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Hello guest. I was planning on making a page like this awhile ago, but I'm a very lazy person and was never motivated. I decided to finally make this page to be my Pet Page Spotlight entry for my guild CSS is Poetry as well as help YOU, yes you, with some photoshop effects/junk. Unless, you know everything I put up here already, in that case, this page isnt for you xP . The tutorials put on this page will be pretty much basic stuff. Basic blending, colorizing, things like that. This page is for people who just got photoshop, and have no idea how to use it ^^.

Update- 01/04/07: Two new tutorials added! One that teaches you how to make diagonal scanlines and one that teaches you how to make an image glowy :D Check them out.
Update- 08/18/06: Decaydance_ won 5th place for species this time. Better than last time, but still no trophy :( Thanks for voting everyone ^^
Update- 05/19/06: Decaydance_ won 8th place for species ^^ Thanks for voting, everyone!
Update- 05/05/06: I added a colorizing/gradient tutorial and a pixel stretch tutorial ^^
Update- 05/03/06: I added the blending tutorial. It's my first time making a tutorial, so sorry if it's a little hard to understand D:

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Basic Blending;

First open up the two images you want to blend. I'll be using these lovely pictures of Pete Wentz (they are resized so they will fit on this layout, copy-paste the link in the textbox below if you want to see the images, non-resized):



Paste one image onto the other. It should look something like this:


Then, click the 'add layer mask' button. It should be below your layers:


Now click the Gradient tool (or just click 'g'). Make sure the gradient goes from black to transparent.


Start from one side, and drag the line to where you want the image to fade. In this case, the left edge of the second image. It should come out something like:


Doesn't look so great, does it? You can still see a line over his face from the other image. Play around with the gradient tool untill it looks blended enough; like drag it further into the image, or less. Stop whenever you think it looks good. Here's my result:



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Colorize/Gradient;

Open up the image you want to colorize. I will be using this:


Create a new layer (Layer»New»Layer). Click the Gradient tool (Press "G"). Change the colors to whatever you want the image to be. I chose this white-blue gradient. You can change the colors to whatever you like:


Drag the line across the image like this:


And now it should look like this:


Go to the layers menu, and change it to "color


And you're done! Here's my finished result:



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Pixel Stretch;

First, open up the image you would like to stretch. I will be using:


The click File»New. (Or Ctrl N.) Make it a size bigger than your image. I'm going to put 800x600. If you are using the same image as me, use these options:


Then paste the image onto it. Then click the rectangular marquee tool (or press'm'). Choose the 'single row marquee tool'.


Click the very bottom edge of the image you are working with.A horizontal, dotted, marquee line should appear:


Afterwards, go to Edit»Free Transform (or click CTRL T). Find the little box-looking thing in the middle, and drag it down.


Drag as much as far down as you want, and then you can do what you like with the image. Heres my result:


And then, you can make a nice little box or something, and turn it into a layout :)



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Glow-Overlay Effect;

First, open up the image you would like to use. I'll be using this:


Next, duplicate the layer by pressing CTRL+J. Make sure you are clicked on the duplicated layer. Then go to Filter»Blur»Gaussian Blur. You can set the blur radius to anything you like, but i set it to 3.9. Now your image should look something like this:


Then, set the duplicated/blurred layer to Overlay


And you're done! Your final result should look something like:



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Diagonal Lines;

First, open up the image you would like to use. I'll be using this:


Next, open up a new document (CTRL+N) with the following settings:


Zoom in as much as possible. Then take the pencil tool(B) and draw three dots across the canvas in a diagonal formation.:


Now click EDIT»DEFINE PATTERN. Click your paint bucket tool(G) and change the fill to Pattern. Change the pattern to the three diagonal dots that you just made.


Go back to the image that you opened up earlier. Create a new layer(CTRL+SHIFT+N). Fill the new layer with the paint bucket tool, and you should get something like:


Change the layer property to Overlay and it should look like:


And if you think the diagonal lines are too dark (I personally think they are right now) you can lower the layer's opacity until it is to your liking:



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Link Back;

If you would like to link back to this page, use the button below. Or you can just use a text link :)




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