Design

  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Printer Illustration

    In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed printer illustration. We’ll start with two simple rectangles and some basic vector shape building techniques. Once we have our starting shapes we’ll continue with some Pathfinder options, a bunch of complex linear gradients and some simple effects. For the highlights we’ll use some simple blending techniques along with some new effects and pixel perfect vector shape building techniques.



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  • Putting the Pieces Together: Scrapbook Style Web Designs

    Web design has roots in numerous other artistic fields, one of which that blogging not only honors, but often mimics in design and use alike is scrapbooking. Just as scrapbooks capture moments with more artistic accompaniment than photos, collaging various elements together to present a story; blogs capture moments in digital format, usually using images and other elements with the text to complete a story.



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  • Brushing Up: A Collection of Free Photoshop Brushes

    Photoshop brushes are a hot commodity among the design community, so every now and then we like to look in on what new sets have been released to the masses. And in this post we have collected dozens of new, free Photoshop brushes to spice up your design arsenal, and help give you that push to dive into a new project, armed with decorative new design tools to take with you. Because really, when it comes to brushes, can you have too many?



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  • Art on Board: Skateboarding and the Artistic Sub-Culture

    When you think of sports, probably the last thing you think about is art or the freedom of expression. You probably think about the high energy. The excitement. The competition. The sweat. The blood. The tears. All of these tend to be associated with sports, from the most physical ones like football, to the least physical ones like golf. But art and sports are not mutually exclusive. Far from it, in fact. Just look at skateboarding.



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  • Industrial Makeover: Fully Illustrated Package Designs

    Packaging is considered to be one of the main influences in the marketer’s world, instantly forming the first impression. It also helps determine the initial success of the product, since customers are accustomed to making instant decisions. Thus, the more memorable the package designs are, the better the chances that the merchandise will end up in the cart. And when you are depending on the attractive outer shell, artistic package designs



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  • Towards a 3D World: Amazing Collection of Autodesk 3DS Max Tutorials

    For today’s collection, we have chosen 3D Studio Max tutorials that will unlock the techniques you need so you can master your 3D Studio Max skills. With the help of the 3D visualization rendering, you can create the perfect feel and look you are wanting for your images. And the tutorials we have for you will help you to harness the power of this useful tool.



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  • Tales From the Darkside: Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulations

    Darker, surreal themes can often lead to some really interesting photo manipulations, as stylistically artist’s can stray into genres such as gothic, horror, the macabre and violence. Not the most pleasant themes for sure, but they can result in some very emotive, engaging pieces of art.



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  • Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design

    Color is one of the most powerful elements that designers have for setting the mood and tone of a project. Even the imagery used can be given different connotations by the colors laid over the top of it. Designers do love playing with this element to ensure the most effective conveyance of their intended message. One route that some opt for is to use color in a very minimal way, and still they are able to do so in a way where that the impact is still felt.



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  • Scratching the Surface: A Showcase of Scratchboard Illustration

    There are some illustrators who take their talents a little bit deeper, while still scratching the surface. Bad pun aside, scratchboard illustration is an amazing artform, one that we our turning our inspirational spotlight on for this new post. By scratching their works from these special surfaces, and at times combining them with paints or inks, these creative illustrators give life to some truly inspired pieces.



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  • Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

    We live in a world, in a society, where it’s almost impossible to go a day or a couple of hours or even a few of minutes without trying to be sold something. Sometimes an opportunity to purchase can present itself subtly; perhaps a friend has a product you like or perhaps you drove past a billboard on the interstate. Sometimes the opportunity to purchase presents itself directly in the form of a salesperson, or even a blatant advertisement of some sort urging you to buy.



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