Village Auto

I have always had a love for villages and small towns – especially for the small business owners. I made this 3D model as a practice in game asset development.

Tools: Blender 2.7; Photoshop CC (Texture/Color)

Village Auto Model

Village Auto Wireframe

Village Auto Color

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Tutorial: Yin Yang Symbol (Photoshop CC)

What you will be making:

ying-yang

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 720; Height: 720)
  2. Fit the project on your screen (CTRL + 0)
  3. Choose the Gradient Tool and click on the Gradient Box (under the Paint Bucket Tool)
    ….Choose a color for the Left Stop (I used ff0000)
    ….Choose a darker gradient of the Left Stop color for the Right stop (I used 870303)
  4. Hold SHIFT and drag from the bottom of the project to the center
  5. Double-click on the Background thumbnail and rename it Base
  6. Go to View and make sure Rulers and Snap are checked
  7. Drag out a vertical ruler to the center (360 px) and a horizontal ruler to just above the center of the project (325 px)
  8. Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool (under the Rectangular Marquee Tool) and holding down SHIFT + ALT drag a large circle out from the center of the guidelines
  9. Make a new layer and make sure your foreground color is set to black
  10. Press ALT + DELETE to fill the selection with black
  11. Click on the Layer Mask button
  12. Click on the black circle thumbnail to make it active
  13. Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool
  14. Drag out a rectangle along the left side of the project to the center vertical guide
  15. Make sure your background color is white and fill the selection with white (CTRL + DELETE)
  16. Delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  17. CTRL-click on the layer mask
  18. Go to Select > Transform Selection
  19. Go to the lower-right of the transform and holding SHIFT drag up to the left until you reach the crosshairs
  20. Click inside the selection and holding SHIFT drag the selection to the right until it snaps to the center and press ENTER
  21. Make a new layer and fill the selection with white (CTRL + DELETE)
  22. Go to Select > Transform Selection
  23. Go to a corner and holding SHIFT + ALT make the selection a smaller size (115 px) and press ENTER
  24. Fill the selection with black (ALT + DELETE) and delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  25. Make a copy of the layer (CTRL + J) and invert it (CTRL + I) and drag it below the top layer
  26. Choose the Move Tool and while holding down SHIFT and drag it down until it snaps to the bottom of the outer circle
  27. Hide the guidelines (CTRL + H)
  28. Hide the Base layer (click on the eyeball)
  29. Make a composite snapshot (CTRL +SHIFT + ALT + E) and move it to the top of the stack and rename the layer Symbol
  30. Hide the other layers (click on the eyeballs) and make the background visible (click on the eyeball)
  31. Make a copy of the symbol (CTRL + J) and rename the layer Reflection
  32. Open the Transform Tool (CTRL + T)
  33. Go to the top of the transform and drag it down to the bottom of the project then hit ENTER
  34. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 5
  35. Reduce the layer’s opacity to 30%
  36. Make a layer mask next to the reflection
  37. Choose the Gradient Tool and click on the Gradient Box
    ….Black, White Gradient (third from the left)
  38. Hold SHIFT and drag up from the bottom of the project to the bottom of the symbol
  39. Make the Symbol Layer active and double-click the thumbnail to open the Layer Style Panel
    ….Click on Inner Glow
    ….….Color: Black
    ….….Blend Mode: Normal
    ….….Opacity: 75
    ….….Size: 250
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Tutorial: Stormy Planet (GIMP 2.8)

What you will be making:

