, select a brownish tone and make a gradient from bottom to upper zone as shown.

Step 19

Next, to start making the lights, create a new layer “Highlights”, with the brush we created on step 16, select white color, and start painting the lights, I chose a cenital light, so it impacts on the upper areas of volumes as shown.


Step 20

To add some vignetting on the background, go to Filters > Lens Correction, and on the Custom tab you will find out the Vignette Amount slider, a quantity of -40 will be ok.

Step 21

To create the paper texture, we will add a real paper image. Create a new layer “Paper Texture”, set its Blending Mode to Multiply and 30% Opacity. Next, Copy and Paste the paper image on that layer.

Step 22

Next, we will add an spotlight just behind Poe. Create a new layer “Spotlight”, set its Blending Mode to Lighten and 50% Opacity. With the Elliptical Marquee Tool, create a circle, place it behind the Poe’s shoulders and fill it with withe color, next go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Bluer, and blur its edges. To avoid that the white overlap to Poe, create a Layer Mask and hide the unwanted areas.

Step 23

Continuing adding textures, create a new layer “Ink Stain”, set its Blending Mode to Lighten and 80% Opacity. On it, place one of the ink textures you will find on the assets as shown.

Step 24

More textures…Create a new layer “Aged Texture”, set its Blending Mode to Soft Light, and 80% Opacity. On it place again one of the ink textures from the assets to give an aged finish to the image. Notice that all textures are placed bellow Poe & Pluton’s layers, to keep them clean on other plane.

Step 25

Now the image is almost finished, create a new Group and put in it all the layers. Next save the document as .JPG, open it, and place this file on top.

Step 26

With the Dodge Tool, light up a bit some areas to create more contrast. The watercolor brush will be a good choice to do that.

Step 27

Again, let’s add some more vignetting, go to Filters > Lens Correction, and adjust the Amount slider to -30.

Step 28

Finally, to add some noise to the image, create a new layer “Noise”, set its Blending Mode to Multiply, and fill it (Shift + F5) with white color. Next, go to Filters > Noise > Add Noise, a quantity between 8 and 10 will work.

Step 29

And this is the final result

The 100 Most Popular Photoshop Tutorials 2008

The 100 Most Popular Photoshop Tutorials 2008

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 has been spending almost a whole year to search for the best photoshop tutorials for you. Eventually, we come up with The 100 Most Popular Photoshop Tutorials of 2008. These are selected from our published tutorials, with over 1 million votes and views from our Photoshop users and readers. Enjoy.

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.

How to Make Vivid FORNEX from Sketch

How to Make Vivid FORNEX from Sketch

With rich beautiful works in web design, illustration and icon design, designer Vet Orso from Russian Federation shows his drawing process for FORNEX with the help of photoshop.

When he completes the draft, each parts needed on the paper, he has a general idea in his mind. Then he starts his work with photoshop. Drawing the sketch for FORNEX, coloring and dealing with details are main steps. Since it is not difficult, with careful observation and patience, the result is one brilliant piece of work comes into being. It does have some kind of similarity with the original poster!

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Parallax Your Site, Code-Free & Join Webydo’s Closed Beta

Parallax Your Site, Code-Free & Join Webydo’s Closed Beta

Webydo offers a code-free, fully integrated website design solution for professional web designers. However, what does it take for a designer to start creating sites for their clients? First, after a year, Webydo has become known and widely praised by the creative professional community for their intuitive design studio, feature rich options and ability to continuously develop and add new features for their designers. The best part about all of this is that there is absolutely no code involved.

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Innovation is piped in through the air vents at Webydo because what the designers are able to accomplish in a year has taken other similar platforms twice the amount of time. The latest and most exciting feature update is Webydo’s code-free, Parallax Scrolling Animator. Presently only offered in closed-beta, Webydo is granting access to the first 3,000 designers who sign up. Keep in mind that this is a hot feature and picking up a lot of attention and invites are running out quick, so grab yours before this unique opportunity closes.

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Webydo’s mission is to put designers in the driver’s seat of every project or task. Good news for designers is that by adding the ability to create a Parallax Scrolling website with their pixel-perfect animator, they can work independently to create and manage websites for their clients that will meet today’s hottest web design trends. We have seen some big names recently switch over to parallax scrolling such as Puma and Sony. In addition, designers can work on a site to site basis or upgrade their work load by signing up for the team or agency packages. This allows designers to have more control over their client’s websites and growing their design agency.

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You can place Webydo in the center of your business so that you have the option to do more in less time. It’s not going to be the run of the mill website creator. Getting starting is more intuitive for the experienced designer thanks to the familiar layout that is akin to that of Photoshop or InDesign. Shortening the learning curve and getting designers creating sites either right from a blank canvas or to take inspiration from one of the readymade designs or layout options.

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There are some incredible features within this B2B cloud-based design suit. You will be able to create a great looking website from start to finish without using code. You can also bill your clients within the dashboard. When your clients enter the CMS aspect to make any changes to content, they see your logo thanks to the white labeling option, allowing you to not only brand the dashboard but also help clients to see exactly where they are.

The community is really what makes Webydo so unique. The “Participate” page is where designers can propose features and let the community vote. Within a few weeks, the Parallax Scrolling Animator will also be live, which is one of the hottest trends hitting web design right now. In case you’re not sure of what this is, it allows depth, movement, and animation to be added when a user scrolls down the length of a web page. Providing an almost 3D affect, that started picking up popularity in video games and then taking off in 2013 by the web design community.

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Webydo’s closed-beta invites are again available for the first 8,000 designers who sign up and they will have the opportunity to be some of the first to experience the freedom of Parallax Scrolling Animation with Webydo.

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This article is presented by Webydo’s professional community of designers.

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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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