20 Photoshop Tips for incredible artworks

Photoshop includes a huge number of tools, and here we expose some of its less well-known features and reveal new ways to use some familiar favourites

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11. Dodge it The Color Dodge blending mode can be used for soft lighting effects, but applying it to elements that sit over black backgrounds won't elicit any results. Instead pick a background colour with a slight amount of red, green or blue to it.

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12. Burn it Color Burn works in precisely the opposite way to Color Dodge. Use it to create a logo that looks like it was scorched into wood, for example.

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13. Add real-world textures Dig out those seldom-used paint brushes and create some textures on board or canvas. Digitise them and experiment with different blend modes to add a gritty, urban look to illustrations. Paint splashes can also be used to create your own personal library of grunge brushes.

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14. Mesh it up Create super cool mesh effects using Transform > Warp, and then selecting Fisheye from the Options bar menu. The example was created by Fabio for msnbc.com.

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15. Glow with success An easy way to add a glow effect is to create a layer with all other layers merged into it (see 18).Now apply a Radial Blur of 10-20 pixels and the Screen blending mode. Drop the opacity to 15%, then raise it until you get the desired effect.

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Mark Mayers and Fabio Sasso

Digital Arts Magazine

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