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The Avengers Poster in Photoshop

Super Bowl is always a great time to see some nice movie trailers and previews. One that caught my attention was for the new The Avengers movie. I am looking forward to watching this movie but I also was looking forward to trying to recreate that poster in Photoshop. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the shine effect of The Avengers poster using only Photoshop. We will pretty much play only with Layer Styles and the Brush Tool (B). Step 1 First thing to do is to find the Avengers logo. Just search on Google and you will find a vector version. Then in Illustrator you will have to create 2 new versions using the Object>Path>Offset Path. Use negative value for the offset. I used 2mm for both inner and outer versions. Step 2 Copy one by one from Illustrator to Photoshop so you will have 3 layers, inner, middle and outer. Hide the inner and middle and let's start creating the effect with the outer shape. Step 3 Go to Layer>Layert Style>Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Chisel Hard for the Technique, 140% for the Depth, 50 pixels for the Size, 3 for the Soften. For the Shading use 175º, 32º Altitude and for the Gloss Contour use the same I am using in the image below. Also change the Highlight Mode to Color Dodge with white for the color at 70% Opacity. For the Shadow Mode use Color Burn with black for the color at 100% Opacity. After that select Color Overlay. Use #32333a for the color. Step 4 Make the middle symbol visible again and duplicate it. Hide the duplicated version for now. Step 5 With the middle version selected go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Chisel Hard for the Technique, 200% for the Depth, 20 pixels for the Size, 3 pixels for the Soften. Then for the Shading use 175º for the Angle, 32º for the Altitude. Then for the Gloss Contour use the same as the image below. For the Highlight Mode use Color Dodge with white for the color at 80% and for the Shadow Mode use Color Burn with black for the color at 70%. For the Color Overlay use the same as the previous step. Step 6 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Inner Shadow and then use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode with white for the color. For the Opacity use 80%, for the Angle use 175%, for the Distance use 20 pixels and for the Size use 30 pixels. Step 7 Make the duplicated layer visible again and apply the same inner shadow as the previous step. Also for the color overlay use #21262f. Step 8 Make the inner symbol layer visible. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use #031532 for the darker color and #a4c2d6 for the lighter. Step 9 Select Stroke and then use a gradient from light blue to white with 4 pixels for the size and inside for the position. Step 10 Now it's time to add the shine effects. That is quite simple it's pretty much basic shapes masked. In this step just create 3 black ellipses and maske them so they will be visible only on top of the inner symbol Step 11 Now add a new layer on top of the others and start painting some shadows using the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color. Note that this shadows only apply for the middle and outer symbols. Also note that some areas it the shadow gets blurry. You can do that by either using a soft brush or using the Blur Tool. Step 12 Add a new layer and group it into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. Select the layer and then with the Brush Tool and white for the color paint some highlights (1-5) Step 13 Add some new hightlights if necessary, in this case I highlighted the bottom part of the arrow (1-2). Step 14 Add the text you want using the Text Tool (T) and then using layer styles apply a linear gradient like the image below. Conclusion Select all layers and duplicated them, them merge all the layers into one. Go to Fitler>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the radius. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay at 50%. Duplicate this layer and change the Blend Mode to Screen. The last thing here is to duplicate all the layers again and merge them into one so you can add some noise to the image. The design is quite simple as you can see and this was just an exercise. There's still quite a few fine tunes to be made, especially the contours. But now it's up to you. Download the Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Easy Wax Seal in Illustrator and Photoshop

A few weeks ago I was having my Maker's Mark and decided it was time to do the wax effect they have on their brand using Photoshop. After looking for some references I found some references and started creating a wax seal using Illustrator and Photoshop. So in this tutorial we will create a Wax Seal effect using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The whole process is pretty much done using Layer Styles and won't take more than 45 minutes to be achieved. Step 1 Open Illustrator and with the Ellipse Tool (L) create 3 circles. Step 2 Using the Type on Path tool to use one of the circles to add a text following it. I added "Approved by Abduzeedo" and "Design-Inspiration-Tutorials". After that for the outer circle use the Warp Tool to distort the circle like the image below. Step 3 Select the outer and the bigger inner circle and then using Pathfinder you subtract the center area to have just the melted wax area. Then copy that in Illustrator and paste in Photoshop in a new document. Step 4 Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Ineer Shadow. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode, black for the color, 30% for the Opacity, 90º for the Angle, 20 pixels for the Distance, 0 for the Choke and 75 pixels for the size. Step 5 Select Inner Glow. Use Overlay for the Blend Mode, 45% for the Opacity, White for the color, Center for the Edge, 1 for the Choke, 30 pixels for the Size and use the same contour as the image below. Step 6 Select Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Smooth for the Technique, 150% for the Depth, Up for the Direction, 30 pixels for the Size, 10 pixels for the Soften, 90º for the Angle, 32º for the Altitutde. For the Highight Mode use Screen for the Blend Mode, white for the color at 65%. For the Shadow Mode use Color Burn for the Blend Mode with black for the color and 20% for the Opacity. Step 7 For the color overlay use Burgundy for the color. Step 5 This is the effect you will have after the first set of layer styles. Step 6 Create a circle using the Ellipse Tool (U) add a circle underneath the wax effect we created in the previous step. Step 7 Duplicate the circle and apply the same layer styles but let's edit a few styles. Step 8 Here is a list of the layer styles for the circle that will be on top of the other layers. The idea is to make the circle less unifor as it was really made with wax. Step 9 With the Eraser Tool (E) you can delete some parts of the circle as well. Again the idea is make it less uniform. Step 10 Add another circle in the center of the wax effect. Step 11 The layer styles will be pretty much the same but here is the screenshots of the new layer styles. Step 12 This is the effect you will get after the layer styles. Step 13 Copy the text from Illustrator and paste in Photoshop. Scale them to fit the design in Photoshop. Step 14 Again the layer styles here are pretty much the same with a few adjustments in the Bevel and Emboss and Inner Shadow values. Step 15 The text with the layer styles will look something like the image below. Step 16 Time to add the Abduzeedo Symbol. Step 17 Here the layer styles again will have pretty much the same as the wax in the first steps howver the Bevel and Emboss will be completely different especially technique. We will use Chisel Hard. Step 18 Here is the symbol with the Layer Styles. Step 19 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that merge all the new duplicate layers. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 px for the Radius. Step 20 Import a sand texture and place on top of the other layers. Mask the sand texture using the wax shape. Step 21 Change the Blend Mode of the Sand texture to Overlay. Make sure your texture is in grey scale, otherwise go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Step 22 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation to -20. Step 23 Now just place a paper texture in the background. The one I am using is from Polina Katritch and it's called old paper background. The image is courtesy of Shutterstock. Conclusion This is another one of those effects that can always be tweaked and improved. I had an amazing time playing with this and I am sure you can improve upon it by adding your style. Now it's up to you. Download Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Fluffy Clouds in Photoshop

