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How To Create a Stack of 3D Characters in Adobe Photoshop

One of my Spoon Graphics readers recently sent me an email with a great tutorial suggestion based on one of the promo graphics of the free font named Manrope. The cited artwork featured a collection of letters as long three dimensional shapes of varying heights, densely packed together in the scene. Clearly some kind of 3D modelling software was used to produce the original concept, but I experimented with Photoshop’s built-in 3D tools to see if a similar effect could be made. Follow along with today’s tutorial to learn how to use Photoshop’s 3D capabilities to create the effect yourself.

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How To Create 80s Style Retrowave Art in Adobe Photoshop

Just like the Retrowave music genre, the aesthetics of the 1980s have inspired the popular art style that incorporates visual elements from 80s arcades, action movies, fashion and pop culture. Wireframe computer graphics, reflective chrome text, electric blues and hot pinks are just some of the themes associated with this nostalgic style. Follow along with this Adobe Photoshop tutorial to create your own retro artwork, featuring a surreal sci-fi scene with vivid colours.

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How To Create a Shaded Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Cursive type, whether a script font or hand-lettered, often features elegant swashes and overlapping strokes. One way artists emphasise the curvature of their type is to apply shading, which adds an illusion of depth to the lettering piece. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you how to produce a shaded type effect in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll use a script font as the basis of our typography, then apply a series of gradients to give the impression that the letter strokes interweave and overlap.

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How To Create a Color Splash Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Color splash is a classic photo effect that goes by many names; selective colour, spot colour, colour isolation, partial colour, colour accent and many more! It’s made by converting a photograph to black and white, but leaving a specific colour intact, which produces a striking effect that highlights specific areas of the image. Typically the effect focuses on bright reds, yellows or blues, which is the colour of the main subject within the photo. In today’s tutorial I show you how to create the effect in Photoshop by picking out the hue using the Color Range selection method, then we’ll complement it with a couple of additional enhancements.