Tutorials – Go Media™ · Creativity at work! http://gomedia.com Cleveland Graphic Design, Website Design & Development, Thought Leadership & Inspiration Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:44:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop (Freebie Included) http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/how-to-create-a-rainbow-effect-in-photoshop/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/how-to-create-a-rainbow-effect-in-photoshop/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:21 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=63943 How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop Hello Everybody! It’s 2017 and this year, I don’t know about you, but I’m resolving to settle into my skin more than ever. This means saying “yes” to life more often, saying… Continue Reading »

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How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop

Hello Everybody!

It’s 2017 and this year, I don’t know about you, but I’m resolving to settle into my skin more than ever. This means saying “yes” to life more often, saying “no” when I’m really not feeling it and letting my true self come forward, even when I feel like I don’t fit in. I’m going to be myself fully. Unless I have the opportunity to be a unicorn. Then, I’m going to do that.

I’m really excited to announce that we’ve just released a very special texture pack called Glow. It gives you the opportunity to add very special rainbow effects to photos and designs, primarily colorful light leak and vintage effects that will breathe new life into or enhance what is already pretty darn cool. We’re providing you with 45 effects that we handcrafted here in house. We know you’ll love them.

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Curious to know how we created these ombre effects?

Well today is your lucky today, because we are going to create a special one just for this mini-tutorial. You can download it here >> Magical Rainbow Overlay

Now, onto how we made it.

STEP ONE:  Start a new document with a transparent background, sized 4235 x 2927. Select your color picker and choose your first color. Since we’re making a rainbow effect for this tutorial, we’re going to select a red tone #b62528. Using a large brush, simply paint your canvas to your liking. Try something a little different than ours! Don’t worry too much about perfection here.

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STEP TWO:  Next, head to FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR. Choose a radius of 250 pixels. Press OK.

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STEP THREE: Shift + Ctrl + N to create a new layer. Drag this layer beneath your first layer. Use your color picker and select for our next layer (orange). Paint with the orange, then repeat the blurring process found in step two. You’ll want to make sure that you paint some orange beneath the red so that they overlap a bit.

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STEP FOUR: Repeat this entire process with yellow (#FFFF00), green (#008000), blue (#0000FF), indigo (#4b0082) and whichever colors that tickle your fancy, remembering to use a new layer for each color. (New layers should be added beneath older layers.)

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STEP FOUR: Select all of our layers, then right click on your mouse > Select > Merge Layers. If you plan on using this as a background in addition to an overlay, I would suggest adding a solid color background to your image as I’ve done below. (Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color)

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To finish up, merge those layers together and name your file.

STEP FIVE: Next, File > Place your image into your document. Drag your image beneath your overlay.

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STEP SIX: Now comes the fun part! Choose Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options (or the drop-down shortcut in your layers panel) and play with the options to get the effect you’re after. To get this effect, I chose  the Color Burn blending mode. You can also stack the textures atop one another to really get a unique look. Have fun with it!

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Design Tip of the Day: Creating your own Coloring Book in Photoshop http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/creating-your-own-coloring-book-using-photoshop/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/creating-your-own-coloring-book-using-photoshop/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:14:03 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=63683 Creating your own coloring book using Photoshop > It’s time for the holidays! That means lots of relaxation time, including time spent curled up by the fire. If you’re like me, it’s hard to keep still when all you want… Continue Reading »

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Creating your own coloring book using Photoshop >

It’s time for the holidays! That means lots of relaxation time, including time spent curled up by the fire. If you’re like me, it’s hard to keep still when all you want to do is create all the time. This is where coloring books come in. They’re perfect for cold winter nights when you need to keep yourself busy without going into full work mode. 

Let’s create our own!

Here’s what you need:

Super Simple Method One

STEP ONE:

Open a new document in Photoshop. I sized mine 8 inches by 10 inches.

STEP TWO:

Build your coloring page using any of our vector packs. I made mine from our Cute Monster vector pack. Make sure that your fill color is white and stroke color is black. I sized my stroke at 1 pt. Feel free to download and use my coloring page when you need to escape family time here > Go-Media-Cute-Stuff-Coloring-Page

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Super Simple Method Two

STEP ONE:

Open a new document in Photoshop. I sized mine 8 x 10 inches. Then, File > Place your image or photo into the new document.

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STEP TWO:

Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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STEP THREE:

Next, Filter > Sketch > Photocopy. Here, I have set my detail to 3 and darkness to 20. Set to your desire.

