January 2010

Tutorials Gone Wild…

Some of the tutorials DesignO’Blog has seen lately have been reducing design to a step by step ‘process’ that removes creative thought and problem solving. Don’t get him wrong, he thinks that (most) tutorials are wonderful and beneficial to the design community. Read his expansive thoughts on Photoshop tutorials.

Hue and Saturation adjustment.

PhotoshopEducation are going to show you not only how to use the Hue and Saturation adjustment to enhance your colors, but they will be showing you how to replace/change specific colors. This tutorial will go over all the details such as what is hue, saturation or even the lightness options do in the dialog box. Along the way they’ll even show you some excellent tips and tricks such as how to only adjust a certain portion of the whole image.

How to create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop.

In this tutorial, Developer’sParadise are going to create a Vintage Photo Effect. This is a very simple and quite effective tutorial, and all you need is Adobe Photoshop to create this effect.

December 2009

An in-depth look into background removal techniques.

Removing a background from an image is a common task that every designer needs to do on an almost regular basis. There are so many ways that you can extract a subject from its background to end up with a transparent background. With all the different ways, there is really is no exact method that you should take every time. Depending on the background or complexity is how you should determine which method you should take. MediaMilitia presents a comprehensive guide.

Super Easy Neon Style in Photoshop.

After a few beers, Abduzeedo noticed a neon sign that impressed him. That was enough inspiration for him to create this nice light effect tutorial. We will use Layer Styles and Blend Modes to simulate a neon text effect.

Unveiling Photoshop Masks.

Photoshop offers five methods of masking: Pixel Masks, Vector Masks, Quick Masks, Clipping Masks and Clipping Paths, all of which define pixel opacities without affecting the original data. Each of them has its own pros and cons, and knowing which method to use is extremely important for creating clean, flexible and properly masked layers. Read all about them at SmashingMagazine.

Add Tape to your photos.

tTutorials shows you how to add adhesive tape to your photos. It’s a very simple but effective tutorial.

How to create an urban style image.

While grunge has its origins in the 90s, recently the style has been gaining in popularity once more. In this tutorial, DesignsCollage will show you how to create a dirty, urban style image using both well known techniques, as well as a few new ones.

Genius ways to use Photoshop Smart Objects.

Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. Learn all about them at Viget.

Create realistic fog and mist.

You would think that with something like the Clouds filter it would be easy to create a fog effect in a photograph, and indeed it is possible to “fog” an image very quickly just by applying the Clouds filter to a new layer and then changing the layer’s Blending Mode to Screen. However, this rarely, if ever, looks truly authentic. To create a fog effect that looks convincing, head on over to Biorust.