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Create a Refreshing Beer Themed Poster Design in Photoshop

When you create a print advertisement, it’s important that all the elements of your composition are geared towards selling a product and promoting a brand. Today, we will demonstrate how to create a refreshing beer-themed poster design in Photoshop.

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Take a look at what we will be creating.


Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3 Hours

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Step 1

Let’s start by creating a new A4 document in Photoshop. Working with large files allows you to zoom in and focus your attention on small details, that can make the difference between a good and great design.


Step 2

Right-click on the background layer, in the layer palette, and apply a radial gradient using layer styles. Set the gradient from a #464646 to #202020.


Step 3

Download the grunge texture and drag it onto your canvas. Press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + U to desaturate it and switch the layer blend mode to overlay with opacity 30%.


Step 4

Create a new layer between the background and the texture, grab a white soft (hardness 0%) brush, and paint some spots over the center of the canvas. Reduce the opacity until you’ve obtained a subtle light effect in the center.


Step 5

At this point I think the background is too light. A layer adjustment can help. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layers > Curves and put this layer at the top of the others. Create an anchor point on the curve and move it to the bottom as shown on in the screenshot below:


Step 6

Select all the layers created and group them (Cmd/Ctrl + G). Title the group “background”. It’s time to create the floor where to place the bottle. Create a new group and title it “floor”. As I always write in my tutorials, organization is fundamental while working with lots of layers, as in this case. There’s nothing more irritating than spending your time searching for a layer among thousands of untitled layers!

Download and paste in the parquet image. Press Cmd/Ctrl + T to activate the transform tool and squash the image to create the idea of perspective:


Create a new group and title it “clouds”. Create a new layer inside “clouds”, make sure to select black and white as the foreground and background color and go to Filter > Render > Clouds.


Step 8

Press Cmd/Ctrl + T to enlarge the cloud layer.


Step 9

Now switch the layer blending mode to screen and reduce its opacity to 20%.


Step 10

Grab the Eraser tool (E) and use a large soft brush to erase some areas of the cloud layer, in particular over the corners.


Step 11

You can add more cloud layers, that can be removed at any time in case their effect is obtrusive. Here is my result:


Step 12

Create the “bottle” group and paste in an image of a beer bottle (Google it and you’ll find tons of free images).


Step 13

Realism can’t be achieved without a correct use of light. Let’s suppose our light source is in the top-right area (in front of the bottle). If you are unsure about how to create shadows, try experimenting with the lamp on your desk and any type of object. Since the light originates from the right, use the burn tool (O) to darken the left side of the bottle.


Step 14

Using the Burn tool, with range “midtones” and “exposure” 80%, select the floor layer and create a shadow effect below the bottle. Darken the corners too. These dark areas will drive user attention to the center where the product is.


Step 15

To darken the corners a bit more, create a new layer and use a large soft black brush to paint over these areas. You can then play with the layer’s opacity until you’re satisfied with the effect.


Step 16

Create a new layer between the floor and the grunge background. Using the same black brush from Step 15, paint where the floor meets the grunge wall. This will create a sensation of depth.


Step 17

Now paste the water droplets image onto the canvas in a layer above the floor. Make it the same size as the floor.


Step 18

Set the layer blending mode to “darken” with 70% opacity.


Step 19

Switch to the “bottle” group. Select the bottle layer and duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl + J). Apply a black color over lay to the bottle using a layer style. This layer will be used to create the bottle shadow.


Step 20

Move the black bottle below the original. Press Cmd/Ctrl + T to activate the transform tool, then hold down Cmd/Ctrl and move the transform handles to add perspective to the shadow.


Step 21

To complete the shadow, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a value of about 65 pixels. Reduce the opacity a little if you think it’s too strong.


Step 22

At this point we can play with colors. Cool colors will portray a sensation of freshness. Create a new gradient map layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) and add a gradient going from #1b4f03 to #28e30f. Set the layer blend mode to overlay with an opacity of 50%. Keep in mind that this gradient map will be always be on top of all the other layers.


