Corey Barker

Corey Barker

Corey Barker is an education and curriculum developer for all things Photoshop. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design, and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards including a recent induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

In this issue, we’re going to create a 3D product mock-up using a free 3D model from Adobe Stock. You’ll learn how to apply custom labels to 3D objects, and then adjust the lighting for a realistic final effect. This technique offers a lot of possibilities whether you’re doing product test shots or final composites. Step One: In this exercise, we’ll use a 3D object from Adobe Stock. These models were designed to be used in Adobe Dimension but they can also be downloaded and used in Photoshop. As luck would have it, the model we’re using here is free. Here’s the link . Once the web pag...

Commercial Product Shot Using 3D Objects in Photoshop close

In this issue, we’re going to create a 3D product mock-up using a free 3D model from Adobe Stock. You’ll learn how to apply custom labels to 3D objects, and then adjust the lighting for a realistic final effect. This technique offers a lot of possibilities whether you’re doing product test shots or final composites. Step One: In this exercise, we’ll use a 3D object from Adobe Stock. These models were designed to be used in Adobe Dimension but they can also be downloaded and used in Photoshop. As luck would have it, the model we’re using here is free. Here’s the link . Once the web pag...

The Happy Selfie in 3D

with Corey Barker

In this issue, I have a fun little 3D exercise that accomplishes two things: On the one hand, it’s kind of a crash course in Photoshop 3D, as it touches on the most critical features, but it can also be used as a trick to show off how cool you can be with Photoshop. And hey, if you’re a teacher, this would make a great class exercise! Step One: The other cool part about this trick is you don’t need any stock images at all—just Photoshop. Start by going under the File menu and selecting New to create a new canvas. Set both the Width and Height to 1500 pixels, and click OK. Step Two: Pr...

The Happy Selfie in 3D close

In this issue, I have a fun little 3D exercise that accomplishes two things: On the one hand, it’s kind of a crash course in Photoshop 3D, as it touches on the most critical features, but it can also be used as a trick to show off how cool you can be with Photoshop. And hey, if you’re a teacher, this would make a great class exercise! Step One: The other cool part about this trick is you don’t need any stock images at all—just Photoshop. Start by going under the File menu and selecting New to create a new canvas. Set both the Width and Height to 1500 pixels, and click OK. Step Two: Pr...

Have you really pushed displacement maps as far as they can go? In this exercise, you’ll learn to use displacement maps to achieve colorful design effects using abstract images. We’ll also combine these effects with some puppet warping and some cool masking tricks. Step One: Start by opening the image of the main subject to which the effect will be applied. Here, I have a great shot of a player jumping on a solid white background, which I found on Adobe Stock. Of course, you can use any shot you want, but having the subject on a white background makes it much easier to extract them. T...

Distorted Design Effects with Displace close

Have you really pushed displacement maps as far as they can go? In this exercise, you’ll learn to use displacement maps to achieve colorful design effects using abstract images. We’ll also combine these effects with some puppet warping and some cool masking tricks. Step One: Start by opening the image of the main subject to which the effect will be applied. Here, I have a great shot of a player jumping on a solid white background, which I found on Adobe Stock. Of course, you can use any shot you want, but having the subject on a white background makes it much easier to extract them. T...

Taking a break from Photoshop 3D this issue, I thought we’d explore the possibilities of combining simple vector shapes with photos in a rather creative way. By designing with shape layers and layer styles, you can maximize flexibility and explore a variety of possibilities all within the same document. All you need is a photo to start. Step One: Begin by opening the photo you want to use. If you use your own image, ideally you need a photo of a subject running or jumping in the air. You can also download a comp of this photo we’re using here at Adobe Stock. To download the watermarked J...

Combine Pics and Shapes into a Work of Art close

Taking a break from Photoshop 3D this issue, I thought we’d explore the possibilities of combining simple vector shapes with photos in a rather creative way. By designing with shape layers and layer styles, you can maximize flexibility and explore a variety of possibilities all within the same document. All you need is a photo to start. Step One: Begin by opening the photo you want to use. If you use your own image, ideally you need a photo of a subject running or jumping in the air. You can also download a comp of this photo we’re using here at Adobe Stock. To download the watermarked J...

Here’s a pretty cool way to use Photoshop to create a neat 3D reflection effect using a simple cube shape. This is one of those techniques where once you know how it works, you’ll have a myriad of possibilities in how you can manipulate the effect. You can even use it as a 3D template and insert different images as needed. Step One: Start by opening Photoshop, going to the File menu, and choosing New. On the right side of the New dialog, set both the Width and Height to 1500 pixels to create a square. Also set the Resolution to 100 ppi and the Background Contents drop-down to Black. Clic...

More Fun with Creative 3D Reflections close

Here’s a pretty cool way to use Photoshop to create a neat 3D reflection effect using a simple cube shape. This is one of those techniques where once you know how it works, you’ll have a myriad of possibilities in how you can manipulate the effect. You can even use it as a 3D template and insert different images as needed. Step One: Start by opening Photoshop, going to the File menu, and choosing New. On the right side of the New dialog, set both the Width and Height to 1500 pixels to create a square. Also set the Resolution to 100 ppi and the Background Contents drop-down to Black. Clic...

In the 20 plus years I’ve been using Photoshop, I’ve seen many features come and go, but few have had the staying power of layer styles. Their popularity stems from their versatility and the wide range of design and photographic effects that they offer. I remember life before layer styles, and if you know what went into just getting a simple bevel effect back then, you definitely appreciate the power and convenience of them. In fact, my top three favorite features in Photoshop are brushes, 3D, and layer styles. Whether you’re a veteran designer or an eager novice, the pages that follow w...

Layer Styles: The Tiny Universe of Expanding Possibilities close

In the 20 plus years I’ve been using Photoshop, I’ve seen many features come and go, but few have had the staying power of layer styles. Their popularity stems from their versatility and the wide range of design and photographic effects that they offer. I remember life before layer styles, and if you know what went into just getting a simple bevel effect back then, you definitely appreciate the power and convenience of them. In fact, my top three favorite features in Photoshop are brushes, 3D, and layer styles. Whether you’re a veteran designer or an eager novice, the pages that follow w...

In this exercise, you’ll see how to convert stock or custom graphic elements into illuminated 3D HUD graphics; but wait, there’s more. We’ll also explore virtual camera effects to achieve realistic depth of field on 3D objects. Step One: Let’s begin by creating the base of the poster with the main subject and background. This is a subject I’ve used before. I like it for the drama and the lighting but we need to extract it from the background first. To download the watermarked previews of the images we’re using in this tutorial from Adobe Stock directly to your Libraries panel (Window&...

HUD Designs Using 3D and Virtual Camera Effects close

In this exercise, you’ll see how to convert stock or custom graphic elements into illuminated 3D HUD graphics; but wait, there’s more. We’ll also explore virtual camera effects to achieve realistic depth of field on 3D objects. Step One: Let’s begin by creating the base of the poster with the main subject and background. This is a subject I’ve used before. I like it for the drama and the lighting but we need to extract it from the background first. To download the watermarked previews of the images we’re using in this tutorial from Adobe Stock directly to your Libraries panel (Window&...

