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Advertise here with BSA Icon design is one of the most tricky fields of digital design. It often requires some understanding of composition and other art fundamentals like symmetry, lighting, and color. The best way to learn icon design is by studying under the best of the best. Unfortunately they probably don’t have time to teach you so it’s important to learn how to practice on your own. In this how-to guide I want to explain the basics of tracing existing icons using Photoshop. This requires some knowledge of the pen tool because you need to edit paths and anchor points according to existing shapes. But everyone has to start somewhere so I highly recommend using the pen tool at every opportunity. I’ll demonstrate how to trace the camera icon found in Apple’s iOS 8 SMS app. This uses a flat design style which is traditional and great for beginners. Preparing the Document To begin click the image…
Trace Existing Icons to Create New Shapes in Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a detailed illustration of pencils in Adobe Illustrator.
What You’ll Be Creating Although crocodiles aren’t the closest extant relatives of dinosaurs, they surely don’t look much different than them. Big, scaly, ferocious, with huge jaws full of sharp teeth—they make a good reference for dragons, don’t they? Let’s take a look at four species of crocodilians (the family of crocodiles): the well known crocodiles and alligators, and lesser known species such as caimans and gharials. 1. General Crocodile Anatomy Skeleton
What You’ll Be Creating In the series on Creating Photoshop Brushes from Scratch , I showed my process for creating Custom Shattered Glass Brushes . If you haven’t had a chance to read over that tutorial, I recommend you take a few minutes and take a look at it now. Still not convinced? Well, it involves actually using a hammer to bust the glass! Really, you should go take a look. Tutorial Assets To follow along with this tutorial you will need the background stock image of an angry woman . You will also need the custom Shattered Glass Brushes . Download the ShatteredGlassBrushes.abr file attached to this tutorial. To install the brushes, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager . In the Brushes section, use the Load button to navigate to the downloaded file. This will add 12 new shattered glass brushes to your Brush Presets . 1. Create the Glass Image The idea is to create the illusion of a pane of glass in front of the model. One of the most effective techniques for this is to create another version of the background that is visually different. It needs to be just different enough that when the broken areas reveal the original…
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How to Apply Custom Shattered Glass Brushes in Adobe Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating The Winged Hussars were an elite cavalry unit of Poland, invincible for almost two centuries, often defeating enemies many times more numerous. They’re the national pride of Poles—a symbol of the greatest time in our history. Besides that, they simply look epic, so they’re a great topic for an epic painting. Now, I’ve never painted a hussar before. Therefore, it will not be only a tutorial about digital painting, but also about preparation for drawing something accurately, even if you have no previous experience at this.
What You’ll Be Creating Ever wanted to give your digital layouts and designs a truly personal touch? In this tutorial we’ll look at how you can create a font from your own handwriting, for use on your computer.
What You’ll Be Creating As part of our series on creating custom Photoshop Brushes from Scratch , I published a Quick Tip on how to capture and create custom water drops and turn them into brushes in Adobe Photoshop. If you missed that, please take a moment and read through it here first: How to Create Custom Water Drop Brushes in Adobe Photoshop . This Quick Tip is an extension of that lesson. But here we will use those brushes to create a photo manipulation of realistic water drops. 1. Gather Resources To complete this project you will need the water drop brushes from the previous Quick Tip. You can download those with the Download Attachment link associated with this tutorial. You…
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How to Create Realistic Water Drop Reflections in Adobe Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Creating frame animations in Adobe Photoshop is simple, but the real power of it isn’t in the tool, but in the way you use it.
What You’ll Be Creating Water is a complicated structure. It is transparent, and despite it being so clear, we can see it somehow. And even in its most “normal” state, liquid, water has many forms, so different from each other. Although water looks so simple—and is simple in its construction—you can’t learn how to paint it once and for all. It’s because you don’t really paint water, but the effect it has on the world seen through it. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to manage the most popular forms of frozen water: icicles, falling and lying snow, frost, ice, and hail. We’re going to use a whole range of Photoshop tools to make the process of creation fast and easily repeatable. Layer Styles, custom brushes, Blending Modes, Filters, Patterns, and the Mixer Brush Tool will all feature. Even if you’re not interested in frozen water, check it out just to see how creatively these tools can be used to give you the effect you want. 1. Paint an Icicle Step 1 Get yourself a nice background, like this . Transparent things can’t exist without a background! Create a New Layer and use the Lasso Tool (L) to draw the outline of an icicle. You can easily do it with a mouse, because it should be a bit rugged anyway. Step 2 Fill the selection with any color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) . Step 3 Duplicate ( Control-J ) the background and put it over the icicle. Clip it with the Clipping Mask ( Control-Alt-G ). Step 4 Click the original background layer and apply Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Gaussian Blur ) to it to separate the background from the icicle. Step 5 Click the copied background and use the Free Transform Tool ( Control…
What You’ll Be Creating Australians celebrate their official national day each January 26th. There really is no better way to honor Australia Day than by hosting a BBQ event, and creating a super flyer to advertise the occasion. We’ll be using Adobe InDesign for this tutorial, hopping briefly over to Adobe Illustrator to edit vector images for the design. In the tutorial you’ll learn how to create a fun, colorful grid and apply typography and transparency effects to make the design as dynamic and eye-catching as possible.