Photoshop Tutorials: Set your clock: 10/10/10

Tomorrow, August 10th at 10am, Fotolia Ten will unveil a new artist image by Lydia Baillergeau. Yes, 10/10/10! Her PSD file image is called Cheers and Fotolia is making it available (one per month) to interested designers for just 24 hours. Baillergeau’s Cheers is will be made available over the weekend. Hmmm..yet another interesting coincidence – or is it?

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Fotolia is giving HOW Design  an exclusive from Lydia Baillergeau’s – 10 Tips to Creating Great Images (below).

Enjoy! Don’t forget to download Cheers starting at 10am ET tomorrow along with her exclusive Photoshop Tutorial that gives you instruction on how she created it.

  1. Sketch it out by hand first! When I storyboard, I almost always sketch out my boards and transitions beforehand. Even if they are very messy and don’t communicate my thoughts to anyone else—they are visual blue prints for me and it’s easier iterate quickly this way.
  2. Adobe illustrator CS6 width tool (shift+w). It’s a fantastic way to add dimension and varied weight to vector illustrations.
  3. I am constantly creating a massive library—it’s like a never-ending mood board. Usingshift+command+4on a mac and google image search. I take screen captures of things on the web all day long for inspiration and keep an organized catalog of the captures on my desktop.  Bits of photos, typography, old packaging, posters, sketches, a texture here and there, quotes, news clips.
  4. The mac utility Digital Color Meter.I frequently use thisto quickly reference colors online and create custom color palettes.  For example, I made a spring palette by gathering the RGB values for spring dresses from a handful of high-end fashion websites.
  5. Adobe illustrator CS6 gradient on stroke feature. You can achieve beautiful, subtle shading this way. And you have three options for how the gradient is applied to the stroke.
  6. Don’t be afraid to use stock illustrations! They can save you SO much time. I use them and make them my own by changing colors, adding textures, adjusting stroke weights and adding my own custom illustration to them.
  7. Adobe after effects CS6 variable weight mask feather tool. I adore this tool because you can create a very custom mask and get creative with it. It also allows you to put a feathered mask on just one side of an image.
  8. The art brush in Adobe illustrator CS6. This is a very powerful tool! You can create your own illustration, make it a graphic symbol, and then use the art brush to paint multiple instances of the graphic. It’s a great way to create a natural looking frame-by-frame animated sequence. Like a leave falling or a fish swimming.
  9. It’s very important to me that I have time away from my craft to be exposed to and inspired by other things. Life happens around us and shapes our experience and perceptions. The more experiences we have, the more we can bring to our creative craft.
  10.  Walter Murch’s “In the Blink of an Eye” and “The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film”. He is a master—plain and simple. Editing is essential to film making and storytelling. I think it’s fascinating how drastically different the story can be based on one edit.

The PSD will be available in A3 format, 75 DPI. After the 24 hours, it can be purchased in A3 format, 300 DPI for $12 “with commercial user rights on the condition that the rights for the use of any Fotolia images used in the file are also purchased.”

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