because i want to play with photoshop


Prepping your print from file to finish:

I always hear people complaining about how much better the piece looked digitally, SO, here is a run down on how to get prints that look more like your original piece.

First of all, every printer is different.  Every paper is different.  Make sure you take the time to do test prints and become familiar with how your printer and paper combo work, as you’ll rarely nail a print your first try.  This one took about 5 test prints before I was confident to print on the expensive large paper Every time I mess up on a print, I save the remaining paper to use as scraps for test prints.

As you can see, the original piece looks very nice!  The focus is super strongly on the tiger, and all of the vibrant colors are still super evident in the background.  That said, when I print it as is, everything about 85% gray or darker turns BLACK.  And this is high quality paper designed to get accurate vibrant colors, too.

The best way to fix this is to do layer effects.  Brightness/contrast is my favorite, as a typical piece will generally print about 5x better if you up the brightness to around 15-25, and adjust the contrast up or down by 5-10 points.  That said, if you have a HIGH contrast piece (Darks against brights) like this one, you typically need to do a few more steps.

Often I’ll do a second brightness/contrast adjustment layer and push brightness to an obnoxious level so the darkest darks are closer to a mid-dark range.  From there, I’ll create a mask and use a transparent gradient tool to slowly pull back the brightness on all of the lighter areas of the image.

Additionally, due to printers using CMYK and your screen being RBG certain colors just physically CANNOT print.  Some people will always work in CMYK because of this, but honestly I like my saturated colors and most of my work is intended to be seen digitally so I only ever work in RGB.  Photoshop has a nifty toggle (Ctrl + Y) where you can toggle between CMYK and RGB view to see how your piece will appear when it prints.  It’s useful to check this because if you worked in a color that cannot replicate in print, you may want to shift it entirely before you even bother printing.

Artwork tends to desaturate a bit as it prints, so I’ll often make a Hue/saturation layer to play with, too.  In this case the image was already pretty damn saturated, BUT some of the shadows on the tiger were printing more brown than orange, so I adjusted the saturation a bit to keep them vibrant with the rest of the image.
**DO NOT use “Lightness” to lighten your image!  It basically adds a white overlay to your image.  Always use Brightness, instead.

After all of that, I have a final print that much more closely captures the essence of the original painting.  I could have tinkered even more, but to me the goal is a good print rather than an exact copy. 

For ULTRA high contrast images, like a dark room looking out into a snowy exterior, expect to do a LOT of adjustment to get it to print correctly.  Printers just aren’t too fond of super darks right up against super lights.

I could make a proper tutorial on this if people request it.  Mostly, just wanted to put my thoughts down in one spot!

A closer look at the new Yuri!!! on CONCERT artwork

I have a little bit of time this morning, so I’m going to take a closer look at the new official artwork for Yuri!!! on CONCERT!

Yuuri is the only one not wearing black, and I like that detail because he’s the protagonist, after all. A midnight blue tux looks great on him, and I like that they chose to keep his hair natural instead of slicking it back – really keeps that “soft” aesthetic in place.

Victor’s wearing black but he stands out with the pinstripes. It’s also likely that he’s the concertmaster in this ensemble. And I don’t know if it’s just me or that we don’t have a super high-quality version of this art yet, but he almost looks like he’s looking at Yuuri (again)?

Phichit looks like he’s busking on a curb. Someone with art or Photoshop skills can do something with that, maybe. He gets to have a frilly shirt! A little extra detail but not overwhelming. The statement piece is obviously the hamster charm on the violin.

Yurio really decked out his tux. Not only was he extra and opted for one with coattails, he put on a Russia pin and probably some buttons with cats on them. I wonder if he’s on cello because it’s just bigger than the violin and he wanted his instrument to be bigger than Victor’s (not an intended innuendo). Also, he probably just has to play something that looks similar to Otabek’s.

Otabek is the picture of refinement on his double bass. He’s only adorned with a single pocket square in his tux. It also looks like he’s either wearing a vest underneath or maybe even suspenders?

Oh, JJ. He’s the viola, I think. It looks slightly bigger than Victor’s violin. JJ is just SITTING ON THE PIANO, and he’s trying to set himself apart by wearing a white jacket. He’s once again lifting his leg – he seems to do that every once in a while in official artwork?


I’m shocked but not really surprised that he’s put on the harp. He’s certainly one of the more “romantic” characters in YOI. He’s also sort of…winking? He’s probably comfortable with spreading his legs for this, though.


If anyone spots any other fun details, please feel free to add!

anonymous asked:

When you say... "make color edits on photoshop" what does that normal entail?

