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Friday, April 30, 2010

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

In this quick tip tutorial, we will learn how to create a realistic paper texture from scratch in just 5 minutes. To do this we will use some simple filters and effects. Let’s get started!

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 1

Create new file 1280 x 1024 px. Create a rectangular selection in the center of the image, hit Q to enter quick mask mode. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, use small cell size and click OK. Hit Q again to return to normal mode. Hit Cmd+shift+alt+N to create a new layer. Press D then Cmd+Delete to fill selection with white. To remove selection press Cmd+D.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 2

Activate the burn tool with exposure 20%. Paint the paper until it looks dark and dirty. Go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer, use Texture: Canvas and click OK.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 3

Double click the paper layer to open the Layer Styles dialog and activate the Drop Shadow effect. Don’t worry with the settings, just click OK. This shadow is very flat and unrealistic, but we’ll fix it.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 4

From the Layers panel, right click Drop Shadow and choose Create Layer. This step will separate the Drop Shadow from the paper.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 5

Select the shadow layer, hit Cmd+T to transform it. Right click it and choose Warp. Move the handles until the shadow looks irregular, just like a real one.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 6

Activate the Gradient Tool, in the option bar and choose Linear and Mode: Difference. Create a random gradient, from top to bottom, bottom to top, left right, and right to left. Just go crazy!

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 7

Go to Filter > Stylize > Emboss. Hit Cmd+L and move the white and black sliders to the middle.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Step 8

Hit Cmd+alt+G. Change blending mode to Overlay.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes
Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes


That’s it! You can turn this into a thin paper by lowering its opacity. Below is the final paper on a wood texture. Click here or click on the image to see it in full size.

Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

Source : psd.tutsplus

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

Not sure what to call this effect. It makes the color of the portrait quite metallic, like your skin was made of silver, bronze or maybe copper. I've seen it a couple of times in magazines when they have a big portrait of a stranger spread on a full page. So maybe it's about time I write something about this effect.

Who would be more perfect for this metallic effect other than the Iron Man actor, Robert Downey Jr. Take a look at the 'before' and 'after' image you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

1. Naturally, you should start by opening your image in Photoshop.

2. Next, duplicate the image. Set the duplicate image layer to Overlay.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

3. With the duplicate image layer selected, go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Our goal here is to sharpen the image a little bit, so you can see some details on the skin tone. If you already have a high resolution image, no need to set the radius too high. Mine is set to 5.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

4. Now go to Image > Mode > Grayscale. If a message appear asking you to merge the layer, don't panic, just click 'Merge'.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

5. Next, go to Image > Mode > Duotone. Select Quadtone on the Type dropdown menu. Then, click the 'Load' button on the right.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

A window will open, select PANTONE(R) QUADTONES folder. And select the file Bl 541 513 5773 and click Load. You'll have something like below and click OK.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

6. Now, change the mode back to RGB. Go to Image > Mode > RGB Color.

7. Duplicate the image. And set the duplicate layer to 'Color Burn'. Set the opacity to 20%.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

8. We're gonna add some adjustment layers to amplify the effect. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Make an S-shape curve like the image below. The steep of your curve is up to you, whatever looks good on your image.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

9. Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Level. Adjust the level as follows.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial

And we're done. You got yourself one explosive metallic portrait.

Metallic Toning Effect on your Portrait | Metallic Toning Effect Tutorial


Monday, April 19, 2010

All the Crazy + Fun Stuffs To Do in Photoshop

Photoshop isn't just for editing the brightness or increasing the contrast of your photo. There's no boundaries to all the crazy and fun stuffs you can do with Photoshop. With enough RAM, a pinch of imagination and some Photoshop skillz, you can create any effect you like. Compiled below are some tutorials to guide you thru the wonderful world of Photoshopping. Some effects can take only a couple of minutes and some could take hours, depending on how steep your learning curve is =)

Ghost-rider Skull Effect in Photoshop
How do you convince your girlfriend that you actually signed a contract with a demon to be a Ghost Rider? Here's her your flaming skull picture. Of course, she won't believe you..well, we both know you're just hallucinating, right? Remember the time you insist that you're a Ghost Whisperer. That didn't turn out so good.

Turn an Earthling into a blue Na'vi
Avatar is so famous that some people is speaking Na'vi right now. If you like Avatar so much or feel like mocking the movie, let's try this effect. Tom Cruise made a handsome Na'vi. Let's turn Katie and little Suri into Na'vi people too. Then, they all can live happily ever after in a beautiful planet called Pandora (wherever that is).