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STEP FOUR:

Next, in order to remove my background, I will head to Select > Color Range. I will touch my eyedropper to the gray line art, which you will then see selected on screen.

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STEP FIVE:

Next, Select > Inverse (Shift + Ctrl + I) to remove the red background.

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STEP SIX: Ctrl + D to deselect.

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STEP SEVEN: In order to darken the lines, head to Image > Adjustments > Levels and darken your black levels.

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STEP EIGHT: Add a white solid color background and you’re done!

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Using Crumpled Paper Textures to Pimp out your Hang in There Cat Poster (Freebie Included!) http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/crumpled-paper-texture-freebie/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/crumpled-paper-texture-freebie/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:05:49 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=63625 PS Basics Tut + Crumpled Paper Texture Freebie  > What’s better than the old “Hang in there” cat poster? Not much in my book. But today, we’re going to add a little more character to one, just for kicks, using… Continue Reading »

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PS Basics Tut + Crumpled Paper Texture Freebie  >

What’s better than the old “Hang in there” cat poster? Not much in my book. But today, we’re going to add a little more character to one, just for kicks, using our new Crumpled Paper Texture Pack. Let’s see if we can make something purr-dy fantastic even better!

What you need:

STEP ONE:

Open your cat poster in Photoshop and file > place your texture over the entire image so that it looks like this.

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STEP TWO: Set your texture layer’s blending mode to “Soft Light.”

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STEP THREE: In order to remove the subtle texture over our cat, let’s get to work applying a layer mask by selecting layer > layer mask > reveal all. This will create a small white rectangular box beside your texture. Click on this newly created mask. Next, select a brush and make sure that your foreground color is black. This will ensure that you’ll be erasing the existing texture from the areas you choose.

When you’re all set-up, use your brush to erase your texture from the cat, rope and text. You should see your work reflected in your layer mask.

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The difference is extremely minimal, but…

hq720STEP FOUR: Duplicate your texture layer and set your new texture layer’s blending mode to “Linear Burn.” (Opacity of around 15%)

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Feel free to continue to add more paper (or other) textures, continuing to follow what we learned in step three, until you’re satisfied with your end product. I added another texture from our Crumpled Paper Texture Pack to finish my poster up. What does your end product look like? Tweet it to us @go_media!

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PS Tutorial: Create a text portrait poster based on your favorite book (Free mockup included) http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/ps-tutorial-create-a-text-portrait-poster-based-on-your-favorite-book-free-mockup-included/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/ps-tutorial-create-a-text-portrait-poster-based-on-your-favorite-book-free-mockup-included/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:15:14 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=63327 Let’s Create a Text Portrait Poster! In today’s tutorial, we are going to be creating a text photo poster created by combining the image of our choice with related text. I’ll create mine based on my favorite book of all time, The… Continue Reading »

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Let’s Create a Text Portrait Poster!

In today’s tutorial, we are going to be creating a text photo poster created by combining the image of our choice with related text. I’ll create mine based on my favorite book of all time, The Catcher in the Rye. Which book will you choose?

You will need:

STEP ONE: Open your image in Photoshop. Duplicate your photo layer so that you have two identical layers.

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STEP TWO: Using the top layer, make a selection in order to cut the photo out from its background. I used the pen tool, but you can choose the implement of your choice. Once you have finished cutting your subject from the background like you see below, choose your PATH tab, right click on “Work Path,” then choose “Make a Selection.” You’ll see your subject selected.

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Next, you’ll want to apply a layer mask to your photo.

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That’s me!

If you don’t know how to do that, find this little icon below the two layers you have created. Make sure your top layer is selected, then click on it. You know you’ve done it when you see a black and while silhouette of your image to the right of it. This is your layer mask.

Now, select your layer mask, then click CTRL + I. You’ll see your background disappear. Well done! Let’s label this layer Image 2.

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STEP THREE: I decided to enlarge my photo, so that I’d have more surface area for my text to cover later on. If you’d like to do this, make sure both layers are selected, CTRL + T and increase the size to your liking.

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STEP FOUR: It’s time to add our text! Add a new layer above your existing two layers. Next, add a rectangular selection like you see below. This is where your text will end up, so feel free to choose how large or small an area you’d like the text to end up in.

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Go ahead and layout your text in white, so that you can clearly see it in all its glory. When you’re finished, you can change it over to black.

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STEP FIVE: Next, select your text and place a guideline to distinguish the text area versus the plain image space.

