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It’s easy to take a good artwork and ruin it with a garish overapplication of a filter. However, you can also turn a good image into a great one with just the right filter. This issue, our mission is to show you exactly how you can use filters to your advantage and make your image stand out from the crowd, whether it’s a digital illustration or a nature photo. Our panel of experts should inspire you to try out their master techniques, using their excellent guidance. We also have some really exciting tutorials for you, including a majestic, colourful character portrait (p38), otherworldly sci-fi scenes (p48), using filters in a waterlogged world (p22) and applying layers to take a herd of animals to another world (p28). We also feature a range of reviews and interviews, as well as showing you how to make the most of the mobile Adobe Spark app. We hope you enjoy the issue!

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gallery 08 Trending Check out some of the most stunning artworks trending this month

gallery 10 Readers’ Take a look at what your fellow

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Make your art stand 14 Feature: out with filters Make the impossible possible using the awesome filters in Photoshop

I Made 36 How Pierre Kleinhouse shows us how his amazing Welder and Bear was born

I Made 53 How How Justin Peters made the

fascinating Mountain Whale artwork

focus 60 Project Ngoc Do used his inspiration by the Sydney Opera House to create stunning 3D renders

Combine photos and use filters to create an underwater effect

fantasy scene 28 Photorealistic with layers

Learn to use layers to create a scene mixing the photorealistic with the otherworldly

a colourful 38 Create portrait illustration

How to make a stylish, atmospheric character portrait

98 Marta Alvarez has made some great Reader interview

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Readers’ Challenge We challenged you... In Issue 158, we challenged you to get creative with the theme of Science Fiction. You were allowed to create whatever you wanted, so long as it incorporated the theme somehow.

This issue’s challenge... Think you can do better? Prove it! The next challenge theme is Human. We don’t mind how you incorporate it into your image, just be as creative as you possibly can! Head to www.photoshopcreative. and hit the Challenge link. Closing date: 1 February 2018.

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The Dark Side This was a composition exploring the concept of artificial intelligence, space exploration and a high power watching over. Blend modes and layers were key in bringing this final composition together.


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Check out some of the most popular artwork that’s been rocking the internet over the last few weeks, and take inspiration from what’s currently trending There’s nothing more inspiring than surfing the internet and seeing what other artists are creating, and we encourage you to do so. Here are some of our favourite pictures that caught our attention recently, created by some of the world’s most exciting artists and designers.

Anano Miminoshvili

To create a beautiful texture and colour palette for my illustration, I used Photoshop’s default soft round brush in Dissolve mode while experimenting with Color Lookup, Curves and different blend modes.

Over 50,000 people have seen Anano’s series of pictures painted in Photoshop with limited colour palettes. The best thing about this one, though, is that it doesn’t feel limited; it’s still, bright, vibrant and has beautiful detail on the fish’s scales.

Peter Olschinsky

After starting with 3D software, a black-and-white image was rendered. Then the real fun started with Photoshop: colouring layers, adding gradients, creating effects – almost every available tool has been used during a playful workflow.

but this series has with an audience, t always connect showcased by Behance. The use of sn’ doe rk wo act n Abstr hin one piece. 000 times and bee been seen over 15, to anyone looking to mix styles wit brushes is a lesson

Sebastian Onufszak

This is one of a series of abstract graphic posters. The experimental typography is mixed with expressive patterns, and was completely designed in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos tablet, using diverse brush presets to create a handmade, artistic look.


As Peter says, Photoshop has the power to inject fun into 3D projects, and with over 1.7 million views on Behance, he knows a thing or two about how to create stunning work like this, before using Photoshop for post-production.

This minimalistic sketch was inspired by Game of Thrones and racked up over 3,500 views when it uploaded. The contrast of blues with red gives a really strong overall look to the picture, and we love the framing of the composition.

Sua Balac

In this piece, I experimented with the different brushes that Photoshop offers to create a simple, flat and yet unique style of illustration.

