Postcards from the past have an idealistic view of vacation spots they are trying to promote that you can’t seem to find anymore nowadays; perhaps because we no longer send post cards, but rather rely on email. In this graphic design tutorial, we are going to take a popular retro style of having text with different images within each letter and recreate it. We will use Illustrator and Photoshop in concert to come up with an awesome retro postcard.
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we will be making a design that has an ancient feel to it. We will be using various stock photos and blending them together to create one cohesive scene. You will learn how to apply textures, create a gold text effect, add interesting design elements like golden globes and palm trees, use adjustment layers to manipulate colors, and a few more additional tricks along the way. What we will end up with can be used as a desktop wallpaper.
Here’s a collection of rocky and rough pavement textures to add a little "street cred" to your work (get it?). Use these textures to roughen up your designs. We’ve included 9 high-resolution textures in this pack for you to use in your personal or commercial work. As always, textures are free but please do not redistribute or resell the files without our permission.
WordPress is a wonderful publishing platform for your portfolio site. There are plenty of free WordPress themes available specifically designed and developed for designers, photographers, and digital artists. In this roundup, you’ll find 10 excellent and (surprisingly) free WordPress themes for portfolio and image gallery websites.
In this graphic design tutorial, we will discuss how to create an assortment of 3D text styles in Illustrator CS4. We will create a custom pattern (a flower pattern), apply beautiful color gradients, use basic shape tools to create custom objects, and much more. The underlying lesson in this tutorial is that, in Illustrator, you can achieve amazing results by choosing the right fonts and colors, and by being conscious of basic illustration principles such as perspective and lighting.
As chief editor of Design Instruct, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the design community and the talented individuals that comprise it. I won’t claim to know all the great designers or that I’m familiar with all their work, but I do know that there is a vast pool of talent out there from every experience level and every discipline of Design. From illustrators to type designers to CGI artists, there’s no shortage of creative talent out there. Which begs the question: How is great design produced?
It’s difficult to stand out from the vast sea of blogs on the Web; you truly have to try hard to create a remarkable and unique blog design in order to be memorable. This collection features beautiful and creative blog designs that step outside the aesthetics we’re accustomed to seeing in blogs.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I will take you through the process of creating a fun horror movie poster design. We will be mixing up stock photos and brushes with old, grungy textures to create a horror movie poster design for "Dark Castle," a fictional movie. A full moon, a spooky castle, a mysterious caped silhouette in the distance, and bats — you’re going to have fun with this one.
Monospaced fonts, which are fonts whose characters have equal horizontal widths, are suitable for programming because they make source code easier to read. However, they’re not a designer’s go-to when picking out typefaces for designs because they’re created with functionality, rather than aesthetic appeal, as a priority. Although, some monospaced fonts do look great, and I hope in this collection you’ll find some that you can use in design projects.
Who says beauty has to be perfect? Sometimes, beauty needs a little beating for it to come out. That’s certainly the case with these otherwise boring patches of cement — now cracked, and that much more interesting. Below, you will find a gorgeous collection of 12 high-resolution cracked textures for your designing and digital artistry pleasure. As always, textures are provided free of charge but please do not redistribute the files without our permission.
In this vector illustration tutorial, you’ll be learning how to draw a colorful stack of poker chips in Adobe Illustrator CS4 using intermediate-level techniques. Follow along the tutorial to learn how to utilize basic shapes to draw a stack of poker chips from scratch in vector format.
In this Photoshop tutorial, we will be making a monochromatic scene with the subject being a bird in flight with smoke surrounding its body. We will be using a high contrast stock image that we will manipulate and combine with smoke brushes.