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Oh, while you’re at it, slide your text layer beneath your image 2 layer. Now, select your image layer. Use the rectangular marquee tool to select the plain image space, ie. that which isn’t covered in text.7

STEP SIX: Copy, paste this space into its own layer. (CTRL + C, CTRL + V) You’ll see it show up as below.

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STEP SEVEN: Staying on this same layer, let’s use the rectangular marquee to select the opposite side. Choose your paint bucket tool and making sure your foreground color is #000000, fill this side with black.

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STEP EIGHT: Let’s highlight our Image 2 and text layers. Press SHIFT and ALT at the same time, until you get an arrow and symbol indicating it’s time to clip the layers together. Right click to accept.

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STEP NINE: Play around with your final product so that it’s to your liking!

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I headed down to my layer 1 and took the opacity down to 77%, but you do you.

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STEP TEN: Save it out and File > Place it into the free mockup we’ve provided you with today. Then, tweet it out or Instagram. We wanna see! 

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How to Create Your Own Handwritten Font (in 30 minutes or less) http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/how-to-create-a-handwritten-font/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/how-to-create-a-handwritten-font/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:01:15 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=63000 How to Create a Handwritten Font: If you’ve ever been too intimidated to make a font, please stand up! Well today, we’re going to show you a super quick and easy way to create your own handwritten version. (Sounds too… Continue Reading »

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How to Create a Handwritten Font:

If you’ve ever been too intimidated to make a font, please stand up!

Well today, we’re going to show you a super quick and easy way to create your own handwritten version. (Sounds too good to be true, right?)

Supplies/Needs:

  • Trusty iPad
  • iFontMaker App ($7.99 on iTunes)
  • About 30 minutes
  • Stylus

Step One: Download the iFontMaker App and instantly start creating your own font, based off of a host of popular pre-existing fonts. Don’t worry about perfection – the app smooths out bumpy lines for you. Use the editing function to adjust your strokes with the bezier handles. Create the Latin Alphabet, as well as numbers, symbols and a host of other scripts.

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Step Two: When finished, upload to “Configure and Build Font.” You’re done! iFontMaker will send you a link to follow. Here, you’ll name your font, download it and choose whether or not to make it available to their audience.

Here’s how mine turned out:

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Want to download my font? Please do so here or here >> SakaiHandwritten

Have fun!

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New Website Speed Tracker Gives Small Firms an Edge http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/web-design/new-website-speed-tracker-gives-small-firms-an-edge/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/web-design/new-website-speed-tracker-gives-small-firms-an-edge/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:55:03 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=61504 Speed is a known killer on the highway. But on the “information superhighway,” if your website speed is lagging, you are killing your conversions. Google, notoriously tight-lipped about it’s page-ranking algorithm, has flat-out said that website speed is one critical factor. It’s estimated half of users… Continue Reading »

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Speed is a known killer on the highway. But on the “information superhighway,” if your website speed is lagging, you are killing your conversions.

Google, notoriously tight-lipped about it’s page-ranking algorithm, has flat-out said that website speed is one critical factor. It’s estimated half of users will abandon a site that takes any longer than 10 seconds to load. That bounce rate continues to climb as the seconds tick by. So if you want your site to show up at the top of the search results pile, your website speed better slay.

Now, Google has some good news: The unveiling of a new tool that grants users the ability to quickly and easily track their website speed. Google’s website speed tool (which doesn’t have a name, but is powered by PageSpeed Insights) invites users to find out how well their site works across mobile and desktop devices.

It’s a great feature because it doesn’t require a ton of technical knowledge to understand how well – or poorly – your website is performing. And it’s almost instantaneous. Results are returned within a minute or so.

Our Cleveland web developers know there are a host of factors that can impact a site’s speediness. It could be the failure to optimize images or leverage browser caching. It often comes down to whether it’s properly developed and designed for responsiveness across platforms. If your website speed performs poorly on laptops, smartphones, iPads and/ or desk tops, your search engine optimization (SEO) ranking is going to suffer.

But it’s not always easy to know what your website speed is or, if there is a problem, how to fix it. That’s why this tool is so fantastic. It gives small business owners an easy way to check and see if their website speed – or lack thereof – is holding them back.

The tool measures:

  • Mobile Friendliness – Quality of customer experience when browsing your site from their phone.
  • Mobile Speed – How long it takes your site to load on mobile devices.
  • Desktop Speed – How long it takes the site to load on desktop computers. (Contrary to popular belief, this is not just determined by the user’s web connection strength, but also by components of your website).

So why go to the trouble? Because your customers live online. This is true of almost every industry under the sun. When they want or need information – including finding a brick-and-motor store nearby – they are almost always going to check their nearest digital device first.

