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How can I represent speed in a graphic?

Create a teardrop shape with the pen tool: Fill it with white (Command+Delete). Duplicate, stretch and rotate your copies to match up with some of the lines in the object: Merge the shapes together ...
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"Grand grimoire effect" in photoshop

Here's one way to simulate a bad scan of an old document. I'm using the GIMP here, but you should be able to do all these steps in Photoshop too. Step 1: Start with a suitable-looking picture. If ...
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How can I represent speed in a graphic?

An alternate approach is to provide an external point of reference. In this case, the viewer is traveling at the speed of your subject. Stationary objects appear to move in the opposite direction ...
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How to colorize an image as in the example?

This is most probably a Gradient Map. Here's a quick how-to: Open your source image Set your foreground and background colours in the toolbox: the background colour should be lighter than the ...
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"Grand grimoire effect" in photoshop

I'd use Illustrator for this. Creating the paths, setting the type, etc is all just easier in Illustrator than it is in Photoshop. Just create your base shapes, combine them. Use Object > Expand ...
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How do I make this image in image effect?

An easier way than masks: using blends. Here's how I would go about creating the first one: Grab yourself a picture of a cityscape. Make it greyscale if it isn't already. Next, grab yourself a ...
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Create frozen screen effect

Why use an inferior product when you already have MS Paint installed? In Paint, use the Select tool and select the area you wish to "drag" around. Hold Shift and hold down the left mouse button as ...
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Photoshop: how to replicate this text effect?

That just looks like some type with a texture overlay. Write some text... Find an appropriate texture[1]... Clip the texture to the type. You can either do that through the menu (Layer → ...
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Create frozen screen effect

After some fiddling around here's way that might be quicker than copying/pasting/moving. Create your popup. On a separate layer or file, create a black square that is the same size as the popup. ...
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Removing grain from handwritten signature

Copy layer Set blend mode of copy to Multiply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set this to 1 pixel. Duplicate blur/multiply layer 3 or 4 more times. Choose Merge Visible from the Layer Panels menu ...
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How can I represent speed in a graphic?

As Scott commented, motion is usually illustrated using lines, blur and/or translucent partial images of the object trailing behind the "direction of motion." To end up with a clean leading edge with ...
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How to turn a shiny metallic surface into a matte surface?

Applying a gradient map as a clipping mask should achieve something like the effect you're after. This quick gradient map: Produced this:
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"Grand grimoire effect" in photoshop

that look like they are a result of a very bad scan There's your answer. Design your mark, then take it down to Kinkos. Find the crappiest photocopier, and make a copy. Then make a copy of the copy. ...
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How can I represent speed in a graphic?

Apply some Wind and Motion Blur and you can give the speed feel: Rotate your Image 90CW because Wind only works sideways. Select the layer with the paper plane (no background or anything else). ...
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What is this style or technique called I can't find any info about it?

I can't tell you if this technique has a name as such. You are certainly on the right track with Posterize and Threshold, but I believe the main "effect" used here is the color mode Indexed ...
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How to convert any fabric to look like leather / latex?

One of the problems with the example image is that it's a very noisy jpeg with with noticeable jpeg compression artifacts. It would be better to start with a RAW image file straight from the camera. ...
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How to convert any fabric to look like leather / latex?

There'a an older answer which covers a part of it, but I have an alternative and a little to add, too. At first the noise: It's something that cannot be skipped. The needed edits would explode the ...
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Does anyone know how to create this kind of pattern design in Illustrator or Photoshop?

To create such organic looking shapes, it's IMO best to use some randomness as a starting point for your design. Thankfully some design tools (e.g. Photoshop) come with a handy "Clouds" ...
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How to create a 3D layer explosion/expansion in Photoshop?

Ok, here is how you do this. Prepare your image layers and all. Im going to be using a very simple image with colored squares. Image 1: Original setup with simple shapes, this would work with any ...
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How do you achieve this colorful chrome effect?

I'd use a Bevel and Emboss effect, combined with a Satin effect, and a curves Adjustment layer to modify the colours. It's difficult to get the colours exactly the same, since I have no idea what ...
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How to colorize an image as in the example?

Choose a nice image Colorize image with color you want with Color blending options Mute it down over your colored layer with transparency and Normal blending option. Or with Multiply blending ...
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How can I create a "crazy mirror" distorted portrait in Photoshop?

To truly make this effect you need a physical mirror. In the examples you show the faces are seen from multiple angles in the same image. That is not achievable in Photoshop, but we can have some fun ...
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Does anyone know how to create this kind of pattern design in Illustrator or Photoshop?

If you follow your own link and scroll a bit down, it's explained and exemplified how the patterns were made. It seems that the patterns are in fact closeup photographs of Poison dart frogs. So you ...
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How do I recreate this color overlay layer effect in Photoshop?

Create a new layer and fill it with any color you want. Move this layer below the image you want to manipulate and set the layer Blend Mode of the image layer to Multiply. You can then modify the ...
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How was this image designed?

There are some changes in color. Tts difficult to see with naked eyes but if you import you object to photoshop and use eyedroper you can see some color variations. How you can achieve this effect: ...
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How to make a lens with zoomed effect in Photoshop

This is how I would go about it. You will need an image in good resolution (as big as the zoomed part). Pardon my very simple samples, I hope you can get the idea anyway! Open the image. Make a round ...
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How can this bitmap-style text effect be achieved?

Here's how to create something similar in Photoshop... Create a low res, greyscale document and add your text in a layer as a 50% tint of black (the 50% will give the checkerboard effect later). ...
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How do I recreate this overlay/design in photoshop?

I'm just adding to Danielillo's already-excellent answer, and with one variant from his approach - but it's still basically the same thinking - that's why I stole his image so brazenly! What I'm doing ...
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