Joined: 2006-12-29 Posts: 14241 Location: I watch you smile just like a dead thing smiles
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:33 pm Post subject: The Ultimate Photoshop/Gimp Thread
This thread is for tips, tricks, and tutorials for Photoshop and Gimp.
Well I'm hoping some Gimpers add some stuff. I'll stick with Photoshop...
Here goes with the first one...
Take a picture.
Maybe use the windlight advanced sky editor and select something diferent like Surreal and then adjust the color sliders into the red for a more duotone look. See this is a neat aspect of Windlight. You can get real time rendered artistic effects that otherwise would have to be done frame by frame in Photoshop or Gimp.
Now let's add a cheap camera look.
Open the image in photoshop.
Press ctrl-j to duplicate the layer.
click on the layer in the layer list to select it and make it active.
Go to filters|Blur|Gaussian blur
Set it to a decent amount of blur.
Amount depends on the effect you need.
Now select the eraser tool and open the brush selector. Select a faded eges brush and set the size to about 1/4 less than the height of the image.
Click once over the subject area to clear it and leave a fade to blur from center out.
Now let's "darken" it up for a more sinister feel.
Press trl-j to duplicate the layer.
Set it to color burn at 85%. (You may decide to use a different setting. It is up to you)
Now we are going to get into something really cool.
What is neat about adjustment layers it they don't muck up the original content and can be turned on and off at will.
Go to layer menu.
Add a new curves adjustment layer.
Curves will likely become rather popular with you.
Click the auto for the heck of it. You can mess around with the sliders but the auto should give you a nice background illuminate if following along.
Oh well wait a sec...
We want a dark brooding vampy emo type feel.
So let's go infared w00t!
Add a new adjustment layer of type channel mixer.
Set it to black&white with blue filter (RGB).
There ya go. All nice dark and vampy and brooding picture.
Adjustment layers. They are what separates the pros from the wanna bees.
Well personally I only just saw this thread Ann, it's a great Idea and exactly the kind of thing we should have more of here IMO. Please don't give it up. I'll contribute when I get some time together to do so.
This is really cool, I don't have time right now, but I'd be happy to add information on sprucing up advertisements with Photoshop without altering the actual product - aesthetically appealing advertisements. (LMAO don't look at mine, they're all old )
Here's a small tutorial on creating a reflection beneath your text.
Many professional designers use this method to create reflections of all of their items. Apple is big on it and you will see Adobe doing it as well.
*Edited for additional tip*
Want to protect your sculpt-maps from being stolen by potential evil-doers? Add a fully black Alpha Mask to your sculpt-map. The sculpt will still work, but it will not be previewed in the 'object' tab when editing your items.
(Add channel: Alpha 1 / Fill Black / Save)
Joined: 2006-03-07 Posts: 2355 Location: California
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:42 pm Post subject:
That's awesome Ann I am still trying to find my way about these programs I have gimp it is hard for me to learn them. I wish I knew more about it so any tips would help me I am such a newb with it all lol - my vender pics are getting better though lol
If you guys want me to turn any of these tutorials into video tutorials I would gladly do so, provided the author doesn't mind I would kindly display links and such on the youtube videos should he/she want me too.