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In this tutorial, Iwill show you the steps I took to create this (delicious?!), call-to-action “Contact Me” button in Photoshop. This is really simple tutorial, great for beginner to learn a few tricks. Have a try!
Posted on February 9th, 2010 under Basics
When you first started with Photoshop, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of features and functionalities built for various graphic design tasks and basically don’t know where to begin. So what can we do to overcome this initial difficulty? Just like learning every other thing in life, we start with the easiest part.
In this post, I will provide 5 Simple, Yet Useful Photoshop “How-to”s for Absolute Beginners. Take a look and hopefully you will see after all, Photoshop is not that hard to start with!
In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this really cool, Mystical Golden Sphere in Photoshop. The steps are in fact pretty simple and the outcome looks great in my opinion, have a try :)
We will be using some drawing techniques, plus customer brushsets and filter effects along the way, plus I will show you a clever use of Photoshop brush to create special effect around the sphere.
In terms of Icon design, people may think of Illustrator (or any other vector-oriented software) much more often that Photoshop. However, what happen if you just want to make some icons and the only tool you have is Photoshop?
Here I collected 11 Ultra Delicious Icon Design Tutorials Done in Photoshop to show you how you can create great icons with the drawing facilities available in Photoshop. If you haven’t already seen them, take a look! You might be surprised to see how Photoshop can do :)
Posted on January 11th, 2010 under Inspirations
In this post, I will show 25 Beautiful, Absolutely Magical Traditional Art Fantasy Drawings as a source of your inspiration. Some of them are done in watercolor and some of them are pencil drawing. Nonetheless they look amazing! Hope you enjoy them!
In my opinion, drawing effect has always been a vital part of Photoshop. The various tools and filters available in Photoshop provides designers pretty much endless possibility of creating realistic drawing effect. The good thing is to create those effect is not that difficult and everyone can do it – providing you put in some effort practicing :)
In this post, I will showcase you 10 excellent Photoshop Tutorials that I think can give you a boost to your drawing skills. I have personally tried out them in the past and I think the quality of them are quite good, and should give you lot of tips and tricks into the Photoshop drawing world.
For your convenience, I categorise those tutorials into three difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Here goes the list, enjoy!
Posted on October 22nd, 2009 under Text Effects
In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Trasparent Text Effect, mixing with Fresh Grass Texture and Cloud Brushset. You can use the text effect in a wide range of occasions – such as website header background, part of a natural themed design, etc.
Along the way, I would like to show you my use of brushsets and the way I use them to draw background textures, then mixing the background texture with real-world object.
Some steps of this tutorial require the use of features available on CS4, but I guess there is always alternative way you can use, although the end effect may differ slightly.
Have a try :)
Recently I have been focusing on providing some simple, beginner-leveled photoshop tutorials here on psdvault.com, aiming to helping photoshop starters to learn some basic, but useful things towards their design. After all, I do get lots of emails from beginners wanting to learn from the basics.
Therefore, I made a few mini Photoshop tutorials and compiled them into one, big tutorial with some tricks I learnt and discovered in the past.
In this post, I will show you 5 Useful Little Photoshop Tricks to Bring Out That bit of Extra Elegance for Your Design. I think those techniques would be quite useful for a Photoshop beginner, as they give you a good starting and/or finishing point for whatever things you design. Once you learn those skills, you can apply them to a wide range of occasions. Have a try!
Posted on June 15th, 2009 under Drawing
In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw this Cute Glossy Star via 3 Easy Steps in Photoshop, which you can use for a wide range of decorative purposes. The aim of this tutorial to introduce you the Polygon Tool and the settings associated to it, plus the method you can use for adding glossy effect to certain element.
Along the way, we will be using the Polygon Tool to draw the star, and use some simple layer blending effect to add the shining, glossy effect to it. I will also use the Pen Tool and dynamic brush settings for the final effect. The effect is easy to achieve and very practical. Have a try :)
In this tutorial, I will show you the processes I used to design a really cool, abstract style flaming bird image in Photoshop. This bird is created purely based on brush and filter effects, without the use of any third party images!
Along the way, we will learn how to load customized brushes, the use the various filters effect and image adjustments tools. Some techniques used in the tutorial could be a bit tricky. Have a try and see how your image turns out :)
In this tutorial, I will show you the processes I took to draw a realistic planet by applying waterstream texture in Photoshop. I’m sure you have seen heaps of planet drawing tutorials around, but you can still use this tutorial as a supplement to others :)
Along the way, we will be going through the use gradient tool, clipping mask, image adjustment tools, various filters and some selection techniques.