A 2013 study on internet trends revealed people check their mobile devices 150 times a day! The majority of these searches occur on mobile phones, as opposed to desktop computers. As a 2012 Google study on “What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today” revealed, potential customers are five times more likely to leave a site that is not easy to use (over one that is) – even if they are interested in the advertised product or service.

That means the moment a visitor lands on your site using their smartphone is a critical one. You have to capture them fast. Of course, that means having a beautiful site and interesting content. But they’ll never get there unless your website speed is swift.

Google recommends that if your site is lagging in website speed, you should turn over the free report it generates to your web developer. Go Media’s Cleveland web development team is looking forward to helping you identify strategies to address the issues you uncover – up to and including building a new website that incorporates responsive web design.

To learn more about our Cleveland web development and website design services, call Go Media at 216.939.0000 or contact us online.

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Photography: An Essential Element of Your New Website Design http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/web-design/photography-an-essential-element-of-your-new-website-design/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/web-design/photography-an-essential-element-of-your-new-website-design/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:49:18 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=61377 Professional photography and brand imagery are among the best tools in the box when it comes to communicating a sense of purpose, place and personality on your website. Sure, layout is important. Typography is essential. But customers looking at your new website… Continue Reading »

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Professional photography and brand imagery are among the best tools in the box when it comes to communicating a sense of purpose, place and personality on your website.

Sure, layout is important. Typography is essential. But customers looking at your new website design want to SEE what you are about. They want a window into the action. They want to witness the results. Strong brand imagery and powerful photography can be essential to telling the story of you and your firm.

The Cleveland website design team at Go Media recognizes the powerful influence of photography. That’s why we work closely with professional photographers who will capture your staff, product, service or experience in the perfect light.

Too often, we’ve seen people make the mistake of using amateur photography or ill-chosen stock photos. That’s unfortunate. It does those companies a great disservice because we live in such a visually-rich world. Mediocre images devalue your products and services because they just don’t tell the right story. It’s true that pictures can speak 1,000 words, but the wrong picture says only, “What were they thinking?!”

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If you invest the time and energy into new website design, but don’t invest in quality images, your page could suffer.

For example, the director of an investment management firm will quickly turn off potential clients with a head shot that looks more like a cell phone “selfie.” Similarly, lawyers want their images to convey professionalism, intelligence and trust. But that same approach would be too stiff and boring for the captain of a charter boat company.

A sharp, creative photographer can help capture what makes you and your firm special. The goal is to accurately display your brand personality in a way that compliments the overall website design.

In a society where so much commerce and connection happens online, quality photographs are one of the only ways to offer clients or customers a glimpse of what you’re offering.

People are going to notice immediately when the images in your new website design are engaging and strike the right tone.

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An imagery consultation with a skilled corporate photographer can help determine the kind of look that’s going to best serve the company. You’ll probably start by narrowing it down. Do you want to primarily showcase:

  • People
  • Products
  • Scenes
  • Metaphorical shots

From there, our team art director will work closely with the professional photographer to discuss lighting, background, colors and point-of-view so there is a calculated cohesion across images. All this serves to clearly deliver your message that will compliment your website design.

It’s important to point out too: “Consistency” does not equal “same.” This is not about putting a different version of essentially the same photo up on every page of your small business website. It’s about defining the image style so there are easily recognizable similarities that tell the story you want.

Team photography is used often in corporate branding, and it’s a good way to give people an intimate sense of the company culture. A side benefit is it can be a great way to attract new talent. More and more, companies are branching out with these “team shots” and trying non-traditional locations. This can be amazing – but it has to be the right tone for the company. Your photographer and art director can help you decide.

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The library of images created can then be used in a host of materials, including:

  • Websites
  • Brochures
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print advertisements
  • Internal relations material

An investment in the services of a Cleveland corporate photographer vetted by Go Media’s branding and website design experts is an opportunity to showcase your accomplishments and potential. It’s also likely to help you edge out the competition.

To learn more about our Cleveland corporate professional photographer services, call Go Media at 216.939.0000 or contact us online.

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Tutorial: How to Use Vector Graphics to Create a Repeating Pattern in Illustrator http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/tutorial-how-to-use-vector-graphics-to-create-a-repeating-pattern-in-illustrator/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/tutorial-how-to-use-vector-graphics-to-create-a-repeating-pattern-in-illustrator/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:42:08 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=60496 Hey Arsenal Fans! Today we’re going to show you how to use vector graphics in Illustrator to create this repeating pattern using Vector Set 25, just released on our Arsenal. Skill Level: Beginner Requirements: Any of our vector packs and… Continue Reading »

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Hey Arsenal Fans! Today we’re going to show you how to use vector graphics in Illustrator to create this repeating pattern using Vector Set 25, just released on our Arsenal.