This is a cool effect inspired by something I recently saw on Pinterest. (Yes, there are quite a few good ideas to be found there.) Anyway, this is a cool way to use 3D in Photoshop to add a modern look to a simple image. You can use this effect in a variety of ways with a variety of images. Step One: The great thing about this technique is that you can cater it to any type of photo. Here we have a cool shot of the pyramids in Egypt. You can download a comp of this very image over at Adobe Stock or use a photo of your own. To download the watermarked preview from Adobe Stock directly ...

Add a 3D Display Effect to a Simple Photo close

This is a cool effect inspired by something I recently saw on Pinterest. (Yes, there are quite a few good ideas to be found there.) Anyway, this is a cool way to use 3D in Photoshop to add a modern look to a simple image. You can use this effect in a variety of ways with a variety of images. Step One: The great thing about this technique is that you can cater it to any type of photo. Here we have a cool shot of the pyramids in Egypt. You can download a comp of this very image over at Adobe Stock or use a photo of your own. To download the watermarked preview from Adobe Stock directly ...

With the Winter Olympics upon us, and my overwhelming desire to go skiing, I thought this month we’d design a vintage ski-themed poster. We’ll play with a few cool layer tricks to achieve a vintage silhouette effect, all the while keeping every element on its own layer for maximum design flexibility. Step One: Start with an aged paper texture, such as parchment or something similar. I found this one on Adobe Stock. I like it because it’s visibly aged, and the stains show that it has seen some use. To obtain the stock images used in this exercise so you can follow along, download the w...

Silhouette Design with Vintage Texture Effects close

With the Winter Olympics upon us, and my overwhelming desire to go skiing, I thought this month we’d design a vintage ski-themed poster. We’ll play with a few cool layer tricks to achieve a vintage silhouette effect, all the while keeping every element on its own layer for maximum design flexibility. Step One: Start with an aged paper texture, such as parchment or something similar. I found this one on Adobe Stock. I like it because it’s visibly aged, and the stains show that it has seen some use. To obtain the stock images used in this exercise so you can follow along, download the w...

Sometimes you may get an outrageous idea for a photo shoot but you just don’t have access to the props you need to capture your vision. Why not create the props in Photoshop after the fact? This can give you even have more options. Here we’ll create a 3D prop and blend it in with a photo. Step One: Begin by opening the main photo you want to use for this effect. You can download a comp of the image we’re using here (see instructions below) or you can use your own image. You just want to be sure the photo has a ground plane and a posed subject on which to place and position the 3D object ...

Impossible Props Using Photoshop 3D close

Sometimes you may get an outrageous idea for a photo shoot but you just don’t have access to the props you need to capture your vision. Why not create the props in Photoshop after the fact? This can give you even have more options. Here we’ll create a 3D prop and blend it in with a photo. Step One: Begin by opening the main photo you want to use for this effect. You can download a comp of the image we’re using here (see instructions below) or you can use your own image. You just want to be sure the photo has a ground plane and a posed subject on which to place and position the 3D object ...

This time around, you’ll learn how to achieve a sense of depth with some custom brush effects. These layered effects can be used in a variety of ways for photo compositing. In this tutorial, we’ll use them as a design element to create a depth-of-field illusion. Step One: Start by opening an image you want to use as the graphic brush element. Here we have a cool close-up of some skyscrapers. The various patterns and contrast of the image lend itself well to this effect, especially when you pay attention to the lighter areas of the image. To obtain the stock images used in this exercis...

Creating Depth with Brush Effects close

This time around, you’ll learn how to achieve a sense of depth with some custom brush effects. These layered effects can be used in a variety of ways for photo compositing. In this tutorial, we’ll use them as a design element to create a depth-of-field illusion. Step One: Start by opening an image you want to use as the graphic brush element. Here we have a cool close-up of some skyscrapers. The various patterns and contrast of the image lend itself well to this effect, especially when you pay attention to the lighter areas of the image. To obtain the stock images used in this exercis...

In this issue we’re once again exploring 3D in Photoshop. This time we’ll use the tonal information of a 2D image to create a realistic penny. You’ll learn how to use the information within the original photo to influence the 3D effects that will result in incredibly realistic lighting effects. This one is quite fun and can be used on coins of all kinds. Step One: In this example, we’ll pay homage to that seldom-used piece of American commerce: the penny. Begin by opening a coin image. You can download the comp over at Adobe Stock or feel free to use your own if you have something simila...

Create Realistic 3D Pennies from 2D Images close

In this issue we’re once again exploring 3D in Photoshop. This time we’ll use the tonal information of a 2D image to create a realistic penny. You’ll learn how to use the information within the original photo to influence the 3D effects that will result in incredibly realistic lighting effects. This one is quite fun and can be used on coins of all kinds. Step One: In this example, we’ll pay homage to that seldom-used piece of American commerce: the penny. Begin by opening a coin image. You can download the comp over at Adobe Stock or feel free to use your own if you have something simila...

This time around I thought we’d take a break from 3D and do some 2D design to create an illustrated beach poster using simple shapes from photos. I even have a cool, edge-lighting effect to help blend the elements in the scene using some selection tricks. You can even change the whole look of the design by changing one color. Step One: We’ll start in Photoshop by creating a new document, so go under the File menu and choose New. Set the document Width to 2000 Pixels, the Height to 1000 Pixels, the Resolution to 100 ppi, and leave the Background Contents set to White. Click the Create but...

Create Your Own Illustrated Beach Poster with Photos close

This time around I thought we’d take a break from 3D and do some 2D design to create an illustrated beach poster using simple shapes from photos. I even have a cool, edge-lighting effect to help blend the elements in the scene using some selection tricks. You can even change the whole look of the design by changing one color. Step One: We’ll start in Photoshop by creating a new document, so go under the File menu and choose New. Set the document Width to 2000 Pixels, the Height to 1000 Pixels, the Resolution to 100 ppi, and leave the Background Contents set to White. Click the Create but...

Artists and designers who have used Photoshop for a long time know that Photoshop filters have played a major role in creating some wild effects. Designers have taken filters way beyond what they were designed for, and created effects many had never dreamed of. It almost seems like I’m talking about some amazing new plug-in that’s a one-stop shop for creating the most amazing effects you can imagine, right? The reality is that you have this capability in Photoshop right now! You just may not know it. I began using Photoshop back in version 2.0. To put that in perspective, the current ver...

Photoshop Filters: A Short Master Class close

Artists and designers who have used Photoshop for a long time know that Photoshop filters have played a major role in creating some wild effects. Designers have taken filters way beyond what they were designed for, and created effects many had never dreamed of. It almost seems like I’m talking about some amazing new plug-in that’s a one-stop shop for creating the most amazing effects you can imagine, right? The reality is that you have this capability in Photoshop right now! You just may not know it. I began using Photoshop back in version 2.0. To put that in perspective, the current ver...

