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Today we are adding a new item for our premium members, a set of 8 logos designed in the web 2.0 style so that they will suit everyone’s needs as we tried to cover a few most wanted logo categories:



coffee / restaurants logo
eco friendly / environmental logo
USA / American deals logo
online lingerie logo
church logo
real estate company logo
money making / blogging logo

Fully scalable and re-sizable vector based logos.


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Please note that the fonts are not included in the download.






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Step 1. Choosing a photo.

Since we are going to make a perfume commercial, we will be working with a glamorous portrait photo. Here we are using a paid stock, hence we cannot offer a psd file for a download.


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Step 2. Applying Infra Red Filter

A lot of people are not aware how to process photos using the infra red channel, even though it’s actually very easy. Your photo will turn black and white, but we will enhance one color at th

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e cost of another, and this opens a very wide filed to creativity.

You can make the lips very pale, and the skin tanned (which is what we are going to do here), or we can make the skin pale, and the lips dark red. If you’d like to play more with Infra Red image processing, I suggest to download our Infra Red Photoshop Actions, it costs only $1 to buy and will allow you do image processing in one click.


So, if you do it on your own, go to Image >> Adjustments >> Channel Mixer and apply the following settings in the window that will pop out.

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This gives exactly the so-called “safari effect” that was so popular back in the 70′s light lipgloss and dark skin. Although the results may vary, depending on your base photo, it will be more or less the same if the initial picture is more or less in same shades as the one we are using.


This is what we’ve got:


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Step 3. Applying Sun Kissed Look

We are not looking to get a natural photo, since we are designing a commercial poster, they are all well known for being over processed, over saturated and mostly way over airbrushed!


Click on the tiny icon at the bottom of your Photoshop’s Layers Pallet, which looks like half black and half white pie (Create new filler adjustment layer). This will pop out a menu with different filler options, choose “Gradient map…”


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Use the following colors: #1c1c1c as your dark one, which loos almost like black, and

#ca8c03 as yellow brown.


Apply the gradient map.


Step 5. Adding Playful Sun Rays.

Next, we will be adding playful and cheery sun rays. This requires having some brushes in your arsenal, though we will be working withing something that came pre installed with Photoshop CS3 to make sure everyone who follows this tutorial will be able to reproduce our results.


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We are using a brush called “Rough Dry Brush”, though pick a bigger size than the default one, let’s go with at least 300px, depending on you photo size. Using the white color as your foreground, chaotically apply the brush all around the girl, without touching her face, see the photo below:


After applying the dots, this is what you should get


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Don’t worry about the pixelated edges of the dots, we are just off to fix it! While the layer with dots is still selected, to to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur, and apply the settings you see below:


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Now, set the blending mode of this layer to “Overlay”, this will give a nice and very sweet look of sun coming through some hollowed surface.


Step 6. Choosing a photo. Adding Sun To the Face

Duplicate the layer with sun rays and move it a bit, so you can go over the face. Press Ctrl + T, and right-mouse-click, to get the small sub menu, where you will choose the mode “Wrap”. Distort it as on the picture below, to get a more 3D effect of the rays spreading all over her face.


Using the eraser tool, be sure to clean up any remains of the rays that fall “outside” the face area.


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Step 7. Colorizing makeup and Diamonds

Create a new layer, and using a very bright blue color #20b8d0, start adding eye shadows on top of the existing ones, or instead of any makeup you may have on the portrait. Set the layer’s blending mode to “Overlay” as well…


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After you finished working with the eyes area, using the same layer and color (it’s important, so you won’t create a salad of colors on your canvas) choose a smaller brush


colorize the earnings, or the any other detail (a small detail) that you see on the photo.


We chose to colorize the stones in the earnings, that gave enough balance and worked well together with eyeshadows. Again, we are not after a natural look on this tutorial, we are making an exaggerated commercial… and this is how they are made in Photoshop.


Final Touches

Lastly, add a perfume bottle and text. you may play with blending options to get the text in the same hue as the other colors on your canvas. remember that balance and harmony is the key, even if we make something over-polished.


This is your final result, and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Be sure to subscribe to our feed and like us on facebook.







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We will teach you some of the basic tricks that you can use to create your own horror movie poster...
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The latest and greatest bundle from BundleHunt is now out. Featuring 7 of the best-selling Mac apps available today. Retail value: $370. You pay just: $49.99. If you’ve ever wondered why BundleHunt only offers 1 pack every few months, this bundle says it all: creating something this amazing takes time.
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I am excited to announce yet another wordpress themes bundle that will be available for 2 weeks, starting from today. This is an extremely generous offer provided by WPmarket.net – a new wordpress themes marketplace for buying and selling wordpress themes. The deal is very simple, for a limited time, you can download 10 popular premium wordpress themes for only $20. There are no recurring fees or any other additional changes, once you make the payment you instantly download all the 10 themes included in this “wp pack”.


These themes come with advanced admin pane

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l, custom google fonts, css3 effects, html5 layout, beautiful jquery sliders, transition effects, portfolios, sortable portfolios and shortcodes (not supported in all themes).



For details and themes demos please visit WPtriumph.com.


Remember that this is a limited time offer, once the deal is over, this page will be removed.



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Digital photography is quickly becoming the preferred way to take pictures.   If you are in the market for a new camera, consider the following advantages of digital over traditional film photography. In the long run, digital is less expensive.  All photos are recorder are on memory device within the camera and then downloaded straight to your computer.  You skip the need to keep buying rolls of film and paying for developing. You can send unlimited copies of the same picture to friends and relatives without spending a penny extra.


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You see your pictures quicker.  Most digital cameras allow you to view your photos immediately.  There is no waiting and worrying about whether or not that “perfect shot” turned out.  You can take a picture of that new baby and immediately download it to your computer to share your good good news with friends and relatives. There’s no need for anxious grandparents to wait days or even weeks for a picture.