Just color corrections, especially if I’ve gone too far in the piece (already merged my colors into one layer most commonly) or if I’ve changed my mind about the overlying tone (cools, warms, pinks, blues, etc).

I’ll use Stan and Kyle as an example because they have a bunch of color variety.

This is ok! But I want the colors to be more united.

Okay, that doesn’t really help. The hue is compromising the entire picture. Photoshop however:

you can adjust different values independently!! CMYK & RGB. Or less commonly, if there’s one color that just isn’t meshing with the others, there’s the Replace Color tool:

the change isn’t dramatic but it’s there. there’s some other stuff you can play around with but those are the only two that i actually really use for last min changes haha

Mirror For The Sun - Part 1: The Idea

Masterlist  -  Series Masterlist  -  Part 2

Summary: Series: Nat tricks you into leading a road trip with Bucky, Sam and Steve. Her plot is partly to get the boys to travel for fun for once but mostly to get you and Bucky together. You and Bucky, who seemingly despise each other. Part: The set-up.

Warnings: swearing

Word Count: 1442

Author’s Note: Ok, lots of things:

  1. Aaaah I’m going to try something totally new and try a lot of 1st person Bucky POV in this series! This first part is just testing the waters a bit, feedback is much much appreciated.
  2. Changing my mind, this isn’t going to be a drabble series. I just couldn’t cut the parts up that short. It will be a short series though, 7 or 8 parts I think, definitely less than 10.
  3. I am currently road tripping myself and will make a Series Masterlist page once I get to my final destination tonight.
  4. I don’t have photoshop on this computer (waaah!) so if anyone wants to make me a banner for this series… I wouldn’t hate it. Otherwise I’ll try to piece one together with Gimp or some other free crap

Okay enough chatter!

Originally posted by unlucky--bucky

“Alright, my turn,” Natasha smirks, taking her stance and firing an impeccably placed dart into the board. Damn it. Why did I agree to play her? She must play Clint all the time. She’s going to beat me.

“Best city for a night out.” She must have known Steve would give a less than satisfactory answer because she raises a finger towards him and specifies, “I mean, pick up a girl, one night stand, kind of night out.” I can’t help but snort thinking about Steve trying to talk himself into leaving after a one night stand. He’s so damn chivalrous.

“I don’t know what you’re laughing about, Buck,” Steve fires at me, “you’ve been on fewer dates than me in the last decade!”

That shut me up. He’s right, I haven’t really gotten back into the swing of it yet, haven’t really tried. I scowl at Steve before picking up my set of darts and flicking one into the target. “New York,” I answer, willfully ignoring Steve’s taunting.

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I haven’t played V’s route yet and I’m collecting hearts and hourglasses while playing casual and deep route. I was kinda in the mood to draw something and while playing MM I got and idea to just draw randomly. I wanted to draw the part where Yoosung bought all the chocolate milk because of Seven’s joke.. Kinda wanted to draw a lot of MM but its hard cause my photoshop keeps on crashing. I needed to fix this lolololol

I just imagined this scene, and I wanted to draw.. Maybe tomorrow again??Hope ya’ll like it! Any MM fans here? ???? hahahha

Have a nice day as always!

- Cruxie

Quick Colored Sketch Tutorial

So, I get asked quite a bit about how I color these traditional sketches. I’m going to give a quick step-by-step process for anyone who wants to give it a shot. It’s actually fairly easy. Also, for this tutorial, I won’t be doing shading / highlighting. This is just a simple tutorial on flat colors.

Step #1: Upload the image:

I use Photoshop to color these sketches, but I think any image program that allows for layers will do the trick. So, first I upload my sketch. Usually I set the image to black and white because I like the results, but playing around with colored/textured paper is fun too; it’s up to you and what you prefer. First thing I do is create a duplicate layer of the sketch and set it as the top layer. I then change that layer setting to mulitply. It will make your sketch appear darker, but don’t worry, that’s normal. You can set a white background if you prefer not to have the sketch so dark.

Step #2: Add colors:

Now for the fun part: adding colors. As you can see in my image, I use a lot of color layers. If you’re comfortable using only one or two color layers, then go for it! :) I take the original brush tool (one of the default brushes on Photoshop) and color on each layer. I typically use a mouse to color these, but you can use a tablet too. I prefer my tablet when I have it. Make sure you set the color layers underneath the top sketch layer! Feel free to experiment with the layers, brushes, opacity and colors. Whatever suits you best.

