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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 Complete Photoshop Manual Tutorial #1- Transparency From Blend 🎨🖌️

As promised dear readers here is another Photoshop tutorial from yours truly. I am well into my end-of-year holiday period (still seven days to go!). And as promised, I wanted to up my game a little on this blog with Adobe tutorials. So I’ve done a whole heap of them some of which I’ll be writing about here for anyone with an interest in creating art with Adobe software.

My last review was on the Adobe Photoshop In-app tutorial for working with layers. Today I have a an exercise with type which I haven’t done in a long while. One of my friends let me borrow this manual so I decided to do one of the exercises from it for today’s post.

Here’s a little bit of a preview of what we’ll be making:

MADE BY DARKSIDE CREATIVE

Using Transparency from Blend

Blend modes are a great thing to use for making your creations stand out. You can use blend modes to alter the appearance of something simply by changing the transparency.

That is what we will be doing in today’s tutorial. Don’t worry if you’re not used to using blend modes. As long as you have a basic understanding of layers and you are relatively well-versed in how to use the layer’s panel, you should be fine.

The first thing we need to do is to open our grungy peeled paint image in Photoshop. Once you’ve done that, you will then need to create a new layer for your text (or simply type on the grunge layer if you want). This will create a layer for your text.

For the text please type the letters ‘P’ and ‘s’ as shown in the example above. Change the colour to blue 026fc2. The font should be something that is going to look good bold and big enough to stand out. I used Alte Haas Grotesk with a size of 150 (but you can change these if you wish).

Next we will move to the layers panel where we need to make sure the background layer is not locked. If it is, please click on the padlock to unlock this layer. That way we can move the layers around so that our grunge layer is above our text.

Now we need to focus on the layer panel so we can adjust our text using blend modes. To do this, make sure you have the grunge layer highlighted. Then double click on that layer in the panel to open up the blend modes. Here you will see an array of different settings. Don’t feel overwhelmed, we are only going to focus on “Blend if” settings.

MADE BY DARKSIDE CREATIVE

Look down at the “Blend If” settings as per the image above. You will need to push the white slider from where it says “this layer” all they way left to ‘0’. This is so that the light parts of the image give way to the darker parts which we need for our text effect.

Right click the layer and choose “Convert To Smart Object”. Now right click the layer again and choose “Select Pixels” from the drop down menu. This should then select all of the dark cracks in the image so we can manipulate this part of the image.

Next you will need to change the scale of this layer so that you can add as many cracks to your text as possible. Use the transform tool to do this.

Now we only want to add this effect to the text and nothing else so we need to right click again and choose “Create Clipping Mask”. You can also press the “CTRL” key in Windows (CMD on a Mac) and click with your mouse between the layers which does the same thing.

MADE BY DARKSIDE CREATIVE

Finally let’s add our final adjustments to the image by highlighting our text layer and right clicking so that the blending layer panel opens up again. Here you can experiment with any of the options you like. I kept things simple with a little “Bevel and Emboss” on the text. My settings are in the image above.

And THAT is it! If you got the end, WELL done friend! If you followed the steps above, your final image should look something like this:

MADE BY DARKSIDE CREATIVE

Final Summary:

Website: No website available.

There is an asset file for this tutorial which you can download here.

Tutor: BDM Publications

Time: For brand new Photoshop artists, probably around 5 minutes.

Level: Beginner

Assets included: Yes but no PSD.

Rating: 8/10 👍 I enjoyed making this tutorial review and following along to the tutorial. The text was easy to follow and clear with no missing steps. It’s perfect for a beginner looking to learn about transparency and blend modes.

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Photoshop In-App Tutorial #1 And Welcome Back To Adobe 🎨🖌️

How’s it going, friends? I haven’t had much time to catch up with my artistic friends here for some time simply because life keeps getting in the way. However, I am still every bit the Adobe fan-girl and I try to use Adobe apps every day in one way or another.

That said, I haven’t done a tutorial or a tutorial review of any kind in a long while (since May) and I really want to get back to doing that. With the Christmas holidays just around the corner (I get 12 glorious days off!), I’d like to be whetting my artistic appetite before then so I can hit the ground running when I’m on holiday.

