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Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 4

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 8:16 AM


I'm back with my journal tutorials for Photoshop. I didn't post any new journal tutorial in a while. Anyway, my previous tutorial you can check here. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for everyone who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Tilt-Shift, Customizing brush 2, Lens Flare, Mask Tool,.

If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big 1920 x 1080 px). I used Photoshop CC here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. But most of things may be the same in all PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials like this, so stay tuned. And if you like it, then you can fav this article. Thank you and enjoy. I hope it's helpful. More tutorials by me you can see in feature below.

Tilt-Shift 1 by tincek-marincek
Tilt-Shift 1

Tilt-Shift 2 by tincek-marincek
Tilt-Shift 2

Tilt-Shift 3 by tincek-marincek
Tilt-Shift 3

Tilt-Shift 4 by tincek-marincek
Tilt-Shift 4

Tilt-Shift logo by tincek-marincek
Tilt-Shift logo


Above you can see small introduction into Blur Gallery in new Photoshop CC. Photoshop CS6 also have few blur options as new CC, but in CC there are even more blur effects... and of course options. Tilt-Shift option you can find in CC and CS6...and I'll explain it in this tutorial.

I decided to show Tilt-Shift blur using my logo... I really like this blur because it imitates camera "focus" (like in macro photography) pretty well. I use it when I need to make focus differences like in this example above or in my drawings. On Image 1 I added my logo on new layer. So it was separated from grey background. I went to Filter/ Blur Gallery/ Tilt-Shift for this blur (in CS6 you probably have this blur under Blur menu).

When the Blur menu will show then you'll see it like on Image 2. You can move and rotate the blur lines... on Image 3 I described that process. In the middle you can see small circle. If you move line in the circle left or right you will change Blur radius/ strength. Un-blurred part will be to the first line (full line...not striped line). From the full to the striped line you'll have fading part. From the 0% of blur and to the blur % which you set. You can move and rotate it under angles/ length which you wish. Below striped part you'll have fully blurred image.

And when I applied blur effect to the logo I usually edit it a bit, so that it would look like it was photographed on a flat surface. I add dark gradients with Gradient tool and I use Multiply layer mode. Lighter parts I add with white color on Overlay layer mode. For the end I add a little bit of noise (under Filter/ Noise/ Add Noise...). You can see that on Image 4. The end result you can see on Image 5.

Customizing brush by tincek-marincek
Customizing brush


And here is another part of brush customization. First part you were able to read in my previous tutorial here. On the first part on the image above you can edit you brush Scattering. That comes pretty useful if you try to make a brush for the stars, leaves, textures...and so on. So your brush will be scattered across your canvas. You can also edit Scatter Count if you wish to have more density.

On the second part on the image you can edit Texture. You can add texture on your brush if you can edit textures when you click on Image at the top of the tool. You can also import your own texture.

And on the last part of the image you can add Dual brush. For example...when you edit your own brush add all effects which you wanted and then if you want shape, texture...or something can add second brush. So your brush will be combined with other one.

50-300mm Zoom by tincek-marincek
50-300mm Zoom

35mm Prime by tincek-marincek
35mm Prime

105mm Prime by tincek-marincek
105mm Prime

Movie Prime by tincek-marincek
Movie Prime

Path To The Horizon by tincek-marincek
Path To The Horizon


I add Lens Flare Effect on my drawings a lot. Usually when there's strong light...and on landscapes. I used one of my drawings above so I demonstrated that effect. Go to Filter/ Render/ Lens Flare... There you'll see 4 different effects which you can apply. First one is 50-300mm Zoom. I use this one the most. It's not too bright and it have more colors. When I add Lens Flares I usually put Opacity around 50-60% so that it won't be too bright. Second one is 35mm Prime. It's similar as first one, only that it doesn't have "rainbow" like flare and it's brighter. Third one is 105mm Prime. I never use this one...well, it's really bright and you can hardly see lens flares in this one. The last one is Movie Prime. This is the second flare which I use the most. It have sharp horizontal and tilted lines and it's not too bright. You'll see small + sign on the center and move it to the side of image where you want to apply effect.