Skill Level: Beginner
Requirements: Any of our vector packs and Adobe Illustrator

Step One: Open up a new document in Adobe Illustrator.

We sized ours 1270 x 770, the size of the hero shot shown above. In addition, open the vector pack you’ll be using for the pattern. We are using Justin Will’s zombie vectors.

Step Two: Arrange your vectors into a layout that is random in nature. Lay them in different directions and scale them to different sizes to achieve this effect.

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Step Three: Right click (or CTRL + G) to group your vectors together.

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Step Four: Copy and Paste your set, starting to develop your pattern. If needed, add individual elements in order to fill in empty spots.

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Step Five: Group this larger segment. (Right click > Group (or CTRL + G)) Copy it and as above, fill in any missing spots again.

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Step Six: Group and Copy / Paste until you have completed your full pattern!

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Step Seven: Group your final design and you’re done!

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Show us how you used your repeating patterns on a wallpaper, t-shirt, posters, etc. Leave a comment or tweet us @go_media!

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Tutorial: How to Create Watercolor Brushes in AI http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/tutorial-how-to-create-watercolor-brushes-in-ai/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/tutorial-how-to-create-watercolor-brushes-in-ai/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:42:32 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=60179 How to Create Watercolor Brushes in AI If you’re like us, you’ve got art laying all around the studio just begging to be used in unique and wonderful ways. Today, we’ll show you how to transform that art – specifically… Continue Reading »

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How to Create Watercolor Brushes in AI

If you’re like us, you’ve got art laying all around the studio just begging to be used in unique and wonderful ways.

Today, we’ll show you how to transform that art – specifically our watercolors – into AI brushes. Follow along to create your own and make sure to pick up our brand new Watercolor Illustrator Brush Pack while you’re at it!

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Watercolor Vector Brushes for AI

What you’ll need:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • watercolor, paint brush strokes or the like

And away we go!

Step 1

File > Place your watercolor into Adobe Illustrator

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Step 2

Next, head to

Object > Live Trace > Tracing Options

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Step 3

Under these options, choose Color 16 from the drop-down, then “Set Default”

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Step 4

Ensuring your watercolor is selected, choose “Live Trace” from the top menu.

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Step 5

Then, “Expand”

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Step 6

Click on the white area surrounding your watercolor art.

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Next, Select > Same Fill and Stroke. Press Delete to delete this white area.

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Step 8

Make sure your brushes palette is open.

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With your art selected, head to the small arrow to the right of the palette. From the drop-down, choose “New Brush.”

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Choose New Art Brush, OK

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Make sure the following are selected:

  • Scale Proportionately
  • –> Right Direction Arrow
  • Flip Along
  • Flip Across
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Repeat this process for all of your art until you’re finished with your pack.

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Once you’ve completed your pack, shift and select all of the brushes. From the drop-down, choose “Save Brush Library,” saving it where you’d like. (AI will automatically place your file in the Adobe Brush folder for convenience.)

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All done! To access your new brushes:

– Go to Window Brush Libraries Other Library and then locate the brush library you want to install.
– On your brush library panel go to the top right menu and check “Persistent,” and your brush library should be accessible every time you open Illustrator.

Congratulations! You’ve created your own vector art brushes. Make sure to share your results with us in the comments section below and purchase our Watercolor Vector Brush Set!

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Getting our 1980s and VHS tape on with Dustin Schmieding’s cosmic fractal storm texture pack! http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/photoshop-abstract-texture-tutorial/ http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/photoshop-abstract-texture-tutorial/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://gomedia.com/?p=59276 Introducing the cosmic fractal storm texture pack Hello everyone! It’s Simon again on this end of the keyboard. I’m returning for another tutorial, and boy, do we have a treat this week. Dustin Schmieding gifted us with yet another fantastic… Continue Reading »

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Introducing the cosmic fractal storm texture pack

Hello everyone! It’s Simon again on this end of the keyboard. I’m returning for another tutorial, and boy, do we have a treat this week. Dustin Schmieding gifted us with yet another fantastic texture pack, the cosmic fractal storm texture collection.

