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Design a Trippy Album Cover in Photoshop

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In this tutorial we'll learn how to create an Album Cover Design using Photoshop.

Let’s break this tutorial down: 

  1. Setting up Photoshop (Canvas, Resolution)
  2. Getting the Photo
  3. Using the Liquify Filter
  4. Duplicating and Clipping Mask
  5. Adding Shadows
  6. Adding Text & Shapes

Step 1. Setting up Photoshop

Create a Photoshop Document with a size of 3000px x 3000px (square) and a Resolution of 150 Dpi.

Step 2. Getting the Photo

Abstract Art https:/www.pexels.com/photo/orange-red-and-green-abstract-painting-1585325/

Once you’ve downloaded the image, place the Abstract Art Image and crop it to fit the canvas. It should look like this. 

Step 3. Using the Liquify Filter

While your Abstract Image is selected:

  • Choose Filter > Liquify

The following Interface will appear once you have converted your layer to be brought into liquify:

I have kept the brush pressure at 100 but you can play around with the settings. Use the forward warp tool to swirl, move and push pixels around based on your brush settings.

You can increase or decrease the size of the brush using the] or [bracket keys or use the Brush Tool Options on the right side of the box. After you’re done swirling, pull the transparent

 

Step 4. Duplicating and Clipping Mask

From the toolbar, click and hold the Shape tool group icon to bring up the various shape tool options.

  • Choose the Rectangle Tool
  • Hold the Shift key while drawing to make your shape proportional

Duplicate the Liquified Layer by Pressing Ctrl + J. Drag it above the Box. Right Click on the Image and Press “Create Clipping Mask”. We see the top layer clipped to the layer below it.

Use the Move Tool from the Toolbar to reposition the image within the box.

 

Step 5. Adding Shadows

Select the Box layer and click Layer Style icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Drop Shadow from the list.

Bring the Opacity to 32%, set the angle at 120 degrees, distance and size at 2px. Press OK.

Add a Levels Adjustment Layer above the first Liquified Image.

 On the Levels Adjustment Layer, add the following values:

  • Shadows – 41
  • Midtones – 0.76
  • Highlights - 255
 

Create a New Layer and name it Shadows.

Press B on the Keyboard to Bring up the Brush Tool and select a Soft Round with the Hardness set to 0 and the Opacity set to 100% and a Color #200000

Place your brush in the corners of the canvas and left click once to add the Shadows – #200000 and bring the opacity of the Shadows layer to 42%.  

 

Step 6. Adding  Text & Shapes

Use the Horizontal Type Tool from the Toolbar to add text.

To add Shapes, use the Rectangle Tool from the Toolbar.

 And That's it. It's really that easy. 

 

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What are NFT’s? A look at the new phenomenon

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Non-fungible tokens are blockchain assets which are cryptographic and with unique identification codes and metadata that differentiate them from each other – Investopedia

Image: thissongissick.com

Without a doubt, NFTs are the new guys in town that are soaking up all the attention and getting invites to every party. And to make things worse for regular cryptocurrencies, they seem to be here to stay.

None fungible tokens have found their way into the art, financial and music world and they are pretty much shaking everything up.

 

What Exactly are NFTs?

Digital painting by artist Sara Ludy

 

Non-fundable tokens are cryptocurrencies through which the ownership of items are represented. Each item - no matter how similar it is to another - is entirely unique and cannot be duplicated. The ownership of such property is secured by the Etherum blockchain.

On the other hand, fundable items can be exchanged because they aren’t defined by their unique properties but their values. For example, 10 Bitcoins at a particular amount are fundable because they can be exchanged for another 10 Bitcoins valued at the same amount. Theoretically, NFTs work around anything that is unique and needs unique ownership.

How do NFTs Benefit Digital Creators and Artists?

‘The First Emoji’ Part of Beeple’s $69.3 million worth of crypto art.

