Kirk Nelson
I have been working as an all around graphics geek or “Visual Information Specialist” for the past 17 years around the Washington DC Metro area. With my career spanning across almost every aspect of the design industry, I have worked from web design, to 3d animation, to logo design, to photo retouching.
Courses
  • Design & Illustration

    Mastering the Wacom Tablet in Adobe Photoshop

    1.7 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Mastering Perspective in Adobe Photoshop

    2.1 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Creative Photo Effects in Adobe Photoshop

    2.5 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Fluid Photo Manipulation: Transform, Warp, and Liquify

    2.3 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Drawing Fantasy Creatures Digitally

    2.2 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Fundamentals of Children's Illustration

    2.8 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Mastering 3D in Adobe Photoshop

    1.9 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Digital Drawing 101: Drawing Animals

    2.6 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Event Flyer Design

    2.3 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Figure Drawing for Digital Comics

    3.1 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Advanced Photo Manipulation: Movie Poster Effects

    2.8 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Advanced Photo Manipulation Part 2

    3.6 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Advanced Photo Manipulation Course One

    3.7 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Digital Figure Drawing: Beyond the Basics

    2.4 hours
  • Photo & Video

    Photo Restoration 101

    3.5 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Introduction to Digital Figure Drawing

    3 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Digital Portrait Drawing

    3.1 hours
  • Design & Illustration

    Digital Drawing Fundamentals

    3.7 hours
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Custom Water Splash Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewshot
    365 shares
    Get wet as you learn how to capture your own water splash images to use as custom brushes in Photoshop.Read More…
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    How to Apply Custom Shattered Glass Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage
    262 shares
    Punch through a pane of glass with our custom shattered glass brushes! All without the risk of personal injury.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Realistic Water Drop Reflections in Adobe PhotoshopDroppreview
    257 shares
    In this tutorial you'll learn how to use the custom water drop brushes to create a realistic photo manipulation of rain drops on a window.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Painted Pet Portrait Effect in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage2
    201 shares
    Learn to use the smudge brush along with several other photo manipulation techniques to create an easy painted pet portrait in Photoshop. This tutorial is one part of a larger set of instructions for the course: Creative Photo Effects in Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Custom Shattered Glass Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage
    672 shares
    Find out how to safely create custom shattered glass brushes in Photoshop for some smashing design ideas!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Photo Caricature in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage
    953 shares
    In this tutorial we will use the transformation, warp, and liquify tools to turn a portrait image into a fun photo caricature!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Custom Water Drop Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage
    311 shares
    See how to easily capture water drop images and transform them into custom brushes in Photoshop to give some splash to your artwork.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Custom Smoke Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage2
    317 shares
    Smoke trails are elegant, beautiful, and amazing to watch. Thin wisps of smoke dancing through the air reveal just how fluid our atmosphere really is. The effect is deceptively simple, and the dynamics of it are dizzyingly complex. Recreating believable smoke in a digital environment is no easy task. However, capturing the practical effect is a much easier prospect. In this quick tip, I'll share a technique that I use to create stunningly beautiful custom smoke brushes in Photoshop.Read More…
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    Create Custom Coffee Ring Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage2
    363 shares
    Coffee rings are a special type of grunge effect that tends to turn accidents into elements. The fluid nature of the effect makes it difficult to reproduce digitally in a realistic manner. Fortunately, they are really easy to create practically, almost unavoidable even! Find out how to create, capture, digitize and use your very own Coffee Ring brushes!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Spooky Forest Setting in Adobe PhotoshopSpookyforestpreviewimage
    388 shares
    Fall is the season in which even the most unassuming settings can take on an air of creepiness. It doesn't help when the setting starts out as rather terrifying, and just gets worse! Start with a forest setting on a foggy night, add in an abandoned old house, mix well with spooky lighting effects, then season with a few surprises hidden in the dark. That's how we add an atmosphere of terror and dread to this quaint little cottage in the woods!Read More…
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    How to Create an Exploding Planet in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage3
    249 shares
    This tutorial will teach you how to create a cracked and exploding planet. All super villains wish for a weapon capable of destroying a planet. We have one too: we call it Photoshop! We will start with a perfectly good planet and smash it like an egg! Or at least an egg that is floating in space and has an explosion of energy within it.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Unique Rust and Distress Effects in Adobe PhotoshopRusteffectspreview
    576 shares
    Learn how to create and use realistic rust and scratch effects in this excerpt from the Advanced Photo Manipulation: Movie Poster Effects course. Read More…