A photo manipulation tutorial, landscape – The Ninth Planet part 1 of 3

Today I will embark on a momentous journey and you’re more than welcome to tag along. A few days ago I have released a photo manipulation I called “The Ninth Planet”. I made this for myself a personal project to give my screen a new dimension (all puns intended LOL). As I’m working on a laptop with a maximum resolution of 1280×800 the full dimension of my work was the same.

The Ninth Planet

the Ninth Planet

We will be recreating it here step by step, but with a bit of a twist, using my trusted laptop and all its 1280×800 resolution we will make a 2560×1600 version (everyone goes whoa!). So if you guys are ready for this trip start your engines and let’s get crack’n.

I’ve decided that I will post this tutorial in parts so we could focus on the task details before moving on to the different stages needed to complete the scene. So for today we will start with the background particularly the landscape.

What we will be making

landscape - the ninth planet

What we need for this project:

Stock photo of a landscape from pixmac.com

Open Photoshop and create a new file with 2560×1600 dimensions and rename it “ninth planet”. Now open your landscape stock image and copy it to our “ninth planet” file.

stage

The landscape

As you can see, our Landscape stock image in all it’s 1920×1200 is too small for our work area. Stretching the image is not an option here because it will not look good.

copy landscape to work area

What we will do is position our landscape on the right bottom part of our work area by selecting all Ctrl + A then with your Move tool (V) selected go to your Alignment options and choose Align bottom edges and Align right edges. (Note: Icons highlighted in blue)

align landscape right bottom

To make the landscape fill the empty space duplicate your Landscape layer. Then with your Landscape layer copy selected go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Now move it to the left with the left arrow key or Shift + left arrow key until the edge of your Copy layer touches the end of your original Landscape layer. Merge the two layers and rename it “Landscape”.

landscape duplicate, flip and merge

Now we have a full width landscape. Weird looking yeah, but we can take care of that easy. Grab your Lasso tool (L) then set your Feather radius to around 35px, anti alias ticked and round up a small part of river bank where your two landscape images were joined.

landscape prepped for cloning

Copy this selection, Ctrl + C, and paste it on a new layer Ctrl + V then move it to the left. Just use your judgment to align it to the direction of the river bank of your right side image (arrow keys Up, Down, Left, Right), better Zoom in to clearly see your work.

Duplicate it Ctrl + J (3 to 4) times or as many times as you need to make it reach the edge of the work canvas something like this.

landscape river bank extended

The next problem we have is that patch of water remaining from our original Landscape image. It’s time to merge our layers so we don’t have to go back and forth from layer to layer. Then make sure you have a soft round brush selected. This time we need to call upon the services of our Clone stamp tool (S). Pick a nice spot of dry grass the thicker the better. That area where we joined our two landscapes looks promising. Zoom in close to that area then just click anywhere while you hold down the Alt key and release. You can start brushing away the patch of water. Feel free to increase or decrease your brush size to optimize the effect.

landscape with new grass

Now that’s done check out this screenshot…

landscape finishing touches

We need to fix the areas circled in blue, we don’t really need those houses, and the mountain where we merged the two landscapes look unnatural. So with the same technique we used to fix the patch of water previously we will repeat here using the trees to reforest these areas.

landscape - the ninth planet

And that’s it, time to admire your work, we will leave the top half as it is for now, save your work and next time we will continue working on our projects Stratosphere with “Skyscape”.

To be continued: Part 2 – A photo manipulation tutorial, skyscape – The Ninth Planet

10 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts Saturday; #1

It’s already Saturday and I’m wondering where the days went? Weekend is here, as if it just came out of nowhere. Like there was a week shortcut somewhere and I unwittingly took it. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if you can do the same with your work, finish the job in half the time it usually takes you? Then you’ll have more time doing other stuff, like dreaming of that next grand vacation.

