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Jul 18, 2008
Ever wanted to do abstract art? Well with computers it can be quite simple. Start by creating a new file with black as background color. Select gradient tool. Select radial mode as gradient style. Create a new layer and apply the gradient. Apply another gradient several times as shown below. Change the layer mode to "Color Dodge". Repeat the above steps again to create more disco loops. Create duplicate of both disco layers and merge the duplicate layers. From "Filter" menu select "Distort>>Wave". Press Ctrl+U to open hue/saturation window. Change the layer mode to "Screen". There you have it creating disco balls with photoshop.

So first you need to pick out a photo. Now create a new Photoshop document 150x150 px with a #725F3B background. Drag the photo over to this document. Next, we need to make this photo look old. So, desaturate the image, then use the Add Noise filter with the following settings. Now we need to darken and color the picture using the Levels and HueSaturation. It looks a little rough, so you use the Blur filter and repeat. Not bad. But it's a little boring with the picture so static. Let's liven it up by adding some degraded stripes and shifts. Let's begin with the stripes. Create a new layer and paint it black. Use the Grain Filter.Now change the Blending Mode for Screen. This will be one of the shots. To create the other 5 shots you need to repeat the procedure: create the new layer, paint it black, use the Grain Filter with slightly changed values and change the Blending Mode for Screen. And there's a much easier way to do this. Duplicate the layer with the stripes and then repeat the use of the last filter. Do that 5 times. Don't be afraid of too much noise. We will correct it in Image Ready. To make the correction make all layers with the Grain invisible. Then in the Animation Panel push the button Duplicate current frame 10 times. Make visible the first layer with Grain for the first shot. Now the second layer - for the second shot and etc. The seventh shot leave with the sixth visible layer, the eighth with the fifth, and so on in a reverse sequence. Now we've got some movement, but it is very quick. Select all the shots and then set delay time to 0.1 sec. Almost done. The last thing I'd like to add is a shift for a couple of the shots. Select the sixth shot (where the shot with Grain repeats), select the layer with the picture and shift it for several pixels below and to the right. Then select the next seventh shot and shift it for several pixels to the right. Save it - and enjoy the results.

With photoshop we can reduce the weight of the PDS up to 75%. This is something to think about, if we can reduce so much the information in a PSD it would be because this format is not very optimized, right?. Most people think that's why there are files with compression, TIFF or JPG but they agree that keeping the original files in PSD format is much more comfortable than working with TIFF (i don't think we need to compare it with JPG). Well, how can we do this? Something as simple as hiding the layers before saving the file, if after that you compress it with Winrar or Winzip you will save a lot more. Here you have the information of the experiment: Normal PSD: 49,2 MB PSD saved with the hidden layers: 38,9 MB PSD saved with the hidden layers and zipped: 11,5 MB The new version of Photoshop CS3 is out and we still have the same problem we will have to wait a little more. Now, if you have to send a PSD via ftp or email you have no choice than doing this.

When you are creating a brush you can save and delete it, heres how: To Save Modified Brush Preset: After you make a modification to you brush shape or brush dynamic, you can save brush by do one of following using Brush Palette. Using Brush Palette Menu and select New Brush Preset. Click New button at bottom Brush Palette. If you use Small Thumbnail or Large Thumbnail you can click at empty area (your cursor will turn to indicate you can click to save the brush). To Delete Brush Preset. You can delete unwant brush by do one of following option: Select brush you want to delete and select Brush Palette Menu and select Delete Brush. Select brush you want to delete and click Trash Button Select brush you want to delete Right Click or Control + Click (for MacOS) and select Delete Brush.

Have you ever tried to make an image black and white? Did you use the desaturate method. Now if i go to Image>adjustments>desaturate and take away the color from the photo... I will be left with a black and white picture. But it doesn't look as good as it could. It seems dull and lacks depth. Heres a better way of making images black and white - Open up the picture you want to use. In the Layers palette go to the button circled in red in the picture below and then go to channel mixer in the drop down menu. Put in settings feel free to experiment. Now I am left with a much nicer black and white picture. You could even add a unsharpen mask (Filter>Sharpen>Unsharpen Mask). Much better that the desaturated image right?

Something fun to do is create a 3D comment.Let's start by creating a new 300200 document in Photoshop.Take out your Paint Bucket Tool (G) and paint the background a dark deviant green color. I used #37433A for my background. Switch over to the Custom Shape Tool (U). Select this quote shape from the huge custom shape dropdown. Once you have it selected, plug in these custom shape settings into your document. Now change your foreground color to a gray, and click anywhere on your document to add the shape. Go to Edit -> Transform -> Perspective and give the shape an angle. This is achieved by clicking the top-left point and dragging it directly down a little bit. We don't want to overdo the perspective, so drag it only a short distance. Duplicate the custom shape's layer. Once you've duplicated it, we want to select the bottom shape layer. Hold down shift on your keyboard, and hit the right arrow once. Next we want to let go of shift, and just punch the up arrow 2-3 times. This will position the bottom shape to the right and above the top shape. Change the bottom layer's blending mode from Normal to Hard Light. Right click on the top shape layer and select Blending Options. Now give the shape a gradient overlay to add depth to the shape and make it come out more. Now we need to add some text to the document. Take out the Horizontal Type Tool (T). With a round 36px font selected, type out comment in your document. Be sure to set anti-aliasing so the text doesn't look all jaggy and ugly! Firstly, we need to rasterize the text layer. Once you've done that, you'll need to repeat the Perspective transformation that we used on the shape itself. We're aiming to match the angle the shape has already, so try to get it as close as possible! Duplicate the text layer. Select the bottom of the two text layers. Now hit right and down on your keyboard 2 times each. This will position them 2px down and to the right from the upper text layer. Change the font color of the bottom text layer from black to the background's color. Again, I used #37433A in my example. There you have it, a sweet 3D Comment Icon.

Ever wondered how to create an oil painting effect to a picture, well heres how: Click on Filter > Distort > Glass and apply the following settings to your photograph. Distortion -- 2 Smoothness -- 5 Texture -- Canvas Scaling: -- 75% Next, click on Filter > Artistic > Paint Daubs and apply the following settings to your photograph. Brush Size -- 2 Sharpness -- 4 Brush Type -- Simple Go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Angled Strokes and apply the following settings to your photograph. Direction Balance -- 18 Stroke Length -- 4 Sharpness -- 2 In this last step, you want to click on Filter > Texture > Texturizer and apply the following settings to your photograph. This creates the appearance that your painting was done on canvas. To do this, we're going to go: Texture -- Canvas Scaling -- 65% Relief -- 6 Light Direction -- Top Right. Since every photograph is different, you can slightly tweak the Photoshop filter settings above to suit your photograph or taste.
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