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Cover Art Unleashed Article - Title PostWe’ve undergone some huge technological shifts the last decade, and the world of publishing is just one area that’s been turned on it’s head. For better or worse, there’s been an epic boom in self-publishing and small press releases. This is largerly due to the growing popularity of e-reader devices (Kindle, iPad, Nexus etc.) and distribution platforms such as Amazon… but what does this mean to the Digital Artist? Read more

Top 5 Benefits of Attending Art SchoolWhether you’re a designer or an artist, you’ve probably entertained the idea of going to college or university to beef up your skillset and pursue your passion with a vengeance. With the huge costs in time, energy and finances; it’s a serious decision to make. In this article I’ll break down 5 hidden benefits of the art school experience. Read more

Photomanipulation Terms Explained - Title PostPhotomanipulation is a ferociously popular artform now, with hobbyists and professionals worldwide creating and innovating in a broad range of visual styles. To the newcomer, many of the terms may seem esoteric and foreign, so in this article we’ll break down the language used in the discussion and instruction of Photomanipulation art. Read more

Freelancing - Repeat Business is Everything - Title PostFreelancing full-time is a great way make a living, and has many benefits that can’t be found in the traditional 9-5.. but it’s not without it’s perils. To sustain a ‘liveable’ income and beyond, repeat business is crucial for survival. Read more

SurrealPSD ContestGetting all the ‘bits’ together to start a personal brand can be tricky when you’re starting out. We are proud to announce our newest contest, which tackles this issue head on with a treasure trove of awesome prizes, especially for the Digital Artist! Read more

Art System Photoshop Teaser - Title PostHi guys, this post is a little update on a project I’ve had in the pipeline for quite a while now. I have always felt that there’s a better method for learning Photoshop, not covered by the traditional training courses available. I finally got the opportunity to test my theories when I was invited to teach at Canterbury Christchurch University, where I worked with hundreds of awesome students across two campuses. Read more

The Reality of Freelance Title PostWhen I was 15, I had literally no idea what I was doing. I knew I loved digital art and I knew I wanted to create it for other people – it was here that my freelance journey began. Read more

Fantasy Lighting – Expert Tips


Fantasy Lighting Photoshop Tips Title PostIm a bit of a specialist, I can handle complex mechanical works or sultry ‘vogue-ish’ pin-ups – but Ive never been too hot at ‘ethereal’ lighting. Vibrant light is a huge part of Fantasy photomanipulation art, so I thought I’d bring in some experts to provide the lowdown on deep hue lighting. Read more

Bosslogic .PSD Download


Bosslogic PSD TitlepostBosslogic, Photoshop Jedi and friend of SurrealPSD has kindly donated one of his .PSD files, which gives an awesome breakdown sharing the secrets behind his ‘Neon’ style. Twist up those Layer Styles like never before – grab the .PSD, have a look and see how it’s done. Read more

The Darkclub Blog


Darkclub Blog Title PostDarkclub started life as a DeviantArt group, populated with connoisseurs of the macabre and artists in every media. What started as a little group has grown into a sizeable collective across the web, with an emphasis on quality dark arts. Read more

Fantasio Copyright Article Title PostFriend of SurrealPSD and all-round virtuouso Oliver Wetter has posted a great article examining Copyright Law inĀ  the world of digital art. As a sharp subject, it’s all too easy for everyone to get hysterical about IP (DeviantArt!) – however this feature takes a sober look into the issues at hand. Read more

Site Review:


From a designer’s and artist’s perspective, you are always looking for new ways to promote yourself on the web. There are a great deal of art sites around but only a few are quality. Read more

Evolution of Photoshop title postI find infographics on the whole a little bit hit and miss.. Sometimes however a gem does pop up, and I have to admit, this one really does pull on the old nostalgia strings. Read more

Top 10 Photoshop Shortcuts


Top 10 Photoshop Shortcuts Title Post

As you become more familiar with the Photoshop interface, you’ll find that you produce work with greater speed and efficiency. Shortcuts are very useful for streamlining the creative process, so here I have listed my essential Top 10 Photoshop Shortcuts. Read more

Site review:

12Aug title postAs a commercial Digital Artist there is a limited amount of time that I can spend interacting and promoting on the social-art sites. For this reason I’m very selective when it comes to choosing which sites to invest my time in. Read more