Kraken Attack in London!: Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop Tutorial for "Kraken Attacks London"

When I used to teach myself Photoshop, I found following tutorials to create cool images the most entertaining way to learn. Sure, I’d only create that one image this one time, but by going through the process and understanding the steps, I could then take those techniques and apply them on hundreds of images I would produce later.

For that reason I’m going to write up a few Photoshop tutorials myself. Today I’ll show you how I made Kraken Attack in London! (available to buy as cards, prints, and iPhone cases)

First you need to source your images. When looking for free imagery I like to search Flickr for those that are Creative-Commons licensed. And if you plan to adapt the image (which we definitely are) and sell the image in anyway (as I have done) then you need to make sure you tick these boxes:

Take your time looking for images. The first rule of good photo editing is making sure you source suitable images. Try to image how they’ll fit together. See if the angles will work. For this project I was looking for suitable city and creature shots. The other requirement of using Creative Commons-licensed content is attribution. You must attribute the original photographers. I’ve listed the names of the photos I used at the end of this tutorial.

Step 01: Open your base image in Photoshop. Use the marquee tool to select the area you wish to use. If you have a size ratio you wish to use, this can be set in the top bar. Once selected use Image > Crop to crop the image.


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Aged celebrities

This was one of the more fun tasks at work recently. I was asked if I could “make some celebrities look old” in photoshop for an MSN gallery. I said yes (I’d never done it before but I saw no reason why I wouldn’t be able to) and these are the results. You can see the whole gallery here, but I figured I’d post some high-res versions of my favourites on this blog. Maybe one day I’ll write up a tutorial on how they were made.

Daniel Craig

George Clooney

Cameron Diaz

David Cameron

David Beckham

Katie Holmes

Justin Bieber

THAT muffin top image

Yesterday, at work, I was asked to create an image to illustrate an article on ‘losing your muffin top’. And create an image I did. It appears a lot of people liked it despite (or more likely, because of) its silliness. It seems a shame that it was only live on the MSN UK homepage for one day. So, for those who missed it, here’s a slightly bigger version.

Muffin Top

The light of day

It feels like I’ve been working on a lot of projects recently that have yet (or never will) see the light of day for one reason or another. So, while I’m waiting to see if my most recent design work leads to anything, I thought I’d post a few test images from a project that unfortunately didn’t work out.

PS3 Goblin


Wii Goblin_

Time-lapse photoshopping

I made this video months ago, but finally thought I’d upload it. It’s just me creating an image for the MSN UK homepage. It would’ve only been live online for a few hours, so I didn’t put the care in I would for some designs. However, looking at it now, I think it’s pretty decent for a rush job.

Sorry the video quality isn’t great. I hadn’t used the best settings of the screen capture software.