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Photoshop Atoms | Photoshop Tutorials and Resources http://www.photoshopatoms.com Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:08:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.14 Create a Glossy Car Text Effect http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/create-glossy-car-text-effect/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/create-glossy-car-text-effect/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:08:40 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=592 Have you ever wondered how so many Car Companies ads are able to get that glossy car text effect in their logos? In this tutorial we will walk you through […]

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Have you ever wondered how so many Car Companies ads are able to get that glossy car text effect in their logos? In this tutorial we will walk you through the steps of using Photoshop’s Layer Effects tools to get that desired glossy car text effect. It comes down to using the right gradients with the right bevel effects to replicate a shiny 3D environment. Here is an example of what we will be making.

Glossy Car Text Effect

Step 1

First open up a new document in Photoshop. You will need to search the internet for a good background or pattern for the text to hover over. We found a nice Carbon Fiber pattern and have placed it in our background.

Glossy Car Text Effect Step 1

Step 2

To give the scene “depth”, we will create a vignette (or the spotlight look). Start by creating a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N / Cmd+Shift+N) and fill the layer with black. Take the Eraser Tool (E) with a soft edge brush and erase the middle middle of the black layer. You should now have a gradient looking circle over your background layer like the example below.

Glossy Car Text Effect Step 2

Step 3

Next, go ahead and use the Type Tool (T) and place some text in the middle of your document. Make sure that the text is a dark black color but has enough contrast so you can see it separated from the background.

Glossy Car Text Effect Step 3

Step 4

Select the Text layer you just created and click the Layer Effects button at the bottom of the layers panel. You will now begin adding the necessary effects to the text from this effects panel. The following steps will go into detail which ones to choose and the proper values to use.

Bevel & Contour

Select the Bevel & Emboss box and enter in the following values below to get a clean bevel effect. You will also need to select the Contour box and adjust it as well. These values may change depending on the font and text you use but these values serve as a good starting point that can be tweaked later on.

Glossy Car Text Bevel Effect Values

Glossy Car Text Contour Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Text Bevel Preview

Stroke

Select the Stroke box and enter in the following values below to get the proper stroke effect.

Glossy Car Text Stroke Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Text Stroke Preview

Gradient Overlay

Select the Bevel & Emboss box and enter in the following values below to get the proper gradient.

Glossy Car Text Gradient Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Text gradient Preview

Inner Glow

Select the Inner Glow box and enter in the following values below to get inner glow effect.

Glossy Car Text Inner Glow Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Text Inner Glow Preview

Satin

Select the Bevel & Emboss box and enter in the following values below to get the desired satin effect.

Glossy Car Text Satin Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Satin Preview

Drop Shadow

Select the Bevel & Emboss box and enter in the following values below to get the desired drop shadow.

Glossy Car Text Drop Shadow Effect Values

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Drop Shadow Preview

Step 5

In this last step, we will give the text effect more depth by adding a blurred shadow behind it. Start by Alt+Clicking / Opt+Clicking the Text layer image in the layers panel. You should now see the selection around the text. Create a new layer and fill that layer with black so you have essentially a flat duplicated copy of your text. Add a slight Motion Blur to the layer and nudge the layer down so it sits just underneath the Text Effects layer. Your image should look similar to the one below.

Glossy Car Text Effect

Wrapping It Up

Many 3D like effects can be created simply by using Photoshop’s layer effects tool. Using the gradient overlay with the Bevel & Emboss tool in the right way can result in a cool chrome like finish to your work. Test out some of the other effects and values and see the different results you can produce.

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Creative Typography Portrait http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/creative-typography-portrait/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/creative-typography-portrait/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:48:21 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=584 Today we will go over how to make a creative typography portrait using just one photo and applying a typography brush to it. This is a very simple and very […]

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Today we will go over how to make a creative typography portrait using just one photo and applying a typography brush to it. This is a very simple and very effective technique but requires some trial and error to get the best results. Let’s begin!

