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Make sparkle trails!

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I think its super cool to look at something and it look like magic. I am going to show you all how to create neon stripes. This is a great affect to use on your facebook pics and you are for sure to get lots of likes 🙂

Here is my reference!

Step 1: Open up a picture.




















Make a cool 3d Sphere!

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So I know we have alot of graphic designers and other visual art majors in our class and I thought it would be a good idea to show you all how to make a cool 3D sphere. A circle is such a common shape and I am going to show you how to make a circle even better, make it looke 3d!


Here is my reference!


Step 1: Go to the elipse tool. Go to the center, and while hold SHIFT+ALT drag your mouse and it will make a circle. 


Step 2: Click the stroke to non showing and change the fill to a gradiant. Choose a radial gradiant. And then drag from top left to right.


Step 3: Select the top anchor point and delete that. Next the middle and click JOIN. So the shape is closed.


Step 4: Then get the elipse tool and drag till the end of the circle. Position it till it snaps on and you can change the gradiant. Now we have a cool bowl looking effect.


Step 5: Now copy both and drag holding ALT.


Step 6: Next click on the path finder and unite both. And they become one!


Step 7: Next right click to rotate. Click reflect and choose horizontal.


Step 8: Now place that one on top of the other and it looks like a sphere. Play with the gradiant some more.


Step 9: And now you have a cool 3D sphere 🙂



Create a ghost photo!!

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This is a great tutorial, especially for beginners. I have always thought that seeing a picture of someone and them being translucent is pretty awesome. You still see a person but you see the background as well. In this tutorial you will learn how to do a ghost image, in just one image.



Here is my reference:


Step 1: Open up any photo. Best prefer that the image has a simple background.


Step 2: Duplicate the layer by pressing control+J and turn it into visible. Rename this layer to Ghost


Step 3: Now we are going to remove the girl from the background layer. Select background layer and make a selection on the girl. There are several ways you can do this but I am going to use the lassol tool. It doesn’t have to be precise.


Step 4: Go to edit-fill-choose content-use content ware-and mode to normal. Click Ok.

Photoshop will remove the area


Step 5: Use the clone stamp tool to fix things. Hold down on right area with alt and then click on areas to fix.


Step 6: Click on the new adjusment layer button and choose black and white. Now on the bar choose red filter.


Step 7: Now we are going to change the contrast. So click on the new adjument layer button and choose contrast. Put it like this.


Step 8: Now to make the girl look like a ghost. Right click on the ghost layer, choose convert to small object. Now go to filtor-distort-diffuse glow. Apply the settings like mine.


Step 9: Go to filtor-blur-motion blur and apply these settings.


Step 10: To just get the girl click on the Smart Filters mask of the ‘ghost’ layer.


Step 11: Give the girl transparency. Right click the layer and choose blending options. Play around with the input and opcity. And then you are done!!



Make a photo collage!

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I am going to teach you guys how to seamlessly combine photos to create a realistic image of a girl sleeping in a bathtub on a beautiful field while the sun sets. In this tuturial you will learn how to use the brush tool (B) to create light and shadows and how to make the colors of an image more vivid. My goal is to make the viewer have the impression that he is standing just in front and peeking at a lower object. I thought this would be a great tutorail on the count of our magazine cover and magazine article. This would be very handy, especially to advertising majors. It’s very important when you are combining pictures to make them look realistic intead of making it obvious that you copied and pasted.

What your going to be able to make in the end 🙂

My reference is this:

Step 1: Start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Presets: International Paper
  • Size: A4
  • Width: 2480 pixels
  • Height: 3508 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: White

Step 2: Now to make the background. To start, open the land picture. Next, activate the Move tool by pressing V on your keyboard; left-click the image while the Move tool (V) is activated and then drag that image to our canvas.

Name your layers!!

Step 3: We need to activate the angle and rotate it.

Rotate it and it will look like this

Step 4: Stretch the ground, just do control alt T.

Step 5: Position the sky. Resize the sky a little to get rid of that little gray cloud on the upper left of the image. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then resize the image as shown below:


Step 6: Activate the Brush tool (B). make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below


Step 7: Now input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

The “#” is 000000 is the color black.


Step 8: Next, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Darken 2″. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000


Step 9: Create another layer again and name this layer: “Darken 3″.Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 1200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000


Step 10: Now, create another layer and name it: “Darken 4″.Next, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 800px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000


Step 11: Create another new layer  and put this layer above the “sky” layer, name this layer to “Light 1″.Then activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffedd


Create another layer and name it “Light 3″. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

-Brush size: 800px

  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ff9000


Step 13: Click the Hue/Saturation box and input the following:

  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: 0
  • Saturation: +25
  • Lightness: 0


Step 14: Now we open up the bathtub.  Once it is open, activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) and create a selection area around the bathtub.


Step 15: Activate the Move tool (V) by clicking enter. Copy onto the background.


Step 16: Change the brightness and contrast.

Step 17: Next, we will make the tub look like it really is on grass. To do that, we will need to activate the Eraser tool (E). Once it is active, right click on the canvas and then choose the following brush:

  • Brush size: 35px
  • Hardness: Default 100%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Zoom level: 100%

    should look like this!


    Step 18: Now we are going to make the shadow! Get your brushes out and ready.

    • Brush size: 300px
    • Hardness: 0%
    • Opacity: 20%
    • Flow: 100%
    • #: 000000


    Step 19: Get the picture of the girl. Activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L). Copy and paste into the main picture.


    Step 20: Fix the brightness and contrast.








