trying to be good at photoshop

Finished! :D
Persona 5′s Protagonist, my first actual piece I made to be a print.
I need to finish Persona 5, but with work and trying to draw more, games have been put on the side for a bit.

I’m going to go test print this in the next couple of days. If anyone would be interested in maybe buying a print of this, let me know! I may throw it up on my society6 or make more prints if it looks good on paper.

Other artists: “I have so many brushes in Photoshop! I use this one for clouds, I’ve got this one that does really nice leaves and I have a different one for grass too. This one has just the right texture for doing skin, this one is good for hair, and this one is really good for short fur like on a dog or something. I’ve also seen a really nice brush pack that I am looking forward to trying tonight!”

Me:

“Princess, whatchu doin’?”

“Not now, Chat, I’m busy!”

(she’s not)

Meant to be for Marichat May, but I’m not sure I got “happy pawing” right. >w>

Still not used to my tablet, but I had fun playing around with photoshop and brushes with this picture! c:

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I’m trying my hand in icon making! I haven’t done this in a long time, but now that I’m done with finals I have time. Like/reblog is you use please! 

anonymous asked:

On the Lucas Baker picture how did you make the shed looking lettering on his jacket? It looks good and I'd like to be able to try it

Thanks anon! It’s an easy trick and there are many ways of achieving that grunge effect. I use Photoshop but I’m sure there are ways to apply this technique in other programs as well.

You’ll need two layers: a transparent design/text on top of a solid background color. We will erase parts of the design instead of adding grunge to the whole pic. This way the design will work even if you change its color or the color of the bg. Here’s Cappy, let’s fuck him up!

The first way of doing this is by finding a good textured, spongy brush. I usually use the Natural Sponge from @kyletwebster‘s Megapack. Set your brush mode to “clear” on the top toolbar. This will turn it into an eraser!

Now just go ham on the drawing you’re grunging up! The more randomly you erase, the better! You can switch brushes to vary shapes and edges. Don’t forget to switch up brush sizes to add smaller scratches too! Tadaa!

If you think you’re not very good at making things look random, there’s a second way of doing this. Textures are your friends! I usually get them from textures.com. As a first step, turn your texture black and white (Shift+Ctrl+U) and play with the levels (Ctrl+L) until it’s mostly white with some black spots.

Then select the black pixels with the Magic Wand tool (make sure that “contiguous” is turned off on the top bar so your tool selects all the black pixels on your canvas). Copy all the selected pixels and paste them on a new transparent layer over your design. Feel free to move the texture around, resize it if it looks better. Now all you have to do is select the grunge you just added (by Ctrl+left clicking on its layer in your Layers window) and press Delete while standing on your design layer. This way only the selected pixels will be erased from your design.

After this, you can delete the grunge layer and enjoy your nastied-up design or do another round of what you just did to destroy it even more. If you want smaller scratches in it, switch to brush and touch it up with the first technique I described.

For Lucas’ logo, I used the brush only. I like to be able to control where the damage happens :) Hope this helped!

Flashes (Part 1)

Summary: Soulmate AU. “The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” - William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 1,783

Warnings: language, fluff, wishful thinking, angst, sadness, borderline depression, sarcasm, did I mention language? might be hard to read for lonely hearts like me.

A/N: Well, I did it…at least I tried. The lovely @minervaem challenged me (sort of) to do an angsty story, so here we go. I’m warning you now, it’s not gonna be pretty. Anyways, it’s only four parts, so only pre-existing permanent tags will be added to this story. Reminder: If you want to be removed from the permanent tag list you need to msg me! Sorry in advance. There’s four parts to this story.

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Compartment.
I was trying something different here, AND I was planning on doing some animations with this.. but I can’t figure out how to animate in Photoshop properly.. if anyone has links to good tutorials.. I’d love them!

#pascalcampion

I’ve got my swim trunks, and my flippie-floppies

for @legividivici, hope you like it!! <3 (ao3)


The last place Clarke expected to run into anyone she knows is the literal middle of the ocean, but the cruise ship has barely left port before she spots a familiar head of tousled curls ahead of her in the crowd.

She loses sight of him before she can get a good look, so she chalks it up to her imagination. It’s entirely possible that Bellamy is on the same cruise she is– they did, after all, both just graduate, and therefore have the same budget and scheduling constraints– but she tells herself it probably isn’t him. And that even if it is him, it’s not like they’re going to run into each other.

So of course the next day she’s on one of the decks by the pool when a shadow falls over her and his voice says, “Is this chair taken?”

Clarke pushes her sunglasses up on top of her head and wrinkles her nose at him.

“I don’t know, I my tiara really ought to have a chair of its own.”

Bellamy smirks and sits on the edge of the chair, not moving her stuff– not yet– but settling in to bicker with her. As is their custom.

She and Bellamy were RAs in the same dorm two years ago, and they had differing ideas at first about how hands-on they needed to be with their freshmen. Despite the way they picked at each other, by the end of the year they’d become reluctant allies, his calling her ‘Princess’ taking on less of a sneer and more of a teasing edge, her comebacks laced with a smile. They had each other’s backs.

