About Kristan Franco

Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

Free 10 Sketched Cartoon Squids Photoshop Brushes

Posted by Kristan Friday, January 29, 2010 View Comments

ZAP!!! I got to play with my drawing pen again and this time, human-alike cartoon squids buzzed my creative juice. Just in case you wanted some sketched elements in your Photoshop canvas, you might want to use these as BRUSHES! Yes, brushes! This is my second brush set made in Photoshop CS4.

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These sketched cartoon squid brush set approached in a more humanistic way are ideal and can be matched with scribbles and doodles, since these are pen-made.

If you want to use these brushes, you can download the Free 10 Sketched Cartoon Squids Photoshop Brushes set
here. Since any Photoshop brush or brush set has a file extension of .abr, this HI-RES brush set should be compatbile with all versions of Photoshop
Terms of use: The brushes can only be used for personal and non-commercial purposes. Since these brushes are for free, no redistributing is allowed. Please do refer to this original blog post in order to share it to others.



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Faking Infrared Photo in Photoshop Using Actions

Posted by Kristan Saturday, January 23, 2010 View Comments

Infrared Photography refers to the area of photography in which photos are taken with film sensitive to infrared light.

When these filters are used together with infrared-sensitive film or sensors, very interesting "in-camera effects" can be obtained. false-color or black-and-white images with a dreamlike or sometimes lurid appearance known as the "Wood Effect," an effect mainly caused by foliage (such as tree leaves and grass) strongly reflecting in the same way visible light is reflected from snow.
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In real IR processing, infrared filters could be very expensive to obtain. In solution to that, the use of Adobe Photoshop and its certain features such as channel mixer and RGB and LAB colors, photography hobbyists and even professionals can obtain the results close to a real infrared-processed shot.

Download my free Photoshop 2 versions of Fake Infrared action sets here and here.

With various tools and resources available in the web, I managed to create sets of Photoshop actions in faking the infrared processing on photos.

Here are the results of the photos I processed fakely in Photoshop. Hover your cursor in the images to see the result.

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Are the results close enough? Download my Fake Infrared actions sets now and study the steps on how to fakely process your photos. Goodluck!


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http://kristanfranco.blogspot.com/I found myself doodling and sketching while being admitted to the hospital for some medication, and after a week, examination took its toll on me. It's great to be back blogging again after a week of examination. One new post after a week or two!



Since i've been admitted for almost a week at the hospital, I was able to design two sketched canvas, with just pure sign pen. Anything out of imagination, 2 abstract drawings were made. Sketching is exciting, do you agree?

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So, as you may notice that this drawing is so dull and looking at it might be uninteresting. To optimize this drawing, I decided to turn it into an cd album cover.

Music has been an inspiration to me. I've been into a band and making Album covers must be fun and exciting. With the use of certain splatter brushes and textures found around the web, I was able to make this hoax cd album cover.

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Here are some tips in making awesome CD Album covers:

1.) Prepare your drawing.

You have to scan your drawing. In my part, I just shoot this drawing on a clean floor, with the highest quality as much as possible.

2.) Prepare the brushes and texture.

I was able to find some splatter brushes around the web, so go help yourself. In the texture, I've been a reader of Inspiredology and the author offered high quality textures.

So go download them.

3.) The genre of your Album cover.

You wouldn't want to entitle your album cover as "Lovely Hearts" when you notice that the design is pure grunge, would you? So decide for an appropriate theme for a title of the album.

For example, I just choose Chicosci's previous album title, "Method of Breathing" for my hoax Album cover. It is somehow related because my drawing is abstract, but can be seen and can be percept as people. Life is related to the album title.

4.) Setting the blending options to MULTIPLY.

You may notice that when you try to overlap your drawing into the texture, the texture will be covered with the canvas' white background, mainly the bond paper you scanned.

So the solution to this problem is, set the blending options of your drawn piece into MULTIPLY

5.) Splatter brushes over the layers.

To add a more dramatic effect, we use the splatter brushes. Complimentary colors are brilliant to see, so we get hold of these colors.

Be sure to create a new layer over all the layers, and brush as much as you want. After brushing, now you're almost done. Set the blending options to Linear Burn and see for yourself a good transformation out of the drawn canvas.

6.) Album Title has the impact.

