Archive for July, 2012

Fabric Text Effect

This Photoshop tutorial explains how to use Layer Styles and two patterns to create a nice looking fabric text effect.


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Note: Original tutorial published on Photoshopstar.com had several errors. Tutorial was rewritten and now published.


Step 1

Open the Seamless Plaid 0024 image, then go to Image -> Image Size, and type 150 in the Width (and Height) fields then click OK.

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Go to Edit -> Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern. Here, it is “Background”.

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Step 2

Open the Seamless Plaid 0033 image, then go to Image -> Image Size, and type 300 in the Width (and Height) fields then click OK..

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Go to Edit -> Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern. Here, it is “Texture”.

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Step 3

Create a new 1200 x 768 px document. Pick the Paint Bucket Tool, and choose Pattern from the Fill dropdown menu in the Options bar. Next, choose the pattern you’ve just defined (Background pattern) from the patterns menu and fill the background with it.

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Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation, and change the Saturation value to 60. This will brighten up the pattern color.

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Create the text in black. The font used is Strenuous, the Size is 300pt, and the Tracking value is set to 75 to increase the space between the letters.

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Step 4

Double click the text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

- Drop Shadow: Un-check the Use Global Light box, change the Angle to 92, the Opacity to 80%, the Distance to 20, the Spread to 20, and the Size to 27.

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- Inner Shadow: Change the color to #2a530b, the Opacity to 85%, the Distance to 18, the Spread to 25, and the Size to 37.

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- Outer Glow: Change the Spread to 47 and the Size to 10.

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- Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Multiply, the color to #1ba500, and the Size to 13.

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- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Size to 20, check the Anti-aliased box, change the color to #c8e833, and set the Shadow Mode Opacity to 0%.

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- Contour: Choose the Gaussian contour, check the Anti-aliased box, and set the Range to 100.

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- Texture: Choose the “Texture” pattern, change the Scale to 75%, the Depth to 5%, and check the Invert box.

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- Satin: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the color to #2c0402, the Opacity to 100%, the Angle to 90, the Distance to 63, the Size to 63 as well, choose the Ring contour, and check the Anti-aliased box.

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- Color Overlay: Change the color to #2d8900, and the Opacity to 50%.

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- Pattern Overlay: Choose the “Texture” pattern, and change its Scale value to 75% (this should match the Bevel and Emboss Texture Scale value).

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- Stroke: Change the Size to 7, make sure the Position is set to Outside, change the Fill Type to Pattern, and choose the “Texture” pattern, then change the Scale value to 50% (a value less than the original Pattern Overlay Scale value).

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And you’re done! You have a nice fabric text effect that uses only two patterns and a couple of Layer Effects.

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Final Image

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

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How to Change Shape of an Ornamental Plant

Would you like to know how to create the desired shape of an ornamental plant by using only Photoshop tools? Then this Photoshop tutorial is especial for you.


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How to Change Shape of Ornamental Plant

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Step 1

Download and open both photos in Photoshop. On the duckling photo use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the young duck shape. Once selected, press Ctrl+C to copy the selection and on the garden photo press Ctrl+V to paste.

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Reduce the opacity of the duckling layer to 50% to make the background visible.

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Step 2

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool. On the background layer select part of the plant and copy it to a new layer with Ctrl+J. Place this new layer above the duck layer and position the duplicated content above the duck’s head as you can see below.

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It’s important to note that illuminated parts of the plant should be located in areas of convex shape, that is on the wing or back of the duckling.

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If the shape doesn’t match the  form of the duckling, then you should change it with the Polygonal Lasso Tool and then transform with Edit > Transform > Rotate and move it to the correct position.

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Next, place the plant parts over the shape of the duck’s body.

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When the whole shape of the duckling is filled with plant fragments, merge all layers into one except the background layer and the duck layer. Use the Clone Stamp Tool to remove borders around the plant fragments. After that delete the duckling layer, we don’t need it any more.

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Step 3

To make a natural look, create a new layer under the plant layer, now use the Brush Tool with a small diameter brush to make small twigs around the plant. Get color samples with the Eye Dropper Tool.

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Step 4

To finish off this tutorial we have to replace the old plant shape on the background behind the created plant in the shape of a duck. To do this go to the background layer again and then get the Clone Stamp Tool. Hold down the Alt key — the cursor will change to a target. Click the point you wish to use as a sampling point. This will be used as the reference point for cloning. Click and draw where you want the cloned image to appear. As you draw, a cross will appear on the original image while a corresponding circle appears where you are drawing.