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The set is composed of three-dimensional scenes, resembling cloud formations, or landscapes. Each texture is 4,000×2,700 pixels @ 150 ppi. This gives us plenty of pixels to work with, even for big size print applications (posters, flyers, and more).

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DOWNLOAD THE COSMIC FRACTAL STORM TEXTURE COLLECTION

Arsenal Members, you get this pack at no extra charge! (Feels like your birthday, doesn’t it?)

Using the pack: let’s play!

These assets are at home in a variety of contexts. They can be used as stand-alone assets, as background elements, as textures… We will explore some of these uses while we embark on the creation of a poster for a (fake) EDM event called Magnetic Fields.

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The tutorial will have us explore tips and tricks to recreate a “VHS-like” effect, for all that analog glitch goodness.

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We’ll use primarily Photoshop for this tutorial, as manipulating textures is easier with it, and because we won’t engage in complex type manipulation.

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We are going to work extensively with textures. It’s a good time to remind you guys of a few base rules, and processes:

  1. Don’t know what a clipped layer is? Glad you asked! This means that the layer is only visible/applies to the layer directly below it. You can very quickly do this by holding ALT down on your keyboard and clicking between the two layers. Here’s a quick demonstration.
  2. Every time we’ll work with textures, we’ll follow this simple process: place as smart object, sharpen1, desaturate, enhance contrast with levels, and modify the blending mode.
  3. Placing the textures as smart objects, and using adjustment layers to tweak them, allows us to stick to a non-destructive workflow. We’ve explored in depth the numerous pros and few cons of such a workflow in this past tutorial: “How to Use Textures The Right Way.”

Notes: 1 – accessed through the Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen menu.

With this in place, it’s time to get started!

The concept

As hinted at during our walk-through of the product, these textures feature digital “landscapes” that make no mysteries about how they have been generated. In order to stick to the theme, we are going to give this poster a “Lo-Fi,” CRT-like screen effect. Think of VHS artifacts: scan lines, slight warps, etc.

The concert is being branded as Magnetic Fields, and will take place at the Tate Modern gallery in London, and more specifically in the Turbine Hall. It’s a beautiful industrial space, and hosted a Kraftwerk performance in the past. It’s perfectly fitting.

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(Images via Tate.org/Marcus Leith/Tate Photography – © all rights reserved)

We’ll split our document in two columns to fit all the text (one side main event announcements, one side for the band names). The copy will read “Magnetic Field – 02.06.16 – Tate Modern – Turbine Hall – London, UK,” “Performances by chp_tnes – nu_drds – cbalt – qwerty – & lw_ram,” and “Tickets & information at www.magneticfields.com.”

The two typefaces we’ll use for the poster are League Gothic, and Droid Serif. They are both free for commercial use, so grabbing them is a no-brainer. They even feature an extended set of weights, for even more flexibility.

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All of our band names are inspired by electronics/robotics/computer science jargon:

  • chp_tnes (chiptunes)
  • nu_drds (new droids)
  • cbalt (cobalt)
  • qwerty (look at your keyboard)
  • lw_ram (low RAM)

The event is to take place on February 06th, 2016.

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Document setup

Even though our event will take place in the United Kingdom, we will use an 18″x24″ canvas. Designers in the UK would typically use ISO paper sizes, like pretty much the rest of the world. Let’s just say that the performing acts all come from the USA, and that the poster is put together by an American concert promoter.

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As mentioned before, we’ll split our canvas in columns, three to be exact. We’ll also mark a one inch security margin around the edges of our poster. Photoshop CC’s New Guide Layout feature is priceless to generate these rapidly (View > New guide layout).

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Note: if you don’t have the CC version of Photoshop, you can leverage the power of GuideGuide to accomplish the grid-related tasks quickly. The current version isn’t free, but older versions are.

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With the preparation work done, we can finally start to tackle the real thing.

The background

The background will be the base for our VHS effect. The first asset we need is GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03.jpg, from Dustin’s texture pack.

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It needs to be placed as a smart object at X: 0.5″, and Y:12″, scaled up to 135%, and sharpened (Filters > Sharpen > Sharpen).

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Once in place, it looks like this.

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Starting the magic

The VHS-like effect that we will create in a few steps rests on the power of levels, and of blending modes. First, we need three copies of our texture smart object.

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Using clipped levels adjustment layers, we are going to “kill” the output of selective color ranges for each of the copies. Let’s start with GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy. Using the clipped levels adjustment layer, we are going to change the output of blue hues to zero. This will result in a layer turning to yellow hues. Pro tip: note that the additional copies have been hidden for clarity each time.

