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How to create an odd moon in Photoshop

by Shane Zentz

This is just a short photoshop tutorial on how to create a kind of odd looking moon in photoshop. The main point of this tutorial is some of the things you can do with some of the included filters with photoshop, in this case the ‘plastic’ filter. So to get started, create a new image, 1070X768 and 78 dpi is fine for this. Next create a background layer with white, and add a new layer. On the new layer, create a perfect circle with the elliptical marquee tool(hold down shift while dragging the mouse to get a perfect round circle), and then choose a light gray color from the color menu and use the fill tool to fill the circle with the gray color.
So now you should have something like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, on the same layer as the gray circle, use the paint brush along with a slightly darker gray color (than the fill color of the circle) and create several dots/circles of varying size in the circle.
So now it should look like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

OK, now we want to ‘plasticize’ this moon type thing. So with the moon layer active, select the filter menu, and then select the artistic menu, and in the artistic menu, select ‘plasticize’. In the menu that pops up, adjust the settings to your liking, but mainly increase the intensity of the lighting which will give the circle more of a moon look.
Here is what you should have now:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From here you can firstly adjust the opacity to add some transparency for a cooler look. And then add a background or even add more filters to create something even cooler than this….
Here is the final image:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

Thanks for reading this tutorial!!!!!!

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Free Text in Photoshop Tutorial

Free Photoshop Text Tutorial

Learn some basic text styling in photoshop

by Shane Zentz

Today I will show you how to achieve some really cool text effects in photoshop, and it is very easy and will only take a few clicks of the mouse to make cool text. This is the kind of text that you see in advertisements and newspapers and magazines, so this kind of text is used all the time and is a basic skill in photoshop. I will break this up into a series of tutorials, so this one will just start with the basics of text in photoshop. But this is not a comprehensive tutorial on text in photoshop, so I assume that you already know how to use the basic text tool in photoshop. I will show how to transform basic text into something cooler and better than just plain old text. So let’s get started.

First, open photoshop and start a new document, something around 6″ x 4″ should suffice. If you started a new document with transparency, then create a new layer and add a white background layer, and also create a new layer for the text. Next select the text tool and choose a font and font size from the menu. Almost any font will work, but plain text would be better to start with, avoid the scripts/handwriting styles for now. And make sure that your font size is reasonably large, like a heading font. Type any word you like, maybe just your name. So far you should have something like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

Not very interesting, but it’s a start. Now lets add some effects to this plain text to spice it up. Before adding effects, it is a good idea to ‘rasterize’ the text, so select the layer with text and right click and select ‘rasterize’ to rasterize the type. With that done, double click on the text layer to open up the style options dialog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

By adjusting various effects, you can achieve some surprising and cool effects on your plain text. For this first one, I used the drop shadow with default settings and inner glow also with default settings, then added a 1px black stroke as well as a gradient, and also adding bevel and emboss and also contour (both with anti-aliasing). By fiddling with the settings just a little bit I was able to create these:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are far more advanced things you can do with text in photoshop, so this is just a start. Look for more text photoshop tutorials to come in the near future…..Thanks for reading this blog!

Shane Zentz