Remove the old plant from the background image and this tutorial is complete.


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How to Draw a Portrait in Photoshop

Another nice tutorial teaching you how to draw a portrait by using Photoshop. This technique is based on using Photoshop brushes and for people who may have some experience in art it’s a good technique but it takes time to achieve this result.


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How to Draw a Portrait in Photoshop

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Step 1

Start by opening photo. Select the Crop Tool to select part of the image and press Enter to cut selected area.

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Step 2

We are now going to create a background for future portrait. I would like to choose the same color as the real background on the photo. It is green, but much darker, so the portrait will look more expressive. Unlock the background layer (double click on thumbnail on layers palette), then create a new layer under the existing layer (name it background) and fill it with color #3d4038 by using the Paint Bucket Tool.

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Step 3

Create a new layer (strokes layer) above all other layers. Select the Brush Tool with a soft round brush and size of 2 pixels. Zoom into the photo and start making small strokes to duplicate animal fur. You can take a sample of the color with the Eyedropper Tool and it is very important to change color on small areas, because when you zoom into the picture, you can see a big variety of color.

To save time you can keep switching between Brush Tool and Eyedropper Tool using hot keys: B to select the Brush Tool and Alt to take a sample of color with the Eyedropper Tool.

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You can hide the photo layer to check your progress (click on the layer eye, which indicates layer visibility).

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If you are satisfied with the result, make photo layer visible again. You should continue making the animal’s fur with small brush strokes (always on the strokes layer) and changing color with the Eyedropper Tool from time to time.

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From time to time, hide photo layer visibility to see what you have done so far.

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Keep working with the brush tool using the same technique on the strokes layer.

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As you can see on my screenshot below, there are some plain color areas on the photo without any strokes in them. If you look at the dog in real life, it will be looking plain in the shadow, you can’t see the texture properly. The texture can be seen only with bright sun, during normal daylight or indoor lighting.

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Step 4

Select the layer with the photo and reduce it’s size with Edit > Transform > Scale. Move the photo to the top left of the canvas so it can help you focus on the photo to keep painting the portrait. Create a new layer under the strokes layer (color spots layer) and paint over the area color with the Brush Tool, don’t forget to take color samples with the Eyedropper Tool.

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Turning the strokes layer visibility off helps you see what color spots are already painted and which colors you used.

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Keep working with the Brush tool using same technique.

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You can see below how the color spots layer should look  (turn off the strokes layer visibility to see).

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Keep painting other areas.

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Turn off the visibility of the layer with the photo and the background layer and merge together the layer with strokes and layer with color spots using Ctrl+E.

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Step 5

Select the Smudge Tool, set the Strength parameter to 50-60%, select Spatter brush (59 px). If you can’t find Spatter brush (it’s one of the standard Photoshop brushes) then choose option Reset Brushes and it should appear. Zoom into the canvas and begin mashing the harsh strokes and mixing some colors together.

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Start creating fur texture from the nose, this is because near the nose the fur is the shortest and needs to be processed more carefully. Further, the diameter of the brush can be increased, but the most important thing is that you must move the brush only in the direction of hair growth. The longer stroke you make, the longer hair you will create.

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Now you should add a few more details. Choose the Burn Tool and Spatter brush (59 px) and darken some areas of the portrait. Do not forget that you have to make strokes in the direction of hair growth. Then select the Dodge Tool and apply the Spatter brush about 59 pixels again. Lighten some areas to your own taste. Please remember that the hair on the ends is lighter than at the root, so use Burn Tool and Dodge Tool to make lighter and darker work.

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Step 6

To finish our tutorial, create a new layer and update layer mode to Soft Light for it. Select the Brush Tool (set opacity to about 5-10% and a soft round brush), then darken and lighten large areas of the portrait to your own taste, so in the end it will look like more contrast. Change brush size according to situation and you can see on the image below where I applied brush with white or black colors.

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Final Image

Below you can see final result (don’t forget to turn off visibility of the photo layer).

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Transform a Female into a Dark Elf Using Photoshop Drawing Techniques

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to make drawing-style picture in a fantasy style from one photo. This tutorial is not difficult but it is more suitable for people who have some experience in Photoshop drawing.


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Note: if you have a graphics tablet you can use it and you will get better results. But you can also do this tutorial with a computer mouse.