I know the title is kind of out there but it sounds smart, right? Actually, we’re going to be doing just that: We’ll use a simple 3D shape extrusion to create a random light streak effect that you can use as a design element in a variety of ways. While we’ll be exploring this effect in the context of a specific design, be sure to experiment with various settings, as 3D affords you many possibilities. Step One: Create a new document (File>New) measuring 2000x2000 pixels at 300 ppi to create a square canvas. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click Create whe...

Mathematical Chaos with Photoshop 3D Design Elements close

I know the title is kind of out there but it sounds smart, right? Actually, we’re going to be doing just that: We’ll use a simple 3D shape extrusion to create a random light streak effect that you can use as a design element in a variety of ways. While we’ll be exploring this effect in the context of a specific design, be sure to experiment with various settings, as 3D affords you many possibilities. Step One: Create a new document (File>New) measuring 2000x2000 pixels at 300 ppi to create a square canvas. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click Create whe...

There are many ways to create water reflections in Photoshop, but the one I’m going to show you here will have you trying this technique on every landscape photo you have. In this project, we’re going to create 3D reflections from 2D photos with realistic and customizable effects. Step One: Start by opening the Adobe Stock image by following the instructions below, or you can use one of your own images that’s similar. Using the stock image will help you better understand the procedure as we move through the technique, and then when we’re done, I guarantee you’ll want to try this on all k...

Create New Worlds with Hyper-Realistic 3D Reflections close

There are many ways to create water reflections in Photoshop, but the one I’m going to show you here will have you trying this technique on every landscape photo you have. In this project, we’re going to create 3D reflections from 2D photos with realistic and customizable effects. Step One: Start by opening the Adobe Stock image by following the instructions below, or you can use one of your own images that’s similar. Using the stock image will help you better understand the procedure as we move through the technique, and then when we’re done, I guarantee you’ll want to try this on all k...

This time around I thought we’d revisit a favorite topic of mine, and that’s movie posters. I wanted to show you a few handy finishing tricks you can add to your own design to get that cool, gritty, movie poster finish. We’ll do this by way of a mini project creating a one-sheet poster for Sherlock Holmes. To obtain the stock images used in this exercise so you can follow along, download the watermarked previews from Adobe Stock, or add them directly to your Libraries panel (Window>Libraries) by clicking on the link for each image below. When the Adobe Stock webpage opens, make sure y...

A Few Finishing Tricks to Get that Movie Poster Look close

This time around I thought we’d revisit a favorite topic of mine, and that’s movie posters. I wanted to show you a few handy finishing tricks you can add to your own design to get that cool, gritty, movie poster finish. We’ll do this by way of a mini project creating a one-sheet poster for Sherlock Holmes. To obtain the stock images used in this exercise so you can follow along, download the watermarked previews from Adobe Stock, or add them directly to your Libraries panel (Window>Libraries) by clicking on the link for each image below. When the Adobe Stock webpage opens, make sure y...

I have to admit that I grappled with how I was going to approach this feature on finishing effects. I was going to discuss the theory behind finishing effects, and cite examples, but then I realized that approach would just leave you wanting to know how to create those effects. I decided that, since this is a magazine on Photoshop techniques, I’d give you just that: A collection of some of my go-to finishing effects that I use everyday. You’ll be amazed how adding a few simple little touches can be the cherry on top of your composites. Once you go through the steps in this article, you’l...

Finishing Effects in Photoshop close

I have to admit that I grappled with how I was going to approach this feature on finishing effects. I was going to discuss the theory behind finishing effects, and cite examples, but then I realized that approach would just leave you wanting to know how to create those effects. I decided that, since this is a magazine on Photoshop techniques, I’d give you just that: A collection of some of my go-to finishing effects that I use everyday. You’ll be amazed how adding a few simple little touches can be the cherry on top of your composites. Once you go through the steps in this article, you’l...

This time around I thought we’d explore creating an indoor scene in an outdoor photo. While the result here does have a 3D aspect to it, you’ll be amazed to find out that this effect is created with some simple shapes and a little creativity. Step One: Start by opening the foggy street (Adobe Stock/Winter) photo or if you have a similar image, you can certainly use that as well. Now the first thing I noticed about this image is that there’s too much area above the trees, so we’re going to crop the image before we begin. —CREDIT ©Adobe Stock/Zacarias de Mata To obtain the stock images ...

Doorway to an Alternate Reality close

This time around I thought we’d explore creating an indoor scene in an outdoor photo. While the result here does have a 3D aspect to it, you’ll be amazed to find out that this effect is created with some simple shapes and a little creativity. Step One: Start by opening the foggy street (Adobe Stock/Winter) photo or if you have a similar image, you can certainly use that as well. Now the first thing I noticed about this image is that there’s too much area above the trees, so we’re going to crop the image before we begin. —CREDIT ©Adobe Stock/Zacarias de Mata To obtain the stock images ...

With this being the retouching issue, I thought we’d explore how to take a simple outdoor shot and blend it in a rather creative way using textures and brushes. Let’s see how we can use the subject and its original background in a way that gives the photo a whole new look without complicated selections. Step One: This effect, as usual, begins with a photo. This one I’m using looks great with the girl against the outdoor background, but we need to crop in a little because she seems small in the frame. We’ll do this by bringing the photo into another document. Step Two: Create a new doc...

Blending Photos Using Textures and Brushes close

With this being the retouching issue, I thought we’d explore how to take a simple outdoor shot and blend it in a rather creative way using textures and brushes. Let’s see how we can use the subject and its original background in a way that gives the photo a whole new look without complicated selections. Step One: This effect, as usual, begins with a photo. This one I’m using looks great with the girl against the outdoor background, but we need to crop in a little because she seems small in the frame. We’ll do this by bringing the photo into another document. Step Two: Create a new doc...

This month, I have a cool cracked-glass photo effect I came up with that was inspired by the poster for the movie Split. It depicts actor James McAvoy with a cracked-glass overlay. In this exercise, we’ll go a step further and add some offsetting and distortion effects. Step One: Begin by opening the cracked-glass image. You may also use a cracked-glass image similar to this one; however, I’d recommend using the provided images so that you get a better idea of how the technique works, then proceed to experiment with your own images. Step Two: Once the file is open, you’ll see we have ...

Split Photo Cracked-Glass Effect close

This month, I have a cool cracked-glass photo effect I came up with that was inspired by the poster for the movie Split. It depicts actor James McAvoy with a cracked-glass overlay. In this exercise, we’ll go a step further and add some offsetting and distortion effects. Step One: Begin by opening the cracked-glass image. You may also use a cracked-glass image similar to this one; however, I’d recommend using the provided images so that you get a better idea of how the technique works, then proceed to experiment with your own images. Step Two: Once the file is open, you’ll see we have ...

