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Inside Photoshop, June 2016
 Inside Photoshop, June 2016 Issue


Create primitive portraits that'll make your clients go wild

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 03:40 am EST

by Amy Palermo

Creating interesting Photoshop effects doesn’t have to be a laborious process. Once in a while it should actually be fun! So here’s a technique that’s both simple and fun—we’ll show you how to create wild portraits with animal photos and layer masks. So let your hair down, release your primitive side, and follow along!

Choose your subject wisely

Take careful consideration when choosing images for this technique. Consider your portrait’s head size and shape as well as the animal’s facial features. For example, while not impossible, giraffe faces are tricky to match up with human faces because of their oblong shape and the extended space between facial features.

For this technique, we’ll start with an easy combination—the lion and the businessman shown in Figure A. To follow along with our example, download from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file wild_portrait.psd, launch Photoshop, and open the file. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Our sample file contains both images, with the layers appropriately named Lion and Man.

Tip: You can also reverse this technique and make animals take on human characteristics. Extract and open the file lionman.psd, and check out our sample file.

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Align the features

In order to transform your portrait into a wild beast, you’ll need to align the important facial features such as the eyes and the mouth. You’ll need to decide how true you want to remain to the human’s head shape or the animal’s head shape. For this exa



Use Photoshop's enhanced font sorting tools to quickly find the font you need

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 04:38 am EST

by Amy Palermo

Whether you’re searching for the perfect font to complement your design or you need to access a particular font from your library, scrolling through a long font list can feel like an annoying waste of time. Adobe has addressed this issue by enhancing the font sorting tools in Photoshop CC 2015, so you can spend less time scrolling and more time designing!

To explore these sorting options, select any of the Type tools from the Tools panel, and click on the Font pop-up menu on the tool options bar. The font filtering options are conveniently located at the top of the font list, as shown in Figure A. Now let’s look at the various ways you can find your favorite—or simply that much needed—font!

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Filter fonts by classification

The first way you can filter fonts is by classification. Visual characteristics such as whether a font has a serif, looks handwritten, or is decorative, for example, are classifications that Photoshop uses to categorize fonts. Click on the Filter pop-up menu and choose from one of the options shown in Figure B to have Photoshop display only fonts of that classification in the font menu. In our example, we chose Script from the font pop-up menu and, as shown in Figure C, Photoshop displayed only script type fonts in the menu.

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Create a cubist masterpiece in Photoshop

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 05:15 am EST

by Amy Palermo

Photoshop has a variety of artistic filters but none that alone can give you the look of the cubist art shown in Figure A. (For more information on cubism, see the pullout box Cubist Styles.) But you don’t have to be a master artist to create a cubist Photoshop replica—simply follow along with us and you’ll be a Photoshop Picasso in no time!

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Cubist styles

Influenced by Paul Cézanne and spearheaded by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Cubism is an early 20th century abstract art movement. Cubism is defined with two significant styles: Analytic Cubism and Synthetic Cubism.

bullet Analytic Cubism. Analytic Cubism is the first Cubist style, which was developed jointly by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. In Analytic Cubism, the artists combined views from different vantage points into one image. Forms were also fragmented through the use of geometric patterns. Analytic Cubism is also noted for suppressed color, and it is usually monochromatic.

bullet Synthetic Cubism. Synthetic Cubism was the second phase of Cubism in which the style didn’t rely on a specific relation to the visible world. It grew out of Analytic Cubism and into collage, in which artists used cut paper and other objects in their work to represent parts of a subject.

Prep your canvas

For this technique, we’ll mimic the look of Analytical Cubism, in which the image is fragmented with geometrical forms. We’ll start with a simple piece of line art. And, because musical elements were popular in Cubist art, we’ll use an image of a guitar.

To follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file guitar.psd, launch Photoshop, and open the file shown in Figure B.

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Fragment the image

You’ll use a custom shape to fragment the line art image. But before you do, you should duplicate your art just in case you need to start over.

To frag



Use brushes and blending modes for quick color changes

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 05:28 am EST

by Stephen Dow

If you’ve ever wanted to make a color swap in your image, you’ve no doubt considered some of the many different ways to do this change, with the Hue/Saturation adjustment probably topping your list. But if you’ve never painted with blending modes, you’re missing out on a quick way to edit your image color. With a few stokes of your virtual brush, you can turn your color world upside-down—we’ll show you how.

Paint by numbers

To demonstrate this technique, we'll turn a red tulip into a yellow tulip, as shown in Figure A. To follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file color.psd, launch Photoshop and open the file. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)

Figure A: Before  

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Natural selection

The first step in this



Use the Navigator panel for precise movements

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 05:35 am EST

by Renée Dustman

There’s a good chance you’ve never used a lot of tools in Photoshop, as most people settle into a workflow using tools and commands that suit their needs. But it’s always good to learn new ways of doing things! For example, when you need to edit fine detail in Adobe Photoshop, it’s helpful to magnify the area wit



Journal cover image Preview your changes more naturally by turning off marching ants (CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

Added on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 05:45 am EST

Marching ants can be distracting when working on a selected image area in Photoshop. An easy solution to this