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Creating Your Own Heavy Metal Styled Posters With Photoshop

Do you need a more grungy and heavy metal style for your posters? Besides just pasting in random metal textures, there are a lot of ways that you can add that grungy metallic style.

Here in this tutorial we will talk about not only putting metal textures into a poster. We will also discuss how you can turn your text styles into metal and integrate them creatively unto metal textures. So if you want to learn how to create your own heavy metal styled posters, here is the guide for you.

1. The first step is to set your poster dimensions. Here is where some people get things wrong as they only look at the dimensions. While you can easily set the dimensions (width and height), many people pass over the resolution value. The resolution is important as it will determine the real quality of the design in printing posters. A minimum of 300ppi is recommended in fact for the best results. So once you create a new document in Adobe Photoshop, make sure that you set at least this value for your resolution, along with the poster dimensions that you want.

2. With your new document open, the first step is to write your poster title. This will be the main feature of our heavy metal style poster. Just use Photoshop’s text tool to write your desired title. Use a black color for your text for now and of course, choose a font style that matches your theme.

3. Also, while this is not actually required, it is good to reduce the spacing or tracking within the characters. You can do this through the characters panel. If you do not see this, go to Windows->Character in the menu bar. Alternatively you can select a group of text and press CTRL+T to bring this up. Simply change the tracking value (AV icon) to something negative to bring the text closer together. Note that you can also change a lot of the text attributes in this panel. Play around!


Quick Tip #1: How to Create a Glossy Button Vector in Photoshop

This is a quick photoshop tutorial for everyone. This will show you the easiest and quickest way on how to create a glossy button vector in Adobe Photoshop in few simple steps. Here are the details that everyone should take note of. First, software or program to be used is Photoshop CS5. Second, it takes only fifteen to twenty minutes to finish this task. It might take a shorter time for experts, but it might do the same for beginners too, since this tutorial is very easy to understand and follow. Last thing to remember is to take a good look at the finished product before you start doing your own creation as to have the idea on how you would want your creation to appear. You don’t have to follow the specified color for this tutorial. You can have your own, of course.

Now, let’s tackle the steps. Illustrations are given on the provided link.
1. Create a new document in adobe Photoshop with Width 800px and Height 800px.
2. Select the ‘Ellipse tool’ to draw a circle, press ‘Shift’ key while drawing to get a perfect circle.
3. Now click on this ellipse layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options.
4. Create another circle larger than the previous. Place this new circle layer just above the background layer.
5. Now click on this new circle layer to select it and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options. Use the same settings for stroke as used in step 3.
6. Now I’ll create highlights for the glossy button. Select the ‘Hard round brush tool’ with # ffffff color. Adjust its size according to the button’s smaller circle and apply it on a new layer.
– Now select the ‘Hard round eraser tool’ of the same size and erase the circle to form a nice highlight as shown below.
– Reduce this layer opacity to 50%. Duplicate this layer by going to Layer> Duplicate layer and arrange this highlight on the bottom area using ‘Free transform tool (Ctrl+ T)’.
7. Create a new layer; select the ‘Soft round brush tool’ with # ffffff color. Size should be around 40-50px, apply it as shown below. Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘Overlay’.

There you go. Easy as ABC.

Simple Abstract Text Titles With Photoshop

The Abstract Style in text is a mainstream way of displaying your print titles. From postcards, posters to brochures, magazines and catalogs, you will always see a couple of these designs sporting creative wild styled abstract titles to draw readers in and make the printed artwork look a lot more distinct.

If you want to try your hand on creating your own creative abstract text, then read the steps below. This should give you all the necessary instructions in creating your own abstract titles easily. Just try it out in your own Photoshop.

1. The first thing you will need to do is of course to create your new document. Size it as you need it. Set the resolution to 300ppi though, especially if you are going to use this graphic for your printed materials. To create a new document in Adobe Photoshop, simply press CTRL+N.

2. The next thing you will want to do is to setup your background. You can either create your own background or copy/paste a special graphic from the Internet. For our purposes we have pasted in a nice red grunge background for the design.

3. Now, type in your title text. Choose any font style you may like, however it is recommended that you do choose something that has thick character styles so that everyone can see the abstract design style created unto the text. Color your text white for now so that it is easier to see on our grunge background.

4. Now, select the area of your text by clicking on its picture Thumbnail.

Learn how to work with Contours in Photoshop

Hi friends, this post/tutorial is really very important because in this tutorial I am going to explain the technology or mechanism behind the behaviours of Contours in Photoshop. The main reason why I write this tutorial is because I have seen lots of my friends and students following some trial and error methods in Contours to get their desired output and are unable to achieve it in a single attempt.

First let us see what Gloss Contours are in Photoshop.

Gloss contours is an attribute which controls the application of Photoshop layer styles such as Drop Shadow, Outer Glow, Bevel & Emboss and many more. It is available for you here.

When you click inside the circled area in the previous image the Contour Editor dialog box opens up like this.In the gradient editor dialog box you can see a 45 degree line going from left bottom to right top. You can click and drag this line to produce different outputs of layer styles. The gradient editor has two axis. One is the x-axis and another the y-axis. The x-axis controls the position in the layer style from outside towards center. The y-axis controls the darkness/lightness in that position of the layer style.This is how contours work in Photoshop. Once you understand this concept then you can play around with layer styles and Contours in Photoshop. Ok friends, hope this tutorial was quite useful for you all. Always expect something unexpected from Contours, Photoshop Contours, Photoshop layer styles, Photoshop tutorial


Photoshop painting tools

The tutorial explains tools for painting and selecting in Photoshop and their usage.
Tutorial object is upon:Brush tool in Photoshop menu; Pencil tool in Photoshop menu; Gradient tool in Photoshop menu; Paint bucket tool in Photoshop menu; .Blur tool in Photoshop menu;