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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 25, 2014

Create Logo Text with Paths and Layer Styles

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This week, Bert walks us through how to use paths and layer styles to create logo text.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 18, 2014

Creating an Open Book in Photoshop, Part 2

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In our last episode, Bert showed us how to make an open book illustration in Photoshop. This week he finishes the illustration by adding the pages and a cover.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 04, 2014

Creating an Open Book in Photoshop, Part I

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This week, Bert walks us through making an open book in perspective, using Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 27, 2014

Create an Oozing Jelly Donut—Digitally

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This week, Bert walks us through turning a photo of a sugar donut into a jelly donut with a bite taken out of it.

His first step is removing the donut’s hole, so he selects the clone tool and clones from different areas of the donut to get a random effect with no duplication. Next, to create the bite effect, he clones from the background to remove that section of the donut and roughs out the edges.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 20, 2014

Create a Top Secret Envelope in Photoshop

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This week, Bert walks us through how to create a top secret manila envelope in Photoshop. He begins by creating a new layer called envelope, draws a rectangle, and fills it with a beige color. He then converts this box to black and white, and applies both a cloud and an emboss filter, which creates the paper texture. Lastly, he goes into hue/saturation and colorizes it to achieve a nice beige color.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 13, 2014

Creating a Wood-Framed Chalkboard

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This week Bert walks us through creating a wood-framed chalkboard.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 06, 2014

Creating an Animated Theater Curtain (Part 3)

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Last week Bert showed us how to create an animated theater curtain. This week we’ll learn how to add a spotlight to the scene and animate the rising of the curtain to reveal a presentation behind it.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 30, 2014

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 2)

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Last week, Bert showed us how to create a braid pattern and tassel brush that he uses this week on his rising theater curtain illustration. To build the curtain, he selects all but the bottom portion of the screen and fills it with red. Next, he adds the gold braids to the bottom of the curtain by adding a pattern layer and filling it with the braid pattern.

Since he only wants two braids, he selects the top portion of the pattern fill, rasterizes it, and deletes it, leaving the bottom two braids. He then drags them to the proper position on the bottom of the curtain. To create the tassel fringe, he uses the tassel brush and applies an inner glow to give it dimension.

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