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Using the same technique, the second copy GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy 2 will see its greens disappear, leaving us with a set of saturated purples.

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Finally, we’ll get rid of the reds on GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy 3.

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With that done, here’s our layer stack so far.

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Next, we are going to create a few layer groups: one is for the copies and their adjustment layers, the other one for the background elements in general.

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Now, we are going to change the blending mode of each copies to exclusion @ 100% opacity (the copies only – not their adjustment layers!).

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The result is slightly underwhelming at the moment, but we are going to address that shortly.

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Out-of-synchronization frames, part one

Next, we need to carefully offset each of the copies from the original smart object. For instance, instead of GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy being positioned at X: 0.5″, and Y:12″, it should be positioned at X: 0.55″, and Y:12.1″.

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GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy 2 can go from its original spot to X: 0.495″, and Y:11.95″.

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Finally, GoMediaArsenal-CosmicFractalStorm-03 copy 3 can migrate to X: 0.485″, and Y:11.97″.

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The effect is taking shape: we just established the basis for out-of-synchronization frames, or tape damage. To make things more legible, we are going to lower the opacity of the copies to 50%.

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Out-of-synchronization frames, part two

To make the effect more believable, we are going to alter a portion of it. Let’s start by creating a merged copy of everything so far (CTRL/CMD+ALT/OPTION+SHIFT+E), at the top of our layer stack. The generated layer should be called Shear.

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We are now going to apply a shear filter to it (Filter > Distort > Shear). The effect is controlled through the small curve in the effect window. Clicking on the grid adds controls points (but no handles). Holding ALT/OPTIONS allows you to reset the manipulation. Wrap around loops disappearing image parts on the opposite side of the canvas. Repeat edge pixels stretches the pixels at the limit of the canvas to the image’s edges.

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After creating a curve directed to the bottom right corner of the canvas, our result is pretty dramatic.

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Using our guides, we are going to create selections that we’ll use to mask parts of the sheared layer.

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With the selections active, we can head to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal selection.

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With that done, we can change the blending mode of the Shear layer to color dodge @ 35% opacity.

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Additional touches

To complement the effect, we are going to add some thin horizontal lines at the edges of our selections. These lines will each be 1 point thick, run the full width of the poster, be colored in 50% gray (#808080), and perfectly aligned with the edges of the visible parts of the Shear layer. These lines should be created with either the pen tool (P), or with the line tool (U).

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The settings options offered by Photoshop CC 2016 allows to customize the stroke. It should be noted that aligning the stroke to the outside produces the best result.

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Once one of the lines is created, it can be duplicated and positioned to the appropriate locations.

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Once in place, the lines’ blending mode can be changed to screen @ 25% opacity.

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And after some layer organization, our background layers start resembling something.

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Icing on the cake

Because our background needs to not compete with our type elements later, we are going to darken it. We’ll use a levels adjustment layer for that.

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After one last look at the layer stack, we’re ready to move onto type!

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Type

The foundations

Now that our background is in place, we can start shaping our text blocks. The first one is the main one: “MAGNETIC FIELDS / 02.06.16 / TATE MODERN / TURBINE HALL / LONDON, UK.”

The type is set in League Gothic Condensed, that is 300 points tall, with a line spacing of 272 points, colored in white, and with kerning set to optical. These settings make the copy fit the two left columns of the grid, leaving the right column for the additional information blocks.

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The next block is “Performances by // chp_tnes / nu_drds / cbalt / qwerty / & lw_ram.” The type is set in Droid Serif Bold, that is 54 points tall, aligned to the right, colored in white, and with kerning set to metric. These settings make the text block fit snugly in the top right corner of the poster.

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The third and last text block is for the miscellaneous information: “Tickets & information at www.magneticfields.com.” It is set in Droid Serif Bold, that is 30 points tall, aligned to the right, colored in white, and with kerning set to metric. These settings make the text block fit snugly in the bottom right corner of the poster.

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The result is interesting, but it lacks depth.

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In order to address that, we are going to replicate the VHS effect we gave the background to the main type block. Let’s start by creating three copies of the type element.

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Instead of using levels adjustment layers, we are going to assign hues directly to each type elements. This works because the type is a solid color object, as opposed to the visually complex texture we applied the effect to earlier.

The bottom copy, MAGNETIC FIELDS 02.06.16 TATE MODERN TURBINE HALL LONDON, UK copy 3, should be assigned the base blue color #0000ff.

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The middle copy, MAGNETIC FIELDS 02.06.16 TATE MODERN TURBINE HALL LONDON, UK copy 2, should be assigned the base red color #ff0000.