In the latest finished image above I used 50-300mm Zoom and Movie Prime Lens Flare. I usually have more layers when I add effects like these, so I erase some parts which I don't need.

Mask tool by tincek-marincek
Mask tool 1

Mask tool2 by tincek-marincek
Mask tool 2

Mask tool3 by tincek-marincek
Mask tool 3


Next lesson is using Mask tool (Also Layer Mask). You can use it when you erase a lot... and when you mess up something then you realise that you can't use Undo that much. On Mask layer you can erase and redraw the same image. You can use only 2 colors and white. With white color you can redraw the image. If you use black color then Brush will act like an eraser. You'll erase your image then. I explained that on Image 1. When you wish to use Mask layer on selected layer, then click on icon below, as I showed on image. A new white layer will appear next to the layer image.

I decided to move angel a little left. So I used mask tool and erased all parts around her which I didn't need. See that on Image 2. Striped lines are marking the image...everything around striped lines is erased.

On the last image I simply made some random brush strokes. I used Brush tool and white color on the Mask layer. Everything what's marked with yellow color is erased. You can see that when I used Brush tool that image became visible again...even that I erased it. Click on layer image, next to the Mask layer when you wish to draw or edit original layer.

Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies by tincek-marincek
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2 by tincek-marincek
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 3 by tincek-marincek
+Painting anime hair...tutorial+ by tincek-marincek
+how to paint digital 2+ by tincek-marincek

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Turning Day into Night

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 5:00 AM

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Manip Academy tutorial!

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to take an image that was shot during the day, and make it look like it was shot at night. There are a couple ways of that you can achieve this look, but I will just be showing you one way that I most commonly use. We will be using various adjustment layers and blending techniques during this process. Now remind you, every piece will turn out differently, what I am showing you is just a starting point for your image. So keep playing around with the adjustment layers to achieve the effect that your looking for. Let's start out with the stock image:

My Barn Is My Kastl by Burtn
My Barn Is My Kastl by Burtn

First thing you want to do is make sure to duplicate the layer. I always duplicate whatever images I work with and create a folder called "Original Stocks" and keep them hidden there in case I mess up somewhere along the line.

Then what you want to do is start out by creating an adjustment layer (1) for Hue/Saturation (2). Turn the saturation level down just a little, because at night you don't really see such vibrant colors. Now we'll come back to the Hue/Saturation layer in a few seconds.
Next your going to create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (3). Your going to drag the brightness to the left enough so that it's as dark as you would like it to be. Then your going to drag the contrast to the right to increase some of the lighter sections. As you can see, it brought back a little bit of the yellowness in the grass, so we are going to go back to the Hue/Saturation layer. You see where it says "Master", if you click that and click on "Yellows", (4 & 5) we will be decreasing the yellow coloring in the grass by taking the saturation and moving it to the left just a little bit.

So now your piece should be looking a little more darker like this:

You can deal with the sky two ways, one just replace it with a different image that is the night sky with stars and a moon, or you can take the sky how it currently is and make it darker on it's own (possibly add a moon later if you so choose). For simplicity (and to keep this tutorial shorter), I'm just going to replace the background. I just created a new layer and made it a very dark blue, and added some stars using a scattered brush texture for the sake of a quick job.

Now for the last step, there should be a little bit of moonlight right? This step is pretty simple. All you have to do is paint! Just take a very soft edge round brush in white, lower the opacity, and on a seperate layer just paint over areas that you think the moonlight would reach. This is the outcome I achieved!

Manip Academy

Manip Academy 1: Parallelism, by Carlos-Quevedo

Manip Academy 2: Soft effects in Photomanipulation

Manip Academy 3: Using shadows on reliefs

Manip Academy 4: Perspective and Blending

Manip Academy 5: Blending Modes and Manips

Manip Academy 6 : How to adjust a fire's color

Manic Academy 7: Post-production Atmosphere

Manip Academy 8: Haunted Eyes

Manip Academy 9: Lighting with Curves Adjustments

Manip Academy 11: Tips for Hair


Light Hunters Feature #87

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 15, 2014, 6:13 AM

Enjoy some of the recent additions to our gallery

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Stock and Resources

We like to think we are a friendly, approachable and there when you need us community, so for all those new folk trying out submitting stock for the first time, hello and welcome!!!

