Ed Lopez
I was born in Mexico City, worked and studied photography at Eastman Kodak while training in minilab management and traditional darkroom techniques. Now I am steadily growing in the freelance world on matte painting, digital art/illustration and even some 3d modeling.
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Restore a Heavily Damaged Photo With Photoshop0917 restoration preview400
    While Photoshop is a great tool to enhance or modify digital images, it is also a fantastic application to repair or restore photographs damaged by the effects of age, neglect, or acts of nature. In this tutorial, we will show you how to restore a heavily damaged photo in Photoshop. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create and Animate a Sci-Fi Themed Matte Painting With Photoshop and NukeDesign and illustration
    In television and movies, artists are often asked to create short animated scenes that only appear on the screen for just a moment. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a sci-fi matte painting portraying a fleet of starships orbiting a planet using Photoshop. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a StarCraft-Inspired Firestorm in Photoshop0850 starcraft starcraft400px1
    We were recently inspired by imagery from StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a massive spiral firestorm as seen from space. While we will use some stock photography during the course of this tutorial, most of the techniques that we will show will rely heavily on manual painting; so a tablet will be essential. This tutorial also includes several videos to help explain each step, as well as a speed painting video that shows the entire process form beginning to end. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Speed Art: How to Create a Mountain Landscape in PhotoshopPreview
    One of the reasons that Photoshop is so widely loved by artists and designers is because of its versatility. If you don't have the right photo, you can combine several photos together to make one. If that doesn't work, you can simply paint the scene that you need. This speed art video by Psdtuts+ Author, Ed Lopez demonstrates how photo manipulation and digital painting techniques can be combined to create a beautiful matte painting of a small mountain town. The final video condenses about 10 hours of work into just under 5 minutes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Amazing Timelapse of Exploding Planet IllustrationPreview
    Exploding planets are a staple of just about every popular science fiction television show or movie, but did you know that you don't need your own special effects department to create these types of effects on your own? In fact, all you need is Photoshop. We recently decided to have fun with some video segments that were included with one of Ed Lopez's tutorials. We combined them, sped them up, and added some music to create an amazing timelapse video that demonstrates his entire workflow from beginning to end. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create an Earth Shattering Disaster Scene in Photoshop2012 400px
    If you saw the movie "2012" you may remember that scene where the California coast begins to break apart and fall into the sea. In this tutorial, we will show you how to re-create that scene using a selection of stock photographs. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a "2012" Inspired Tidal Wave in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    In this tutorial, we will take inspiration from the movie "2012" and will demonstrate how to create a massive tidal wave crashing over a mountain range. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Stunning Time-lapse of an Illustration of a Dying Star Sun%20preview
    When a star like our own reaches the end of its life, it begins to run out of hydrogen fuel in its core. Like a car running out of gas, it will begin to sputter, swelling to a size that could encompass every planet in our solar system out to Mars. When this happens, the sun will swallow the Earth and will spell certain doom for all life on our planet. This time-lapse video by Ed Lopez shows how he created a stunning illustration depicting the inhabitance of a dying world that must travel into the stars to find a new world to call home. In the process he will show how to create a star, a planet, and even a few spaceships along the way.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Frozen Landscape Using Matte Painting TechniquesDesign and illustration
    What would happen if a future civilization were to stumble upon one of today's cities? In this tutorial, we will create a frozen landscape depicting an archaeological expedition that is unearthing an ancient New York City; long-lost due to an ice age. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Take and Edit Screenshots For TutorialsScreenflowicon
    All of the sites across the Tuts+ network are constantly on the lookout for top quality contributors. If you're interested in writing for us, drop us a line. Before you work something up though, be sure to read through this awesome guide that takes you through the complete process of taking and preparing your screenshots.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Misty Landscape Using 3D Renders and Stock PhotographyDesign and illustration
    When working on a matte painting in a production environment, you will likely be provided with either a 3D render or a photo to use as a base for your artwork. In this tutorial, we will combine photo manipulation with digital painting to create a misty landscape. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Syfy Inspired Logo Animation in Photoshop CS6Preview
    You already know that Photoshop is a fantastic tool for creating 2D images. What you might not know is that Photoshop also has limited capabilities for creating high quality 3D images and animations. In this tutorial, we will use the new and improved 3D and Timeline features of Photoshop CS6 to create a Syfy inspired text effect and logo animation without any additional applications. Let's get started!Read More…