Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

One of the cool things about Photoshop is that sometimes you accidentally stumble upon something new (at least to you) and that is what happened with me recently.
I discovered how you can create an image like the one below:

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

 

And I discovered this by just fiddling around with the ’tiles’ filter. So to create an image similar to the one above is really easy. Just start a new image in Photoshop of whatever size seems¬†best to you. Then using the marquee tool, create a rectangle with some fill color of your choice (and add a stroke color if you would like). With this rectangle that you just created as the active¬†selection, go to the top filters menu and select -> stylize -> tiles, when the dialog box comes up then choose about 10 for the number of tiles and 1% for the offset, just to start. Then repeat the same action, only this time fiddle with the total number of tiles and the offset number (I used 15 for number of tiles and 5% for offset). And you can repeat this process any number of times or experiment with different numbers of tiles and offsets to get the abstract art that looks good to you. Pretty easy huh?

 

 

Thanks for reading this post and my blog,

Shane Zentz

shane zentz logo papercut

Some recent photoshop work by Shane Zentz

Hi all,

So I have been learning and improving a lot lately on my graphic arts skills, mostly with photoshop and illustrator. Here are some recent works by me…..

Of course I post most of my works on my art website at http://art.shanezentz.com and also some on http://www.shanezentz.com so feel free to check out

those websites for more of my work. But for now here is a couple of recent images created in photoshop by me:

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz poster

shane zentz poster

Thanks for looking at my work and my blog,
Ya’ll come back real soon, hear!
Shane Zentz

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Easy Way to Create Neon Black Light Effect in Photoshop

Easy way to create a neon black light effect in Photoshop

So, Open Photoshop and Let’s Get Started

This tutorial will show how to change this photo to that:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

OK, first thing to do is to load the photo into photoshop, then hit ctrl+j to create a duplicate layer of the background. On this new layer, use whatever tool you want to make a selection of the girls in the photo, I used the lasso tool, but you could also use the pen tool or even the magic wand. After you have the girls in the image as the active selection, ctrl + click (that is hold ctrl key while left clicking with the mouse) on the little image (next to the little eye icon) with the selection in the layers panel (right side). Then hit ctrl+j again to create a new layer with only the girls selected. It should look something like this:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

You can see that a little clean up will be needed, so use the eraser tool to remove as much of the white outline around the girls as possible. Then, with this layer as the selected layer, go to the top menu and select: filter -> Stylize -> Glowing Edges. The settings for the glowing edges that I used are: Edge Width: 2, Edge Brightness: 11, Smoothness: 4 , but you should also fiddle with the settings until you achieve the effect that you want. When you have the settings that you like, simply place this edited layer on top of the original background layer to see the new photo.
Here is what the edited photo will look like:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing you can do for a slightly different effect, is to remove the blue from the RGB channel, by going to the top menu bar and selecting -> Image -> Adjustments -> Channel Mixer and setting Blue channel to zero (making sure that the layer with only the girls is active). Here is what the result will be:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also try applying other filters to achieve different effects. Here is another filter in photoshop that I used to create a cartoon like effect or a comic book look for this photo:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try to experiment with all the available filters in photoshop (and even add other filters) to see what you can do with any image. The only limit will be your own imagination. So have fun and thanks for reading this photoshop 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:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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

How to Improve Image Quality with Photoshop – by Shane Zentz

How to Improve the Quality of Your Images with Photoshop

by Shane Zentz

If you use your digital camera for photography and also use Photoshop for editing images or creating graphics, then you can improve the quality of your digital photos with a few simple steps in Photoshop. So lets assume that you take a picture on a cloudy, fall day and the lighting is not so great. So that the photo is dark and the detail is difficult to see. Your picture could look something like this:

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Well with Photoshop you can make this dull looking digital photograph look great with a few easy steps. So first open this photo up in Photoshop. Now to make it a little brighter with better lighting and better contrast, select Image->Adjustments->and then brightness/contrast from the menu. You will see a dialog box with two slider controls, one for the brightness and one for the contrast. For this photo I first increased the brightness a little and then also increased the contrast just a bit. And here is the result of this first round of improvements:

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better-dark-photo-300×225

 

 

 

 

This digital photograph certainly looks better than the original low-light dull photo. But I think it can be improved still even more. So I select Image->adjustments->brightness/contrast once again and increase the brightness a little bit more and I also increase the contrast a little bit more as well. The more I play with the adjustments the more of a feel I can get for how the photo really should look and once I have what I feel are the correct settings, I save the image again. Here is the final result:

 

 

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even-better-dark-photo

 

This looks so much better than the dull, low-light original digital photo, don’t you agree? So there you have it, a very easy way to improve the quality of your digital photographs with Photoshop. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it helps you out.

Thanks for reading this post!

Shane Zentz