But she didn’t re-up her RA contract for her senior year, and he did, and they’re not the type of friends to outright admit they miss each other, so she hasn’t seen nearly as much of him in the past couple of semesters as she would like.

“You here with Wells?”

“And Raven,” she nods. “I was saving those seats for them, but I’m pretty sure they ditched me to have tiny cabin sex.”

“O and Lincoln ditched me pretty fast too. I think they’ve all forfeited their right to a saved seat,” he grins, passing her bag back to her. The way he lounges back in the chair, skin already browning, wind ruffling his hair, he looks like something straight out of an ad. Or Clarke’s fantasies. Either one, really.

Just because she used to think he was a Class-A dick (which he is, but not in the way she thought. In the fun way.) doesn’t mean she’s never noticed how great his hands are, or how he’s got perfect hair for pulling, or how there’s probably more than one way to wipe a smirk off his face.

“Sure, make yourself at home,” she grumbles. He grins at her and pulls his shirt off, which is– honestly just so unfair.

“Don’t mind if I do.”

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anonymous asked:

I love love your icons! Could you please make an icon tutorial?? I'd love you forever

thank you! recently i got a couple of requests for an icon tutorial so i decided to make one. i’m sorry for any mistakes in advance. please like or reblog this if you find any of the followings helpful. feel free to send an ask if you have any questions or find any of this unclear. so here’s how to go from this:

to this:

you’ll need:

  • photoshop (i use cs6 but works with other versions too)
  • a screencap or picture (preferably HQ)
  • a psd or basic coloring skills
  • some calming tea (you’ll need this the most)

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Tonight’s progress on the first year bald eagle illustration. Lots of work to do on the head and feet, as well as cleaning some edges and finessing some shadows/layer merging. Fresh eyes tomorrow will help with that!

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hi anon, here’s a process video for you (kind of)

as for tips:

  • your advantage is that you can choose whatever colour you want and apply it as quickly and as opaquely as you want (compared to traditional media, which might require multiple layers)
    • your disadvantage is that subtleties that might be simple as layering wet paint on wet paint in traditional media will require more from you (e.g. processing colour, finding the right brushes for you, learning said brushes and getting good etc.) so it can get pretty complex depending on things
  • alt when using the brush or fill tool in photoshop will let you pick colours from anywhere on the canvas! it’ll help you blend in conjunction with light pressure
  • if you’re not used to the physical aspect of using a tablet pen, try to get some practice in (especially with controlling the amount of pressure you use); it’s very close to using a pencil or pen depending on your brush settings, the more you practice the more you’ll improve your fine motor skills/the muscles that are involved in using the pen which gives you more control over how you hold and manipulate the pen

be mindful of how you draw and the effects of how you draw but try not to get too hung up on perfection, if it doesn’t look the way you want it to try to really figure out why first and try to solve it that way

i hope it helps!

anonymous asked:

Can you give me some advices/tutorials on how to make gifs? I suck at it and hell, I've been trying to gif for two days and I still can't :(

Of course! Let me just say when you start off making gifs it can be very difficult and confusing (I know it was for me). So I’m going to try and give you lots of tips and things that I’ve learned so hopefully you can skip lots of the hard parts I had to learn on my own. Also don’t get discouraged if you feel like your gifs aren’t turning out amazing, you’ve just started and it’s taken me over the course of 3 years to start making ones I’m actually happy with, as always practice gives you experience! Anyways enough of my rambling lets get started.

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anonymous asked:

how do you do the cel shading? im so amazed at the colors

Oh, buddy! Thank you!

I’m not actually very good at picking colours, so I’ve found a way to sort of compensate for it by using layers like heck. I’ll explain it as best I can!

CEL SHADING

I’ll be doing this in SAI, but the general idea is still applicable to other programs, and the layer styles are usually called something similar (note: ”Addition” in SAI is similar to “Linear Dodge (Add)” in Photoshop).

First, here’s a list of the layers I use. The Lines layer is created first, and then the rest of them are made in order starting from the bottom. The arrows mean that layer is clipping over the one below it. Anything in black isn’t clipping, and is usually set to Normal at 100% opacity.

EXPLANATION OF THE ADJUSTMENT LAYERS

1) Shadow

This layer is completely filled with some colour. The colour you choose for this will give you the colour of your shadows.

2) Lighting 1

This is where you do the actual cel shading, i.e. it’s where the lit-up parts are. I’m afraid I don’t have much in the way of tips for that, since I just kind of slap it on while trying not to forget where the light source is.

3) Lighting 2

This is mostly just a duplicate of Lighting 1. The main difference is that I blur the edges. I usually change the colour and/or opacity, too, but you might not need to.

The colour(s) you choose for Lighting 1 and Lighting 2 will mostly give you the colour of your lighting, but since they’re over the shadow layer and each other, it might take some adjusting.

4) Shadow adjust (sometimes)

This is for if your lighting is about right but you want the shadows to be darker. This layer should only cover the parts of the image that the lighting layers do not already cover (use the magic wand tool). You can blur this layer if the edges of the shadows are too hard.

