Advanced Photoshop No. 142

Advanced Photoshop is the perfect magazine for honing already great Photoshop skills. Each issue is packed full of inspiring interviews and challenging tutorials, tailor-made for the more advanced digital artist. Whether you’re a Photoshop professional or simply aspiring to be one, Advanced Photoshop will help you perfect your art. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

1 min

In this issue’s feature, we talk to industry experts about what makes a stunning portrait image. Discover pro tips and insider secrets for retouching, photomanipulation and digital painting, as photographers and artists reveal their favourite tools and techniques in Photoshop. This issue is also packed full of creative tutorials, including how to create a mech robot using stock photos, how to explore colour with blend modes, how to combine photos and illustrations, and lots more. And as if that wasn’t enough, we take a look inside animation company Wönky Films as well as interview Lois van Baarle on her impressive portfolio. Also, don’t miss the new readers’ challenge on p10 – upload your entry for a chance to win a Canon printer. Plus there are more than 400 free resources…

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trending images

There’s nothing more inspiring than surfing the internet and seeing what other artists are creating, and we really encourage you to do so. Here are some of our favourite pictures that caught our attention recently, from some of the world’s most exciting artists and designers. Amr Elshamy “This started as a project in Cinema 4D, but the most fun part for me was later in Photoshop. I enjoyed adding the two earths, inserting some stars and nebula textures to the background, and balancing the colour and shade.” Emi Haze “The idea behind this picture was to convey the balance between reality and fantasy, dream and utopia. I wanted colour and sensitivity to be the focus of this picture, and for the subject to melt into the clouds in the picture.” Marie Beschorner “For A Tale of…

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readers’ images

Luís Rogério Faria Rosa “This was based on the idea of showing the four seasons in just one garden. I comped the picture of the child into the picture to give it a feeling of innocence and added birds into the picture to finish up the creation.” Adriana Musetti Dávilaávila “The starting point for me is always an inspiring stock image. In the main image of the fantasy tree, I painted over and added images to the composition. The smaller image was created with the idea of making an autumnal fairy.” Cleodson Cunha Cleodson Image of the issue “This is a fusion of nine stock photos that I trimmed and masked before adjusting the colours. I wanted to balance cool and warm colours to create a magical and enchanting atmosphere.” Rabin Dhakal “This image was made using…

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readers’ challenge

Challenge entries The best entries and overall challenge winner 1 Lindsey Henderson Oblivious “This is a surreal image of a model admiring her beautiful umbrella completely unaware of what is happening in her surroundings. I used all four of the images and then chose to go with a dark theme.” 2 Marcus Jones Phew! That Coffee Was Strong “I used the Polar Coordinates filter on the city image and did the same with the coffee cup. I then distorted the lady with the umbrella and placed her into the cup. It was all done in Elements 12.” 3 Corine Spring It Isn’t Teatime “All four of the challenge pictures were used for this entry. The theme I came up with is based on teatime, and other images – such as the castle and chessboard – were incorporated to create a…

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wönky films

Recently there has been an influx of companies that are relying on animation for maximum impact in their campaigns. Ahead of the game, WÖNKY films has been on the scene for almost 10 years, and offers cutting-edge animation for multiple platforms. A BBC roster agency for graphics, a client list that includes some of the biggest brands, charities and agencies in the country, and award-winning in-house content – these are the features that set WÖNKY apart from its peers. It was set up in 2006 when co-founders Vicky Brophy and Miki Cash recognised an oncoming shift of content creation from TV to online. “It’s taken longer than we had anticipated for the brands to migrate online, but we’re now finally seeing this happen,” explains Brophy. “By having to make smaller budgets go…

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a day in the life of jake hobbs

Morning coffee 10:00 The day is usually kickstarted with a cup of coffee, while going through that morning’s emails and preparing for the day ahead. Animation portal review 10:30 WÖNKY runs an online animation portal called Show Me The Animation dedicated to showcasing independent animation. Time in the morning is allocated to review the latest submissions. Wireframes and planning 11:00 Before jumping into any code, time is always spent working up plans on paper or specialised wireframing software. This provides time to work out project flow and logic before getting stuck in. Code, code, code! 13:30 Time to get stuck in to some development. Depending on the particular job this can vary from day to day; being a small studio means often turning my hand to different languages and platforms. Debugging 17:00 Let’s exterminate those pesky critters! Each day…