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How to Create a Piece of Heaven in Photoshop

How to Create a Piece of Heaven in Photoshop

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a piece of Heaven in Photoshop. This photo manipulation is inspired by the Metuzalem website and I would like to thank Tajana for allowing me to write this tutorial. I’m very grateful to her.

Also, I would like to thank all the photographers and artists for their wonderful stock images and for the permission to use them. This tutorial would never be possible without they: resurgere, SimplyBackgrounds, ro-stock, nighthawk663, Disney-Stock, WammyP, indeed-stock, Enchantedgal-Stock, redheadstock, Tasastock, Momotte2stocks, Kristina Mileva, Jan Flaska, Marina García, Claudia Meyer, Martin Hurry, Hilde Vanstraelen, clix, Sheila and magstefan.

All the images from deviantArt have specific rules and everyone who is planning to use them on anymore than just following the tutorial should read those rules and ask the photographer’s permission to use them.

Final Result

This is a Piece of Heaven we are about to make. You can see the final result bellow. Also, you can check out the larger version here.

Step 1 – Setting up the document

First, download this image and open it in Photoshop. You can adjust the dimensions of your image by going to Image > Image Size. My image is 1125px wide by 1334px height. Now we want to get rid of the moon because it doesn’t fit with what we are going to create in this tutorial. Select the Clone Stamp Tool (S), select a soft brush with the diameter of 250-300px and use it to erase the moon. Then select the Smudge Tool, chose a big soft brush, set the Strength to 25% and use this tool to get rid of the traces left by the Clone Stamp Tool.

Step 2 – Adding a Lens Flare filter

Create a new layer and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. This way you will be able to modify any filter you apply to this layer anytime you want. Then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and use the settings from the following image. Set the blend mode of this layer to Linear Dodge (Add) and name it “lens flare.”

Step 3 – Creating mist

From now on, we are going to use groups to keep everything organized. Create a new group (Layer > New > Group) and name it “island.” Create another group inside the “island” group, and name this one “mist.” Download these Photoshop brushes and install them. Create a new layer, set the foreground color to white, select one of the brushes you downloaded and use it to create mist in the center of your image. Fell free to use as many layers and brushes you want.

Step 4 – Creating the base of the island

Create a new group and name this one “rocks.” Download this image and open it in Photoshop. Double-click on the “Background” layer to unlock it. Then use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to select the sky, and then hit Delete.

Step 5

Move the rocks into your first document using the Move Tool (V). Then right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Flip this layer horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) and vertically (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical), and then name it “rocks.”

Step 6 – Masking the rocks

Add a mask to the “rocks” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a black brush with a diameter of 30px and with the hardness around 60%, and then mask some parts of the rocks like I did. You can let the top of the rocks as it is because it will be covered by grass later.

Step 7 – Adding light to the rocks

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the rocks. Take a look at the following image for reference.

Step 8 – Adding shadow to the rocks

Go again to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the rocks.

Step 9 – Adjusting the brightness and the contrast

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 10 – Masking the rocks

Add a mask to the “rocks” group, select a big black soft brush with the opacity around 50% and mask the edge of the island, to be able to see just a little the light that is coming behind it.

Step 11 – Adding the grass

Create a new group and name it “grass.” Then download this image, open it in Photoshop, move it into your first document using the Move Tool (V) and name this layer “grass.”

Step 12

Add a black mask to the “grass” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All). Now the grass should disappear, but don’t worry, it’s still there. Set the foreground color to white, select the Brush Tool (B) and use a brush with a diameter of 40px and with a hardness of 55% to paint over the top of the island. Take a look at the following image for reference.

Step 13 – Adjusting the light and the shadow of the grass

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 14

Now we are going to make the bottom area of the grass layer darker. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the bottom area of the grass.

Step 15

Now we are going to make the top of the grass layer brighter. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the top area of the grass.

Step 16

The passing between the rocks and the grass is not very realistic right now. To correct this, hold down the Alt key, click on the “grass” layer in the Layers palette and drag a copy of it beneath the original one. Then click on the mask of this layer to activate it, select a white soft brush, and paint with it over the area beneath the original grass layer. Set the opacity of this layer to Soft Light.

