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By James Fritz | Friday, December 06, 2013

Creating a light bulb in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create a lightbulb in Photoshop

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This week Bert has the bright idea to demonstrate how to create a lightbulb. He begins by creating the vector paths for the base of the bulb and then paints in the various sides to create a sense of depth. After painting in the shadows, he draws the paths for the bulb itself including the filament. From there he creates a layer for the outside of the bulb and changes its properties to give it depth, but maintain its transparency. Finally he completes the design with a few outer glows to illuminate the bulb.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 22, 2013

Creating a neon light: Pixel Playground

Create a neon tube in Photoshop.

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In this week’s Pixel Playground technique, Bert Monroy shows us how to create a neon light tube. He begins by meticulously choosing the proper size of his brush, and then paints in a solid color for the base of the tube. Next, with the addition of a few layers effects, the tube gets some depth. From there he lowers the transparency and paints in a few areas to add realism. Finally, he brushes in some debris at the end of the tube to give a realistic neon-tube look, and complete the piece. Bert even throws in a bonus technique at the end to show us how to create the connector for the neon tube.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 15, 2013

Creating a stone wall: Pixel Playground

Create a stone wall in Photoshop

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This week Bert shows us how to create a stone wall using a variety of textures. He starts out by using the pen tool to draw in the pattern for the bricks. Next he uses the filter gallery to add a stone texture to the pattern for a sense of realism. From there he uses a custom brush to paint in weathering and colored texture and then uses another brush to add damage to the wall. Finally, with a unique layer effect he is able to paint and draw in shapes to virtually chip away at the wall. Check out this week’s video on lynda.com, and get started.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 08, 2013

Creating a boat medallion, part 3: Pixel Playground

Finishing the golden boat medallion

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This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 01, 2013

Creating a boat medallion part 2: Pixel Playground

Creating a shiny golden medallion- part 2

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Picking up where he left off last week, Bert takes us through the steps to add details and a nice shine to the golden boat medallion. He begins by adding a second color to the stroke on a new layer, which adds depth to the design with the help of a layer effect. Next, he adds a label to the bottom of the medallion and applies a similar embossing effect. Finally, he paints in the shine to give a sense of realism to this piece. Join us next week for the third and final video of this project!

By James Fritz | Monday, October 28, 2013

Six Photoshop techniques for Halloween

Over the last few years Deke McClelland has been busily creating hundreds of tutorials on a wide variety of topics. We scoured the archives and put together a monstrous batch of Halloween-focused tutorials from his weekly series, Deke’s Techniques.

1. Simulating a glowing Jack-o’-lantern Learn how to create a Jack-o’-lantern in Photoshop and add a convincing glow in this useful tutorial.

Simulate a glowing jack-'o-lantern

By James Fritz | Friday, October 25, 2013

Creating a golden medallion, part 1: Pixel Playground

Creating a shiny gold boat medallion- part 1

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This week Bert starts off by drawing some simple shapes for the frame of the medallion, then jumps in to demonstrate how you can trace a reference image even if it is low resolution. From there he brings the paths into the frame and adds a stroke to finish this stage of the project. Join us next week for part 2!

By James Fritz | Friday, October 11, 2013

Create an antique pub sign: Pixel Playground

Create an antique pub sign effect

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This week’s technique will teach you how to build a hand-carved antique sign from scratch.

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