Do you have photos of your kid playing high school football or perhaps even college football and you want to be able to do something really cool with them? In this exercise, we’ll explore using a couple of shots of a football player combined with a few tricks to create a polished football poster in no time. Feel free to follow along with the images provided then try your own images, adding your own flare. Step One: You only need two images to create this composite but you can add up to five depending on how you want to lay it out—just don’t overcrowd the design. Since I don’t have a rela...

Create a Football Poster Composite close

Do you have photos of your kid playing high school football or perhaps even college football and you want to be able to do something really cool with them? In this exercise, we’ll explore using a couple of shots of a football player combined with a few tricks to create a polished football poster in no time. Feel free to follow along with the images provided then try your own images, adding your own flare. Step One: You only need two images to create this composite but you can add up to five depending on how you want to lay it out—just don’t overcrowd the design. Since I don’t have a rela...

Dancing in The Light

with Corey Barker

This tutorial was inspired by several images that I recently saw of dancers blended with geometric shapes. When you combine various concepts from different places, you can create something entirely new that challenges your skills and creativity. Follow along by downloading the exercise file, and let’s explore some creative light effects. Step One: This effect works well with a subject that has been shot on a white background with more of a silhouetted look. The image we’re using here from Adobe Stock is perfect for this. Normally, extracting a subject on a white background is simple enou...

Dancing in The Light close

This tutorial was inspired by several images that I recently saw of dancers blended with geometric shapes. When you combine various concepts from different places, you can create something entirely new that challenges your skills and creativity. Follow along by downloading the exercise file, and let’s explore some creative light effects. Step One: This effect works well with a subject that has been shot on a white background with more of a silhouetted look. The image we’re using here from Adobe Stock is perfect for this. Normally, extracting a subject on a white background is simple enou...

In this issue’s “Down & Dirty Tricks” you’ll learn how I used 3D in Photoshop to create the subtitle art for my Photoshop Tricks for Designers: How to Create Bada$$ Effects in Photoshop book. You can achieve some really impressive effects in a fraction of the time that it would take to create them in other 3D applications—all without ever leaving Photoshop. Step One: Start by opening the start_file.psd file from the exercise download or create a new document (File>New) that’s 2000x1000 pixels. When the new document opens, press Command-I (PC: Ctrl-I) to invert the background from ...

3D Title Effect for Bada$$ Effects Book close

In this issue’s “Down & Dirty Tricks” you’ll learn how I used 3D in Photoshop to create the subtitle art for my Photoshop Tricks for Designers: How to Create Bada$$ Effects in Photoshop book. You can achieve some really impressive effects in a fraction of the time that it would take to create them in other 3D applications—all without ever leaving Photoshop. Step One: Start by opening the start_file.psd file from the exercise download or create a new document (File>New) that’s 2000x1000 pixels. When the new document opens, press Command-I (PC: Ctrl-I) to invert the background from ...

Evil Dead with Attitude

with Corey Barker

It’s that time of year when we get to do something “creepy-cool” and not feel weird about it because it’s Halloween. For this tutorial, I was inspired by movies of old, specifically the Evil Dead series. I found the perfect skull image on Adobe Stock and it just demanded to be Evil “Deadified.” Download the exercise files and follow along to see how. Step One: Let’s begin by opening the skull image, which is part of the exercise download. This is an Adobe Stock image that was shot at the perfect angle for this effect. First, we need to extract it from the white background. Step Two: S...

Evil Dead with Attitude close

It’s that time of year when we get to do something “creepy-cool” and not feel weird about it because it’s Halloween. For this tutorial, I was inspired by movies of old, specifically the Evil Dead series. I found the perfect skull image on Adobe Stock and it just demanded to be Evil “Deadified.” Download the exercise files and follow along to see how. Step One: Let’s begin by opening the skull image, which is part of the exercise download. This is an Adobe Stock image that was shot at the perfect angle for this effect. First, we need to extract it from the white background. Step Two: S...

Suicide Squad Text Effect

with Corey Barker

Just last month the newest comic book movie Suicide Squad hit theaters. In this exercise, we’ll take a look here in Photoshop at one of the many 3D type treatments done for the film. Inspired by the movie, and with a few embellishments of my own, you’ll see how to use type, shapes, textures, and 3D in creative ways! Step One: The first thing we need to do is find the right font. To do that we’ll use the new Match Font feature in Photoshop. Just open an image with the text that you’re trying to replicate and make a selection over some or all of the text. Be sure to include any special tex...

Suicide Squad Text Effect close

Just last month the newest comic book movie Suicide Squad hit theaters. In this exercise, we’ll take a look here in Photoshop at one of the many 3D type treatments done for the film. Inspired by the movie, and with a few embellishments of my own, you’ll see how to use type, shapes, textures, and 3D in creative ways! Step One: The first thing we need to do is find the right font. To do that we’ll use the new Match Font feature in Photoshop. Just open an image with the text that you’re trying to replicate and make a selection over some or all of the text. Be sure to include any special tex...

Get ready to take your compositing skills to the next level! Join Corey Barker as steps you through the creation of a fantasy composite image, from extracting the subject though the final touches. Whether you are using an older version of Photoshop or the latest, you’ll learn how to cleanly extract your subject from the source image, how to build a background environment around your subject, and how to blend all of the elements together using lighting and atmospheric effects to create a believable composite image with impact. Corey will show you ways to use Photoshop that you’ve never thought of before, and he wraps up the class with cool tips for adding text and blending non-human objects into your composite.

Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop close

Get ready to take your compositing skills to the next level! Join Corey Barker as steps you through the creation of a fantasy composite image, from extracting the subject though the final touches. Whether you are using an older version of Photoshop or the latest, you’ll learn how to cleanly extract your subject from the source image, how to build a background environment around your subject, and how to blend all of the elements together using lighting and atmospheric effects to create a believable composite image with impact. Corey will show you ways to use Photoshop that you’ve never thought of before, and he wraps up the class with cool tips for adding text and blending non-human objects into your composite.

In this project, we’ll explore the title treatment for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. We’ll build this effect using a base texture, simple shapes, and layer styles. While the final result looks 3D, it’s achieved entirely using 2D methods. Step One: First, open the texture image that will serve as the base for the overall design. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can download the texture we’re using here, or feel free to experiment with one of your own. Just make sure it has a similar look to this one. Once you have it open, go to the Edit menu and choose Define Pattern to save the te...

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Logo Effect close

In this project, we’ll explore the title treatment for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. We’ll build this effect using a base texture, simple shapes, and layer styles. While the final result looks 3D, it’s achieved entirely using 2D methods. Step One: First, open the texture image that will serve as the base for the overall design. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can download the texture we’re using here, or feel free to experiment with one of your own. Just make sure it has a similar look to this one. Once you have it open, go to the Edit menu and choose Define Pattern to save the te...

Illusions of Reality

with Corey Barker

This time around we’ll take a look at combining various elements using some interesting compositing techniques. By using layer and color effects, you can achieve some pretty convincing images. We’ll also explore the use of PixelSquid models. Step One: Start by opening the shot of the model on a studio set, which I found at Adobe Stock . This shot is perfect for our tutorial because not only has the model been captured in good light but we can also see the entire studio set, which will play a part in the finished design. This file is part of the exercise download. Step Two: Create a ne...

