Tag: down and dirty tricks

Create a Sci-Fi Watercolor Effect in Photoshop
by Kirk Nelson

As Star Trek: Discovery finished up their third season, we were still transfixed by the unique design of the title sequence. The blend of tech sketches and watercolor brushes work surprisingly well together. In this project, we boldly explore a technique inspired by that very effect. It’s accomplished by some clever uses of filters, blending modes, and stock images but proves to be a versatile technique that can be applied to your own work. One of the essential elements of the technique is a set of watercolor brushes freely available on Adobe’s website. 

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Invisible Athlete Composite Design
by Corey Barker

In this article, I have a lot of useful tricks that we’re going to use in combination to build a sports design based on an ad I saw for Under Armour sportswear. It highlights the clothes by showing them in action without people in them. It’s a cool result that’s easy to achieve with the right photo. Along the way, we’ll add some effects you might find useful in other projects. There’s even a bonus video at the end on finishing effects.

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