Which brings me to (LOL) “10 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts Saturday” issue #1. Starting today I will post 10 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that I know of every Saturday. It will benefit those who likes to dabble on some personal Photoshop projects over the weekend. This will help you guys reduce the time it takes you to navigate through Photoshop. Be warned that it takes some getting use to if you’ve been smitten by “the mouse”, but if you learn this it will immensely help you in the long run, especially on large projects.

computer keyboard

I’m not sure how to effectively categorize the list because I know we all have different ways of filing things by importance. I suggest you make a soft copy file cheat sheet that you can save somewhere for reference as I post them here.

(Disclaimer: As I’m using CS3 there could be some slight difference with other Photoshop versions reactions, also I’m on a PC so MAC users just change some of the combo keys on your side. ex. Ctrl on a PC = Cmd on a MAC etc…)

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A very special “thank you” to freevector.com for the Photoshop tool icons we will be using in this guide.

Starting alphabetically:

A

This will open your

Path tool

Direct Selection Tool

Shift + A

By holding the Shift key you can switch between Path tool and Direction tool as you click on A.

Ctrl + A

Will Select All, when activated is usually represented by marching ants around the canvass.

Alt + Shift + A

Applies the Blending Mode Linear Burn

B

Opens your trusty and very useful,

Brush tool

Pencil tool

Shift + B

By holding the Shift key you can switch between Brush tool and Pencil tool as you click on B.

Ctrl + B

Opens your Color Balance option screen

Ctrl + Alt + B

This will show your Color Balance last settings

Ctrl + Shift + B

Applies Auto Color to your image.

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + B

Will open your Black & White control options.

*Bonus

Alt + Shift + B

Applies the Blending Mode Color Burn

Well there you go, 10 + 1 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, I hope this would help you minimize the time you spend on your projects. See you again next Saturday for another set of 10 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. And remember “it’s all about the end result”.

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Minimalist art deco poster design of DC heroes and villains

Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features.

Art Deco is based on mathematical geometric shapes. It was widely considered to be an eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism, being influenced by a variety of sources.

– wikipedia

Michael Myer’s (a.k.a. drawsgood) illustration’s falls nothing short of awesome. I first got a whiff of his genius when he did an illustrated series of the characters from the T.V. series “LOST”, immediately I became an instant fan and I’ve been stalking him ever since.

Today I bring to you his rendition of DC heroes and villains (note: actually it’s just one villain but I’m looking forward to more and will update this post when Michael is ready with them. :D) He creates them in the styles of modern art deco minimalists which caught my fancy this last couple of years. I’ve been seeing them around a lot lately, mostly cult classics of movies or TV and comic book characters. The layout is simple, the color is flat, the font is classic, the texture is vintage or grunge the impact is jaw dropping, well at least for me it is. But I’m hoping to convert some of you today with the help “drawsgood” himself.

Check them out and enjoy! And may you find inspiration in these masterful works of art by Michael Myers!

DC Heroes

Superman

Superman - Dc Heroes

Superman 2 - DC Heroes

Batman

The Dark Knight - DC Heroes

Batman - DC Heroes

Robin

Robin - DC Heroes

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman - DC Heoes

Aquaman

Aquaman - DC Heroes

Aquaman 2 - DC Heroes

Flash

Flash - DC Heroes

Flash 2 - DC Heroes

Green Lantern

“as featured in Green Lantern in 30 graphic inspirations

Green Lantern - DC Heroes

Green Lantern 2 - DC Heroes

Green Arrow

Green Arrow - DC Heroes

DC Villains

This is the only DC villain Michael has illustrated so far, but I’m sure he’s working on something and when he’s done we’ll post them here. Besides Lex Luthor is all the super villain you need! He’s a genius, unforgiving, conniving, sneaky, rich, no one knows what he’ll be up to next.

Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor - DC Villains

One day I will have one of this framed and adorn the walls of my personal office, but for now I’m happy just to be able to check them out from time to time.

