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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Using Photoshop Lens Flares for Good (Not Evil)

Using Photoshop Lens Flares for Good

Lens flares have been the butts of cruel jokes for too long. It’s time to salvage the lens flare, to liberate it from heavy-handed users like J.J. Abrams (director of fx-laden movies like Star Trek and Super 8) and put it back in the good graces of photographers and videographers everywhere.

The key is subtle application.

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, November 15, 2013

Creating a stone wall: Pixel Playground

Create a stone wall in Photoshop

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

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, October 11, 2013

Create an antique pub sign: Pixel Playground

Create an antique pub sign effect

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

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

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