Thursday, 23 September 2010

Spotty lettering – Photoshop tutorial

For the last couple of months i've been pretty busy what with school holidays and writing things from Photoshop Creative Magazine. So i've decided to make a nice easy fun tutorial that is totally at the beginner level but is also effective and looks quite funky.

Step 1.

Open up Photoshop and make a new 1024x768 size document, set the background colour to #f5f3c5 which is a pale yellow colour.

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Step 2.

Choose a nice big bold font – I used http://www.dafont.com/badaboom-bb.font. Set your text to red #ff0505 and size to 48, then type anything. As you can see I typed my name. Once you are happy with this then click the tick button at the top right of the screen.

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Step 3.

Now we want to duplicate the text layer we just created – we do this by pressing Control & J together on the keyboard or by dragging the layer to the new layer icon at the bottom of the layer palette. Select the text on the new layer and change the font colour to Black.

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Step 4.

Lets name these layers now - the red text layer name as Red and the black text layer as Black. Select the Black layer and add a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style (Layer > Layer Style> ) with the following options

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then add a outer glow layer style...

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Step 5.

Next add a layer mask to your Black layer and using a small hard edged brush with a foreground set to black start to stamp holes out of the black layer.

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Step 6.

When you are happy with the text add a new layer above the black layer and call it Spots. Next control and click the layer mask we created for the Black Layer, this will select the layer and all the holes we just created. But as we just want the holes we will invert the selection – Select > Inverse >

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Step 7.

Making sure you are on the Spots Layer fill the spot selections – Edit > Fill > Black.

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Step 8.

Once all the spots are filled with black, flip the layer by going to edit > transform > flip vertically > then drag the selection down below the text.

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Step 9.

Now using the free transform tool push the bottom anchor up making the spots slightly squashed. Finally move the spots layer below the red layer :)

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial – please feel free to follow me on twitter @revjesse and if you want you can visit my website at http://www.simonrudd.info :)

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Spilled Bottle – black and white series

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2nd painting i’ve made using only black and white paint, Acrylics on Card

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Been so busy!!!

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I’ve been really busy for the last week so i’m retro-posting to get upto date – bit of a cheat – i know but meh! :D The Photo is from one of my brothers negatives i’m currently scanning for him – he sent me two boxes full of negatives and slides – its pretty cool seeing him so young :D

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Monday, 6 September 2010

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Mountain painting ** SOLD **

Woop, I was contacted today by a art collector who wanted to buy my latest painting (see yesterdays post) so this will be winging its way of to a new home soon (well as soon as the cheque clears) :)

Friday, 3 September 2010

mountain scape

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Acrylics on white card.  A4

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Balloon stuff

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Some odd balloon modelling stuff :D and Harvey :)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

New Month…!

Well summer is almost over – woop!  time to get the kids back to school and time to get work done.  Summer holidays this year seem to have been quite long – but also in some strange way very short!  Darcie has taken to stamping her feet and screaming as apposed to just screaming.  i think its actually becoming hard for her to scream (mwahahahaaaa)  trouble is she is still acting like a 2 year old not a 9 year old.  very strange child. 

School starts Next Monday for Darcie and next Thursday for Harvey,  some people go back on the 2nd – grrrr!! still never mind,  also my parents and sister are coming down next week – it’ll be nice to see them, its been a long time :(