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Advanced layer Tutorial by zevenstorms Advanced layer Tutorial by zevenstorms
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This is a surprise gift for all the people that have subscribed me!

Still don't know the last ones but i hope you like the gift :)!

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This is an advanced layer tutorial. It will teach you how to use photoshop layers, the advanced way. If you are still basic inside photoshop i suggest you take some basic tutorials first.

excuse for the confusing guide, but deviantart didn't let me load images bigger than 10080x10080 pixels so i needed to
crop it up a bit.

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!For those of you who can't read the tutorial because of to small texts!

Download the image, DeviantArt crops the full-size which is highly disturbing

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I hope it helps!
And don't hesitate to send the results after you tried it!

Greetings,

Z

(my English isn't that great so if you see spelling mistakes that are really bad, tell me)
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Given 2011-08-24
Advanced layer Tutorial by ~zevenstorms truly shows the ins and outs of lighting and layering while using Photoshop. A great source for inspiration and knowledge. ( Suggested by Sophillia and Featured by FantasyStock )
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To start off: this is a really eyecatching tutorial and my expectations were high even before I began to read. At first glance your layout looks pretty simple, but there are small details such as drop shadows on images, gradients on text, and little hand-drawn (?) numbers/arrows that shows you’ve put time and thought into it.

As it’s such a huge tutorial (goodness, how much time did you use?), I’m glad that you included a short intro to it. I also like tutorials with a personal, conversational tone in as opposed to the ”1. Do this. 2. Do this. 3. Etc” – it makes it easier and much more enjoyable to read. :giggle:

”Advanced” tutorials sometimes have the drawback that they use difficult language, or that they try to explain a complicated issue too briefly. I like how you go into detail: your explanations are clear and concise, and the screenshots adds to the steps and make it easy to understand. Another great thing with this tutorial is the content. I’ve used Photoshop for years and I learned alot of new things from this; and even the parts I knew, I enjoyed reading :)

It’s always great when a good artist shares his methods of doing things. I’m not a digital painter, but I’m sure that those who are (or want to be) will benefit hugely from this. I’d have loved to see a walkthrough from you as well, where you explain the process on one piece from sketch to finished artwork.

The large images allows you to really appreciate the details; it’s a nice change from tutorials where you have to squint to see the differences from one image to another. However, I feel you could still shrink the whole thing to perhaps 80% (or something) since the font seems a bit too big (but not by much).




My suggestions to improvements are purely technical, and you can take them or leave them – your tutorial is awesome as it is. I’m not trying to be nitpicky, but I gotta point out something or it wouldn’t be a proper critique :lol:

My only problem with this tutorial is the format. In all honesty... it’s ridiculous! 3000 px width is not user-friendly at all – especially not if you sit on a laptop. The height doesn’t matter much since it’s pretty natural to scroll downwards, but the width? I think, at the very least, you could remove one of the three columns and rearrange the content to fit the new format. If dA’s size restrictions are a problem, I think I’d have preferred it if you split the whole thing up in 2 or 3 parts instead of having everything on one large image.

It would make it much easier to read without having to print out the whole thing.

There are some minor grammar faults/typos scattered in the tut. I get that English is not your first language, so typos are pretty much inevitable – I tend to have heaps of them myself – so just wanted to point out some that I found in the 1st part/column. Sometimes it helps to have another person read through, or put it aside and read through it yourself a couple of days later:)

This tutorial, as the title says already, will learn you about layers...
This tutorial will not learn you how to be a digital painter...
* replace learn with teach

I used a gray scale painting, but his image can be anything
* replace his with this or the

As you can see in the layer pannel
*panel. You say ”;pannel” several times in the text.

As you can see we have differend icons all around the layer pannel, we won’t be handeling everything of that pannel but i will try to teach you the most important parts.
*As you can see, we have different icons all around the layer panel. We won’t be using everything in that panel, but I will try to teach you the most important parts.

Overlay will basicaly merge all color falues, all darkness falues and all light falues in this image with the image underneath.
* Overlay will basically merge all color values, all darkness values and all light values in this image with the image underneath.





Um yeah. Think I’ll stop now before this gets out of hand :lol: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great tutorial, and I hope to see more in the future :aww:
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umbatman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
amazing work
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Jhordan92Peacemaker Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Beautiful and awesome tutorial *u* Thanks for sharing awesomeness
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Petra1999 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
This was very helpful, thank you soo much!
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Whew... Thanks so much! Especially the "Opacity" and "Fill" difference. I love your simple and easy to understand explanations~
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teddy9277 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Sweet. This was really awesome. Thanks for making this!
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Allons-yEveryone Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Writer
Bloody hell this is brilliant!
Thanks, I'm so going to use this!
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Suratix3 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thank you, very usefull :-)
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MaroxXIII Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. File was huge, but helpful! Great job! :iconclapplz:
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drugivian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is a very nice tutorial.
I was wondering ...since i love your tutorial so much i was
wondering if you can register on my site (Forum) and Post this tutorial in
the tutorial section of my forum located in the Graphics Area..
I would really appreciate it if you do.