Step 17 – Adding a fence

Download this photo, open it in Photoshop and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out the fence. To remove the hydrant you can use the Clone Stamp Tool (S). Then move the fence into your document, right-click on it and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key, scale this layer down, and put the fence on your island. Name this layer “fence”, then put it inside a new group and name the group “fence” too.

Step 18

Add a mask to the “fence” layer, select a black little soft brush, set the opacity of this brush around 40% and mask the bottom area of the fence, to look like it is really there.

Step 19 – Adding a shadow to the fence

Ctrl-click on the “fence” layer’s thumbnail to select it, create a new layer and fill the selection with black. Then go to Edit > Free Transform, right-click on the image, select Flip Vertical, move this layer at the bottom of the fence, hold down the Ctrl key and move the middle bottom control handle like I did. Set the opacity of this layer to 20%, move it beneath the “fence” layer and name it “shadow.”

Step 20 – Adding a cave

Create a new group and name it “cave.” Download this photo, open it in Photoshop, use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out the cave, and then move it into your document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), right-click on the image and select Flip Horizontal, then hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and use the settings from the following image. Name this layer “cave.”

Step 21

Add a mask to this layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a brush with a hardness of 80% and use it to erase the straight edges of the cave.

Step 22

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 23

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 24

Now we are going to make the bottom of the cave darker. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush (B) and paint with it over the bottom part of the cave.

Step 25

Now we are going to make the top of the cave brighter. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image. Then fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush (B) and paint with it over the top area of the cave.

Step 26 – Adding a shadow to the cave

Ctrl-click on the “cave” layer’s thumbnail to select the cave, then hold down the keys Ctrl+Alt+Shift and click on the mask of the “cave” layer. Now you should have only the cave selected. Create a new layer beneath the “cave” layer, fill it with black and name it “shadow.”

Go to Edit > Transform >Flip Vertical and move the “shadow” layer at the bottom of the cave. Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Ctrl key and transform the shadow like I did by moving the middle bottom control handle of the Free Transform box.

Now there is an empty area at the bottom of the cave because of the cave’s entry. Use a black brush to fill that area. Then right-click on the “shadow” layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add a gaussian blur of 3px. Set the opacity of the “shadow” layer to 60%. Then you can use a layer mask and a black soft brush to mask the area of the shadow which looks too dark.

Step 27 – Adding trees

Download this image, open it in Photoshop, move the tree into your document using the Move Tool (V) and put it in the front of the cave. Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Then go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and use the settings from the following image. Name this layer “tree.”

Step 28

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 29

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 30

Put the “tree” layer and the two adjustment layers inside a group and name the group “tree 1.” Then add a mask to this group and use a black soft brush to mask the bottom part of the tree.

Step 31

Create a shadow for the tree, just like you did with the fence and the cave.

Step 32

Create more trees and put them on the island. Organize all these layers using groups. Take a look at the following image for reference.

Step 33 – Adding an angel statue

Download this image, open it in Photoshop, use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out the angel statue and move it into your document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Name this layer “angel”, put it inside a group and name the group “angel” too. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Add a mask to this layer and use a black soft brush to mask the bottom part of the angel.

Step 35

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 36

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the angel to make them darker.

Step 37

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the angel to make them brighter.

Step 38

Create a new group (Layer > New > Group) and name it “ivy.” Then download this image, open it in Photoshop and move it into your document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Put the plant at the bottom of the angel statue and name this layer “ivy.”

Step 39

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the bottom area of the plant to make it darker.

Step 40

Download this bonsai photo and open it in Photoshop. To separate the tree from the background go to Select > Color Range, hold down the Shift key, and click on the background many times until it turns white in the Color Range window. Then go to Select > Inverse to inverse the selection and hit Ctrl+J to put the selection into a new layer. To delete the pot you can use the Pen Tool (P).

Step 41

Move the tree into your document using the Move Tool (V). Name this layer “bonsai”, put it inside a group and name the group “bonsai” too. Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object, go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down.

Add a mask to the “bonsai” layer and use a black small soft brush to mask the tree’s roots. Then go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and use the settings from the following image.

Step 42

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 43

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the tree to make them darker.

Then go again to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the tree to make them brighter.

Step 44

Add a shadow to the bonsai, just like you did with the fence, the cave and the trees.

Step 45

Download this quartz image, open it in Photoshop and use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to remove the black background. Move the quartz into your document, right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T) and scale this layer down. Then put the quartz in the right side of the island. Name this layer “quartz”, put it inside a new group and name the group “quartz” too.

