Frustrations! I changed my mind about the next tutorial because…

I was really frustrated because I didn’t feel like working in Illustrator today when I got home, and then I mucked around for an hour on Pinterest and suddenly decided I wanted to make something!

When I finally found a tutorial I wanted to do, the stupid “assets” used to create the image I wanted weren’t free stock photos and sorry but I’m not paying for random stock photos I’ll probably never use again.

So what did I learn from this experience? 1. Don’t waste time if you’re supposed to be creating something, create. 2. Don’t rely on assets in tutorials (which I should have learned from my nightmarish experience on this tutorial and 3. Half your time is spent looking for assets (which shouldn’t take all that long but I’m fussy and particular).

I ended up not doing anything at all because the tutorial was specific to the image and I couldn’t find another image that was close enough to use…

I feel like I need to rage lol… and I won’t be making anything today. So I am going to go and watch a movie that’ll hopefully help to forget that I just broke my “edit a day” promise to myself 😞

But here is one of the earliest animations I did when I first started showcasing them on my blog – and it’s still one of my favourite Star Wars animations. This makes me feel a little better…

VADER 01 (450px, 25fps)


Fantasy Sci Fi Photo Manip Tutorial Review

So as mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to show you how far I had come on my first Photo Manipulation image. I have not used half the tools I had to use in Photoshop to create the picture, which is why it took me a lot longer than it would someone who already had prior knowledge of these tools. You could say this was a good learning curve for me, and it was steep, but I think I got over it, OK.

The artist who created this image is a digital artist who writes tutorials for a lot of the more prominent Photoshop tutorial websites. Here is her DeviantArt webpage if you’re interested. Her work is just sublime as you can see here:


I decided to take on this project, not knowing just how involved it can be to create a photo manipulation of this type. There are a lot, and I do mean a LOT of steps to get to the end of it, but it’s so worth it if you’re learning as you go, which I definitely am.

So for anyone that hasn’t seen it, here is my photomanip:


And here is my write-up about the tutorial:

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Glowing Text Tutorial – Edit A Day

Part of my online time is spent finding resource sites for Graphic Design and I’ve come across some really good ones that I thought I’d share. If they have tutorials, I often try things out just to see how easy it is to learn from the tutorial. I also figured since I’m actually creating something from someone else’s instruction, I might as well rate it as well, so I’m going to start doing that with every new thing I learn online.

Here’s a simple glowing text tutorial that I just finished, it took around an hour for me (this is time I enjoy so I could easily spend all night creating stuff), but if you’re more skilled in Photoshop, it might take you less time to complete it.

How to Create a Neon Glow in the Dark Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop


Time: An hour

Level: I’d say probably beginner level, the tutorial is very detailed

Comment: I enjoyed this tutorial but there is a step they didn’t add which is to add a saturation and vibrance adjustment layer to the image (this makes the colours “pop” a little more)

Rating: 7.5/10

My edit – what do you think? Does it “pop” enough?