One problem that has always existed in the digital art world is the problem of authenticity. It has always been difficult for buyers to be assured of the uniqueness of the pieces they are purchasing and even more tedious for artists to protect their works from duplication and intellectual property theft. But that’s what NFTs have come to solve so easily and that’s why many artists and digital creator are looking to hop on this beautiful NFT wagon.

By minting an NFT, buyers of digital assets are offered something unique and something whose ownership can be verified. NFTs and all of their properties are always independently guaranteed and secured on the blockchain such that even if an NFT were to change hands, the original creator could receive a certain commission.

By creating an NFT, you determine its scarcity and you can earn resale royalties every time it is sold. In other words, NFTs are:

Verifiable: If you own an NFT, you can easily prove that you own it since each token has a unique identifier that is available publically and can easily be verified. The transaction history and metadata are also available publically.

Unrestricted: With NFTs, you literally have access to a global market. NFTs live on Etherum and can be bought off any Etherum-based NFT market. That is, you’re not restricted to any platform to commercialise your token.

Indestructible: All NFT data are stored on the blockchain through smart contracts. By that, no NFT can be destroyed, replicated or lost.

 

 

Popular NTFs and Artists That Sold for Millions

According to Cointelegraph, there were about $300 million NFT sales in January and February. Likewise, OpenSea, a top NFT marketplace reported sales of $1.5 million every month in 2020. Now, that figure has risen to astonishing values of $8 million and $86.3 million in January and February respectively. That being said, here are some popular NFT arts and artists that sold for millions:

 

 

Everydays – The First 500 Days | Beeple

 

 

Death of the Old | Grimes

 

“Everydays — The First 5000 Days” is a collage of all the images that the artist known as Beeple has been posting online each day since 2007.Credit...via Christie's

A jpeg file, Everydays – The First 5000 Days owned by Mike Winkelmann sold at an online auction for $69.3 million. With that whooping sale, this artist popularly known as Beeple, made his way to being one of the top three most valuable artists alive after Jeff Koons and David Hockney. The collage comprises all the 5,000 individual images he made every day between May 1st, 2007 - January 7th, 2021. Currently, the top crypto artist has sold842 works for a total of $102.2 million.

 

Forever Rose |Kevin Abosch

Forever Rose by Kevin Abosch which went for sale on Valentine’s day, February 14th, 2018. Even though NFT was just gaining ground at that time, this magnificent piece was bought over by a collective of investors for $1 million. Kevin Abosch, in an interview, said the ‘Forever Love’ is not just a symbol but a proof of love. Whether or not that’s true, what’s definitely true is that the crypto-artwork made him a million-dollar richer.

 

Nyan Cat | Chris Torres

If you use the internet even a little, then you must know this meme and most likely love it!

The Nyan Cat was 10 years last month and to celebrate that, a unique edition of the GIF was to be put up for auction. The brilliant mind behind this renowned etherum-based meme, Chris Torres, reworked the original animation and that's what was to be auctioned through the crypto art platform Foundation.

Fast forward the 19th of February, the digital art sold for about $590,000 and that marked a huge success for the meme economy in the crypto world.

 

CryptoPunks  | Larva Labs

 

On March 11, 2021, these two tradable CryptoPunk collectables broke into the top two spots for the most sales of all time for CryptoPunk tokens. These unique collectable characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain sold at $7.6 million each. By that, they are the most expensive CryptoPunk collectables to date.

 

Not Forgotten, But Gone  | WhIsBe

On the 17th of March, a 16-second clip of a spinning gold skeleton gummy bear was put up on Nifty Gateway, a top crypto NFT marketplace, and it sold for an astonishing $1 million. The artist WhIsBe has numerous distinct gummy bear-themed NFTs on the marketplace as well.

 

Top NFT Websites for Artists to Sell Their Work

Consensual Hallucinations, an NFT by Western Sydney artist Serwah Attafuah

 

Now that it’s clear that the NFT art surge is far from being over, you might want to know what the best marketplaces for artists to sell their works are.

