layering images


queen-padme  asked:

Hi! I'm sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you've ever done an icon tutorial? Your icons are really the most beautiful I've seen, and I'd love to know your secrets 😊. But if you aren't interested in posting them I totally understand. I hope you're having a great day!!


Hey sorry this took so long to get around to but I finally felt inspired to make this. A couple things first. I want to give a special shout out to argetnallison cuz I learned how to make icons from her tutorials here. I picked up a few tips and tricks that aren’t included in other tutorials so we’re gonna call this an extended icon tutorial. I’ve also been told I explain things well but if there’s anything from this that needs clearing up later just send me a message and i will be happy to help guide you through it. This Is my first time making a tutorial so bare with me if I ramble. 

we will be going from this:

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Instagram PSD Tutorial: How To Use & Basic Help

So I’ve had a handful of people recently asking for help on how to achieve the results I did. As a novice once myself I understand how confusing things like PSDs and clipping masks can be so I’ve organised this (hopefully helpful) tutorial on how I did this graphic. I hope that after this you don’t have any more questions but if you do feel free to bother me with them, I don’t mind one bit! I’ll try my best. Please reblog/like if you found this helpful.

[tutorial under readmore]

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anonymous asked:

Can you teach me how to add shadow on object? Like window? I hope you understand what im trying to say as english is not my main language. Thank you~

I don’t really understand what you mean and it’s alright! English is  not my main language also ^^” but I’ll just show you how I usually add shadows (in brief)~ I am not a professional at this either since I am just a self taught so bear with me since it is going to be a long post <3 

I’ll be showing you how I did my shadows on my sims’ face as well as the backdrop. and I’ll be using this picture, sorry if its not an object since I’m editing sims but I’m sure you can apply this method to any other pictures :) and I’ll be using it for the following tutorials also~!

                                 SHADOW TUTORIAL ON FACES

Tools used are Smudge Tool, Lasso Tool (press L on photoshop), Gradient Tool (press G on photoshop) & Eraser Tool mostly. 

You need to plan and have a clear picture of how you want the shadow to appear on your picture so for this I assume that the light is coming from the right diagonally.  Also, find a reference so that your shadow is more accurate. This is optional since I didn’t do that  XD

Then, on another layer, select the lasso tool and outline the shadows based on the light/reference. Press shift when outlining another area for shadow. 

Using the gradient tool, and setting the colour to black, fill in the shape you just outline. Or an alternative method, you can just colour the shape with a brush.

Then, lower the opacity so that it looks less solid. I usually set the opacity to about 14-21 depends on the photo actually, so you can play around~

But it looks rather rigid, so using an eraser tool with low opacity but 0 hardness, rub of the hard edges. You can also use smudge tool to smoothen out the edges. I usually use both tools, to give a finer touch. 

There you go, the feel free to add more shadows with the brush tool to make it less flat X3

                            SHADOW TUTORIAL ON A BACKGROUND

I’ll be using the same direction of light rays X3

Tools used are magic tool, levels in adjustment tab, blur, eraser & smudge tools.

First, create copy layer of your picture. Then using magic wand tool on the copy layer select the background layer and then delete it. I’ll name this layer as 1.

Then, duplicate this layer (with no background). This layer will be named to 2. Back to layer 1, go to image>adjustments>levels or ctrl+L to bring up the levels command. Set the right bottom of the box to 0.

And you will get a black silhouette. 

Then, drag this layer according to the light rays. Again, you can use a reference to locate where your backdrop shadow should go~

Again, lower the opacity of the shadow so that it looks less opaque.

Then, blur out the shadow. Either doing it manually by using a blur tool, or using gaussian blur (filter>blur>gaussian blur, and set it according to your liking). In this example, I’ll be using the gaussian blur, since its rather easy and saves time XP

You should also consider rubbing of the edges of your picture by selecting on layer 2 since there are still some background colour that hasnt been deleted.

And you are done~!! This is basically how I edit my pictures, and I know this isnt perfect and there are some flaws since I am still learning, so all I can say is if you keep practicing you will be able to produce even better results! 

I hope this can help you somehow, if not please message me again and come off anon so I can explain you even further <3

anonymous asked:

hey! i think ur art is p cool c: any tips for using ps?

thank you! here are some super quick things people may not know going in:

  • smart objects
  • masks
    • clipping masks
    • layer masks
  • adjustment layers
  • liquify, general fliters
  • blending effects
    • for layers
    • for brushes
  • grids, guides
  • history/save states/snapshots
  • importing brushes
  • workspaces
  • dark magic
    • quick exporting
    • what a contact sheet is
    • batching, scripts.

this will all be in PhotoshopCC. This is the more technical side of Photoshop instead of the fun drawing side, because let’s face it you’ll already learn that in time. This is stuff to make drawing digitally or editing or whatever easier, faster, and less trouble. These are shortcuts and smart things basically.

smart objects!

touching up? use smart objects!! please!! When you size them down they still maintain the data of the original, so you can scale and re-arrange without data lost (you can’t draw on this layer as a smart object though!). do this please. to undo this look for “rasterize layer”

this also means filters are clipped onto the layer but aren’t actually changing the layer. You can then turn them off, delete them, ect. without any repercussions. Smart objects will be more data but they are safe bets.

you won’t see this for drawing and painting but when you’re editing your drawings for maybe a poster or compiling them this is super useful! 

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Layers of meaning! These rocks show the deep and shallow waters of an ancient Martian lake could’ve supported different kinds of microbes. This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by my Mastcam shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Credit: @nasa/NASAJPL-Caltech/MSSS

anonymous asked:

how do you make the sparkles fall behind the image? like only on the background

hey, love! so i’ve been asked this a lot, and i finally have a day off so below is how i end up with something like this: 

(the psd used in this example can be found here)(i save my sparkle gif from here) (this is more to show how to remove the gif from over the model, a tutorial for how to use the gif in the first place can be found here)

this might get a bit wordy since i can never manage to keep things short, and since this is a little bit more complicated than the usual ‘sparkle’ effect, i’ve added a few pictures along the way to help but please feel free to ask any questions!

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