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By James Fritz | Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Presentations—as in Life—Have a Backup Plan

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“Be prepared” isn’t just a Boy Scout motto; it’s sound advice for everyone.

From having a backup bottle of ketchup in the cupboard to regularly backing up your computer data, having a contingency plan for the unexpected is always a good idea.

Here are a few ways where having a backup plan can really make a difference in your professional life:

By James Fritz | Friday, April 04, 2014

Create a Canvas Texture in Photoshop

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

This week, Bert Monroy wraps up a tutorial series on his digital painting Oyster Bar by showing us how to create a canvas texture from scratch in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 28, 2014

Create a Manhole Cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

This week Bert shows us how to create the realistic manhole cover in his digital painting Oyster Bar—all from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 21, 2014

Create asphalt and concrete textures: Pixel Playground

Creating asphalt and concrete textures

Continuing with the series of tips from his digital painting Oyster Bar, this week Bert teaches us how to create its rough, weathered asphalt and concrete textures.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 14, 2014

Creating water ripples in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Creating water ripples in Photoshop

For the next few weeks, Bert is going to take time to share some of the techniques used to great effect in his digital painting Oyster Bar. This week he offers some tips on creating water ripples in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 07, 2014

Create realistic rust: Pixel Playground

This week Bert finishes up his trilogy of tutorials on how he created his digital painting of a railway scene, “Damen.” Today’s tutorial explores how to create realistic rust from scratch in Adobe Photoshop, an effect he put to good use weathering the metal surfaces of his painting.

By James Fritz | Friday, February 28, 2014

Create bolts in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create bolts in Photoshop

Explore more Pixel Playground tutorials.

This week, Bert continues to explore the digital techniques that went into his painting “Damen.” Today’s tutorial focuses on how to create bolts and rivets from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, February 21, 2014

Create a train car in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Creating a train in Photoshop

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

This week Bert begins digging into the making of his digital painting “Damen,” which will be his focus for the next few episodes of Pixel Playground. Today’s tutorial shows how he created multiple train cars for the painting.

Bert deconstructs how he built the face of the train from a series of Photoshop layers. Next he takes a complete train and scales it into the proper perspective with a slight tilt to add a sense of movement on the tracks. And he wraps this week’s tutorial up by showing how to repeat this technique a few more times and create an even longer train.

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