We are your current stock and resources
community volunteers!

We went ahead and gave each other some interview questions to answer, cause thats how we roll :D

:iconpiratelotus-stock: PirateLotus-Stock Erin

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Sleepy, Sarcastic, Piratelady

You are a broccoli, but a broccoli on a mission to save the world, whats your first plan of action?
I'd be all like "IT'S MORPHIN' TIEM" and I'd get my friends Carrot, Pea, and Spinach and we'd morph into our super cool Veggie Ranger suits and then form the Megaveg and destroy buildings and shit while fighting whatever's threatening the world.

If you could only submit one type of stock for the rest of your DA life, what kind would it be?
Oh, probably model. Actually I kind of hate all the setup and stuff for model stock. But I like it too. I don't know. This is hard. Let's just go with landscape because that means I get to go to places with awesome landscapes!

If you were sitting in a bar and an (outer-space) alien sat down next to you, how would you react?

Tell him sorry, I have a boyfriend...but my boyfriend would love to meet him because he's really interested in aliens (but not that way, sorry again)

What is your favorite sub-gallery in the stock gallery, and why?

It's between Tutorials and Designs & Patterns. I like things that tell you how to do something! Sewing patterns, or a tutorial about how to sew something...that's really cool.

:iconcelticstrm-stock: CelticStrm-Stock Cheryl

Describe yourself in 3 words

Nerdy, Sweet, Stubborn

If you were a cake, what flavor would you be?

 If I was cake, I would be strawberry cake. I love the light and sweet flavor, plus it's super girly, like me!

What do you think is the best part about the stock community?

The best part of the stock community is the generous nature and giving spirit, hands down. I love how we support each other in the good times and the bad. We're always there for each other during the tough times. If there's a contest or something going on, we are each other's cheerleaders. It's a great big family with a shared passion for creating great stock!

You wake up in a room filled with jelly babies, do you A) - eat your way way to an exit ignoring their tiny squeeky screams, or do you B) - unite them in a jelly baby rebellion and get them to carry to you an exit and be forever a jelly baby hero?
I would unite the jelly babies and become Queen of their Universe. :D We would exit the room in a glorious fashion to take over the world. I suspect there may be a brief uprising by the Gummy Bears, but I will dispatch my Jelly Baby minions off on their Gummy Worm steeds to squash the rebellion. After the Great Gummy Wars, we shall live in a fabulously sweet utopia forever!

If there was 1 sub category of stock and resources that you could accidentally on purpose forever delete from memory, what would it be?
The sub category would definitely be Application Resources or one of it's sub categories. :stare:

:iconelandria: Elandria Lanny

Describe yourself in 3 words
Passionate, Silly, Geek

If you fell through a typical romance novel style time portal and landed in a hot medieval guy's castle with your camera, what would you do?

What is this device in my hand? Where is my page and my horse? >.> *sneeks camera under cloak*

How has stock changed since you first became a stock provider? What trends were cool then that aren't now?

Quality has improved phenomenally (I can't spell that word by the way, thank you spell check), I'm not sure that any trends are less cool now than they were 10 years ago, its just that artists are more demanding and creative with similar themes and styles.  There are new fads that we have now that I wish hadn't appeared like celeb images and anime "renders" - go back 5 years and they didn't exist. Precut stock used to be called clipart, and is essentially the same thing only with photographs not illustrations, and premade backgrounds I just don't get since they turn any piece of art into a collaboration since you are using somebody else's skill set and not your own. Like most things however, its down to personal preference, taste, skill and what you enjoy creating, I don't think that will ever change, even if the stock does!

If you were in space, how many stars would you count to til you got bored?

Urm, I was supposed to be counting stars? I'd probably be either too busy throwing up or too busy staring like an idiot at the Earth, but I will guess about 20 :D

What would you change about your own gallery if you could?

