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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:


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 🙂

Catch you in my next post, friends – stay safe out there and keep creating!

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Adobe Learning – The Next Chapter for 2021

Hey everyone! I hope you have had a great holiday so far and that you’ve had plenty of nice food and drink and you’re relaxing and recharging for the new year ahead.

I just wanted to update where things will be going in terms of Adobe content on this blog. I just realised that the final lesson in the Adobe Beginners Course that I’ve been reviewing this year has now finished and we went through the final lesson here.

So that means I am now going to be looking for new creative projects to undertake which will mean more tutorials and reviews of those tutorials. I’d like to learn a little about Adobe InDesign so I am considering taking Daniel’s beginner course on that. As some of you will know, I did intend on learning graphic design some time ago and I’ve been slowly building on my skill set with that in mind. I think I’ve decided where I’d like to concentrate my time and that is on both poster design and book cover design specifically. The reason I have chosen these two areas to concentrate on is because I have absolutely fallen in love with these two areas of design.

I’ve dabbled in Adobe After Effects with mixed results but I was happy to learn what I did and was able to make a few nice edits along the way with what I learned. But I haven’t really delved very deeply into InDesign and for making posters, flyers and book covers, InDesign is a really good place to start. I might throw in some After Effects learning as well just because I love editing video and making GIFs and animation is kinda my thing 🙂

So, to anyone that is currently following me for the Adobe content, InDesign is where I am headed next. That doesn’t mean I won’t be using Photoshop because I absolutely will and I’ll be continuing on with the 30 Days of Photoshop tutorial reviews as well! If you haven’t been following those tutorials, you can check out what we’ve covered already right here.

There is a huge learning curve ahead for me and I am ready to head on into it as soon as I can! I’d like to thank everyone that has been following my Adobe journey. Get ready for the next phase because it’ll be happening right here on Darkside Creative!

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Photoshop Tutorial dot WS – Grim Reaper Tutorial Review

This is probably the most time-consuming tutorial review that I’ve done on the site so far. As you know, I’ve spent a lot of time going over basic Photoshop techniques for beginners and reviewing those tutorials.

This is what you start off with (this is actually two images blended together, so you begin outright with a background image and a stock image of the subject)

So I thought I’d really mix it up this time, take a break from beginner tutorials, and jump into something a lot more complicated. The end result was so worth the effort and time, and it definitely tested my patience to learn which I enjoyed.

But I wouldn’t recommend this tutorial for a beginner. If you’re at an intermediate level, you should be able to get through the steps.

Final Summary:

Tutor: Adrian Scheff

Time: I would give yourself at least an hour or even two for this tutorial as it is quite intensive with a lot of steps

Level: It says you can do this tutorial as a beginner, but I wouldn’t recommend it as there are so many different tools and techniques involved to create the final image.

There are 70 steps included in this tutorial to work through and no video provided but all of the resources you need to make the image are included which was great.


Rating: I really enjoyed this tutorial a great deal, and for the most part, the steps were detailed and easy to follow. I’ll definitely be doing more of these in future when time allows – 9.5/10

And my final image:

Created by Darkside Creative

Have you been creative or worked on any exciting projects lately? Let me know in the comments!

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30 Days of Photoshop Day Eight – Scale, Rotate & Align with Transform

Hi, everyone! I hope you have all been keeping safe and staying creative. And speaking of creativity, we’re back to the Phlearn 30 Days of Photoshop series with Aaron Nace. I was excited about this lesson because I really need to sharpen up my alignment skills.

Today Aaron taught us how to scale, rotate and align objects using the transform tool. I can’t say enough about the transform tool in photoshop. It’s such a useful tool for many things, not just for aligning objects in your images but for resizing text or just about anything.

You will begin the lesson with these images provided by Phlearn:

Using the transform tool, we learned how to align multiple images into one. We also used a transparent image for the logo we created for fictional company Emma Mae’s Donuts. So if you wanted to create a flyer for a client using multiple images, this would be the lesson for you.

I really enjoyed learning how to put all of these objects together beautifully and how to use the crop tool to extend an image’s dimensions. We also learned how to use the marquee tool to turn images that were not symmetrical into near-perfect images.

Aaron’s quote sums it up well:

“If things don’t line up well, you can feel it, it feels kind of off. Having these tools makes everything look cohesive and when you look at it, it looks like everything is where it’s supposed to be”

And here is my final flyer:

Created by Darkside Creative

You can access this lesson right here on the Phlearn website. All assets are provided and the course is completely free!

Next up in our 30 Days of Photoshop series with Aaron Nace, we’ll be learning how to use the brush tool.

Until my next post, stay safe and keep creating, and I’ll catch you in the next lesson.

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30 Days of Photoshop Day Six – Levels and Curves

We’re onto day six now, and slowly moving along to Phlearn and Aaron Nace’s photoshop series. Today’s lesson is all about how to use Levels and Curves in your images.

Personally, I actually do use levels and curves in most of my image adjustments, and in particular, photos. I don’t tend to use them so much in graphics that I make, but the cool thing about levels and curves is that you can apply them to just about anything.

The first part of the lesson is understanding what levels and curves do when you apply them as an adjustment layer to an image. Aaron gives you an excellent explanation of what they are and how they can impact your overall picture.

The second part of the lesson is using what we learned and applying it to a sample image provided in the course. So we are basically turning this standard stock image into something prettier and ready for social media.

Here’s the slideshow so you can see how the very subtle changes to levels and curves in the image makes it look a lot more vibrant and ready for social media:

It’s really very easy once you get the hang of it and editing your family photos will become something of an exciting task rather than a chore. Who wants dull and lifeless images on their Instagram? Nobody! But you don’t need to be a photoshop guru to make your images come alive! And filters can only do so much. Wouldn’t you rather have the skills to make your images look better yourself? This is the perfect lesson if you want to take your photos to the next level.

You can access the lesson here complete with video tutorial, text explanation and instruction, and the practice sample image to use in Photoshop.

And as always, keep safe out there and remember to keep creating!

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