Raster – Photoshop
In computer graphics, a raster graphics image, or bitmap, is a dot matrix data structure representing a generally rectangular grid of pixels, or points of color, viewable via a monitor, paper, or other display medium. Raster images are stored in image files with varying formats.
A bitmap corresponds bit-for-bit with an image displayed on a screen, generally in the same format used for storage in the display’s video memory, or maybe as a device-independent bitmap. A bitmap is technically characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels and by the number of bits per pixel (a color depth, which determines the number of colors it can represent).
The printing and prepress industries know raster graphics as contones (from “continuous tones”). The opposite to contones is “line work”, usually implemented as vector graphics in digital systems.
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By: Nathaniel Dodson | @tutvid
What makes you turn and stare at the subliminal beauty, depth, and color in a photograph like some beautiful bokeh in the background of that photograph? I would contend that there isn’t much that stops you in your tracks like some beautiful bokeh (Boh-Keey) in the background. In this tutorial we’ll look at exactly how we can create this effect in Photoshop.
1. It Started With A Picture
Open the photography that you would like to add the bokeh to. With this particular technique we’re adding colored bokeh much like the bokeh you would see when shooting at night with a very wide open aperture. Colorful and bright bokeh over a dark background. That being said, you want to start with a darker image, or an image with some dark moody tones for the best results here.
2. Laying Down Base Light
We want to create a new layer and name it “Base Lights”. On this layer we’ll use our Brush Tool (B) to begin adding appropriate spots of light which will be the bright underside of our bokeh and give it depth and a dynamic feel.
3. Bokeh Goes Here!
Before we actually begin adjusting brushes and painting, check out the screenshot to see the area I am planning on placing our bokeh.
4. Setup The Brush
Grab the Brush Tool (B) and go Window>Brush to open the Brush panel. Select any of the default “Basic” brushes you see. I’m going to roll with the standard 60px, hard-edged brush. See my screenshot to see what I chose exactly.
5. Shape Dynamics
Use your mouse and specifically click on the word “Shape Dynamics” this will both turn on shape dynamics and bring you to where you can customize the shape dynamics. Crank the “Size Jitter” slider all the way to 100%.
6. Brush Tip Shape & Size
Next, click on the words “Brush Tip Shape” to enter the brush selection area as well as brush angle and sizing. Increase the “Spacing” until you have spacing between your bokeh “dots” as I have in the brush preview area. I’ve also set the brush size to 400px. This exact size will depend on the resolution of your image that you’re working on.
7. Opacity and Paint!
Set your “Base Lights” layer to the blend mode “Overlay” and ensure that you will be painting on this layer. Reduce the opacity of the Brush Tool (B) to about 40% and paint randomized dots as I have.
8. Build & Blur
Once you have painted a nice pattern of light dots, we want blur these little orbs of light. Go Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. I went with a 40px blur here for this image.
9. Mask It Off!
Throw a layer mask onto that layer and paint away the additional blur that is layering on top of your subject. If you have trouble with masking, check out this quick two minute tutorial I made on this exact topic!
10. Shaping Your Bokeh
We’re now ready to create the colored bokeh! The first step is to choose a shape. Typically bokeh is a nearly perfect circle or an oval that is pointed at both ends. For the sake of keeping things more simple at the time being, let’s roll with bokeh that is a perfect circle.
11. The Bokeh Brush
Good bokeh, rain, snow, etc… in Photoshop usually begins with a great brush or brush setting. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and open the brushes panel again. Select the word “Brush Tip Shape” and set the brush size to 650px and the spacing to 100%.
12. The Bokeh Brush Cont.,
Next, select “Shape Dynamics” and set the “Size Jitter” to 50%. Also turn on “Scattering” and set the “Scatter” to 250%. I have also set my Brush Tool (B) to an opacity of 50%. We’re now ready to begin painting bokeh!
13. Lights, Camera, Bokeh
Create a new layer and name it “Bokeh” and set the layer blend mode to “Color Dodge”. I’ve set my foreground color to #d3ac11 which is a nice muted orange color that works very well with our colors in this image as they are. Typically the color dodge blend mode will intensify colors so you’ll be better suited choosing colors slightly muted and darker than you want the finished product to be. Paint in short quick passes to build a bokeh look. TIP: Notice how I’ve tapered the bokeh so it is larger closer to our model here and it is thinner and smaller as it gets closer to the edges of the frame.
14. Pink Bokeh
Create another layer and name it “Pink-Bokeh” and this time grab a dark pink color (I used #9d1545) and add some pink dots to add a reddish color to some of the orange bokeh we have. I also took care to add a few pink dots near the edges so you’d be sure to see the pink color.