I would make everything all shiny, and up to date, and I would fix all the ****ing messed up keyword/tags :stare:

We are the community!
Stock and Resource Providers Front and Center!

So now we challenge you, the rest of our splendid community to introduce yourselves to everyone!

Describe yourself in 3 words

What kind of stock or resources do you provide?

What other hobbies do you have besides making stock?

If you were a superhero, who or what would you have as your sidekick and why?

Best answer to number 4 by the end of the week (21st September) wins 100points! ;)

M. Features Volume 11

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 15, 2014, 11:42 AM
It's been soooo long :noes:
Here is the 11th volume of the Mega features, art from all around the community. :aww:

Allow me to start by mentioning SavageFrog's Senior Selections  Senior Selections Manga Category GuidelinesWhat is SeniorSelections ?

"SS is a group with focus on art collection and showcasing; they strive to feature premier artwork and bring more exposure to outstanding artists and their artwork."
On that note...
I'm accepting suggestions for the Manga & Anime Category!
I will only accept artworks from the Manga & Anime Gallery; here's what I'm looking for:
-High quality artwork preferred.
-Artists who have not had a DD in 6 months (Undiscovered is a plus).
-NO Fanart (that category is run by elicoronel16 so if you find any good ones, send them to her :la: )
-All resource or stock image used must be credited and must come from a verifiable legitimate source.
-No unfinished works/WIPs.
To suggest
Simply send me a note with a thumbcode of the deviation you're suggesting. Please title your note: "SS Suggestion" or something similar. You can also provide a short description with the deviation but it is not required.
-I can only feat
guidelines. Check it out and suggest some M&A works!! :eager:

Love in the Air  Please FAV +fav this journal so that many can see the beautiful pieces! Love in the Air

Love in the Air A lovely comment could make someone's day! Love in the Air

I love deviantART! Would you like to suggest someone? Just comment below!  I love deviantART!

ume no hana by feeshseagullmine

 Galaxy by Black-Quose  Silver Fall by kiku-atama

A light that never comes by Yokufo

Spring by Lumnili Moonfesta by sheryu Colored Walk Way by Porforever

E G E by YuruiKarameruBulles d'air by KirimimiAngel by Daniiux

on top of the world by ohprocrastinator

Where No One Goes by Vyntresser Ruby by NEIGHBORSTUDIOS

Kyoraku x Ukitake by Folie-1618Bleach - Luna by elicoronel16

Rau Le Creuset and Providence Gundam by Nick-IanMagi: Sinbad Focalor by meme-tan

You Can Trust Me, Bud by Dreamsoffools


:star: iDJPanda's contest winners :star:
:star: AnimangART's contest winners :star:

.:Cloud Mario Sticker:. by CloTheMarioLoverTiger Sticker by NeccersFREE KISSES Sticker by MangaKidArt

I Scream for Ice Cream with a Cherry on Top! by yesmimiuniverseCake : ChocoMint by KazugaMei5CTW3: Strawberry and Cream by MimiChanLove


Golden Field by bomgirl rat by snellynell
A girl named Spectrum by AllisonStanley Refrigeracion by Maaot

Path of Stars by HanafaeSoulfire by Toradh
FROG 27 cm x 20 cm by Editk

Thalacia by 6Doug9
The picnic. by PascalCampionEye of the storm by paper-jet
Coral+Speedpaint by YechiiBallmoon by ChibionpuKushi by yakonusuke

Knight by Pencil-guyAn another birdy by Drkav Distant Dreams by sehika
A moment in time by cat-meff

Beyond the atmosphere by Najeeb-AlnajjarCanis Lumens by Pekan-Pie

Lanterns by BraveCupcake Fire Autumn by Daniiux

The lost expedition by nondev

G:.:Aurora:. by Aviaku

Blue dusk by SaNNaS Canary Clan by MorkelErasmus

Gazing by marustagramIMG 8839m by DanielMyszkowski

Chace by KiwiTakeFlight

... by ajkabajka

The show begins ! by MinGII Vassalord - Close up by DinoCavallone

104 by weelx Cuddling up by mkuegler

Winter time by Kaasik91

*** by AnnaTyurina

aaaaaand, that's it! catching love I hope you liked them as much as I do!!! SO MUCH LUFF
(I put a great deal of self memory usage in order to not make them repeat, hopefully they're not. LOL )

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Indra by onitonari

Hi!   Helloooo Time to featured you guys!
Hope everybody had a nice day.  Welcome new members and watchers! 
Thank you for joining and thanks to the contributors of our galleries for letting me show your amazing works here.
So today, as each week i will open a space for all the members to get one work featured. 
In this space quality does not matter, is to help you out to get more exposure. 


