Category: Photoshop

Turning a Photo into an Oil Painting in Photoshop

I know you probably already know about the Oil Paint filter, but while I use it in this tutorial, this tutorial is really about the 2nd and 3rd things — things that take the effect up a notch, by adding more depth to the paint strokes (using a different filter), and then adding a Canvas texture to the entire image (using yet another filter). Luckily, it’s all easy and quick to do. I made a quick tutorial for you (below) that shows how easy it is. 🙂 Hope you found that helpful. 🙂 Best,...

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Gritty Texture Effect in Photoshop

An excerpt from Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. I’m a big fan of textures. I keep a folder of nothing but textures for any occasion. Whether they’re from iStockphoto, Fotolia, my own camera, or even my phone, I always like to have a variety on hand. In this project, we’ll use a simple texture file to add an element of grit and ruggedness to a photo. Textures can have so many uses beyond their face value; you just have to look at them a little differently. STEP ONE: Open the file of the rugged cowboy...

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Old School Photoshop Background Spotlight Trick

Old School: Creating a Soft Spotlight “Behind” Your Subject If you didn’t put a soft spotlight back behind your subject when you took the shot, this will do in a pinch. STEP ONE: Open the image you forgot to add a soft spotlight behind. STEP TWO: Duplicate the Background layer and change the layer blend mode to Multiply to darken the entire image (as seen above). Now, get the Elliptical Marquee tool; hold the Shift key, and drag out a large circular selection like the one you see here. Once it’s in place, go under the Select menu, under Modify and...

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Branding a Brand

This technique largely grew out of frustration because, a while back, I was doing a project and needed a really realistic branding effect on a wood grain. Every tutorial I found just fell short of what I needed. So, I started playing around and finally got a result I was happy with. You know the old saying: “If you want it done right…” STEP ONE: First, we need a cool background texture to apply the effect to, Here, I have a great aged-wood image that has some nice texture and the tonal range for the effect to be convincing,...

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