I figured I’d do something simple to start off with mostly because I enjoy going back to basics. And people seem to like my Adobe tutorial reviews (which is awesome!) 😊☺️

So this is simple but so cool at the same time for anyone who needs a refresher on how layers make up so much of what Photoshop is. Layers are at the core of everything in Photoshop. I remember the first thing I read about Photoshop when I started learning how to use it, and it has stayed with me since; “There is only one word to remember about photoshop, and that word is “layers”. I never understood what that meant back then. But looking back now, it was probably the best advice to receive regarding Photoshop. Little pearls of wisdom we receive and overlook on a daily basis can enrich us more than we realise 😊☺️

An example image of what we’ll be making

Photoshop has MANY tutorials online and so many people on YouTube give advice on how to become better at using it. I started focusing on Adobe Create magazine’s tutorials last year, but it seems Adobe Create no longer exists, and I’m not quite sure why. Adobe has now integrated a lot into their software directly connected to their hub, Adobe Creative Cloud. From there, you can do just about anything you want with Adobe’s products, including learning about how they work. So that’s where I’ll stay for a little while anyway.

Here’s my first basic tutorial review on what you can do with simple layer placements in Photoshop and a few edits with a soft brush:

Photoshop In-App Tutorial #1 – Work With Layers

To find this tutorial inside Photoshop, you need to go to the top menu where it says “Help”, click on that and then navigate to “Hands-on tutorials” and then click on “Orientation”. Have the two drop down menus set to “All Categories” and “All Skill Levels” for now, as in the image below:

Step 1 to finding the Photoshop In-App Basic Tutorials

The tutorial we’ll be looking at is right at the top called “Get to know the app”. Click on that, and then you’ll be presented with a blue “Start Tutorial” button. Click on that! Each of these steps will come up as a highlighted panel within Photoshop. This is great for beginners because you’ll know exactly where to go next as you progress through the tutorial.

Step 2 shows the tutorial blurb and panel.

Click through at your own pace – very important for learning. Don’t rush to the finish line; nobody is timing you.😅 Once you click on the second blurb, you’ll be asked to change the layers in the layers panel inside Photoshop to show just how powerful layers can be within this example image. One simple object altered in this image brings an entirely new “feel”. In the original image below, the “flower” layer is behind the woman:

Photoshop In-App Tutorial #1 – Pretty yellow colours and flowers to experiment with!

Moving the flowers above the “woman” layer significantly changes the image, as we’ve done below. The woman is no longer the primary focus in the image as the flowers become prominent too.

Photoshop In-App Tutorial #1 – Woah, that looks so different with one simple layer change!

The following two steps will help with learning how to navigate the menus. And you’ll know what the “eye” icon means next to the images in the layers panel. In the remaining steps, you will learn how to zoom into an image and use the eye dropper tool to select a foreground colour. And you’ll be able to navigate the simple tools menu even further by using the “hand” tool, the brush tool and the brush preset folder.

Eventually, you’ll be asked to use the brush tool to create a stunning yellow colour with your paintbrush set to “dissolve”. This small step will enhance the woman in this image even further! Here’s my completed image below. Does yours look any different?

Photoshop In-App Tutorial #1 – My final tutorial image

Final Summary:

Website: No website required – Photoshop In-app tutorial.

There is a PSD provided within the tutorial

Tutor: Adobe

Time: For brand new Photoshop artists, probably around 5-7 minutes.

Level: Beginner

Assets included: Yes, Adobe provides all assets within the tutorial.

Rating: 10/10 👍 Probably one of the most straightforward tutorials to do for beginners. The tutorial is paced wonderfully, so everyone can keep up. And if you make a mistake or want to change something, it’s as easy as stepping back within the tutorial. Just brilliant!

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorial – Envato Tuts+ How to Make a Tatooine Retro Poster

Hi everyone! So today’s Adobe tutorial is one that I actually completed some time ago but I’ve been too busy to post the review. I have finally got some time so I am going to post this tutorial review because I really enjoyed making this Star Wars retro poster!

So this is what you should make by the end of the tutorial:

The walk-through text is available from the website right here. I chose to use a combination of both the text walk-through and the video clip to complete my version of the poster. There are some interesting steps to create this poster some of which I didn’t use because I didn’t like the way it made the poster look or I felt it wasn’t needed and didn’t really add anything to the final image.