Step #3: Final touches:

The last thing I do is go over the top sketch layer with the burn tool. This darkens the sketch and helps it stand out among the colors. (I had already used the burn tool on the previous picture, so you won’t see any difference between the two images.) You can use the burn tool at any time, so you don’t have to save it for the end. That’s just how I go about it. I typically have the brush tool set on Shadows with a 50% Exposure:

Also, if there are areas that are too dark, try using the dodge tool (connected to the burn tool). Just be careful not to overdo it and wash out or over expose the sketch. And that’s it! Pretty straight forawrd and easy, I think. I hope this was helpful. Good luck, everyone! Keep on drawing.

how i gif and sharpen

HOW TO MAKE GIFS - tutorial by maxsmeyers

so okay. anon asked me how i make my gifs. i guess that everyone makes gifs the same way but anyway if you find this tutorial useful please like or reblog

what you’ll need:
1) kmplayer
2) adobe photoshop cs6 extended (it’s important because extended version contains a timeline and you’ll need it for the gifs)
3) some videos from which you’ll make your gifs

what you’ll learn:
how to go from this:

to this:

and finally to this:

also important:
english isn’t my mother tongue so there will be mistakes, sorry

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Back to Basics
A set of 22 colour actions for Photoshop.

Once again I grew bored of the colours I was using for recolouring and decided it was time for a change. Again. I started out wanting a smaller set of colours and came up with 15. That grew to 18, then 20 then finally I settled on 22, because apparently I have a bit of an obsession. All colours are lazily named after ones I’ve made in the past because for the life of me I can never think up creative names that match what it’s supposed to be :3

  • Actions were made in Photoshop CS5 but should work just fine with other versions.
  • Best used on a light grey base, similar to that in the banner up there.
  • There’s a play all action that runs all of them and duplicates each colour into its own layer. This will only work if you have a copy of your background ready to paste before you play it.




I made skies.

Like, *cough* 30 of them. So far! Above is a sampling. I recommend looking at the pics at full size.

Some have horizons, some don’t. Some look good with @greatcheesecakepersona‘s skylines and/or @lowedeus‘s animated clouds, some don’t. 

The fourth one above is one I hand-painted entirely from scratch in Photoshop because I wanted to play with my Wacom tablet. I am especially proud of it because A) Hand-painted. From scratch and B) It was a complete bitch to make it tile seamlessly after all the painting was done, but I did it.

The fifth and six pics are the same sky, just with and without the animated clouds layered on it. That one looks especially nice with that skyline, too.

I’ll be sharing, of course, but there are still some tweaks to be done on some of them, and I need to make thumbnails for all of them. But I need to get my butt in bed now. :)

The Pluto Administration and how things went down.

I don’t know if anyone will see this who it will change any opinions for but I have been involved with the Pluto Administration since @promptguy​ put up the post for AI’s.

I thought it would be fun and it was. I got to play with Photoshop and PG was trying to create something beautiful and collaborative. Within days Charon appeared. I didn’t really pay them any mind because I knew they weren’t part of the plot. PG reached out asked them if they wanted to be involved and they said they didn’t but that they would stay out of it, he then asked us to ignore them, let them be. 

Everything was fine when people payed attention to this advice. When people did what they were supposed to do it was all cool but soon the problems started. There were too many people involved who had time on their hands and expected PG to be able to accessible at all times. When he wasn’t (as people are wont to be) they decided to act on their own. I don’t know who exactly did what but I do know that people decided it was okay for them to attack because “Charon was the one getting too involved”. This was the day before yesterday.

Last night before Charon even posted PG stepped down because he didn’t feel he had the time. He had stopped being involved for at least an hour before Ahfairehnuff went offline.

Now in case this is your first meeting with me, I’m Irish. I live in Scotland at the moment. Ireland has a terrible problem with suicide. I personally have lost people. I know that I couldn’t stand by while this all happened. So I started to try and find Ahfairehnuff. To the point where I had a breakdown last night because I was afraid I couldn’t help them. I didn’t sleep. This morning I finally was able to contact somewhere that could contact her. I did not do this lightly. Not only would it be bringing a member of staff into something that could easily distress anyone, but it also means making her feel watched, but the risk of the greater evil was too much. I couldn’t sit by and not do it. After that the lady who was super distressed by this as well called me back to let me know she was okay. 

All this time PG was talking to me too and he was terrified that what Charon was saying was true. People who joined an idea he had decided to cause trouble and he was the one carrying the burden. People blame him for what happened but he simply had the idea. You cannot control others and you cannot predict what you cannot expect.

As well as this, PG then showed me that Charon and Ahfairehnuff both had the same IP. I cannot explain how angry I was when I learned this. They had put prompt guy through hell in the last 24 hours and they were all the same person?

Do no blame prompt guy for this serious of events. He did nothing wrong. There was literally nothing more he could have done once this all started. I don’t know what cause Charon to do all this but I do hope that whatever it is they get help, but above all I hope that they do NOT cause this kind of distress to anyone else again.