If you like Michael Myers creations you may purchase a print copy at imagekind.com or make a statement with his wearable artwork as shirts at threadless.com

Find Michael Myers on the web

Website: www.drawsgood.com

Blog: Drawsgood Illustration and Design Blog

Portfolio: Deviantart, Bēhance, Society6

Social Network: Twitter, Facebook, Linked

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How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Extracting images from a background is one skill every designer should have, to be able to manipulate a scene and give it a new life and a new purpose. Extracting images seems trivial to me now, but I remember when there was a time that getting a subject out of a scene and into another one was so alien to me. A friend of mine asked me once to write something about it and so that’s what this post is all about.

What are the best images to use for this type of project?

1. All Hi-Res (High Resolution) images are great for extraction projects because you really need to get in there when you are cropping out subjects from a background and zooming-in works best with Hi-Res images.

2. Images on a white background are uber awesome, although obtaining the right image would be difficult because there is only so much resource you can find out there on a white background. Patience is the key as well as the right stock image provider. Combine white background with Hi-Res and we have a definite winner. You won’t miss a pixel of your subjects outline.

What images are bad for this type of projects?

1. The opposite of Hi-Res, but as you get better with Photoshop you will be able to work with Medium-Res and if you’re desperate enough even Low-Res photos.

2. Images with inner shadows on a dark background are the worst; you won’t be able to tell where you’re subjects outline starts or where the background ends. It’s almost unusable unless you only need to get part of your image, then it’s cool.

So now that image selection is done it’s time to open your Photoshop. There are numerous ways and tools to extract an image in Photoshop, each one unique and effective in their own way.

So let’s begin, I have here an image of an old style brougham on a white background (Download the image here or click on the stock photo below). It’s available for free at pixmac.com check them out for your future stock image needs.

Old-style-brougham - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Open your copy of old style brougham image in Photoshop, our image has a width of 1633 x height of 1225 this will do for our purpose today but take note that the bigger the file dimension size the better.

By default Photoshop opens image files fitted to your screen, (duplicate your image so we can go back to the original if something goes wrong, then turn off the original image layer and work on the copy) select your Zoom Tool from the Tools Palette or hit Z from your keyboard. Then click on your image or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + + maybe 3 – 4 times until you are zoomed in up to 300% at this level you can see the pixels of your image’s outline. Zoom in some more until you are in a comfortable level to see your image outlines.

Our image at 500% Zoom

zoom - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Lasso Tool (L)

One of the basic Photoshop Path selection tool is the Lasso Tool (L). We need to create a path of our image outline to turn into a selection so we can remove the background. The Lasso Tool has 3 options the Lasso, Polygonal and Magnetic Tool.

How to use it

Lasso Tool: It can be tricky as it requires a good command of the mouse since this is how you will trace your image’s outline.

Polygonal Tool: Is more like the game connect the dots or can be compared to using a needle and a thread you can lay out your paths from point to point, I suggest Zooming in and place your points as close to each other as possible especially for curved Paths.

Magnetic Tool: This one would seem like the perfect choice as it literally hugs your outlines to create a path, all you need to do is hover over your images outline as close as you can and it will stick a path to it.

Once you have selected your path (I suggest go around your image piece by piece) hit delete to remove the background or use Ctrl + Shift + I and apply a Layer Mask to hide your background then for the rest of the pieces just fill em with black after selection.

Lasso -How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Conclusion

A very good tool to use when starting out, great for images isolated on a white background like the one we have. Needs some practice to master, useless tool for extraction with regular images on a busy background.

Magic Wand (W)

This is great for beginners too (not the best tool to use though) but it can get the job done to a certain degree. Its brother the Quick Selection Tool can be used together with the Magic Wand when necessary.