The point of following tutorials like this is to a) teach yourself something new and/or b) to stretch your abilities as a photoshop creator. Sometimes that means making your own rules and changing some things up or missing out certain steps in the tutorial. No matter what happens at the end, it always seems so much better when you use your own initiative as you create something. That is how I approach these tutorials when I do them so I thought I’d pass that onto anyone reading this or interested in learning Photoshop.

If you want to follow along step by step, here is the link to the video tutorial:

YouTube Envato Tuts

Final Summary:

Website: The link to the tutorial is here

No PSD offered or required

Tutor: Abbey Esparza

Time: I reckon for complete beginners, this will take around 30 minutes, but for anyone else intermediate level and above, you could do it in 20 or less!

Level: Beginner

Assets included: All assets required to make this graphic are linked to by the tutor; however, you will need access to the Envato website to use these particular assets.

Rating: 7/10 I felt that Abbey was easy enough to follow along with in the video clip and the text instruction was relatively clear and easy to follow. End result was great but there are a lot of assets most people won’t be able to use unless they own a subscription to Envato Tuts/Envato.

Here’s my final watermarked image:

Made by Darkside Creative

I also loved this image so much that I animated it as well (because that’s what I do!)

Made by Darkside Creative

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Adobe Update and Tutorial Review – How to Make a Retro Cut Out Using Adobe Photoshop

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a good start to your week or relaxing Sunday! I just wanted to update anyone that is following this blog for Adobe content and tutorials. I just realised that it has been four months since I updated the Adobe content on my blog!! I was shocked that it has been that long already. But as you all know, I am a very creative person, and there will always be ongoing learning and reviewing on this website.

I have been preoccupied with writing lately, which has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I find it really nice to break from that and fall back onto creating things in Adobe Photoshop. I still have the Adobe InDesign course to start, but I felt like doing something quick and easy for the blog and reviewing this tutorial from Envato Tutorials.

So this is what we’ll be making:

Via Envato Tuts

The walkthrough text is available from the website right here. But I chose to use the video tutorial instead because I found it a lot easier to follow than the text (this was my preference, but you can choose whichever method you want that works for you!)

The first thing you need to do is create the background image, which is a plain image with a white background, and the dimensions should be 2000 x 2000. This will be filled in later on to any colour you like.

Secondly, you need to use the built-in tool for selecting the subject by opening the image of the smiling man and then going to the select drop-down from the main toolbar and choosing “select subject”. I am not sure what version of the software was used by the tutor, but in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, you do not need to do any further editing as the selection tool is a lot more accurate in the latest version.

Close up portrait of smiling young black guy in red sweater

You can use any high-resolution image for this effect with is the really nice thing about it. You can also change all of the colours used in the final result as well.

Next, once you have your subject selected, you will need to copy and paste that selection into a new layer.

**Remember your background image should be white – this also makes it easier to see your selection when you zoom in.

Once you have that on your new layer, you will need to duplicate this layer three times. Then select the top layer and then press Shift-Control-U to desaturate the image. Then Move all the copies 60 pixels left from each other.

Desaturated top image with three copies behind it

We add the colouring to the image by using smart filters (right-clicking on each layer behind the desaturated layer and creating a nice drop shadow, and filling each image with colours).

The final edit uses a soft Gaussian blur to the image and adds a little bit of grain to add to the whole “retro” aesthetic.

If you want to follow along step by step, you will need to either use the video tutorial linked below:

Via Envato Tuts

Final Summary:

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-cut-out-an-image-in-photoshop–cms-36714

No PSD offered or required

Tutor: Ivan Gromov

Time: I reckon for complete beginners, this will take around 15 minutes, but for anyone else intermediate level and above, you could do it in five or less!

Level: Beginner

Assets included: All assets required to make this graphic are provided and linked to by the tutor; however, you will need access to the Envato website to use these particular assets. You can use any image you like, but it should be at least 2000 x 2000 pixels.

Rating: 8/10 for the Video Tutorial. I tried part of the walk-through and didn’t like it, so I went back to the video tutorial to finish my edit. The tutor also shows you several different methods of cutting out your subject in Photoshop, which I thought wasn’t really needed but is nice to know.

And my final image:

Made by Darkside Creative

That’s it for today’s Adobe post! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial review. Feel free to message me in the comments if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out 🙂

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