How to make smoke look like an actual image!

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Ever seen those ads where they say that smoking is bad for you and they represent it with a skull?? Well I thought it would be neat to learn how to do that. Today you can do anything on photoshop, even make a picture out of smoke! It’s a really retro effect and you can add this style on many types of photographs. That is also why I thought this would be a great tutorial, for all those photographers wanting to make realistic picture smoke!


Here is my reference!

Step 1: Open up the smoker image

Normal Picture

Step 2: Next open the skull image and draw a path around it using the Pen Tool.

Skull and use the pen tool.

Step 3: Clone out unwanted elements such as the nuts and bolts using the Clone Stamp Tool. Take a selection from your Path (Command-click the Path icon on the Paths palette) and copy and paste it into the smoker picture. Flip it horizontally (Edit >Transform > Flip Horizontal) and then use the Free Transform Tool to rotate and resize it. You can flip it during this stage instead by entering -100% into the horizontal scale and then using the corner points to resize.

Clonestamp the bults and resize.

Place the skull up on the top left and flip it.

Step 4: Open the first smoke image. Use the clone stamp and clone out the cigarette.


Step 5: Then use the Polygonal Lasso tool to loosely draw a selection around the smoke, taking in some of the background as well. Copy and paste it into the smoker image.

Step 6: Change the layer bending mode to screen. You may now see some hard edges around the smoke, this is caused by the background not being true black, so select the burn tool and burn. Then adjust the levels and resize.

Step 7: Now we are going to do the skull. Adjust the levels (Image > Adjustments > Levels). Then select the clone stamp tool and stamped out some stuff. Then desaturate the Skull (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and apply a glowing edges filter (Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges) as shown.


Step 8: Open the second smoke image. Invert the image (Image > Adjustments > Invert) so the smoke is white and the background is black. Then copy and paste it into the working document, and name the layer smoke. Click the dodge tool and  go up the right-hand side a few times. Change the layer blending mode to Screen. The duplicate the layer.


Step 9: Keep building up layers of smoke using copies of the original smoke layer.


Step 10: Open the third smoke image. Desaturate, copy and paste it into the working document. Change the layer blending mode to screen.. Then go to Edit > Transform > Warp  and manipulate the grid to create a funnel-like shape from the smoke. The smoke would begin to disperse as it floats up so try and recreate this by breaking the outline of the skull. Again, blend any hard-edges out by using the Burn Tool.


Step 11: Finally open the last smoke picture and place it on the smoker image and change the layer to screen.


Step 12: Now we are going to change the gradient of the picture. Click on gradient and make it custom instead of rgb!


Step 13: Play around with different adjusments and then you are finished and you have a nice smoke picture 🙂


Money Style Illustration in Photoshop!

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I am going to show you guys how you can make your own picture look like an actual dollar bill! I was experimenting with Photoshop and my goal was to find a way to give a photo a really cool effect. Today in social media everyone likes to make their picture black or white, cosmic, negative, or sepia. I explored around to see what kind of cool affect I can make and I hope after this tutorial you guys will want to make your pics into dollar effect 🙂

Here is my reference!

Step one: Open Photoshop and use a picture that you have or want to apply the effect. I used one of myself because I want to see my face on a dollar someday.

Step two:Go to Image-Adjustmenst-Desaturate                                                (your image should look like this now ^^)

Step three: Go to Image-Adjustments-Levels. Now change the black input to 50 and the white to 150, and the grey input to 1.

Step four: Go to Filter-Blur-Surface Blur. Put 30 pixels for the Radius and 20 for the Threshold. Save this PSD file as Displace.psd.

Step five: Go to Image-Adjustments-Levels. Use 15 for the black input, 1 for the grey and 205 for the white.

Step six: Go to Image-Mode-Greyscale. Then go to Image-Mode-Bitmap. Use the default settings.

Step eight: The next dialog box will be the Halftone Screen settings. Use Line for the Shape and 30 lines/inch for the frequency.

Step nine: Click on Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur. Use 0.5 pixels for the Radius.

Step ten: Once again go to Image-Adjustments-Levels. Change the white input to 110.

Step eleven:  Go to Filter-Distort-Displace. Use 1 for the Horizontal Scale, 3 for the Vertical and then Stretch to Fit and Wrap Around for the other options.

Step twelve: Your picture should look like this.

Step thirteen: Play around with the live paint bucket on the color of a dollar bill and apply it to the picture.

 And now you match the presidents. 🙂

Tutorial over photoshop rainbow eye effect!

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Here is a tutorial on how to apply a rainbow effect on an eye! I decided to choose this effect because many of us are attractive to eyes. Sometimes they are the first thing we notice in a person, and this was a neat trick to make the eye different and very vibrant. I got my tutorial from

First you need to open up a picture of an eye on Photoshop. Go to the windows tab a choose layers. Make a second layer. You might have to adjust your lighting. If you have to, go under the image tab and choose adjustments. Select brightness/contrast. Adjust your lighting.

Second, choose the brush tool from your tool box. Click on the eyeball somewhere and change your hardness and size. Go to the tool box and select your color.

Next go to the filter tab and click blur. Select Gaussin Blur. Set your radius up high in order to receive a blurry effect.

After you have set your radius to a fine point, go to the layers and scroll down for the overlay button. This helps it all to blend in. If some color got out of the eye, go to the tool box select the eraser and erase the overshadow parts.

Here you can play around with all different types of effects. You can also correct your hue, adjust your saturation, and turn the colors around.

And that is how you get a rainbow eye effect!