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10 Custom Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Be Using in Photoshop

By default, Photoshop comes packed with keyboard shortcuts that you can use to speed up your workflow. What you might not know however is that there are also a lot of commands that do not have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them. In this tutorial, we will show you a few of our favorite custom keyboard

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Create A Soap Scene In Modo

In this tutorial, new Cgtuts+ author Elias Sarantopoulos guides us through the process of creating a soap dispenser and refill bottle in Luxology Modo. Through-out the scene’s creation, Elias will use simple modeling tools and techniques to first block out the overall shapes, before adding subdivision and refining the objects final appearance. He’ll then discuss

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Create a Neon Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how to make a neon text effect in Photoshop using layer styles and textures. Let’s get started!

Texturing Tips & Tricks For New Artists

Today we’re following up last week’s Modeling Tips post with some equally awesome Texturing Tips from Shaun Keenan. Aimed at those new to texturing and uvmapping, these tips will help you build upon what you learned in the previous lessons while working your way to a better, more efficient workflow. Even experienced artist will benefit from the

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How to Make a Glowing Space Background

In this quick tip, you will learn to how to create a really simple glowing space background. We will begin by creating a gradient mesh, then some glowing stars with the symbol sprayer, then we will finish the image with a multicolored planet made from a simple radial gradient. This tutorial is great for beginners

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Create a Swirly Lollipop Using the Spiral Tool

In this tutorial, you’ll be shown an easy and accurate way of creating your own swirly lollipop using a custom Art Brush and the Spiral Tool in Adobe Illustrator. If you’re a beginner Illustrator user, this tutorial will help you get familiar with how to use Illustrator’s tools creatively

How to Create Masks of Transparent Elements in Photoshop

Selections are an essential part of any photo editing workflow, but often, selections aren’t as straight-forward as they might seem. In this tutorial we will explain how to make a selection of a glass that includes transparent elements. Let’s get started!

Create a Caricature Painting

Photoshop is an excellent tool for manipulating photographs but it can also be used as a means to create stunning digital art. This tutorial is part of a 25-part video tutorial series demonstrating everything you will need to know to start producing digital art in Photoshop. Digital Art for Beginners, by Adobe Certified Expert and

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How to Create a Cartoon Rocketship

This Quick Tip will teach you how to create a cartoon rocket ship with some nice lighting using only basic shapes like rectangles, circles and a triangle. This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners. The icons from the inkscape toolbar are added to the images to make it easier to find the tool and function

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Create a Simple Penguin Character

In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a simple penguin character. The twenty-seven detailed steps will introduce you to the basic tools and shape building techniques. After you create the starting paths, you will add some basic colors and effects. Finally, you will learn some basic stuff about the blending techniques