stormy-planet

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New > 640 width; 640 height
  2. Change your background color to black (use the curved double-arrow by the swatches)
  3. Change your foreground color to red (I used #ff0000)
  4. Select your Blend (Gradient) Tool
    ….Gradient: FG to BG RBG
    ….Shape: Linear
  5. Apply a stroke to the project from the top left to the bottom right
  6. Right-click on the Background Layer and if the Remove Alpha Channel is NOT grayed out click on it to remove the alpha channel of the layer
  7. Go to Filters > Render > Nature > Flame
    ….Brightness: 5
    ….All other sliders leave as default
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  8. Go to Filters > Map > Map Object
    ….Map To: Sphere
    ….Check Transparent Background
    ….Change layer name to Planet
  9. Make the Foreground color black and select the Background Layer
    ….Swap the red and black foreground-background color and choose the Bucket Fill Tool
    ….Tool Options:
    ……..Affected Area: Fill Whole Selection
    ….Click on the background area
  10. Add a new layer and name it Turbulence with a Layer Fill Type of Transparency
  11. Go to Filters > Render > Nature > Flame
    ….Colormap: sunny harvest
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  12. Hide the Planet Layer (eyeball) and choose the Move Tool to move the Turbulence Layer up and to the right to expose more of the flame effect
  13. Show the Planet Layer (eyeball)
  14. Make the Planet Layer active and add a new layer and name it Turbulence Front with a Layer Fill Type of Transparency
  15. Go to Filters > Reshow Flame
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  16. Choose the Move Tool to move the Turbulence Front Layer down and to the left to expose more of the planet
  17. Make the Background Layer active
  18. Go to Filters > Light and Shadow > Supernova
    ….Place the Supernova in the upper left-hand corner
    ….Reduce the radius to 10
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Tutorial: Torn Paper (Photoshop CC)

What you will be making:

torn-paper

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 1000; Height: 1000)
  2. Make sure your foreground color is a medium gray (I used 42% brightness) and fill in the project (ALT + DELETE)
  3. Make a new layer and name it Tear
  4. Make sure your background color is white and fill the Tear layer with white (CTRL + DELETE)
  5. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise
    ….Amount: 10
    ….Distribution: Gaussian
    ….Check Monochromatic
  6. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 3
  7. Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance
    ….Midtone Yellow: -52
  8. Choose the Lasso Tool and draw a jagged line from one side of the paper to the other and without releasing your mouse button continue to draw around the outside of the paper until you connect with the starting point of the Lasso Tool
  9. Click on the Layer Mask button
  10. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Spatter
    ….Spray Radius: 15
    ….Smoothness: 8
  11. Make a copy of the Tear Layer (CTRL + J)
  12. Open the Levels Window (CTRL + L)
    ….Midtone Input: 0.61
    ….Output Highlights: 244
  13. Open the Transform Tool (CTRL + T)
  14. Hold SHIFT + ALT and drag the copy layer out making the layer just slightly larger than the bottom layer
  15. Choose the Move Tool and use the Up Arrow key on the keyboard and move the copy layer up
  16. Click on the copy layer’s Layer Mask thumbnail to make it active
  17. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 1
  18. Make the Tear Layer active
  19. Click on the fx Button and choose Drop Shadow
    ….Opacity: 30
    ….Distance: 9
    ….Size: 8
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Tutorial: Painterly Effect (Photoshop CC)

 

What you will be making:

painterly effect

  1. Open the image
    ….File > Open
    Direct Link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kilmaurs_Place,_view_of_main_garden.JPG
  2. Go to Image > Mode > 8Bits/Channel (if not already 8 bits)
  3. Make two copies of the image (CTRL + J)
  4. Hide the top two layers (click the eyeballs)
  5. Make the bottom layer active
  6. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Bas Relief
    ….Detail: 14
    ….Smoothness: 4
    ….Light: Top
  7. Make the middle layer visible and active
  8. Go to Image > Mode and change the layer mode to Color (if needed)
  9. Shift-Click the middle and bottom layers to choose them both and merge the layers (CTRL + E)
  10. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Cutout
    ….Number of Levels: 8
    ….Edge Simplicity: 3
    ….Edge Fidelity: 1
  11. Make the top layer visible and active
  12. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Cutout
    ….Number of Levels: 8
    ….Edge Simplicity: 4
    ….Edge Fidelity: 1
  13. Change the Layer Mode to Overlay
  14. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Brightness/Contrast
    ….Brightness: -40
    ….Contrast: 45
  15. Open the Denim Texture
    Direct Link: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IvDcbmva_NM/SZ6v7uU_46I/AAAAAAAABTs/rRpfMGJHYDw/s1600/img019.jpg
  16. Choose the Move Tool and drag the texture layer onto the Garden tab and without releasing the mouse button drag the texture onto the image
  17. Use CTRL + T to resize the Denim Texture (Use CTRL + 0 to see the entire texture image) – Use CTRL  SHIFT to keep the texture in perspective
  18. Use CTRL + 1 to view the image at 100%
  19. Change the Layer Mode to Screen and the Opacity to 20%
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Tutorial: Banner Signature (GIMP 2.8)

