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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

May 14th, 2012
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic lifebuoy graphic. We'll start with a bunch of concentric circles and some basic vector shape building techniques. Once we create the starting shapes we'll continue with some Pathfinder options, several Warp and Gaussian Blur effects plus some basic...

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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

May 11th, 2012
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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.

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World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

May 7th, 2012
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World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

Using watercolor in web design is not a new thing that designers are implementing, by any means. In fact, it has been used in web design for years. In no small part due to the fact that digital watercolor effects are inspiring and attention-grabbing, and on top of that,...

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The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

May 4th, 2012
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The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

When creating websites you have to consider a great deal of aspects such as usability, visual-appeal, the technical side, and last but not least, brand building. Many successful and profitable businesses have been tackled this brand building with user-centric website design. They do this for different reasons, but the...

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Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

May 2nd, 2012
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Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

Many artists, whether digital or traditional find much inspiration in music. It often serves as a great mind opener for large amounts of creativity and style to be ushered in. Some artists believe music helps them to see shapes and colors, and often offers up feelings and emotions to help them execute their...

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Semi-Realistic Oil Barrel Illustration

May 1st, 2012
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Semi-Realistic Oil Barrel Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic oil barrel illustration. First, we'll use several rectangles along with some professional pixel perfect vector shape building techniques to create the starting shapes. Next, we'll break some of the starting shapes apart as needed using a bunch...

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Websites of the Deep: A Showcase of Underwater Web Design

April 26th, 2012
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Websites of the Deep: A Showcase of Underwater Web Design

Developing a website can sometimes be a dry process, but that doesn't mean the finished site can't make a splash. As the lead designer at a studio called "The Deep End", it's always interesting to see what others have done with the underwater web design theme, and it turns out...

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Products and Packages with Fantastic Typography

April 25th, 2012
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Products and Packages with Fantastic Typography

Sometimes the most appealing products are not those that are priced the most reasonably, but the ones whose packaging goes beyond functionality and crosses over to the artistic. Alberto Alessi said it best when he described his reason for his own aesthetic designs:

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The Painted Egg: Decorative and Imaginative Easter Eggs

April 16th, 2012
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The Painted Egg: Decorative and Imaginative Easter Eggs

With Easter having just passed, we thought we'd look to one of the holiday's most common motifs, the painted egg! There are many different ways to decorate and make something special from your standard, boring egg. You can use either natural dyes or liquid food colors to make them almost any color...

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Television Typography: Showcase of Memorable TV Show Logos

April 13th, 2012
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Television Typography: Showcase of Memorable TV Show Logos

TV show logos have become an art. They create recognizable brands that become an important part of a show’s off-air life and legacy. The eclipsing O of "Heroes", the periodic elements of "Breaking Bad", the film-negative "X-files", these title pieces have become instantly recognizable, and help make their shows familiar across many...

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Simple Map Illustration

April 10th, 2012
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Simple Map Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create your very own simple vector map illustration. First, we'll build the starting shapes using pixel perfect alignment, some basic vector shape building techniques along with a bunch of warp effects. Then we will put on the finishing touches. We...

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Turning 2D Into 3D: Seeing The New Angle

April 4th, 2012
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Turning 2D Into 3D: Seeing The New Angle

If you haven’t seen the viral pictures of English artist Julian Beever’s work, then you aren’t on the web enough. Mr. Beever started as a street artist who figured out how to make his pastel chalk drawings on hard sidewalks turn into three-dimensional scenes that amazed and delighted passersby. Beever started out...

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Exceptional Dribbble Invite Shots

March 30th, 2012
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Exceptional Dribbble Invite Shots

Dribbble is one of the most famous online designers community. It's an amazing gallery where people can show screenshots of their recent or upcoming works and share high-quality freebies with others. But Dribbble is not only place where you can show off your skills, it is also a source for inspiration, and a place where you...

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Restaurant Chalkboard

March 28th, 2012
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Restaurant Chalkboard

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed restaurant specials style chalkboard. We’ll start with the Rectangle Tool and some simple vector shape building techniques. Once you have your starting shapes you can continue and add the colors. We’ll use multiple fills and strokes along with...