Creative Typography Portrait

Step 1

Start by finding a portrait image and open it in Photoshop. In order to get the tonal cutout look in the image, you will need to use the Color Range tool. Go to Select < Color Range and a Popup window will show. Select the Sampled Colors option and click on the color area on the image that you want to be selected. The Color Range Tool will select colors similar to the ones you click on. Start by choosing the hair and click OK.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 1

Step 2

When you return to the image, you will notice a selection is made on the image. Copy and Paste the selection by using the short key Ctrl + C / Cmd + C and Ctrl + V / Cmd + V to paste the selection onto a new layer. You will see that it has duplicated an area of the portrait for you.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 2

Step 3

You will now need to repeat the last two steps to build up the tonal value and get enough contrast. Try selecting different Color Ranges in the Color Range drop down option to get different tones. Copy and paste each selection onto their own layer. We will need the separate layers later in the tutorial. Turn off your portrait layers and background layer to see your image on a transparent background to see if the contrast is good enough. You image should look similar to the one below.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 3

Step 4

Next, turn off all layers except for the tonal layers you recently created in the last few steps. Merge all the layers into a new single layer by selecting Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E / Cmd + Shift + Opt + E. When you have your new merged layer, Desaturate the image with Ctrl + Shift + U / Cmd + Shift + U.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 4

Step 5

Now we must create our typography brushes. Open a new document the same size as your image. Use the Type Tool (T) to create a type box and fill the text area with what words you want. Select any font you desire and make sure that the words are somewhat legible. Now use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to draw a circle around the type. Once the selection is made, go to Edit < Define Brush Preset. A pop up window will appear where you can see the brush and name it. Name it whatever you want and click OK.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 5

Step 6

Now that you have the brush, go back to the portrait document and Ctrl + Click / Cmd + Click the merged layer’s icon. This will cause that entire layer to be selected. Create a New Layer (Ctrl + Shift + N / Cmd + Shift + N) and click the Layer Mask icon at the bottom to create a mask that will help us define our figure while we paint onto this layer. Select the Brush Tool (B) and select the typography brush that we created and start clicking and painting onto the layer we created. You will now see your figure being filled in with the typography. To give more definition and dark tones, go back to the individual tonal layers Ctrl + Click / Cmd + Click the layer icon and paint on the type layer to add more definition.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 6

Step 7

If you would like to add more sprawling type in your work, go back to the document with the typography words on it, enlarge the type, use the Marquee Tool to select the words and Define Brush Preset again to make a new brush. You can always go to the Brush Panel and adjust the brush scattering and settings to make it easier to move the type around. Once you have your portrait laid out and want to add color, simply click on the Layer Effects icon at the bottom of the layers and add a Gradient Overlay to the layer. This will help spruce up your portrait.

Creative Typography Portrait Step 7

In the end your image should look like this after applying the brushes and gradients.

Creative Typography Portrait

Wrapping It Up

Using the Color Range tool is a great way to manipulate your images and really refine them the way you want. It is a great tool for photo touch-ups and getting posterized looks similar to our tutorial today. Get creative and use the tonal selections to make unique images and manipulations. As always, practice is the key to getting better at Photoshop.

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Create Halftone Patterns in Photoshop http://www.photoshopatoms.com/tutorials/create-halftone-patterns-photoshop/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/tutorials/create-halftone-patterns-photoshop/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:52:57 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=561 In this tutorial we will go over how to create halftone patterns in Photoshop and use them for your future projects. You may have seen a halftone pattern before. A […]

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In this tutorial we will go over how to create halftone patterns in Photoshop and use them for your future projects. You may have seen a halftone pattern before. A halftone is a series of dots that make up an object and is a notably style in print making when printed images were comprised of tiny dots. We will learn how to create a halftone pattern that can be used for a brush or to simply give texture to backgrounds or images similar to the image below.

Halftone Pattern Example 1

Step 1

Start by opening up a new document and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to click and drag the pointer to create a circle in the middle of your document. You will see a dotted outline of your circle.

Halftone Pattern Step 1

Step 2

We now have to select the Inverse of the circle (everything outside of the circle). You can do this by going to Select < Inverse or use the Shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + I / Cmd + Shift + I.

Halftone Pattern Step 2

Step 3

To make the Halftone Pattern fade away from our circle we must gradient the outline. You can do this by “Feathering” the edges of your selection. To do this, go to Select < Modify < Feathery and select a feather radius of about 10 px. To easily see your new selection, press Q to switch to Quick Mask view or click the icon with the dotted circle within the rectangle on your left hand tool bar.

