Photoshop Tutorials Blog » Miscellaneous http://pstutorialsblog.com Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:22:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 2 Free Video Tutorials http://pstutorialsblog.com/121/2-free-video-tutorials/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/121/2-free-video-tutorials/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2006 20:29:16 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=121 Another update with free video photoshop tutorials. These tutorials cover two totally different subjects. The first tutorial will show you how to fix the sky in photos and the second one how to warp text with smart objects. Both tutorials as always are courtesy of Watch and Learn Photoshop. Taming the Skies: Ever have one [...]

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Another update with free video photoshop tutorials. These tutorials cover two totally different subjects. The first tutorial will show you how to fix the sky in photos and the second one how to warp text with smart objects. Both tutorials as always are courtesy of Watch and Learn Photoshop.

Taming the Skies:

Ever have one of those photographs where the sky is too bright and harsh? In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you an amazingly effective trick for toning down and recoloring an overly bright sky.

Warping Text with Smart Objects:

There are many ways to warp text in Photoshop, but most of them have their limitations. Some methods allow you to edit your text after warping, but don’t provide full customization of HOW you warp the text. Other methods allow full customization but don’t allow you to edit the text afterwards. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you a method for warping text that will give you the best of both worlds.




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Three new Photoshop Video Tutorials http://pstutorialsblog.com/116/three-new-photoshop-video-tutorials/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/116/three-new-photoshop-video-tutorials/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2006 20:13:48 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=116 Three new short, free Photoshop Tutorials have been released by Watch and Learn Photoshop. The first tutorial shows you how you can turn a photo into a Polaroid. In my opinion these tutorials are really nice, not because you learn a step by step method to create an effect but because you see techniques that [...]

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Three new short, free Photoshop Tutorials have been released by Watch and Learn Photoshop.
The first tutorial shows you how you can turn a photo into a Polaroid. In my opinion these tutorials are really nice, not because you learn a step by step method to create an effect but because you see techniques that you can use in various other cases. For example, for this tutorial you will see that the crop tool can be used not only to crop a photo but for increasing the canvas size as well. One of those small tips that can help you be more productive.

Description:

In today’s video tip, you will learn how to take a photo and transform it into an old-fashioned Polaroid photograph.

Polaroid Tutorial

The second tutorial is about photo retouching, and to be more precise it shows how in a couple of easy steps you can smooth the skin of people. Again, a great example of how you can use a layer mask to reveal or to hide details.

Description:

Sometimes the camera does TOO good a job of capturing all the details, especially when it comes to skin. A close-up portrait can sometimes reveal tiny bumps and roughness that we might not want to see. In this video, you’ll learn a very effective technique for smoothing out your skin in Photoshop.

Smooth Skin Tutorial

Finally the third tutorial explains how you can add a cast shadow to text.

Description:

In today’s video tutorial, Geoff Riggs will teach you how to create an elongated shadow cast in front of a block of backlit text.

Cast Shadow Tutorial




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Turning Pictures into Statues Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/109/turning-pictures-into-statues-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/109/turning-pictures-into-statues-tutorial/#comments Mon, 28 Aug 2006 21:15:20 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=109 This is one of these photoshop tutorials that although they might not be for everyday use, they can help you understand the use of the various Photoshop tools. Once again it’s a free video tutorial from Watch and Learn Photoshop. Today’s tip is a two-for-one for those of you who want to know how to [...]

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This is one of these photoshop tutorials that although they might not be for everyday use, they can help you understand the use of the various Photoshop tools. Once again it’s a free video tutorial from Watch and Learn Photoshop.

Today’s tip is a two-for-one for those of you who want to know how to extract a person from an image. After learning how to do this, you’ll also learn how to turn that person into a statue in just a few simple steps.

Watch the tutorial

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Printer Icon Photoshop Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/101/printer-icon-photoshop-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/101/printer-icon-photoshop-tutorial/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2006 20:42:45 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=101 This tutorial is going to show you how you can draw a printer that can be used as an icon like the one shown below. (Basic knowledge of the use of the pen tool is required) Let’s start. Set #96A4AF as foreground color, select the pen tool and draw a shape like the one shown [...]

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This tutorial is going to show you how you can draw a printer that can be used as an icon like the one shown below. (Basic knowledge of the use of the pen tool is required)

Printer icon tutorial final result

Let’s start.
Set #96A4AF as foreground color, select the pen tool and draw a shape like the one shown in the screenshot.

Draw a shape

Select the Convert Point tool from the pen tools pallet. Click and drag the boxes to have a shape like shown in the figure

convert shape

Select the pen tool (choose the Paths option) and draw a shape like the one below.

paths option
Draw a shape

Once again select the Convert Point tool and convert the points like shown in the three screenshots below.

convert shape
convert shape
convert shape

Right click on the shape, select Make selection and set feather radius to 0.