Step 23

Create a new layer above the bottle and name it “splash effects”. Open the first water splash image in Photoshop and double click on the background layer to unlock it.


Step 24

In the channels window (Window > Channels), Cmd/Ctrl + Click on the red channel thumbnail to select water pixels (choose the channel with the strongest contrast with the background).


Step 25

Press Cmd/Ctrl + C to copy the selection, switch to your working document and press Cmd/Ctrl + V to paste it.


Step 26

Set the layer blending mode to screen and use the Eraser tool (E) to eliminate unnecessary areas of the splash.


Step 27

Use the same technique with the other water splash to add more detail to the composition.


Step 28

Create a new group above and title it “light sposts”. Set the group blending mode to color dodge and create a layer inside the group. Grab a white soft brush and click once over a detail you want to enhance (i.e. in the top-right area, near the cork). reduce the opacity if the effect is too strong.


Step 29

Add more light effects, but create them on different layers to have more control.


Step 30

A nice slogan can help to reinforce the concept behind the design, even if it’s already evident from the image. In this case, I’ve opted for an elegant font, Colaborate, with a gentle outer glow, to create a simple yet useful text effect.


Step 31

The composition is almost complete, but I think it needs some color adjustments. Create a new group immediately below the gradient map layer, and set the blending mode of the group to overlay. Create a layer inside the group, set a vivid yellow as foreground color, grab a soft brush and paint over the center area.


Step 32

Reduce the layer’s opacity to 20%.


Step 33

Create another layer and do the same, this time choose a bright blue and paint over the 4 corners.


Final Image

Reduce the opacity to around 30% and you’re finished! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned some new tricks about advertisement design. Here is the final result.


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9 Steps for Working Smoothly With Friends and Family - BLACK ENTERPRISE


9 Steps for Working Smoothly With Friends and Family

What's the protocol for balancing business objectives with personal relationships?

Karen Taylor Bass, PR Expert

The logo that was the source of tension in the Bass household.

Entrepreneurship is not an easy game—especially during an economic downturn. Most entrepreneurs are looking for a way to be strategic with their funds, and, most times that involves bartering, and hoping for a hookup from family and friends.

I am no different when it comes to looking for a hookupespecially when your husband is an award-winning graphic designer and chief idea maker for Straight Design LLC.

Recently, I hired my husband to create a logo for my new venture—The Brand New Mommy, the ultimate destination for savvy Black women seeking to renew and redefine their personal brand post childbirth. Who better to hire than someone who understands and has witnessed my struggle first hand?

For the past six months I've been writing about authenticity and the importance of the big “reveal.” Well, this business relationship with my husband was less than ideal.  I was not pleased with the way he handled the project, which led to a tense household for many days.

“Family members always feel they have limitless entitlement and no boundaries simply because there is a personal connection,” said my husband Andrew Bass after days of heated discord.

In previous posts I've stressed the importance of branding and how the logo is the artery of the company, especially when launching a brand in a competitive digital age. My husband created 5-6 concepts for TBNM and the first five did not hit the mark. After several heated creative meetings, debriefs, and attitudes—I received a concept that captured the essence of the brand new mommy.

How do you move past the “personal” feelings and ensure that the next “working” experience will be better? Andrew says, “Both parties should create a realistic checklist of what is expected and the time-frame to accomplish the project. Most importantly, offer some form of monetary compensation—immediate or deferred—so that no one feels compromised.”

There is an often mistaken assumption that entrepreneurs are cheap and always looking for a “favor.” Not exactly—entrepreneurs want the best as the next competitive business owner and, yes, we do prefer to hire family/friends because ultimately they believe in us and there is trust.

Here are my nine tips when considering working with family/friends:

1. Ask questions (first). Have a to-do list of what you want to accomplish and listen to hear if they have time for your project.
2. Offer compensation for services. It’s best to agree on an exact dollar amount and get it in writing.
3. Refer a business lead. Everyone can use your family/friend talent—why not talk him or her up.
4. Sign a contract and get the terms in writing. Protect your household and relationships.
5. Conduct business during office hours only.
6. Set meetings outside of the home.
7. Manage expectations.
8. Check your tone.
It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.
9. Be appreciative of the service.