15. Blurring For Depth + Noise
We next need to blur our bokeh to sell the fact that it should be in the background, not the foreground. I blurred each of my bokeh layers by going Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and used a 9.0px blur. I also added Filter>Noise>Add Noise to the tune of 5px for each bokeh layer as well.
16. Masking To Sell It More
Look to the layers panel and grab both bokeh layers by Shift clicking them and hit Cmd/Ctrl + G to group them together. Add a layer mask to this layer group and grab your Brush Tool (B). We want to first get rid of all the scattering options we applied to this brush. Do this by going Window>Brush and choose a default brush from the “Brush Tip Shape” area. Paint black on your mask to hide all the colored areas that overlay your subject.
17. Refine The Mask
The edges look pretty rough so I’m going to reduce the opacity of my brush and start painting with white around the edges of her hair and clothing to really blend the bokeh to the model here. I have my brush set to 20% opacity.
18. Vibrance Reduction
Go Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Vibrance and set the vibrance to -15 or so. Mask this vibrance adjustment to roughly the area of the bokeh by filling the mask with black and painting with a 50% opacity brush to bring that vibrance adjustment only into the areas of bokeh and color.
Take these techniques and apply them to all kinds of images and have fun with it! You’re finished!
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There are so many things that can be done in the Photoshop CS6 3D environment. With all the 3D tools and settings, you can create many amazing 3D effects easily and quickly. This tutorial will show you how to create a simple and fun layered text effect using the 3D capabilities, and will show you some cool tips and tricks that can be used whenever working in the 3D environment in general as well.
1- PoetsenOne font.
2- Tiles Texture – 2.
Create a new 1150 x 825 px document, and create the text in Black using the font PoetsenOne, and the font Size 200 pt.
By François Hoang
Instagram reinvented the photo sharing on our social media structure. It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your pictures to friends and family. And what I like the most about Instagram, are the various schemes that offers you to filter your pictures with your own little touch.
My all-time favorite Instagram filter is the “Nashville” and today, I will show you a quick tutorial about how to achieve that same effect on your images. It’s a very simple effect and very easy to accomplish in Photoshop.
Open your image in Photoshop and double-click on the background layer to make into a layer and named it Nashville.
For this tutorial, I’ve used an image from Patrick Smith from Patrick Smith Photography. You can check more of this work on his Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography.
Final Product What You’ll Be Creating
In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to add a dramatic rain effect to a photo in Photoshop. While rain effects are not new to Photoshop, we will go a step further and show how to make the image more photorealistic by adding reflections and small puddles. Let’s get started!
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Please download them before you begin or find alternatives if they are not available.
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Here’s a little tutorial showing you how I basically go about aging a woman’s face in Photoshop. I’ve been asked several times by different members to post a tutorial on how I age-progress a person. So, here it is! Men and women age a little bit differently but since I’ve only aged female celebrities thus far, I’ll just focus on women for this tutorial. I’ll be using the image of Katie Holmes that I did for a past W1K contest, as an example.
In this tutorial, I will show you how you can create this melted metal text effect in Photoshop. We will mainly go through the use of layer blending options, image adjustments, and various filter effects which you use to produce this cool text effect.
This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!
Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.
Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)
Bagels are a donut-shaped type of bread made with flour. They look absolutely amazing when well baked and shiny!
This tutorial will show you how to use the powerful Layer Styles’ capabilities in Photoshop, along with a couple of brushes and filters to create some delicious-looking bagels.
This was suggested by Luca. Thank you for the great suggestion, Luca : )
The Final Result:
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can use CS3+ versions as well.
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
Digital Painting Basic
This video will introduce some basics in lighting in digital painting.
Last week I saw the new Iron Man trailer and as usual it was nothing less than amazing. The effects are top notch and I’m really anticipating seeing it in May. There’s still a couple of months until we can set our eyes on the real deal so I decided to create the Iron Man mask from scratch using Illustrator and Photoshop just to warm up and to try to improve my illustrating skills.
So for this tutorial I will show you how to create the Iron Man mask using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It’s not too detailed because I wanted to share a simple overview/walkthrough so you could play and explore by yourself. In the end that’s the best way to learn. Continue Reading
For many artists, an illustration begins with a pencil, a piece of paper, and a great idea. In this tutorial, Andreas Preis will show you how to create a beautiful mixed media illustration by sketching out an idea on paper, inking it, and then by bringing it in to Photoshop to clean it up, add color, and finally, to add some special effects. While this tutorial is written, it also includes a time-lapse video demonstrating the entire process of drawing and inking the illustration on paper. Let’s get started!
1. Create Your Drawing
Watch the Video
Before you get started, watch the video to see how the drawing was created.
It all starts with a blank white page. Feel free to use a reference photo if you need one. Otherwise, draw whatever you like. Continue Reading