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How to Create an Abstract Space Scene in Illustrator In this tutorial we will create an abstract space scene with vector tools in Illustrator, utilizing the Mesh tool and Blending Modes to create abstract light and color effects, this tutorial allows you to bring some of your own creativity into the process and is all packed in a simple and easy to follow set of six detailed steps.[Continue Reading →]
Pixels are not what most designers are thinking about when they launch Adobe Illustrator, but there are some pretty awesome things Illustrator can do with them. By default Illustrator is set up to be a resolution independent vector drawing and print layout tool—in short, not for pixels—but in this tutorial we will go over a few techniques which can add pixel-perfect design to it’s list of uses.[Continue Reading →]
In this tutorial we will be using Adobe Photoshop to create a modern map with dropped pin icon. This tutorial assumes familiarity with Adobe Photoshop at an intermediate level, for example you should understand the basics of layer styles and how perform most basic functions, this covers lighting and vector drawing techniques, and will teach you the fundamentals of icon design in Photoshop, including using basic shapes, masks and effects to create an attractive, sleek result that is scalable for different sizes and devices.[Continue Reading →]
In this tutorial we will show you how to create a grunge Polaroid photo using Adobe Fireworks and its unique ability to work with textures. The way Adobe Fireworks handles texture is substantially different to how Photoshop does things, and in fact it’s one of the main things that stump a lot of Photoshop users when they first use Fireworks. However, with a bit of experience and experimentation, you can learn how to combine bitmap textures with vector drawing in Fireworks for an excellent result.[Continue Reading →]
In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to design an icon from our popular freebie, the Incredibly Detailed Drinks Icon Pack. We’ll walk you through the process of creating the takeout coffee cup from start to finish, exploring a wide variety of techniques in Photoshop that can be applied to almost any type of design and drawing.[Continue Reading →]
If you’re looking to add a personal touch to one of your projects, then hand-drawn icons and buttons are a perfect choice, let’s face it if you break away from the run of the mill, high-gloss, pixel-perfect stock icons for a moment, and use a somewhat more traditional technique, then you can show prospective clients that you have a creative, hands-on, artistic side (without actually needing to be any good at drawing).[Continue Reading →]
Everybody knows how important business cards are, they’re the first impression people get of your company and they’re how people will remember you, a well designed card will leave a positive impression and can mean that potential clients or business partners will hang on to your card for a long time.
For web designers who may not necessarily have any background in print design, it can be tempting to just jump into Photoshop and design a card using your usual tricks but there are a few things you need to know about to design for print and avoid embarrassing and sometimes costly mess ups.[Continue Reading →]
In this tutorial we will explore shape and layer style techniques to create an oversized search bar in Adobe Fireworks.[Continue Reading →]
For most professional designers, time equals money. Creating the same quality work in less time means you can earn more money—so there is a significant incentive to work efficiently.
In this tutorial I’m going to explain how it’s possible to design an entire website in under an hour, and I’ll show examples of the site along the entire process and at completion. You probably don’t want to do this for any really important projects you’re working on, but hopefully this exercise will give you a few tips to make your design process more efficient while still maintaining really high quality work.
Okay, let’s take a look at how this works:[Continue Reading →]
In this tutorial we’re going to be designing a bright, colorful and “happy” business card design from scratch in Adobe Illustrator CS4.[Continue Reading →]