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Advanced Photoshop No.140

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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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
Back issue only

in this issue

7 min.

ABOUT THE STUDIO SNASK www.snask.com @snasksthlm Snask is the internationally renowned rockstar creative agency that creates the heart and soul of brands. They create new brands and rejuvenate old ones. Snask stands out from the sea of studios producing computer-generated, wholly digital, imagery to wow clients. Instead, the Swedish creative agency like to work with their hands, crafting, creating and building unique works of art that are taken into the digital environment towards the end of the process. This means that no two projects are ever quite the same and the result is that the clients they work with get something completely unlike anything that their peers could produce – making Snask a very popular agency indeed. In order to create such grand, quirky and off-the-cuff artwork, the founding members had a very clear vision…

1 min.
then and now

Dubai 2040 is an old image of Abdesselam’s, while Ark-scape is recent. “What I like about them is the fact that you can create a whole new cityscape concept, mixing 3D with photographs (also called camera mapping). The most challenging and fun part was not only blending colors from photographs and 3D renderings, but also how you can make everything getting along within a perspective’s almost perfect vanishing point.” The new tools within Photoshop CC have made it much easier for Abdesselam to achieve things that were “very difficult if not impossible” before. “Like taking out the haze with one click, forcing photographs to fit in, shape and colour wise, re-sizing photographs without losing the quality and so on. I am taking less time doing things with much better quality.”…

2 min.
nature and technology monika rogalinska

Monika Rogali›ska (ajgiel.deviantart.com) is an 18-year-old high school student from Poland. “Drawing was always my hobby and I [have been] doing it since I was little kid,” she explains. “I’m mostly self-taught in digital painting. I [go] to an art school, but they teach us only a very traditional approach to art, so I have to make my digital paintings on my own. I make them just for my own enjoyment now, but I hope one day I’ll be able to do it as a job.” Nature And Technology is one of the pieces that she has made for her own personal practice, and even at such a young age it shows the fantastic quality of her work. “I was inspired by the album Biophilia by Björk,” she says. “It’s electronic music,…

2 min.
in this issue...

COVER IMAGE ADAM VARGA www.vargaa.com US-based concept artist and matte painter Adam Varga was the perfect choice for our in-depth feature on digital painting techniques. Find out how he created our amazing cover image in his start to finish guide on p26. Painting is possibly the world’s oldest artform, yet with Photoshop in the mix it’s still bang up to date. In this issue, artist Adam Varga gives us the lowdown on the complete painting process. In his guide on p26 you’ll learn everything you need to know about using Photoshop as a painting tool, mastering tools and techniques that will take your art to the next level (They’re also very handy skills for retouchers, photo editors and compositors too!). There’s more painting on p36 as Abeer Malik takes us through the process of creating…

2 min.
picking flowers christina ellis

Christina Ellis (skellopia.com) graduated in 2010 and worked at Moonbot Studios until 2015, now she’s a freelance illustrator playing with children’s books and indie comics. A passion for drawing and the mystical drives her creativity, she says, “I’ve been drawing since I could remember, surrounding myself with dinosaurs, dragons, and ghosts. I never really grew out of that, but luckily it worked to my advantage!” “This is my version of a unicorn for a story I’m working on. I was playing with how unicorns are associated with virgins. This unicorn dislikes humans, but collects young girls, knowing that they can’t make more humans if he keeps them young forever in the forest and loyal to his cause. He removes their hearts and replaces them with tree leaves. Scandinavian and Japanese folklore…

1 min.
how to create simple effects

01 INITIAL BRUSH STROKES Start off by grabbing a brush, in this case the Fabric brush, and begin making preliminary strokes over the picture, first in a line, and then in a sweeping motion in the direction you want your effect to follow. Experiment with speed, length and brush size until you get the hang of it. 02 BUILD UPON IT Once you’ve created a basis, ParticleShop has plenty of brushes that can enhance your piece even further. Grab a different colour and play with brushes to create a multi-layered effect. We even added subtle highlights to the hair. A graphics tablet comes in useful with ParticleShop, but just fling your cursor to try and create something unique. 03 ADJUST TO FINISH The effects that you can add to pictures with ParticleShop are not always…