How to use it

Zoom out a bit up to 100% and click anywhere in your white area. You will notice that your image outline is selected. Now use Ctrl + Shift + I to invert this selection then go to your layers option and apply Add Layer Mask. The selected background is now hidden behind the layer mask.

magic-wand - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Continue selecting the smaller parts of the background and fill it with black inside your Layer Mask, until you have all the white background hidden inside the mask. You need to Zoom in closer for the smaller parts try to get help from the Quick Selection Tool in tight corners.

Conclusion

The result is not 100% clean try to create a new layer behind it and fill it with black to see the edges. And remember as long as there is a clear contrast between your image and its background the Magic Wand will do the trick. But this tool won’t be advisable, in fact it would just be plain useless if you have a busy background.

Extract Filter (Ctrl + Alt + X)

I believe this is no longer available in CS4+ but you can add it back in as an optional plugin. This one is a cool extracting tool best used for images that are difficult to trace ex. Fuzzy hair styles. Just go to Filter > Extract or use the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + X it will open your image on the Extract Tool work area.

How to use it

For this example let’s just take one of the wheels, the right front wheel would do great. Inside the Extract Filter work area get your Edge Highlighter Tool (B) and cover the outline of the wheel, make sure you don’t have any gaps in your highlight. Use the Eraser Tool to remove unnecessary highlights. Zoom in closer to get a better view of your work. Once you have the entire outline covered, get your Fill Tool and fill the rest of our target image.

Extract Tool - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

It will come out a bit destroyed, but don’t you worry the History Brush (Y) will help you fix it. Use a nice sized brush and brush over the destroyed image. Take note to brush only the parts you want to recover.

Extract2 - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Extract3 - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Additional resources

Extract an object from its background

Conclusion

So you see although the Filter > Extract is a cool tool to remove an image from its background, it’s a bit complicated to use and takes a lot of practice to make it look pretty. But this will come really handy for extracting images with furry or fuzzy edges.

Layer Mask using Brush

A bit unconventional, but this could help you in sticky situations, say you used the previously mentioned tools and you have a few strays then you can use this to clean up your image.

How to use it

Simply add a Layer Mask to your image and make sure you have Black as your foreground color then with the brush tool start tracing the edge of your image, kind of like the reverse of what we did for the Filter > Extract option where we traced the image and left the rest out.

Layer-Mask - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Conclusion

You can definitely use this to help you clean up an image, and if you have a good control of your mouse even extract an image.

Pen Tool (P)

This tool should be your best friend in Photoshop you can create a lot of neat things with it, and one of the things it can do is help you create a path, straight, curved, corner or whatever this is your Swiss knife of tracing.

pentool - How to extract an image from its background in Photoshop

Learn or rather master the Pen Tool from the resource links we have here and you will be able to extract any subject from any background no matter how busy, and even if it’s a low-res image. (I wouldn’t advise it, but it can be done.)

Related articles

Improve your grip on PEN TOOL a short but good tutorial

Pen Tool TUT Part 2

Conclusion

The Pen Tool is your best friend learn it, master it. It’s all in the wrist.

After the extraction

I placed my extracted image in another background, Red Square from pixmac.com and gave it a bit of texture, some shadows, light effects and presto!

Extract an image in Photoshop

So there you go tools to help you create artistic renditions to extract a subject from a stock photo then combine multiple images to come up with a new and exciting concepts, I hope you like it.

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HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust

When HDR images started attracting my attention on websites like deviantart.com and flickr.com a couple of years ago I was totally blown away. I didn’t even know what I was looking at, is this a CGI, a digital painting or a photo manipulation?

The picture details are so vivid that I wondered how it’s even possible to capture an image with that quality. So I crawled around Google and discovered that HDR or High Dynamic Range images are composed of multiple layers of the same image merged into one.