 

What you will be making:

banner-signature

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 470 Height: 170)
  2. Choose the Bucket Fill Tool and fill the background with black
  3. Go to Filters > Noise > HSV Noise
    ….Holdness: 8
    ….Hue: 0
    ….Saturation: 0
    ….Value: 255
  4. Go to Filters > Blur > Motion Blur
    ….Blur Type: Linear
    ….Length: 15
    ….Angle: 90
  5. Choose the Text Tool and type in your text
    ….Font: Rockwell Bold
    ….Size: 70
    ….Color: White
  6. Choose the Alignment Tool and click on your Text once
    ….Align Center of Target
    ….Align Middle of Target
  7. Right-click on the Text Layer and choose Alpha to Selection
  8. Add a new layer
    ….Name: Grow
    ….Layer Fill Type: Transparency
  9. Go to Select > Grow and grow the selection by 3 pixels
  10. Choose the Bucket Fill Tool and set the foreground color to black
  11. Fill the selection with the foreground color
  12. Go to Select > None
  13. Move the Grow Layer below the Text Layer (use the green arrow)
  14. Right-click on the Text Layer and select Merge Down
  15. Go to Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow
    ….Offset X: 0
    ….Offset Y: 0
    ….Blur Radius: 30
    ….Color: # 0000bd (or a color of your choice)
    ….Size: 100
    ….Allow Resizing: Unchecked
  16. Lower the Opacity of the Grow Layer to 80
  17. Add a new layer
    ….Name: Splatter
    ….Layer Fill Type: Transparency
  18. Choose a color for the splatters on the signature (I used: 01518a)
  19. Choose the Paintbrush Tool and paint on some splatters over the signature
  20. Change the Splatter Layer’s Opacity to 50%
  21. Go to Image > Merge Visible Layers
  22. Choose the Rectangular Select Tool
    ….Tool Options:
    ……..Rounded Corners with a Radius of 30
  23. Draw a rectangle from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner of the Signature
  24. Choose the Eraser Tool
  25. Go to Select > Invert
  26. Use the Eraser Tool to erase the corners of the selection
  27. Go to Select > None

NOTE: If you want the transparent background to remain you must export the image as a PNG

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Tutorial: Making the Sun (Photoshop CC)

 

What you will be making:

making-the-sun

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 2000; Height: 2000)
  2. Make sure your foreground color is a black and using ALT + DEL fill the project with black
  3. Fit the project onto your screen (CTRL + 0)
  4. Choose your Elliptical Marquee Tool and holding down SHIFT + ALT start from the center of the project and draw out a circle to about 2/3 the size of the project
    ….If you need to move the Selection click inside the Selection and hold your Left Mouse Button down while moving the Selection
  5. Make a new layer and name it Sun
  6. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds
  7. Go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds
  8. To increase the complexity of the patterns hit CTRL + F seven or eight times
  9. Delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  10. Click on the Adjustment Layer button and choose Gradient Map
  11. Click on the Gradient Box
    ….Double-Click on the left stop and change the color to 6a0202
    ….Click below the gradient bar to make a new stop and type in 30% for the location change the color to c20000
    ….….Click below the gradient bar to make a new stop and type in 60% for the location change the color to fdca3c
    …. Click right stop and type in 80% for the location
  12. Make the Sun Layer active and go to Filter > Distort > Spherize
    ….Amount: 100
  13. Repeat the filter (CTRL + F)
  14. Reduce the size by using the Transform Tool (CTRL + T)
  15. Holding down SHIFT + ALT drag in from a corner and hit ENTER when you have the size you want
  16. Shift-click the top Adjustment Layer to select it along with the Sun Layer and press CTRL + E to merge the layers – Rename the layer Sun
  17. Delete the background layer
  18. Go to File > New (Width: 1920; Height: 1080)
  19. Make sure your foreground color is black and using ALT + DEL fill the project with black and fit onto your screen (CTRL + 0)
  20. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise
    ….Amount: 20
    ….Distribution: Gaussian
    ….Check Monochromatic
  21. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 0.3
  22. Open the Levels Window (CTRL + L)
    ….Change the Black to 58
    ….Change the White to 140
  23. Click back on the Sun tab
  24. Choose the Move Tool and drag the sun onto the tab of the star project and without releasing your mouse button drag the sun onto the star project and drag it into position
  25. Make a copy of the new Sun Layer (CTRL + J)
  26. Make the original Sun Layer active and go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur
    ….Amount: 100
    ….Blur Method: Zoom
    ….Quality: Best
  27. Make a copy of the Sun Layer (CTRL + J) and name it Inner Glow
  28. Rename the Sun Copy Layer Outer Glow
  29. Double-click on the Outer Glow Layer thumbnail to open the Layer Style window
    ….Click on Outer Glow and change the color to f9b92f
    ….Blend Mode: Dissolve
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 30
  30. Click on the arrow in the upper-right corner and choose Convert to Smart Object
  31. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 2
  32. Click on the fx Button and choose Outer Glow
    ….Color: b10000
    ….Blend Mode: Normal
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 80
  33. Make the Inner Glow Layer active and double-click on the thumbnail to open the Layer Style window and choose Inner Glow
    ….Color: White
    ….Blend Mode: Soft Light
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 32
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Tutorial: Shiny Glass Text (GIMP 2.8)

