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Creating Amazing Light Effect Wallpaper in Photoshop CS4.


Step1:

Create a new document, Fill the Background layer with color = #11193c using Paint Bucket Tool.

Step2:

Select the Brush Tool and select Soft Round Pixel brush of size 300 or 400 from preset.

Make the Flow = 65%, color = #FFFFFF and make a blob at the bottom left corner.

Step3:

In a new layer create a blue box or Download from any stock site, I have created the blue-colored box for this tutorial.

Step4:

Create a new layer and rename it as “Ellipse”. Make an irregular ellipse using Lasso Tool and Fill it with #8CE3ED color, apply Gaussian Blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur). Change the opacity of the Ellipse layer to 85%.

Step5:

In order to create the sparks we will use the amazing brush engine. Add a new layer name it as  “Light Effects” layer, set white for the color and follow the images below.

Using the Layer Styles add a Outer Glow to the sparks.

Step6:

Lets add some smoke. Create a new Layer, call it “Smoke”. Change its blend mode to Color Dodge and select the Lasso Tool. Set 40px for Feather and create a selection like I did below.

After that make sure that the foreground is white and the background is black and apply a Filter>Render>Clouds.


Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Tip: Continue applying the filter until you get the best clouds.

Step7:

Download Base 02 Font from http://www.dafont.com/base-02.font

Add some Text using Text Tool and change the Blend Mode of Text Layer to Color Dodge.


Rasterize the Text Layer, and add some Highlights/Midtones using Dodge Tool to the Text layer. Add some sparks around the Text using the Brush that we used in Step5.

Conclusion: If you know a bit of Layer Styles and the Brush engine in Photoshop you will be able to create amazing effects. It will depend exclusively on your imagination and playing with the tools. Sometimes just changing a some settings and you get a totally different effect.

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So this is it from my side, now its your turn to yep. Feel free to add comments. Let’s share pretty things!

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When you have an IDEA write it down.


Do you have any problem? Yes? Thats great. Lets learn how to solve it!

Let your mind incubate the information that has been before you, take each and every possible information you are getting regarding the problem. After this just turn yourself to other things and leave the problem alone in your mind. Put the things out of your mind by going fishing, concentrating on other things, riding a horse, driving somewhere, whatever.

But wait! Do you know what does “putting things out of your mind” means in the last sentence of the above paragraph? Of-course you don’t know! Anyways its ok let me explain to you; “putting things out of your mind” means you must push the problem into your subconscious mind, just like pouring the milk into an empty bowl, like you can do this by concentrating on other things. Then forget it! Get it completely out of your conscious mind and pour into your subconscious mind. When it tries to surface as the same old problem without a solution, push it back down and turn to something else, like if you are getting again and again the same old problem back in you conscious mind without any solution then repeat this process.

After your mind has had a chance to come up with a solution, one day it will come to you. It may be in your sleep, as you walking to work, or any number of other strange place or time.

Incubation is a problem-solving technique used by many creative problem-solvers of the world. Incubation allows you to solve problems you aren’t really worried about or consciously attempting to solve. It allows your mind to search out and solve problems that you may not have even recognized as problems.

Its like your mind needs time and space to search the solution of your problem and this can only be happen in your subconscious mind, thats why you must pour your problem from conscious mind to subconscious mind. And the rest will be taken care by your subconscious mind, if any solution comes up in your mind you will come to know about that consciously and then try that solution and if it doesn’t solves your problem or its not the optimum solution for you then repeat the process.

Many of the great discoveries of our time have come about by mistake. Scientists were working on problems that didn’t pertain to the great discoveries at all.

The great secret to incubation is to write ideas down. When a novel thought strikes your mind, WRITE IT DOWN, so that you can ponder and think about it more in depth later on.

How many times have you had good ideas come to you that you couldn’t remember later on? When you try to recall the “idea”, you can’t. But if you had written the thought down, you may have had the chance to develop a really revolutionary idea by thinking about it more in depth at a later date.

Ideas may come to you in your sleep. If they do, you can be reasonably sure if  you don’t write them down that by morning you won’t be able to recall anything in detail. Carry a piece of paper or book with you and write down your ideas, as soon as they comes up. You might be tremendously surprised at how many good ideas pass you by regularly that you never catch and stop long enough to develop.

Everyone has good ideas; it’s just that most don’t know how to recognize and develop the ideas that they have. Writing things down and allowing you mind to INCUBATE them will help tremendously.

“Fortune Favors The Prepared Mind.” -Loius Pasteur.

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What do you think about this incubation technique to solve problems? Do you know any creative technique for solving problem? If yes then just drop something in the comment section and if not then also drop something in the comment section. I just love comments!  :)
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Where did it take Us?


That train journey which began down from the Earth

Rang heaven’s bells, as if death was in dearth.

The journey certainly ended for them

but left behind mysteries to unfold.

And embarked on a series of tales untold

A burning train ignited a spark of hatred

People behaved like morons meanness spread

Star-studded skies were overlapped by clouds of smoke

Floods of blood in rivers seemed to be the day’s joke

Let people reveal there fake fears to make this World free of tears

Times are gone when battles were won by swords

Why fight when we’re all children of one GOD?