We love how natural this image looks; the textured brush really looks realistic, and the pastel shades complement it nicely. This was showcased by Behance’s Illustration Gallery.

the almost threeWe’re huge fans of ic in Martí’s work, and dimensional dynamh features from Wacom we’re not alone. Witow, his artwork has and The Student Sh online. captured audiences

Moon Arun

I used a personalised textured Photoshop brush to draw with, replicating a pastel on canvas. With rough lines and a soft, playful colour palette, I detailed lighting and environment, merging elements of innocence and experience.

Martí Serra

This image is a handmade illustration originally created in pen, before being scanned onto the computer and coloured in Photoshop. This is a new process to me, which I am exploring to create new pieces of art.


Readers’ Images Welcome to an inspirational round-up of great Photoshop artwork created by none other than your fellow readers

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Dan Sawford


Image of the issue I used a bulb with a layer mask with which I could then add the scenery. Using the Multiply blend mode to make the image appear 3D, I then copied the grouped image and flipped it to create a reflection with a shadow created using Gaussian Blur.

Elissandro Pinto

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I did this piece inspired by artists Stefano & Luna and Mpaolo Almeida. Lens flares were important in creating the sciencefiction theme in this image, and adjustments helped to bring this composition together.

Shaun Ryken ShaunRyken

I started off with the elephant image, then added the gears to his body, giving it a machine vibe. Then came assembling the tree; this tree consists of 15 different images blended together, making it look like one.


Marcio Arkanjo Marcio%20Arkanjo

This was a study focused on concern for the environment, about climate change. This was a personal challenge I set myself to manipulate images, using techniques like matte painting, light and shading.

Kati HoffartneĚ user/hkati

I cut the base picture and created many copies of it. I blurred the lowest one, as the base of the background. I applied Multiply watercolour patches to it to reach the desired effect. At the end, white and black spatters were added.

Luigi Gallo

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I started by searching for individual images, modifying them and giving them the right shading. In the end, I balanced the tone and colours to give it the right visual impact.


Inside the studio The Conduit family consists of Ryan Mitchell, Sally Herman, Ross Berens, Aaron Vanderzwan, Jessica Meade and John O’Neill



hen John O’Neill founded Conduit in 2001, he had one key goal: to do a great job. Working out of his Michigan apartment, the budding designer took on various freelance projects, even giving client presentations in local coffee shops. Over time, “the projects and studio grew,” he explains, and Conduit now has clients across the US and Europe. However, although the studio has its own premises and seven full-time employees, John – now creative director – tells us that it “will never become too big” and an open environment is “core to our culture.” The open-plan setup certainly seems like a favourable decision. With everyone working in the same room, apart from the off-site developer, senior designer Jessica Meade feels “this leads to many informal critiques, often sparked by someone walking by and noticing what a fellow designer is working on.” In fact, collaboration is key to Conduit’s projects. “Everyone in the studio has input on


Step inside the inspirational space of Conduit, where a laid-back environment nurtures hard-working creatives

the final result,” Jessica explains. Fellow senior designer, Ryan Mitchell, agrees that this layout means “everyone is constantly bouncing ideas off each other, and trying out new things.” Conduit focuses on working with the design and cultural communities. “Rather than having a typical type of project, we specialise in the non-typical – projects with clear goals but no predetermined path,” John tells us. And Photoshop is an important part

of the workflow, from sketching to mockups to final production. “We mock-up tons of ideas in Photoshop to help our clients get a clear sense of where the concept could go in the future,” explains John, who has used Photoshop since version 2.0. The program is involved in almost every project. “With branding projects, we use Photoshop to create mockups for the client. In the case of web work, Photoshop is our go-to for pixel-perfect layouts. And of course, it is the

About the studio Conduit @conduitstudio Founded in 2001, Conduit is a design and technology studio that creates stunning experiences for people and brands. Based in the United States, it works with forward-looking brands to communicate their stories in new and meaningful ways. 

John O’Neill Principal / creative director

Jessica Meade Senior designer

Ryan Mitchell Senior designer


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