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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!



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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!



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Create an Ancient Typography with Dry Soil Texture and Floral Brushset in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this cool, ancient-style typography using dry soil texture and floral brushset in Photoshop. I will also share with you the technique I learnt for creating some really cool light strips for your image.

Along the way, we will be using a lot of layer blending technqiues, musking, image adjustment tools and adjustment layers, plus the gradient tool and blur tool. This is an intermediate tutorial so beginners may find it a bit tricky. Well, never hurt to have a try!



3 Winners Announced for Stock Graphic Designs MASTER PACK Contest!

This Monday I hosted the first-ever giveaway contest here on PSD Vault, sponsored by Stock Graphic Designs. This is Stock Graphic Designs offered 3 sets of MASTER PACK – Decorative elements – Vector + Brush (3 * 10 = 30 Packs) to 3 lucky winners absolutely free to PSD Vault site readers.

Today I’m happy to announce the three lucky winners of this contest: Nora, Cameron, and Valerio Vaz. Congratulations! You will shortly receive the download link from Stock Graphic Design to your nominated email!

And for those who did not win, there will always be a next time :) Thank you all very much for your participation and have a wonderful weekend!



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Creativity Fine-Tuning: Best of PSD Vault Flickr Group – Vol. 7

Welcome to the seventh 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 really cool designs and would like to share them here, simply join the PSD Vault Flickr group!



3 Lucky Readers to Win a Free MASTER PACK from Stock Graphic Designs – Contest Has Now Ended

Welcome to First Free Giveaway Contest on PSD Vault! This contest is sponsored by Stock Graphic Designs, which offers several premium vector packs on their site and this time they offer 3 sets of MASTER PACK – Decorative elements – Vector + Brush (3 * 10 = 30 Packs) to 3 lucky winners absolutely free!

This contest has now ended, winners will be announced shortly.



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Create a Realistic Break-Apart Effect with Debris Brushset in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you an interesting technique I use to produce realistic break-apart/disintegration effect in Photoshop by using debris brushes, with a watercolour background attached. There are many tutorials on the web showing techniques about break-aparts but, it never hurts to learn more :)

It will be a bit boring if the whole tut is just to break something apart, so I also combined a bit of photo retouch techniques along side and hopefully they can be useful to you as well. Together we will be using layer blending options, masking, the pen tool, adjustment layers and of course, brushsets. Have a try!



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22 Absolutely Amazing Surreal Fantasy-Styled Digital Artworks

I have always been a huge fan for those surreal, fantasy-styled digital artworks. Every time I look at them, I’m captured by the powerful theme they represent, and the spiritual meaning behind those artworks. Not to mention the technique used in those artwork are simply world-class.

In this post, I hand-picked 22 Absolutely Amazing Surreal Fantasy-Styled Digital Artworks from deviantART. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and maxmise your creativity :)



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Design a Super Delicious, Shining and Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process I used to create this super delicious, shining and glossy text effect in Photoshop. In fact, I once again accidentally discovered this interesting effect while playing with Photoshop filters this afternoon and thought I could share it with you guys :)

Along the way, we will be using techniques such as layer blending options, filter effects, adjustment layers and a few photoshop tools. It’s a very simple tutorial, have a try!



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Free Download: High Resolution Brick and Stone Texture Pack

Welcome to the second post in “Freebies from the Vault” section here on PSD Vault! This time I have 17 High Resolution Brick and Stone Textures available for download. There is no restriction for any files in the freebies section on PSD Vault and you can use them whenever, wherever and for whatever :)

Also, I (or I should say we – the reader of PSD Vault) would love to see your work if you decide to share it. Simply post a link in your comment or join the PSD Vault Flickr Group and upload your work there!

Hope you enjoy these textures and have fun Photoshopping!