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The Sin City movies are modern masterpieces that reimagine the film noir genre from the 40s and 50s. They use black and white imagery with low key lighting to creating striking pictures with high contrast between light and shadow. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you some techniques to transform your static photographs into a Sin City inspired scene with a dark atmosphere and harsh tones. Along with the classic characteristics of film noir, neo-noir movies like Sin City also make use of modern effects like partial colour and post processing tricks to mimic comic book illustrations. We’ll use techniques in Photoshop to replicate these styles and create a dark atmosphere within a static image. What starts as a cheesy stock photograph becomes an intriguing scene straight from a movie with the help of high contrast to achieve the stylised look, the use of colour and focus to draw in the eye, and faux low key lighting to add suspense and drama. I’m using this stock photograph of a young female gangster from Shutterstock as the base for this tutorial. The original photo has more of a fancy dress vibe than a gritty graphic novel look, but…
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How To Create a Sin City Style Film Noir Effect in Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Many times it’s not until the end of drawing when we notice a mistake that was there from the start. It’s very, very frustrating to see it ruin our whole work. If only there was a way to fix it at this point… This is going to be a controversial tutorial to many, a tutorial about cheating. After all, art is about effort , about making people jealous of some skill. That’s why digital art is often despised—because the
In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple highlighter text effect vector in Adobe Illustrator using a set of detailed pattern brushes. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create your highlighter using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with some warp and transform effects. Next, you will learn how to save a set of simple patterns and how to create your four pattern brushes. Finally, using your brushes and a neat pattern you will learn how to create your text effect and a nice background. Tutorial Details: Highlighter Text Effect Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Transform and Warp techniques, Patterns and Pattern Brushes Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour Final Image: Highlighter Text Effect Vector As always, this is the final highlighter text effect vector image that …
Create a Highlighter Text Effect Vector in Adobe Illustrator
What You’ll Be Creating Who knew you could create Photoshop-standard effects in Adobe InDesign? Learn how to recreate this dramatic image-inside-image effect, and give your book covers, magazine layouts and posters a cool makeover. In this tutorial suitable for beginner to intermediate users of InDesign, we’ll walk through the steps of creating the effect and laying it out as part of a book cover design for a paperback novel. You’ll also need access to Adobe Illustrator for one part of the tutorial.
If you found the previous Letterpress , Sketchy , and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Label Type tutorial. Like the previous tutorials, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements. Final Image: Stitched Label Type Treatment Below is the final stitched label type treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Detail: Stitched Label Type Treatment Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance panel, Effects, gradients Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1: Stitched Label Type Treatment To start off this Stitched Label Type Treatment Tutorial, let’s create a new document and without the Type tool (T) and type out some text. Change the font to whatever you like. I suggest using something heavy like the Museo Slab 1000 font I am using. Step 2 Before we start adding new fills and strokes from the Appearance panel, it is good to start with a clean slate. Select you text and take off any fill or stroke. Step 3 From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, select New Fill. Keep the default black color for now, we will be changing it later on in the tutorial. Step 4 Again, create another New Fill From the Appearance panel. Select the second fill in the Appearance panel and change the fill to a red color. Step 5 Select the red fill in the Appearance panel then go Effect > Convert To Shape > Rounded Rectangle. When the Shape Options dialog opens select the Relative radial button and change the Extra Width and Extra Height to 18 px. These number might be higher or lower depending on the dimensions of you…
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Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment
Have you ever seen an amazing effect in a piece of digital art and wondered how they did it? Maybe it was a figure in a column of smoke or a flaming ball of energy around a fighter’s fist. Digital artists usually have to resort to purchasing stock images to accomplish these effects, unless they want to try to draw the effect by
Last up for Vectip’s Texture Week is wood grain. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial. It uses the same Graphic Pen effect but stretched a little more. It also uses the Warp Tool and Twirl Tool . Also like the other texture tutorials, this technique is easy and applicable in logos, icons, interfaces or pretty much anything. Notes This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Rectangles Create a 5 inch by 5 inch rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . An easy way to draw an…
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How to Create A Wood Grain Texture in Adobe Illustrator
What You’ll Be Creating Welcome to the last part of the Harness the Elements series! This one is going to be quite interesting, because air can’t be normally seen. However, there are elements connected to air that we can paint to give a special atmosphere to our scenes.
In last week’s video tutorial I explained a bunch of techniques for creating letterpress style print effects in Photoshop and Illustrator. One of those techniques looked really great in Adobe Illustrator, so I thought I’d share a ready made version so you can instantly apply those cool ink stamp effects to your logos and typography illustrations with just a click of a button! This free download contains 4 free Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator that give your artwork the appearance of a hand made inked print. This pack of 4 Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator adds grungy textures to your logos, typography and any other single colour shapes. Eliminate those clean vector lines and give your designs a trashy, hand made ink print appearance! There’s different levels of texture detail, so you can choose how much to distress your artwork. How to Use the Ink Stamp Effect Styles The download package contains an Illustrator Style .ai file, along with a normal Illustrator document containing styled elements. Load the Styles file directly into the Styles panel, or copy/paste the elements from the document into your own design file to transfer the Style swatches. These ink stamp effect styles work best on logos or typography. Scale your artwork to around 500px for best results, then apply one of the four Styles with increasing levels of texture. Optional: Turn …
I like illustrating characters, icons, and other highly representative illustrations. I do this kind of work the majority of time in Illustrator, so it’s nice to break out and create my own abstract background vector. Abstract backgrounds are easy to create in Illustrator with a couple of simple techniques. Using Gradient Meshes, Steps Blends and Opacity Masks you can quickly create an abstract background. Notes: 4 Ways to an Abstract Background Vector This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Abstract Background Vector with Gradient Meshes This is the technique that I find to produce the quickest results but has great potential for exploration. First, draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . I start with a deep violet for the color, but use any color you like. Next, go Object > Create Gradient Mesh to bring up the Gradient Mesh dialog. In the dialog, change Rows to 10 and Columns to 1 . Press Ok , and now the rectangle has ten rows separated by 11 Mesh Points on the left and right side of the rectangle. With the Direct Selection Tool (a) you can grab and drag these Mesh Points . Start with the second Mesh Point from the top left. Hold shift, and drag the point …
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Four Quick Ways To Create Your Own Abstract Background Vector!