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30 Mind-blowing HDR Images + 10 Useful Articles to Get Your Started on Creating Them

Have you ever come across an amazing looking photo that has vibrant colour and huge depth, and you wondered how on earth could this image be created in the first place? If you have, you probably bumped into one of those HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.

In this post, I have included 30 Mind-blowing HDR Images + 10 Articles that I found useful on How to Generate Them. Hopefully those wonderful works would inspire you, and the articles can get you started on HDR image processing.

I would love to hear from you about the experience you have for this respective, simply drop me a comment below and we can all learn together!


Design a Super Sleek Text Effect with Water Drop Texture

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create the Super Sleek, eye-catching text effect with Water Drop Texture. This effect is simple but effective, and would be suitable for any water/rainy/ocean themed designs you’re creating.

Along the way, we will be using Photoshop techniques such as make selections, layer blending effects, image adjustment tools and a bit of masking. This is a beginner level tutorial and the steps are really easy to follow, have a try!


30 Magnificant, Simply Stunning Futuristic City Matte Painting Artworks

Futuristic City Themed artwork is a style I always love looking at. I’m alwasys attached by the emotions that are expressed in those artworks, and this amazing creativity and telent those artists displayed in those artworks.

In this post, I will include 30 Magnificant, Simply Stunning Urban City Matte Painting Artworks for you to browse through. They’re wonderful works done by some awesome artists with tons of effort.

Hope you enjoy them and if you wish, share your thoughts with us : )


10 Highly Useful Articles (Intro + Roundups) that Talk About Photoshop Action

“An action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files—menu commands, palette options, tool actions, and so on. For example, you can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies a filter to the image for a particular effect, and then saves the file in the desired format.” – From Photoshop Help File.

The above says it all: By using Photoshop Actions, you can greatly improve your productivity and efficiency, especially if you would like to apply the same effect over and over again. I use it all the time

In this post, I have included 10 Highly Useful Articles (Intro + Roundups) that Talk About Photoshop Action, which I have in my personal collection for you to go through. Get ready for some actions!


Design a Horror Looking, Extreme Grungy Style Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes involved in creating this Horror Looking, Extreme Grungy Style Poster in Photoshop.

Along the way, we will be using Photoshop techniques such as the Extract filter, layer blending effects, masking, a variety of photo filtering tools and image adjustment tools. I would like to put emphasis towards the Extract Filter and show you what you can do with the tool when it comes to complex selection (e.g. hair selection).

This is an intermediate tutorial and can be a bit tricky, but why not have a try :)


Creativity Fine-Tuning: Best of PSD Vault Flickr Group – Vol. 8

Welcome to the eighth volume of “Creativity Fine-Tuning: Best of PSD Vault Flickr Group”, which is a showcase I run fortnightly here on psdvault.com featuring some fantanstic, highly-creative design works in the PSD Vault Flickr Group.

Hope you enjoy those works as much as I did and find them inspirational! Meanwhile, if you have some cool designs and would like to share them here, you can simply join the PSD Vault Flickr group.


22 Highly Creative, Ultra-Stylish Advert Designs for Apple iPhone

Regardless whether you’re an Apple fan or not, it is no doubt that iPhone is a revolutional product that has taken mobile communication to a brand new level. Meanwhile, there are many graphic designers/digital artists utilised their creative flares to produce some truly awesome design works for iPhone.

In this post, I included 22 highly creative, ultra-stylish Advert designs for iPhone from deviantArt.com. The majority of those works were not done on paid basis and are just purely for fun/experiments, but no doubt they are of very high quality and the techniques used in those iPhone designs are simply superb :)


How to Drastically Change the Mood and Colour Tone of Your Image in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the method I use to drastically change the Mood and Colour Tones for your photo via Adobe Photoshop. Along the way, I will also demonstrate an interesting method of adding misty effect to your image.

This mood/colour tones changing method can be particularly useful for images that are reletively dark and lack of colour depth. We will be using a lof image adjustment tool, masking techniques and layer blending options. Have a go!


Create Simple, Yet Elegant Abstract Spectrum Lines in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the method I use to design a simple, yet elegant abstract spectrum lines in Photoshop. You will see how easy it is to achieve this nice effect and you can use it a wide range of occasions including perhaps site header backgrounds, logos, or add extra flavor to your photo manipulations.

This tutorial is suitable for beginners and I included the ways of creating new brush presets and also the use of Pen Tool. You will ample opportunities to practive layer blending, filters and Free Transform Tools. Have a try!


30 Absolutely Breathtaking, Beyond Awesome Digital Portrait Artworks

According to DeviantArt.com, Digital Portrait is a “Digital Art of a person that usually shows them from the shoulders and up, focusing on the persons face.”

I always enjoy looking at those digital portraint artworks, simply because I love the emotion that is convayed via the portraits, the expressions on faces, and overall environment those protrait people are in. You can always sense the powerful feelings behind those paintings – some are sorrow, sad and dark, yet some are full of joy and happiness.

In this post, I included 30 absolutely Breath-Taking, Beyond Awesome Digital Portrait Artworks from devaintArt.com. They are exceptional works done by some very inspirational artists. Hope you enjoy them!