Archive for the ‘Photoshop’ Category

Posted by IG Designs On March - 18 - 2011 1 Comment

Here is the promised Photoshop Selection Tools tutorial. If you have carefully read Part 1, you know how these tools work in theory. Now it’s time for a bit of practice. Because Photoshop is all about practice – that’s exactly what my Adobe instructor told me when I passed my first Adobe qualification exam. So, let’s start with selecting some simple shapes. I must say this usual thing about keyboard, I’m sure you all know that but anyway: CTRL on PC = Command on Mac ALT on PC = Option on Mac Geometric tools are simple – they draw a  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On February - 16 - 2011 12 Comments

When I started to learn Photoshop years ago, my very first wish was to become able to cut a piece out of an image and paste it into another one to make a composition. I thought it was so cool! It used to look a bit like a magic to me. Still some people ask me to show how to do that. So I will. I decided to divide this subject in two parts, so I can explain it properly. Part one will be an explanation of tools themselves, their settings and options (you got to know what you’re dealing  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On January - 11 - 2011 6 Comments
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People ask a question – why all the illustrations I see on the web look awesome, but my one looks plain? Like if it would be drawn by a child… What gives to a professionally made graphics so nice look? And I tell them – it’s gradients. Gradients can make a simple white square on your screen look like a piece of stainless steel or glass. Gradients are used in an illustration workflow a lot. If you wish to draw shadows, highlights, light spots or 3D effect – it’s all gradients. So, let’s take a closer look at the subject.  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On January - 7 - 2011 Comments Off on Actions in Photoshop

Some tasks we do in Photoshop take a load of time to get them done. Sometimes there is a need to perform same task many times for many images. And if you don’t have a whole day to waste on doing the same thing again and again that’s when Actions come out to play. Actions will save you a huge amount of time on routine operations in Photoshop by automating them. Unfortunately people underestimate Photoshop actions and use them very rarely. Usually that happens because of incomplete understanding them. In this article I’ll try to throw a bit of light  [ Read More ]

Posted by IG Designs On December - 18 - 2010 19 Comments

When I just started to learn Photoshop my worst nightmare was the Blend (or blending) Modes drop down menu. All the other tools and options were quite ok but this one. I spent a lot of time trying to get my head around it and finally I succeeded. Now this beast is serving me well 🙂 Now I’ll try to save some time for someone who is going the same way because I’m good! Here is a description of Blending Modes, groups, options and shortcuts divided in a groups as they are in Photoshop. There are 27 of them plus  [ Read More ]