Candy Cane Text Effect Using Illustrator and Photoshop

Candy Cane Text Effect Using Illustrator and Photoshop

In this graphic design tutorial, we’re going to use Illustrator and Photoshop together in order to create a candy cane text effect. This tutorial will show you how to use various vector-drawing tools in Illustrator to create a custom pattern brush and how to refine your vector work by finishing it off in Photoshop.

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10 Photography Tips for Better Party Photos

10 Photography Tips for Better Party Photos

Taking photos at parties, or any social event for that matter, can be tricky but fun! In this article, I’ll share some of my most guarded techniques for taking awesome event photos. If you’re in charge of taking photos at your next holiday party, Christmas party, birthday party, office party, or any other type of social event, these tips will hopefully help you get better and more interesting event photography shots.

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Giveaway: 100 Custom Club Flyers from Next Day Flyers

Giveaway: 100 Custom Club Flyers from Next Day Flyers

Next Day Flyers is offering two sets of 100 1/4 page Club Flyers to Design Instruct readers valued at $48.95 each. They will be printed on 14pt card stocks, in full color on both sides with next day printing turnaround time. Shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. will be included. Winners living elsewhere are still eligible and can pay for their own shipping costs if they win.

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Assorted Rock Surface: Texture Pack

Assorted Rock Surface: Texture Pack

This freebie pack contains textures of rough rock surfaces that can be used in your commercial and personal design and digital art projects. Each image is 2872x2592px in size, so they are all pretty huge. I took the texture images using a professional DSLR camera.

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Grunge Stone: Texture Pack

Grunge Stone: Texture Pack

This is a free texture pack consisting of high-resolution images of grungy stone surfaces. There are 8 textures included in this freebie. Each image is 3264x2448px in size, so they are big enough for many design and digital art projects.

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30 Examples of Using Background Patterns in Web Design

30 Examples of Using Background Patterns in Web Design

Using repeating background patterns as a web design element can result in a unique look and feel. Background patterns can add intricacy, complexity and visual variety to any web design. This collection is a follow-up to the visual inspiration showcase we previously published called Background Patterns in Web Design: 30 Beautiful Examples (please check it out as well for 30 additional excellent examples).

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Make a Colorful Gooey Typographic Design in Photoshop

Make a Colorful Gooey Typographic Design in Photoshop

In this design tutorial, we’re going to create a colorful and liquid-like typographic piece in Photoshop. We will be using the Pen Tool (P) quite a bit, as well as covering some useful digital airbrushing techniques to achieve the final result. Let’s fire up Photoshop and get started!

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Rethinking The Creative Workspace

Rethinking The Creative Workspace

When I decided to embark on this journey of becoming a creative professional, I had all these ideas of what kind of place I’d like to work in — the kind of place that would get the proverbial "creative juices" flowing. In my mind, it was a place with good music playing at all times, colorful things, cool stuff and "things I like." It was a dream space where I would be free to explore my ideas and my thoughts so I could transform them into good work.

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Custom Wallpaper: Wet Black Ghost

Custom Wallpaper: Wet Black Ghost

We recently published an amazing coloring tutorial by our friends at Wet Black Ghost. If you haven’t had the chance to follow along Matt Fox’s digital coloring techniques tutorial, we highly suggest you do so!

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How to Color Inked Line Art in Photoshop

How to Color Inked Line Art in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going give you a general overview of how I digitally color an illustration. We’ll go over scanning, cleaning, flatting, coloring, rendering, and texturing techniques. There’s just as many ways to coloring a drawing digitally as there is to painting a picture. This tutorial won’t focus on any specific way to blend or choose colors; we’ll assume you have knowledge of the basics.

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Spotlight: Comic Book Writers Wet Black Ghost

Spotlight: Comic Book Writers Wet Black Ghost

A few weeks back, I was scouring the Internet for a showcase we wanted to do about fresh illustrators that we think are producing amazing work. It was a simple enough showcase that we thought was cool and we thought our readers might like. Little did I know that that showcase would bring us to a new Design Instruct feature that we’ll call Spotlight.

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Show Us Your: Workspace

Show Us Your: Workspace

In this first Design Instruct "Show Us Your:" showcase, we gathered a few office snapshots from our staff, authors and friends to give you a candid look at their workspace. May it be inspiration from arts hanging on the walls, information from books and magazines scattered on the floor, or simply the need to be organized for functionality; these photos portray the working environment behind real graphic design and digital art professionals. Share your own workspace photos in the comments!

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