For the finale, add your album title in a simple or complicated way. In my piece, I just use a very basic font in order to contrast with the grungy background. With this, contrast became an impact.

So here is my final work:

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Credit for PSHero for the awesome slick cd container.

See? Just viewing your own work makes you want to be a rockstar!

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Tilt-shift (Miniature) Photo Effect Using Photoshop

Posted by Kristan Monday, January 11, 2010 View Comments

kristanfranco.blogspot.comRecently, I posted my 15 Brilliant Tilt-shift photos, and just in case you don't have any idea on what a tilt-shift photo is, this is a shooting technique in photography that makes a scene looks like miniature.

Without using a real tilt-shift lens, you could turn a simple photo into a tilt-shift photo by using Photoshop. Photoshop is the most conventional tool.

In this basic tutorial, you can now make your photos look like miniature. With a knowledge on quick masking, filters, and saturating, your photo will now look like a real miniature!

To start of this tutorial, choose a suitable photo for this effect. Buildings are the best examples for this photo effect. I found this photo from Google.

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1ST STEP: Quick Mask Mode and Gradient

Enter quick mask mode by clicking the icon just below the foreground and background colors, or simply hit "Q" in your keyboard.

After setting your workplace in Quick mask mode, hit "G" in your keyboard to select the fill tool, be sure to use the gradient fill. Just like in the screenshot, drag a straight vertical line to fill the photo with the sample gradient. Since we are in Quick Mask mode, the gradient will be a quite transparent red.

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2ND STEP: Standard Mode

Now, we have created a gradient into the photo. We we'll do now is to exit the quick mask mode, by hitting "Q" again. After exiting the quick mask mode, you'll notice that the gradient you created is now transformed into a marquee, or simply what we called in Photoshop "the marching ants"

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3RD STEP: Filter

To start applying the miniature effect, go to Filter>Blur>Lens Blur. Set the values.

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4TH STEP: Saturation

To make the miniature effect look more realistic, set the saturation to 40, to pop out its the colors.

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FINAL OUTPUT:

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There you go, a tilt-shift photo effect processed in Photoshop!

Here is an other photo I use in applying this photo effect tutorial:

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15 Brilliant Tilt Shift Photos

Posted by Kristan Sunday, January 10, 2010 View Comments

Tilt-shift shooting is one of the most interesting photography techniques wherein a life-size photograph is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a miniature scale.

Real Tilt-shift photography is all about changing the angle of the camera to give a different perspective and to make something look bigger or smaller.
There are camera lenses that specialize in tilt-shifting. If you haven't got a tilt-shift lens, one way to turn a photo into a tilt-shift shot is the use of Photoshop.

I viewed photos from Flickr and these are the 15 brilliant tilt-shift photos I choose:

1.) Toy Kuala Lumpur - Timmy Toucan

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2.) Nice, France - Jason Ruff

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3.) Joe's Crab Shack, Nashville - Shawn Ide

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4.) Toy Bridge - darktiger

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5.) Oasis Miniature - roevin

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6.) Seattle Waterfront - sonek321

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7.) Tilt-shift Tram - teppistella

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8.) King's Island Tilt-Shift - jsrcyclist

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9.) Canoe - Jeff Rogerson

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10.) Market Street - Reven.

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11.) Airport - pattagon

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12.) Shangri-la Mall - Daniel Y. Go

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13.) First Tilt-shift shot - Daniel Ashton

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14.) Yosemite Valley - Ryan jay

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15.) Shoshone Falls - Wookieslayer

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After viewing these brilliant tilt-shift photos, I wanted to try! Taking photos and processing it in Photoshop afterwards must be fun. I'll be posting a tutorial on how to fake tilt-shift photographs. So be sure to keep track on this blog.


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20 Amazingly Designed Album Cover

Posted by Kristan Saturday, January 9, 2010 View Comments

In designing there are a lot of things to be inspired to. One very good inspiration is music, it is the best inspiration in life. Do you agree?

For designers, scanning album covers is good way to be inspired.

I had a hard time choosing album covers that were amazingly designed. Some covers were stunningly simple, while some were beautifully designed with grungy looks and scribbles. These 20 stunning album cover I got were based from my perceptions on each album's concept. So here's my list:

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Inspiredology is a great site for designers who wanted to be inspired. They got a huge list of The Best Designed Album Covers.


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