How to Create a Simplistic Modern Scroll Bar in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create simplistic modern scroll bar in Photoshop.

01. First create a lighter grey background. Then take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and drag a long shape. Double click on your shape, a popup appears. There choose Gradient Overlay, set the Angle to 180 and choose the gradient from one shade to another. If needed, also lower the opacity. Don’t press OK yet.

02. Now choose Drop Shadow and add a small light shadow. Don’t forget to set the Angle, Distance, Size and Spread.

03. Then go to Inner Shadow and add a small dark shadow. Press OK if ready.

04. Now take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and create another smaller shape inside your tall shape. Double click on the shape and choose the Gradient Overlay and set the color and angle.

05. Then add a small stroke to your small shape and press OK.

And your scroll bar is ready to use!

How to remove lens distorsions in Photoshop

Usually when you make a photo with a wide angle lens , they tend to create a fisheye effect that isn`t appreciated by all. Not all wide lenses create fisheye effect , but they tend to distort the original perspective

With this tutorial I will show you how to remove this effect or how to make it more agreeable.

First of all you have to open the desired photo.

From the top menu go to Filter – Lens Correction. This is the tool that will mainly make all the magic.

A new popup window will show up. On the right side you have the settings. Change from the top tab to Custom.

You could use the grid by checking the box near the Show Grid text. If you could tell what is straight and what it`s not you should not use it because you have to deactivate it to see how it look after every modification.

You can clearly see that the Vertical perspective is wrong and you have to adjust it. The buildings that point to the center of the image indicate that the Vertical perspective is wrong. On other situations , you should take a mark that you know that should be straight and watch how it modifies. You will probably not manage to make it straight , but change slightly the settings until is good.

Drag the Vertical Perspective cursor to -30 and the photo will be fine from this perspective.

Next on the list is the Horizontal perspective. This would have to make the bottom signs to stay straight horizontally. The signs are your point of reference. On other images you could take as reference the skyline or a road or something that you know that should be almost horizontally.

Drag the Horizontal Perspective cursor to -15 and that will do the job.

We finished the work in this workflow so click OK to return to the main screen.

For the next step you have to use the Free Transform tool. Simply press CTRL + SHIFT + T and this will bring up the tool.

Right click on the image and select Distort for the mode. Distort is preferred because it let you change individually the left and the right side of the image. You can use even Warp if you want to correct only certain areas.

Drag the right bottom corner a little until the buildings from the right side are straight.

Now the photo is straight and the perspective is right.

PS: This tutorial is made for this photo , but it will work for any other photo. The only thing you have to do is to take some reference points that you know that they should be straight.

For the first photos I recommend you to use the grid so you can see the offset of the image. After few images you will know how to correct appreciate it.

How to Desaturate a Photo and add Color (hue color)

From this tutorial you will find out two methods that are simple and efficient.

First of all you have to open the photo.

From the top menu go to Image – Adjustments – Desaturate or you could press CTRL + SHIFT + U.

This will convert your photo to gray tones and will make next steps much easier to do.

From the top menu go to Image – Adjustments – Photo Filter.

A new popup will appear and the photo will have a slightly golden color. From this window you will do all the necessary things. Be sure that you have checked Preview so you can see what are you doing.

Drag the Density cursor to 100%. This would make your photo a really intense gold color. This step is not really necessary if you know precisely what color you want , but is good to make it 100% because it helps you a lot.

Change the Use mode from Filter to Color so you can choose what color you want. You could also change from the filters tab to another setting and maybe you find something that suits your photo without manually setting the color.

Click on the color that is selected and a new popup color chooser will show.

Select the color you would like to have on your photo. In this case I selected a blue. If you select black or white you will not obtain any effect. More than that , you will ruin the photo.

Click OK once you found the color that suits the best.

At this moment you could adjust the density cursor if you think that the color is too saturated , but I will let it as it is.

Click OK and you will have the final image.

The other way to do this is to make a new layer. Name it “Color Overlay”.

Duplicate the original layer that contains the photo and go from the top menu to Image – Adjustments – Desaturate. You will obtain the photo in gray tones. You could apply this setting to the original layer , but keep in mind that is an irreversible process and if you want to the color version of the image , you have to open the photo again.

Select the bucket tool and fill the layer named “Color Overlay” with the desired color. As I mentioned before , make sure that it is different from black or white. Make sure that the layer with the color overlay is on the top of the list or you will not see any change. For the moment , the only thing that you see is the color that fills the entire layer.

Go to the layer settings and select as Blend mode overlay. This setting will make the layer transparent and you will have the picture overlaid by your color.

You can use either of the versions because they are easy to use and it`s just a matter of taste.

How to Create a Realistic Looking Shiny Glass Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create a realistic glass text effect in Photoshop.

01. First lets make a background. It can be just one color, two color or with a pattern. Here is how this tutorial’s background is created. Open a new document, double click on the background layer to make it a regular layer and then double click on it again to enter Layer Styles window. There go to Gradient Overlay and set your preferred color. Press OK.