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This time around we’ll take a look at combining various elements using some interesting compositing techniques. By using layer and color effects, you can achieve some pretty convincing images. We’ll also explore the use of PixelSquid models. Step One: Start by opening the shot of the model on a studio set, which I found at Adobe Stock . This shot is perfect for our tutorial because not only has the model been captured in good light but we can also see the entire studio set, which will play a part in the finished design. This file is part of the exercise download. Step Two: Create a ne...

Double exposures are a very popular effect these days among photographers, and lately designers have been embracing this look a lot as well. Here, we’ll show how you can blend images and graphic elements in rather interesting ways for a symphony concert ad. Step One: Open the image of the violin player that’s part of the exercise download. This will be the main subject and base shape of the overall design. First, we need to extract him from the background. Step Two: As usual, we’ll use the Quick Selection tool (W), but feel free to use whichever selection method you prefer. Just paint...

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Double exposures are a very popular effect these days among photographers, and lately designers have been embracing this look a lot as well. Here, we’ll show how you can blend images and graphic elements in rather interesting ways for a symphony concert ad. Step One: Open the image of the violin player that’s part of the exercise download. This will be the main subject and base shape of the overall design. First, we need to extract him from the background. Step Two: As usual, we’ll use the Quick Selection tool (W), but feel free to use whichever selection method you prefer. Just paint...

Light Bulb Brush Effect

with Corey Barker

I’ve seen this effect done a number of different ways in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we’ll re-create the effect using brushes and layer styles. I like to do it this way because brushes and styles can be saved so you can use them over and over again, plus it’s easy to modify them for numerous configurations. And, it just looks cool! Step One: Start by opening the image of the light bulb that’s part of the exercise download. This image has good detail in the round area of the bulb, which will make for a good brush. Step Two: First, remove the color in the image by using the Gradient Ma...

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I’ve seen this effect done a number of different ways in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we’ll re-create the effect using brushes and layer styles. I like to do it this way because brushes and styles can be saved so you can use them over and over again, plus it’s easy to modify them for numerous configurations. And, it just looks cool! Step One: Start by opening the image of the light bulb that’s part of the exercise download. This image has good detail in the round area of the bulb, which will make for a good brush. Step Two: First, remove the color in the image by using the Gradient Ma...

Commercial Sports Graphic

with Corey Barker

So the last thing I wanted to do was sign up for another social media site, but I jumped into Pinterest because it’s a great resource for finding inspiration and ideas. This one came from a very cool sports ad that I saw, and I thought it would be a cool technique for a high school sports photo or something similar. Once you see how it’s done, you can decide what to do with it. Have fun! Step One: Start by opening the image of the main subject that you want to use, or if you’re a KelbyOne member, you can download the files with which we’re working. This subject is on a white background, ...

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So the last thing I wanted to do was sign up for another social media site, but I jumped into Pinterest because it’s a great resource for finding inspiration and ideas. This one came from a very cool sports ad that I saw, and I thought it would be a cool technique for a high school sports photo or something similar. Once you see how it’s done, you can decide what to do with it. Have fun! Step One: Start by opening the image of the main subject that you want to use, or if you’re a KelbyOne member, you can download the files with which we’re working. This subject is on a white background, ...

Being a big Quentin Tarantino fan, I just had to have a go at his latest movie The Hateful Eight. There were a lot of poster designs done for this movie, and this exercise examines one of the coolest posters. Once you have the technique down, it will be easy to repurpose it for your own designs, plus it’s a lot of fun. Step One: For this design, we need a background image of a snowy wilderness scene. Here, we have a nice shot from Adobe Stock that will work but we need to make some changes first. Step Two: Remove the color from the scene by pressing Shift-Command-U (PC: Shift-Ctrl-U)....

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Being a big Quentin Tarantino fan, I just had to have a go at his latest movie The Hateful Eight. There were a lot of poster designs done for this movie, and this exercise examines one of the coolest posters. Once you have the technique down, it will be easy to repurpose it for your own designs, plus it’s a lot of fun. Step One: For this design, we need a background image of a snowy wilderness scene. Here, we have a nice shot from Adobe Stock that will work but we need to make some changes first. Step Two: Remove the color from the scene by pressing Shift-Command-U (PC: Shift-Ctrl-U)....

In this course Corey will take you through building a Hollywood movie poster effect starting with a simple studio shot. Ready to learn the techniques used to build a typical Hollywood movie poster? Join Corey Barker as he leads you step-by-step starting with a simple studio shot and building it into a full design.

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In this course Corey will take you through building a Hollywood movie poster effect starting with a simple studio shot. Ready to learn the techniques used to build a typical Hollywood movie poster? Join Corey Barker as he leads you step-by-step starting with a simple studio shot and building it into a full design.

London on the Grid

with Corey Barker

Here’s a cool design layout technique I saw a couple of years ago. It’s a really simple way to get creative with text and grids. This is made much easier with the new Grid Layout feature in Photoshop CC. Once you have mastered the technique, be sure to experiment with other images and text arrangements. Step One: Start by creating a new blank document (File>New) that’s 1350x2000 pixels at 100 ppi with the Background Contents set to white. This will be the base document in which we’ll build the design. Step Two: Go under the View menu and choose New Guide Layout. When the dialog app...

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Here’s a cool design layout technique I saw a couple of years ago. It’s a really simple way to get creative with text and grids. This is made much easier with the new Grid Layout feature in Photoshop CC. Once you have mastered the technique, be sure to experiment with other images and text arrangements. Step One: Start by creating a new blank document (File>New) that’s 1350x2000 pixels at 100 ppi with the Background Contents set to white. This will be the base document in which we’ll build the design. Step Two: Go under the View menu and choose New Guide Layout. When the dialog app...

The October 2015 issue of Photoshop User was our annual “100 Photoshop Hot Tips” issue, and I created the comic-book inspired 3D text for the cover entirely in Photoshop. Here, we’ll go step by step through the process and you’ll see how you can create fully realized, custom 3D text without ever leaving Photoshop. Step One: If you’re a KelbyOne member, download and open the start file for this exercise. You can use your own file if you like, but if you’re new to 3D in Photoshop, I highly recommend using the provided exercise file because it has the paths already in it. Once you open the ...

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The October 2015 issue of Photoshop User was our annual “100 Photoshop Hot Tips” issue, and I created the comic-book inspired 3D text for the cover entirely in Photoshop. Here, we’ll go step by step through the process and you’ll see how you can create fully realized, custom 3D text without ever leaving Photoshop. Step One: If you’re a KelbyOne member, download and open the start file for this exercise. You can use your own file if you like, but if you’re new to 3D in Photoshop, I highly recommend using the provided exercise file because it has the paths already in it. Once you open the ...

Join Corey Barker as he takes you through creating a fully realized 3D logo in Photoshop CC!

