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Watercolor Effect

Watercolor Effect

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As my tutorial had been choose for the Top Ten in June by NI-LIMITS BLOG. Now I continue my job and share my photo edit tricks with all my fellow readers.Step 1Open an image, I will use this image because it suit to my tricks.Step 2CTRL + J, duplicate the image. Now you will have a layer which labeled as “layer 1”. SHIFT + CTRL + U, desaturate the image and you will get something like this:Step 3CTRL + J again to duplicate layer 1 and you will get a new layer which labeled as “layer 1 copy”.CTRL + I to invert the layer and set the layer blend mode to Color Dodge. Go to filter > other > minimum > 1. Double click on layer 1 copy to bring out the blending option. ALT + left click on the triangle a...
Transform A Person Into An Alien

Transform A Person Into An Alien

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How to create a very cool looking alien using Adobe PhotoshopIn this tutorial is written how to create a very cool looking alien using Adobe Photoshop. Grab a picture of someone and get ready to alienize it!Go to File > New (Ctrl+N) to create a new file. Make sure that you have your background settings toTransparent. Now search for a portrait on your PC to use and add it to your newly created file. For this tutorial I used a picture of Tom Cruise to alienize (Source file ). Ofcourse you can use a picture of your friend, a family member or even yourself.Grab the Eraser Tool (E) and erase the eyes. Now use the Clone Stamp Tool (S) to clone parts of the cheeks over the nose. It'll look like the nose is erased. Use the Healing...
Reflective Bubble

Reflective Bubble

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For my most recent work I wanted to create bubbles that would reflect my subject in a believable yet magical way. To do this I started by duplicating the main photo Layer >> Duplicate Layer.Next I scaled the duplicate to 25% of it's original size. Edit >> Transform >> Scale. We also need to distort the duplicate. First I flipped it Edit >> Transform >> Flip Horizontal or Vertical, then I distorted it further by adjusting the perspective. Edit >> Transform >> PerspectiveStill doesn't look like a bubble does it? Here comes the fun part. Select the elliptical tool (M) and draw out an area that's a perfect sphere (by holding shift). We want to get rid of everything outside of the bubble, now. So go to the to menu and choose "Select"...
Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects

Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects

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Put together a sunset image mixing some vector shapes and dusky lighting effects to produce a slick image that would make a nice album cover for a chillout mix!Final Product What You'll Be CreatingOne of the best sites around for desktops has to be Desktopography. I’ve been inspired by their amazing work, so today we are going to put together a sunset image mixing some vector shapes and dusky lighting effects to produce a slick image that would make a nice album cover for a chillout mix!Steps and AssetsAs always you can download the PSD file to follow along at the bottom of this tutorial. It’s a pretty large file so be warned! Additionally we are using a few assets including a photo from iStockPhoto and some vectors from Arsenal’s Freebie Section. Note th...
Seriously Cool Photoshop Explosion Effect

Seriously Cool Photoshop Explosion Effect

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How to break apart a body, then add some awesome lighting and glow, and nopattern style, to finish the image off.Final Product What You'll Be CreatingExplosions are cool. Seriously cool. So when I received some e-mails asking about how to create a break-apart, explosion effect, I knew it’d be worth making a tutorial on. Read on to find out how to break apart a body, then add some awesome lighting and glow, and nopattern style, to finish the image off.Step 1Create a new document, any size. I used 800x600px. Fill the background layer with black. After that, place your photo in the center of the document.Step 2Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and select the girl. When you complete the selection process, go to Select > Refine Edge. A dialog box will open with some settings...
Photoshop Effects: Focus With Light

Photoshop Effects: Focus With Light

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How to add focus to an image with light, using Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter and multiple light sources.Learning Photoshop has never been easier! Here’s the image I’ll be working with:The original image. I want to bring more attention to the flower and the woman’s face while reducing the importance of the rest of the image. There’s lots of different ways to do that with Photoshop, but in this tutorial, we’re going to focus attention using light. Even a subtle amount of lighting is often enough to do the trick, as you can see in our Simple Focused Lighting Effect tutorial, but here, I think I’ll go for a more intense effect. Here’s the result I’m after:The final lighting effect. Let’s get started! Step 1: Duplicate Your Background Layer The first thing we need to do is duplic...
How To Turn Your Photo Into Movie-Like Effect

How To Turn Your Photo Into Movie-Like Effect

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What you need to have: Adobe PhotoshopWhat you will learn: colour mood adjustments + depth of field effect + film effectPS: ⌘ key for Mac users / CTRL key for Windows usersColour mood adjustments1. Adjust the Hue/Saturation: ⌘U/CTRL-U2. Adjust the brightness and contrast: Menu > Image > Adjustments > Exposure…Depth of field effect3. Duplicate current active layer by dragging it to the ‘create a new layer’ button located at the bottom of Layerwindow.4. Apply lens blur on the new layer on top: Menu > Filter > Blur > Lens Blur…Adjust according to your own preference.5. Click on the ‘add layer mask’ button at the bottom of Layer window. Then click and select the ‘Layer mask thumbnail’ (the white rectangle).6. Select brush tool(b), set the ma...
Mosaic, Fill A Photo With Photos

Mosaic, Fill A Photo With Photos

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Create a bit of an optical illusion, filling one photo with many smaller photos, or at least, many copies of a couple of smaller photos.In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, we’re going to create a bit of an optical illusion, filling one photo with many smaller photos, or at least, many copies of a couple of smaller photos. The number of smaller photos you use for this effect is completely up to you. If you view the photo from a distance, you’ll see the larger main photo, and if you view it up close, you’ll see all the smaller photos inside of it. I originally saw this effect used in a job recruitment poster for a well-known restaurant chain, but it also works great with family photos, wedding photos, or just as a fun thing to do with photos of all your friends. Learning Photoshop has n...
Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion

Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion

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Creating a spectacular space scene featuring two planets colliding.Step 1 — The ImageBefore we begin, let’s take a look at the image we’re creating. Click the screenshot below to view the full-size image.Step 2 &mdash The Rule of ThirdsBefore we get to the drawing, first a word on composition. Most of the image is going to be empty space with one main focal point — the planets exploding. Therefore, where we place that focal point is going to be important. I’ve followed what’s known as the Rule of Thirds.This rule — used in photography, filming as well as illustration — simply states that if you divide your canvas in three lengthwise and vertically, your main focal points should be at the intersections, or along the lines themselves. The reasoning being that having things off cente...
Dynamic Lightning

Dynamic Lightning

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How to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. Final Product What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, I will show you how to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. It’s very easy and fast! Go from flat photo to a uniquely lit style.Editor’s note: This tutorial was originally published on Psdtuts in March of 2008.Source PhotosFor this tutorial, we’ll need two photos that I took. You can download them to follow along. These are my photos: castle photo and clouds photo.Step 1First of all, my apologies for this step. I waited for a good 20 minutes but that car didn’t move, so I had to take the photo with it!Anyway, just use the Patch Tool (J) to remove the car and the Clone Stamp Tool (S) to recreate the pattern of the bricks where it used to be.If you’ve...