Wood Text Effect Tutorial
In this quick Photoshop tutorial we’ll learn how to create a quick wood text effect in Photoshop. We are going to change only the blending option on our text. You can use the same technique for other textures. Keep in mind that you have to change the values for different image resolutions and textures. Scroll down to download the Photoshop action for this tutorial.
How to Draw the Super-Villain Megamind
In this tutorial we will create a vector drawing of the super-villain Megamind. Along with this, you will learn how to observe the “hidden” technical details a design needs to alter the audience’s reaction the way YOU want.
Photoshop: How to add texture to images
Looking for a way to add a little more interest to an existing picture? Overlaying a texture may be the fix you are looking for, and it is surprisingly easy to do. In this video, Ben Willmore shows us exactly how to do it using Adobe Photoshop:
Backyard nature photography tips
You don’t have to travel very far to get great nature photography shots. There are many opportunities for nature photography right in your own backyard. There is an abundance of nature if you know how to look for it.
Tips and tricks for tilt-shift timelapse videos
If you’ve ever wanted to make your subjects look small–like, miniature-toy small–you may have investigated buying a tilt-shift lens for more than $2,500. But there are cheaper options. This video gives a host of helpful tips for achieving an awesome tilt-shift style using a normal DSLR lens:
How to create broad portrait lighting in your home
Family portrait photographers know too well how tricky it can be to create an effective lighting rig at home. Kids move, furniture is everywhere, windows vary in size. This video, hosted by portrait photographer Tamara Lackey, gives a solid overview of what might come up when working from home, and why a broad, basic lighting rig is the best option to cover your bases:
How to combine daylight with LED lights
Combining different light sources can be tricky if you’re not already familiar with doing so. In addition to all the camera settings and posing the subject, getting the contrast, brightness, and color temperature correct can be a little overwhelming. In this brief tutorial, Jay P. Morgan shows us how he does it with outstanding results:
Choosing the right focus mode on your camera
With any DSLR, it takes time to get to grips with everything your camera can do. Often, the manual gets looked at initially, then only referred to when you get stuck. At times, whole features of your camera can get overlooked, and you might resign yourself to taking images that don’t look like you wanted them to. Needle sharp focusing, for example, is at the heart of excellent photos. If you know the difference between the focus modes on your camera, you can use them to help you get brilliantly sharp photos every time.
Nikon DF vs. D4
Choosing the right camera can be tricky, especially when the camera manufacturers are constantly putting out new models. The fun, retro looking Nikon Df is an appealing choice to many because of its timeless styling, but how does it stack up when compared to other pro level DSLRs, such as the Nikon D4, which share the same sensor? Watch the following video clip to find out:
Why to use back button auto-focus
Most photographers auto-focus the traditional way: press the shutter down halfway, then compose your shot and pray your subject doesn’t move around. Or press down halfway and quickly take the photo in the same second. This video is demonstrating a different method–one that claims to make auto-focus much easier to manage:
What is the slowest shutter speed you can use
Once you start taking photos, many things become clear. The first is that light is vital to creating a nice photograph. The second thing is that digital photography has made things much quicker and simpler. Third, we understand that proper camera usage is crucial to getting good quality photographs. As soon as these three things meet, we can start to feel pleased with our images. Once we recognize that various subjects and distinctive scenes need different adjustments, we can then go ahead and take beautiful shots.
how to make a diy reflector board
For the do-it-yourselfers out there, Tyson Waggener has created a video tutorial to outline the process of making your own 4-in-1 light reflector–for under $20–using items that can easily be found in most hardware stores. The procedure is simple and can be completed in a less than hour:
Using Lightroom and Photoshop together
There is sometimes a great division between Photoshop users and Lightroom users, as most photographers have a preference for one and generally stick to it. But, in this two hour seminar with post production wizard, Tim Grey, viewers get a walkthrough of his process, which perfectly blends the use of the two pieces of editing software:
5 tips for successful family photo shoots
Bring out the best in your subjects and take memorable family portraits with these tips from author and professional photographer Kirk Tuck! Learn even more essential skills for capturing beautiful family portraits in his online Craftsy class, Professional Family Portraits (at no cost).
Emotional connection through street photography
For Rinzi Ruiz, street photography is much more than just taking to the street hoping to capture interesting objects as they pass by. Ruiz sees the entire process of walking the streets as a sort of meditative practice. He took up street photographer after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Ruiz needed a distraction, an outlet. Hear his inspiring story:
How to Add Transparent Text to a Picture
How to Add Transparent Text to a Picture in Photoshop: In this tutorial, we learn how to add transparent text to a picture surrounded by a semi-transparent background so that the text can be readable.
How to Map a Texture on a Face
How to Map a Texture on a Face: In this tutorial, we will learn how to map a texture on a face according to its shape and contours.
How to Create a Selective Coloring Effect
How to Create a Selective Coloring Effect in Photoshop: In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a selective coloring effect easily in just a few simple steps.
Super Waterfall Image Effect
In this flash lesson, I will show You how to create waterfall image effect. You don't have to use action script code to make this lesson. Let's start!
Design with Swirls and Flourishes
It’s very common these days to see swirls and flourishes within graphic design. You can use brushes or vectors to achieve this look, but if you want to customize your own you’ll have to dig in and spend some time creating them. This swirl designs tutorial will cover some of the techniques you can use to create your own beautiful swirls and flourishes.