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Pulp Horror Magazine Cover PSD Template

A couple of years ago I released a Photoshop template for creating faux1930’s-style pulp sci-fi magazine covers (available in my Resources gallery here: ). At the time, someone asked if I would do a horror version, so quietly, and very sloowwwwly I have been chipping away at one on the background! So, finally, here it is; my Do-It-Yourself 1930’s Pulp Horror Magazine Cover Creator ☺ Download link on DeviantArt, see the ilnk below.

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The point of the template is a simple means for you to create your own pulp horror covers in the style of the classic 1930-40’s pulp magazines. The template provides (editable) magazine titles, story headings and lots of hyperbole! I also include various style FX for adding dirt (like an old, used magazine) and colour layers to give your cover mood and atmosphere. There are also some villains, creatures and monsters - but really these are just to get you started, as are the backdrops.

Horror is not really my thing - I enjoy the old Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney movies, the Hammer horrors and so on, but I quit watching horror films with the rise of slasher movies in the 80’s. I don’t have a natural feel for this, therefore, so did plenty of research - this site was especially helpful: pulpcovers.com/tag/horror/ All the same, I found getting the ‘look and feel’ right quite difficult.

From my research, a couple of things…
• The pulp horror magazines were not as sophisticated in their design and layout as the pulp scifi magazines. If you’re going for accuracy, you will probably want to make a number of changes to the layout options my template.
• Few of the pulp horror magazines lasted more than a handful of editions
• We think of torture porn as a recent invention - don’t believe a word of it! These magazines are chock-full of torture porn stories. In fact, I willing to bet that much of Hostel was lifted from these magazines.
• …and what is with with bad guys wearing cowls?

There is lots more information, as well as a download link, here on DeviantArt

Starfield resources

Hey,
I have posted three Starfield images in jpeg form over at Deviantart

The three starfields feature various densities of stars, from sparse (ish) to busy. All are as follows:

Size: 5400x3600 px
Colour Mode : RGB

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If you use them, let me know over at DeviantArt.

September Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Whooopps! I’m very late with my September wallpapers!

For my September wallpaper and calendar collection I wanted to do a big planet with a really gnarly texture - I ended up doing three! Imaginatively, the illustration is called ‘Trinity’ and is 100% Photoshop.
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The planet textures came from all sorts of places, and each of the planets comprises multiple textures in layers - textures include slate, granite, moss covered rocks and so on.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 3200x2000 (2560x1440 for the calendars). The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

June Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

It’s wallpaper time!

For my June wallpaper and calendar collection I thought I would create a space scene that celebrated Ridley Scott’s new Sci-Fi film ‘Prometheus’ which opened in Paris yesterday. In his original ‘Alien’ as well as ‘Prometheus’, the planet visited by humans is a moon around a ringed gas giant.
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No 3d work in this months image - everything was created in Photoshop. The planet textures came from all sorts of places; for instance, the moon in the foreground is created from a montage of satellite pictures of Moroccan desert. Because of the angle, I had dreadful problems with the gas giant rings - it was very difficult to get the perspective right and to ensure they were recognisable as rings. I’m still not convinced they look right.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560x1440. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Enjoy!

May Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
the #Inner Space Group over at Deviantart is holding a competition for illustration with the theme of “Sol” and I have used my entry for that competition as this months wallpaper. The image was inspired by an Arthur C Clarke short story called 'Summertime on Icarus' in which a research spaceship gets to within seventeen million miles of the Sun, shielded by the asteroid Icarus.

The Sun and starfield were created in Photoshop, whilst the planetoid and spaceship were created in Cinema 4D. The spaceship is deliberately in the style of the great Peter Elson.

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

April Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
Spring is here, it’s the end of March and time for a new wallpaper to brighten up your desktop! This month, my image is a Photoshop creation called ’Light Wave’. Following my wife’s request for ‘warmer’ images, I’m still trying to weave as much green in to my images to reflect the arrival of warmer weather.
Light Wave April 2012

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

March Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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I have just uploaded the March wallpaper and calendars - yes, it’s already the end of February! This month it’s a composite Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop backdrop. My wife complained to me bitterly that the previous few images were too cold and that she wanted colours that would remind her of Spring. So, here we go! An interstellar probe sent from Earth approaching a planet deep in the heart of a hydrogen-rich nebula - hence the green! I have named it ‘Curiosity on the way to discovery’, in honour of the Mars mission.

