Tutorials - Week 13 (part 1)


Tutorial Zip




  1. Moving Subject - but captured using a fast shutter speed (the subject is not blurred but static). Subject is also relatively easy to select from background.
  2. Custom Brush - this can be anything in the category of "Spatter", or "Particle" or "Liquid"

(these assets can also be found the Download Folder for the Tutorial)


  1. Select your subject.
    Our Tutorial image has the subject already Extracted and on its own layer
  2. Increase the Canvas Size - Use the Crop Tool
    Stretch the canvas using the crop tool so that the subject is set to a "Rule of Thirds" composition.
  3. Load Brush
    * you'll want to test brushes first to see which ones work the best for you - perhaps on a new layer.
    * You will want good opacity and interesting spatter shapes.
    * Then save any new settings that you may have applied to the brush. I recommend increasing the spacing, adjust size and under "shape dynamics" apply an angle jitter.
    * Save your Set - by clicking on the "Preset Manager", selecting your altered brushes, and saving as a new .abr set
    At that point, you could continue working, or delete newly added brushes and reload your own specifically designed brushes.
  4. Copy the Subject layer. Liquify the new layer. Use the Warp tool and that the brush is large and the strength is up to 100%. Stretch the edge of your subject until it almost hits the edge of your canvas.
  5. Place the Liquify layer under the Subject layer. Apply Masks to both layers. Invert the mask for Liquify.
  6. Brush In parts of the Liquify effect by using a Spatter Brush.
    and then Brush Out small parts of the edge of the original Subject layer.
  7. If you need to, you can create a new blank layer and Paint selected color spatters. I recommend using the "Color" blend mode in the brush options panel. Start with the darker colors and then layer on lighter and more saturated colors on top. Fluctuate between larger brush sizes to smaller.


Creating a Sphere

  1. New Document (we can work from scratch - no need to download anything)
    1200px X 1200px
  2. Set your Foreground and Background Colors:
    In the Color Picker: Click on H for "Hue". Set the number to 200˚
    The Background is a Shade. B or "Brightness": 30% (add to Swatches)
    Foreground is a Tint. B: 100%, S: 40% (add to Swatches)
  3. Add a Gradient Adjustment Layer (for the background)
    Use the Gradient Editor > Use the Foreground/Background option, and set the Stops: by Option and Dragging and existing Stop, you can copy and move. Do this for the Foreground and set to the Location: 45%
    Repeat for the Shade, Option and Drag, Set for Location: 55%
  4. Elliptical Shape Tool
    Click once into the center of the Canvas. Set the Height & Width: 400px
  5. The Fill should default to the Foreground Tint color. If not, you can edit the Fill (in the Option Bar)
  6. Create a Gradient - Layer Style (fx) > Gradient Overlay
    Gradient Editor, Option/Drag the Foreground color and position to Location: 10%
    (this edit will increase the highlight spot)
  7. Reflected Light: Add a Raster Gradient
    Create a New Blank Layer (the layer position is on top of the elliptical shape layer)
    Load Shape by cmd/click on the Shape Layer
    Choose the Gradient Tool (G), and Foreground to Transparent (gradient option in the thumbnail list), make sure that the "transparency" check box is ON in the option bar
    Drag a Radial Gradient, from the bottom of the selection to just about the middle of the circle
    Lower the Transparency on the layer to 40%
  8. Shadow Layer
    Click on the Shape Layer, hold the Command key and click the New Layer button
    this creates a New Blank Layer and places it under the layer you were on
  9. Load the shape as a Selection (cmd/click the shape)
    Shift/Delete: Fill with Black
    Transform (cmd T): make the circle shadow more skinny and elliptical and less wide
    Add Gausian Blur (about 8% Radius)
  10. Double Click Layer Style (Effects) on main Shape Layer
    Inner Shadow
    opacity 70%, size 50px, (do not use global light - uncheck the box)

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