Halftone Pattern Step 3

Step 4

Now it is time to add the halftone. Do this by going to Filter < Pixelate < Color Halftone. A pop-up window will appear and ask you to input some settings. Here you can adjust the angle of the dotted screen. The most visible difference will be the Max radius of the dots you create. For this example we chose 20px. Change Channel 1 to 45.

Halftone Pattern Step 4

Step 5

You will notice that your Quick Mask will change into the Halftone Pattern shape. If you are not happy with how the dots and halftone pattern came out. You can always Undo Changes (Ctrl + Z / Cmd + Z) and go through the filter process again.

Halftone Pattern Step 5

Step 6

Press Q to exit Quick Mask view to return back to your dotted outline.

Halftone Pattern Step 6

Step 7

Last, you must fill in your selection. You can easily fill in your selection using the Foreground or Background Color with the shortkey Ctrl + Backspace / Cmd + Delete or Alt + Backspace / Cmd + Delete. You can also use Shift + Backspace / Shift + Delete and use the pop-up menu to fill in the selection.

Halftone Pattern Step 7

Wrapping It Up

You can use the Color Halftone Filter in many different ways to give your project a vintage print making effect. This circle Halftone can be used as a great brush. Here are some more varieties of Halftones at different radius to see the versatility of the filter.

Halftone Pattern Radius Examples

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Export Paths in Photoshop to Illustrator http://www.photoshopatoms.com/miscellaneous/export-paths-photoshop-illustrator/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/miscellaneous/export-paths-photoshop-illustrator/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:18:32 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=553 Have you seen a really cool image created in photoshop and wish you can use those elements/assets in Illustrator. Have you ever wanted to turn a flattened font image into […]

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Have you seen a really cool image created in photoshop and wish you can use those elements/assets in Illustrator. Have you ever wanted to turn a flattened font image into a scalable vector graphic without having to redraw it? Photoshop has the answer that will save you tons of time and headaches when extracting elements from a flattened image. By utilizing the Pen Tool and turning images into Paths, we can then export those Paths to Illustrator and make it easy to make edits and save you time.

Export Photoshop Paths 1

Step 1

Start by opening any image in Photoshop. For this tutorial we will try and extract a font from a flattened image. Use the Wand Tool (W) to select the black areas of the font (select multiple areas by hole Shift and clicking).

Export Photoshop Paths 2

Step 2

Next, go to the Paths Panel and Alt + click / Opt + click on the Make Work Path from Selection button on the bottom of the panel. A popup box will ask you to input a tolerance. Set the tolerance to 0.5 so the new path will fit closely to the selection. Click OK and you will notice a new path is created.

Export Photoshop Paths 3

Step 3

Our last step is to export our path into an .AI file that can be opened and edited in Illsutrator. Simply go to File < Export < Paths to Illustrator. It will as you to name and save the file to a location you choose. Save the file and you will now see a newly create .AI file. Open this file to see the path and vector points used in the Photoshop file.

Wrapping It Up

This tutorial can help many people who are more comfortable working with Photoshop for editing graphics rather than Illustrator. Photoshop’s editing capabilities are limitless and can cater to anyone’s preferences. You can use this technique many different ways but it is namely used to help bridge the gap between sharing file assets between Photoshop and Illustrator.

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Create a Dynamic Splash Effect http://www.photoshopatoms.com/advanced/create-dynamic-splash-effect/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/advanced/create-dynamic-splash-effect/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:33 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=535 In this edition of Photoshop Atoms tutorials, we will be making a Dynamic Splash Effect that is commonly used in marketing ads to add excitement and flare to a bland […]

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In this edition of Photoshop Atoms tutorials, we will be making a Dynamic Splash Effect that is commonly used in marketing ads to add excitement and flare to a bland and boring photo. We will be using the Pen Tool a lot so if you are rusty, this is a great way to shake off those designs webs and get back into it. The Pen Tool is a great feature in Photoshop. It can either help create unique shapes or also provide us a way to create brush strokes without relying on a computer tablet. The end product will look similar to the image below.

