How to make really awesome graphics
April 1, 2002
by Greater Evil
Hey dudes!! If you're like me you got your hands on Adobe Photoshop and were wondering, "what the hell do I do with this?" Well I'm here to show you that, with a little patience, Photoshop can be an important part of any artist's toolset.
One thing I've learned over the years -- my fundamental design principle if you will -- is that everything looks way cooler in outer-space. Now, all of our graphics won't be space-related, but we can apply that principle to all of our images, namely the following attributes:
- in space everything is in 3D
- in space there are crazy lighting effects
We can make crazy lighting effects using shadows and "lens flares". In case you don't know about lens flares, they are a natural phenomenon that happens around big lights like stars. Sometimes you can see them on Earth if you take a picture of the sun, but from all the movies I've seen, there are tons more in space, probably from all the stars.
My Web PageWell this is an excellent candidate to make into an awesome image. First, let's make the text in 3D. Check out www.3dtextmaker.com to make an awesome logo like this.
Now, we need to add shadows. There are two types, first the "Drop Shadow" and also the "Cast Shadow". Here's how to do both:
To make a drop shadow, copy the image to a new transparent layer. Then fill the selection black, and perform "Gaussian Blur" filter. Then offset the layer by a few pixels to make the shadow complete.
To make a cast shadow, copy the image to a new transparent layer and fill the selection black. Now use the transformation tool to make the shadow.
Finally, to make this look totally awesome, we need to throw in some killer lens flares. To make a lens flare, use the "Render Lens Flare" plugin:
Here's the final image. This is off the hook!!
Now I'm going to show you how to take a lame ass photo that you took from your digital camera and make it into something really killer. First, let's make it look 3d. We can do that with this wicked filter called "emboss":
Now add lighting effects as before:
That does it -- with these few simple effects you can make graphics like a pro! Next month, we'll cover importing clip art into your favorite drawing program!
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I wanna know how to make the whole browser window shake for 3 minutes when u enter a l337 website!!!!, all the real webdesign pro's have that!!!!!!!?!?!!!!!
live long and prosper *makes nerdy sign with hand*
When are you going to publish some more tutorials? I would really like to get into flash!!
Sounds cool! Just emboss everything you can get in your hands, add some lens flares and first place is yours on any demoparty!!! Very funny and useful tutorial:)
don't you slam G_Evil's leet skills
Sorry for my previous post- it was definately the best 1 april joke of this year!!!
WOO! LENSE FLARE FOREVER!! hahah
very cool tut, i printed it out for further usage ..
ahm...what is this?
maybe for pre-newbies which dont know what PS is...
but ugh..not my thing
the images shown in these tut are really bad. I mean not bad, but really bad. ading some lensflares ( Did you know that only newbs use lensflares? no real artist uses lensflares, especially not bad ones like these ) and a bad 3d text and a ambossed image should be no prob for a person who have used a paint prog about 5 minutes. and the title ... MUHAHAHAHAHA
You all look so silly when you say: "man, lensflares only for losers... bla,bla,bla.
this was the4 best evaaaa photoshop EVA! tutorial. i relly learned lots and dnow my big brotyher who is a baddy will nevever call me a fagg again because i can maEKE COOL IMAGES LIKE THIS oh sorry the capss lock got stuck
ahnwwyay this was the most bestset webpage tut thigng eva. my page is noww so much coolerr then otha pagess on the nat.
l33t r0x0r. bya 4 noww
(PS: some people have no fucking sense of humour, for crying out loud it was posted on april the first what more do you want?)
You are so smart. :)
"Vena, your news today know it all"
you guys REALLY l33t and RAD!
this tut is awsome blah blah i really lol
everydays i see it
you all suck and I'm way better than all of you.
love always and forever,
sincere asshole of the day.
HAPPY LATE APRIL FOOL'S DAY, SUCKER!
Keep up the good work and do out some more tutorials.
get real, u people who are saying this rocks , you'll are just being sarcastic right? please .... don't make any more tutorials and if u even do in the future please hire a designer. i know tutorials aren't supposed to be all graphic oriented but they sure as hell ainght supposed to be this horrible
as a designer i really pitty you
And happy April Fools Day, yet again, a year later ;)
Peace for all of You
KIDS DOING THIS SHITTY WORK, I DONT BELIEVE IT!
USE THE GIMP (FREEWARE), There 10000% better standard effects as your shit!
Sorry, iam a german!
all u did is embossed a photo and did a lense flair
i could do that while i am sleeping and in 1 min