Create a new layer by pressing sift+ctrl+n. Set # 8A949D as the foreground and # B1B7BE as the background color.
Select the gradient tool and fill the selection with a Foreground to background gradient. Finally add a drop shadow to the layer and place it near the first layer. You should have image like shown in the screenshot.

left side of layer

Select the pen tool again. Click on paths as we did previously and draw this shape.

draw a new shape

Convert the anchor points with the convert point tool to make it somewhat like in the screenshot below. Right click on the shape, select make selection, set feather to 0 and fill the selection with #9FABB7.

convert shape again

Control click on this layer to select it. Move the selection as shown in following screenshot

move selection downwards

After moving press ctrl+alt+shift and click on the layer at the layers palette, you should now have a selection like the one below.

move selection downwards

Fill the selection with #859094.

fill the selection with color

Repeat the previous two steps one more time but this time move the selection a bit lower and fill it with #2D3C43

move layer

Place this layer like shown in the screenshot.

move layer

Keep the same color as foreground. Select the Rectangle tool and draw a rectangle.

draw a rectangle

Modify the upper anchor points like shown in the screenshot.

modify anchor points

Press Ctrl+T to free tranform this shape, rotate and resize it if necessery and place it below the main body of the printer.

tranfor the rectangle shape

Add a similar shape with the same color below the main body of the printer like shown below (again draw rectangle, free transform, rotate resize and move it at the desired place).

printer is now ready

Our printer is now ready, if you want you can add a photo and place it like shown below to add a finishing touch.

final result of printer icon photoshop tutorial




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Logo Photoshop Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/100/logo-photoshop-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/100/logo-photoshop-tutorial/#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2006 18:09:48 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=100 This is another simple logo tutorial where we are going to use mostly simple tools in order to create a logo like the one below. Create a new file, select the rectangle tool and draw a black rectangle. Now select the Convert Point tool and modify the upper left point of the rectangle like shown [...]

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This is another simple logo tutorial where we are going to use mostly simple tools in order to create a logo like the one below.

Final result of the logo tutorial

Create a new file, select the rectangle tool and draw a black rectangle.
Now select the Convert Point tool and modify the upper left point of the rectangle like shown in the screenshot below.

modify the black rectangle using the convert point tool

Repeat that but this time for the upper right point. You should get somthing like that.

modify the black rectangle using the convert point tool

Rasterize the layer and select the lower third of the shape with the elliptical marquee tool and press delete.

delete the lower third of the shape

Now create a new layer by pressing Shift+ctrl+n . Select the Elliptical Marquee tool to draw a circle above our shape and fill it with black.

draw a circle above the shape

Create a new layer. Select the Lasso tool and draw this shape.

draw a hand shape

Fill this layer with black color.
Press control+D to deselect. Now press ctrl+j to duplicate this layer. Go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal and place it like in the screenshot below.

duplicate rotate and move layer

Now group and merge all the layers.
Select the Custom Shape tool find the shape shown below (it comes with Photoshop) and draw the shape below the layer1 as shown in the screenshot.

add a custom shape

Select layer1. Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layerand then Ctrl+T to free transform it and then rotate and place it like in the screenshot below.

add a custom shape

Now group and merge these two layers (Layer1 and newly created layer 3). Repeat the steps (Duplicating, Rotating) 3 times until you have something like the image below.

almost finished

Now add some text and our logo is ready.

Final result of the logo tutorial

You can of course add colors, effects or layer styles if you want.

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Drawing a teacup – Photoshop Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/99/drawing-a-teacup-photoshop-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/99/drawing-a-teacup-photoshop-tutorial/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2006 20:03:59 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=99 In this tutorial, we will learn how to design a cup of tea like the one below. Create a new file. Create a new layer by pressing shift+ctrl+n together. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool to draw a circle. Keep the selection active. Select #A3C4FA as foreground color and white as background. Click on Gradient Tool [...]

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to design a cup of tea like the one below.

Final result of the teacup tutorial

Create a new file. Create a new layer by pressing shift+ctrl+n together. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool to draw a circle. Keep the selection active. Select #A3C4FA as foreground color and white as background. Click on Gradient Tool or press ‘G’. Select Foreground to Background gradient, and select Linear gradient to fill the selection from bottom to top.

step 1

Keep the selection active. Now right click on its layer name, select Blending options>stroke. Set stroke width to 2 pixels and select #20518F color for the stroke.

step 2

Now press Ctrl+D to deselect the layer. Press ctrl+j to duplicate this layer. Move this layer 3-5 pixels upwards. Right click on this layer and select blending options. Give these values to this shape.

step 3
step 4

You should have an image like the one below.

step 5

Control click on the top layer’s name. Press shift and down arrow key together for three times to move selection downwards.

step 6

Press shift+ctrl+alt together and click on its layer name in layer palate. You should have selection like the one below.

step 7

Press shift+ctrl+n to create a new layer. Select #987D60 color and press alt + backspace to fill the color into the selection. Add little inner shadow in it with dark brown color.

step 8

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Fitness Logo Photoshop Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/98/fitness-logo-photoshop-tutoria/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/98/fitness-logo-photoshop-tutoria/#comments Tue, 30 May 2006 19:14:58 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=98 This tutorial explains a simple way of creating a fitness related logo using mostly shapes. The final result of this Photoshop tutorial can be seen below. To begin, create a new file and a layer by pressing shift+ctrl+n together. Press ‘U’ or click on Auto Shape tool and select the Rectangle Tool and drw a [...]

