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Learn how to create a photorealistic photo button with this photoshop tutorial.
Tutorials on creating metal type abound online, as do variations on simple liquid effects. Most are fairly short, offering a good foundation for the reader on how certain effects are achieved but fail to take that extra step (or few steps) to make the piece really shine. Once you have an idea of how...
Actions are incredibly versatile in that nearly Photoshop process and tool can be recorded inexactly the order in which it was applied. They can then be further edited and saved to generate twists on the original technique or process. There are a few things they can't tackle without help, but on th...
It seems my Photoshop work of late has been geared more toward photography than it was in the past, but occasionally I just like to open the program and play. There are some cool new tools in Photoshop CS2.
This week I want to show you a very cool technique for creating some pretty wild effects. We will be focusing on manipulating gradients again, but this time I want you to take a look at a specific blending option, namely Difference Mode...
Let's start with a new image, white background. Create a new layer, enter some large text with the type mask tool, and fill it with black. Leaving the selection active, duplicate this layer. Here's where we begin:...
We will walk through the creation of a layer style next time, but for this article I want you to become familiar with styles by looking at those included with Photoshop 6. Here's a snapshot of the Layer Styles Default setup:...
One of the primary techniques used by interface designers and text manipulators to achieve the 'WOW' effect is to use Layers to generate the illusion of depth. To take a word and fill it with a color or gradient is fairly easy...
This week I'm going to take some black text and see what we can do with it using a few of these third party plug-ins. I will be using 2 of Alien Skin's products (Eye Candy 4000 and Xenofex),and Flaming Pear's Super Blade Pro...
To begin, create a new image with the following settings:
• Name: Button
• Preset Size: 800x600 pixels
• Resolution: 100 dpi
• Mode: RGB...