Dynamic Splash Final

Step 1

Open an image in Photoshop that you want to work with, typically a stock photo. The most common element in many ads like these is a flash of bright light known as Lens Flare. To get this effect, create a new layer with Shift + Ctrl + N / Shift + Cmd + N and fill it with black. Go to Filter < Render < Lens Flare and then click OK. On the same layer set the Blend Mode to Screen to remove the black and leave the Flare behind.

Dynamic Splash 2

Step 2

Next, you will use the Pen Tool, and by using the Shape Setting (In the upper left menu) you will create blob shapes around the image. Once you create your blob shapes, you will then need to add highlights by using the Pen Tool again and create White Shapes on top of the previous shapes, but this time, drop the Opacity down to about 30%.

Dynamic Splash 3
Dynamic Splash 4

Step 3

This next step will vary depending on your image and taste. To create the rounded swirl going around the computer, You will need to use the Pen Tool again but this time you will use the Path Option instead of the Shape Option. Use the Pen Tool to create a line path that going left to right. Create a new layer and in the Path Panel and choose Stroke Path. Depending on what your foreground color is and size of your brush will determine the thinkness of your stroke. Make sure to select Simulate Pressure on the popup menu. You will then add a Layer Mask and use the Brush Tool (B) to remove every other line to give the illusion that the stroke is wrapping the computer. Your image will look similar to the one below.

Dynamic Splash 5

Step 4

We will now add Layer FX to the swirl we just created. In this step, you will have to use your own judgement when picking the values of each layer effect. To get a similar effect used in our demonstration use the following FX: Bevel, Inner Glow, Color Overlay & Satin. Here are the values that we used for each effect.

Dynamic Splash bevel
Dynamic Splash glow
Dynamic Splash overlay
Dynamic Splash satin

Your image should look similar to the one below.

Dynamic Splash 6

Wrapping It Up

At this point you can just add any number of objects to add more visual flare to your image. Just copy the FX layer over to another object and change the Color Overlay to get the desired effect. These techniques will definitely come in handy to add dimension to flat objects. Create some new shapes and text and see what you can come up with.

Dynamic Splash Final

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Create a Gritty HDR Photo http://www.photoshopatoms.com/photo-effects/create-gritty-hdr-photo/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/photo-effects/create-gritty-hdr-photo/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:33:35 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=515 This tutorial will teach you how to add a Gritty HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photo effect which will add some character and contrast to your image. You may also find […]

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This tutorial will teach you how to add a Gritty HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photo effect which will add some character and contrast to your image. You may also find this technique helpful if you are looking for new ways to sharpen your photo without noticeable image noise (The tiny speckles in your image that causes it to look low-res). Let’s Begin!

Step 1

Find an image that can show off a lot of details. This could be either a portrait or close-up shot. You will also need to get a high resolution image that is not to dark or to light (this will give you more flexibility when adjusting colors and sharpness. Open your image in Photoshop and Duplicate the image into a new document. To prevent the HDR toning from flattening our original image, we must Duplicate it into a new document and copy the results back over. With the new Duplicate image open, go to Image < Adjustments < HDR Toning... and adjust the values and settings. Depending on the image you are using you will have to use better judgement when choosing your values. We will need the photo in Black & White so make sure you turn the Saturation down to -100%. The values in the image below serve as a good starting point. Try these values out first and then click OK.

HDR Step 1

Step 2

Next, Duplicate the newly created HDR back to the first document. Name this Layer HDR Layer and set the Blend Mode to Hard Light and the Opacity to 72%. You will now notice the image is sharper and has added highlights around the edge. You can always do this step over again and add more contrast but it is better to be subtle when using HDR. Your subject may start to look to exaggerated and fake.

To add an extra “punch” of sharpness, Duplicate the original layer and go to Image < Adjustments < Desaturate to turn the layer black and white. Next, go to Filter < Other < High Pass, Click OK and set the Blend Mode to Hard Light and the Opacity to 66%. You should see a small difference in the image sharpness.

HDR Step 2

Step 3

This last stage depends on your image. We will fine tune the image’s color and saturation to help balance the colors and tone down any unnecessary imperfections. Select the original layer and go to Image < Adjustments < Shadows/Highlights and adjust the Values to your liking. You will most likely need to reduce the amount of shadow in your image on this step.