02. Create a new layer (Layer – New – Layer in the menu) and take either Custom Shape tool or Brush tool to put add some stripes or other shapes. Set the layer to Screen.

03. Take the Type tool and add your text. It can be any color.

04. Double click on your text layer and go to Blending Options (the very first). Click on it and there set the Fill Opacity to 0. Yes, your text just dissapeared. Don’t close the window yet.

05. Now go to Bevel and Emboss and set some values. Style to Inner Bevel, Technique to Chisel Hard, Dept to about 730, Direction Up, Size 1, Soften 1 and others that are shown on the picture below. Don’t close the window yet.

06. Now go to Stroke, set the size 7 or lower, Position it to Center, set the blend mode to Luminosity, Fill type to Gradient and set the color from darker grey to lighter. Press OK.

07. Now duplicate your text layer by selecting your text layer, right click and choose Duplicate layer. Now you have 2 Glass layers. Double click on the duplicate, uncheck all the boxes and lets start again. Go to Inner Shadow, set the color blackm blend mode to Multiply, angle 120, distance 1 and size 2.

08. Then go to Bevel and Emboss and set the values below.

09. Then go to Stroke and add a small 2px stroke. Set the Fill type to Gradient and gradient from grey to lighter grey, angle to 0. Press OK.

10. Duplicate the layer again. Right click on your text layer and choose Duplicate layer. Be sure that the newest duplicate is now the topmost layer. If its not, drag it there. Now double click on your newest duplicate and uncheck all the boxes. Then go to Bevel and Emboss and set the values below. Also check that the Range in the Contour would be right.

11. Then go to Drop Shadow, set the Blend Mode to Multiply, lower the opacity, set the angle to 120, distance to 4 and size to 3.

And your glassy text effect is ready for displaying!

Web Interface Design – Create an Attractive Active and Inactive Radio Button in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create an active and inactive radio button in Photoshop.

01. Open a new document and choose your background color.

02. Create a new layer (Layer – New – Layer), take the Elliptical Maquee Tool and drag a circle, then choose color white, the Brush tool and color the selection to white.

03. Double click on your circle layer in the layers window (Window – Layers) and choose Gradient Overlay. There set the Gradient from light grey to white – light grey being the upper color. Set the angle to 90.

04. Then go to Stroke, set the size to 1, fill type to Gradient and choose the gradient from grey to lighter grey, darker being the upper color.

05. Now go to Drop Shadow. Choose the color white, blend mode to Normal, Distance to 1, and size to 1.

06. Then go to Inner Shadow – Blend mode to Overlay, Angle to 90, Distance 2 and Size 4. Press OK. Now your inactive radio button is ready!

07. Lets create an active radio button. First lets duplicate the inactive – right click on the inactive button layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Mve your duplicate next to inactive button. Now take the Ellipse tool and make a small circle in the middle of your duplicate. Don’t cover it completely, just a smaller circle right in the middle.

08. Double click on your new circle and choose Gradient Overlay. There set the gradient similar with your background color. Don’t forget to set the angle to 90.

09. Then go to Stroke and set a small 1px stroke around your circle. Set the Fill type to Gradient and then choose colors a bit darker than your circle main colors are.

10. Now go to Drop Shadow, lower the opacity, set the angle to 90, distance to 2 and size also to 2.

11. And to finish up, go to Inner Shadow and add a tiny white shadow on the upper part of your circle. Blend mode to Normal, color white, angle 90, distance 1 and size 0.

And your active and inactive radio buttons are ready to use!

Create Colorful Presentation Bubbles in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create a colorful presentation using colorful circles in Photoshop.

01. Take the Ellipse Tool and Make a circle.

02. Double click on your circle layer (window – layers) and set your first color. Choose a strong color and not very light. Press OK.

03. Lower the opacity to 90% in the layers window.

04. Using the same technique as with the red one, create another circle, this time choosing a different color.

05. Create a 3rd circle.

06. And the 4th circle.

07. Another circle. Remember, try to keep the colors strong.

08. And the last colored circle.

09. Now, on top of all the circles, make a white circle in the middle of them.

10. Now take the Type tool and add text to each of your circle – in the middle the main topic and on the colorful circles the subtopics or areas the main topic deals with.

11. And you are ready to make a presentation!

How to use Curves

First of all you`ll have to know what are curves and what they do. It is a tool that helps you improve the luminosity/darkness of some specific targets (Shadows , Midtones , Highlights ). You can easily increase the brightness of the dark areas so some details return to the photo.

This tool can be used in two modes. The first one is to go from the top menu to Image – Adjustments –  Curves or by pressing CTRL + M. This method is preferred if your changes are correct at any time and you don’t want to remove them later. The second mode is to press the forth button from the bottom of the layer window. This method will make a new Adjustment Layer which you can hide later if you don`t like the result.