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This tutorial explains a simple way of creating a fitness related logo using mostly shapes. The final result of this Photoshop tutorial can be seen below.

Final fitness logo tutorial result


To begin, create a new file and a layer by pressing shift+ctrl+n together. Press ‘U’ or click on Auto Shape tool and select the Rectangle Tool and drw a simple rectangle.

rectangle

Click and hold the mouse on the Pen Tool Pallete and select the Convert Point Tool.

convert point tool

Follow the steps below to tranform the rectangle.

transform rectangle
transform rectangle
transform rectangle
transform rectangle

Now you should have a shape like the one below.

logo's body

This is the base or body of our imaginary character who is exercising. Now we want to add hands, legs and a head to our character. To add the head select the Ellipse Tool from Auto Shapes and draw a circle above the body of our character. Slightly rotate the circle to have a moving look.

logo's body and head

Select Ellipse Tool again to draw the hands. Duplicate and rotate it and place it as shown in the screenshot below.

logo's body and head and arms

Again with the help of Ellipse tool, draw and place the a new ellipse just over the head of our character.

logo's body and head and arms

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Colorize B/W photos http://pstutorialsblog.com/35/colorize-bw-photos/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/35/colorize-bw-photos/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2005 14:21:45 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=35 I have just found this very nice program called Recollored that colorizes B/W photos. I was intrigued from the examples provided by the Program’s author so I downloaded the program to give it a try. Here are my results. I started with this Sepia toned image Then I drew a few lines with the colors [...]

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I have just found this very nice program called Recollored that colorizes B/W photos. I was intrigued from the examples provided by the Program’s author so I downloaded the program to give it a try. Here are my results.

I started with this Sepia toned image

Original photo

Then I drew a few lines with the colors I wanted my image to have

selecting colors

Et voila

final result

Impressing to say the least, the results where much better than my expectations. Some parts ween’t colorized but that can be easily corrected with better brushing, keep in mind that this was my very first try using this program.
You can read more and see more examples here

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Christmas Holly tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/33/christmas-holly-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/33/christmas-holly-tutorial/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2005 14:12:44 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=33 With this tutorial I am going to show you a way to draw a simple Christmas holly like this one using Adobe Photoshop. 1. Start by creating a new document (size doesn’t really matters) 2. Select the Pen tool set your color to green and draw a shape like this one (for this tutorial I [...]

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With this tutorial I am going to show you a way to draw a simple Christmas holly like this one using Adobe Photoshop.

Christmass holly photoshop tutorial outcome

1. Start by creating a new document (size doesn’t really matters)

2. Select the Pen tool set your color to green and draw a shape like this one (for this tutorial I had the “Shape Layers” option selected Shape layers option.

leaf shape

3. Select the Ellipse Tool Ellipse tool
You should also select the “Subtract from Shape Area” option subtract from shape area option

4. Draw a circle like on the next screenshot.
subtract ellipse area from leaf

You should get something like this.

ellipse subtract result

5. Repeat step four a few more times on both sides of our original leaf shape until you get something like this.

Christmas hollu leaf

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Custom Unique Text http://pstutorialsblog.com/32/custom-unique-text/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/32/custom-unique-text/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2005 14:00:47 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=32 With this tutorial I am going to show you how you can create custom unique text from the fonts you already have installed at your computer. This technique is very useful especially for the design of logos or signatures. Start by creating a new document any size. Select the Horizontal Type Tool and type your [...]

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With this tutorial I am going to show you how you can create custom unique text from the fonts you already have installed at your computer. This technique is very useful especially for the design of logos or signatures.


Start by creating a new document any size. Select the Horizontal Type Tool and type your text. For this tutorial I have simply typed “text”.

typed text image

Now right click on your text and select “Convert to Shape”

Convert to Shape Photoshop Command

Now we can modify our text to whatever we like. In order to give an example for this tutorial I am simply going to modify the “X”.

I selected the “Delete Anchor Point” tool Delete Anchor Point tooland I deleted the anchor points that you can see in the next picture.
deleted anchor points

and here is my result.

modified text example

Then I picked the “Direct Selection” tool and I just dragged two of the anchor points et voila.

final result of Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Of course this is just a simple example, in this case I have just modified one letter of my word, however I could have modified more or even all of them. In addition to that the editing possibilities are endless. If you want you can add anchor points to different locations, modify the bezier curves etc in order to create your unique text.

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