Next, select the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer from the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers Panel. Adjust the Values to reduce the Saturation a little to get a more “Silvery” look to your image.

HDR Step 3

Compare

After so much photo editing and use of HDR, it is always a good idea to compare the Before and After photos. This will help you determine what looks to “fake” and if this is the desired photo effect you wanted. You want the right amount of contrast without the effect being to “in your face” and loud. Here is a Before and After as a guide. You will notice a lot more definition and dark vs light contrast in the image while still retaining much of the original image.

HDR Before and After

Wrapping It Up

HDR photo effects are a really great tool for creating sharp contrast in colors in your photos. The hardest part is not to get crazy and have to much HDR effects. If you do, your images will have white “Halo” glows on the edges and will no longer look natural and will look more like a painted picture. You can also test out the different blends modes on the HDR layer to get different effects as well. Try it out for yourself!

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Add Motion Blur to An Image http://www.photoshopatoms.com/advanced/add-motion-blur-to-an-image/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/advanced/add-motion-blur-to-an-image/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:27:14 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=495 In this tutorial we will go over how to add motion blur to give a still image some movement. Many Photographers and Photoshop experts use this technique to give the […]

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In this tutorial we will go over how to add motion blur to give a still image some movement. Many Photographers and Photoshop experts use this technique to give the image more action. The most commonly used blur effects are the Motion and Radial blur. By using the Motion Blur effect you distort and blur the image, which gives the illusion that the picture was taken while the object was moving really fast at high speeds. The Radial Blur effect distorts and picture to make it look like it is spinning in a circle.

Step 1

Lets start by opening a photo with that we can practice the Motion Blur and Radial Blur effect on. The image below is a good example. We will edit the picture to give the illusion that the object is spinning around in a circle. Although it may seem as easy as using only Radial Blur in this example, radial blur isn’t perfect. We will have to use motion blur on the back and front cylinders in order for the image to be believable.

Motion Blur Step 1

Step 2

Duplicate this layer by Right-Clicking the Layer and Select Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Radial Blur Layer. Now go to Filter < Blur < Radial Blur. Set the Amount to 20 and make sure the Blur Method is set to Spin and the Quality is set to Best and click OK. Next, Select the Add Layer Mask at the bottom of the layer panel. Using the Brush Tool (B), you will need to add and remove certain areas of the Radial Blur Layer. Since we want the image to “rotate clockwise”, it is best to remove some of the blur on one side and leave part of it behind the cylinders. Use the image below as an example.

Motion Blur Step 2

Step 3

If you look at the Radial Blur now, you will notice that the front and back cylinders could use a better blur effect. Duplicate the original image (with no effect) and Duplicate the layer and name it Motion Blur Layer. Add the motion blur effect to it by going to Effect < Blur < Motion Blur and adjust the settings in the pop up block to a 0 degree angle and a distance of 72 Pixels. Add a Layer Mask to the layer and use the Brush Tool (B) again to add and remove certain areas of the image. Use the image below as a guide to getting the right amount of motion blur.

Motion Blur Step 3

Turn both of the layers on and it should look similar to the image below.

Motion Blur Example

Step 4

To really exaggerate the spinning effect. We are going to add one more Radial Blur Layer. Go ahead and duplicate the original (no effects) layer and name it Fast Radial Blur. Add the Radial Blur effect but this time adjust the amount to 44. To get the radial blur to match the perspective of the image you will need to go to Edit < Transform < Perspective and stretch the bottom out a little like the image below. Add a Layer Mask and use the Brush Tool (B) to remove some of the blur from the middle cylinder. You will also need to drop the Layer Opacity to about 33%. Use the image below as a guide.

Motion Blur Step 4

Turn all the layers on and your final image should look similar to the one below.

Motion Blur example

Wrapping It Up

In four easy steps, we were able to give our image movement and action. Both Motion Blur and Radial Blur can be very helpful tools in creating dynamic images. Motion Blur is also great to use on backgrounds to help a still appear to be going faster. The more you exaggerate, the faster the object appears to be going. Try it out!