Not to worry, here are a couple of the most popular crypto marketplaces in 2021:

  1. Nifty Gateway
  2. OpenSea:
  3. Axie Marketplace
  4. VIV3
  5. SuperRare
  6. Foundation
  7. BakerySwap
  8. NFT ShowRoom
  9. Rarible

 

Conclusion

With the current explosion of NFT art, it’s no news that we’re in a transition that will bring the best collaboration yet between art and tech. According to  Time, above $200 million was spent last on NFT art, memes and GIFs alone. With such numbers, NFT art will clearly revolutionise the future. Are you coming?

  

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6 Best Marketplaces for Graphic Design

Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn There can never be enough of resources and assets for Graphic Designers. Here's a look at 6 Best Marketplaces for Graphic Designers. Many of these marketplaces allow you to sell your designs and earn decent commissions. In this blog, I'll share points and views from my perspective and my views may differ from yours. So, be Kind :)

Graphicriver (www.graphicriver.net)

I started my design career selling on graphicriver.net. This was one of the first marketplaces on the web that allowed me to quit my job and work from home. It's a great place to buy and sell assets. If you plan to sell on graphicriver.net, your work would need to be "top notch" as they have a strict review process. I have had my designs (items) rejected several times and today I'm an "Elite Author" having almost 20k in sales. Pros - Wide Variety of Design Templates at reasonable prices Score - 9/10

Designbundles (www.designbundles.net)

Like graphicriver.net, Designbundles allows you to sell your work and purchase from the site. The website is mainly suited for designers who make SVG graphics and fonts. It is easy to become a seller on the platform and earn decent commissions on your sales. They have a super friendly facebook group that will clear your doubts and help you in your journey to becoming a successful seller. Pros - Easy to start selling on the Design Bundles platform Score - 8/10

Creativemarket (www.creativemarket.com)

CreativeMarket is a great place to sell and purchase designs from. The website is "cleaner" and more visually appealing. While you can purchase a wide variety of templates across all categories, I feel the platform specializes in Fonts, Brushes & social media templates. Creative Market has been around for a while and a enjoys a good amount of real estate in the design space. Pros - Quite tough to get featured as a seller. Score - 9/10  

PremadePixels (www.premadepixels.com)

PremadePixels is a growing marketplace and currently specializes in Album Cover Templates and Social Media Templates like Youtube Thumbnails and Youtube Channel Art. Unlike the marketplace mentioned above, PremadePixels offers custom design services for any design project of yours as stated on their Design Services page. Pros - You can hire designers from PremadePixels to create something cool for your next project. Score - 6/10  

Fiverr (www.fiverr.com)

Fiverr is a great website for hiring services of Graphic Designers, Web Designers and Web Developers to name a few. You can easily offer your skills as a service on the fiverr platform. For less than $100 you could get a simple website built or have a cool logo for your business. Fiverr is a fantastic platform to kickstart your design career or business.

Pros - Inexpensive and offers a vast array of services.

Score - 8/10

99Designs (www.99designs.com)

99designs is the go-to graphic design service by Vistaprint. They make it easy to work with professional, creative experts from around the world and build your brand through custom, memorable design. They even allow designers to participate in competitions posted by clients. Pretty Cool!

Pros - I love the competitions aspect of the website. It's a great way to see how your designs compares to the other participants in the competitions you enter. It's good for know where you stand as a designer while standing the possibility of earning a good chunk of cash at the same time, that's only if your design is selected as the winner.

Cons -  7.5/10

These are my favorite marketplaces and my thoughts about them. Feel free to tell me what you think and if you know of other Marketplaces for Graphic Designers that I could add to this list. 

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8 Modern Album Cover Art Templates for Your Next EP

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Get Inspired with 8 Modern Album Covers for your next big single.

