Category Archives: photo effects

Colorful Lighting effect in photoshop, super, simple and exciting.

Lets Begin.

STEP 1:
Go to FILE>OPEN and search your computer for a nice photo that you can work on. I purchased this one from Istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-10148575-fiber-optical.php

Any photo that you choose will be ok.  Here are a couple photos I suggest trying this effect on:

  • A photo with lights on a dark background
  • A photo with White smoke on a dark background.

STEP 2:

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Go to LAYER>NEW FILL LAYER>and select GRADIENT.

STEP 3:

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  • Give this layer a name. I used the name “color”.
  • Put a check in the “Use previous layer to Create Clipping Mask” checkbox.
  • change the “Mode” to “color”
  • click OK.

STEP4:
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Keep all properties the same as you see them in the image above.  Click once on the “Gradient” Bar for the next window to pop up. 


STEP 5:

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From top to bottom:

  • Choose the “Foreground to Transparent” Preset. Remember you can chose anyone one really. I chose the transparent so one side would be a very subtle effect. 
  • Gradient Type: Solid
  • Smoothness: 100%
  • Click once on the left “stop”box located right below the Gradient Strip. (In my image it is yellow. You can use whatever color you want.)
  • Be Creative (-:
  • Now you can move lower to the “Stops” section and click on the box next to where it says: “Color:”this will bring up the window for you to choose your desired color.

SOME INTERESTING POINTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW:

  • To add “stops” along the strip you simply click right below the gradient strip with your mouse and it will add one for you.
  • To get rid of an extra color “stop” you simply grab on to one box and drag it downward.  Poof it’s gone!

So once you chose your colors and are happy with the gradient colors, CLICK OK.

And you’re done. You should have something looking like this. Super simple. But super cool too. ENJOY!

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One Red Pepper and one big smile – Just Photoshopit.

Until now i have been mostly blogging about web design related graphics – and this is good – but I would like to step one moment in the shallow end and blog a little about playing around with photos and doing all kinds of fun stuff with other peoples faces.  I must admit – years ago this is how I actually started getting interested in photoshop , I would just play with different photos, superimposing my face into photos of famous people – Bored? yeah kind of – but it was really fun. Anyways – later on in life I went to school to study Graphics Design and Print Production - During my second year we were given this project to take faces and crossbreed them with anything we like.
So here it is: aren’t they cute?

The teacher loved it by the way.  I guess the rest is history.
Tutorial Comming soon.

Simple polaroid photo effect – free psd

This a simple effect to give that boring picture of yours a
little framing and personal touch.

Photo effect polaroid

I am not going to give a tutorial on this – its really too easy. Here you can snatch the psd and easily customize it. If you like the photographs you can use them too – no user restrictions at all – Considering I took the pictures they are Royalty free. This is defenitely a beginners psd – but lets not forget that everyone was once a beginner. Get the PSD here

Enjoy.

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