You can check out the site here:
www.Originalforums.net
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HikariAiSuri Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thank you so much for the tutorial! =D
Here's what I got trying the first time... [link]
I'd be glad if you ever check it out! And I gave the deserved credits on the description ;D
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work! :clap: I can't wait to try some your methods! I learned a lot! Thank you so much!
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GRAC3Watti Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
bedankt!! hier leer ik veel van :D
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lmaoalexxx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was extremely helpful
i learned soo much
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
:iconcongratsddplz:Congratulations once again on your Daily Deviation! You've been featured in the August 2011 Resources DD Summary. Thanks for sharing your resources with the community!!
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badmrtoy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this tutorial, it's clear, concise and easy to read, and very informative. As a self taught photoshopper, there are big gaps in my knowledge, and even though I knew some of this info most of it was all new to me and very very helpful. I especially like starting with a black and white image and colouring it afterwards (although usually do it with markers) so I think this is just what I need. Great work!
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great job! You are a genius!
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I was looking at your tutorial and got stuck. In column 1 just under where you talk about hue/sat settings, you mention making a "map" by clicking on the "map icon". The picture just above this sentence has a picture with you pointing at "create new group" icon in my photoshop 5. Could you clarify if im using the wrong version of PS or what im doing wrong? I've even googled "map icon" and not much is coming up.

Sorry for the hassle.

dana
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AshieTree Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If its any help i think zevenstorm means Folder instead of map. So if you click the folder icon you should get what zeven was doing.
But as zeven said, its the group icon, but it looks like a folder.
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
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AshieTree Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, hope it sorted out what got you riddle'ed :)
if not im sure zeven is up to clarify it.
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well i was looking for the map icon and he went straight into the textures. I think what hes doing is putting the texture inside the group folder?
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AshieTree Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well theres a few ways to do it, if you wan't to do like zeven does, then open the texture you want to add in another photoshop file, so you have 2 documents open, and then use the clonestamp like he explained he did.
What he did was painting the texture into a layer in the group folder, with the clonestamp.
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I actully didnt get past the "map" part when it things didnt add up but i hope to work more on it later tonight i hope! This adding textures looks really cool! I like the effect it gave his work.
Thanks for the pointers i will check out both ways!
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zevenstorms Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Thanks for the help man! :D
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AshieTree Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries, I read your tutorial and found it very helpful. You really deserve some credit for that. *thumbs up* (hope not i said anything wrong)
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zevenstorms Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Thank you for your reaction.
I am sorry I think I wrote to much in the sentence of how I see the icons. The icon was indeed the group icon, I just named it map icon because it shows a map on the icon. Sorry for the confusion there ^^;
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ok very good guys! Im a bit unlearned here so it threw me for a loop. Now i see you've made a group and going to put your textures inside the group. Very nice!
Thank You Thank you Ashie and zeven!

btw your english is phine!

:P
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Charlie-Lang Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! Very useful for me personally :)
spelling > opacite = opposite :)
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DoomSong8765 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Resize it to be a bit smaller it crashed firefox on my Mac.
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BlueRoseLeaf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
:) THank you!!
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Tyr-Odinson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
dude, thank you so much. this actually really helped me figure out graphic design a little more too, because I didn't understand that you could do that much with layers and I was doing everything manually or by hand
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JessiJellibean Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are an incredible person for making this. Thank you for making it so detailed and in such a friendly and helpful environment. Thanks so much for taking your time to make something so detailed. Congrats on the DD, much deserved :clap:
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TheOneWithATablet Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I use PaintTool SAI... but maybe this can help... :3
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shark-bomb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's awesome and extremely helpful, thank you!
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
I cannot thank you enough for making this!
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blazegryph Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Lots of nifty tips and tricks in there. Also thank you for the link to the texture site~
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vasselli Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Great tutorial, you have some typos like fase, suppose to be phase.
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zevenstorms Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I seem to have a lot of typos :XD:. Sorry about that, I'm trying to learn English as good as I can ^^;
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Acrylix91 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
This is PERFECT! I made a gray scale digital painting a while back and wanted to do this, but I couldn't figure out how it was supposed to be done. After checking this out, I think I can actually finish what I started. Thank you!
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TheWhiteElk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
This is brilliant! Thank you so much for putting it together!
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!!!
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fishfoood Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
This was very helpful, thanks for sharing!
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DarknessRage94 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
thanks for the great tutorial
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vapourgrafix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i love this tutorial...finally I can now start up my digital painting on a more solid background...thanks buddy for this...I'll reach back at you with my first...definitely1
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zevenstorms Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Glad to hear that! I can't wait :D
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miladec Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
this is AWESOME !!!
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned more about some stuff, so I think this is pretty nice. ^_^
Although... there were a few things I was a little confused about. What's the map icon? And what's a falue? Did you mean to say value, or is it something else?
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zevenstorms Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
If been corrected about the map icon already ^^;, turned out it is called the group icon. I simply assumed it was called map icon because it was an icon of a map ^^;. Falue is Value but simply spelled wrong ^^;.
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FluffeeBunnies Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She probably meant Value. It was probably a typo~
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...I thought that until I saw it three or four times in a row. Maybe it's an accent where v's and f's sound alike?
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