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Christmas Again

So I guess I could say Merry Christmas. Then again, I WANT to say, “Hey it’s that time of year where I break out my Christmas theme for a blog!” I haven’t done this in a long while, and given that I’ve moved over to WordPress, I wonder if it’s possible.

Stay tuned for theme-like edits in the next day or two. As soon as I find time to break out my old copy of Photoshop and a few stupid photos of myself which I may already have somewhere on this server, I’ll drop in a new banner image of some sort!

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Photoshop Flaming Text

This tutorial, by far, takes the cake as the best tutorial I’ve seen yet showing how to setting something on fire. The two techniques I’ve seen in the past are:

  1. Difference Clouds Coloring with erasure and coloring
  2. Smudging a blurred layer of the text and coloring three times

But this tutorial is different in that they use actual flame brushes to make it look so realistic, you would almost think…

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Cool Photoshop Gradient Effect

I thought I’d show you my mods on cool gradient backgrounds in Photoshop.

The tutorial I found on the web: Photoshop Gradient Background

I have a couple things I like to do. You do not need to use just angles on a linear gradient. You can also use the diamond, radial and circular gradients.

A really cool idea is to create a gradient with a very narrow band of color on one end (White at 0, Blue at say 5, and Green the rest of the way out). This makes a circle that looks very 3D, and yet has not implemented the emboss tool.

Another one of my ideas is to create 2 completely different style layers of the same technique. Then set the top layer blending mode to difference to get double the effect. You could also use any other blending mode, such as hard mix.

Put a photo on the bottom layer, a gradient layer over that and set a blending mode on the top layer.

Here are some pictures that I created using these techniques:

My Photoshop Web Album

Note the “Sister’s Creation 3.” This was the type I was talking about above, where a tight gradient on the end would make a pseudo-emboss.

Also note the “Chrome Flares.” This was using another technique where you create multiple lens flares on a black layer, and then chrome filter the layer. I then did an Pin Light or Hard Mix (I can’t quite remember) of the gradient layer onto the Flare Layer.