Step 46

Add a black mask to the “quartz” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All). Now the quartz should disappear from your image, but don’t worry, it’s still there. Select a white brush with a hardness of 50% and paint with this brush over the area where you want the quartz to become visible.

Step 47

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the area where the quartz touches the island.

Step 48

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 49 – Adding stairs

Download this image, open it in Photoshop and use the Pen Tool to cut out the stairs. Then move the stairs into your first document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer, select Convert to Smart Object and name this layer “stairs.” Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Put this layer inside a group and name the group “stairs.”

Step 50

Add a mask to the “stairs” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a black brush with a hardness of 60% and use it to mask the bottom area of the stairs.

Step 51

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the right and bottom areas of the stairs to make them darker.

Step 52 – Adding a rock

Download this package of photos and open the image “pkg_bot015.jpg” in Photoshop. Use the Pen Tool (P) and Color Range (Select > Color Range) to separate the rock from the background (or you can use the Quick Selection Tool (W) instead of Color Range).

Move the rock into your document using the Move Tool (V), right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Name this layer “rock” and put it inside a new group. Name the group “rock” too.

Select the “rock” layer, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), scale this layer down and put it in the right side of the stairs. Then add a mask to this layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a white brush with a hardness of 50% and use it to mask the bottom area of the rock. Take a look at the following image for reference.

Step 53

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and create a curve like I did. Fill the mask of this layer with black, select a white soft brush and paint with it over the bottom area of the rock to make it darker.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 54 – Adding a tap

Download this photo, use the Pen Tool to cut out the tap and move it into your document. Right-click on this layer, select Convert to Smart object, and then name it “tap.” Then go to Edit > Free Transform and scale this layer down. Add a mask to this layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) and use a black soft brush to mask the area where the tap touches the island. Put this layer inside a new group and name the group “tap & water.”

Step 55

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 56 – Adding the water

Download this image, open it in Photoshop and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out the water.

Step 57

Move the water into your document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical, and then go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key, scale this layer down and move the water at the bottom of the tap to look like it’s coming out of it. Set the opacity of this layer to 90%, name it “water” and put it beneath the “tap” layer.

Step 58

Add a mask to the “water” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a black soft brush and paint with it over the bottom area of the water. Then select a smaller brush and, if necessary, paint with it over the area where the water is coming out of the tap.

Step 59

Duplicate the “water” layer by hitting Ctrl+J. Then go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and use the settings from the following image. Set the blend mode of this layer to Screen, the opacity to 70% and then name it “water 70% screen.”

Step 60

Duplicate the layer which you have created at the previous step by hitting Ctrl+J. Set the blend mode of this layer to Linear Light, the opacity to 30% and then name it “water 30% Linear Light.”

Step 61 – Adding pigeons

We can’t have a Heaven scene without pigeons, right? So, create a new group and name it “pigeons.” Then download this image, open it in Photoshop and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out the bird. Move the pigeon into your document using the Move Tool. Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key and scale this layer down. Name this layer “big pigeon.”

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 62 – Adding a lens flare

Create a new layer beneath the “big pigeon” layer and fill it with black. Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and use the settings from the following image. Set the blend mode of this layer to Linear Dodge (Add) and name it “lens flare.”

Step 63 – Adding more pigeons

Here are some pigeons photos that you can use. Download these photos, open them in Photoshop and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut out all those pigeons. As usual, move each pigeon into your document using the Move Tool (V) and convert each layer into a smart object (right-click on the layer and select Convert to Smart Object). Then go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key and scale each layer down. Use the Move Tool (V) to put each pigeon where you want, and then name all these layers.

You can use the same pigeon more times in your photo manipulation. Just duplicate a pigeon layer and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key, scale the new layer down and move it in a different place. If you look closely to the following image you will see that the pigeon from the angel’s hand is the same pigeon from the cave.

Step 64

Use some Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers to add more light and contrast to the pigeons. Also, you can add a shadow to the pigeon sitting on the rock (or any other pigeon you want). To do this, create a new layer beneath that pigeon layer, select a black soft brush and paint with it over the rock. Then set the opacity of this layer to 40% and name it “shadow.”

