If You're Reading This It's Too Late Artwork - Photoshop Tutorial

For the 4th anniversary of Drake's studio album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" I decided to make a video on how to re-create the cover art! This album artwork is very easy to replicate as it's just text over a white background and that's what I want you guys to get out of this video. When you look at a memorable cover artwork like Blonde by Frank Ocean, you can easily attach yourself to the text/image because it's so simple. You don't have to over complicate your art, most artwork out there is fairly simple and to the point (photography with text).

"If You're Reading This It's Too Late" Cover Art Photoshop Template: (Must reach 150 likes)

With My Woes: https://www.dafont.com/with-my-woes.font
It's Too Late: https://www.fontspace.com/szymon/its-too-late
Late: https://www.deasti.com/late-free-download


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Thank Me Later Cover Art Tutorial: https://youtu.be/1hukfhkRo3c
So Far Gone Cover Art Tutorial: https://youtu.be/6kiLqciunqo
Brockhampton Iridescence Cover Art Tutorial: https://youtu.be/0DUNIVsZWLk
WATCH MORE Song/Album Artwork Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS26RPOhAS0-cJDX3JdAb1cnV1IzGF7Bp

How to Shoot Photos in HARSH Sunlight!

Learn how to shoot portrait photos in harsh/direct sunlight! Usually, when you shooting in the morning/mid-day it's hard to get good shots without a reflector or flash because of the shadows that are created. In this video, I'll be showing you 5 of my favourite tips for taking better pictures in situations like this. These tips are not meant for people her like to be very technical but rather more experimental.

1. Overdo the shadows

Instead of trying to remove shadows from the face, try creating more shadows or creating a silhouette.

2. Overdo the highlights

Utilize the light to your advantage and make any sources of light pop (including light flares).

3. Shoot between objects

You'll be able to make your photos look better and remove any additional light that may be creating too many shadows/highlights.

4. Shoot with the light behind the subject

I believe your best bet when shooting with harsh lighting is to have the light behind your subject. It's the best way to experiment with creating silhouettes and light flares.

5. Masking & color grading

If you want to be more technical and less experimental, you should look into learning how to mask in Adobe Lightroom and how to use the shadow/highlight sliders to your advantage.

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Portrait Photoshoot in An Alleyway (ft. Kalyn Nicholson): https://youtu.be/PMi2Pr8rP34

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Color Splash Effect - Lightroom CC Tutorial (2019)

Learn how to achieve the selective color splash effect in Adobe Lightroom CC 2019 for beginners! In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) sliders and adjustment brushes to remove certain colors in your photographs. This can also be achieved in Photoshop CC, however, it makes much more sense to do this in Lightroom if you are also already color grading in the photo editing program.

My Presets: https://www.steven-van.com/store/presets
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Dramatic Photo Effect: https://youtu.be/ziSkjwmWimY
Orange & Teal Look in Lightroom: https://youtu.be/Zfyd4A8_rUQ
How to Edit Like Justin Escalona: https://youtu.be/C_1Y1gsBdDE
How to Edit Concert Photos in Lightroom: https://youtu.be/eOeMkCRDJOc

WATCH MORE Lightroom Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS26RPOhAS0-gUUK6tD3wiB1xZuuLlG9T

NEW Blue Wallpaper Pack 1.0

I’ve had people ask me to send them photos to use as wallpapers for the longest time now. I decided that I will be releasing a “wallpaper pack” every single week from now on. Each week contain 10 different photos of a particular theme. This week’s theme is “blue” and contains a variety of concert photos.

How to Get a Photo Pass for Concerts & Sporting Events!

Learn how to get a photo/press/media pass for concerts and sporting events! I've had the pleasure of providing coverage for several media outlets over this past year, including concerts/shows from H.E.R., Travis Scott, Teyana Taylor, Daniel Caesar, Tory Lanez, Roy Woods, Baka Not Nice, Killy, 24Hrs, Anders, and Ramriddlz! I've worked for multiple publications including 93.5 the Move and The Come Up Show!

Obtaining these credentials can be hard at first but once you get into one show, you'll slowly find other ways to get into events. I'll be teaching you the best ways to get into shows and who you should contact!

1. Build a portfolio
Before you even try sending out e-mails and reaching out to people, you must first have work to show for. This is especially true if you are a freelance photographer and don't have a company to back you. The best way to do this without spending money to get into events is to shoot public/free events, festivals, and college/university-run events because they are the easiest to get into.

2. Find a media outlet/promotion company to work for
As I mentioned before, it is very hard to get into events as a freelance photographer especially if you don't know anyone and don't have the connections. When you have a media outlet backing you and reaching out to artists and promotion companies on your behalf, it makes it a lot of easier for you.

