- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on May 22, 2013It's easy to find flat flag artwork online—but not so easy to find images of rippling flags, especially with the background you want. With this technique you can create your own custom flag and fly it for all to see.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on March 27, 2013
3D printing is the technology of the year, but few people realise you can create printable objects directly inside Photoshop CS6. There’s no need for complex and arcane CAD programs, and you don’t have to master the intricacies of Nurbs and B-splines: Photoshop has a powerful tool set that’s easy to use and which generates solid, printable objects.
In this workthrough we’ll look at how to make a replacement pawn for a chess set. Not only will we model it directly in Photoshop, we’ll do so directly from a photograph of one of the original pawns.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on February 15, 2013
Photoshop’s 3D modelling environment has matured to the stage that with CS6 Extended, it’s capable of building realistic and persuasive images from scratch. I used it to model a proposal for a Bluetooth bracelet, for the inventors’ website Quirky.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on February 6, 2012In Part 1 of this tutorial, I showed you how to turn a plain gray box into a realistic-looking photo frame in silver, gold, or wood. You also learned how to place a photo into the frame and play with perspective so that the framed image looks like it's skewed to the right or the left.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on February 3, 2012Recently, Reader's Digest magazine asked me to design a photorealistic picture frame into which they could drop a different photograph every month. It occurred to me that, using Photoshop's Smart Objects and an Action to drive the process, it would be possible to create a variety of frames from two different angles, and have them all generated automatically simply by dragging the image onto a Droplet.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on December 12, 2011Whether you're scrambling to put together a last-minute Christmas card or are a planner who's already thinking about 2012 projects, this Photoshop how-to is just what you need. In it, you'll learn how to create a Yuletide composition of berries and a holly leaf. And to add a bit of sophistication, you'll give the elements a glassy sheen. Step 1: The basic leaf
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on September 25, 2011People have been building ships inside bottles since around 1850 — and for a hundred years before that, they were filling bottles with all manner of figures of people and angelic characters. The process was slow, painstaking, and hard to master; many artisans cheated, blowing the bottle around the object rather than building it inside. Thanks to Photoshop, our ship in a bottle is much easier to construct. To make it a little more challenging, I'll start from scratch and build the bottle ourselves, using just Photoshop's shading techniques and a single filter.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on July 18, 2011We're all familiar with panorama photography, and you may have used Photoshop's excellent tools for combining a series of shots into a single, wide image. But did you know you can take the process one step further? Using Photoshop's Polar Coordinates filter, you're able to turn that panorama into a miniature planet. It's an impressive and novel way to view a landscape—visually, it shouldn't work, but somehow it just does.
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on May 23, 2011Displacement maps are one of the least frequently used features in Photoshop, but they provide a function that's found nowhere else in the program: the ability to distort images based on the brightness values in a second image. This means you can move around pixels to create refraction effects, such as the view through water droplets--and that's the effect we're going to create here. Step 1
- Features: Written by Steve Caplin on April 11, 2011Five hundred years ago, it was the dream of every alchemist to turn base metals into gold. Today, with Photoshop, we can transform even plastic into the sought-after stuff. The key to this technique is to use multiple Adjustment Layers, which allow you to make endless changes that are easy to edit and adjust later. Step 1 The starting image is an Xbox controller. All that dull, off-white plastic is ripe for enhancement, so let's bling it up.