Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop CS2 Tools
Familiarize yourself with these tools if need be,
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Cali's Photoshop Trick #1

1) First, find any black and white photo which you like to use for this lesson and open it in Photoshop. 
You can also use my photo below!

2) Duplicate now Your layer (CTRL + J) and choose Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. 
After that, make the adjustments as follows, or to your liking
Hue - 205, Saturation - 45, Lightness - 0.

3) Choose now Filter > Distort > Wave and make the 
adjustments as follows
You may need to play around with these settings, depending on what photo you are working with.
Number of Generators - 1, Wavelength - Min 440, Max 780
Amplitude - Min 234, Max 453
Scale - Horizontal 100, Vertical 100
Type - Sine
Undefined Area - Repeat Edge Pixels
and click Randomize until you like what you see.

4) Set the blending mode to Linear Burn and after that choose 
Layer > Merge Down.

5) Duplicate Your layer again (CTRL + J) and repeat step 2. After that, choose Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and 
make the adjustments as follow:

6) Set the blending mode now to Hard Light. 

We're done!
You should now have something similar to my result above 


Cali's Photoshop Trick #2

1) First, find any black and white photo which you like to use for this lesson and open it in Photoshop. 

You can also use my photo below.

2) Double click on the image layer to unlock it. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Apply a Brown color (#8b5c01)

3) Next, we’ll create a brush that will be used to make the shapes. Select the Rectangle Tool and create a black rectangle. Then go to Edit>Transform Path>Skew. After that, go to Layer>Rasterize. Use the image below for reference.

4) Right-click on the thumbnail of the layer and choose Select Pixels. Then go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, and create a brush. Rename it Curves. After that go to the Brushes Engine (Window>Brushes) and edit the Curves brush we’ve just created. Use the settings below.

5) Create a new layer and go to Layer>Layer Style. Let’s apply some styles to the layer. We will use Gradient Overlay, Drop Shadow, and Inner Shadow. After that, with the Brush Tool, click a couple of times to create some shapes.

6) Right-click the layer on the Layers Palette. Choose Copy Layer Style. Then create a new layer. Right-click the new layer again. Now select Paste Layer Style. After that, with the Brush Tool, click a couple more times to create additional shapes.

7) Repeat Step 6 again two more times.

8) Select all layers we used to create the geometric shapes and go to Layer>Merge Layers. Then go to Edit>Transform>Rotate. After that resize the layer as shown below.

9) Now go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Start moving the mesh in order to create a wave form. The idea is to make the lines pass in front and behind part of the person in the image. This adds to the dimensionality of the effect.

10) With the Polygonal Lasso Tool, create a marquee selection of the part of the person you want to stay in front of the shapes. Then select the shapes layer, and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection.

11) Create a new layer above the shapes layer and right-click on it. Then select Create a Clipping Mask. After that, select the Brush Tool and a basic brush with 0% hardness. We will create a highlight on the shapes layer. Click once where you want to start the line. Then while holding Shift, click where you want to finish the line. This will create a straight line with the Brush Tool. The Blend mode will be Normal with 60% Opacity.

12) Repeat Step 11, but this time use black, and from another position. Change the Opacity to 40%.

13) Create a new layer in front of all layers. Fill it with white. Then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 4% for the amount. After that, change the Blend Mode of the layer to Multiply.

14) Place another image in front of the other layers but behind the Noise layer. You can find the image I used HERE.  Then resize the image and change the Blend Mode to Multiply.

One of the best features in Photoshop is the Brush Engine. We can create lots of effects using it. In this tutorial we used it to create rectangular shapes.You can even use rounded corners or different shapes. Play with the effect and have fun.

Cali's Photoshop Trick #3

Supplies found at links below

1) Extract brushes to your Photoshop>Brushes folder

2) Open all files required for this tutorial 

3) Copy the Green Fairy and Paste onto the Background image

4) We are going to apply the following changes to the fairy

Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter


Layer Palette>Add Layer Style>Drop Shadow with these settings

5) Extract the "glowing fairy" from the image Fairy
I used the magic wand with tolerance set to 20
Copy and Paste her as New Layer

6) Layer Palette>Add Layer Style>Outer Glow with these settings

7) Open the stock_159 bird image and using the magnetic lasso tool start clicking around the bird. Once gone all the way around the bird, Copy and Paste as New Layer

8) Layer>Add New Layer, choose the Brush Tool, select the butterfly 1 brush and  place them where you like in your color of choice(s)

9) Layer>Add New Layer, choose a round brush and size it to 170, Opacity>16, Flow>24, Add some shadows. I did mine like the following

We're done!