Advanced Photoshop No. 149

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
Back issue only

in this issue

1 min
welcome Blend modes can take an ordinary image and turn it into something extraordinary. It’s a simple yet effective tool and, when used creatively with Photoshop’s other features, can transform your artwork. Turn to p.16 and see how to use blend modes with masks, layers, brushes, filters and more. Then follow the step-by-step guide on creating this issue’s stunning cover image. There are in-depth tutorials on how to illustrate with the Pen tool, composite imaginative scenes and bring sketches to life with paint splats. There are also advanced guides on typography techniques, matching colour with adjustments, and using Photoshop’s 3D features. Plus, a whole host of Elements tutorials to get stuck into. Make sure you also turn to p.63 to check out an exclusive poster competition that could see your artwork…

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trending images

There’s nothing more inspiring than surfing the internet and seeing what other artists are creating, and we 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. Bonnie Pang I created this illustration with the help of perspective tools. I used many layers to separate the elements and used the Lasso tool to create straight lines. This is a picture from my graduate school thesis project. James Gilleard I used a photo reference of a rocky beach and a house. I created raw vectors and used Photoshop to add textures with brushes. I added overlays to create depth, and finally added old film textures. Felipe Mayer This took 40 hours to render and was composed of 98 layers. My…

2 min
readers’ images

GET IN TOUCH Send us your images now for the chance to appear in future galleries Create your own gallery online Upload your images to Facebook Search PhotoshopCreative Tweet us your creative artwork @PshopCreative Alternatively, you can email: Martin Henninen Image of the issue I started with a nice background, then added some elements, such as the birds and mountains. Then I added the wheat and some buildings. I adjusted the image with filters and added some shadows. Bruna Staduto I love creating angels in my work, so I imagined a scene with an angel of light. I created a snowy atmosphere in a forest setting, and used brushes and lighting to try to place the angel into the scene. Moreno Matkovic I was inspired by fantasy painters and wanted to create that kind of image, despite being a…

1 min
challenge entries

1 Corine Spring The Guitarist This image was created with four pictures, the main element being the guitarist. The brushes were used in harmony with the car colour. The cropped planets were added and blend modes were changed. The wall was added for texture. 2 Kenneth Gale Play Time This image was meant to look like a children’s playroom and painting desk. The planets were added onto the table under layers of paint and the guitarist is shown on the finished painting. 3 Marcus Jones Graffiti Lullaby This was created in Elements 12. I used the guitarist, paintbrushes and wall. I placed a texture over the wall; I used an Artistic filter for the guitarist; and then, with the help of more than 100 layers, I placed the different elements to make up the graffiti. 4 Trevor Budd A Musical…

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readers’ challenge

We challenged you with these In Issue 139, we challenged you to get creative with these four images. You were allowed to use any or all of the pictures, and whatever other resources you chose. Here’s what you created. This issue’s challenge Think you can do better? Prove it! Get creative with the supplied images and you could win a fantastic prize! Use as many of the images as you like (from previous issues too!) and include your own photos if you wish. Head to and simply hit the Challenge link. Closing date: 21 July 2016. THE PRIZE… Pixarra TwistedBrush Pro Studio 22 The winner of our challenge will win a copy of the fantastic Pixarra TwistedBrush Pro Studio software. This program includes over 5,000 brushes and full brush-editing capabilities, all in a user-friendly package. This…

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Originally, Striker wasn’t a Czech company at all. It was first set up in 2007 in Aberdeen, where executive creative director Luboš Buracinský was studying Design for Digital Media. He established the company when he was asked to build a couple of websites for “an actual, paying client.” Admitting that he was “lucky to have a friend developer,” he dived into the work and “delivered those microsites (built inside the glorious Flash) and it all took off from there.” Originally the company was called Design Striker, then Striker Multimedia, before he finally settled on Striker. Buracinský self-deprecatingly says that, in the early days, he “held no holistic vision nor much of the required skillsets” to run his own design company. Quickly though, he realised “that the most popular local industry, oil…