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Blog Category: Tutorials

How to Distress a Photo Using a Grunge Texture and Displacement Map

This tutorial will teach you how to distress a photograph by merging it with a grunge texture, using layer masks and displacement filters in Photoshop for a realistic result. Merge the photo and texture seamlessly to create the effect of the photo actually being painted on the wood backgroundRead more

Create a Seamless Vector Quatrefoil Pattern in Illustrator

Quatrefoil is an ornamental design with four lobes that resemble a flower or clover leaf, it is most commonly seen in Gothic architecture but can also make a cool, minimal pattern for modern web and graphic design. This quick tutorial will show you how to create a seamless, vector quatrefoil...Read more

Create Gold and Silver Reflective Foil Textures with Photoshop

Foil textures can be very tricky to create. Unlike most materials, they aren't easily photographed because of unwanted reflections, and worse still they don't create any reflections at all when scanned with a flatbed scanner. So it would seem that the best option is to artificially create them from scratch...Read more

Create a Vector Cityscape Scene in Adobe Illustrator

This detailed tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a vector cityscape in Illustrator step by step, using only basic shapes such as rectangles, circles and lines.Read more

How to Place Lettering in and Around Objects in a Photo

A common way of display a lettering piece is to place it over a photo. To make the composition more interesting it’s also common to hide portions of the lettering behind objects in the photo. In this easy tutorial I’ll show you a method for achieving that effect.Read more

How to Design for Screen more Efficiently with Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a great tool for designing icons and other vector graphics for both print and screen. But as a designer who creates artwork primarily for screen, I have found that some unconventional methods in Illustrator can make it even more efficient. Here are some of my top tips...Read more

Create a Convincing Hand Drawn Effect in Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to create a realistic hand drawn effect in Illustrator. Ideal for those without scanners, or for when you already have the graphic you want in Illustrator but need to give it a convincing hand drawn effect (without attempting to recreate it with pen and...Read more

How to Create a Custom Lettering Piece from an Existing Font in Minutes

Custom hand lettering has increased in popularity in recent years and is in great demand from clients. Creating the look by hand is a fantastic skill that one has to develop and refine for years. But a similar style can be created with a little bit of creativity and a...Read more

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