Photoshop Adjustment Layer & Retouching Tutorial

Mel over at Acuity Designs was kind enough to lend some time and write this guest tutorial here. It covers the basics of how to utilize Photoshop adjustment layers. This is a non-destructive, flexible way of making adjustments to your photography.

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Design a Grungy Circular Logo

In this tutorial I want to detail how to create text along a path in an interesting way and apply it to a common application. Although the circular logo has been used forever, it can still be effective if done well, while mixing in some modern design. In this case, we are going to use some vector art, then grunge it up.

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Create a Textured Journal Icon

Illustrator is an amazing tool for building scalable vector art. With the sudden icon craze, it is ideal for creating these little doodads. Many of them are shiny, glossy, icons, but I must admit that I sometimes get tired of them. I’ve decided to see what you can do with texture within Illustrator. The results of this experimentation are summed up in this tutorial

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Big Typography Snowboarding Poster

I’m thrilled to announce this is my second tutorial that is a direct result of someone using the Community Suggestion Box. Big typography is a bit of a vague and challenging subject to write about, however it has always inspired me, so making a tutorial on this subject was something that I welcomed with open arms.

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Design with Swirls and Flourishes

It’s very common these days to see swirls and flourishes within graphic design. You can use brushes or vectors to achieve this look, but if you want to customize your own you’ll have to dig in and spend some time creating them. This tutorial will cover some of the techniques you can use to create your own beautiful swirls and flourishes.

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Design A Coffee Mug Icon

I’ve recently decided to dive head first into the world of vector art using Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial is the result of that experimentation. We will go through the steps necessary to create a typical web icon. In this case, a pretty nifty coffee mug.

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Creating an Awesome Space Effect

Every Photoshop tutorial writer should have a space explosion effect in their arsenal. It’s kind of like a right of passage. This is my interpretation of a space scene. The fun part about working with a space scene, is that you can let your imagination go crazy. Please use this tutorial as a guide, but don’t feel limited by it.

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Coding – Website Header & Navigation

This is part 3 of 3 on my website header and navigation tutorial. In this final part of the series we will take our design and code it up using HTML and CSS.

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Preparing Images – Website Header & Navigation

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on designing and coding a website header and navigation. In this tutorial, we will take the graphic we created in part 1 and save the images so we can use them when we code the site in part 3.

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Create a Spectacular Graffiti Effect

Since I’m not about to go out and spray paint my website on the side of a city wall, I figured I could at least simulate the look in Photoshop. With the help of some awesome brushes from Bittbox and Deviant Art and a cool font I found at Dafont. The effect is rather easy to create, here’s how.

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Design a Website Header & Navigation

This is the first of a three part series on the basics of how to create a website header and navigation using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. In this part we will be designing our fictional company’s header in Photoshop.

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Create a Trendy Music Background Style

It’s quite trendy these days to use bright, vibrant colors with wavy lines and a silhouette of a person. This tutorial will aim to show you how to create this look. It’s the longest and most extensive tutorial I’ve written to date. I really hope you can learn from it; I know I did, by creating it!

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