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Join Corey Barker as he takes you through creating a fully realized 3D logo in Photoshop CC!

Corey shares a few tricks in Adobe Illustrator that you may find useful.

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Corey shares a few tricks in Adobe Illustrator that you may find useful.

This course is an awesome collection of cool Photoshop effects you can use right away to give you amazing results, quickly and easily. Follow along with Corey as he shares tips on achieving some popular effects used today. Each video is an independent tutorial so you do not have to follow in sequence. Just jump right to the video you want to watch and enjoy.

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This course is an awesome collection of cool Photoshop effects you can use right away to give you amazing results, quickly and easily. Follow along with Corey as he shares tips on achieving some popular effects used today. Each video is an independent tutorial so you do not have to follow in sequence. Just jump right to the video you want to watch and enjoy.

It's the holidays, and you need to start thinking about how to make those holiday cards.  You're into photography, and into Photoshop. Instead of taking the same picture for your holiday card, or running to the mall to get that moment with Santa - how about making a card that they'll really remember.  This class will show you how to use a simple playground to make a funny scene using simple gear and Photoshop. We'll then move back into the lab and show you post processing tricks that will take that image to the next level.  We'll even add to the Christmas Card by using compositing - and our library of Santa Claus pictures that are yours to keep!

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It's the holidays, and you need to start thinking about how to make those holiday cards.  You're into photography, and into Photoshop. Instead of taking the same picture for your holiday card, or running to the mall to get that moment with Santa - how about making a card that they'll really remember.  This class will show you how to use a simple playground to make a funny scene using simple gear and Photoshop. We'll then move back into the lab and show you post processing tricks that will take that image to the next level.  We'll even add to the Christmas Card by using compositing - and our library of Santa Claus pictures that are yours to keep!

Corey Barker takes you through the newest features of Adobe’s brand new release of Photoshop CC 2015.1 - released November 30, 2015.

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Corey Barker takes you through the newest features of Adobe’s brand new release of Photoshop CC 2015.1 - released November 30, 2015.

Learn how to create a fast and fun splash effect to your favorite photos in just 35 minutes. In this quick lesson, you'll learn how to extract objects, color match and blend effects, and other special finishing effects for adding realistic splash effects to your images.

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Learn how to create a fast and fun splash effect to your favorite photos in just 35 minutes. In this quick lesson, you'll learn how to extract objects, color match and blend effects, and other special finishing effects for adding realistic splash effects to your images.

Take your Photoshop effects skills to the next level with the first class in a new series from Corey Barker! Each Master FX class is a project-based course where you will learn how to do something creative as well as use an assortment of Photoshop tools in ways you might not have thought of before. The project in this class was inspired by the movie Maleficent, and Corey demonstrates, step-by-step, how you can start with a simple portrait and take a creative journey in Photoshop that involves seamlessly incorporating elements from other sources as well as creating new elements from scratch. By the end of the class you'll be looking at using Photoshop in entirely new ways.

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Take your Photoshop effects skills to the next level with the first class in a new series from Corey Barker! Each Master FX class is a project-based course where you will learn how to do something creative as well as use an assortment of Photoshop tools in ways you might not have thought of before. The project in this class was inspired by the movie Maleficent, and Corey demonstrates, step-by-step, how you can start with a simple portrait and take a creative journey in Photoshop that involves seamlessly incorporating elements from other sources as well as creating new elements from scratch. By the end of the class you'll be looking at using Photoshop in entirely new ways.

Join Corey as he gets you up to speed with all the newest features in the new Photoshop CC 2015 June update. This new update largely caters to designers who use Photoshop by adding new features like Artboards and enhanced layer styles but photographers will also be intrigued by the new blur and content-aware features plus so much more. Be the first to master these new features today.

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Join Corey as he gets you up to speed with all the newest features in the new Photoshop CC 2015 June update. This new update largely caters to designers who use Photoshop by adding new features like Artboards and enhanced layer styles but photographers will also be intrigued by the new blur and content-aware features plus so much more. Be the first to master these new features today.

Next Level 3D

with Corey Barker

Join Photoshop master Corey Barker and learn how to take your 3D skills to the next level! In this class Corey takes you through all of the steps involved in three different projects that showcase some of what you can do in 3D. Starting with a logo project that was originally done two dimensionally, Corey shows how it can be done in 3D as well as what the benefits are of having the logo as a 3D object. From there Corey steps you through a project designed to show you how to create a product in 3D and then place it in an environment that looks just like a product photograph. The final project takes things a step further with a demonstration of how you can merge 3D objects with photographic elements to create a composite image with incredible realism. This class has something for illustrators, designers, and photographers, and will leave you wanting to dig in and see what you can do in your own work.

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Join Photoshop master Corey Barker and learn how to take your 3D skills to the next level! In this class Corey takes you through all of the steps involved in three different projects that showcase some of what you can do in 3D. Starting with a logo project that was originally done two dimensionally, Corey shows how it can be done in 3D as well as what the benefits are of having the logo as a 3D object. From there Corey steps you through a project designed to show you how to create a product in 3D and then place it in an environment that looks just like a product photograph. The final project takes things a step further with a demonstration of how you can merge 3D objects with photographic elements to create a composite image with incredible realism. This class has something for illustrators, designers, and photographers, and will leave you wanting to dig in and see what you can do in your own work.

Straight from one of the most popular columns in Photoshop User magazine, Corey Barker takes us through his favorite Down & Dirty Tricks in Adobe Photoshop. Corey has an amazing ability to take inspiration from the world around him and leverage it to discover creative and cutting edge techniques in Photoshop that can be applied in all kinds of projects. Each project reveals new techniques for everything from compositing to 3D text effects. You may have read the columns, but seeing the tutorials come to life with Corey's narration and insights takes them to a whole new level!

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Straight from one of the most popular columns in Photoshop User magazine, Corey Barker takes us through his favorite Down & Dirty Tricks in Adobe Photoshop. Corey has an amazing ability to take inspiration from the world around him and leverage it to discover creative and cutting edge techniques in Photoshop that can be applied in all kinds of projects. Each project reveals new techniques for everything from compositing to 3D text effects. You may have read the columns, but seeing the tutorials come to life with Corey's narration and insights takes them to a whole new level!

Learn quick and easy tricks to getting high end broadcast style motion graphics and animations including animating in 3D!

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Learn quick and easy tricks to getting high end broadcast style motion graphics and animations including animating in 3D!

We all know that Photoshop has a ton of features in it for designers. But if you're just starting out it can be a little overwhelming. So in this class, design guru Corey Barker, starts out with just the basics. You won't learn everything there is to know in Photoshop. But you will learn everything you need to know to get started and you'll be ready to move on to the next level in no time flat.

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We all know that Photoshop has a ton of features in it for designers. But if you're just starting out it can be a little overwhelming. So in this class, design guru Corey Barker, starts out with just the basics. You won't learn everything there is to know in Photoshop. But you will learn everything you need to know to get started and you'll be ready to move on to the next level in no time flat.

