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Project #20: How to Make a Chalkboard on Photoshop

Hello all!

I was requested to create a website banner for a mobile application training site for the business I am working for. It was challenging to think of something original and I decided to design a chalkboard-esque banner since it represents learning. This is the banner I made:

To start off I formed a rectangle and coloured it green to create my background. Then, I layered another rectangle on top and stroked it with a thick border and coloured it brown.  In the “Blending Options” I chose to “Bevel” the border in order to make it look realistic. The next step was to make the background look chalky and dusty which I did by choosing an appropriate brush and taking down the opacity and flow.  Finally, I found the chalk text -which is probably the most important part of the design- on Font Squirrel (it’s called Eraser)… Gotta love free fonts! :)

Anyway, this is just a quick post to let you know that I’m still alive and I will try to update my blog more regularly!

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Project #12: Vintage Effect (Photoshop CS5)

I absolutely adore photos with the ‘vintage’ effect and I finally know how to do it!  Check out the awesome tutorial below to learn how to edit your own pictures.  It only takes a few minutes to do and after you have one photo done you can easily swap out the background images to try the look on countless photos (it’s addictive!).

http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog/comments/photoshop_vintage_effect/

Here’s my original image:

& my vintage image:

      

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Project #8: Add Eyeshadow to a Photo (Photoshop CS5)

Only 9 days left on my Photoshop CS5 trial! :(

This project is super simple thanks to this tutorial I found on YouTube:

Thankfully I found this old photo of me with my eyes closed on Facebook (so maybe I cheated a little haha).

Instead of changing the Blending Mode to “Overlay” I chose to use the “Hue” option and this is my result:

Great tool if you’re lazy like me and never wear eyeshadow!

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Project #7: Change Hair Colour (Photoshop CS5)

For this project I decided to learn how to change someone’s hair colour with Photoshop.  I used a written tutorial instead of a video however, I still found it easy to follow along.  The link is below:

http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/hair-color/

Here’s me with blonde hair:

& me as a brunette!

Such a useful tool if you’re planning on colouring your hair!  It’s also really fun to see what you look like with pink hair!

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Project Numero 6: Picture of a Thousand Words (Photoshop CS5)

Baby Ana decided to nap today so I actually had time to do some Photoshop-ing!  This project was super fun and it’s also easier than it looks (to me anyway).

I used the following video tutorial I found on YouTube:

Took this photo of me:

(yes I only have pregnant photos of myself)

And turned it into this:

I love it!

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Project #5: Make a Twitter Background (Photoshop CS5)

I recently caved and got Twitter so I decided to make a customized background with Photoshop; It was not as easy as I thought it would be!  The biggest challenge that I faced was getting the image size right… I found plenty of tutorials online however, none of them seemed to have the right proportion guidelines. I played around for about an hour and here is the size I used:

33.86w x 15.57h in centimeters

I changed my resolution to 50 lines/inch (to change go to Image -> Image Size -> Auto)

My design is pretty simple as I found the frilly ones did not look as good.

If you have Twitter, let’s be friends @ellencrawf0rd

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Project #3: Create a sweet banner (Photoshop CS5)

My blog was looking pretty bland so I decided to make a banner to replace the plain text that comes with the CHUNK theme.  I looked up some tutorials for making banners and was inspired by this one:

I played around with different fonts, filters & colours.  To finish it off I added a couple leaf stamps and… Voila!

 

 

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Project #2: Focus & Blur Background (Photoshop CS5)

I have always wondered how people get one part of a photo to be in focus while the rest is blurry.  I am pretty stoked about how easy it was to do in Photoshop with a little help from the following vid:

Here is the before picture:

& after:

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Project #1: Colour Exclusion (Photoshop CS5)

The first project I tasked myself with was to make a black & white photo that still had one part of the image in colour (ie: eyes).  I downloaded the free 1 month trial of Adobe Photoshop CS5 and  I used the following video tutorial as a guideline:

Here is my original photo:

And the finished product:

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