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The tutorials you see here are carefully structured to build upon your existing Photoshop skills in the Special Effects category. There are 6 categories and 121 tutorials and counting. Enjoy!
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Create a Digital Pixel Effect Icon
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Learn how to make it seem like your image is part pixel, part photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the mosaic filter,
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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and gradient tool, and the darken
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to create your very own Jack O'Lantern effect template. For this effect, we cover how to, use a layer mask, inner shadow, outer glow, inner glow, gradient overlay, and stroke layer styles. Once the effect template is created, it can be re-used again and again to create realistic Jack O'Lantern carvings with the brush and pen tools.
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Learn how to create your very own starburst. We cover how you can create a
You can save a custom brush as a preset brush that shows in the Brushes panel, Brush Preset picker, and Preset Manager.
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Create Glowing Text
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Learn how to add a transparent, glowing text in any photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the outer glow and inner glow layer style and the use of a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Create Realistic Reflections
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Learn how to create realistic reflections of objects. We cover the use of
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to distort text, give it a 3D look, and make it look good. Here we cover the use of the type tool, convert to shape and distort commands, apply outer glow and inner glow layer styles, the skew command, and a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Multicolor Text Effect | Part 1
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Learn how to make a logo with multi colored text effects. Here we cover the type tool, and custom
The gradient tool allows you to create a gradual blend between multiple colors. There are a number of gradient presets such as a blend between the foreground and background colors and a blend between the foreground color and transparency.
gradient
A layer style is a set of effects that can be applied to a layer or group. Layers with a layer style have an "fx" icon next to them. Some layer styles are: drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, among others.
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Learn how to make a logo with multi colored text effects. Here we cover the
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
motion blur
filter, the gradient tool and
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer masks
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Learn how to simulate pen pressure on freehand strokes.We cover customizing the brush presets by altering the shape dynamics setting.
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Learn how to simulate pen pressure using
Curves are created by adding an anchor point where the curve needs to change direction, and dragging the direction lines that will shape your curve. The heights and angle of the lines will determine the shape of your curve.
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Learn how to simulate pen pressure using the custom shapes tool. We cover using the stroke path command and customizing the brush presets by altering the shape dynamics setting to achieve this effect.
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Learn how to simulate pen pressure using the type tool. We cover using the convert to shape and stroke path commands, and customizing the brush presets by altering the shape dynamics setting to achieve this effect.
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How to make it seem like your photo is torn in half. We cover the use of the lasso tool, quick mask mode, spatter filter and a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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