Category Archives: Tutorials

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:

make-bg-grd2.jpg

  • 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:
make-bg-grd3.jpg

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!

color-lighting-effect.jpg

The 1 Layer Bubbly Text Effect!

In this tutorial I will show you guys how to do this:

bubbly_done.jpg

The best part about it, is that it is done using no more than 1 layer . You better believe it!
Let’s begin.

Step 1

Start by typing out any word you want using the Type Tool. I used a round thick looking font for this tutorial. Once the word is typed out – simply go over to the layers panel and double click on this layer. Or right click over it and select “Blending Options” . This will open the “Layer Style” window.

Step 2

First Select/check “Drop Shadow” and use the following values :

bubby_drop.jpg

Step 3

Now select/check “Gradient Overlay” make sure the Style is on linear and the other values are like this:
bubbly_gradient_overlay.gif

Now click on the Gradient bar in the middle – this will pop up another window so we can edit the colors for the gradient.
We want to use 3 colors. As shown in this screen-shot below:

bubby_grad_details.gif

Tips :
To add a “color square” just click anywhere below the gradient bar.
To remove it, just drag it downwards!
To change its color – click on it and than the color will show up below in the “Stops” area where you can change the color there.

Step 4

Now to finish it off….

Select/check “Stroke” and enter the following values :

bubby_stroke.gif

now you can click “OK”

and you are done! Awesome effect in 1 layer!

Perspective Text Effect- without rasterizing it.

In this quick and easy tutorial I will show you guys how to get a neato text perspective effect.
By the way – this can be done with shapes too. Feel free to experiment.
Kind of like this:
textpersp_done.jpg

Step 1:

Open a new document and Type any word you please. Use a thick font for this tutorial. You should have this.
textpersp_1.gif

Step 2:

Right click on that layer and select “CONVERT TO SHAPE” You should have this:

textpersp_2.gif

Step 3:

Go to the upper menu on your screen and select EDIT>TRANSFORM PATH>PERSPECTIVE
and now go over to the text on the stage and drag downward holding on to the corner of that text: like so:

textpersp_3.gif

That’s it!

your done! Good job…its that easy.
Now if you search my site for the “shiny floor effect” you can finish off that awesome look.

The Big Phat Outline effect – so cool and easy.

po_phatoutline.jpg

You like this cool outline effect? So do I – and the fun part is that it takes about 2 seconds to do!

We will do it in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:

Using the Type tool – write whatever you want using a nice full font. ( no serifs please)

Step 2:

Double click on that layer to open up the Blending options. Select Stroke and do this:
po_outline.jpg

Step 3:

Now go select drop shadow and do this:
po_dropshadow.jpg

Look at what you did !

Way to go.

I hope you liked it.