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Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

48 comments on “Bond… James Bond

  1. Great tutorial but what where I am loosing you is when you put the gradient above the cloud layer. You don’t seem to be using any transparency or blending mode but yet in your tutorial, it doesn’t cover up the underlying layer of the cloud layer. Why? It does when i try to follow along. I had to change the blend layer of the gradient layer to Multiply to get it to look like yours. What am I missing?

    Thanks,
    Houston

  2. Houston,

    Make sure you are using a foreground (black) to transparent gradient. If you look closely, it does apply some darkness over the top of the cloud layer, and gradually becomes more transparent. Make sure you start the gradient below the bottom of the image and go straight up. If you begin the gradient above the bottom of the image, it will make it completely black, then gradually transparent.

  3. I’m having the same problem as Houston.. and I read Gman’s response, and tried it, and I still get a completely black cover, no gradient…. I have the right gradient selected, but still no black to transparent shows up… can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Could my gradient file be corrupted, although I tried to create my own and still have the same problem. I’m working in CS2, could that be the problem.. any help would be appreciated, it’s very frustrating when I follow step by step and can’t get it to work.. In fact I’ve tried all the gradient that have transparency in them and none of them work.. maybe I have some setting that isn’t right

  4. @Houston & Judee: It’s just because you have to select the Foreground to Transparent (which is positioned in the 2nd place) gradient instead of normal Foreground to Background gradient. Hope it helps! ;)

  5. One of the things that impress me about you and your tut’s is your ability to think up ideas that appeal to the many. I also of course like you teaching technique.
    I too am a armature tutorial make for Photoshop and know how hard these things can be, I only hope to match your standard one day.
    Thanks.

    PJ

  6. Narandra… I am grabbing the 2nd gradient, foreground to transparent… but the sample in the bar window when selected shows solid black.. and no matter where I place my gradient icon to draw the gradient from, it still comes up solid black.. that’s why I think my gradients are corrupted or it’s because it doesn’t work in cs2… I really don’t know, all I know is that I’m doing it exactly and selecting the correct options and it’s not working… sigh…but thanks for trying…

  7. owh..nice one.i want to make it.but i don’t have much time to do it.wish i can. is sit easy??hope it is..by the way. where can i get adobe photoshop CS4 for free??well.. i have my CS3 here. :D

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  9. When ever I try to use the Gradient at about 3:32(video time) something pops up saying
    “Could not use the Gradient tool because the affected area is empty or does not overlap the canvas” Could someone help with this please :D Thanks!

  10. This looks great and I want to do it too but, I am also having the same problem as Jake, I can’t seem to get past the gradient part either. Any tips would be great! Thank you!

    -Beth

  11. Hi! Great tutorial, and fun!
    I did it, and it looks cool. But I have a doubt. I’m from Argentina, and my English it’s decent but there’s something I didn’t get it: when you put the Clouds Filter, and hold it to obtain more contrast, which is the key you press?
    Maybe someone could help me.
    Thanks in advance! :)

  12. great solution for the transparasy would be to lower the opacity and keeping the transparasy selected helpt for me

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  14. Thanks for the tutorial,

    I am having a problem around the 2:02 mark of your video. I am using Photoshop CS2. When I try to select the thin rectangle around the top of the image using the rectangular Marquee tool, photoshop is unable to do this because “No pixels are more than 50% selected.” Am I missing something. Any input would be appreciated.

    -Mike

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  18. I get stuck at the Filter->Distort->Polar Coordinates part.

    When I go to Filter->Distort, the only option I have that’s active to select is Lens Correction. Any ideas?

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  20. Thanks! A helpful tutorial and it work’d perfectly! Thanks and btw that was my first photoshop and i got it rite even tho i have diff version than in the vid :)

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