Most digital cameras have built in editing features.   Cropping and re-centering the picture to make it look its best can be done easily.  You no longer have to worry about a stray hand distracting from the main subject of your photo.  Sharpening can be done immediately to bring out the details.  Within minutes you can have a print-perfect photo.


You avoid the frustration of running out of film and having to find a store that is open in the middle of an important event or on vacation.  Depending on the size of your memory card and the setting of file size and quality, which you often control, you can store a couple hundred pictures on one tiny card.  That is the equivalent of nine or ten rolls of film.


These are just a few of the advantages of digital photography.  It is definitely worth considering as you search for your next new camera.


It helps when learning to use your new digital camera to also know what some of the more common terms mean.  Below you will find many of these common terms defined..


Automatic Mode — A setting that sets the focus, exposure and white-balance automatically.


Burst Mode or Continuous Capture Mode — a series of pictures taken one after another at quickly timed intervals with one press of the shutter button.


Compression — The process of compacting digital data, images and text by deleting selected information.


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Digital Zoom — Cropping and magnifying the center part of an image.


JPEG — The predominant format used for image compression in digital cameras


Lag Time — The pause between the time the shutter button is pressed and when the camera actually captures the image


LCD — (Liquid-Crystal Display) is a small screen on a digital camera for viewing images.

Lens — A circular and transparent glass or plastic piece that has the function of collecting light and focusing it on the sensor to capture the image.


Megabyte (MB) Measures 1024 Kilobytes, and refers to the amount of information in a file, or how much information can

be contained on a Memory Card, Hard Drive or Disk.


Pixels — Tiny units of color that make up digital pictures. Pixels also measure digital resolution. One million pixels

adds up to one mega-pixel.


RGB — Refers to Red, Green, Blue colors used on computers to create all other colors.


Resolution — Camera resolution describes the number of pixels used to create the image, which determines the amount of

detail a camera can capture. The more pixels a camera has, the more detail it can register and the larger the picture can be

printed.


Storage Card — The removable storage device which holds images taken with the camera, comparable to film, but much smaller. Also called a digital camera memory card…


Viewfinder — The optical “window” to look through to compose the scene.


White Balance — White balancing adjusts the camera to compensate for the type of light (daylight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.,) or lighting conditions in the scene so it will look normal to the human eye.






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Using a classic drawing approach, portraits, Dirk Dzimirsky have a strong signature of life born from charcoal and graphite. Even he use photos as references for drawings, his statement mention that is "not looking for a perfect reproduction at all". For us, the "imperfections" are just signs of pure drawing art and not photography.
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It’s been a long time since we last treated our readers with a good looking, professional wordpress theme, so we decided it’s high time to release a very cute WP theme with vanilla flavor — “Amalia”. Key Features of this magazine style theme:


1. AJAX powered drop down menu up to 3 levels

2. Inbuilt easy to manage slideshow gallery

3. Integrated with Twitter

4. Based on CSS3

5. Beautiful Web 2.0 Design with Classic cute colors scheme

6. Automatic thumbnails creation – script pulls the image

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s from post and de-sizes them

7. Light and very fast loading

8. Nice organization of the comments section

9. Minimal SQL quires, optimized for busy blog

10. Magazine Style organization of the posts

11. Compatible with the latest version of WordPress 3.0

12. Compatible with all the recent versions of major browsers.


If you have any questions about the usage, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section.

For thumbnails in posts please use the key “Thumbnail” (without quotes) while for images in the slider use the key “slide“. You will also need to download, install and activate the FeatureMe plugin: http://www.bioxd.com/featureme/. Enjoy!



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It’s been over 2 months since the last photoshop tutorial I had posted, but I have great news for you — I am back online with loads of new stuff to show you, so stay tune for all our upcoming tuts! Today, we will begin with this nice and beautiful text effect, and as most readers request, we also release the psd for download, for only $1. The PSD is for learning purposes only, you can incorporate it in a project for a client, but you cannot directly resell this very file. Enough talking, let’s get started.


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Step 1. Preparing the Photoshop Canvas.

Create a new Photoshop file (Ctrl + N). We are using 600*400 size here but as always — yours could be a lot bigger if you need.



Using the Paint Bucket tool, fill the canvas with grey-blue dark color — #535559.


Step 2. Choosing the font.

I am personally a big fan of all the fonts that were used and popular back in the 50′s, so my all time favorite font will probably be “Bello”. it’s not free, but you can purchase it online. Please note that if you purchase the PSD file, the font will NOT be included, as we cannot distribute commercial fonts. So, if you have Bello font, select it and type your word in big letter, we used 188pt here.



Step 3. Adding Layer Styles.

Now, while your text layer is still selected, go to Layer >> Layer Styles, and apply the following settings…




Now the background texture. We will be using a pattern which we created ourselves, and if you purchase the psd file it will be included already in the style itself.



Lastly, we will add a 1px stroke, with gradient overlay, to give the text more depth.



This is what we have got so far, with all the layer styles applied correctly. If your result differs from what you see here, go back and check if all the settings for layer styles have been applied correctly, so far it’s only the technical part, so you should not have any problem.



Step 4. Adding Depth to the Canvas.

It’s the era of web 2.0 and having a flat canvas can ruin any effect, no matter how beautiful it is, so if we want our effect to pop, it has to have some depth. That’s why we will not get back to the base canvas (if it’s locked, simply double click it on the layers palette, and press OK to unlock). Go to Layer >> Layer Styles, and apply the following settings:




For the gradient, use the following colors:

1. #667c85 as the light blue

2. #475e68 as the dark blue


Here is what we have got so far…






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