5) Flats adjust (sometimes)

This is for when the lighting and shadow layers change the colour of part of the image in a way you don’t want. Most commonly, I’ve had problems with skin tone being lightened too much and the colour green getting washed out. This layer is here to fix that. You might need more than one, depending on how many bits you need to change.

Select and fill the area that’s the wrong colour. If it’s the value of the colour that’s wrong, fill the selection with some sort of gray-ish colour. If it’s the saturation of the colour that’s wrong, fill the selection with the actual colour you want.

6) Lines adjust

This is to get coloured lines the lazy way. Duplicate Lighting 2, move it above the Lines layer, and set it to layer clip. Blur it a little bit, if necessary. If you’re doing bright lighting, this is probably a good idea.

It’s likely that you’ll need to manually tweak this layer.

7) Extra layers

For eye shinies and such.

EXAMPLES

Here’s a few examples of what different layer settings will look like on this picture, to give you an idea of how it works:

EXTRA TIPS

1) The Hue/Saturation panel is a great help for when you’re trying to figure out the colour/saturation/value of a layer. It can be brought up by CTRL+U in both SAI and Photoshop.

2) To get blurred edges in Photoshop, the easiest way is: Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur. To get blurred edges in SAI, the watercolour tool with these settings works well:

I hope that helps!

100 Photography Tips - Eric Kim

I read this multiple times a week.

1. Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn’t mean that they’re a good photographer.
2. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
3. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer.
4. Photo editing is an art in itself
5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time.
6. Macro photography isn’t for everybody.
7. UV filters work just as well as lens caps.
8. Go outside and shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.
9. Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph.
10. Film isn’t better than digital.
11. Digital isn’t better than film.
12. There is no “magic” camera or lens.
13. Better lenses don’t give you better photos.
14. Spend less time looking at other people’s work and more time shooting your own.
15. Don’t take your DSLR to parties.
16. Being a photographer is sexy.
17. Making your photos b/w doesn’t automatically make them “artsy”
18. People will always discredit your work if you tell them you “photoshop” your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the “digital darkroom”.
19. You don’t need to take a photo of everything.
20. Have at least 2 backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none.
21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap.
22. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
23. Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a voyeur.
24. Taking a photo crouched often make your photos look more interesting.
25. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.
26. Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you.
27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight.
28. The more photos you take, the better you get.
29. Don’t be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures.
30. Only show your best photos.
31. A point-and-shoot is still a camera.
32. Join an online photography forum.
33. Critique the works of others.
34. Think before you shoot.
35. A good photo shouldn’t require explanation (although background information often adds to an image). *
36. Alcohol and photography do not mix well.
37. Draw inspiration from other photographers but never worship them.
38. Grain is beautiful.
39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier.
40. Simplicity is key.
41. The definition of photography is: “painting with light.” Use light in your favor.
42. Find your style of photography and stick with it.
43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing.
44. Silver EFEX pro is the best b/w converter.
45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
46. Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life.
47. Don’t pamper your camera. Use and abuse it.
48. Take straight photos.
49. Shoot with confidence.
50. Photography and juxtaposition are best friends.
51. Print out your photos big. They will make you happy.
52. Give your photos to friends.
53. Give them to strangers.
54. Don’t forget to frame them.
55. Costco prints are cheap and look great.
56. Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s).
57. Join a photo club or start one for yourself.
58. Photos make great presents.
59. Taking photos of strangers is thrilling.
60. Candid>Posed.
61. Natural light is the best light.
62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best “walk-around” focal length.
63. Don’t be afraid to bump up your ISO when necessary.
64. You don’t need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don’t even own one).
65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose.
66. Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be “artsy” is exploitation.
67. You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations.
68. Photos are always more interesting with the human element included.
69. You can’t “photoshop” bad images into good ones.
70. Nowadays everybody is a photographer.
71. You don’t need to fly to Paris to get good photos; the best photo opportunities are in your backyard.
72. People with DSLRS who shoot portraits with their grip pointed downwards look like morons.
73. Cameras as tools, not toys.
74. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren’t much different.
75. Photography isn’t a hobby- it’s a lifestyle.
76. Make photos, not excuses.
77. Be original in your photography. Don’t try to copy the style of others.
78. The best photographs tell stories that begs the viewer for more.
79. Any cameras but black ones draw too much attention.
80. The more gear you carry around with you the less you will enjoy photography.
81. Good self-portraits are harder to take than they seem.
82. Laughter always draws out peoples’ true character in a photograph.
83. Don’t look suspicious when taking photos- blend in with the environment.
84. Landscape photography can become dull after a while.
85. Have fun while taking photos.
86. Never delete any of your photos.
87. Be respectful when taking photos of people or places.
88. When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens.
89. Travel and photography are the perfect pair.
90. Learn how to read a histogram.
91. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
92. Don’t be afraid to take photos in the rain.
93. Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it.
94. Never take photos on an empty stomach.
95. You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography.
96. Never hoard your photographic insight- share it with the world.
97. Never stop taking photos
98. Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is a philosophy of life
99. Capture the decisive moment
100. Write your own list.