 

What you will be making:

shiny-glass-text

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 640 Height: 400)
  2. Fill the background with a dark gradient (I used 200202 for the foreground color and 4e0c0c for the background color)
    ….Gradient: FG to BG RGB
    ….Shape: Linear
    …. Drag a straight line from the top to the bottom of the Background (hold down Control to ensure a straight line)
  3. Select the Text Tool and set your color to a light color similar to your background color (I used 9a0707)
  4. Type out your text (I used the Sans font with a size of 170)
  5. Chose the Alignment Tool and click on the Text once
    ….Align Center of Target
    ….Align Middle of Target
  6. Right-click on your Text Layer and choose Text to Path
  7. Change the Text Layer Opacity to 60%
  8. Add a drop-shadow to the text
    ….Filters>Light and Shadow>Drop Shadow
    ….Use the Default Settings
  9. Create a new layer above the Text Layer
    ….Name: Inner Glow
    ….Fill Type: Transparency
  10. Set your foreground color to a very light color similar to the background color (I used e73030)
  11. Go to Select > From Path
  12. Go to Select > Feather and feather the selection by 10 pixels
  13. Choose the Paint Bucket Tool and fill the selection with the foreground color
  14. Go to Select > Shrink and shrink the selection by 2 pixels
  15. Go to Edit > Clear
  16. Go to Select > None
  17. Change the Layer Mode of the Inner Glow Layer to Screen and change the Opacity to 50%
  18. Create a new layer above the Inner Glow Layer
    ….Name: Center
    ….Fill Type: Transparency
  19. Change your foreground color to black
  20. Go to Select > From Path
  21. Go to Select > Shrink and shrink the selection by 4 pixels
  22. Go to Select > Feather and feather the selection by 10 pixels
  23. Choose the Paint Bucket Tool fill the selection with black
  24. Change the Layer Mode to Overlay
  25. Go to Select > None
  26. Create a new Layer above the Center Layer
    ….Name: Gloss
    ….Fill Type: Transparency
  27. Go to Select > From Path
  28. Choose your Ellipse Select Tool
    ….In the Ellipse Select panel change the Mode to Intersect (the icon on the far-right)
  29. Draw an oval over the top-half of the text
  30. Change your foreground color to white
  31. Select your Gradient Tool
    ….Choose FG to Transparent
    ….The Shape should be Linear
  32. Drag a straight line from the top to the bottom of the letters (hold down Control to ensure a straight line)
  33. Go to Select > None
  34. Lower the Gloss Layer Opacity to 50%
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Little Castle

I have always had a love for castles and one of the wishes in my bucket list is to visit Edinburgh Castle. I made this 3D model as a practice in game asset development.

Tools: Blender 2.7

little-castle-model

little-castle-wireframe

little-castle-texture

Little Castle
by jsabbott
on Sketchfab

 

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