Last Saturday while chatting with a friend of mine he asked me how to create some fluffy style clouds, he told me that he has been seeing that quite often on Dribbble. I decided to check that out and there were indeed lots of amazing cloud designs, then I thought to myself that it would be a cool idea create one in Photoshop as well. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create an wallpaper with some very stylized and super fluffy clouds in Photoshop. We will use basic tools and Layer Styles to create the effect. The whole process will take from 30-45 minutes but I believe there is quite a few nice tips for those who are beginning in Photoshop. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2560x1440 pixels for the size. After that make the background layer editable by double clicking on it, then go to Layer>Layer Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial for the Style and for the colors use #ddeffa and #96ccee for the light and dark colors. Step 2 With the Ellipse Tool (U) create a circle. The color doesn't really matter at this point. Step 3 Createa nother circle and move it to the right side of the previous. Make it a little bit smaller too. Step 4 Add another circle next to the previous one. Use the image below for reference, notice that the circles overlap one another. Step 5 Let's add yet another circle, this time a much smaller one and on top of the previous one. Step 6 To finish the shape of the cloud add another circle, this time a bigger one. Once you have the cloud shape you like, group them and duplicate the group, then go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have one layer with the cloud but the circles will be necessary later on in the tutorial Step 7 Select the layer with the cloud, the one we merged, and go to Layer>Layer Styles>Color Overlay. Use white for the color. Step 8 Select Bevel and Emboss. For the Style use Inner Bevel, for the Depth 100%, for the Size 8 pixels, for the Soften 16 pixels, for the Angle 90º, for the Altitude 37º, for the Gloss Countour use the one I used in the image below. Also for the Highlight Mode and Shadow Mode use black for the color with Color Burn for the Blend Mode and 54% opacity for the first and 60% for the last. Step 9 Select Inner Glow. Use 100% Opacity with white for the color and then Edge for the Source, 0% for the Choke and 100 pixels for the Size. Use the image below for more values. Step 10 Now select Inner Shadow and then folow the image belo for the values. Step 11 The last Layer Style we will use is Drop Shadow, it wold not be exactly necessary in terms of realism but the idea of the shadow is to give some contrast between the cloud and the background as they use the same colors. Step 12 Here is the final result of the cloud we created with the layer styles. It's already a very nice outcome however I think it still needs some depth. Step 13 To add depth we will do something really simple. Using the circles for reference, we will create new layers with them so they will have the same layer styles as the cloud but in circles, that way we will add some volume to our cloud. The first thing though will be reduce the opacity of the cloud layer to 30%. Now, create a marquee selection of one of the circles, then select the cloud layer and duplicate and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selecion. Move this new layer so it is underneath the cloud. Step 14 Select the mask of the circle we created in the previous step and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 pixels for the Radius. Step 15 With that amount of blur the circle gets very subtle, like the image below. So if you want to have more highlight use less blur. Step 16 Repeate the same thing for the other circles. Notice that you can unlink the layer mask from the alyer and move the layer to create some more random effects, like I did here in the circle on the left. Step 17 Here is the final result I got after adding the volume. The cloud now looks super fluffy. But still it's not done. Step 18 Time to add some rainbows, I created this one using rectangles with the rainbow colors. After that I merged into one layer and applied a gaussian blur in the area that is underneath the cloud to create a nice transparency effect. Step 19 Create a marquee selection with the shape of the cloud and add a new layer, the fill it with the rainbow colors and apply a guassian glur with at least 100 pixels for the radius. After that move it underneath the other layers used to create the cloud. Step 20 Duplicate the cloud twice. Resize and flipp them horizontally to create a nice composition. Notice that I didn't duplicate the rainbow colors. Step 21 Now let's add some text. I used Val for the font and just add the word Abduzeedo in white. But applied some Layer Styles to create the same fluffy effect. Step 22 For the text layer styles just follow the values in the images below. Step 23 Duplicate all layers and merge them into a one, then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 1.5% for the Gaussian. Conclusion After a few steps and a good 45 minutes of work we have a nice fluffy style cloud design. I am always trying to learn new ways to use layer styles, I think it's one of the most powerful features in Photoshop, for this tutorial I answer a question of a friend of mine who wanted to know how to create some nice icon style clouds but next time might be one of your questions. So if you have any suggestion for tutorials just send us an email with the effect you would like us to show how to do it, if we cn of course :) Click on the image for full preview Download the Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial