Combining textures with photos is a simple and creative way to impart a painterly quality. As I search for textures to blend with subjects, I can almost feel new synapses being formed in my brain.
I gave our editor, Chris Main, a few options for this issue’s “Down & Dirty Tricks” column and, of course, he went with the X-Men type effect.
Daniel uses the Brush tool, text, layer styles, and lens flare to create a critically acclaimed award show-style graphic.
In this video tutorial, Stephen Burns isolates and modifies, then uses the new Path Blur tool to create a sense of motion and add drama to an image.
What’s nice about this technique is its simplicity and flexibility. You can have as many or as few tiles as needed, and you can change the font color or messaging very easily. It’s one of those simple but effective techniques that works perfectly as an additional design element.
This is a cool grid effect I did back in my first book, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, and I thought it lent itself nicely to a wedding-themed design. With a few updated tricks for this technique, you can definitely have some fun with your wedding images.
Create a type effect to go along with the pirate theme for Photoshop World 2014. While finding a swashbuckler-looking font was pretty easy, I also wanted the type to have a very textured, rusty appearance, as if it were a piece of iron or steel that had been exposed to the elements of the high seas for an extended period of time.
Daniel Bryant shows how he re-created the movie poster for Skyfall. He covers selections, creates a black-and-white image, and uses a Levels adjustment, layer styles, and layer masks to capture the style of the original.