Archive | Tutorials

20 October 2011 ~ 10 Comments

Quick tip: How to Add Grunges to Layer Masks in Photoshop

Quick tip: How to Add Grunges to Layer Masks in Photoshop

I’m sure you’ve wanted to add a cool grungy effect to a text, but without using the all-known “28 days later” font, especially when you want to sell your product. So here’s a really fast and easy solution to obtain the same results, and all in less than two minutes.

Difficulty: Beginner
Completion time: 2 minutes
Resources: Cracks texture by Design TNT

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13 October 2011 ~ 21 Comments

Beautiful Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorials for the Winter Season

Beautiful Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorials for the Winter Season

The winter is almost here guys and I thought you might use some nice tutorials on how to create various winter elements. Some of these tuts are for beginners and some are for those who are a little more advanced, there is something here for everyone. Try out some of these tutorials and let us know what you came up with. Use the outcomes of the tuts to create beautiful Christmas cards, cd covers, posters and so on. Enjoy!

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28 September 2011 ~ 30 Comments

Design Process: How to Draw the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) in Illustrator

Design Process: How to Draw the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) in Illustrator

Today we will create a vector drawing of the main character from the Chinese novel “Journey to the West”, the Monkey King. The tutorial will show you drawing techniques for Illustrator,tips for character design and composition setups. Whether you’re an advanced Illustrator user or a beginner, you’ll be able to complete it easily.

Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
Completion time: 1-2 hours
Tools: Illustrator CS3

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23 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Quick Tip: Use Basic Graphic Patterns to Create Cool Backgrounds in Illustrator

Quick Tip: Use Basic Graphic Patterns to Create Cool Backgrounds in Illustrator

Often when we get to advanced levels of drawing techniques in Illustrator (or Photoshop), we tend to forget about the target design and focus more on the complexity of the execution. This also goes for the tutorials, who get more and more difficult, long and exhausting because of that gradient mesh with a gazillion anchor points.
Let’s take a look back at our basics, the foundation of what we know today. They are a reliable resource for a quick background or texture, complementing the main element in the design.

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28 February 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Quick Tip: How to Create Editable Text on Torn Paper Effect

Quick Tip: How to Create Editable Text on Torn Paper Effect

In this quick tip I will show how a simple and very likely unused tool can be so useful: the Convert to Shape tool. So here’s who this tool is and what does it do.
This tool not only converts it to a shape, but it adds an Appearance setting to it. This is pretty awesome when you want to create graphic styles for various texts or shapes.

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04 January 2011 ~ 5 Comments

Ultimate Roundup of Illustrator Tutorials from 2010

Ultimate Roundup of Illustrator Tutorials from 2010

2010 was a year full of creative Illustrator tutorials. I put up a collection of some of the most useful and interesting tutorials you could find on the web, published in the year that just passed.
You can enhance your skills with Illustrator, maybe learn a few new tricks, remind yourself of some old ones, inspire and create new and amazing artwork!

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13 December 2010 ~ 25 Comments

How to Draw a Cute Santa in Illustrator

How to Draw a Cute Santa in Illustrator

Today we will create a detailed vector illustration of Santa Claus pointing to a text or another image.
Difficulty: intermediate
Completion time:1 hour
Tools: Illustrator CS3, graphic tablet

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09 December 2010 ~ 5 Comments

How to Create a Christmas Package Design in Illustrator

How to Create a Christmas Package Design in Illustrator

In this tutorial we will create a modern vector package design for your holiday bundles, product ads and more.

Difficulty: Advanced
Completion time: 2 hours
Tools: Illustrator CS5

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22 September 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Create a Ying-Yang concept design with Photoshop and Illustrator

Create a Ying-Yang concept design with Photoshop and Illustrator

Today we will create a concept design based on the Ying-Yang symbol using stock photos and vectors. You will learn to manipulate pictures, skin retouching and body reconstruction, along with creating a concept design.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Completion time: 1 hour
Tools: Adobe Photoshop

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09 August 2010 ~ 10 Comments

How to Create a Colorful Textured Tiki Mask in Illustrator

How to Create a Colorful Textured Tiki Mask in Illustrator

In this tutorial we will create a Tiki mask from scratch, starting from a pencil sketch and a few references.
Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced
Completion time: 2 hours
Tools: Adobe Illustrator CS3, paper, pencil

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