Metal Effects

How To : Make a brushed metal effect in Photoshop

In order to make a brushed metal effects in Photoshop you should first go to your gradient tool and select a dark grey or a black and click okay. Shift and drag your mouse to create the gradient. Next, go to filter, Noise, and then add noise and change the percent to 40% and c ...more

How To : Create a brushed metal effect in Illustrator

Using Illustrator's Gradient Editor and Graphic Styles, you can create a brushed metal effect that you can apply to any shape or text. Create a brushed metal effect in Illustrator. Click through to watch this video on layersmagazine.com

How To : Paint a bronze metal effect on ceramics

This instructional painting video demonstrates how to paint a bronze effect on ceramics. You can use this technique on just about any surface, such as wood, canvas, metal, plastic, or paper. Apply gold metallic paint, Bitumen, cadmium yellow paint and primary blue paint. Dry t ...more

How To : Make a Fire Wire (Easy Steel Wool Fireworks)

Once you've reached an age where sparklers are no longer fun, it's time to upgrade to science and steel wool. It may be basic chemistry, but as you'll see in the video, simplicity can amaze more than complexity, as well as create some really impressive fireworks that are perfe ...more

How To : Create a chrome text effect in Photoshop

Looking for instructions on how to achieve a chrome-style text effect in Adobe Photoshop? Look no further. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular image editing software or simply looking to pick up a few new tips and tricks, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial ...more

How To : Tune to a drop D tuning on an electric guitar

This video describes the process of tuning the E string on a guitar down to D. The presenter explains this is a great effect for heavy metal and hard rock and makes playing power chords much easier. The method is to listen to the open D string on the guitar and then tune the E ...more

How To : Choose & Buy a Guitar

Choose and buy a Guitar - A beginners guide to the Guitar. The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments there is, appealing to both the young and the not so young and spanning different musical genre's such as blues, pop, rock, classical and many more. So, Im gu ...more

How To : Heat shrink metal with oxy/acetylene

This video tutorial is in the Autos, Motorcycles & Planes category which will show you how to heat shrink metal with oxy/acetylene. A stud nail gun or a heat inductor may also be used for heat shrinking. Metal popping in and out is called oil can effect, which is caused by str ...more

How To : Experiment with magnets and eddy currents

Eddy Currents are little circles of electricity created when metals are moved by magnets or even when magnets are moved by metals. To understand this practically take a regular piece of cardboard and drop it in between a horse shoe magnet. It drops normally with out being effe ...more

How To : Create an engraved text effect in Photoshop

In this video, we learn how to create an engraved text effect in Photoshop. First, start a new document in Photoshop and make it as large as you want it. Now, select the foreground color as a dark gray. Next, grab the rectangle tool and draw a shaped layer, making the color wh ...more

How To : Spray paint properly

Try to use the same brand of spray paint throughout the project, read the instructions, follow them. Different brands may have different instructions, this is why we advise against mixing brands. Begin by lightly sanding your project with 600 grit sand paper, anything lower ca ...more

HowTo : Magical LED Tin Can Lantern

Instructables member mark-mark creates a beautiful effect with just a tin can lantern and an LED. It's as simple as it sounds: punch a decorative pattern into a tin can and insert your LED rig. Catch the impressive result here. You Will Need: Quart sized tin can with lid Pr ...more

How To : Make fine silver ball earring wires

Make fine silver ball earring wires Materials: fine silver, torch, fire protective surface, eye goggles, pumice block, third hand, wire cutters, round nose pliers, rubber or metal block, ruler, wire gauge, hammer, rawhide hammer, bowl of water. Cut 1 3/4" 18 gauge fine silver ...more

How To : Use an engraving tool

In this tutorial, we learn how to use an engraving tool. It doesn't matter how old your engraving tool is, just make sure it has different speeds on it to help control it while in use. Now, place a piece of aluminum down and adjust your power level to the lowest level. Push do ...more

How To : Make a mini polymer clay knife for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination is demonstrating how to make a miniature knife for the doll house. This knife has a clay blade and a metal handle. The metal handle is made of a hanging earring finding. Now some black clay is taken. It is rolled and flatten and made into the shape of the ...more

How To : Create image reflection in Photoshop

This is a quick and easy tutorial for Photoshop on how to create a simple but effective reflection of an object. This tutorial uses vector masking, scaling, hot keys, vertical flip, gradient tool, and opacity adjustment. After watching this video you will be able to make a ref ...more

