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Photoshop Creative No. 153

Photoshop® Creative is the perfect magazine for learning more about Adobe’s outstanding application. Each issue is packed with inspirational tutorials covering the whole scope of the software, from creative projects, to practical guides to using tools and techniques. Whatever you use Photoshop for, Photoshop creative will help you become a better digital artist. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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william.salmon@futurenet.comBrushes are a versatile and core component of Photoshop, so this issue with go big on them. Starting on page 14 we explore seven different ideas to incorporate them into your work. Learn how to make a cool, super-stylised skull, create comic art and much more besides. Also this issue we have a stack of great tutorials. On page 26 we show you how to make a beautiful, fantasy-inspired scene. We get surreal on page 42 with a curious woman/alpaca creature. And in our Advanced section we look at realistic painting techniques (page 54) and investigate character design (page 60). There’s also the usual interviews, portfolios and our regular 18 pages of Elements tips, tutorials and questions answered. Thanks, as ever, for reading. Enjoy the issue. Free step-by-step tutorials online…

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TexturesAdd some rough-edged cool with 30 stone textures DowntownAdd a touch of class to your text with the Downtown font Tutorial filesThe assets and start photos you need to follow our tutorialsOn the FileSilo this issue…• 30 Stone textures, $15• 16 Orange and teal actions, $14• 33 Matte film actions, $14• 30 Beautiful blurred backgrounds, $10• Downtown font, free• 116 Paper textures, $29• Over 425 tutorial resource files Log in to www.filesilo.co.uk/photoshopcreativeRegister to get instant access to this pack of must-have creative resources, how-to videos and tutorial assets FileSiloThe home of great downloads – exclusive to your favourite magazines from Future PublishingSecure and safe online access, from anywhereFree access for every reader, print and digitalDownload only the files you want, when you wantAll your gifts, from all your issues, in…

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trending images

The mix between hand-drawn elements and digital embellishment makes Ina’s work stand out. She’s had over 60,000 online views, and this piece is typical of her ability to marry digital and analogue styles.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. Ina Stanimirovawww.inastanimirova.com/I started drawing the skull and each person separately on paper. The composition was done with Photoshop, and I used scanned watercolour stains to colour it without losing the hand-drawn feel. Photoshop is a fine companion for Illustrator, and with this image Mike has worked magic in Photoshop on the background texture. This…

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readers’ images

Corine Springwww.photoshopcreative.co.uk/user/SpringDAImage of the issueThis photomanipulation was inspired by the work of Mr Xerty. I wanted to make a fashion illustration with an orange and blue atmosphere. The road was created with the Pen Tool, and I added flowers for a touch of glamour. Wilson Semedowww.photoshopcreative.co.uk/user/wilson%20sI used exposure to blend the images and I found it worked well. This image is about someone looking towards something they can’t reach. Adjustments and masks were key in bringing this picture to life. Emanuele La Grotteriawww.photoshopcreative.co.uk/user/LeLe%20photographyInspired by an apocalyptic future, I used five stock images. I created an empty document and placed everything into Photoshop. I used layer masks to create the composite and I finished with Camera Raw. Bob Parsiwww.photoshopcreative.co.uk/user/illusiondezignI created this design by using a couple of stock photos and adding…

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readers’ challenge

Challenge entriesThe best entries and overall challenge winner 1 Corine SpringFace Cut OutThis image was created with four pictures blended, with the girl being used as the main focus of the piece. The composition was inspired by Miagui Studio’s work. 2 Andre van GraanThe ModelI blended the model onto a new background. I used a couple of adjustment layers. I retouched her one eye that was a bit smudgy in the original and finished off with a bokeh effect. 3 Pamela WoerstThe Clear PictureFilters were vital in creating this composition. Blurs were used to give focus to the bubble, and Liquify was used to distort the shape of the marble. 4 Trevor BuddFragile WorldThe concept was a fragile world and the responsibility we all have to look after our home…

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master brushes

HIGHLIGHTSCmd/Ctrl-click on the layer thumbnail of your splash shape. Use a white soft brush to softly brush just outside of this selection on a new layer. Deselect the selection and move this layer slightly towards the centre of the splash to create a glossy shine highlight.COLOURSCreate a colour palette on the side of the canvas. Sites like Adobe Kuler is great for colour inspiration. Using a Selective Color adjustment layer can quickly help you change colours to help you visualise the different colour combinations.STACKED SHADOWSWith the splash shape as a group mask, use a black Soft Round brush to brush in the shadows. We can create stacked shadows by using a few layers with different opacity to create depth for the shadows.DETAILSFinish the splashes with a layer of noise. Set…