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Creating Muzzle Flashes – Two Techniques

Posted on 2014/10/25 at 1:57pm by daarken 2 Comments
Creating Muzzle Flashes – Two Techniques

In this tutorial Daarken shows you two different techniques for creating muzzle flashes. The first is achieved by painting the flashes by hand and combining a linear dodge (add) layer. The second is using live-action frames in combination with layer effects. For more information about the live-action clips mentioned in the video, please visit Video…

Painting Rain – With Custom Brushes

Posted on 2012/05/21 at 12:43pm by daarken 4 Comments
Painting Rain – With Custom Brushes

In this video Daarken will show you how to use the custom rain brush that was created in the last tutorial to add some rain to an existing painting.

Custom Brushes – Rain Brush

Posted on 2012/05/15 at 11:30pm by daarken 3 Comments
Custom Brushes – Rain Brush

In this tutorial Daarken goes over one way to create a custom rain brush. Many times you will want to avoid using too many custom brushes because they tend to be very obvious if not used correctly, so make sure not to overdo anything when using custom brushes.

Photoshop Tools – Actions

Posted on 2012/05/01 at 11:42pm by daarken 6 Comments
Photoshop Tools – Actions

Creating actions can really help increase your efficiency. In this video Daarken shows you an example of how to create an action that will allow you to use the fire gradient map trick that was shown last week with the click of a button. You can download the action here, or by visiting the Actions…

Special Effects – Painting Fire

Posted on 2012/04/26 at 11:39pm by daarken 27 Comments
Special Effects – Painting Fire

In this tutorial Daarken shows you an easy way to paint fire using gradient maps. A big thanks goes out to Steve Argyle for this awesome technique.