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Advertise here with BSA We all know about the tremendous benefits of Photoshop. It offers a solution for editing photos, designing logos, mocking up websites, and refining vector graphics all in one location. But while Photoshop can handle a number of different tasks it is most well-renowned for photography editing. Every graphic designer or photographer can find dozens of tools directly related to enhancing and retouching images. For this post I’d like to demonstrate how to create smart filters applied onto any digital image. Smart filters behave just like regular filters but are more fluid and flexible in long-…
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Create Non-Destructive Filters using Smart Objects in Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Today let’s attack the wonderful topic of game background creating! While there are a multitude of game types and platforms, a good, immersive setting that creates just the right atmosphere is a very important part of any game. Let’s dive right into it! 1. First, a Wild Sketch Appeared! Before anything else, as a general rule you must have a basic concept of what you’d like to obtain. A vision. Allow yourself some time to flesh the idea out, testing out different shapes, colors, light sources and focus points. Don’t rush—make sure that deep in your heart you feel that sketch is the one . Once you’ve got that part down, the rest is a piece of cake. Here is the sketch we are going to start from today: 2.
What You’ll Be Creating One of the best traits of isometric pixel art is its expandability; if you have already made basic, recyclable elements, you can reproduce them and put them all together in ever-expanding scenes. That’s what we’ll be doing in this tutorial. We’ll gather our assets and put them together to make a neighborhood block. You’ll have a small environment, but with enough time and effort you should be able to eventually make a whole neighbourhood or city! I’ve written three tutorials that precede this one. You’ll need the tips and lessons from them as well as the assets created in them, so I advise going through them, preferably in this order: Isometric Pixel Art Character Isometric Pixel Art House Isometric Pixel Art Vehicle If you’re caught up, then congrats! you’re ready to start! 1.
For a while, it seemed liked every client wanted grungy graphics. This might sound familiar, “I like it, but can we grunge it up more”. Don’t get me wrong, having some grunge can create a great deal of depth to a design or illustration, but there can be to much of a good thing. This is the technique I use because it is quick and consistent, making it easy to create grunge text vectors. Notes: Grunge Text Vectors This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. You should be alright if you have Illustrator CS2. I suggest having the Raster Effects at 300 dpi. This will generate the best quality in the effect. You can change this by going Effect > …
Tips! Quick Grunge Text Vectors
When creating vectors, I often look for Illustrator tips and I sometimes need to delete large areas of artwork. Sometimes I just mask the artwork, but other times I want to get rid of it all together. This is were the Eraser tool comes in handy. Holding down the Option / Alt key with the Eraser tool creates a marquee area and anything within this area will be deleted.
What You’ll Be Creating Traditionally at this time of the year, bats come into the spotlight. However, their media image is full of misconceptions and prejudice. They’re seen as blood-thirsty vampires, or, at best, mean pests. In this tutorial we’ll look at them from another angle—we’ll get to know their anatomy and special features, and learn how to draw them properly in every position and shape. No need to be afraid, I promise! 1. Basic Anatomy Skeleton Just as 3D artists use bones to animate an object realistically, we need to learn what bones a bat is made of to create a believable pose. The skeleton of an animal defines its movement and affects greatly the shape of the body. Let’s see what’s most important here: The arm structure is very similar to a human, including fingers. The forearm is very long, longer than the whole body. The chest is wide and compressed. The hips are very narrow and elongated. The thumb is the only unwebbed finger; it has a functional claw. The second finger is the shortest; in bigger species, it also may have a small, non-functional claw. The fingers are arched at the tips. The knees are reversed, which makes bats unable to walk properly, but makes flight, hunting and resting more efficient. There’s a modified heel structure, called the calcar, used to steer the “tail wing”. A membrane under it, if present, is called the keel. Feet are specialized for effortless …
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How to Draw Animals: Bats
Today we will talk about the technique of creating guilloche pattern vectors using the Envelope Distort, Blend Tool and Pattern Brush. Guilloche pattern vectors are commonly used to protect the securities and banknotes from counterfeiting. Usually, to generate a guilloche pattern vector, designers use special expensive software. You might not have known that Adobe Illustrator helps to create guilloche pattern vectors, using only native features. Let’s see how it’s done! Tutorial Details: Guilloche Pattern Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS2 – CC2014 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Envelope Distort, Blend Tool and Pattern Brush Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes Final Image: Guilloche Pattern Vector Step 1 To begin this guilloche pattern vector tutorial, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Cmd / Ctrl + N ). Your artboard can be any size. The guilloche pattern vector we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes. Step 2 Take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a wavy line with no fill like shown in the picture below. You do not need to repeat the exact shape of the curve – just place the handles of the start point and end point of the path horizontally. To do this, …
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Tips for Guilloche Pattern Vectors in Under an Hour!
What You’ll Be Creating Designers have the awesome opportunity to explore a variety of projects ranging in size, format and execution. But what happens when you need to design something that centers around one core design? How do you ensure that your designs are unique to the format, but consistent across different sizes?
What You’ll Be Creating You’d think that long hair was the hardest hair to render… well that and curly hair, however I have news for you. From my experience from vectoring hundreds of vector portraits, short hair has always been more time consuming and required more precision.
What You’ll Be Creating Adobe Photoshop’s Layer Styles are one of the quickest, yet most effective ways of achieving many different effects. This tutorial will show you how to combine the power of Layer Styles along with a couple of textures, brushes, and selection options to create a realistic-looking sand writing text effect. Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. GelPen