Stephen Petrany
Designer, Instructor, and Artist. @spetrany.
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Lego Inspired Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopPreview400x277
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    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create an isometric Lego text effect in Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
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    Create Animated Falling Snow in PhotoshopPreview400x400
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    Digitally created snow can often be quite difficult to generate in Photoshop, in a realistic-looking way. We recently published a tutorial showing how to add snow to a still image, so in this tutorial, we decided that it would be fun to show how to create a realistic-looking animated snowfall effect in Photoshop, and then turn it into an animated GIF file. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create an Animated, Glittering, Valentine's Day Text EffectGlitter animation preview400
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    Smart objects are powerful layers in Photoshop that allow you to make non-destructive edits. In this tutorial, we will use smart objects to help build a custom text effect as well as a complex, animated texture. By working with smart objects, we will be able to quickly update our scene simply by editing the smart objects. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Delicious Print Ad Using Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop0898 strawberry preview400
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    Print designers often work with digital illustrators and CG artists to help produce their work. In this tutorial, we will continue to develop a character concept from a Cgtuts+ tutorial by Nacho Riesco and show you how to create a print ad by combining photo manipulation techniques with some renders from another tutorial. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Retro Sign from Scratch Using Advanced Techniques in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
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    In this tutorial, we will push Photoshop to its limits to produce a realistic neon sign. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: How to Fix Muddy Gradients in Adobe InDesignStephen qt 200x200 preview
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    If you spend a lot of time in Adobe InDesign, then there's a good chance that you've encountered a gradient with a muddy-looking, off black and dulled transition. This phenomenon happens a lot when using the default black. In this tutorial, we'll take a look at a few methods you can use to correct that muddy look in both process (CMYK) and spot color gradients. Enjoy!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Miniature Scene Using Stock PhotographyDesign and illustration
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    When you are creating a photo composite, you can have quite a bit of fun playing with the size and scale of the photography that you place onto your canvas. In this tutorial, we will create a miniature scene using a handful of stock photographs. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Humorous Photo Manipulation Using Animal PhotographyDesign and illustration
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    How does a hippo take a bath? In this tutorial, we show you how to create a humorous photo manipulation using a handful of stock photographs. The result will depict a hippo taking a bath in an unexpected and funny way. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Gingerbread Cookie Scene Using Smart ObjectsGingerbread400
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    In this tutorial, we'll learn how to build a gingerbread cookie 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. Let's get Started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a 3D, Chrome, Logo Animation With Sound FX Using Photoshop CS6 ExtendedPreview
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    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. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Chrome Hood Ornament Using Photoshop CS6 Extended's New 3D FeaturesDesign and illustration
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    Photoshop CS6 is packed with new and powerful features. In this tutorial we will explore some of Photoshop CS6's enhanced 3D features by showing how to create a realistic 3D hood ornament. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Create an Animated 3D GIF in Photoshop CS6Preview
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    In this tutorial, we will explain how to take a flat logo and animate it using Photoshop's new 3D and Timeline features. Let's get started!Read More…