Category: Design

Double Processing to Create the Uncapturable

Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers (for Versions CS6 and CC) NOTE: YES there is a newer version of this book, but this one has a landscape. ☺ As good as digital cameras have become these days,...

/ April 21, 2015

Photographic Toning Effects (from Sepias to Split Tones)

By Scott KelbyExcerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release) One of the most under-used adjustment layers has got to be the Gradient Map. For years, I’ve only used it for one thingâ”it makes a pretty...

/ April 7, 2015

How To Prepare Your Artwork for Special Print Effects

It’s every print designer’s dream to work on a project that involves special print effects. Varnishes, fluorescents, foils and embossing are just some examples of cool finishes that can be applied by industrial printing companies, but the added cost makes...

/ March 30, 2015

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools

Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release) In older versions of Photoshop, when we wanted to dodge and burn, we had to jump through a bunch of hoops (creating special layers, and using blend modes...

/ March 28, 2015

Showcase of Stylish Single Weight Line Art Illustrations

I love the abstract style of line art illustrations. It’s amazing how just a single stroke weight can be used to create intricate patterns and recognisable drawings with basic geometric shapes. In today’s showcase I present a range of stylish...

/ March 16, 2015

Designing Wedding Templates with Smart Objects

Excerpted from Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature, 2nd Edition Let’s face it. The designs you can create with Smart Object layers are not, from a visual aspect, any different from what you could create with regular...

/ March 3, 2015

Geometric Effects

One of our senior graphic designers, Margie Rosenstein, asked me to watch the new season intro for So You Think You Can Dance so I could see the geometric, vector-looking video graphics that were used in it. They combined a...

/ February 27, 2015

Desaturated Bleach Bypass Look

Excerpt from The Digital Photography Book, part 5 TOOLS: This can be done in either Camera Raw (part of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) or Lightroom’s Develop module (it’s the same sliders, in the same order, that do the exact same...

/ February 24, 2015

Quickly Trim Eyebrows in Photoshop

Excerpt from Photoshop for Lightroom Users This retouch requires you to pick up one part of your image to cover up another part of it, and, of course, Lightroom doesn’t have any way to do that. But, luckily, this is...

/ February 17, 2015

xScope 4

Graphic and Compositing Design Assistant The Iconfactory and Artis Software developed the first version of xScope for the purpose of designing layouts and measuring or inspecting onscreen graphics. This simple tool had only Ruler, Guide, Frame, and Screen modules that...

/ February 14, 2015

Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back In

Excerpt from Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop This one takes a few steps, but it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s simple, so don’t let the number of steps throw you. Also, at one point it...

/ February 10, 2015

30 Inspirational Chalk Lettering Designs & Wall Murals

In this age of digital design I find the old analogue techniques of hand lettering and sign painting extraordinarily impressive. The use of traditional mediums such as chalk require real talent, which is why professional typographers are still being hired...

/ February 9, 2015

Removing Eye Veins

Excerpt from Photoshop for Lightroom Users Technically, you can remove some eye veins while you’re in Lightroom using the Spot Removal tool, but if you’ve ever tried it, it’s pretty tricky and the results areâ¦wellâ¦let’s say there’s a reason we...

/ February 3, 2015

Creating a Dreamy Focus Effect

Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release) This is an effect I get asked about a lot, because I use it a lot. The particular thing I get asked is, “How do you get that...

/ January 31, 2015