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Video Tutorial: Letterpress Poster with Overprint Effects

Follow along with today’s how-to guide to create a letterpress style poster design with overprint effects. Authentic poster art of this kind would traditionally be created by hand on a letterpress print machine, where the transfer of ink from roller to paper would naturally create the texturing and overprint appearance. Instead, we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop to mimic the style of vintage prints by using digital fonts, textures and Photoshop effects. Along the way, we’ll go over some useful techniques for creating type layouts, producing effects that realistically replicate the appearance of printed ink, and I’ll show you how layer masks can be used to apply textures that make your clean digital art look like an authentic hand-made print.

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Video Tutorial: How To Give Your Photos the Cyberpunk Look

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you some image processing techniques to achieve a Cyberpunk style visual effect within your photos. This popular art style takes inspiration from 80s nostalgia, and the neon-noir genre of movies such as Bladerunner, which feature densely populated, futuristic cities illuminated by bright neon signs and advertisements. We’ll process the original photo to give it a hyper-realistic HDR appearance, then apply heavy colour grading with hot pinks and bright blues, which are a popular aesthetic of this style. Enhancements to the neon signs, plus some subtle mist and smoke effects will then finish off the image with the stylised atmosphere of those neon-noir movies.

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Video Tutorial: How to Add a Neon Light Effect to Your Photos

I’ve seen some cool images on Pinterest lately that pair everyday photos with neon lights to create contemporary art pieces that combine two contrasting themes. They often feature illuminated words, or random shapes that stand out from the background with a vibrant glow. In today’s tutorial, we’re going to create a similar neon sign effect that enhances a photo with an integral message, all tied together with a colourful glow that seems to illuminate the surrounding scene.

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Video Tutorial: The “Step & Repeat” Trick for Creating 3D Text in Photoshop

In today’s Photoshop tutorial we’re going to create a colourful 3D type effect, which is ideal for making fun lettering pieces or quote designs. We’ll start by creating a custom type layout using a ready-made font as a base, then I’ll show you the clever Photoshop “Step and Repeat” trick that produces the cool faux 3D appearance. Vibrant colours are used throughout to really brighten up the artwork, which are enhanced with shading effects using Photoshop Layer Styles. The whole design is then finished off with subtle texturing with grainy details.

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Video Tutorial: How To Create a Retro Character Illustration

In today’s Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a mid-century illustration, complete with distressed print effects. I’ll show you how to achieve the visual traits that give the artwork the appearance of a retro matchbook print, such as the use of limited colours, halftone shading, misregistration effects, and the all-important old paper texture that turns the clean and crisp vector illustration into a nostalgic cartoon that is full of character!

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Video Tutorial: How To Create a Pin-Up Poster in Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an effect that mimics the painterly look of early 20th century pin-ups. We’ll take a modern digital photograph and give it an antique appearance with a cocktail of Photoshop filters to replicate the visual traits of those original pin-up posters. Various adjustments will convert the photo into a hand-painted illustration, then an old paper texture will help distress the artwork and turn it into a vintage pin-up print.