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How to Create a Fantasy Map of Your Own Fictional World

Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create your own fantasy world, just like the fictional story settings of Neverland, Middle-Earth or Westeros. We’ll use Photoshop’s built-in tools to establish the landmass and sea, then construct hills, mountains and deserts with some simple filter combinations, before finishing off the artwork with a vintage paper texture and place names to simulate an old world map.

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How to Create a Colourful Geometric Pattern in Illustrator

Making geometric patterns in Adobe Illustrator is always a fun creative project. You can follow the same basic technique each time but experiment with different shapes and colours to create endless pattern styles. Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a colourful geometric pattern based on a series of triangle shapes. I’ll show you how developing a simple rule to follow can transform a basic pattern into a much more complex layout with less repetition.

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How to Apply Cyberpunk Style Color Grading & Neon Effects to Your Photos

The cyberpunk aesthetic is commonly associated with densely populated, futuristic cities illuminated by bright neon signs and advertisements. Follow these steps in Adobe Photoshop to transform a regular street photograph into a neon-noir scene by applying heavy colour grading with bright blues and hot pinks, as well as neon sign effects to create a colourful yet moody atmosphere within the image.

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The Knockout Method is my New Favourite Photoshop Technique

No matter how long you have been a Photoshop user, there are always new tips and tricks to learn! I recently came across a new technique that has transformed the way I work. This method doesn’t use any new tools, in fact I’m pretty sure the feature has been a part of Photoshop for over a decade, yet I only discovered it recently. The feature is an Advanced Blending option within the Layer Styles window named ‘Knockout’. As its name suggests, it ‘knocks-out’ the contents of a particular layer from the layers below. Read on to find out how this feature works, and how I now use it as a replacement to Layer Masks or Clipping Masks in some design scenarios.

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How To Create an Illustrated Cartoon Effect from a Photo in Adobe Photoshop

It takes some real skill to draw realistic characters and portraits, but there’s a shortcut you can take by processing a photograph with various filters in Photoshop to give it a cartoon-like illustrated effect. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you a cocktail of adjustments that mimic the outlines, colours, and shading of a digitally painted image automatically, without the need to trace, paint or draw by hand.

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Three Ways to Create the Photocopy Glitch Distorted Type Effect

The warped and distorted text effect is a classic technique artists would use when creating collages, posters and flyers with photocopiers in the analog days. The effect is still used today to create abstract art, but we can now also use digital creative software to reproduce the distorted appearance with text, logos and other graphics. In today’s guide I show three ways to create photocopy style glitch distortions. Firstly the manual way using a scanner, then techniques to mimic the effect in Photoshop and Illustrator.