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!

I Hurt You, Didn’t I?

Also Known As: what kept me up until almost 7am this morning. Again from @pro-antagonist‘s Winter Song, chapter 13, in the shower. 

He was being so sweet and attentive that Yuuri hadn’t even realized he was still upset. But now that he looked closer, he could see it just beneath the surface of Victor’s calm. The tension and hurt. He wasn’t doing well and was trying his best to keep it pushed down so that it wouldn’t affect Yuuri.

“You would never hurt me,” Yuuri said. “But I hurt you, didn’t I?”

Victor didn’t respond. He tried to turn his face away but was stopped when Yuuri put a hand to his cheek.

“I’m sorry, Vicchan,” he said. “I love you.”

The words had an immediate effect on Victor. He blinked and finally met Yuuri’s gaze.

He’d never told Victor that he loved him before. Not in English, at least.

I mainly just wanted to play with Yuuri’s face because I love drawing emotion, and what was just going to be a personal doodle turned into a finished piece. 

So for @stankygoat who so very kindly commented on Mind, Body, Heart with “I had some high hopes that you would draw something for that scene :-)  I love your work!”

Here, have some more! (And thank you so much for your kind words!)

Photoshop CS3

Yuri on Ice © Mitsurō Kubo


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.

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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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.

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.


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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“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.

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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There is a photoshopped picture of Serena Williams in a Wonder Woman costume on Facebook and of course people are being racist assholes.

Wonder Woman is Wonder WOMAN. not Wonder White Woman.

Any woman of any color can be Wonder Woman because Wonder Woman stands for all women. If she was portrayed by a black, latina, Indian, or any other race of woman, her message would still be the same and it would still be intact.

Lynda Carter is part Hispanic and she portrayed Wonder Woman. Elodie Yung is part Cambodian and part white and she auditioned for Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman is the type of character whose race you can change because her message is still powerful and still remains intact no matter who plays her.

I want to see all the gross racists just go away. Serena is a beautiful woman and she rocks it in the Wonder Woman costume even if it is photoshopped onto her.

I’ve been going a bit vector crazy these past few days. I’m just excited to finally have photoshop on my computer again. This is one of my favorite scenes from Brotherhood (I think? I was screaming and crying upon my first watch so it’s hard to tell), not only for what actually took place but because I thought it looked so cool, aesthetically. I’m also a masochist, apparently. So I wanted to play with it and get used to drawing with the pen tool again. WOO!

I love Riza’s hair so much ;__;

I can’t draw circles. I’m so sorry. I tried my very best.

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

What You Will Need:

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“Vaylin Healed”

Since I had Photoshop open after completing a school assignment, figured I’d play around and make an image of something that could (and should) have been.

 All I did was change the eye color and took out some of the dark coloration from around her eyes- but I didn’t want to do it completely because I don’t want Vaylin to just be “completely healed”. She is just better and on the path to getting better. But that darkness will always linger.

Fun Fact

I am utter Kallura trash:

The ones highlighted are the actual docs I draw in (I’ve been playing with programs, trying to understand why Photoshop doesn’t have a da** stabilizer and why Illustrator isn’t user-friendly). And these are the Kallura docs I didn’t delete, because going digital makes me feel like I can’t draw (not. fun. whatsoever).

Nevertheless I seem to have found a program I like, so expect something a lot of Kallura content from me soon. A sneak peek of what I’m hopefully going to get done in the meantime:

Shhhhh. It will be cleaned up and colored through my blood and tears.

And if any of you guys are curious about/want me to finish a certain doc highlighted above… hmu, I guess? I dunno. I like some of them and am even willing to redraw certain stuff. I just lack the motivation/am lazy, and critical of my digital stuff in general (but I also hate not finishing things). 

Anyhow if you reached the end of this post, congratulations, you’re my new favorite person. People would pay to be associated with me. 

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anonymous asked:

Is there anyway you could do a tutorial on how to animate your drawings? Like the pidge 153 ticks to midnight drawing? With the shooting star and laptop blinking ?

ok! this will sort of cover how I approach animating anything.

before I start I just want to mention two things:

- I highly highly recommend Photoshop CC for this, programs like SAI or GIMP will give you a hard time- Photoshop snuck in some premiere/flash things into it which will make it so much easier.

- I’m self taught in terms of animation, so I can’t go into the traditional technical aspects of animating, but I’ll be going over some things I’ve encountered.

now to how I animate!

photoshop’s workspace menu in the top right has a built in set up for animating called ‘motion’, you’ll want to switch to that. I use the essentials for drawing and only switch over after having everything done and I’ll explain why in a second. 

you could also just add the timeline window but this will save time. this isn’t the same document- don’t worry everything you’ll’ve done will be kept this is just changing the interface.

I do recommend saving a copy of what you’re doing before your animating if you aren’t completely comfortable.

this menu here is where you create your animation and it’s where you got to think about what you’re doing, and I’ll explain what each does, entering either of these modes will bump up the file size and put a little more strain on your computer.

I’ll cut it here because it’s kind of long and image heavy, but I explain the different types of animation in photoshop, give some examples, and some general tips for animating things (from experience)

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anonymous asked:

sorry i meant gameplay pics, thanks!

first and foremost, giving credit where credit is due, i use a personal interpretation stemmed from the tips found here by @cupidjuice!! (the link is on my resources page for future reference) 

putting everything else below a cut so it doesn’t elongate people’s dashboards too much! this tutorial assumes you’re using photoshop and have a basic understanding of how it works. i’ve also included a quick tutorial on how to batch edit photos.

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sooo a lovely anon requested a tutorial on how to do something like this:

and i’m not really sure how to call that effect, but it’s actually really easy to make and i hope my incapability to explain won’t make it hard for you to understand :) you need some basic skills for this (how to make a gif and how to color it), i’ve already made tutorials on both of these things, you can find them here: [x]

aaaand here we go

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