By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.
In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Recreate one of most famous, priceless stamps in history—in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. The first dedicated airmail stamp, printed in 1918, is already highly collectible. But one sheet is more valuable than the rest. Due to a printing error, the plane was printed upside down, resulting in the so-called “inverted Jenny” stamp. A single stamp from this sheet now approaches the $1-million mark at auction.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Last week in Deke’s Techniques, you learned how to create a displacement map that, when applied to an image, makes the model appear as if she were standing behind a sheet of ribbed glass.
This effect is similar to the one used on the iconic cover art for Madonna’s MDNA album—but chances are your image still doesn’t look as vibrant as Madonna’s.
So this week, Deke shows how to infuse the portrait with brilliant “nightclub” colors using Camera Raw and a gradient fill layer.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.
This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.
By Seán Duggan | Saturday, March 07, 2015
There are two great ways to give your images a distressed photo feel with Photoshop.
Last week, I showed you how to do it by appropriating the textural damage and deterioration found in actual vintage images.
Now I’ll show you how—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and with a little thought—you can also create your own distressed and damaged textures from scratch. It’s kind of fun!
By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015
As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”
But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.
I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.
By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015
For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.
To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.
But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?”
Here’s what they showed us.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.
Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.
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