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Beginners Guide : Create 3D Shattering effect in Photoshop CS4.


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool 3D Shattering effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4. The whole process is quite simple and easy to understand, so lets do it!

Step 1

Create a new document of 750 x 550 pixels, with Resolution = 300. Fill the Background layer with #000000 (black) color. Save the document.

Step 2

Import a close-up image of a face, preferably facing front.

Extract the unwanted background portions of the photo with Lasso tool or Eraser tool and change the layer name to “photo”.

Step 3

Create a new document of 20 x 20 pixels, Resolution = 300.

Create a new layer. Use Pencil tool with size 1px and color #ffffff (white), draw left and bottom border to form a “L”. Hide the Background layer and click Ctrl+A. Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name this pattern as Grid.

 

Close the document, no need to save it.

Step 4

In the main document, create a new layer name it as “grid”. Select the Paint Bucket tool and set the source for fill area as Pattern, click the “Pattern picker” and select the “Grid”  pattern that we have created in Step 3.

Fill the Grid layer, and change the opacity to 40%. Open the Blending options of Grid layer, activate Outer Glow and set Blend Mode to Color Dodge, opacity 100%, color = #ffffff, spread = 0, size =5. Click OK.

Step 5

Right click the photo layer and select Duplicate layer, in Destination select New.

Go to the the new document, select the photo layer and press Shift+Ctrl+U to Desaturate the layer. Save the document as mesh.psd. Close the document.

Step 6

In the main document select the Grid layer, go to Filter->Distort->Displace and set Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale to 10, select Tile and Repeat Edges.

Click Ok, a dialog box will ask for the psd file, locate the mesh.psd file and click OK. You will get some displacement and distortion in the “Grid” layer.

Step 7

Ctrl+Left Click the photo layer, select the Grid layer press M and Right click anywhere in the canvas area and select “Select Inverse”.

Press ‘Delete’, this will remove the unwanted grid portions.

Step 8

Create a new layer name it as “Holes”. Select the Pen tool and make some blocks along the grid blocks.

Open the Paths tab and Ctrl+Left Click the “Work path” layer. Go back to Layers tab and select the “Holes” layer.

Pick the Paint Bucket tool with Foreground color as #000000(black), change the Source for Fill Area to “Foreground”. Fill the selected area.

Step 9

Ctrl+Left Click the Holes layer, Select the photo layer and press Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V, a new layer will be created with the blocks shift this layer to the right with Move tool, keep this layer between the Grid and Holes layer and name this layer as “Blocks”.

Step 10

Duplicate the Blocks layer and shift the lower block  layer to the left.

Repeat this for 10 times to create some extrude effect. After this repetition you must have 11 blocks layers. Merge the bottom 10 blocks layers and name the merged layer as “Slides”.

Open the Blending Options and activate Gradient Overlay, set opacity to 80%, and use gradient color stops from #00000 to #dca57e( or skin color). Activate Pattern Overlay and set Blend Mode to Multiply, Opacity to 100% Pattern to Metal Landscape. Click OK.

Step 11

Right-click on Blocks layer and choose Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow and set Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 75%, Color to #ffffff and Size to 10px. Click OK.

Step 12

Repeat Step 8 to Step 11 for 2 or 3 times to form more blocks floating to the right.

Step 13

Merge all the Holes layers. Open Blending Options of Holes layer. Activate Bevel and Emboss, set the Style to Inner Bevel, Depth to 72%, Size to 5px, Soften to 0px, Angle to 0, Altitude to 50, Highlight Mode to Screen, Highlight Color to #dca57e( or skin color), Highlight Opacity to 100%, Shadow Mode to Multiply, Shadow Color to #000000 and Shadow Opacity to 75%. Click OK.

Step 14

Create a new layer name it as “Smoke”, keep this layer between Slides and Holes layer. Now you need Reborn Brushes, click here to download.

Select the Smoke layer. Pick the Brush tool, right click the canvas area and select the Load Brushes and locate the “Reborn_Brushes_by_rubina119.abr” file.

Choose any Reborn brush and paint a few smoke of different sizes with foreground color as #ffffff.

Open the Blending Options of Smokel layer. Activate Outer Glow and set its Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add), Opacity to 75%, Color to #ffffff, Spread to 0px and Size to 5px. Click OK.

Step 15

Create a new layer name it as “Dark Blocks”. Using Pen tool, path out few more blocks along the face grid. Fill the shapes with #000000. Set the Blend Mode of Dark Blocks layer to Soft Light.

Create a new layer name it as “Light Blocks”. Using Pen tool, path out few more blocks along the face grid. Fill the shapes with #ffffff. Set the Blend Mode of Dark Blocks layer to Soft Light.

Step 16

Select the photo layer, go to Filter->Blur->Surface Blur and use Radius = 5 and Threshold = 15. Click OK.

Go to Images->Adjustments->Levels or press Ctrl+L, set Input levels as 10, 1.25 and 244.