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The top copy, MAGNETIC FIELDS 02.06.16 TATE MODERN TURBINE HALL LONDON, UK copy, should be assigned the base green color #00ff00.

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The top text element (the original one) should stay white.

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From there, we can change the blending mode of the three copies to exclusion @ 100% opacity, and of the original element to overlay @ 100% opacity.

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Now, in order to complete the effect, we simply have to offset the three copies in separate directions, using the arrow keys on our keyboard.Cosmic Fractal Storm Textures Exploration Tutorial

And with that done, we can move on to the last step: textures. Below is a look at our layer stack so far.

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Textures!

Things to grab

Before we get moving, here are three assets to grab. They are all free. The first one is photocopy by clarisaponcedeleon, via DeviantArt.

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The second is Film texture – grain explosion by JakezDaniel, on DeviantArt.

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The third texture is vintage-paper-textures-volume-01-sbh-005, from the Vintage Paper Textures, Volume 1 set. It was made available through the “cute robot” book cover tutorial freebies.

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The last asset is this pattern tile, that we’ll use for scan lines. You should download it by right-clicking on it, and using the Save image at menu.

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Putting things in place

The first texture we’ll use is the film noise texture, film_texture___grain_explosion_by_jakezdaniel-d37pwfa.jpg.

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It needs to be placed centered in the canvas, rotated of 90° clockwise, and scaled down to 80% so it covers the whole piece.

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From there, we can change its blending mode to color dodge @ 15% opacity.

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The next texture is the scanline pattern. Let’s open the file.

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With the file open, we need to head to Edit > Define pattern. This will ask us to name it, and to validate. Once that is done, our pattern will be ready to use in our piece. Let’s close the pattern, and head back to our main file.

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Back in the main file, let’s create a new, empty layer at the top of our layer stack.

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We are going to apply the pattern using a layer style. First, we need to fill our layer with a solid color. Which one won’t matter, it is just to make sure the effect shows up. 50% gray is a good default choice in these cases (#808080).

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Next, we can open up our layer style palette by double-clicking on the layer thumbnail in the layer panel.

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Let’s navigate to the pattern overlay section. It’s a simple interface. We can control the pattern tile roughly the same way we can control a layer: blending mode, opacity, scale, etc.

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Let’s use the drop-down menu to select our scanline pattern.

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Finally, we can dramatically scale the pattern up to make sure the lines are visible (900%).

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Our pattern is applied, but we need to give it an additional touch for more veracity. Let’s convert the layer to a smart object (Filters > Convert to smart filters).

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Next, let’s assign a 2 pixels gaussian blur to the pattern layer/smart object (Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur).

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Finally, let’s change the blending mode to overlay @ 10% opacity.

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With the scanlines in place, we can move to a slight color alteration. We are going to use a gradient overlay for it. Just like before, we’ll need a layer filled with 50% gray (#808080).

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Next, we are going to change the layer’s fill to 0%. This allows to hide the layer’s pixels (the gray), but to let any effects applied through the layer style panel to shine through.

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Let’s open the gradient overlay side of the panel.

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In the gradient drop down menu, let’s select the spectrum gradient.

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Let’s change the blending mode of the gradient to overlay @ 15% opacity, and change the angle to -50°.

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This gives us a nice added depth to the colors of the piece.

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The next to last texture is vintage-paper-textures-volume-01-sbh-005.jpg, from the cute robot tutorial freebie archive.

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It needs to be placed centered in the canvas, rotated of 90°, and scaled up to 440%.

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Blending mode: soft light @ 25% opacity.

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The last texture is photocopy_by_clarisaponcedeleon.jpg.

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This one needs to be centered in the canvas, and slightly distorted (width: 212%, and height: 208%).

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Levels adjustments.

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Blending mode: soft light @ 75% opacity.

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And with that, our piece is complete! After a last go at organizing our layers, here’s the full layer stack.

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Wrapping things up!

Phew, that was a long one! I hope that you enjoyed following along with the tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating it, and that your outcome matches the goals you set for yourself before diving in.

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Did I leave anything unclear? Any suggestions? Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below! I’ll be happy to help out.

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We’d love to see your tutorial outcomes! Please share them with us on the Go Media Facebook page, or on Twitter at @go_media.

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And finally, I hope that this gave you a preview of the cool things you can achieve with the cosmic fractal storm texture pack, by Dustin Schmieding. The pack is available for download now!

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On that note, that’s all for me today. Until next time, cheers!

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