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Adobe Photoshop Art Update – When Art Gets Abandoned

Hello creativity lovers! A quick break from Star Wars content for this post so I can finally update my blog with the art I’ve been making over the last few weeks. For anyone who is here purely for the Star Wars content, do not fret, my friends! This blog celebrates Star Wars AND creativity, so I post about art-related topics every now and then. If you want to see more of my art-related posts, you can do that right here! Some of it will also be Star Wars art, but some like this piece are not related to Star Wars.

And speaking of tutorials, I have done a couple of tutorials that I haven’t posted about, and one of them I did last year! I put that one on hold because I became a little frustrated with the process. If I remember correctly😅 I abandoned it and revisited it several months later, and funnily enough, I finished it, and it came out really well (I think!) So I’d like to blog about that one today, I won’t be going through the tutorial today, but I might write about the process later on. For now, I just want to show my friends what I’ve done because I struggled with this one a fair bit.

There was no PSD to work with either, so you had to do everything following the online tutorial from scratch. Here is the original poster:

ORIGINAL poster design

I had many issues getting the text to the correct size and alignment. So when I stopped, I left it half done, and it looked like this:

VERSION ONE OF MANY

When I came back to the poster after many months, I decided I would do whatever I could to get the text and alignment right, and I came up with two versions of the original. I finally decided to change the colours of the final version to reflect more of “me” into it, I guess. And then I animated it for a bit of fun and I think it came out great:

Animated final poster by Darkside Creative

I guess the moral of my story is sometimes putting things down for another day is the best thing you can possibly do. Especially if you’re stuck and going nowhere. Art can be a fantastic thing, but it can also be frustrating. It’s all part of that creative process 😊😁 Just don’t give up and come back another day!

I am trying to learn how to design posters. And this was the first typographic poster I’ve tried to make. So you’ll be seeing more of this type of art as I learn and grow – but with less frustration lol 😂🤣 If you have any comments about this art or any of my art, feel free to leave me a comment. I always reply!

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The Big Clean-Up Project – Part I

I’ve wanted to make an official post about this project of mine for some time. Still, I’ve either been too busy with other life stuff OR too lazy 😅 The thing is, though, I’ve been putting this off for a long time, and I know that my site is not going to get any better if I don’t start cleaning up the content. I know it has a crapload of content to sift through, and I won’t have to update all of it. I am just looking to move content I don’t want on this blog to my other blogs if the content is a fit (like movie reviews I don’t want on this blog) and general upkeep such as linking back to all of my images, edits etc. on Pinterest for maximum exposure (at least that is my goal!) As well as this, I will be updating the permalinks and URLs, so they are short and simple. A lot of my links are really long and don’t work well with SEO.

I wanted to start with an update of a poetry edit I made a while ago as I came up with a different graphic and look for the image which I originally blogged about on the 14th of October, 2019. I wrote a poem from Leia to Ben called “The Light”, which then turned into a graphic and has now been updated to a GIF and a better graphic lol because I kept changing my mind about what I wanted it to look like.

Here’s the graphic I made in October with the poem added:

Made by Darkside Creative

And here’s the updated graphic I made on Tuesday:

Made by Darkside Creative

And the GIF I made:

Made by Darkside Creative

So that’s one thing I wanted to update for ages, and now I’ve finally done it. 😁 I am interested to see how well it does on Pinterest because these types of graphics are huge there!

I’ll be continuing the clean-up and blogging as I go. Thanks for reading; stay safe out there, and I’ll catch you in my next post, Star Wars friends!

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Adobe After Effects – Make a Cool Animated Poster!

For anyone that has never used After Effects before, don’t worry. This tutorial from Adobe is EASY as pie to follow (even if you have to go over certain steps several times as I did). I haven’t had much exposure to After Effects and I would call myself a “dabbler” at best so if I can create this animation, so you can you!

The best part about this tutorial is the .PSD file is ready to pop into After Effects (that’s probably the hardest part of creating a poster done already). The animation is secondary to creating the graphics first. Thanks to Graphic Designer Matthew Fowler, we can focus on the animation.

This tutorial can be found here on Adobe’s Create website.

This is what you’ll be making (I formatted the original .mp4 I created with this tutorial into a GIF to make it easier):

Website: Adobe Create

Source files provided? Yes, and you can find it here.

Time: 30 minutes

Level: Beginner Level

Video or Text Instructions? Both video and text instructions provided

Comments: There are step-by-step instructions on creating the checkerboard sphere and then how to animate it inside the image. Instructions are clear and extremely easy to follow – anyone could do this with a bit of patience and time.

The tutorial also comes with a completed. PSD source file which you can use in Adobe After Effects to create the poster animation.

Rating: 10/10

The Graphic Designer responsible for this amazing media is Matthew Fowler, and you can find his IG here.

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Adobe Photoshop for Beginners: Using Content Aware Scale and Fill

The content-aware tools in Photoshop are an incredibly powerful way of using pixels in an image and manipulating them. You can do a lot with content-aware scale, making an object look bigger or smaller by filling in or removing pixels. There are a lot of things possible when using this tool.