Media outlets get access to almost every event, so my biggest advice is to get into contact with a media company. The same thing goes with working for a promotion company (ex. Live Nation), although they don't get access to every event, only the events they promote. Media outlets are publications such as magazines, blogs, and radio stations. Often times the most reputable and respected media outlets get access to events, not necessarily the biggest one.

Promotion companies are the people that put together the event, decide what media has access to the events, and promotes the event. Smaller promotion companies will be matched with smaller artists, bigger promotion companies will be matched with bigger artists. If you find a way to make a connection with a promotion company that would be ideal because you'll have a guaranteed chance of getting into an event, whereas working for a media outlet is not guaranteed.

3. Wait for a response
It took me a lot of time to get to this point. A lot of reaching out to people, literally sending out hundreds of emails a week. I've probably only gotten 5-10 responses to this day. Go out there and apply to media passes to festivals, and reach out to people even if you're unsure if you can get in or not. Soon enough you'll know enough people to the point you won't need to reach out to people; that's what is happening to me.

Why are the media passes given to media outlets?
- The photos taken are usually published in their magazine, blog, or whatever the case is and provides good press (benefit for artists)
- The benefit for the media outlets are they have relevant content to post

If you are working for a media outlet you are only able to shoot the first 3 songs (most of the time) with no flash from the photo pit.
- Allows you to capture enough content
- Allows the personal photographers/videographers to have more exclusive shots
- People directly working with the artist have all-access (they can shoot from ANYWHERE)

Things to keep in mind:
- Not every media outlet will get access to an event
- Most media outlets will only be able to get 1 or 2 media passes
- Only legitimate media outlets get these passes; being an influencer or owning a big Instagram account doesn’t count
- If you do find a media outlet to work for, it will usually be for free
- You will also be notified on very short notice; sometimes the morning before the show.

"imagine" by Ariana Grande Cover Art breakdown

Ariana Grande just released another single, “imagine” after her recently released hit “thank you, next” blew up all over the internet. Today, I’ll be breaking down the new cover art.

The first thing I noticed was that this artwork didn’t follow the same clean and flat guideline that the “Sweetener” album artwork followed. This cover is however like other Ariana covers in the past, as it doesn’t have color and reveals a more vulnerable side of her.

We’ll be using Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 for this tutorial.
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Step-by-step tutorial:

1) Find an image.
Aim to find an image that is a close-up and shows a lot of detail. You don’t want to have to crop and re-size your image because you’ll be adding effects to make the photo look compressed/grainy anyways.

You should also try to find an image with a darker background. This will allow the subject be the main drawing point in the graphic.

*The graphic should follow a 1:1 ratio (e.g. 1920 x 1920)

2) Make the photo black & white.
- Click on your photo layer
- Layer > New Layer Adjustment > Black & White

Adjust the black & white settings so that nothing is standing out too much (e.g. very bright skin tones). You can also use Layer > New Layer Adjustment > Curves to accomplish this. You want to make sure that the highlights are not too bright and the shadows aren’t too dark; have the details show.


3) Apply motion blur/ghosting effect
- Click on your photo layer
- Ctrl + J (Duplicate Layer)
- Hold shift + press left/right arrow key (on duplicated photo layer)
- Change the opacity of the layer to 30%
- Filter > Blur > Motion Blur > 10px

You want to make sure the ghosting effect is very subtle. If it is too evident or there is a clear distinct line you can see from the duplicated layer, you can lower the opacity of the duplicated layer.

4) Apply grainy look
- Select the original photo layer
- Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen
- Filter > Noise > Add Noise > 10%

With this graphic, you want to make the photo blurry, and sharp, at the same time. You can accomplish this buy applying the ghosting effect then later sharpening the photo. The use of grain is to make the photo look older/compressed.

5) Add text
- Type in your text
- Ctrl + J (Duplicate Layer)
- Hold shift + press left/right arrow key (on duplicated text layer)
- Change the opacity of the layer to 30%
- Filter > Blur > Motion Blur > 10px


5) Final Touches
- Apply curves
- Apply brightness/contrast

Once you’re done creating the basis of the effect, you can now experiment with the lighting and placement of objects. If the image is too faded, you can use curves or brightness/contrast.

That’s it! Hopefully you learned something from this very simple tutorial. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Text Outline Effect - Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorial! (2018)

Learn how to create the "text outline effect" in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 with this very basic graphic design tutorial! All you will need to learn is how to use the "fill" opacity and the "stroke option" in "blending options". This tutorial was inspired by the popular 2018 "Spotify Unwrapped" graphic that music artists have been posting all over their social media highlighting their year-end stats. I thought I would do the same thing but with my YouTube stats!

Spotify Unwrapped Template: (Must reach 200 likes)
Text Outline Effect Intro Tutorial: https://youtu.be/3UFpI6Xe5bQ Gotham Bold (Font): https://www.typography.com/fonts/goth...
Text Effect Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

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