For this installment of #bookcovercrush, we talked to author/ illustrator Katie Skelly and cover designer Keeli McCarthy about their design process for My Pretty Vampire. The book follows Clover, a vampire who escapes captivity at the hands of her own brother to find freedom – and human blood – in the real world.

Skelly tells NPR she started by sending McCarthy a few ‘60s-era movie posters and book covers for inspiration.

She also sent an illustration of Clover for the cover.

Skelly: “I had been looking at covers of Leiji Matsumoto’s Sexaroid comics, which always feature these long, languid women with tons of hair draped across the composition.”

McCarthy: “I knew the strong diagonal pose and curling hair would frame my title text perfectly, and I set to work drawing type. … The psychedelic swirling type was my first idea and I ended up sticking with it. I tend to draw and re-draw over and over again until I’m totally happy with sizing, weight and proportion – I’ve learned over the years to get it right on paper and not rely too much on fixing things in Photoshop. I played with a dripping letters motif and finally settled on just the single droplet coming from the A. … I chose the deep lavender, pink and red color palette because it felt lush, sexy and feminine while maintaining the ‘60s pop feel of the interior art.“

Skelly: “I wanted to communicate an idea of taking pleasure in your own body and enjoying your space, which are sensations the titular character, Clover, experiences over the course of the book.”

Now for the big reveal – here’s the final cover:

- Sydnee

Images provided by Katie Skelly and Keeli McCarthy

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my content might not always be the best because i play on laptop and edit on gimp (that poor simblr life) but hey, i’m a nice person, (extremely shy though) so if you want to follow me and want me to follow back like or reblog this o maybe just send me a message! love

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anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm so sorry for asking such a basic thing, but... could I ask how you make gifs? The whole process, starting from downloading the episode, torrenting or whatever, etc... I can't even do that much so no matter how many tutorials I read or watch, I can't even open it in Photoshop or download it correctly. >.< Thank you!

Hiya!! No no don’t be sorry!! It took me a while to figure it out too when I first got started so I’m happy to help you! I will mention that I have a pc, not a mac, so I can only show you what I have. Also I’m super sorry for this late reply!

Tutorial: How To Make A Gif (Extremely Detailed Version)

Difficulty: Easy
Time Allocation: ~1 hour
No Prior Understanding Required

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Making Gladio’s Cosplay Sword

After playing FFXV, I knew I needed to cosplay Gladio.  But in order to do that I needed a sword, a big one.  I’d never made a prop quite like this before and I was working on a limited budget, with almost no tools or equipment, and with very little space in my new apartment.  

I knew it was going to be a challenge from the get-go, but was determined.  In the end I rather like what came out, and got a ton of compliments on it at Fanime 2017!

In the interest of spreading the cosplay joy, I tried to document my creation journey so that I could give advice and ideas to other cosplay enthusiasts.

This is going to be a rather long post, so in the interest of not taking up everyone’s dashes the rest will be under a Read More.

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anonymous asked:

How do you make the GIFs? If I may ask. I've been wanting to do some on my own but don't know how 😅

Hi! Since I’ve been asked this question several times already, I figured that I might as well make a detailed tutorial on how I make my gifs! I’ve never really made a tutorial nor am I an expert, so please bear with me. If I’m unclear on a step, feel free to message me and I’ll clarify it for you :-)

Please like/reblog because this tutorial took hours to make!

This is the gif I will be teaching you how to make: 

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Spock&Uhura +screenplay

“Lady Madonna”

I know the character described in the song is a saintly single mother so why didn’t I depict that? Because my favorite lyric from this classic was always “lying on the bed, listen to the music playing in your head”. The song is so sunny and upbeat that I wanted to illustrate a part of the song that reflects that. Hoping also that the stained glass treatment would hint strongly at what the song was. And I’m sure her kids are just fine, off in another room. She’s just enjoying a bit of a reprieve here.

Happy 2 Year Anniversary Undertale!!!!

I didn’t have much time to do something huge, so I did a short little sketchy animation. I’m still new to Photoshop, but I like how this came out.

So, Undertale is now officially two years old! Yay! I doubt he’ll see this, but I just want to sincerely thank Toby Fox for such an amazing game. No, more like an amazing experience. Because of this game, I have met so many wonderful people both here on Tumblr and out in the real world. I’ve made some amazing friends because of Undertale, I’ve gotten a chance to actually improve my drawing skills thanks to drawing countless amounts of fanart of the characters, and I’ve had so much fun playing this game both on my own and with others. Who knew a little white dog could do so much for me. Thank you. And congratulations.

And of course,