As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The iPad/tablet size wallpaper works great on my HTC phone.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

My Tweeted Photoshop Space Art 2011 Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Photoshop space art hints & tips:
  • Still the best Photoshop starfield tutorial there is - by Greg Martin http://t.co/L9A71Tu
  • Create planets in Photoshop without using textures or satellite images: http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/splanet.jpg
  • Create scifi textures using your 3d package and PS - great tutorial from PhilipK http://www.philipk.net/tutorials/materials/metalmatte/metalmatte.html
  • Create a supernova for your space scenes in 6 steps http://keepwalking07.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/resources/tutorials/digiart/dpadigi/photoshop/#/d1p6bfo
  • Create beautiful planets with just brushes using Greg Norton's excellent tutorial http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_planet.html
  • Tutorial on creating Nebulas with cloud stock and brushing: http://cchomikk.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-Tutorial-133832795
  • How to create gas giant planets in Photoshop http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/gasgiant.jpg
  • How to create spaceship hull textures in Photoshop http://www.psionic3d.co.uk/tutorials/shiphull.html
  • How to create an impact shockwave in Photoshop http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=shockwave+tutorial#/d39vtw
  • How to paint an asteroid in Photoshop http://scifisrc.deviantart.com/art/Asteroid-Tut-By-Coldflame1987-5645137
  • Video walkthrough/tutorial of the creation of a piece of space art in Photoshop http://superiorgamer.deviantart.com/#/d2y49i4
  • Complete PS planet creation tutorial/walkthrough in Flash http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=grand+planet#/d1m32nq
  • Nebular creation walkthrough http://archang3lzz.deviantart.com/art/Pyres-Of-Atonement-Walkthrough-156045241

My Tweeted Photoshop 2011 Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Photoshop 101 hints & tips:

  • Use the Option key to toggle between the Blur and Sharpen tools as well as the Dodge and Burn tools
  • Sharpen 101 Duplicate flattened image, select High Pass Filter. Default ok. Set blend to Overlay. Tweak sharpness with Opacity.
  • With any painting tool selected, right-mouse-button-click to see the Brushes menu wherever you click. After selecting a brush size, press Enter to make the palette disappear.
  • Quickly cycle through screen modes using the ‘F’ key.
  • Using Adjustment Layers is a great way to make non-destructively adjustments to layers at once without permanently altering the individual layers themselves.http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/adjustment-layers/
  • To crop to an aspect ratio use Marquee tool and Fixed Ratio from the menu in the Options bar - this lets you type values in the Height and Width fields.
  • When using the eyedropper tool on a very high-resolution image, switch to 5 by 5 Average to avoid picking up noisy pixels
  • Press X to swap foreground and background colours. Press D to reset foreground and background colours to black and white
  • Use the arrow keys plus Move tool without pixels selected to move the entire layer by 1 pixel. Add the Shift key to move by 10 pixels instead.
  • With the Marquee tool use the shift key to constrain selection shapes to equal proportions and the spacebar to move your selection.
  • With the Marquee tool use the shift key to grow selections by dragging additional marquees across it and Alt key to subtract from the original selection.
  • With the Marquee tool use the Alt key to subtract from the original selection by dragging additional marquees across it
  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K to display the help dialog for keyboard shortcuts.

January 2012 Wallpapers & Calendars Are Available

All ready for the New Year!

Absolutely the final freebie of 2011, I have opted for a the cold-toned image, “Red Dwarf”...

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, as well as a plain wallpaper pack that also includes an iPads/tablets size (works for most smartphones too). All the packs contain a choice of 3 widescreen monitor sizes.

As ever, you can find them in the downloads section. Enjoy!

October Wallpaper and Calendar Packs Now Available

Hey all,
I have just uploaded the October wallpapers and calendars... You will find English and French versions of the calendars, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560*1440. Having left it out from the September pack, the iPad (or other tablet) portrait wallpaper makes a welcome return to the plain wallpaper pack .

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As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

More Photoshop Nebulas

Flame Nebula BookCover

More Photoshop nebulas: this one is named after the Flame Nebula

More Photoshop Space Art


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I have been working on some dramatic new space art pics in Photoshop... Above is an example called “Nova”. You can find a larger version in the Illustrations section.

Photoshop Nebulas


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I have been really, really struggling to produce realistic/effective looking (not the same thing!) nebulas in Photoshop... I have worked through dozens of tutorials which have explored all sort of techniques, to the point of exhaustion... Ultimately, wether you go for blending clouds, brushes, painting, a mix of all approaches, the key is Layers - lots of them... Build your nebula through many, many layers.

More Photoshop Planets


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More Photoshop planet tutorials - as you can see from the screen shot, I’m trying for the photorealistic look...

I discovered a very useful video tutorial on Deviant Art for creating planets
here:

Photoshop Planets


Blue planet
I have been working my way through loads of Photoshop tutorials - creating star fields, planets, gas giant planets, nebulas, etc, etc...

Deviant Art is a great resource for these; the screen grab is my progress through Greg Martin’s “Make A Planet” Tutorial... Well worth the effort, as is Greg’s Star Field Tut.... Get them
here.