In this course Corey shows you how to take advantage of features in Adobe Illustrator in ways you may not have thought of. Not just learning what the tool does but also giving you what you need to know to experiment further. Corey also covers some features new to Illustrator CC.

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In this course Corey shows you how to take advantage of features in Adobe Illustrator in ways you may not have thought of. Not just learning what the tool does but also giving you what you need to know to experiment further. Corey also covers some features new to Illustrator CC.

Have you ever wondered what you can do with After Effects but just never had the chance? Well join Corey Barker as he takes you through the basics of using After Effects to import video and add special effects and animated elements like text using keyframe animation.

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Have you ever wondered what you can do with After Effects but just never had the chance? Well join Corey Barker as he takes you through the basics of using After Effects to import video and add special effects and animated elements like text using keyframe animation.

Adobe Typekit

with Corey Barker

Learn how to utilize Typekit as part of your Creative Cloud experience by accessing the vast collection of fonts and syncing them over you desktop applications and even your websites.

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Learn how to utilize Typekit as part of your Creative Cloud experience by accessing the vast collection of fonts and syncing them over you desktop applications and even your websites.

Channels have so much functionality from being able to edit and correct images to creating, modifying and saving selections. With so many advances in Photoshop Channels still remain a valuable feature and really help to understand how Photoshop sees images.

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Channels have so much functionality from being able to edit and correct images to creating, modifying and saving selections. With so many advances in Photoshop Channels still remain a valuable feature and really help to understand how Photoshop sees images.

Blend modes basically mix things up. They are the various methods to combine pixels to enhance, correct, or spice up an image quickly and easily. In this course we will explore each blend mode in the various categories and also discuss what the most commonly used ones are an why.

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Blend modes basically mix things up. They are the various methods to combine pixels to enhance, correct, or spice up an image quickly and easily. In this course we will explore each blend mode in the various categories and also discuss what the most commonly used ones are an why.

This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

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This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

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This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

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This is course use designed as an overview of what Photoshop filters are and what type of results each one produces. Once you have a basic understanding you can combine them to create a myriad of graphic and photo effects.

Photoshop In Depth: Type

with Corey Barker

The ability to format text in Photoshop has come a long way allowing you to fully format text like you would in any page layout program. We will cover all the text tools in Photoshop and how to use them and get the most out of type in your Photoshop design.

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The ability to format text in Photoshop has come a long way allowing you to fully format text like you would in any page layout program. We will cover all the text tools in Photoshop and how to use them and get the most out of type in your Photoshop design.

The Preferences in Photoshop allow you to customize Photoshop further by letting you determine the appearance and other various functionality of the program so it caters to you rather than you to it. Here we will look at each category and so can help understand what you may or may not want Photoshop to do.

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The Preferences in Photoshop allow you to customize Photoshop further by letting you determine the appearance and other various functionality of the program so it caters to you rather than you to it. Here we will look at each category and so can help understand what you may or may not want Photoshop to do.

Ever wanted to create one image out of many others? Then you'll need to learn compositing and who better than the compositing king, Corey Barker. In this tutorial, Corey will teach you all the pro techniques used to create seamless composite photos.

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Ever wanted to create one image out of many others? Then you'll need to learn compositing and who better than the compositing king, Corey Barker. In this tutorial, Corey will teach you all the pro techniques used to create seamless composite photos.

Join Corey Barker as he systematically breaks down ten necessities that every designer needs to know if they're going to be using Photoshop to create their images.

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Join Corey Barker as he systematically breaks down ten necessities that every designer needs to know if they're going to be using Photoshop to create their images.

We all know that Photoshop has a ton of features in it for designers. But if you're just starting out it can be a little overwhelming. So in this class, design guru Corey Barker, starts out with just the basics. You won't learn everything there is to know in Photoshop. But you will learn everything you need to know to get started and you'll be ready to move on to the next level in no time flat.

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We all know that Photoshop has a ton of features in it for designers. But if you're just starting out it can be a little overwhelming. So in this class, design guru Corey Barker, starts out with just the basics. You won't learn everything there is to know in Photoshop. But you will learn everything you need to know to get started and you'll be ready to move on to the next level in no time flat.

Down & Dirty Tricks CS6

with Corey Barker

Corey Barker teaches you some hidden tips and tricks in Adobe's Photoshop to help make your photos as amazing as possible.

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Corey Barker teaches you some hidden tips and tricks in Adobe's Photoshop to help make your photos as amazing as possible.

Corey Barker brings you up to speed with all the new changes made to CS6 in a quick and easy way. You'll go through everything from the dark interface to some of the new settings.

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Corey Barker brings you up to speed with all the new changes made to CS6 in a quick and easy way. You'll go through everything from the dark interface to some of the new settings.

Selecting in Photoshop is both a necessary skill and an absolutely confusing mess for brand new users. With this in mind, Corey Barker has created a crash course made to teach you all the ways to select so that you have the skills necessary to create breathtaking works of art.

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Selecting in Photoshop is both a necessary skill and an absolutely confusing mess for brand new users. With this in mind, Corey Barker has created a crash course made to teach you all the ways to select so that you have the skills necessary to create breathtaking works of art.

Corey Barker shows you a myriad of different effects in Illustrator and helps showcase effects and results that you may not be able to get in Photoshop, all the while, remaining engaging and easy to understand. Join a master and add these skills to your list today!

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Corey Barker shows you a myriad of different effects in Illustrator and helps showcase effects and results that you may not be able to get in Photoshop, all the while, remaining engaging and easy to understand. Join a master and add these skills to your list today!

Overview of Creative Cloud

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Corey Barker takes you through the updates made in the new December 2012 update to the Adobe Creative Cloud, teaching you all the ways it has improved so that you can make the most of your post-processing.

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Corey Barker takes you through the updates made in the new December 2012 update to the Adobe Creative Cloud, teaching you all the ways it has improved so that you can make the most of your post-processing.

Photoshop CS6: 3D

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Explore and exciting wave of possibilities with the newly enhanced 3D features in Photoshop CS6 Extended. With these new performance enhancements, implementing 3D into your design work has never been easier or more fun! Join Corey as he shows you how to hit the ground running with these newly enhanced and intuitive features. If you haven't started experimenting with 3D yet, now is the time!

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Explore and exciting wave of possibilities with the newly enhanced 3D features in Photoshop CS6 Extended. With these new performance enhancements, implementing 3D into your design work has never been easier or more fun! Join Corey as he shows you how to hit the ground running with these newly enhanced and intuitive features. If you haven't started experimenting with 3D yet, now is the time!

Photoshop Type Effects

with Corey Barker

Join Corey Barker as he shows designers some fun and creative ways to manipulate text in Photoshop. Along with a healthy dose of design tips, viewers will also learn about where to find free fonts on the web, sources for type-design inspiration, how to design with smart objects, color effects, and layer styles. The last few lessons of this course cover how to design with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS5 Extended. These final lessons are specific to CS5 Extended, but there is plenty of information in this course for every version of Photoshop. Whether you work in print or web, text effects are important design elements for users in every area and at every skill level.