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Create a Hazy Lens Flare Effect http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/create-hazy-lens-flare-effect/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/effects/create-hazy-lens-flare-effect/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:33:56 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=468 Today we will be replicating a recent trend photographer’s use to give their pictures the extra “WOW!” factor, the Hazy Lens Flare Effect. You may have notice in certain photos […]

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Today we will be replicating a recent trend photographer’s use to give their pictures the extra “WOW!” factor, the Hazy Lens Flare Effect. You may have notice in certain photos taken outside that the subject is covered in sun rays with a washed out effect, or an extreme light source is shown through a window. Yes, this photo can be taken with a really good camera and lens but many photographers use Photoshop to greatly exaggerate the effect, giving the image a bright and cheerful look. By using some Light Streak Brushes and Layer Blending Modes we can reproduce this effect within a few easy steps.

Step 1

Lets start by opening a photo with an outside scene, or one with the subject by a window. Most of the time, the photo will be under-exposed compared to the amount of brightness we want. Click the Adjustment Layer icon underneath the Layers panel and select the Curves adjustment option. Depending on your photo you will need to adjust the curve to exaggerate the dark and light areas of the image just a little bit. The image below provides a good subtle change in the photo.

Lens Flare Step 1

Step 2

Next, click the Adjustment Layer and this time select the Exposure option. Bump up the exposure a little bit. In the example below we moved it up to +.55.

Lens Flare Step 2

Step 3

We will now create the lens flare but we must fill in a layer to place it on. Now, Create a New Layer by clicking the icon underneath the layer panel or use the hot key CTRL + SHIFT + N / CMD + SHIFT + N. Next, Fill the layer with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Next, in the Top Drop Down Menu go to Filter < Render < Lens Flare. Select the 50-300mm Zoom option and adjust the Brightness to about 91%. Use the image below as a reference on where to place the light.

Lens Flare Step 3

Step 4

Find a good light streak Photoshop brush on http://www.brusheezy.com/. Once you have a good one, use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to select the reddish/pink color from the lens flare. Click and add the light streaks to the layer. Your lens flare layer should look similar to the image below.

Lens Flare Step 4

Step 5

Select the Lens Flare Layer that you just created and change the Blend Mode to Overlay. The Blend Mode menu is at the top of the Layers Panel right next to the Opacity. You may also need to change the Opacity of this layer. The example below shows the Lens Flare Layer at 37% Opacity.

Lens Flare Step 5

Step 6

Select the Lens Flare Layer with the Overlay setting, Right-Click and Duplicate Layer. Select the newly created layer and change the Blend Mode to Hue to soften the colors. You may also need to adjust the Opacity. The Image below shows the Hue Layer at 26%.

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Step 7

Create a New Layer and by using the same Light Streak Brush you used earlier, place a white light streak brush on the newly created layer. Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and the light rays will be more noticeable, giving it the “sun-kissed” look.

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Extra Effects

If you would like to add some more contrast or photo effects, The Gradient Map option in the Adjustment Layer is a great way to change the color tone and mood of the image. Here are some more examples using different colored Gradient Maps to add some extra “pop” to your image.

White Gradient Map Blow-out Effect
Lens Flare Gradient Map Example 1

Warm Orange Gradient Map Effect
Lens Flare Gradient Map Example 2

Cool Blue Gradient Map Effect
Lens Flare Gradient Map Example 3

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How to Create Vector Shapes http://www.photoshopatoms.com/tutorials/how-to-create-vector-shapes/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/tutorials/how-to-create-vector-shapes/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:35:23 +0000 http://www.photoshopatoms.com/?p=451 CS6 brings a lot of new updates and some really great features as well. One of the best additions to CS6 is Photoshop’s ability to create “vectors” similar to Illustrator’s […]

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CS6 brings a lot of new updates and some really great features as well. One of the best additions to CS6 is Photoshop’s ability to create “vectors” similar to Illustrator’s vectoring tools. Photoshop used to simulate shapes by filling an entire layer with one color and placing a vector mask over, causing you to create multiple layers or unorganized vector additions just for simple icons. Now everything can be accomplished in one layer and anchor points can be manipulated to create simple vector shapes.

In this lesson, we will be creating a minimal flat icon by sticking to two main tools besides the Shape Tool (U).

