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Our Favorite Tutorials of 2012

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2012 was a big year for Photoshop. In April, Adobe released Photoshop CS6 and launched the Creative Cloud, and more recently announced the Photoshop 13.1 update. During that time, our authors produced some amazing Photoshop conent. In this article, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite Psdtuts+ tutorials from 2012. Let"s take a look!

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  • Design a Futuristic Extra Terrestrial Seaplane in Photoshop

    Among the most challenging and potentially useful skills an artist can have is the ability to design entirely new characters, environments and vehicles. Master these skills, and the doors open not only to your own creative expression, but to potential employment in the video game, film and publishing industries. In this tutorial, Alex Ries, we will walk through the design and painting of an extra terrestrial seaplane in Photoshop. This requires research into the familiar elements of real-world aircraft, and combining those elements into an original form that looks functional and familiar, yet clearly non-human.

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  • Create a Cute and Scary Children’s Illustration in Photoshop

    Create a Cute and Scary Children"s Illustration in Photoshop

    In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a cute and scary children"s illustration in Photoshop.

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  • Create a 3D, Chrome, Logo Animation With Sound FX Using Photoshop CS6 Extended

    Create a 3D, Chrome, Logo Animation With Sound FX Using Photoshop CS6 Extended

    Photoshop has become a multi-purpose tool that can create some complex animations without the need to purchase additional software. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create and composite a 3D animation with sound and lighting effects. We will also cover techniques on how to optimize your rendering time.

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  • Create Fan Art for Mortal Kombat’s "Liu Kang" in Photoshop

    Create Fan Art for Mortal Kombat"s "Liu Kang" in Photoshop

    Liu Kang is one of the most iconic characters from the world of Mortal Kombat. In this tutorial, George Patsouras will discuss how to paint a Bruce Lee-inspired Liu Kang in Photoshop. Since this will deal with portrait painting, you can use these techniques to recreate the Liu Kang painting, or you can come up with something entirely on your own.

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  • Create a Gingerbread Cookie Scene Using Smart Objects

    In this tutorial, Stephen Petrany will explain how to build a holiday gingerbread cookie illustration using copies of a single Smart Object. This technique will allow us to quickly update the shape of our cookie with very little effort in order to make multiple cookies for a more complex final scene.

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    You might also want to take a look at some of the excellent series that we published in 2012.

  • Shortcuts on Psdtuts

    In this series, Martin Perhiniak will explain some time-saving tips to help you work more efficiently with Adobe Photoshop.

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  • Intro to Photoshop Layer Styles

    Photoshop layer styles are a popular way to add effects, such as drop shadows and strokes, to layers in a non-destructive way. In this Session, we"ll show you how to unlock their potential!

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  • Introduction to Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6 has finally arrived. It has come packed with new features and tweaks that will significantly improve your workflow and enhance your tool set. In this series we will take a look at some of Photoshop CS6"s new features and show you how they work.

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