We are back!

Visitors, fans, friends, everyone. Photoshop's Way! is back from Vacations, that's the reason that no more tutorials were added since 16th June.

But since we are back we are about to make a new tutorial for all of you.

We feel great to be back to help you out with Photoshops, so a new tutorial is being made as I said above.

Wait and see!

A warm hug and a hello for everyone in the world. You are the best

Kal El


Diffusion Glow Effect

INTRO: On this tutorial we are going to learn how to add diffusion glow effect to your images. Personally I really like the results of this effect, it gives a great touch to every picture. This effect makes light skin glow while keeping dark areas.

1-Open the picture you want to use.

2-Duplicate the "Background" Layer to get "Layer 1" and change the blending mode of the duplicated layer to SCREEN.

3-Now add a layer mask to the top layer so go to LAYER>LAYER MASK> REVEAL ALL.

4-Make sure the Layer Mask is selected (The white border will let you know if it's selected, if not just click on the thumbnail).

5-Go to IMAGE>APPLY IMAGE and use these settings:

6-At the moment my image is like this:

7-Now like we selected the layer mask on the step 4, let's select the "Layer 1" layer by clicking on the thumbnail. Remember this time don't select the layer mask but the image itself (white borders must be around the image).

8-Go to FILTER>BLUR>GAUSSIAN BLUR and with the Preview Box checked add some radius until you get the desired result.

9-It's time for us to add another Layer Mask. But we have a problem (Oh no!). Photoshop only allow us to add a Layer Mask per Layer, so what can we do? I have a solution mates! We will simply group the layer so go to LAYER>GROUP LAYERS or press CTRL+G.

10-Now we are free to go. With "Group 1" Layer selected go to LAYER>LAYER MASK>REVEAL ALL.

11- Select the Layer Mask of "Group 1" layer and go to IMAGE>APPLY IMAGE and use these settings:

12-And here are done here my friends, hope you liked it :)

Kal El

Photoshop's Way Toolbar

Hey hey my friends, I have been kind of busy lately, so I wasn't able to post more tutorials. But today I want to add another tutorial for you all. So keep connected :)

But for now I have another add-on for every fan/visitor that is interested. It's a toolbar for Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer that has a lot of great features:

  • Search Form
  • RSS integrated
  • Message Box
  • Chat Room
  • Radio
and much more...

Here is the link for you to download the toolbar (CLICK HERE)
. It's FREE, easy and fast to install. Give it a try :)

I am using it already

All the best my friends

Kal El

Photoshop's Way Logo

Heya, tonight I come here to bring you the official logo of Photoshop's Way. Hope you like it. You can use it anywhere to help promoting my blog, using the html code displayed below...

I based myself on the main logo of Adobe Photoshop and added some effects to it.

Hope you like it

With all the best wishes

Kal El


Vector Badge [REQUESTED]

In the past week a friend of mine, Drey, showed interested to learn how to do vector badges like I did in this post. So here is the tutorial of Vector Badges. Hope you like it my friends :)

So let's us start.

1-Start a new document with the following settings:

2-Grab the Ellipse Tool, choose red as your foreground color, or any color you wish, it won't affect our results, and make sure it's option is set to Shape Layers.

3-Now hold SHIFT and draw a circle on our canvas, this will the base of our badge, but don’t worry about the size of the circle, since it’s vector based you will be able to scale it later on if you need to.

4-It's time to add the effect of the Layer Style. Go to LAYER>LAYER STYLE>BLENDING OPTIONS.

5-Now add the following effects:

6-You should end up with something like this:

7-Time for us to add two highlight, at the bottom and at the top. Duplicate the layer with the circle on it with CTRL+J or go to LAYER>DUPLICATE LAYER.

8-Resize the duplicated layer to 90% by going to EDIT>TRANSFORM>SCALE. Press Enter to apply the new transformation.

9-Now go to LAYER>LAYER STYLE>BLENDING OPTIONS once again and uncheck all the effects except for Gradient Overlay, which should get the following settings:

10-Now set the Fill of the layer to 0% and the Opacity to 30% or 35%.

11-Now we have something like this, beautiful but not done yet :)

12-Time to create our main highlight, select the Ellipse Tool like on the 2nd step but this time don't draw a circle, draw a black ellipse.

13-Let's position this black ellipse where we want the light to come from. Select the Move Tool and check the Show Transform Controls checkbox in the top bar menu.

14-While holding down SHIFT rotate the layer (place your pointer around the corners of the layer and start dragging). Rotate it to a 45-degree angle and place it where you want the highlight.

15-Select the point at the center on the top of the ellipse and drag is up like this. Press Enter to apply our transformation.

16-With the black ellipse layer selected we are going to change this to a true highlight, so let's visit our friend, c'mon you guessed it, Blending Options, by going to LAYER>LAYER STYLE>BLENDING OPTIONS. And add this values to Gradient Overlay:

17-Change the Fill of the layer to 0% and the Opacity to 60%, and if your highlight doesn't look like in a good place, move it with the move tool.

18-My badge has this look, how about yours?

19-Choose your first layer where you created your badge and change the Fill to 0% so the color goes away.

20-To show you what your badge should look like at this stage. I’ve changed my background to some kind of purple and grey, since the highlights won’t show on a white background.

21-We are almost there mateys! Now it's time for fun. Drag the picture you want to use on your badge to the canvas.And send the layer of the image below your badge base layer. I am going to use the logo of our favorite blog :). Line it up so it fills the badge.

22-Now CTRL+Click on your badge base layer to make a selection of it.
23-With the selection around your badge select your picture layer and click Add Layer Mask button to hide everything outside of the badge.

And we are done, look at this beauty! Try it with your favorites pictures.

Another Test

Note: Remember that the badge itself is vector based so you can resize it all you want, but the content you have inside the badge might not be vector so resize the badge before you add content.

You can download the tutorial and the file here (The new function of our blog)
Password to unzip: photoshopsway

Hugs my friends

Kal El

New Add-on for PSW

Well, after sometime lost in my thoughts I have decided to apply something new for Photoshop's Way.

I'll add something new to our tutorials. In the end of each tutorial you'll be able to download the example .psd file made by myself in case you are having doubts, and you'll have in the same folder the written tutorial, like you have on our blog, so even if you don't have Internet connection you can practice and save it to your pen drive and carry the tutorial everywhere in case of needing.
That said, you can try it with our last tutorial (here), it's already available

I hope you like this idea, if you have any suggestions or doubts I would be more that grateful to read them.

Hugs for everyone.

Over and out.

Kal El