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Free PDF Instructions: Create a quick gold foil overlay in Photoshop

Here’s a nice Photoshop effect that takes just a few minutes to do. It’s quick and simple and looks tremendous. You don’t have to stick with gold, you can use silver, bronze or other background of your choice. You will need to have a reasonable quality jpeg of the background. If you search with Google, you’ll be spoiled for choice. All you need is Photoshop, a foil (or other background) and you’re good to go.

The Free PDF Instructions are here:

Have fun!

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Glowing orb Photoshop tutorial and free.abr brush


In a mood of deep thought and probably influenced to some degree by listening to Sound Garden including Black Hole Sun’ (love that track) I sat down with Photoshop and created the image above.

Weird dreams lately.

Had gone somewhere and there was great music and I wanted to dance but got  ‘grabbed’ by some guy, who, for some weird reason was sporting two flaxen plaits – like a viking; rather grubby and stinking of fags and beer. Eeew.

Then, new dream. I was on a space ship with Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc. It wasn’t the Enterprise and nor were there any other ST crew. He was a hologram or made from hard light or some other weirdness.

Most odd.

Anyhow, here is the tutorial and free .abr Magicwindow background brush for you:

Glowing orb - free pdf tutorial

A png to show you the Magic Window .abr. It was created from a photograph I took of a window on a frosty day and taken into PS and converted into a brush.

Introspection and self-immersion still the mood of the day, will go write this up in my dream diary. Make like a mathematician with constipation and work it out with a pencil.

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Virtual chocolate has no calories

There now! I hope everybody had a lovely Mother’s Day. I did and was a very happy mum. Where does the time go?  I didn’t get any chocolates (by request) so I made myself a virtual chocolate bar in Photoshop.

I heard on the news that there’s a shortage of Marmite in New Zealand (not a random, disparate comment here – remember Mr Tree got some Marmite-flavoured chocolate in his Christmas stocking?). People are stockpiling it and the newspapers are describing it as ‘Marmageddon! Ha ha! I’d stockpile it if there was a shortage, it’s a big favourite in our house.

Driving along yesterday, a big stone hit the windscreen. If it had been thrown (it wasn’t gravel) any harder or if the car had been going any faster, it would have shattered. Huge ‘spider’s’ web of impact stress. I checked the insurance and found a pro-forma for applying and it had a check box for windshield cover. Thought to myself  ‘Bet we didn’t pay the extra for it’. Glum face. Too despondent to dig out the actual policy at that point. Was going to ring round for a few quotes but it was St Patrick’s Day bank holiday here so everywhere was shut.

Got up this morning and checked the policy first thing – we HAD taken out the windshield cover!!!  Happy dance! One quick call to the insurance company and they organised a bloke to call round and sort it out. It was all done (windshield replaced not filled) by 10.30. Brilliant service. As for the stone thrower?! Nothing I can do. The road where it happened runs parallel to a railway line. The railway line has a 6″ wall alongside the road so whoever threw the stone threw it up and over. They couldn’t see me and I couldn’t see them. Totally indiscriminate and untargetted. Stupid, dangerous and loutish behaviour nonetheless. Anyway, at least the cost of the repair was covered by insurance and not me!

If you fancy having a go yourself, the tutorial (PDF) can be downloaded here – it’s free but you’ll need to subscribe (keeps the spam bots away).

Chocolate bar Photoshop tutorial PDF

Have a great week!


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How to create a line drawing effect in Photoshop (quick tutorial)

This effect is quick and very easy. It started life as a colour photo and within 5 minutes or so using Photoshop’s filters it became this bluey, almost inky, line drawing. You can spend longer to get every detail just-so  – I have another tutorial on here for creating a watercolour effect painting – use that as the basis for stripping out the details of your picture first if you have time to spend longer on your image.

Anyway, this was done in 5 minutes. I have my original notes written around one of my old doodlings pdf’d for you to download.

Bye for now


Photoshop tutorials

Make easy peasey stripey patterns in Photoshop

I needed some colour and jazz to brighten up my day and this did the trick. It felt good to play about with a fresh, sunshiny palette and hoop a loop around a bit!

I have written up a tutorial on how to make quick and very easy stripey patterns in Photoshop and introducing you to ways you can then play with those stripes using different settings. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fierce!

Click here to download your free copy:

DownloadFree PDF tutorial - make stripey patterns in Photoshop

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