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Video: Realistic Shallow Depth of Field Effect Using Depth Maps

In today’s Photoshop video tutorial I’m going to show you a useful technique for adding a realistic shallow depth of field effect to your photos. We’ll use a Depth Map to indicate which areas need to be blurred and by how much. This method gives you complete control over the effect, which makes it ideal for all kinds of photographs, no matter the perspective, or complexity of the background. By defining the sections of the image in grayscale tones, you can blur some areas more than others.

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Video Tutorial: Photoshop Floating Glass Sphere Effect

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I show you a few simple steps to create a surreal glass sphere floating within a photograph. This cool effect is perfect for creating interesting album covers, or just to transform your landscape photos into abstract art pieces. All it takes is a few relatively simple Photoshop tools, a couple of filters, and a touch of shading, making it a pretty easy effect you can create in minutes.

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Video Tutorial: How To Create a Vintage Toy Packaging Design

I stumbled across some packaging designs for old cap gun toys recently, which gave me the inspiration to reproduce the style myself. Follow along with today’s tutorial to create a vintage toy packaging design using both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. We’ll begin in Illustrator to draw the main product illustration, lay out the type, and compose the design. Then I’ll show you how to give the artwork a vintage appearance in Photoshop with the help of some textures, filters and brushes which will help to mimic the appearance of aged prints.

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Video: How To Create a Floral Typography Effect in Photoshop

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create the popular floral typography effect, where type is combined with images of flowers to create pretty artwork. We’ll begin by producing a composition of floral illustrations, then add the type and erase specific portions of the artwork to make it seem like the flowers surround the text, with some petals and stems appearing on top and others underneath. To enhance the effect, I’ll then show you a clever shading technique that helps to add depth with slightly more realistic drop shadows.