How To : Use circuit bending

Circuit bending an audio device typically involves removing the rear panel of the device and connecting any two circuit locations with a "jumper" wire, sending current from one part of the circuit into another. Results are monitored through either the device's internal speaker ...more

How To : Choose the right frame for a picture

Stumped on what frame to use for your favorite piece of artwork or photo? The perfect frame will make your painting, photograph, or piece of artwork stand out on your wall. Here's how to find an ideal match. You Will Need: • A picture or other form of artwork • Measuring ta ...more

Red Wine : The Secret to Superconductivity

We've all heard of the power that red wine holds. It can help lower risks of heart disease, boost your brain power, and can even recharge your car battery. But last year, a group of Japanese physicists made headlines when they announced that they could induce superconductivity ...more

Connundrum : Sunscreen Addiction

Is Daily Sunscreen Application Dangerous? Since birth, I've been lathered in the sunscreen anytime I venture into the sun. It's what comes with being the freckled spawn of two parents with (benign) skin cancer. Always a fan of the outdoors, my skin has seen lots of sun. You c ...more

How To : Choose the best belt for an outfit

Don't just use a belt for keeping your pants up, use it to give you some style! As important an accessory as a handbag, a belt doesn’t just hold up your pants or pull in your tummy. Change your look by creatively matching your belt with your outfit. Step 1: Try outfit first ...more

News : May feels like November

A November release week in May It used to be that games marked to be blockbusters (expected to sell more than a million in their first month) would always be released during the holiday September to December season. November was always the month companies chose to release the ...more

Making Electromagnetic Weapons : EMP Generator, Part One

In this series, I'll be exploring electromagnetic weapons, how to build them, their function and application to the future, and the amazing possibilities electromagnetism has to offer. First, the electromagnetic pulse generator, or EMP. You've probably heard of these before, a ...more

How To Make A Coil Gun : Turning Electricity Into Velocity

In this article, I'll show you how to build a coil gun. A coil gun is a device that fires magnetic projectiles at high velocities, using electricity. Coil guns require no explosive propellant, therefor can be fired an infinite amount of time, providing that there is ammunition ...more

How To : Make a Cheap & Easy Prop Skull

Skulls. What spooky Halloween décor or staging of Hamlet is complete without a skull or two popping up? For ghoulish special effect and/or setting a dramatic scene, skulls are absolutely integral. Well, with some artistry, hardware supplies, and a good dose of patience, you ca ...more

How To : Get the best electric guitar tone

In these music lessons on video, learn what equipment you need to sound like a rock guitar hero. Get tips on what amplifiers to play through, like the classic Marshall JCM Series, and what electric guitar settings work best for that raunchy, crunchy rock or metal guitar tone. ...more

How To : Avoid static electricity

Static electrical shock your worst nightmare? The clothes you choose, shoes you wear and even the things you touch might be the encouraging this natural phenomenon. If static shock is ruining your day then take some action. Reduce your chances of getting a nasty shock that’s ...more

How To : Make Crappy Cheap Vodka Taste Like the Good Stuff

Let's be honest, most of us buy the bottom-shelf vodka either because we're broke or because we're going to disguise the gag-inducing taste of it with juice or something fizzy. If you're cooking or baking with vodka (ice-cold vodka works wonders in pie crust), what's the point ...more

News : Flash-Freeze Anything with the Anti-Griddle

Essentially, the Anti-Griddle does exactly what its name promises: it turns things almost instantaneously cold when you drop them on its "grilling" surface. Unlike home methods of flash freezing, its staggeringly low temperatures (-30°F/-34.4°C) allows ingredients that normall ...more

How To : Prep and Spray Flat or Matte Black

Matte and flat colors have became quite popular. I was surprised to see how many cars used these colors at SEMA 2011. At 2012 SEMA I started seeing flat and matte in all colors, including pearls and metallics. These colors can be sprayed on or the car can be wrapped with vin ...more

How To : Change the Color of Your OnePlus One's Lock Screen

As much as it pained me to lose lock screen widget functionality, I just can't bare changing out the sleek-looking lock screen that's standard on the OnePlus One. The latest OTA introduced a new transparent theme, and while that's a welcomed improvement, I need more options! ...more

How To : Thaw a Frozen Steak in Minutes

It's a basic law of cooking: whenever you're really craving something, you don't have it. All you want is a glass of wine? Chances are you finished the bottle while braising meat last night. Want nothing more than a sandwich right now? Yep, you finished the bread with breakfas ...more

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