High-dynamic-range photographs are generally achieved by capturing multiple standard photographs, often using exposure bracketing, and then merging them into an HDR image. Digital photographs are often encoded in a camera’s raw image format, because 8 bit JPEG encoding doesn’t offer enough values to allow fine transitions (and also introduces undesirable effects due to the lossy compression). – Wikipedia

OK let’s try to understand this in layman’s terms, our vision can only focus on a set of details in a particular scene, we can’t see every detail with one look but we have our memory to remember the elements of what we see and we can combine it in our mind. This is the same with a camera lens, a camera can only focus on a set of details, not the whole scene. Which is why in photography we focus on a subject to make it stand out from it’s environment.

With the help of software apps we can create a detailed version of an image taken with a digital camera and combine them together to show all the details in one image.

wisma-HDR

To simplify here’s an example, let’s pretend we are shooting outdoors, we have the sky, clouds, water, buildings, statues, lots of textures and colors are everywhere. For this we need a tripod or any stable platform you can rest your camera on. Take a shot of the scene setting the exposure and focus for the sky + clouds, next shot exact same scene focus this time on clouds + water, then water + buildings and statues. So you will end up with at least 5 images of the same scene with different points of focus and exposure.

Then you need to blend all this together with the help of a software like Photoshop and Lightroom another software you can use for this is Photomatix. It’s not easy but with practice and a little investment on software applications needed to merge these, one can achieve a good quality HDR image in no time.

Helpful readings on “How to achieve HDR images”

    HDR Tutorial – Everything you need to know about HDR photography

    8 Easy Steps to Fake an HDR Look in Photoshop

    Easy HDR Technique by Cristian Iancu

If everything I said sounds complicated (coz, it is) and if you feel that HDR photography is just for professionals, maybe, but then again that line of thought is totally wrong! Anyone (including you) who can use a 1. digital camera (even point and shoot), a 2. computer and tweak around with 3. Photoshop can create High Dynamic Range images with the help of an amazing Photoshop plugin called Topaz Adjust by Topaz Labs, you can even have mind blowing pictures using only one photograph.

I know a lot of purists will be shaking their heads just about now, and say in their big voice, “What? Use a plugin to make HDR images? That’s preposterous! An abomination! Get the torches and the forks, gather the women and children, assemble at the town hall!”

Well, we can’t all go back to the stone age can we? At least not until Sir Richard Branson pays for the development of a commercially available “Time Machine”. Anyway the more hardcore of purist still thinks post processing is not professional, they say that Photoshop is the work of the devil and pictures that were processed after being taken by the “Photographer” is not photography. Duh!

Moving on Topaz Labs came out with a wide array of software products you can use with Photoshop to make your pictures stand out. One of them is Topaz Adjust which I had the pleasure to test drive for a month and I just have to say “if it was a car it handles really well”. It’s fairly simple to use, its user interface is sleek and straight forward you will be able to navigate through the controls without a hitch and the result is just brilliant. Plus with the price that’s less than $50 I think we have a winner here (a 30 day trial version is available for you to wet your lips on).

Let me introduce you to Topaz Labs – Topaz Adjust 4

What does it do? Simply put it makes your photos pop in less time it takes a purist and a hardcore purist to say Photoshop Photography Post Processing. Adjust can optimize image exposure, it’s color, and detail strength for stunning image results. Topaz Adjust makes this process simple, fun, even highly rewarding.

Let’s have a short walk through on how to use Topaz Adjust. What you will need:

1. A nice image you want to play with preferably an outdoor scene with lots of textures and colors
2. A copy of Photoshop
3. and of course Topaz Adjust (use the 30 day trial version just for kicks)

Get your copy of Topaz Adjust here

Assuming you already have Photoshop installed (I’m using CS3 for this exercise) Run the setup file of Topaz Adjust and install it to your machine.

Here is our sample image

Immediately you will notice that our sample image is overexposed, and whatever details and drama the photographer saw when this picture was taken is now lost in all the brightness of the background.

HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust - sample image

When Topaz Adjust setup is complete open your image in Photoshop and create a duplicate image of your original layer, this way if something goes wrong you still have your original image. (You are welcome to use my image for this walk through).