How to Add Angel (or demon) Wings to your Portrait
So, you're not an angel or anything, but after watching that tooth fairy movie, you wish you had wings. Well, we don't have a magic wand to grant your wish, but Photoshop can feed some of your fantasy.

Retouch your Skin and remove all that Blemish
Hey! even our 'head-to-toe-perfect' celebrities use this don't have to be ashamed of yourself. So, nobody's perfect, and you're nobody, but that doesn't mean you can't be picture perfect.

Adding Tattoo to Your Skin Using Photoshop
So needle makes you shrink in fear, but you really wish you can prove to your online buddy who lives a few time zones away that you got yourself a tattoo last summer. Why you're lying to him in the first place, we don't wanna know, but this tutorial might help help you solve the problem..unless he's working with the CSI unit and has that cool program that detects fake photo.

Colorful Swirling Light Effect in Photoshop
You always have that perfect jump. Your friends said, you could be the next jumping model. Let's add some magical effects to that jump. Light swirling around you, coming out of your hands, that's gotta be cool.

Face Shattered Like Glass Effect in Photoshop
Your head doesn't explode, it shattered to pieces like a glass. Why would you want to learn this effect, I don't know..for your facebook profile picture maybe..

Transform a Young girl into an Old Woman in Photoshop
You won't need a time-machine to figure out how you look 50 years from now. Spend some times with Photoshop and you'll get an older version of you..or your friends or your enemies..depends on your intention here. Mmm..what a coincidence here. First, we have Tom turning blue and now we have Katie getting old. TomKat is really dominating the world here..

Make Button in Photoshop
Who knows, someday you'll wake up in the morning and decide your true calling is to be a digital button maker. Now, this tutorial might comes in handy for you to serve your purpose in life.

Severed Arm Effect in Photoshop
You scared your mother to death with this picture. Now you have to apologize to her for the rest of your life. Ryan Tedder would say, 'It's too late to apologize' but you can keep trying..and stop scaring your friends too. I know it's fun.

Blurry Ghost-like Effect
If somehow you're stuck in another frequency (however impossible that may sound), this would be your picture..well, at least it's what all the science fiction movies taught us. If you're still in the real world, and wish to have a picture like above, then Photoshop is the answer.

Turn yourself (or others) into Zombie in Photoshop
If you're stuck in Zombieland, remember this, "Don't Be a Hero". If you're stuck in a messed-up real world, and have nothing to do in Halloween, this effect could be fun to learn. Let's turn everyone in the neighborhood into zombies, shall we?

Glittering Fairy Eyes Effect
Ever dream of being a fairy and realize it's impossible to come true? Maybe we just settle with a picture instead. It's not so bad really, you still have that dusty glittering eyes.

Shattering Debris Effect on a Portrait
Get the grungy cool effect on your portrait with colorful gradient and shattering on the edge. This tutorial shows an effective and brilliant way of blending textures into an image.

Space Effect in Photoshop
So, you've never been to space. But it isn't rocket science to create a space effect on Earth. All you need is Photoshop and a little bit of imagination..won't be a problem, right? We all know your imagination goes beyond the seventh sky.

Destroyed City Landscape Effect
Feels like destroying all the famous building on Earth after watching 2012 movie? Problem is, you don't have that much of a budget like the director of that movie had. This tutorial will guide you how to spread the pain to the cities with a slightly lower budget.

Wicked Fiery Eyes Effect in Photoshop
You see the picture above, you know what this tutorial does to your eyes. Interested of becoming the yellow-eyed demon?..then let's do it. Click the link and fire up your Photoshop.

Create Realistic Company Stamp
Interesting stuff to learn if you ever need to forge a company stamp or decide it's cool to have the stamp of your unregistered company all over your digital works..sort of signature or something.

Cracking Face Effect
The secret lies in the texture you choose for this effect. With the right blending technique, you can be cracking in no time.

Color your Hair in Photoshop
Rainbow-colored much does it cost? More than you can afford perhaps. But a picture of rainbow-colored hair..that's free if you have Photoshop. This tutorial will guide you on how to color your hair in Photoshop.

Turn People to Fruit People
You're thinking of turning your boss into a pumpkin this Halloween, and emailing it to everyone at work? This tutorial can help you accomplish your evil plan. It's a pear but..pear, pumpkin..sounds similar to me. It's the same concept nevertheless.