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Join Corey Barker as he shows designers some fun and creative ways to manipulate text in Photoshop. Along with a healthy dose of design tips, viewers will also learn about where to find free fonts on the web, sources for type-design inspiration, how to design with smart objects, color effects, and layer styles. The last few lessons of this course cover how to design with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS5 Extended. These final lessons are specific to CS5 Extended, but there is plenty of information in this course for every version of Photoshop. Whether you work in print or web, text effects are important design elements for users in every area and at every skill level.

This course is the first of its kind with its main concentration on blend modes in Photoshop. If you are serious about mastering all that Photoshop has to offer, you will find that being familiar with blend modes is as important as mastering layers. In this course we will explore the function of blend modes in a variety of scenarios such as image restoration, sharpening, adjustments, special effects, and so much more. Along the way you are encouraged to experiment with these blends modes in different ways than shown. With every project scenario being different, it is good to be familiar with the numerous possibilities.

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This course is the first of its kind with its main concentration on blend modes in Photoshop. If you are serious about mastering all that Photoshop has to offer, you will find that being familiar with blend modes is as important as mastering layers. In this course we will explore the function of blend modes in a variety of scenarios such as image restoration, sharpening, adjustments, special effects, and so much more. Along the way you are encouraged to experiment with these blends modes in different ways than shown. With every project scenario being different, it is good to be familiar with the numerous possibilities.

This course covers the many ways to take advantage of pressure sensitivity in Photoshop. By utilizing the pen and tablet features built right in Photoshop you can have a greater degree of control that would be otherwise impossible with any other input device. We will also explore some techniques that will perhaps help you be more creative without being limited by the hardware.

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This course covers the many ways to take advantage of pressure sensitivity in Photoshop. By utilizing the pen and tablet features built right in Photoshop you can have a greater degree of control that would be otherwise impossible with any other input device. We will also explore some techniques that will perhaps help you be more creative without being limited by the hardware.

This course is a collection of some of the coolest Photoshop effects being used today in movies, TV, magazines, and the web. Exploring everything from light and brush effects to full image composites and 3D effects. While along the way utilizing some of the coolest new features in Photoshop CS5. This is the course that will motivate and inspire you to push Photoshop to its limits.

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This course is a collection of some of the coolest Photoshop effects being used today in movies, TV, magazines, and the web. Exploring everything from light and brush effects to full image composites and 3D effects. While along the way utilizing some of the coolest new features in Photoshop CS5. This is the course that will motivate and inspire you to push Photoshop to its limits.

We have certainly seen 3D in Photoshop slowly evolve over the last couple versions, but now I feel that this latest upgrade could be a game changer in the world of Photoshop 3D. In this course we are going to explore these new features to see what they are capable of. Especially with what is the centerpiece of all the new 3D features: Repousse. Which, among other things, allows you to create 3D text. That's right! Create 3D text inside Photoshop. You can also combine multiple 3D objects and add lights to generate reflections and shadows in no time at all. Just seeing these features in action will just blow you away and you will stunned at what you can do with 3D using just Photoshop.

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We have certainly seen 3D in Photoshop slowly evolve over the last couple versions, but now I feel that this latest upgrade could be a game changer in the world of Photoshop 3D. In this course we are going to explore these new features to see what they are capable of. Especially with what is the centerpiece of all the new 3D features: Repousse. Which, among other things, allows you to create 3D text. That's right! Create 3D text inside Photoshop. You can also combine multiple 3D objects and add lights to generate reflections and shadows in no time at all. Just seeing these features in action will just blow you away and you will stunned at what you can do with 3D using just Photoshop.

In this course you will explore the various ways you can utilize channels in Photoshop to make adjustments, create complex selections, advanced masking techniques, special effects, and so much more. When working with so many different type of images in Photoshop there are always going to be different scenarios that require a variety of tools and techniques. This course is packed with different and effective techniques that, by the end, will equip you with an arsenal of selecting and masking tricks up your sleeve that will allow you to approach virtually any scenario Photoshop throws at you.

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In this course you will explore the various ways you can utilize channels in Photoshop to make adjustments, create complex selections, advanced masking techniques, special effects, and so much more. When working with so many different type of images in Photoshop there are always going to be different scenarios that require a variety of tools and techniques. This course is packed with different and effective techniques that, by the end, will equip you with an arsenal of selecting and masking tricks up your sleeve that will allow you to approach virtually any scenario Photoshop throws at you.

We are going to dig into Photoshop's 3D features from a creative designer's perspective and create some outrageous eye-popping 3D graphics all right inside Photoshop CS4. While a basic understanding of 3D is helpful, you don't need to be a 3D expert to take full advantage of these features. So strap in, this is going to be one heck of a ride!

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We are going to dig into Photoshop's 3D features from a creative designer's perspective and create some outrageous eye-popping 3D graphics all right inside Photoshop CS4. While a basic understanding of 3D is helpful, you don't need to be a 3D expert to take full advantage of these features. So strap in, this is going to be one heck of a ride!

Corey examines the new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and takes it through its paces to show you what it can do.

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Corey examines the new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and takes it through its paces to show you what it can do.

Both of these applications are amazing by themselves, but once you begin to integrate features form each you will see a world of possibilities open up. In this course we will cover the numerous ways you can utilize the strengths of both Photoshop and Illustrator to be more efficient and more creative

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Both of these applications are amazing by themselves, but once you begin to integrate features form each you will see a world of possibilities open up. In this course we will cover the numerous ways you can utilize the strengths of both Photoshop and Illustrator to be more efficient and more creative

This course goes beyond using Photoshop as a photography tool and teaches you how to create eye-catching design effects with photos and even from scratch.

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This course goes beyond using Photoshop as a photography tool and teaches you how to create eye-catching design effects with photos and even from scratch.

Photoshop CS4 For Beginners

with Corey Barker

Here you will get an overview of Photoshop's core functions, which is a great place to start if you are new to Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop in general.

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Here you will get an overview of Photoshop's core functions, which is a great place to start if you are new to Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop in general.

Layer Styles in Photoshop

with Corey Barker

This course is a primer on the use of Layer Styles in Photoshop to enhance your photos and graphics.

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This course is a primer on the use of Layer Styles in Photoshop to enhance your photos and graphics.

Mastering The Pen Tool

with Corey Barker

This course covers all aspects of using paths and shapes inside Photoshop. Everything from basic paths, vector masks, and complex selections.

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This course covers all aspects of using paths and shapes inside Photoshop. Everything from basic paths, vector masks, and complex selections.

Get Ready to Unlock Your Creativity! Join Corey Barker as he guides you through his creative process and examines the various tools and functions inside Elements. After learning the basics, Corey pushes beyond the obvious to show you how to achieve unbelievable effects.

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Get Ready to Unlock Your Creativity! Join Corey Barker as he guides you through his creative process and examines the various tools and functions inside Elements. After learning the basics, Corey pushes beyond the obvious to show you how to achieve unbelievable effects.