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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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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!

Made by Darkside Creative

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

Website: https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-create-surreal-photomanipulation-tutorial-with-realistic-clouds-in-coffee/

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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30 Days of Photoshop Day Nine – How to Use the Brush Tool in Photoshop

Hello, fellow Photoshoppers! We’re finally back to our normal schedule and continuing on from where we left off with this amazing Photoshop tutorial series hosted by Aaron Nace from Phlearn.

In our last tutorial post, we were learning about scale, rotation and alignment and the all-important transform tool. Today we are going to be learning about what I think is the most important tool in Photoshop, the Brush Tool.

It might sound funny to be talking about a brush tool as “important” but it really is once you get to learn all of the different things you can do with this tool.

I’ve just now finished the tutorial and it was so much fun! So if you want to get stuck into this fantastic tutorial series, you can do so by joining the Phlearn website right here for the 30 Days of Photoshop series.

Let’s take a look at the before and after images that you’ll be using in this tutorial (all assets used in the tutorial are provided by Phlearn!)

So we started off with two images, one image for the scene and one for the brush tool preset we created. The first thing we learned was how to use an inverted mask and the brush tool to give our image some depth with shadows and highlights. While you can adjust these things in an image using adjustment layers, this method is actually a lot more natural-looking.

Before and after images – can you see which one is the before image? If you look at the lighter parts of the image, you can see the impact the brush tool has had on highlighting the light and darkening the shadows.

And once we had completed that part of the tutorial, we created our very own “cloud” brush using an image of a cloud and creating a brush preset to use on the image above to create a “mysterious” and atmospheric fog over the mountains:

Created by Darkside Creative

How does the final image look? Much better than the original I hope!

Thanks for reading, stay safe, keep creating and I’ll catch you in the next post.

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Star Wars Binary Sunset Edit

So the movie website I may have mentioned earlier is now live! My partner and I decided to create a movie podcast for it, which I’ll link to when it’s done if anyone is interested.

Here’s a little edit I made which I also made into a movie poster, and it was my first attempt. I’ve been wanting to start making posters for a long time now, and I finally managed to finish one this morning (I’ve uploaded it to my other account, but I’ll post it here as well).

Here’s the edit:

And the poster I made of the same edit (without the watermark)

 

I also made an animated version to put onto Pinterest:

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Retro Curves Photo Manipulation – Tutorial Review

I worked my way through this rather annoying tutorial not once, but twice to finish it!

You begin with this image:

Photo by Gözde Otman from FreeImages

And eventually, your final image should look like this:

Created by Darkside Creative

I had real issues with this tutorial to begin with which I blogged about here. But I’ve had a lot of practice since then and I finally got the hang of creating my brush to create this awesome technique.

The original tutorial adds a couple of steps that I did for completion which I edited afterwards for the final image above. I prefer the image like this, and I like how it looks compared to the original, so I’m keeping it!

***EDITOR’S NOTE*** I decided to add some animation to this one because I liked the colours so much. Enjoy!

Created by Darkside Creative

Final Summary

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/mix-cool-retro-curves-into-your-photographs–psd-173

Time: 30 minutes

Level: Definitely not beginner unless you’ve had extensive time to learn how to create custom brushes in Photoshop.

Comment: Not all of the resources were available either so you will have to find a texture image of your own to create the final “old retro paper” effect.

Rating: 5/10

Let me know what you think? Have you tried using customer brushes in Photoshop before? How’d you find it? Let me know in the comments!

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