Category: Photoshop

Fantasy Photoshop Techniques

Create Amazing Fantasy Art

Phoenix Rising Splash Orange

The recent slew of hero and fantasy movies has inspired Techsnoop to work on fantasy painting. Thankfully, the great people at Tuts+ are offering a wonderful tutorial on how to create fantasy city from photos. Check out some of these techniques and incorporate them into your design workflow. Post your results in the comments.






Get Started with Multimedia

Techsnoop is always looking to expand her skills. If you are interested in making your own multimedia for your website or for customers, take a look at Adobe After Effects. There are many simple animations and transitions that can be accomplished with minimal skill. In addition, if you have a Creative Cloud membership, After Effects plays well with Photoshop and Illustrator. So you can create assets in your favorite program and pull them into After Effects to animate. Take a look at this video from Terry White, our favorite Adobe Guru and jump into something new this summer.


Send us a link to your masterpiece in the comments.

Free and Fancy Fonts

Free Fonts

Happy Freebie Friday everyone.  Techsnoop has rounded up some great looking script fonts to spice up your website, print projects or headlines.  They all have open, rounded shapes and are easy to read at all sizes.  Best of all, they are free.  A big thank you to the creators for providing excellent design resources.


Windsong font

Simply Glamorous

Simply Glamorous font

Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue font


As with all free resources, be sure to read the license information.  These fonts are all free for personal use, but some may charge for commercial use.  Let us know in the comments how you used these fonts.  And come back next week for a great tutorial.

Happy Designing!

Touching Up Photoshop Skills

Here are some  great tutorials for maximizing the photo retouch tools in Photoshop.  It can be very frustrating to try to get rid of distracting objects in photos only to have the photo look smeared.

The first video shows how a little attention to set up and use of multiple tools can eliminate blurs and hard transitions.  Our second video is more advanced on skin softening and retaining details.

So, get out your preferred caffeine fix and let’s get learning!

Thank you to envatopsd and Lightenupandshoot.

Free PSD Files for Christmas

If you’ve been so busy working that you didn’t get out your Christmas cards, Techsnoop has rounded up some great resources to get you caught up.  Use these free PSD files to send some personalized e-cards to family and friends.  The creative touch will make up for your procrastination.

From Webdesignmash is a collection of layered PSDs for full customization benefits.  It includes backgrounds and icons to create great designs.  (All images below are samples.)

holiday psds 004 Free Collection of Christmas PSD Downloads from FREEPSDFILES.NET has a great collection of vector and PSD icons and backgrounds for extra ho, ho, ho credits.



From PSD Blast we get icons, wallpapers and some WordPress themes, all free.  Please note; the WordPress themes seem to be old and may not work with the current version of WordPress.  You may want to search for an update of the theme unless you are a WordPress master and can update them yourself.  There are also some patterns and fonts available on this site.

Christmas Train by Vladstudio


Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year from Techsnoop and DKemp Designs!

Free Icons for Movie Themes

movie icons

(Credit: Smashing Mag)

Today’s free item is a collection of movie themed icons from Smashing Magazine.  The set includes .png .jpg and PSD formats of tickets, popcorn, and other movie themed icons to use freely in any work you choose.

Maybe you are blogging about a movie or created a website for a small indie production.  These are great, ready to use icons to give any of your work a professional and polished appeal.

Download here and don’t forget to give credit to the designer, Nikolay Kuchkarov for saving you hours of work.

Happy designing.