Today’s we’re going to have loads of fun creating an abstract—and quite surreal—collage style piece of artwork in Adobe Photoshop. This kind of art style has been popular for years, although originally it would have been made using traditional photomontage techniques with photographs, magazine images and newspaper clippings, all cut apart and reassembled using scissors, glue and photocopiers. These days we can use digital techniques to make things without even getting our hands dirty! Plus there’s a wealth of source material readily available in the form of stock imagery that we can pick and choose from. If you browse Google or Pinterest for some examples of surreal collages, you’ll see there’s literally no limits to what you can produce. I personally love the ones with comical outcomes that are made with completely random combinations. For this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll use a selection of free stock images along with basic Photoshop compositing techniques to create a fun abstract piece of artwork. Traditional artists sometimes used paint or pastels to add colour to their work, so we’ll do the same with pixels. Then to mimic the analogue reproduction methods originally used, we’ll distress the result with some effects that mimic bad photocopy prints with high noise and harsh contrast.
Landscape scenes have been a popular subject for illustrators for some time now. They’re often associated with game development art, or just personal experimentations that provide that same wanderlust feeling as exploring the great outdoors for real. Vector illustrations that feature crisp lines and simplified shapes are common styles, whilst others make use of textures and digital painting techniques. Prevalent themes throughout are vibrant colours, idyllic sunrises/sunsets and beautiful scenes of nature, from snowy mountains to summer lakes.
Access All Areas members have a lovely collection of seamless patterns to download this week, courtesy of Irene Demetri from Youandigraphics. These beautiful heart patterns make ideal backgrounds for Valentine’s Day projects, wedding invitations, greeting cards, Christmas cards, fashion projects, websites and so much more! Each one is a group of abstract geometric graphics that resemble heart shapes, available in vector format that allows the colour and size of the patterns to be edited.
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Nostalgic visual effects that replicate old analogue film are usually seen in video format, but the same techniques can be applied to static images to give your photographs and design work a retro aesthetic. Dust, noise and colour distortions were originally unwanted problems associated with film, but now we purposely distress our artwork with those same imperfections to give clean digital designs a classic appearance. My new set of free resources contains 25 textures that combine bright colours and real dust speckles to simulate film grain and light leaks. They’re great for overlaying onto your images, or for use as backgrounds to form the foundation of a design.
This week Access All Areas members have a great new font to add to their collection thanks to Nathan Brown from Trailhead Design Co. The self-titled Trailhead font is influenced by Nathan’s love of the North West, inspired by annual trips and the lure of the mountains, streams and rivers, and national parks that have bled over into his design work. Trailhead comes in two variants, Clean and Dirty. Both have subtly roughened edges, but the Dirty version is further distressed with worn ink effects.