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Adobe Photoshop For Beginners – Rectangle and Elliptical Marquee Tool

It’s been some time since I revisited this course but I’m determined to complete it. I’ve even had some really nice feedback about this course and helped someone locate source files so they could do the course themselves!

So I feel re-inspired to continue on with this course and get back to doing a lot more Adobe content mixed in with my Star Wars posts, of course!

When we left this course we had just completed Resizing and Resolution which you can find here.

Today we’ll be learning with the Rectangle and Elliptical Marquee tools. Some of the tools in Photoshop have strange names you may not be familiar with. But don’t worry, this course is designed specifically for anyone who isn’t at all familiar with Photoshop.

In this short video, Daniel the tutor takes you through selecting from images using both the Elliptical and Rectangle Marquee tools. Using the source files, you will take the first image of a coffee cup and integrate that with part of the other image of space so it will look like space in a coffee cup.

Your final image should look like this:

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Check out the video of this part of the course right here

As always, keep safe out there and keep creating and I’ll catch you in tomorrow’s post!

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New Photoshop Painting – Adam Driver and Ben Solo

I have recently discovered a new way of creating art in Photoshop using painting plugins and brushes. And while I am really awful at this, I actually really enjoy doing it.

I did an edit of an old Adam Driver magazine cover I forgot I had on my computer and that became the first thing I tried to manipulate as a painting. It’s so rough looking but I still like it for some reason!

And I did this one too because I just love Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in these scenes taken on Pasaana from The Rise of Skywalker:

I’m sorry if these look really bad but I’m learning very slowly. Picasso has nothing on me (haha that is VERY much a joke) 😂 🤣

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Photoshop Tutorial Review – Realistic Clouds in a Coffee Cup

I’m slowly getting back into reviewing tutorials again. As some of you may know, I started a podcast and a new blog about movies recently with my partner which has been taking up a lot of my spare time to launch and create content for.

I am now ready to create again and make more of a mess in Photoshop 🤣 I decided to get back into things slowly with this cute tutorial for creating a “Clouds in a Coffee Cup” photo manipulation.

In this tutorial, you will go from this:

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To this and if you zoom right in on this image, you’ll see a sailing ship sailing on a sea of clouds!

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This was really easy to achieve using layer masks, cloud brushes and two different images for the composite.


Time: 30 minutes

Level: Beginner Level

Comment: This was a written instruction tutorial and not a video tutorial but it was perfectly easy to follow along with. Bonus points for all of the assets being available for you to use from the link above.

This tutorial also provides you with a copy of the PSD if you need to check out how it was created by the tutor. I prefer not to use the PSDs provided and create my own which I highly recommend you do as well.

Rating: 10/10

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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:

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

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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!


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:

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