Mark Heaps
I'm a creative industry enthusiast with passions for design, photography, and digital imaging. I've worked in this field for over 15 years and been lucky enough to work with companies like Apple, Nokia, Google, HP, and many others. I currently work as a graphic designer and photographer for Duarte Design a leading presentation design agency. If I'm not working, then I'm probably exploring abandoned places to take photographs of or spending time with my wife and our amazing little daughter. Oh, and I love pizza.
  • Design & Illustration
    Apply Texture, Age, and Weathering Effects in Photoshop Using Machine Wash Deluxe 20831 machine wash preview
    Most artists, designers, and photographers need to apply texture, aging, and weathering effects to their work at some point. These types of effects can be a lot of fun to apply to your work, but applying them using Photoshop's basic tools can be quite time-consuming. In this tutorial, we will show you how the new Machine Wash Deluxe plugin by Mister Retro can be used to apply professional quality texture, aging, and weathering effects to artwork. Let's take a look!Read More…
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    Create a Photo Composite With Filter Forge and PhotoshopPreview 200px
    This tutorial walks you through the process of creating a photo composite using portrait photography with Photoshop and Filter Forge. We will start by isolating the subject in Photoshop, then we will show how to use Filter Forge to generate a variety of digitally rendered textures that we will use to create foreground and background elements for our composite. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Using Non-Destructive Editing Techniques in Your Photoshop WorkflowPreview
    Have you ever poured orange juice on your cereal? It sucks! Wouldn't it be great if right after that happens you could easily alter that orange juice and just make it milk? Unfortunately, no one has invented a Find and Replace button for real life and there is no way to automatically replace the orange juice in your cereal for the milk in the carton. Fortunately, for designers, that's not the case. In Photoshop, it is quite easy to make quick edits to your files if you know what you're doing. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop. So the next time you pour orange juice into your cereal, so to speak, you will know exactly how to salvage your breakfast.Read More…
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    Transfer Artwork to a Wooden iPhone 4 Cover Using Photoshop and Filter ForgePreview
    Photoshop is a fantastic tool for helping users creates images that can't or don't exist in real life. It is also a great tool for helping users create items that do exist in real life. In this tutorial, we will explain how you can use Filter Forge and Photoshop to create artwork that we will transfer to a wooden iPhone 4 cover. This technique involves applying an effect to an image in Filter Forge and then applying that image to a laser printout. We will then transfer that image to a wooden iPhone 4 cover. This technique is cheap, easy, and a lot of fun. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Create Storybook Illustrations Using Photoshop and Filter Forge 3Ff3 creative thumb
    For many professional illustrators, Photoshop is the tool of choice to create hand-drawn digital artwork or paintings. With the right knowledge and skills, it can be used to create stunning works of art. With that said, we're not all professional illustrators. In this tutorial we will explain how to achieve similar results by applying Filter Forge effects to quick hand-drawn sketches. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Quickly Apply Effects to Your Artwork Using Filter Forge 3.0Main layout 200px
    Most designers have at some point in their career, been faced with having to design artwork for a friend or family member, on a tight deadline, with no budget. In those instances, designers often have to rely on special tools and effects to help them quickly produce the artwork they need so that they can get back to work on other projects. In this tutorial we will explain how you can use Filter Forge, to help create a car show poster in Photoshop. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Getting Started With Filter Forge 3.0Preview
    Photoshop's default filters and effects don't always give you the look and flexibility that you are looking for. Over the last several months, we have been introducing you to Filter Forge, a powerful third-party plugin that allows you to apply 4,000 amazing effects to your images, and even create your own. In this tutorial, we will explain how Filter Forge works and how you can get started with this fantastic plugin. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Create Hipstamatic and Instagram Style Effects With Photoshop and RetrographerPreview
    If you are on Facebook or Twitter, chances are you’ve seen your friends post vintage, retro, worn, or decayed looking photos to their profile using apps like Instagram or Hipstamatic. Mobile apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic make it easy to produce these types of effects on your mobile device but unfortunately, it can be quite difficult and time-consuming to produce a similar effect using Photoshop alone. In this tutorial, author Mark Heaps will introduce you to Retrographer, a fantastic plugin for Photoshop that will allow you to apply similar effects to your photos in minutes with powerful fine-tuning control not possible in fixed preset applications. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Photo Effects Week: Create a Cutout Photograph in Photoshop200px preview
    This week we are celebrating the launch of PhotoDune, Envato's new stock photography website with a series of photo effect and photo manipulation tutorials that showcase the images from our new marketplace. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a cutout photo using simple selections and advanced transformations. The photos used in this tutorial are available for free for Psd Premium Members. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Interview With Nancy DuartePreview
    Presentation design. It's a niche market that only a very small percentage of designers ever consider working in. The basics are pretty easy to understand. No code and no monster high-resolution assets. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design. Duarte Design creates beautiful presentations for Fortune 500 companies so I thought I'd get her to share some of her insights into this niche industry and explain some of the opportunities that may be available to designers looking to find work in this industry.Read More…
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    12 Common Mistakes Designers Make and How to Avoid ThemPreview
    Ahh mistakes. We all make them, and it's not something to fear or be ashamed of. They are a great opportunity to learn, to grow your skills, and become a stronger designer for your clients and your career. After doing this for a number of years, I've made a few "lessons" myself. I started thinking about the more common mistakes that happen in the creative workspace and maybe some advice to help get around them. After sharing and discussing with a few of my peers here's what we came up with.Read More…