Then simply go to Filter > Topaz Labs > Topaz Adjust it will take you to the Topaz Adjust interface.

open topaz

As you can see it’s very self explanatory…

topazscreen1

Left side panel

On the left side panel, from the Top you have your Preview options for the main image at the center of your screen. With it you can go back and forth from your original image to the modified image and vice versa.

The thumb preview screen is a cool feature, it allows you to see image changes as you hover over the preset menu. Only when you click on the Preset of your choice will it be applied on your image. It takes a lot of computer memory to generate a modified image especially if it’s a very large file (DSLR output). So this thumb preview screen will give you an idea how your image would look before you apply the changes.

Then you have the Preset menu options this is where the magic happens, each preset will give you an awesome photograph effect, from the simple Exposure Correction to the more artistic Psychedelic results and of course two settings for HDR that will make your ordinary photographs become extraordinary.

The Other Options buttons will allow you to add and delete presets, you can create your own preset using the manual sliders on the right side and save it in your Preset menu for future use.

topazscreenleft

Right side panel

On the right side panel you have your Information thumb screen, much like Photoshop’s information thumb panel it allows you to see which part of the main image you are working on if you are zoomed in.

Then you have your viewing options if you really want to get in there and see your main image up close or from a distance this buttons will let you specify your viewing preference.

Then you have undo, redo buttons we don’t have to go there.

Another juicy part of this interface is the Manual sliders, if you want to go without the presets and go old school using your gifted sight to achieve great results then this is your guy. You have sliders for “Exposure”, “Details”, “Color” and “Noise” to play around with. You can even save your settings to the Preset menu using the other option buttons on the left panel. And if your feeling adventurous you can even pick a preset and start your manual adjustments from there.

topazscreenright

When you’re satisfied with your changes, just click “OK” and it will take you back to Photoshop, you can now save your new and improve photo as you wish or use it in a project while your still in Photoshop.

Check out what happened to the sample image after modifying it in Topaz Adjust using some of the “Presets” options:

Sample

Our sample is an overexposed snapshot where almost all the details were lost.

HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust - sample image

Spicify

HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust - spicify

Psychedelic

HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust - psychedelic

HDR

HDR made easy with Topaz Adjust - HDR

These are just 3 of the presets I like to use, I didn’t even touch the manual sliders to get these results but as you can see the output is amazing compared to the original photo. Test it yourself, I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

“If you use Topaz Adjust to modify your photographs share your work here at the comment section, just leave the URL for us to enjoy. Thanks”

Acknowledgements:

My wife Grace for taking that sample image, she has full rights to it but she’s generous enough to lend it to us for this exercise.

Of course Topaz Labs for the Topaz Adjust test drive.

And all the readers and friends who stopped by and shared this article.

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Green Lantern in 30 graphic inspirations

While I slowly simmer in procrastination to write a new tutorial I’ve decided to make another graphic illustration roundup, this time from the DC universe and another summer blockbuster for 2011 (Please don’t let it be a disappointment). “The Green Lantern” is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011 in 3D.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. – wikipedia

Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan the first human “Green Lantern” and “Thaal Sinestro” will be played by Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) at the directors chair sits Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light! – Green Lantern Oath

All comic-togists know there’s been quite a few human Green Lanterns in the DC Universe timeline but the most famous of them all aside from he’s really my favorite is Hal Jordan. Dude, it’s like asking who’s the best James Bond, Sean Connery or the other guys. I tried my best to make this roundup as Hal Jordan-ish as possible, but there’s just too many kick-ass graphics out there that I can’t help myself but include them here. Not to mention that the maestro Alex Ross is much into the Golden Age of the DC Universe. So it doesn’t matter if it’s Hal Jordan or Alan Scott, even Guy Gardner or John Stewart at the most you may find some Kyle Rayner in the mix but look past into the character background and you will still have the “Green Lantern”.

