Author Archives: Kirk Nelson

How to Create an Easy Rippled Reflection in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingOne way to create even more drama in an interesting landscape is by adding a digital flood! Not only does it create an aesthetically pleasing symmetry, but it uses one of the classic techniques of photo manipulation, creating a reflection. In this tutorial we will create the effect a reflective water surface…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Portrait Quote

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this quick 60-second video, you’ll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to combine a portrait image and typography into an attractive portrait quote.How to Create a Portrait Quote in PhotoshopA personal quote is a good way to communicate your own values and beliefs. One great way to associate yourself with your…

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50 Awesome Festive Photoshop Christmas Add-Ons

With Christmas just a few weeks away, chances are good that most designers will need to use some sort of Christmas-based graphics for their work or play this season. It’s also likely that your time will be short due to multiple festive commitments. To help save some design time, consider these Photoshop add-ons hand-crafted to…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create an Inspirational Poster

What You’ll Be CreatingInspiration. It’s a curious thing that certain collections of words used on a particular type of image can motivate us. While it is debatable as to whether or not the inspiration actually causes life changes, crafting a motivational poster is a unique and fun way to work with type. Visually, blocks of…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Splash Dress

What You’ll Be CreatingTake just a minute to learn how to use isolated objects to create an energetic splash dress in Photoshop.How to Create a Splash Dress Effect With Isolated ObjectsOne of the most useful time-saving resources available on GraphicRiver is the library of Isolated Objects. Usually this means an object isolated on a solid…

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How to Create a Fireball Brush From Scratch in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingCrafting home-made fire effects is a fun way to add visual energy and excitement to your digital artwork. I’ll show you how to safely create, capture, and use custom-made fireball brushes in Photoshop.This technique is the process used to create the Real Fireball Brush Resources Kit from my portfolio on Envato Market. 1. Household…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: What Are Layer Styles?

What You’ll Be CreatingLayer styles are a classic Photoshop feature, but they don’t have to be stale and lifeless. See how to use GraphicRiver items to breath life into Layer Styles.Photoshop in 60 Seconds: What Are Layer Styles?Layer styles are a Photoshop feature that are sometimes seen as tired and/or amateurish. It’s true that the…

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30+ Premium Adobe Photoshop Brushes and Tutorials

What You’ll Be CreatingPhotoshop comes with a large and varied set of different brushes and brush tips, but one of the most useful features of the tool is the ability to use custom brushes. Custom brush tips allow for much more creative effects that simply are not possible with the default brushes. Using the custom…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Present Your Designs Professionally

What You’ll Be CreatingTake just a minute and learn how to use product mock-ups to present your designs with professionalism and sophistication.Product Mock-UpsWhat’s the best way to display your design work? You could just send a plain exported jpg, but consider how much more effective your work looks with a product mock-up. Whether it’s a…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Photoshop Actions and How to Use Them

What You’ll Be CreatingPhotoshop ActionsPhotoshop Actions are some of the hottest selling items available on Envato Market. These actions provide an easy way to create a complex graphic effect with any image in a matter of moments. They often include built-in controls to enable you to customize the appearance of the final effects. In this quick…

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How to Create a Multi-Image Twitter Header Image With Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingSocial media continues to be a valuable outlet for any artist to display their work and connect with their audience, as well as potential clients. I had found my own Twitter background growing stale and in need of a fresh update. One method of updating your social media presence is to use any…

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How to Create a Ghosted Dancer Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingAs we continue our series on effects inspired by music videos, one of the effects I find entrancingly beautiful is the ghosted figure effect. One of the best examples of this effect is seen throughout Adele’s “Send My Love” music video. Even though the effect is simple and straightforward, it is hauntingly…

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How to Create an Awesome Facebook Cover in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingFacebook profile pics and cover images are a unique means of expression on the popular social media site. By nature, the two elements are rather detached. The profile pic appears next to every comment or status you add, whereas the cover photo is only seen on your own timeline. But what if…

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Essential Resources for Photo Manipulation Artists

What You’ll Be CreatingAdobe Photoshop is the premiere photo manipulation tool of our time—few people would dispute that. But do you need more to finely hone that craft? If we were to compare photo manipulation to carpentry, then photos and pixels would be the raw wood, and Photoshop would be the woodshop. But those individual tools…

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How to Create a Kaleidoscope Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingAs we continue with our series on effects inspired by music videos, one of the effects I’ve always been fascinated with was the kaleidoscope effect. The best examples of this effect can be seen in the visually rich Pillow Talk video by Zayn. Check it out at 1:20, 1:55, 2:26, and 3:12…

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How to Create a Strip Fractal Mirror Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingMusic videos are an excellent source of creative visual effects. The video for Pillowtalk by Zayn Malik has a tremendous amount of inspiring visual effects. One of those is the appearance of a mirror that is fragmented into several vertical strips. Take look at the video around the 2:12 minute mark to…

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How to Create a Colorful Clone Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingMusic videos are often on the cutting edge of a culture’s creative expression, both in terms of music and visual effects. They also serve as an excellent source of creative inspiration. In this series of tutorials, we will take a look at how to use Photoshop to reproduce some of the most…

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How to Create Your Own 3D Materials With Filter Forge 5 and Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingFilter Forge 5 is an Adobe Photoshop plugin and stand-alone software that gives you the ability to create your own complex filters and textures. Its node-based Filter Editor is powerful and intuitive. One of the most useful features is the export of Render Maps which can be used to craft 3D materials and…

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