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

    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 Drop Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage
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    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
    291 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…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Custom Coffee Ring Brushes in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage2
    355 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
    377 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…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create an Exploding Planet in Adobe PhotoshopPreviewimage3
    246 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
    565 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…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Use Focus Area Selection in Adobe PhotoshopFocusselectpreview
    291 shares
    Using the new Focus Area selection feature in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Transform a Photo into a LEGO Block Piece of Art in Adobe PhotoshopLegoblockart preview
    146 shares
    Use Adobe Photoshop to build a LEGO version of a photo. Use some clever filters and shadowing techniques to easily create the appearance of building a photo replica with hundreds of tiny plastic blocks. Read More…