Step 1

Start by opening the photo in Photoshop.

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Let’s start by changing the proportions. Go to Filter > Liquify and work on changing the shape of the face and make the eyes bigger. Make sure Forward Warp Tool is selected and use it to increase the size of the eyes.

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Step 2

Select the Healing Brush Tool to remove skin defects if they are present on the photo.

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Step 3

We need to reduce brightness and increase contrast with Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

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Change the color balance by going to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.

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Go to Filter > Liquify again to increase the fantasy effect on the photo (eyes, lips and face shape especially).

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Step 3

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N). Select the Brush Tool and press F5 to open the window with Brush Presets or go to Window > Brush. Select Soft Brush, 80px and 20% hardness. Change foreground color to #230b47. Choose Shape Dynamics option and update Control to Pen Pressure (if you have a graphics tablet). If not leave the Control option off and we will work with the computer mouse. Apply the brush to the photo background. Finally, change layer opacity to 70%.

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Duplicate layer with Ctrl+J. Change the layer mode to Soft Light and opacity to something around 50%-60%.

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Step 4

Create a new layer above all other layers. Now we need to create the ear shape. Select the Eyedropper Tool and click on the face area to get the color sample. Now with the Brush Tool (soft brush) start creating an ear shape and use other colors and different brush sizes to get a more real ear.

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Keep creating the ear shape.

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Finally we need to get some texture to apply to ear. Go to the original photo and with the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected make a small selection of skin. Copy selection.

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Paste the selection on our psd file and a new layer will be created. Place the new layer on top of all other layers and place the skin exactly over the ear. Use Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to desaturate.

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Change layer mode to Soft Light.

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Load selection of the layer with the ear (press Ctrl and click ear layer thumbnail on layers palette).

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Select the ear texture layer. Invert selection with Selection > Invert and press the Delete button to clear selected area. Remove selection with Ctrl+D.

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Step 5

Create a new layer on top. Select the Brush Tool (soft round brush) and paint over the hair and neck with white. This layer will be called “hair”.

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Change layer blending mode to Color.

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Create a new layer on top. Set foreground color to #e8ddfc and with the Brush Tool selected (soft brush, opacity: 10%) apply brush to face.

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Change layer blending mode to Color.

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Duplicate layer “hair”. Move on top of all layers and change blending mode to Overlay.

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Select Brush (diameter of around 3-4px) and draw new hair with white (if you have a graphics tablet use it). Check next screenshots.

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Step 6

Repeat the same process now for eyebrows and name the layer “eyebrows”.

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Step 7

Duplicate “hair” layer with Ctrl+J.

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Merge both “hair” layers into one. After that select the Smudge Tool (Strength: 65%) and use the Spatter 59px which is one of the standard Photoshop brushes to make the  hair smoother and more realistic looking.

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Step 8

Create a new layer above all other layers. Select Brush Tool (Opacity: 70%) and draw more hair with a 1 pixel brush using white. It will give a more natural look to the hair.

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Duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J and move it a little bit.

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Create a new layer again. Choose the Brush Tool (Soft brush with opacity 10-20%) and paint over sections of the hair, where the largest amount of hair is present. Once done, select the Eraser Tool (Opacity: 35%) to clear a little bit where the hair ends.

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Step 9

Now we need to bring more volume to the hair. Create a new layer and set blending mode to Multiply. Select the Brush Tool (Opacity: 20% and soft round brush) and darken the hair around the face with black. Apply Brush Tool also to lips.

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Create a new layer on top of previous layer and change layer mode to Color. Select some very bright color for the eyes and paint slightly.

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Step 10

Now we are going to make the face more voluminous. Create a new layer on top of all other layers and change layer mode to Soft Light. Use the Brush Tool (Opacity: 10% and a soft round brush) to darken the shadow side of the face use black (#000000) and lighten the highlights with white (#ffffff).

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Step 11

Now we have to consider reflection on the picture. As we can see the background is purple, so we should have the same color shade on hair, clothes and face. To do this create a new layer, assign blending mode to Soft Light, take a sample of the background color using the Eyedropper Tool, then add a purple hue to all of the picture using the Brush Tool (Opacity: 30-40% with soft round brush).

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To finish off the tutorial we have to remove the button from the clothes. Create a new layer and select the Clone Stamp Tool (select the parameter Sample All Layers) and remove the button using this tool.


Final Image

And we are done with this tutorial. Hope you liked it.

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