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Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Killer Metallic Text – Part 2

Friday, June 6th, 2008

GrandmasterB is back and ready for Round Two of this Killer Metallic Text tutorial. Since this tutorial is a two-parter I recommend going through part one before moving onto this tutorial. However, if you only want to learn how to create the metallic text effect and not the background that is fine too. I leave it up to your discretion. With all of that out of the way, let’s get on with the show…

If you haven’t done so already please open your file from the first tutorial (you did save it right?). If you don’t have it, fear not you can download the Photoshop file that I created for the tutorial here:

Photoshop File (2.8MB): Killer Metallic Text_PT1.psd

Alright…let’s roll!

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Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Killer Metallic Text – Part 1

Friday, June 6th, 2008

I know that many of you have seen tutorials all over the place that describe how to create metallic text with Photoshop. Well, I’m here to show you how to make Killer Metallic Text and I’m going to toss in a cool background and a reflection effect. So over this two part tutorial you actually get three tutorials for the price of one. How’s that sound? Along with this tutorial I will make the final Photoshop (.psd) file available for download. I know that sometimes it is easier to figure out how something works by taking it apart first. Note: Throughout the tutorial I will give you keyboard shortcuts for picking tools or performing commands. They will be listed in parenthesis next to the task.

Let’s get started!

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New Vectors and a Tutorial From Go Media

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The awesome folks at Go Media have released another great package of vector artwork. Vector Pack 11 has got some really great stuff (much better than #10…in my opinion). For those of you that don’t know about these vector packs they are fantastic and a must buy for anyone that is serious about design. This latest pack has some really great stuff that GrandmasterB will definitely be trying out.

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Create a Logo for Your Feature Posts

Monday, May 26th, 2008

For the past few days, whenever I could find time I have been working on putting together a simple tutorial that will show you how to create a logo for my feature post “Heads Up Seven Up” Blogroll. The logo was created with Adobe Illustrator, which is a bit of a specialized illustration program. The reason I choose to use Illustrator for something like this is that it creates vector graphics, which is quite different from Photoshop with creates bitmap graphics. With vector graphics you can shrink, enlarge, twist and shape the images without messing up the quality of the image. I can also import the file created in Illustrator right into Photoshop to create a smaller image for web!

There are many vector drawing programs available that offer similar features like Illustrator ($599) and are a “little less expensive” too. Corel Draw and Adobe Fireworks come to mind first and foremost, but Corel Draw carries a hefty $429 price tag. Fireworks while still pricey at $149 is the next best option. The great thing about Fireworks is you can edit both vector and bitmap images. I did find another vector program that is free called DrawPlus; I haven’t used it, but it doesn’t look to bad. If you’re a student and want to purchase any type of software I suggest searching Google for “student discounted software”. With all of that out of the way let’s check out the tutorial.

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