Antares by Casirra Last Days (In a Dream IV) by Iskaeldt 84. Out Cold by Lonstermonster Norah by Kvlticon Sweet oblivian by theheek Farewell My Kingdom by LeenaHill Western Lady Iris by Simetrah TLIID 206. Power Girl endorses Wonderbra. Yep. by AxelMedellin Bittersweet Memories by 2pified mermaid by Lolita-Artz Fancy Dragon by Nekokitsune Vampire by svyre BLOODY by miki-mochi Off to Explore_for sale! by Otherra Migration... by Dark-Indigo Once Upon A September by la-voisin Baby  mermaid by fairytaledolls Autumn Plotting by evoluzione  Forest Lady by coby01 Tirau (another) by Animefanka Detective smile by Vilenchik My Cross To Bear by StarfireArizona Terror of the Seas by KiyaSama Late Again, Dear Alice? by Akara-LegendForever is Just Enough by noahbradley GumihoB by zinnaDu CONTESTS REMINDER by FedericoMemola City of Grace sketch by Spex84 Frankenstein reg by zinnaDu Come on by SenRyuji Holy Crap. by ChristopherPollari Kandyse McClure of Battlestar Galactica 2 by Laura-Ferreira Spiny by veprikov More Than Just Servants by EmanuelMardsjo Nika by I-GUYJIN-I We are dancing in our chains by AquaSixio Bachquytap by sinvia Sirena vuelve al mar by elsevilla Mr-snowman Sss by JablonskiPiotr I'll be your prince! by ohmybug Summer by zinnaDu Horned by Kuoma Masked Serpent of the Sky by Simanion Of demons and angels by Celairen Come On Sugar by DanteWontDie Where the trolls live (ANIMATION) by ullakko Head-Jewelry by Labeculas-DollhouseNew Generation by skymint

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FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want? 
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
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Legal stocks problemSubmission rules -Contest Donators - Affiliates news -Index Blog -The Outsider contest!
Welcome! Please read before joining
Hello :wave:
Hope you are all having a great day. It came to my attention some problems about what sites are legal stock providers and witch ones are not.
I have made a very extensive research to make sure i'm not making a mistake by declining images with not confirmed sources. Please read very carefully, i will not battle about this later.
:police: Sites that are NOT confirmed nor will i accept:
:bulletred: Photobucket
:bulletred: Gfxspot and the similar ones
:bulletred: N
SUBMISSIONS RULES REMINDERSubmission rules -Contest Donators - Affiliates news -Index Blog -The Outsider contest!
Welcome! Please read before joining
:police: Here are the rules to keep up..please feel free to send a note if you have any question! We don't decline fantasy and sweet things as long as it follows the rules so don't be fooled by the name of our group
:skullbones: First of all WE ARE NOT A GROUP ABOUT THE TV SERIES, we get a lot of submission about this, we accept them if they show visible fantasy/darkness/scifi, but not plain characters.

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Equine Escapades Vol23

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 4:00 AM

Welcome to Equine Escapades, a new art feature that focuses on promoting artists from the Equine Community on deviantART. Each issue will showcase 5 Equine artists along with some of their fantastic horse art. 
Now, without further ado, please enjoy these talented Equine artists! 

Previous Volumes:

Vol01 / Vol02 / Vol03 / Vol04 / Vol05 / Vol06 / Vol07 / Vol08Vol09 / Vol10 / Vol11 / Vol12 / Vol13/Vol14 / Vol15 / Vol16 / Vol17 / Vol18 / Vol19 /  Vol20 / Vol21 / Vol22


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