Join me July 29 @ 12PM EST for a candid interview on competitive branding, logo, and collaterals for small business owners and entrepreneurs with special guest, Andrew Bass of Straight Design at

What are your thoughts about working with family and friends? Do you think it’s a good idea to co-mingle business with pleasure even if you are paying for the service?

Karen Taylor Bass, The PR Expert, provides entrepreneurs, corporations, and mompreneurs with essential branding, marketing, and public relations coaching; and Follow her on twitter @PREXPERT to read her daily tips on boosting your brand and @TheBrandNewMom for strategies on renewing and re-defining mommy-hood.

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  1. JOY

    Hi Karen! Thank you for sharing 9 tips with working with family members. I totally agree. I will be sending this blog to a few entrepreneurs I know. But what if your family member 1. will not accept monetary compensation 2. does not adhere to a timeline 3. does not believe in conducting business during office hours only??????

    Please advise I desire to keep and strenthen my relationship with my fiancee. Thank you.


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    Karen Taylor Bass Reply:
    July 25th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Joy, thanks for the comment and yes please share the blog with fellow entrepreneurs.

    Okay -- It's important for your fiance to understand this is a business and must be approached as such with some wiggle room. Ask him how you can barter/provide service for him to provide a win-win and motivate him to stick to your deadline. Let me know if this helps. Girl, it ain't easy working with family. ;-)


  2. Great article Karen.  I think the difficulty with doing business with friends/family is that the personal connection makes everybody get a little too relaxed about good business manners.  Those seeking the services forget to be mindful of the family member-service provider's time (and money).  On the other hand, the service-provider-family member often is slack about the project, because, after all, they're not getting paid, or are getting paid below-market.  I've done business with a lot of friends and family as the service-provider and there have been plenty of times that I've felt taken advantage of.  But, I don't believe it was malicious or intentional on my family member's/friend's part, so I keep in mind that the relationship, above all, is most important to me, and I do my best to protect that.  It's a delicate balance. 


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Datachrome installe une Acuity Advance de Fujifilm.

Mercredi, 28 juillet, 2010 Entreprises, Matériels

Datachrome installe une Acuity Advance de Fujifilm.

Daniel Montpetit, responsable de comptes Fujifilm, Dennis O'Shea, responsable du prépresse, et Jonathon Lim, opérateur pour Datachrome

L’imprimerie de Montréal élargit ses horizons grand format. Datachrome, imprimeur commercial et spécialiste de l’impression haut de gamme pour l’industrie du vêtement, vient de faire l’acquisition d’une imprimante grand format Acuity Advance avec RIP ColorGate. L’imprimante jet d’encre à plat projette des gouttes de différentes tailles, de 6 à 42 picolitres. Son plateau possède une zone d’aspiration qui permet de maintenir en place tous les types de supports afin d’assurer l’exactitude d’impression en multipasses. Cette acquisition permettra à Datachrome de continuer de répondre aux exigences pointues de l’industrie de la mode.

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The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using


The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingIt's no secret that we're huge fans of the simple but powerful AutoHotkey scripting language, and we use it religiously to automate Windows tasks and save time. Here's a handful of useful scripts and tricks to help you become an AutoHotkey expert.

Today's lesson assumes that you're already somewhat familiar with AutoHotkey scripting and automation. If you're new to the world of AutoHotkey, be sure to check out our beginner's guide to turning any action into a keyboard shortcut using AHK.

Note: If you're trying to use an AutoHotkey script that requires Administrator access, you'll probably want to use this registry hack to add Run as Administrator to AutoHotkey scripts.

Make Windows Explorer Easier to Use

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingWe spend so much time browsing around in Windows Explorer that just about any enhancement can be a huge help, and there's a couple of ways you can tweak your Windows Explorer to make it easier to use.

