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The way you can achieve the soft shading similar to the examples you've showed is to create a new shape that has a gradient fade from black to black with 0% transparency on one end. Create a duplicate of the shape you want to add the shadow to, and use it as a clipping mask for your "shadow"(cmd/ctrl+7). Then drag that over the main shape (or you could ...


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Having found the "original" of this image, I placed it below your example... By adding a black layer over top (as you did) and reducing its opacity to 50% as well as increasing the master saturation of the original image by 10%, I was able to achieve a nearly pixel-perfect duplicate.


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Install the latest version, Photoshop CC 2015. No point learning on an outdated piece of software, especially considering all of the web-focused tools Adobe are adding to their software at the moment. If you're studying you should be able to get a Creative Cloud subscription with a student discount, which will give you access to Photoshop, Illustrator and ...


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This is more like a long comment. Moving from pixel graphics and natural media thinking to vector graphics is a huge mental leap to quite many users*. It takes some effort about a month or 2 of very intense effort to really get into it. The fastest way to learn is to actually start from scratch. Every vector does not have to be closed. Live paint is not ...


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Well, you can always just go on learning how to paint in Photoshop, it's usually the number one choice for Digital Artists. You can also try out other programs like paint tool SAI, just do some research. I personally love using Photoshop, it was really lame at first, but you should get better, faster, and more organized with practice. If you want to know ...


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In design, there isn't one single way to achieve whatever outcome it is you're looking at. However, some methods are more effective than others. To get the above effect, try these steps: Use Ctrl+J to duplicate the image layer Click on the top layer and change the blend mode to either Multiply or Overlay Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels Adjust the ...


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Similar in principal to joojaa, here, my post concerns itself with the whys and tries, more than the whats. If you're at a plateau in your learning for particular digital processes then why not take a step back? Perhaps you can achieve more in a completely different way. Sometimes I find, for instance, that the perfect image cannot be created digitally ...



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