If you’d like to see the rest of my mini-reviews for this tutorial series, you can do so here.

In today’s lesson, we will be using the following assets:

Adobe for Beginners

We will be using the first image of the bee on the flower. It is hard to see it as this is a white background, but the original image is smaller and the canvas larger. Ideally, we want to extend our image’s background to cover the larger portion of the canvas that shows as a transparent part of the image when using the PSD file in Photoshop. You can do this using the “crop tool” with the content-aware scale option.

To make this change in the image, we use our edit menu and then choose “content-aware scale”. This will fill in the “extra” portion of our image by copying the pixels in the background and making it look like the image is larger.

You want to end up with something like this:

Edited by Darkside Creative

As you can see in the image I’ve edited above, the background has extended, but it doesn’t look “stretched” and looks exactly like the background in the image.

PRO TIP: Not every image will work well with content-aware scale. The best types of images to use are images with the same colour in the background (or close to the same colour). You cannot use this tool for every instance as it will not yield the same results every time.

Let’s use the second image asset for more content-aware scale editing. We want to do a similar thing with this image by extending the background to use this image as a header for let’s say our Facebook profile or even for Twitter (size constraints will vary).

Let’s apply our content-aware tool to this image and see how we go (remember using the crop tool to extend the image and then edit>content-aware scale to fill in the blank canvas).

You should end up with something looking like this:

Edited by Darkside Creative

We want to try something new with our next image by grouping the plants in this image a little closer together. To achieve that, we will be using the same technique except instead of extending the canvas outward, we want to push things closer together, so going inward.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

Edited by Darkside Creative

In our final example, we are going to do two things to the image. We will extend it just like we did with the first example except something in the image is not going to work with that technique. If you simply extend the last image’s background, you will distort the paper that is on the desk. And we don’t want that to happen. So we need to find a way to protect that part of the image when we are editing it with our crop tool. To do this, we need to select this part of the image by using any selection tool you like (I’m using the quick select tool) and then saving that selection.

Once you’ve saved the selection, you can then begin with the content-aware editing part of the technique just as we did with the first image. When you choose “edit>content-aware scale, you will need to use the drop-down menu where it says “Protect” on the toolbar and choose whatever you saved your selection as. This will avoid distorting that part of the image – pretty cool, huh?

Okay so with that done, you simply apply the technique with content-aware and voila! You should end up with something that looks like this:

Edited by Darkside Creative

Just remember our pro top above – NOT every image will be the correct type of image to use this time-saving technique, but with the image examples we’ve used above, it’s perfect!

Well, that’s it for this tutorial review, and we only have one last portion left to learn, and we will have the Adobe Photoshop for Beginners by Envato Tuts completed and that’s a HUGE achievement people!

Please let me know if you’re following this tutorial series or if you have any comments or questions about any of the art on this blog. I’d be keen to discuss with you!

Until tomorrow, stay safe out there, keep creating, and I’ll catch you in the next post!

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Adobe Photoshop for Beginners: Retouching With the Photoshop Healing Brush

We are now into the last section of this course and learning to manipulate images by “retouching” them or making them look more appealing to the eye.

If you’d like to see the rest of my mini-reviews for this tutorial series, you can do so here.

In today’s lesson we will be using the following assets:

With each of these files we will be removing things from the image such as blemishes for the head shot of the model, graffiti in the second shot from the wall and the person and picture frame entirely from the last image.

We’ll begin with the head shot of the model first above.

You will be opening this file in photoshop and then using the “Spot Healing Brush” tool from the tool bar to remove blemishes from this model’s face. For retouching, you can pretty much do whatever you want as long as you don’t destroy the original source image (by not creating a separate layer) or making the image look too “retouched” and therefore obvious. The idea is to make the image better but not fake to anyone looking at it.

PRO TIP: ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE “CONTENT AWARE” OPTION FOR THIS TYPE OF RETOUCHING AND TO TICK THE OPTION TO “SAMPLE ALL LAYERS”

Create a second layer above your head shot and name that layer “retouching layer”. This is where you will be making all the changes and the original file will not be touched (remember destructive versus non-destructive editing?) Very important to get into the habit of doing this whenever you are editing a source file.

To make the retouching look more realistic, we can use the “opacity” tool in the layer menu to create a more realistic looking image. It should be difficult to tell if a face or image has been photo shopped or not. That is the art of retouching masterfully as opposed to creating fake looking images.

Here is my final image:

Retouched by Darkside Creative

And the second image only works because the brick wall is so damaged and has probably had a lot of graffiti on it. This technique would not work very well with a perfect brick wall (that’s definitely an intermediate or even advanced technique).

Retouched by Darkside Creative

And our final example has as woman walking past a wall and we want to make the wall look a little nicer, remove the woman entirely and the picture hanging above her so it looks something like this:

Retouched by Darkside Creative

And that’s it for another tutorial review – only a few more to go before we complete this entire course! Can you believe it we are almost there!

Please let me know if you’re following this tutorial series or if you have any comments or questions about any of the art on this blog. I’d be keen to discuss with you!

Until tomorrow, stay safe out there, keep creating and I’ll catch you in the next post!

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