Show/Hide Hidden Files and Extensions: If you regularly need to access hidden files, it's a pain to have to dive all the way into the settings dialog to enable them, deal with the file, and then go back and set it to hidden again. Instead, try a simple AutoHotkey script to toggle hidden files with a shortcut key—and as a bonus, you can also toggle file extensions with a shortcut key.

Restore the Backspace Key to XP-Style Navigation: Windows XP used to let you go up in the folder structure when you used the backspace key, but since Vista the backspace key has been changed to go back in the history instead—sure, you can use the alternative Alt+Up hotkey, but if you just can't get used to it, you can use an AutoHotkey script to restore the backspace key to its original purpose.

Quickly Access the Command Prompt: If you're a command-line junkie, you're probably already aware of how easily you can access the command prompt from the context menu, but if you want something even easier, you can use AutoHotkey to create a shortcut key that launches a command prompt already started in the same folder that you're currently browsing in Windows Explorer.

Insert Special Characters with a Keystroke

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingIf you need to insert special characters in a document or file that you're working on, you can use Windows' built-in Character Map application to find the character, copy it to the clipboard, and then past it into the document that you're working on.

That's all fine and good for special characters you don't really use that often, but if you find yourself using the same special characters on a regular basis, you can use AutoHotkey to insert any special character with a single keystroke and save yourself loads of time in the process.

The general idea is that you'll use the SendInput function in a hotkey script, and paste in the special character that you're trying to use between the brackets—for instance, if you wanted to assign Alt+O to send the registered trademark symbol, you'd use a script like this:

!o::SendInput {®}

You can modify the hotkey line to send any symbol that you'd like, and simply include multiple lines if there's more than one symbol you'd like to assign to a hotkey.

Manipulate Open Windows with the Keyboard

Activate Favorite Applications with a Keystroke: If you regularly have loads of open applications on your screen, switching between them with Alt+Tab can be a royal pain. The much easier solution is to assign a shortcut key to a particular window so you can instantly restore a specific, commonly-used application with a single keystroke. You'll need to customize the script for your environment, and then learn the shortcut keys, but once you do you will never want to go back to using Alt+Tab again.

Alt+Drag to Move Any Windows, from Anywhere: Long-time Linux users have always had a great feature that lets you hold down the Alt key and then left-click dragging the window anywhere on the screen that you want—instead of trying to grab the title bar every time you want to move it. Since this functionality doesn't exist in Windows anywhere, you can use an AutoHotkey script to get the Alt+Window drag functionality in Windows.

Turn Off the Monitor and Lock the PC in One Keystroke

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingWindows includes the very useful Win+L shortcut key that locks your workstation, but it doesn't turn the monitor off at the same time—you'll have to wait until Windows power management kicks in for the screen to go dark. If you're trying to save battery life on your laptop PC, you can use AutoHotkey to create a shortcut that turns off the monitor and locks the workstation in a single keystroke.

If you're using a desktop PC, you could always just hit the power off button on the monitor, but then you'd have to power it back on again every time you sit down—this method uses Windows power management to shut down the monitor, and then you just need to move your mouse or hit the keyboard to force it to come back.

Create a Customized Boss Key to Keep You Out of Trouble

If you're still stuck in the daily grind, you've no doubt been in the situation where you're trying to do something else while you're supposed to be working for the man—and you don't want to get caught while doing it. We aren't actually advocating that you slack off at work or violate your employer's policies, but if you are already slacking off, you can create your own customized boss key to keep you out of trouble.

The general idea is that you probably already know the applications that you aren't supposed to be using, so you can create a shortcut key that hides or kills the windows that you shouldn't be using, and then create another shortcut key that restores them again.

For instance, if you wanted to hide VLC media player when you hit the F6 key, and then show it again when you press the F7 key, you'd use a script similar to this one:

WinHide, VLC media player
DetectHiddenWindows, On
WinShow, VLC media player

You could make a more complicated script that detects the presence of the window and toggles with a single shortcut key, but the problem is that if you accidentally hit the key twice, that application is going to hide and come right back—not what you're trying to accomplish. For more tips and techniques, be sure to read through our guide to creating the perfect boss key.