1) Pen Tool – Located on the left hand side tools pallet, the pen tool is used to subtract or add additional anchor points as well as change the angle of the anchor points.

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2) Path Operations – When the Shape Tool (U) is selected, this tool is located in the top Tools Options bar. It is used to combine or subtract two shapes, much like Illustrator’s Pathfinder tool.

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Step 1

We will make a minimal camera icon to help us test out or new tools. Start by using the Round Rectangle Shape Tool (U) to create the camera body. The easiest way to add different shapes together is to choose the Path Operations option BEFORE you create a new shape. That way Photoshop knows that the next shape you draw will be an addition to the shape layer you are currently working on. The image below demonstrates the shapes used and displays the anchor points so you can better see the shapes that make the camera body.

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If it is easy for you to create the shapes on separate layers first and then combine them together you can do that as well. Select all your shape layers, right-click and select Merge Shapes. Note: You can only Merge Shapes together, not Subtract Shapes using this method.

Step 2

Now we will add some contrast by Subtracting from the camera body shape we created. Remember, to subtract from a shape you must first select the Subtract Front Shape option on the top tool bar before placing a shape in order for this to work. The image below demonstrates how the icon looks with shapes subtracted from it.

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To create the left side handle and the reflection in the lens, Subtract a Circle shape from the camera body and use the Pen Tool (P) to remove and manipulate some of the anchor points. To create the Circular Lens you must either Subtract or Combine the Circular Shapes one at a time until you have the desired look.

Step 3

Finish off the icon by adding the final touches like a mounted flash using the techniques you learned earlier. If you want to make small teaks a single anchor point, you can do so by selecting the Direct Selection Arrow (A) to choose any anchor point and move them or select multiple to move an entire shape.

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Step 4

After you have placed all the shapes. Your icon should look similar to the image below. Turn off the background layer to see the results of your icon and the cut out shapes, all in one simple to use layer.

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Wrapping It Up

Creating vector shapes in Photoshop can be a very helpful tool, especially if you are not familiar with Illustrator. The biggest benefit why you should use vector shapes is they are not limited by pixel size. You can scale your vector shapes to bigger sizes without worrying about rasterizing the shape.

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Create a 3D Typography Scene http://www.photoshopatoms.com/3d/create-3d-typography-scene/ http://www.photoshopatoms.com/3d/create-3d-typography-scene/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:02:17 +0000 http://photoshopatoms.com/?p=416 In this tutorial we will go over how to create a dynamic 3D typography environment using Photoshop’s new 3D tools and layout. There has been a big jump in 3D […]

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In this tutorial we will go over how to create a dynamic 3D typography environment using Photoshop’s new 3D tools and layout. There has been a big jump in 3D graphics for Adobe in order to keep up with leading competitors like 3D Studio Max and Maya. In CS5 you created 3D type using what was called Repousse, but now they dropped the name and included it into their 3D tools panel which makes creating 3D typography easier. Let’s Get Started!

Step 1

First open up a new document (ctrl+N or cmd+N) and start a project no more than 1000px wide x 400px high. Type in two letters on two separate layers so we can manipulate each one. Give some space between the characters, right click on one of the text layers you created and select New 3D Extrusion From Selected Layer. It may ask to open the 3D panel. If at any time you want to go back to the default panel settings you can do so by clicking the top right drop down menu above your right panels section and select Essentials.

Step 2

Here is where it’s going to get a little tricky. You will now bevel, skin, manipulate the new 3D Type on a XYZ axis, and light the model appropriately. This step will be broken down into parts A, B, C, and D.

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Step 2A

First let us just Bevel the model. If you select the P character in the 3d layer you will see an option called Shape Preset in the above Properties palette. Select it and choose the Bevel option. I set my Extrusion Depth to about 221 but I’ll let you decide how you want the Bevel to look. Also Deselect the cast shadows option because we will make our own shadows later on.

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Step 2B

Above the 3D layer palette you will see four icons: Whole Scene, Meshes, Materials, and Lights. Click Materials and you will see both the layer and properties palette change. Here is where you can assign a material (a.k.a skin) to each side of the model. There are some good presets here but don’t be afraid to upload and test out some new textures (but only use BIG hi-res textures files). For the Front Inflation Material and Front Bevel Material layer I chose the Wood Balsa option from the drop down image menu. For the rest of the layers I chose the Wood Cork option. Your model is now has texture!

