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Really Cool Photoshop Effects Part 1

magic-hatPhotoshop is like a magic hat. Inside it you’ll find and discover all sorts of tricks that allow you to manipulate and transform images to another state of being.
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Photoshop can be a little tricky sometimes because of the depth of all its features. But this shouldn’t scare anyone away from using this great program. In fact, with a few tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to produce some really great images.
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The following are some of our picks for cool Photoshop effects. Each one has a tutorial that takes you step-by-step on how to perform the magic. Try some of them out and be amused and amazed at what can be done. A big thanks to our friends at hongkiat.com for doing all the leg work in rounding up a lot of these effects.
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To see the tutorials, click on the bold text or images below.
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force-field
Force Field / Mental Wave
There are lots of steps in this one, and it’s obvious that there is a simpler way by just using layering and transparency.
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But the method this person uses is interesting and is a good exercise in using the various tools in PS to achieve this effect.
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Now you can do a force field effect of yourself and send it to all your friends.
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water-reflection
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Water Reflection
This is a cool little trick and can be useful for turning a standard looking photograph into an artsy looking one.
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The first part, you already figured out. Copy, flip, and paste. So far so good.
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The rest of the tips in this tutorial show you how to turn that mirror image into a water-like reflection.
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This is a very nice effect.


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Retro Comic Book Effect
Here’s a pretty easy one to do. After you use the techniques in this trick, you’ll be able to think up lots of ideas for jokes or novel ideas for making unusual portraits.
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Get a couple of friends to pose for you and after you render the image and effect, you can turn your buddies into superheroes.
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rainbowRainbow Effect
You’ve taken an awesome outdoors shot of nature.
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The sun is shinning, the flowers are in full bloom, the scenery is stunning, and there are great puffs of cotton candy clouds in the sky.
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But it would have been perfect if there was a rainbow in the sky. Not to worry.
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Now you can with this Photoshop trick. Just don’t over do it. People will get suspicious.
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dramatic-lightingDramatic Lighting
There’s nothing like a cloudy or overcast day to shoot good portraits or product shots. The sky acts like a gigantic light tent and provides nice, even lighting all around.
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But if you’re taking shots of big structures, the flat lighting makes the image look dull. If you ever need to punch up the lighting in a flat photo, here’s the way to do it.
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For the more ambitious, there are graphic design schools and graphic design colleges that can provide professional training in Photoshop.

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Next week, we’ll show off some more Photoshop tricks so stay tuned. See you then!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice tricks there.

  2. sheik
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    your tutorials its very beautiful

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