Step 65 – Adding a divine light

Create a new group beneath the “pigeons” group and name this one “light.” Set the blend mode of this group to Linear Dodge (Add) and the opacity to 90%. Then create a new layer inside this group and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to create a white shape like I did. Continue to create as many shapes as you want, each one in a new layer. Convert each layer into a smart object (right-click on the layer and select Convert to Smart Object) and set the opacity of each layer to 10-20%.

Step 66

Add a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to each of the layers inside the “light” group. Use different values for this filter.

Step 67 – Adding feathers

Now we are going to add some feathers around the island. Create a new group outside of the “island” group and name it “feathers.” The download this photo, open it in Photoshop and remove the black background. Move the feather into your document using the Move Tool (V), right-click on the layer, select Convert to Smart Object and then name it “feather.” Go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key, scale this layer down and then rotate it.

Duplicate this layer a few times and change the size and the position of each feather. Then add a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to each of these layers using different values.

Step 68

Download these brushes, install them, set the foreground color to white and use them to create more feathers. Use a new layer for each feather.

As usual, before going to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to modify the feathers, convert each layer into a smart object. Then add a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to each of these layers using different values.

Step 69 – Creating stars

Create a new group and name it “stars.” Create a new layer inside this group and name this one “stars” too. Fill the “stars” layer with black, then right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the settings from the following image.

Add a mask to the “stars” layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a big black soft brush and paint with it over the clouds and the island. We don’t want stars above those areas. You can also use this brush to mask some areas of the stars from the sky. Then set the blend mode of the “stars” layer to Screen.

Step 70

Now we are going to make the stars to look like some real stars. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image.

Step 71 – Adding a subtle glow to the stars

Duplicate the “stars” group (right-click on it and select Duplicate Group). Then right-click on the new group and select Convert to Smart Object. Set the blend mode of this layer to Screen, and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, use a value of 1px and click OK.

We don’t want all the stars to glow, so, add a mask to this layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), select a black soft brush and paint with it over some areas of the stars.

Step 72 – Adding rays

Create a new group and name it “rays.” Create a new layer inside this group and name it “rays” too. Then download these brushes, install them, set the foreground color to white and use those brushes to create rays. Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Then set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay.

Step 73

Duplicate the “rays” layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a value of 20px. Then set the opacity of this layer to 60%.

Step 74 – Creating mist

Create a new layer, set the foreground color to white and use the same brushes you used at the beginning of this tutorial (at the third step) to create mist. Set the opacity of this layer to 70% and name it “mist.” As you can see in the following image I have also used a mask. It’s up to you whether you want to use one or not.

Step 75 – Adding a quote

Select the Type Tool (T) and write a quote or anything else you want using a proper font (I used Trajan Pro). Set the opacity of this text layer to 90%.

Step 76 – Final color adjustments

Now we are going to use a technique to make the whole image more vivid. Create a new layer above all the other ones, go to Image > Apply Image and click OK. Then right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur and use the value 6.6px. Set the blend mode of this layer to Color and the opacity to 60%.

Duplicate this layer (Ctrl+J) and then set the blend mode of the duplicated layer to Screen and the opacity to10%.

Duplicate this layer one more time and set the blend mode of this new layer to Soft Light and the opacity to 55%.

Final Result & Conclusion

Well, here we have it. Our own piece of Heaven created in Photoshop. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I had writing it. You can see the final result bellow. Also, you can check out the larger version here.

About the Author

Ionut Ciursa is a freelance designer based in Romania. Photoshop is one of his passions and he has been using this wonderful program for about four years. He loves to share his knowledge with others through his tutorials. He is also the founder of PSDBurn where he writes Photoshop tutorials.

Uprinting – Printing Company for Your Business Cards

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10 Free Resources for Web Designers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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+

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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Fantastic Digital Artworks for Design Inspiration

Fantastic Digital Artworks for Design Inspiration

Photoshop is an excellent tool for seamlessly compositing disparate elements into a beautiful photomotage and making sophisticated artworks. The best way to improve yourself is to make reference to other fantastic works and great ideas. There are lots of professionals graphics around the internet. To ease of your life, we have selected some nice works in this article. Hope it can help and inspire you to develop your great works.

The Future World

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The King and Lion

The Forest God

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The Goddess of Spring

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Swan Lake Beauty

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Open World

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The Decider

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The Colosseum

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