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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 23, 2014

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 1)

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain

This week Bert shows us how to create a pattern brush that will be used to make a gold tassel for a theater curtain.

He begins by using the Pen tool to draw a bent line, which he then duplicates and shifts up to make a strand within the braid. Next, he duplicates that form, flips it vertically, and lays it over the first strand to create the braid. To give the stands dimension, he adds a bevel and emboss.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 16, 2014

Manipulate Paths with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

Use the Blend Tool in Illustrator

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to use the Blend tool in Illustrator to manipulate paths.

His first step is to create one of the vertical slats on the upper portion of the garbage can with the Pen tool, then copy and drag the duplicate to the right. He then bends the top of the left slat outward; this will become the slat farthest to the left.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 09, 2014

Create an Animated Spotlight

Brick Wall

This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.

His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.

By Kristin Ellison | Saturday, May 03, 2014

Creating an Embroidered Veil

Create an embroidered veil with Photoshop

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to create an embroidered veil with depth.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 25, 2014

Wrap a Pattern Around a 3D Object

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In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to wrap a pattern around a 3D object—in this case, a simple wine goblet.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 18, 2014

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

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In this week’s installment of Pixel Playground, Bert shows us his process for creating water drops on a surface in Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 11, 2014

Create Realistic Reflections and Shadows with Photoshop

Creating realistic reflections and shadows

This week Bert walks us through creating reflections and shadows cast by the neon tube lights in this store sign.

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, March 31, 2014

3 Ways to Get Your Novel Ideas Approved (AUDIO)

3 ways to get your novel ideas approved

What do we do when we present a great novel idea to our higher–ups and they don’t approve it? We often start generating less novel ideas—and that benefits no one. Listen to creativity expert Stefan Mumaw as he explains how to sell your novel ideas to stakeholders so they see their value, and put them into action.

Know what’s important to your audience and then sell it through that lens.

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