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Stamped and Weathered Text in Photoshop


This is a really great technique for making distressed or weathered looking letters. (I can’t take full credit for designing this technique, but the original website disappeared and I wanted to preserve it for posterity.)
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Torn Edges in Photoshop


In this tutorial we will make an image appear is if has been torn out of a fashion magazine leaving raggedy edges. It’s not as good as the real thing but built into the tutorial are plenty of opportunities to modify the technique to achieve a certain level of authenticity.
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Subtle Textures in Photoshop – Mezzotint


Another in a series of creating subtle textures in Photoshop, this one uses a prepared gradient ramp that has the mezzotint filter applied to it. The texture ramp is saved as a smart object that can then be placed into a new file and colorized and blended as necessary.
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Subtle Textures in Photoshop – Heather


For this tutorial, we’ll create a subtle heather-like texture in Photoshop from scratch. This tutorial uses Smart Objects, layers that allow up to modify them without destroying them. We even get to nest a smart object within another smart object just like Russian nesting dolls or the film Inception.
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Text Overlay in InDesign


In this tutorial a graphic is placed on top of an image in InDesign. Using the Effects Panel, the transparency of the graphic is modified so that the image can still be visible through the graphic.
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Going 3D in InDesign


In this tutorial, you will create a little fake 3D in InDesign using a photoshop image that has been separated out into layers. There are a number of ways to do this – some a little less cumbersome – but I prefer this method as it gives you full control over how the image blends with the graphics in InDesign.
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Create an graphic overlay in InDesign

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Overlaid graphics in InDesign lend layering and texture to layouts and is great way to mix in disparate elements to create depth and meaning. Continue reading

Threshold Adjustments and Screen Blending Mode

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Apply a psychedelic effect to any image with the threshold adjustment and the screen blending mode. Amaze your friends! Impress your parents!
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Low Contrast Images for use as Backgrounds

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A lot of times I have students propose putting an image behind text in order to give the page interest. Its a fair enough request, but one that introduces a lot of problems in comprehending the text. Sometimes, they will lower the opacity of the background or throw a lowered opacity white fill under the text but it usually doesn’t help. Full color Images have a variety of tone and color and as a background makes reading the text extremely difficult. The difficulty arises because in order for text to be legible it needs a consistent background that offers decent separation between the positive space (the text) and the negative space (the page), if you have a variety of contrasts as the background it acts counters to comprehension . One way to remedy this is to prepare a low contrast image with a single color.
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A Grunge Portrait in Photoshop

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This tutorial combines the grunge brush and grunge texture from the previous tutorials to make a stylized, painterly portrait. If you don’t have them, no worries, you can always search google for grunge textures and grunge brushes.
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