 

The Unknown Modern Album Cover

album artwork

Download Here - https://graphicriver.net/item/the-unknown-album-cover/29245182

 


Ambition Album Cover Template

album cover art

Download Here - https://graphicriver.net/item/ambition-album-cover/29060107  

 

 

Perspective Album Cover Template

Album Cover Template

Download Here - https://www.premadepixels.com/product/perspective-album-cover 

 

 

Way Maker Album Cover Template

Album Cover Template

Download Here - https://creativemarket.com/PremadePixels.com/5301109-Way-Maker-Album-Cover-Template

 

 

Ambition Album Cover Template

Album Cover Art Templates

 Download Here - https://www.premadepixels.com/product/future-bounce-album-cover  



UK Garage Album Cover Template

UK Garage Album Cover

Download Here - https://www.premadepixels.com/product/uk-garage-album-cover 




Collision Album Cover Template

Collision Album Cover Art

Download Here - https://graphicriver.net/item/collision-album-cover-template/30187526




Insane Album Cover Template

Insane Album Cover Template  

Download Here - https://graphicriver.net/item/insane-album-cover-template/29800323

 

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Blending Images in Photoshop (Easy)

Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Blending / Color Grading Your Photos in Photoshop In this video, you’ll learn how to Blend Images in Photoshop. Take two random images and make them fit perfectly together.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IxwHGkWEIU&t=1s Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on […]
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Sharpen Your Photos like a PRO (Quick Tip)

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How to Create Effective Youtube Thumbnails

Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn How to Create Effective Youtube Thumbnails Download Youtube Thumbnail Template   Why are Youtube Thumbnails important? The first thing that grabs your attention to any video is the “thumbnail image”, the better the design the more chances there are […]
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How to Design a Modern Album Cover in Photoshop

Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn How to Design a Modern Album Cover in Photoshop For this tutorial we are going to be creating an Album Cover Artwork in Photoshop. I’ll try to make this as simple as possible. Let’s break this tutorial down:  Setting […]
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Cool Grungy Mask Effect for Your Photos in Photoshop

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Create a Cool Grungy Dispersion Effect for your Photos in Photoshop

 

Grungy Dispersion Photo Effect

In this tutorial I will show you how to create this cool Grungy Dispersion effect in Photoshop using Photoshop CC 2019 & above. This tutorial was created in CC2020, however, this effect can be achieved in any version of photoshop using the techniques outlined in this tutorial. Download the PSD   Let's break this tutorial down:  1. Getting Your Photo 2. Setting Up Your Photo 3. Getting a Brush 4. Experiment   Step 1. Getting Your Photo You can download the photo here Feel free to use your own photo as well. Once you've got your photo, you need to open the photo in photoshop. Add a Solid Color adjustment layer and choose white as the color.

Step 2. Setting Up Your Photo

With your photo selected, click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel (3rd from the left)

 Your mask would appear white.  

 With the mask selected, press CTRL or CMD + I on the keyboard to invert the mask and make it BLACK. Doing so your PHOTO SHOULD DISAPPEAR

 

Step 3. Getting a Brush This effect will work with any brush, but, because I wanted a "Grungy" look, I've selected the default Special Effects Brush - Kyle's Spatter Brushes - Supreme Spatter This set comes default with Photoshop CC 2019 and above. However, lower versions of photoshop also have plenty of spatter brushes and special effects brushes too.  Set the Opacity of the Brush to 100% Now that we have our brush selected, make sure the foreground color is set to WHITE. Press D on the KEYBOARD to set the foreground color to WHITE. Make sure the MASK is selected for your photo layer Paint with your Brush over the photo and you should see parts of your photo being brought back into the canvas. Pretty Cool, huh?  Continue the painting process till you reach a result you are happy with. If you feel you've done too much and would like to erase certain parts of the photo then you need to start painting with BLACK instead of WHITE.  This is exactly how masks work.

Step 4. Experiment   Use different brushes to achieve different mask effects. Here are some examples using the same image. The options and choices are endless.  Download the PSD   Have fun and Play around! Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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