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Blending Watercolor with Reality Using Filter Forge

Since Photoshop is capable of producing so many spectacular effects, it’s not often that I turn to third-party software to get the job done. I make exceptions, however, when I stumble across software as remarkable as Filter Forge. Filter Forge features over 4000 creative photo effects and almost 4500 realistic textures. The number of effects and textures is growing by the day because Filter Forge filters are created not by 10 engineers in a lab, but by thousands of users from around the globe.

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Digital Tattoos

This technique is written for Photoshop CS6, but can easily be accomplished in prior versions. I recently picked up a copy of the Michael Jordan biography, Driven from Within, and on p. 11 there is…

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Receding Type Effect

The type treatment on the cover of the ‘Best of 2012′ iPad version of Photoshop User magazine displays type that appears to be receding into the distance. The entire effect is created using a few clever layer styles and a gradient overlay. Today, I’ll show you how to produce this sweet look.

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Getting Creative with Custom Shapes

Working on a children’s book has given me the opportunity to deeply engage my imagination. Specifically, I’ve been dressing up animals with patterns. Doing so has allowed me to play around with custom shapes, layer styles, and blend modes. The process is incredibly fun! Today, I’d like to share some of the remarkable things I’ve learned using a toy rhinoceros as the subject.

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