Disable Your Touchpad While Typing

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingThere's nothing more annoying on a cheap laptop than a touchpad that's so close to the keyboard that your thumbs accidentally hit it while you're typing—sending the cursor all over the screen and interrupting your flow. We'll take this moment to recommend that you check your laptop's touchpad driver panel for a sensitivity setting, but if that doesn't do the trick, you can also use an AutoHotkey script to disable the touchpad while you're typing, completely preventing the problem from happening at all.

Combine AutoHotkey and Dropbox to Monitor and Control Your PC Remotely

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using
If you're a Dropbox user, you've probably already found many clever ways to use Dropbox, but combined with AutoHotkey you can really do some interesting things, like monitoring your PC or launching applications remotely.

To monitor your PC remotely, you can simply create a script that triggers a screenshot utility in the background every few minutes—by simulating pressing the shortcut key that the utility is assigned to. For instance, if you are using the simple Screen Grabber utility, this script would press the Shift+F10 shortcut key every 5 minutes. You can alternatively check out the full guide over at Digitial Inspiration, along with a downloadable version of the script.

Loop {
Sleep, 300000

If all you really want to do is launch an application on the remote PC, you can create an AutoHotkey script that runs, and then reloads itself every 5 minutes—so you can add a line to the beginning of the file, and the next time the script reloads it will run that line. Since the script is sitting in your Dropbox folder, you can edit it from anywhere.

Run, C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
Sleep, 300000

In the example script, the top line wouldn't be there normally—that's the line that you can add from anywhere to launch the application. Once it's been launched, you can remove the line from the script so it won't launch again. Check out the rest of the instructions in our guide to launching applications remotely with Dropbox and AutoHotkey.

Search Google from Any Application

If you're tired of copying and pasting from one application into your browser's search box, there's a much simpler way to go about this that works no matter what application you're in—just create a simple AutoHotkey script to map the Ctrl+Shift+C shortcut key to automate copying the text to the clipboard, and then open your default web browser with a Google search for the selected text.

Send, ^c
Sleep 50

Shorten URLs with a Shortcut Key

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using
If you spend a lot of time on the social web, you'll probably need to shorten links on a fairly regular basis, and while most Twitter clients support short URLs natively, if you aren't using a client, or just want to shorten a URL to use somewhere else, you can easily setup an AutoHotkey script to generate a short URL with a shortcut key. The script essentially automates the process of creating a short URL using by taking the URL off the clipboard, creating a new tab in your browser that generates the short URL and copies it to your clipboard.

Make Your Caps Lock Key More Useful

The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be UsingFor most of us, the caps lock key is one of the most useless keys on the keyboard—unless you're a screaming forum brat or doing data entry work, it's something that most of us probably never use, and accidentally trigger far too often. It's easy enough to disable the caps lock key with a registry hack or kill it with an AutoHotkey script, but why not put it to good use instead?

Use Your Caps Lock Key as a Navigation Tool: You've got numerous options, but perhaps the most interesting one is to turn the caps lock key into a hand-friendly text navigation tool—essentially, you hold down the caps lock key while using other keys like J, K, or L to move the cursor left, right, up, or down—there's a whole slew of different keys in the script, and you can customize it as much as you want.

Minimize Active Windows with Caps Lock: If that's a little more than you want to deal with, you can turn your Caps lock key into a dedicated minimize button with this simple script, which minimizes the active window whenever you hit the Caps lock key:


Want to do something else with it? You can use the TabsLock script to put your browser a keystroke away, or re-assign Caps lock to mute the Windows sounds instead.

What are your favorite AutoHotkey scripts and techniques? Share your expertise with your fellow readers in the comments.

The How-To Geek loves automating his PC with AutoHotkey. His geeky articles can be found daily here on Lifehacker, How-To Geek, and Twitter.

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