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Things Storm bookmarked this week / 12-10-11

Things we liked this week: Liam (cor, he’s a bit late to this one, but I’ll let him off…) liked PhoneGap – an HTML5 app platform that lets you write native applications for the popular mobile phone app stores. You basically write your app in HTML5, throw it to their build platform, and get a Read More »


October 12, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Designing a Logo: The Creative Process

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The simple logo- small, pretty and simple. But nestled somewhere in those few pixels lies the power to make or break a business. That’s some heavy weight for such a little guy.

Having just finished working on an identity for a project my agency is involved with, I thought documenting the evolution of the logo from conception to completion along with how I personally go about designing logos would make a pretty sweet blog post.


May 27, 2010 | by Andrew Hunter

Airbrush, Touch Up & Heal Face / Photo in Photoshop

This Airbrush and Touch-Up tutorial covers one of my favorite Photoshop tools; the Heal tool. We are about to demonstrate the power of the healing brush using a photo of an old cracked statue, but you can gain the same effect on a human face, covering spots, blemishes, lines and wrinkles.

Often under used, it is one of the most powerful tools available to you in Photoshop and has been getting better and better with every new Photoshop release. Not only is it extraordinarily powerful, its extremely simple to use (as you are about to find out).


May 22, 2009 | by Dave Kelly

How to make an iPhone application icon in Photoshop

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Another tutorial request, this time for an iPhone style icon!

This simple tutorial covers the basics of using Photoshop CS4 to create lighting effects to give your graphics depth and shine.

We’ll also show you how to use your new iPhone icon in your iPhone application project.


May 10, 2009 | by Dave Kelly

Planet Exploding – Fireball in Photoshop CS4

0This tutorial was requested by blog reader Matt – who wanted to create the effect of an exploding planet which didn’t look like a cartoon. We’ll show you how to go from a photo of some cracked ground, to a planetary fireball.

This tutorial will make use of Photoshop CS4′s clever polar coordinates tool, combined with a distortion technique explored over at tutorialwiz.com – but with our own tweaks here and there.


May 7, 2009 | by Dave Kelly

Photo Touchup in Photoshop CS3

Photo TouchupThis tutorial will take us back to basics using some of the simplest yet most effective Photoshop CS3 tools available to us. The Burn, Dodge and Sponge tools.

Using these tools, we will turn an otherwise dull image into something far more beautiful.

Although they are examples of ‘destructive’ Photoshoping, when dealing with small areas of images, especially photos, it is far easier and more effective to ‘paint in’ these effects rather than using masks to create similar results.


May 13, 2008 | by Dave Kelly

Mac Style Background in Photoshop

Mac BGIf like me you are a bit of a Mac enthusiast then you’ll no doubt be a sucker for their graphical styling as well. This tutorial aims to give you of one possible way to emulate the Mac OS X desktop background style.

In this tutorial we will be using vector paths, blend modes, gradients and effects. Its a must read to see the many ways Photoshop can handle colour.


March 3, 2008 | by Dave Kelly

Mosaic Transition Tutorial in Photoshop

MosaicA fantastic Mosaic effect that can be achieved with Photoshop. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a mosaic from a photo and then fade between your photo and the mosaic to achieve a really great looking transition that can be used on headers or other web graphics.

I used CS3 for this tutorial but the method can be replicated in lower versions.


February 27, 2008 | by Dave Kelly

Photoshop Tutorials

The following Photoshop Tutorials describe some of my favourite techniques for creating and modifying both photos and graphics for web use.

During the series the Photoshop Tutorials will cover; Touching up photos, Use of light and shadows, The wonders of the Burn, Dodge and Saturate Tools, Warping, Blending and Liquefying. Along the way i hope you will pick up some useful ideas to help inspire your own Photoshop creations!


February 20, 2008 | by Dave Kelly

Celeb Airbrush in Photoshop

One of my favourite tutorials which will show you how to take a fairly average / bad photo of a person of your choice and turn them into an airbrushed model.

This tutorial will cover the basics of face selection, blending, masking and explore briefly how burn and saturate can be used to bring out colours in a face.


February 9, 2008 | by Dave Kelly