Kylo Ren and Rey – Darkside, Lightside, The Glowing side!

I found this beautiful art by Kasiopea on Tumblr and instantly saw this image as two separate images both black and white with a mysterious “glow” around the outside. Don’t ask me why I saw that, that is just what popped into my head! Obviously, the original is perfect and beautiful and awesome, but that is what I saw, so I had to at least try and make it happen.

I wanted to learn this technique for a while after seeing it in action on Tumblr (a lot of people use this technique to make their otherwise dull and bland images or quotes come to life). It’s so simple, I almost cried 😂 (but seriously) – it’s really easy.

I’ll be writing a neat and quick tutorial post about it soon but until then… and here it is in practice:

KYLO REN:

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REY:

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And the original art:

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PiXimperfect Tutorial – Create Light Rays in three Simple Steps with Photoshop

I’ve recently discovered a new Photoshop channel on YouTube, and it’s actually amazing. The host is one of a kind, and his tutorials are so unique and refreshing. I imagine tutoring would be a daunting task even for the most dedicated and talented artists, but Unmesh Dinda makes it look so effortless, and his approach and charm makes it easy to follow along.

The tutorials aren’t separated by difficulty level because Unmesh’s tutorials are designed for basically anyone to learn, even beginners. And I think this is one of the best things about his channel. I put this to the test by taking on the following tutorial, and I am pretty much sold so expect to see a lot more of Unmesh’s tutorials on my blog in future.

How to create Light Rays in three Simple Steps with Photoshop

The object of this tutorial is to learn how to turn a rather dull image of sunlight in a forest into something worthy of a thousand likes on Instagram (if that’s your thing). Who doesn’t want people loving their pics? And the great thing about this tutorial is you can apply these techniques to any image using different filters such as Color Dodge and blur filters such as Radial Blur. I will definitely be using this technique in other photos!

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FEw2BrsTek 

Time: 15 – 20 minutes

Level: Any

Comment: I think Unmesh Dinda is the original Guru of Photoshop and I don’t say that lightly. If you follow along with any of his tutorials, you will see exactly why he has more than a million followers on his channel. He is basically a Photoshop genius. All example assets are provided as well, which is, really awesome.

Rating: 10/10 – PERFECT RATING

Note: These images are very high quality 6000 x 4000. Here is the before:

Light Rays - PiXimperfect - Sample Image.jpg

And here is my edit after applying Unmesh’s techniques. Pretty cool, right?

Light Rays - PiXimperfect - FINAL.png

Star Wars – Luke Skywalker Comic Cover Edits

When I created the Mezzopop Mezzotint Photoshop effect the other day, I had actually forgotten all about it until I was editing this comic cover. So I thought, why not test it out and see how it looks on a Star Wars edit.

If you’ve been a follower of my blog you’ll know that one of my favourite things to do is clean up images or edit comic covers by removing the text to show the underlying image. I do this because I am in awe of some of the comic cover art that adorns these comics. And sometimes text can be a very overpowering element in an image. Sometimes the image needs to breathe on its own. So I edit them.

Here is the original cover, art by David Marquez

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And there is an official image without text as well but here is my edit:

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And the mezzotint edit:

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And lastly, my animated edit

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Adobe Tutorial – Match Colour in a Composite

Something a little different today using Adobe’s awesome website for tutorials, this tutorial is more “skill” and functionality based than my previous tutorials and it’s video content as well.

I also tried to find the share option for the video but it doesn’t have one so you’ll just have to visit the link below if you want to follow the video clip.

Adobe Tutorial – How to match colour in a composite

The object of this tutorial is to learn how to use one colour to bring everything else in the composite image together. It’s really just making the colour uniform with each layer in the composite.

Website: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/match-color-tones-composite.html?playlist=/services/playlist.helpx/products:SG_PHOTOSHOP_1_1/learn-path:key-techniques/set-header:photo-compositing/playlist:topic/en_us.json&ref=helpx.adobe.com

Time: 10 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: A little different to shake things up a bit, this was a really fun video clip to follow and the tutor was very clear sounding and pleasant to listen to. The thing I really like about the Adobe tutorials is that they provide all the files for you, all you need to do is download them to your hard drive, unzip them and you’re away. It’s awesome.