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Step 2C

You may have noticed that when you click the P layer under the Whole Scenes tab that a grid and arrow keep popping up. Those are your tools and guides to help you position your model around the 3D plane. Essentially you grab the Red (x-axis), Green (y-axis), and Blue (z-axis) arrow heads to manipulate the figure around the 3D plane. Play around and move the figure to however you like or similar to the image below. There is no right or wrong way. If you want to hide all the tools and clutter you can press ctrl+H or cmd+H at any time to see how your figure looks. I choose to show more of the front figure to make it easy.

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Step 2D

Our 3D Type looks a little dull. That’s because in the world of 3D, lighting is everything. Just like in photography, lighting is your best friend and the principles still apply here in the same way. Click the Lights tab in the 3D panel and you’ll see the Layer and Properties panel change again. Photoshop has three different ways to light your figure: Infinite, Point Light, and Spot Light. It will start you off with an Infinite Light Layer which will work fine the way it is now. Add a Spot Light by clicking the Add New Light To Scene icon on the bottom and in the Properties Panel. You can choose a preset one or make your own Point Light under the Type drop down menu. Do these steps again but this time choose the Spot Light to see the difference and learn how to best utilize these tools. You can manipulate the direction of light similar to how you did with the model by using the XYZ arrowheads. Experiment and try it out.

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Step 3

Repeat the process in STEP 2A-D but this time, do this to the second letter. To make the scene believable, tilt the letters in different positions to demonstrate how the objects catch light at different angles. It will make your environment interesting and believable. Take some time to play around with the settings and understand the limits and capabilities of Photoshop 3D toolset. Remember to use ctrl+H or cmd+H to Hide Extras to see what your figures look like in the 3D space.

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Step 4

Next we are going to make a clean and minimal environment for your objects to sit on to make it more believable. A simple trick to make the “white room” effect is to make a new layer (shift+ctrl+N or shift+cmd+N), select a black and white Gradient (G) and fill the layer with the gradient from darkest on top to whitest on the bottom. Now, Transform the layer (ctrl+T or cmd+T) and shrink it down to the bottom half of the screen. Turn the Opacity down to about 22%. Your figures should now look like they are sitting on a level ground. Adjust and Transform the gradient so there is more white than black, similar to the image below.

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Step 5

Most of the “white room” effects you see have a reflections and shadows around the objects. To create this look, start by duplicating the Characters first(right click and Duplicate layer or hold Alt or Option and drag to a new layer). Take the duplicated layers and transform them (ctrl+T or cmd+T), then Right Click the transformed selection and select Flip Vertical. Select the object and Transform again, hold Ctrl or Command to Skew each Transform point. Go to the Opacity bar in the top part of the Layers panel and drop it down to about 20%. To fade out the reflection select the layer, add a Layer Mask (the icon is in the bottom of the layers panel), and fill is with a black and white Gradient (the black area will make the reflection disappear and the white will reveal the reflection).

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Step 6

Now we will place a shadow underneath our figures. Since we have light hitting the front of the objects, it should cast a shadow behind the figures. Create a New Layer (shift+ctrl+N / shift+cmd+N) behind each letter and use the Brush Tool (B) and select a Soft Round Brush from the Brush Pallette in Black. Paint in a shadow look that sits at the base of each letter but make sure the shadow does not appear in front of the letters to give the illusion the letters are casting a shadow. Once you have it set go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur and set it to about 20%. The last thing to do is drop the Opacity down to about 20%. You may need to play with the settings to get the faint shadow look. You final project should look similar to the image below.

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Wrapping It Up

3D can be a great way to impress any client, use for displaying products, or even make an energetic photo-manipulation. We kept it simple to teach you the fundamentals, but dealing with most cases you must Render the 3D project for final output to get the highest quality possible. This process can take several minutes to several hours depending on the file size and your computers resources. If you are submitting any 3D object to a client for final proofing, you have to RENDER each object for final output to get the most optimized result (in Photoshop shop, right click the 3D object and select Render).

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