Lauren Harrison is an artist, graphic designer, and web developer. She also blogs at Animus, a treasure trove of pretty patterns and textures, brushes, and fonts. In fact, the chunky geometric font I used to create this post was made by Lauren. It’s called Retro Lights. The cloud brushes and floral textures were all designed by Lauren, as well. You’ll find a lot of great stuff at Animus! And, if you’re looking for a kick-ass web designer, you can check out her portfolio here. ♥
My Diana Mini was the most expensive camera I ever owned. The thing is, I was only able to take six rolls of film before the brittle plastic film rewind broke. Though it’s unusable, I still have it on my shelf (cuz it’s so darn cute). Yes, it was fragile, but it could do something my digital camera can’t do — take multiple exposure pictures, sometimes, just by happy accident. :) The double exposure effect can be really charming if you’re lucky. Fortunately, we can mimic the effect in Photoshop by doing something as simple as changing a layer’s Blending Mode.
I want to thank Amanda Thomas of Here Comes the Sun for giving me permission to demonstrate this PS technique with her lovely Diana Mini photos. Thanks, Amanda! ♥ I can’t help but think of this happy tune every time I visit!
Hey guys, here’s a new download, Photo Layouts Part 11! There are half a dozen layouts in 2 sizes (600px and 900px). Unlike my previous photo templates, each of these six layouts have different frame styles and orientations. The caption paper backgrounds and transparent “circle stickers” tie this theme together. I actually crumpled a sheet of paper, flattened it out, tore it into a pieces, and then scanned them all in. I used that Quick Mask technique I learned last week to isolate each piece and they turned out pretty well! :)
If you’ve never worked with my photo layouts before, you can get a general idea of how they work in this screencast. You might also want to check out some examples on Sister Magazine for inspiration — they’re using these very layouts in this blog post (Thanks, Thea!). And, if you’re not a member and you want to try them out, you can download a free set here.
When I’m watching TV or when I see cool movie title credits or see a striking ad in a magazine, or even when I’m walking past a billboard on the street, many times I ask myself, “Can I do that in Photoshop?” Lately I’ve been inspired by Japanese fashion magazines that showcase designers that are new to me, like Ted Baker. When I saw their massive floral fabrics in AnAn Magazine No. 1798, the first thing I thought of was The Graphics Fairy’s awesome collection of antique rose graphics. Then I thought, inspired by Ted Baker’s floral fabric, that I would make a Photoshop exercise in (1) extracting objects from their environment and (2) coloring and tinting images.
In the first part of the tutorial, I’m going to isolate a rose from its background. There are many ways to do this in Photoshop. For example, you can use any of the three lassos to make selections. You can even use layer masks. But today, I’m going to use the Quick Mask technique, which I learned just this week. I resisted Quick Masks for years, but I found out they’re easier to use than I thought they would be. I owe Fuzzimo thanks for pointing me in the right direction! :D
I want to thank Eléonore Bridge for giving me permission to feature her beautiful fashion shots, taken at La Maison des Champs Elysées as a demo for this tutorial. Thank you, Eléonore! AND, many, many thanks to Karen of The Graphics Fairy for letting me use her beautiful Roses in Vase image!
Today, I want to show you a technique for styling the numbers you use to enumerate the individual elements in your collages. There are many ways to do this. For example, you can enumerate your collages by labeling the elements with a simple number or letter. Or, you can use a font like Fyra which provides stylized numbers. Another way to style the numbers is to use Photoshop shapes as background labels on a layer beneath the numbers.
But, my favorite way to create enumerated labels is to use Photoshop brushes — it’s quick and easy and the labels can reside in a single layer. My preferred brush for creating enumerated labels is the circle brush. Sometimes, it’s nice to have something different and in that case, I like to convert another shape, such as a hexagon or a heart shape, into my own custom brush.
I’m often asked how I arrange my collages in Photoshop. As some of you may know, I used to have a style blog called 10 Pretty Things. It was hosted on Blogger for a long time before I moved it to WordPress. After the move, I started fresh with 2 new collages and stopped there (due to sheer laziness + time constraints!). Anyway, the first collage I made was inspired by Nubby Twiglet’s beautiful and bold Pill t-shirt. Believe it or not, that collage went through many cluttered incarnations before I arrived at the collage you see above. The final collage looks tidy, well-spaced and features each product nicely. I’m not tooting my own horn here, but rather, I’m paying homage to a design technique I was aware of but never really used. Guess what that design technique was? A basic grid.