Step 17

Create a new layer and using a large Soft Brush tool with color #000000 and opacity 40%, paint some dark areas on the right to fade the blocks slightly.

Save the file. Enjoy :)

Conclusion: There are many ways to add effects, just try and play with filters and image adjustments to create different effects.

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So this is it from my side, now its your turn to yep. Feel free to add comments. Let’s share pretty things!

Know more about my work @ www.yagneshahir.in

Quick and Easy Typographic Portrait in Adobe Photoshop CS4


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a really cool and easy typographic portrait in Adobe Photoshop CS4. The whole process is quite simple and easy to understand, but it might take some time to add too many texts and elements. Lets do it then.

Step:1

Open Photoshop CS4, create a new document of any size. Import a photo of yours. Extract the background of you photo.

Duplicate the layer of your photo. Go to Image->Adjustments->Desaturate or press Shift+Ctrl+U (apply to the top layer of your photo). Save the file as .psd.

Step:2

Create a new document of the same size as of the previous one. Add some text layers say more than 7 layers and keep at-least 40-50 words in each text layer. Tip: use serif type fonts, they create effects and play with the line-heights, style, size of the text. If the texts are not readable then it will do, try to create some traffic or dense forms of texts.


Step:3

For each text layer, go to Layer->Layer Style->Drop Shadow, use Multiply for the Blend Modeblack for the color, 90º for the Angle and 5 pixels for Distance, Spread and Size.

Group all the layers and duplicate the group. Select the top-most group and then go to Layer->Merge Group.

Go to Filter->Blur->Gaussiun Blur, use 10 pixels for the radius.

Keep the blurry layer behind the regular one, the idea is to add some depth and thats why the shadow  effect is created by blurring the text layer.

Step:4

Merge all the layers, go to Filter->Distort->Displace, use 15 for the Horizontal and Vertical Scale; use Tile for Displacement Map and Repeat Edge Pixels for the Undefined Areas. After clicking OK a dialog box will ask for a .psd file, select the .psd file that we have created in Step:1. After selecting the file the text layer will mask the desaturated photo layer of the selected file and text layer will create some depths and some displacements.

Step:5

Import the colored photo layer from the file we have created in Step:1 and keep it on top of the text layer.

Double click the photo layer and apply Light Burn in Blend Mode.

Go to Filter->Noise->Dust & Scratches, use 7 pixels for the Radius and 0 levels for the Threshold.


Step:6

Mask the text layer so that you will just have the text on the photo.

Conclusion: There are many ways to add effects, just try and play with filters and image adjustments to create different effects.

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So this is it from my side, now its your turn to yep. Feel free to add comments. Let’s share pretty things!

 Know more about my work @ www.yagneshahir.in
 
 

Mental Practice.


Mental practice is “a form of practice in which individual produce a vivid image of actually performing an activity.”

One woman once applied mental practice to help her master right-hand drive before touring India. In flight and just before falling asleep, she was herself in a car designed for right-hand drive. She drove the roads, imagining she was coming out of a one-way street, entering into complicated turns or traffic patterns. And she said the system really works!

Mental practice can be used as an aid in designing, public speaking, selling, sports, getting along better with others…virtually anything. There are records which says that doctors, lawyers, producers, actors, etc often used to do the mental practice of their jobs/tasks, which as a result during the actual practice/performance they do their job effectively and with confidence.

According to Dr. John C. Eccles and Sir Charles Sherrington, experts in brain physiology, “When you learn anything, a pattern of neurons forming a chain is set up in your brain tissue. This chain, or electrical pattern, is your brain’s method of remembering. So since the subconscious cannot distinguish a real from an imagined experience, perfect mental practice can change or correct, imperfect electrical patterns grooved there by habitually poor playing”. Its pretty obvious that if you are poor in any area say some sports than you can improve your performance by mental practice which changes the electrical pattern. And reverse is also possible that if you have practiced something mentally, and while performing you find some improvement, the electrical patterns changes.

Mental practice is possible at Anytime, Anywhere and by Anyone. You can practice all those stuffs without actually using them so it saves the time and resources. Mental practice helps you to improve your self-confidence, by learning the things effectively and improving your performance. In the post on Mental Walls, as I said that daydreaming/relaxing can be used for mental practice. You can do it anywhere like while driving your car, in think-tanks(washrooms), in flight, before falling asleep at night, and so on, there are lot many ways in which mental practice is possible and its completely safe.

Earl Nightingale says “First learn how to do whatever you want to do properly through instruction..then mentally visualize yourself doing it properly..five minutes at a time..whenever the time presents itself. Mental practice works!” Before becoming President, Abraham Lincoln imagined what he would say and do as president of the US.

One reason mental practice so often shows a prompt improvement is that, for the first time, instead of struggling to remember many confusing “do’s and don’ts” you have a complete pattern for performing. Unfortunately, however, unless you continue visualizing, you’ll lose this ideal pattern and revert old, self-defeating ways. Five minutes now can make a difference. Try it!

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So this is it from my side, now its your turn to yep. Feel free to add comments. Let’s share pretty things!

Know more about my work @ www.yagneshahir.in

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