Photoshop for Beginners I – Theory

Before starting using Photoshop we need to have a basic understanding of how digital images work. There are some important terms and concepts, which will help us to enhance and adjust our images correctly and to make professional decisions with our Photoshop projects. We are going to use several devices when we work with digital images like digital cameras, scanners, monitors, printers etc and we need to know how to use them properly.

Special techniques with Content-Aware Fill

In this tutorial I will show you guys some very useful techniques with the amazing new feature in Photoshop CS5: the Content-Aware Fill. This automatic replacement works fine most of the time, but there are ways to improve the effect and help Photoshop a bit. I will show several examples in this tutorial and you can learn everything what you need to know about Content-Aware Fill. Let’s get started!

Merging images in Photoshop CS5 eSeminar

I was presenting this e-seminar from the Adobe office near London about merging images together. I show exciting examples for using Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, HDR toning, HDR Pro and some other useful new features of Photoshop CS5 to create amazing panoramic photographs, dramatic montages and special effects. The presentation is 45 minutes long and it is the unedited recorded version of the live seminar.

Create a 3D spinning top

In Illustrator CS5 we have lots of interesting new features, which make life so much easier. These new tools can be applied nearly to any workflow, simple or complicated illustrations and they save you a lot of time and make using Illustrator fun. In this tutorial we are going to create a colourful 3D spinning top toy. We are going to use the Width tool, the Draw inside mode, the Shape Builder tool, the Revolve effect, Pathfinder and Recolor artwork. Enjoy!

Create a heart shape logo

In this tutorial you can learn how to quickly create a heart shape logo in Illustrator CS5 using the Pen tool, Smooth tool, Reflect tool, Shape Builder tool and Type tool. You can also learn how to save Symbols in Illustrator to reuse them later or to make changes to them. Keep in mind that a logo should be always as simple as it can be, but at the same time unique. You don’t need complexity to make a good logo design. Less is more 🙂

Create realistic blood

In this tutorial you can learn to create realistic blood. Beware, it will be a little bit gory! Don’t show it your kids and your grandma! I’m using a photograph and I draw the dripping blood on the picture trying to capture the volume and realistic look. I don’t use any special brushes or plug-ins (as usual) so you only need to find a photo to be able to follow this tutorial. Please try not to start with your girlfriends photograph or the family portrait 🙂