Your Favourite Photoshop Tutorials in One Place
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Creating a realistic water surface in Photoshop is quite a challenge because it is the distorted reflection of the surroundings that makes the water look liquid. The displace filter is an excellent tool for making this distortion. Now it really looks like water. Notice that the layer mask is also distorted because it is linked to the layer. This causes the reflectivity to change with the angle of the surface.
One of the most challenging montage or masking jobs in the profession of post-production editing is the hair lift. When the model has long flowing hair and the subject needs to change location many post-production artists call in sick. Move the Gamma slider to the right in order to preview your subject against a darker background in the image window.
In this tutorial we are going to create a sort of “oldy worldy” composition featuring a compass. As always there is a PSD file at the bottom of the tutorial, in this instance, downloading it as this is quite a complex composition is highly recommended. Finally we put the compass, background and banner together to form the final image!
In this tutorial we’ll put together a poster where there is a main photograph and a lot of text using the old-collage feel. This tutorial is not so much about technique as it is about layout and composition. In this case it would have been difficult to make the poster work just by using the photo as a background, I had all of three hours to do the entire job (charity work!), and still wanted it to look nice.
In this tutorial we’re going to go a bit retro. You’ll learn how to create halftone patterns and creatively cut up an image of a model holding a boombox. The effects are fun and you can apply these methods to other designs as well. In this case we used a speaker. Try cutting out other parts of your next design to mix and match with various effects.
If you’ve ever wanted to shine in the spotlights, try this tutorial. It shows you how to create a silhouette of a person taken from a normal photo, and adding colorful light to it as if the light source is located behind this object.
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