Alex Ross

For me Alex Ross can make any comic book super hero come alive with depth. His style of painting, his attention to detail and the way his characters are always staring off into some far away place is uncanny.

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FrodoBacchi

A kick-ass fan art painted in Photoshop Essentials

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drawsgood

Michael Myers illustrations was first featured here @prodigalconcepts in LOST – Michael Myers (the animated series) awhile back. Some of his work are grungy vintage art deco minimals like this “Green Lantern” poster.

Green_Lantern___Vintage_Poster_by_drawsgood

xzykho

I’m guilty of self promotion here, I got inspired during my search of graphic materials for this article and decided to include it.

green_lantern_by_xzykho-d38r6wl

Grasset

A scanned sketch rendered in Illustrator and colored in Photoshop.

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sinccolor

A mighty fine collaboration I’ve seen so far. Art by Jim Lee, Inked by Scott Williams, colored by sinccolor.

Green_Lantern_50_variant_cover_by_sinccolor

hyzak

Created in Zbrush, Cinema 4D, PsCS4 and a few hours later, tadaaa, even comes with a tutorial it’s in Spanish though so better ready that trusty Google translate.

The_Green_Lantern_Movie_Poster_by_hyzak

strongstuff

A commissioned art deco poster of the Green Lantern corps, I’m really loving this minimalistic stuff.

green lantern corps commission by *strongstuff

xXNightblade08Xx

Another collaboration giving new life to an already awesome line art.

The_Mighty_Green_Lantern_by_xXNightblade08Xx

thincage

Simply hand drawn oldschool with a brush pen, white colored pencil, and Copic markers on 8.5 X 11 textured cardstock.

SKETCH_Green_Lantern_megacon_by_thincage

Cinar

What pure unadulterated talent can do with a sketch pad, markers, white ink and correction pen.

Sketch_31___Green_Lantern_by_Cinar

Thuddleston

Pencils -n-inks done in Manga Studio colored in CS4.

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joshwmc

A cool attempt on a teaser poster, pretty early on after the announcement I suppose. The year’s a bit off but the result is brilliant.

Green_Lantern_Teaser_by_joshwmc

Heartattackjack

More minimals, I don’t think I will get enough of this wonderful pieces of art. They’re so simple, just lines flat colors but still comes out with a power punch.

Green_Lantern_Corps_Poster_by_Heartattackjack

JimOfRapture

And another one, two in a row, this one done in a stained effect to give it more of a vintage feel.

green_lantern_corp_by_jimofrapture-d37l9ew

SaintYak

I don’t feel Hal Jordan here, maybe it’s the hair style but the sketch and colored markers work for me.

Green_Lantern_by_SaintYak

Hungrysparrow

A Photoshop 7 creation, brings a lot of memories.

Green_Lantern_by_Hungrysparrow

Cinar

Another marker masterpiece from Cinar.

Green_Lantern_by_Cinar

xzykho

It’s still me, this time with mask and lantern logo, a bit self indulgent I suppose because I even included my sites URL, my bad. I hope you guys appreciate it though.

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FrankDa

I love how the eyes and the chest insignia seems to be glowing.

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Bakanekonei

“Green Lantern 41” alternate cover penciled by Eddy Barrows, colored by Bakanekonei.

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Cinar

It’s like hearing sweet music, Cinar’s work is unmistakably his, a commission piece. Done with markers and correction pen.

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Wallpapers

Official “Green Lantern” movie freebie desktop wallpaper from their website, just click the image to grab yours.

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rodolforever

I think this is the last minimal for this set, admire it one more time, the lines, the flat colors, the textures, ahhh this must be love.

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by Alex Ross

No need for an intro, this is Alex Ross country. Not exclusively Hal Jordan or “Green Lantern” for that matter, in fact I think it’s way better. Featuring the Green Lantern with other members of the Justice League making their appearance together. Grab em while you can.

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