Take a photo , open it and use the second method. A new box will show up.

You can use this tool in two ways. One of them let you modify the curve using  points that can modify the curve so it fits your requests. The other one lets you draw the curve using the pencil from the left panel. I insist using the first method because it is easy to use and you can correct more accurate the settings. If you feel confident enough about your skills you could use the pencil to draw the curve but this could be time consuming and you don`t always achieve the desired effect.

There are 16 squares. You can divide them in 3 major sections. The four of them from the top right , the four of them from the bottom left and the point that intersects in the middle. If you drag the top part of the line up you will increase the brightness of the Highlights. If you move it downwards you will darken the highlights. The same thing applies to the bottom part of the line , but you change the Shadows settings. If you want to work with the Midtones you have to drag the middle of the line (at the intersection of the 2 large squares).

The good thing about this tool is hat you can easily increase the contrast by making an S-shape line.

You can also set the channels individually , but this is more advanced and you will have to practice some time on the RGB to see how things work.

This tool also has three eyedroppers. You will mainly use the middle one. Look at the photo for a Neutral Gray spot (this spot should contain a gray like the one of the box , so the tool can adjust the White balance properly) and with the eyedropper click on it. It will adjust the white balance correctly if you found the right tone. If not , CTRL+Z and try again.

This is one of the most useful tools if you learn how to use it correctly. Photographers use it a lot to adjust the White balance of photos and to get rid of some color if you work on individual channels.


How to create Attractive Icons in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple and attractive icon that will suit using in any size or place.

01. Firstly, create a shape – either using Custom Shape tool. I chose a heart shape, but you can choose any other.

02. Secondly, lets enter the Layer styles menu to add some color and other effects to our shape. For that select the shape from your Layers box (Window – Layers if you are missing the box). Double click on the layer, so that Layer Style window would pop up.

03. Layer Style window being open we can finally start working on the heart. First thing you choose from the popup is Gradient Overlay (click on the text, not just the checkbox). There we choose a linear style (should already be default) and then click on the colour. A new popup opens. There on one side choose a darker color (I have dark red 990000) and the other side choose the same color but slightly lighter (I have cc0000). Press OK and you should have something like a heart below. Don’t yet close the Layer Style window.

04. Next lets set a white border and a small shadow. For that go in the same popup, click on Stroke, choose stroke size (I have 15) and set color white.

05. After adding the stoke, click on Drop Shadow, put Blend Mode to Normal, set the Angle and choose the Distance, Spread and Size. When everyhting seems ok, press OK and your icon is ready for use.

With this method you can make many different icons in any color you wish.

Create a Strong Grunge Stone Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create a very massive and strong text effect in Photoshop.

01. First open a picture that has stone texture.

02. Now take the Text tool, choose fromthe upper bar a Font, preferrable something strong and bold instead of a thin text. Write a text.

03. Then double click on the Text layer (Window – Layers) and there click on the very first, Blending Options: Custom text and there set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Yes, your text dissapears, for now. Don’t close the window yet.

04.Now, from the same window, choose Drop Shadow, set the Blend Mode to Multiply, angle to 90, Size 0, And distance depending on your text size.

05. Next choose Outer Glow, put Blend Mode to Normal, choose the color black (or the darkest color of your rock picture), Spread to 0 and Size a nice 103 px.

06. Then go to Color Overlay, choose a light shade of your rocks color, set Blend Mode to Color Dodge and lower the opacity to about 40%.

07. Merge layers by selecting all of them holding Ctrl down, right click and choose Merge Visible. Then go to Filter – Sharpen – Smart Sharpen and sharpen your picture a bit.

Click OK and your rocking text is done!

How to Make a Simple Classy Product Flyer in Photoshop

This tutorial will teatch you how to make a simple flyer. This type of flyer is suitable for any company and any type of pictures can be used. In this tutorial, a hair salon flyer is made, therefore the choice of pictures.

01. First create a document that has more length than with. Choose your flyer’s background color.

02. Now open a picture that you’d wish to use as a side strip. Keep in mind that only a thin stripe of the picture is going to be used.

03. Now move the picture on its right position, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool, select the area to delete and press Delete.

04. Now with the same Marquee Tool, select a thin stripe on the right side and fill it with the sam shade of color that majority of your picture has.

05. Now choose Type Tool. On top write your service name or your company’s name, then either a short introduction about your company, service or just a nice quote that is about your flyer. The colors of the text should also be the same as the major colors of your picture to achieve the cleanest look. Also play around with fonts.

06. Then add a smaller picture on the flyer. To edit its size, go to Edit – Transform – Scale.

07. Now add some more text about your product. Try to be short and precice.

08. Fot the last toutch, still with Type tool, add some symbols, a line, or dots to end the section of your product and underline provide the contacts of your company. Here play around with alignment.

And your flyer is ready for use!