For anyone who doesn’t like watching video clips, there are follow along steps and instructions as well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Adobe Stock contributors: Ulia Koltyrina, Sarah Holmlund, WaitforLight, FotoMak

Presenter: Seán Duggan

This is what you start with:

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And my final composite:

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How to create a Retro 90s Grunge Photo Effect in Photoshop

My edit for the day is this one, yet another tutsplus tutorial (can’t seem to get away from these tutorials because there are so many good ones). The reason I chose this one is that if you remember back when I was doing the Udemy course, I created my very first poster learning Graphic Design basics. And the same stock photo is used in this tutorial, so I figured, hey why not try this one?

So the end result should look something like this:

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I actually thought this was one of the better tutorials because the instruction was excellent and detailed and so easy to follow along to.

How to create a Retro 90s Grunge Photo Effect in Photoshop

As mentioned above, I liked this tutorial for its ease of use and its detail. The screenshots were also very well placed and helpful.

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-90s-grunge-photo-effect-in-adobe-photoshop–cms-26971

Time: 20 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: I really enjoyed using this tutorial and creating my own brush for the first time too! But the one BIG bonus about this tutorial is that the assets were all available and easy to obtain. No mucking around with creating your own images to use because Pixabay is free!

Rating: 9/10

And here is my edit, you’ll notice I used different text to make this poster, but I think it works well.

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How to Create a Frozen Winter Adobe Photoshop Effect Action

So remember when I was complaining about not being able to find the stock photo I wanted for the tutorial I was going to do? Well, I did a workaround and while it’s not perfect, it’s as close as it’s going to get bar having to pay for stock photos. And while I am all for supporting photographers and artists for their work, I am not quite at the stage where I’ll pay for every image I use to create things. Some people may not agree with this, and that’s fine, but that’s how it is for now.

So onto the tutorial. This is what your image should look like at the end:

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You’ll notice that the image is not precisely the same image as the example in the tutorial and to me, it seems like the head was photoshopped onto a different body and I don’t know why that would happen. But moving on, I managed to work through this tutorial, and while I am not 100 per cent happy with my result, I think it looks good enough to move onto the tutorial critique.

How to Create a Frozen Winter Adobe Photoshop Effect Action

Firstly, I enjoyed this tutorial because I never felt like it was going to be too challenging to finish. Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by tutorials with a lot of steps, but I didn’t really feel that way with this tutorial. It is quite lengthy so be aware you’ll need some time to work through it if you decide to do it yourself.

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/frozen-winter-photoshop-effect-action–cms-29724

Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Level: Beginner to intermediate level

Comment: Layer information was available which is extremely helpful when you’re trying to follow along and match your steps to the steps in the tutorial

Rating: 8.5/10

Here is my edit (do you see what I mean about the head?)

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A fairly decent tutorial if you want to learn how to make snow in Photoshop – something I had never done before and it’s a good tutorial for learning how to use layers and masks as there is a lot of this (and I do mean a lot!)

 

 

How to create a Mezzopop Mezotint Effect in Adobe Photoshop

To make up for lost time yesterday, I just spent about 15 minutes learning how to apply the mezzotint effect through a Photoshop Action to this image:

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And this is what it should look like once completed:

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It was pretty easy, but if you’re not accustomed to using photoshop actions, I would suggest reading up on what actions are and how you can use them in your photoshop edits. Here is a great write-up about photoshop actions from Adobe.

How to Create a Photoshop Action to create a Photo Art Effect

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-glow-in-the-dark-effect–cms-31254

Time: 15 minutes

Level: Beginner but read my notes below regarding asset images and photoshop actions

Comment: Layer information missing for beginners – screenshots from inside Photoshop showing the layers would be most helpful for beginners starting out with Actions

Rating: 7.5/10

If you’re used to using photoshop actions, you’ll find this tutorial a breeze and the end result is pretty cool. Here’s my finished edit:

MEZZOTINT ACTION.png

The nice thing about this tutorial other than it being quite easy to complete, is that most of the images for the tutorial were quite helpful. The only comment I can make from a beginner’s perspective is that there are no screencaps of the layers inside Photoshop and therefore, you kind of have to guess your way around what layer is what. For an absolute beginner, I could imagine this would be a little confusing.

The tutorial is here if you want to check it out. The other thing worth mentioning is that you actually get to create your own action – something I haven’t done as yet. So it was nice to actually learn how to do that which I can now apply to any edits or graphics I create going forward if I want to create my own image effects.

Regarding the stock image, I did a bit of a work-around for this which I don’t recommend. If you can’t find an alternative image online, your only choice is to purchase the image from stock or to supply your own for the tutorial.