18 March 2014 @ 06:02 pm
Tutorial 4.0 - Stana katic Signature  
Here is one of the tutorials that Ikorni (Gateworld forum) requested.

Here is how I made my Stana sig.

1) Open a document to whatever signature size you prefer, I chose 500x180.  Fill with white.

2) Open and paste into the document this clock stock.  Try to put the clock just off center and to the right, do not worry about leaving the edge visible. It will be covered up in the following steps.  Normal, 100%.

3) Open and paste this stock into the document.  Set to the left of the clock and, with a layer mask, blend into the clock. Normal, 100%.

4) Open and paste this bridge stock into the document.  Set to the right and bottom of the clock and, with a layer mask, blend into the clock and erase the other edge if it's visible.  Normal, 100%.

5) Take this window and paste it into the document.  Set to Multiply, 100%.

6) Add this fire stock and set it to Normal, 100%.  Erase the edges and set to the bottom center of the canvas.  Make sure you erase this with a layer mask so you can go back and add more of this stock or less.

7) Add your first picture of your character.  Resize to as small as you like and place off center.  Cut your character completely out of the background.

8) Add another picture of your character.  Resize if need be and place just to the left of the smaller picture.  Cut her/him completely out of the background.

9) Make a copy of the second stock and bring to the front.  Move to where the fog is just under where your main character picture is and erase whatever you don't like.

10) Take this texture and add it to the left side of the canvas.  Set this to Lighten, 100%.  Duplicate the layer and set this one to Screen, 100%.  Erase whatever you don't like but make sure the words are still visible.

11) Take this texture and add it to the canvas.  Resize to about the size of your canvas and set to Soft Light, 100%.  If you need to, use the smudge brush to clean up the texture on top of your characters pictures.  Create a stamp of your current work, you will need this later.

12) Curves: Increase Contrast (RGB)

13) Hue/Saturation: Colorize checked.  Hue: 202, Saturation: 9, Lightness: +13.

14) Photo filter: Default with Warming Filter (LBA)

15) Selective Color:
-Whites: 83, 29, 0, -49
-Neutrals: 9, -6, -12, 16
-Blacks: 13, -4, 9, -11

16) Color Fill #1: #051f25.  Set to Exclusion, 100%.

17) Color FIll #2: #290d2b. Set to Exclusion, 76%.

18) Take the stamp you created in step 11 and bring to the front.  Set to Normal, 25%.

19) Curves: Point 1: Output: 140, Input: 158.

20) Gradient Map: Washed away art Gradients #2: Gradient #12.  If you can't use Photoshop gradients: #ebecc2 to #402b0e. Set to Overlay, 50%.

21) Duplicate the stamp from steps 11 and 18.  Bring to front, set to Overlay, 14%

22) Create a stamp.  Use Topaz Clean, Crispstyle.  Set layer to Normal, 60%. NOTE: If you do not have Topaz Clean, don't worry.  Just use whatever filters you use to finalize your art.

23) Create another stamp.  Use Paint Daubs: 1, 1.  Set layer to Normal, 40%.

24) Create one last stamp. Blending Options: Stroke: Default, size: 2.

25) Watermark your work, if you do, and you are finished.

Let me know if you have any questions.
18 March 2014 @ 05:55 pm
Tutorial 3.0 - Rick Castle Wallpaper  
Here is how to make my Rick Castle Wallpaper in Photoshop CS5. Notes: -All textures used made by vikyvampirs90. -Colors may end up differently than mine because of characters pic. -Please do not copy exactly, the main reason I didn't include the character images. -I'd love to see what you've done with this tutorial.

1) Open a new document, I chose 1920x1080, fill with black.

2) Open 4_31_vikyvampirs90 and place in the document. Rotate 90 degrees and Gaussian blur it. I used 49.6 for the blur. Blend in with background.

3) Open 1_31_vikyvampirs90 and place in the document. Resize to fill the entire canvas. Set to Screen, 100%. Go back to the first texture and make sure it lines up with the top and bottom of the second texure, you may have to resize the texture.

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4) Open 3_40_vikyvampirs90 and place in the document. Resize 'til the entire texure fills width-wise. Set to Screen, 30% and put it at the top of the canvas. Erase what you don't like.

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5) Open 5_set11_vikyvampirs90 and place in the document. Leave as is and move to the bottom left of the second texture. Set to Screen, 100%. Erase what you don't like.

6) Open 4_vikyvampirs90 and place in the document. Leave as is and move to the bottom right of the second texture. Set to Screen, 60%. Erase what you don't like.

