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Energise your photos 12 Feature: with masks Check out our experts’ top tips for editing photographs with this issue’s masks extravaganza

I Made 34 How Discover how Dan Sawford created a striking giant woman composition

I Made 51 How Rijad Smajlovic takes us through how to create a simple but striking scene in Photoshop

I Made 57 How The making of a cinematic,

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focus 58 Project Ashraful Arefin takes us for tea and

Make yourself a summery drink by combining layers, masks and blending techniques

and mask a portrait 26 Retouch Learn how to edit and embellish

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Get in touch with your digital side, and use your iPad to create art

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88 Reviews We put the latest hardware, software and books through their paces

interview 96 Portfolio We speak to Katherine Lam about painting techniques and how she uses Photoshop

focus 98 Reader A showcase of the art that Urszula Jodlowska’s created in Photoshop


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Contrabass City This Contrabass City image was created with Photoshop CS5. The image was composited together with the help of layers, masks and blending, with adjustment layers being key in putting the finishing touches 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, from some of the world’s most exciting artists and designers.

With work featured by Wacom’s online gallery, it’s clear that Axana has mastered the art of the Mixer Brush. This is one piece that really evokes nostalgia for us, and feels rooted in a different era.

Axana Zasorina

I paint using default Photoshop brushes and a few brushes that I made myself specifically for my work. My favourite tool is the Mixer Brush, as I can express more depth and uniqueness in my portraits.

With four pieces included in Adobe Sketch’s curated gallery online, Katya is an artist to study for those interested in mobile digital art. We love the simplicity of this piece; check it out online in all its animated glory.

Katya Austin

I’ve been having fun trying to blend animation and illustration. I drew each frame of this campfire illustration by hand on my iPad, then finished up the piece using the Photoshop frame animation feature.


Constantine has over 300,000 online views for his work, and we love the clean lines, the clear colours and the fresh feel of it. This piece embodies those ideals, and the blue is particularly strong against the creams and oranges.

Constantine Sazonov

This image was composed from several different shot exposures using layer masks. Colour correction was done mostly using Curves and Google Nik collection plugins helped a lot in searching for the right colours and moods.

A beautiful example of what can be achieved when you bring 3D together with the power of Photoshop – we love the detail in this image. We’re not the only ones either; it has over 2,000 views on Behance.

Javier Toledo Viscasillas

Siroko Studio developed this idea; it was sketched using Photoshop so Rush VFX could take it from 2D to 3D. From there, Siroko made the final composition using Photoshop to embellish what had already been created in Houdini.

Kevin Roodhorst

Lost Memories is made out of a lot of stock photos, no 3D was used. For that basic underwater look I used a blue Solid Color adjustment layer on Soft Light. The textures on the Buddha are set to Multiply. I made the haze effects with a large soft brush.

Super compositor Kevin Roodhorst has over 8,000 YouTube subscribers who follow tutorials he produces on how to create artwork like this. This is one of our favourites of his work, for its colour, precision and composition.

Sebastian Curi

With the illustrations [I created] for the Ice Awards, I tried to make them fun and colourful. I wanted to bring the vibe of a parade and I thought of characters that could live in Atlantic Canada, like this kid disguised as a lobster.

We love Sebastian’s playfulness in the way he draws; this illustration in particular feels 1990s in influence. Sebastian has had his work featured by both Photoshop’s and After Effects’ online showcases.


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Raqee S Najmuldeen user/Abulrook

I looked at this spiral staircase and found something like a wave. I used the silhouette of the surfer and some Photoshop brushes for clouds, then I positioned the elements, cropped, changed the colours and added texture in order to create this double image scene.

Robert Schlenker user/RSchlenker

This image was created in Photoshop with a little help from Vue Infinite 3D when it came to creating the terrain. The rockets, lights and the dust were all added later in postproduction.


Estelle Chomienne user/Stellart

I worked with three basic brushes: the blurred rounded, the clear rounded and the square charcoal. With these three brushes, I could work with different styles of lines in Normal or Overlay blend mode, and create [an effect that looked] like a wet render.

Murilo Francisco user/Mumu0909

Masks and adjustment tools were instrumental in creating this image. I started by adding the elements, later merged layers, and used Color Balance, Saturation and brushes to finalise the image.

Chris Patterson photoshopcreative. Christeeny

Apart from the shallow depth of field, everything else was created in Photoshop using Adobe Stock, Liquify, custom brushes for the hair, snow and makeup and finished off with photo filters.

Lucy Liew

For this image, I manipulated the start images, added the bubbles and then used a few adjustment layers to create the tones of the whole image. Then I used Gaussian Blur to make a soft and dreamy effect.


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