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7) Open up a picture of your main character and place in the document. Resize if needed and set to Multiply, 100%. Go to the second texture and with the magic wand, click right outside the white "box." That way it'll be easier for you to get your picture cut into the white "box." Go back to this picture and click on the layer mask button located at the bottom of the layers box (on the right.) You may have to invert the mask (ctrl+I) Clean up whatever you don't like.

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8) Open these three textures (1, 2, 3) and place them in the document. Organize them from top to bottom on the left side of the white "box," place them in whatever order you like and make sure they are lined up.

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9) Duplicate those three textures and flip horizontal, then rotate 90 degrees. Move to the bottom right of the white "box" and skew the left side upwards a little to align the edges with the white box.

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10) Open another pic of your character, one that has writing of some kind or maybe the title of the movie or tv show, etc. they are working in, and duplicate the layer. Hide the duplicate layer for now and give the other layer a layer mask. Erase EVERYTHING but the words/writing and set the layer to Soft Light, 100%. Un-hide the duplicated layer and use the same Gaussian Blur on it, Blur it out. Layer mask and erase where the words/writing is so that the words/writing can come through. Set this layer to Soft Light, 100%.

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- Curves: Increase Contrast (RGB)
- Gradient Map: (I lost the urls where I got the Washed Away Art Gradients so until I find them again here are the colors:) bd8a39 to 510600. Set to Soft Light, 50%.
- Gradient Map: 1a3da2 to fbf49c set to Soft Light, 100%.
- Pattern Fill: Use Pattern 23 from this pack and set to Soft Light, 100%.

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12) I didn't like how light certain areas got so I created a blank layer and set the layer to Soft Light, 100%. I used my favorite blending brush, Talei-stock's Grunge brushes 2, and with black, darken the areas that you want darkened.

 photo tut-9.jpg

13) TEXT:
- Rick Castle: Jellyka's King's Hat, 60 pt. Fill, 0%. Blending Options: Drop Shadow: Default, Bevel and Emboss: Default except Style is Pillow Emboss, Color Overlay: 521441, Normal, 30%, Gradient Overlay: 2d2b30 to 5c7594 rest default.
-Warp text: Bulge: Horizontal, +27, -74, -82.
-Place in the main picture area.

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14) Create a stamp of everything and use whatever filters you use to finalize your art. I used Topaz Clean, Crispstyle (default) and Paint Daubs to finalize my wallpaper.

15) Watermark your work, if you do, and you are finished! And this is the finished product.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

18 March 2014 @ 05:37 pm


Danger Ending Favourite
Happy Main Character
Profile Promotional
Red Sad Touch

Category - One Image

Category #1 Category #2 Category #3 Category #4 Category #5

Artist's Choice

AC #1 AC #2 AC #3 AC #4 AC #5

Credits: lieveheersbeestje, Castle-fans.org
-Take all you like. Please credit if you do.
18 March 2014 @ 05:33 pm
Behind the Scenes Crime Scene Full Body Lost One Colour
Quote Split Suspect Upside Down Valentine

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

Credits: KrypteriaHG, Sanami276, Deviant-Dandelion, Mayrapie, Mercury90, Crazy-Kira, Castle-fans.org.
18 March 2014 @ 05:23 pm
Art 1.1  
Originally posted on January 27th, 2013... I made this wallpaper:

From this tutorial by racheldinozzo.
18 March 2014 @ 05:17 pm
Art 1.0  
This week's challenge is called: Pot-luck Texture. You have to PM a number to one of the maintainers and they will send you a texture. You then have to make as much or as little art as you like but that texture MUST be in the art.

Here are the first three entries:
Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Resources: So-Ghislaine, differentxdreamz, ValerianaSTOCK, Talei-stock

Originally posted on January 19th, 2013......
18 March 2014 @ 05:15 pm
Art .9  
Originally posted on January 17th, 2013, I made this background earlier using differentxdreamz's brushes and I used two wallpaper's I made:


Mother Confessor, Resources used: http://fav.me/d4aze1r http://fav.me/d58vf6p http://fav.me/d54n37u           http://fav.me/d5ejdn5 http://fav.me/d38hqbb

Desktop Wallpaper:


-Download all if you like
-No hotlinking
-You can use the Desktop Wallpaper as a texture but please credit me and link back to this post.
18 March 2014 @ 05:01 pm
Art .5  
I recently participated in the GW's AFA Thread's annual Secret Santa and we got our presents!  My Santa was TrueRomantic.


I then made a challenge entry along with another sig (WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS!!!!!!!!!)

18 March 2014 @ 04:58 pm
Icons .6  
Originally posted on December 14th, 2012 for a challenge at tvcharacter20.


Alone Comfort Darkness Drink Extreme Negative Space
Faceless Heartbreak Levels Out of Character Red

5 CATAGORY - Same Scene

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5


#1 #2 #3 #4 #5