How to Draw a 3D Lifesaver with Illustrator

How to Draw a 3D Lifesaver with Illustrator

Lifesavers (also known as lifebuoys) are iconic objects associated with maritime life. In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a lifesaver using excellent Illustrator techniques, including the creation of a custom Illustrator art brush (which we will use for the rope around the lifesaver). We’ll end up with an illustration which can be used as an icon or design element in your projects.

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Power Lines: Stock Photo Pack

Power Lines: Stock Photo Pack

Are you looking to add a little spark to you work? At Design Instruct, we’re always looking for ways to electrify your imagination¬†– figuratively of course, but in this case, literally — and in that spirit, we’re providing you with some free stock photos of some power lines to shock your work back into life. We hope the 6 high-resolution photos included in this pack helps you flip the creative switch to the always desirable “on” position.

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30 Beautiful Web Designs with Subtle Texturing

30 Beautiful Web Designs with Subtle Texturing

Using textures in a web design is a popular technique for adding a touch of detail to your work. Textures can be used in backgrounds, user interface elements, imagery, etc. to create visual intricacy. Sometimes, though, using bold textures can be overpowering and can become a distraction. In this visual collection, you’ll see web designs that use textures subtly and elegantly.

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10 Photography Tips from a Self-Taught Photographer

10 Photography Tips from a Self-Taught Photographer

After college (about 3 years ago), I bought myself a used camera from a little camera repair shop in London. I paid 40 pounds. It was this manual 35mm film camera from that magical decade, the 80′s. It worked, had a sharp lens, a neck strap, and the old man who sold it to me gave me a free roll of film (which, at the time, sounded like the deal of a lifetime). Come on! Free film!

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Create an Ornate 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

Create an Ornate 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

In this illustration/drawing tutorial, I will show you how to create a fancy gift box using Adobe Illustrator. We will use color gradients, vector shadows and blending in order to achieve a nice and semi-realistic look. For beginners, this tutorial will also be a practical, hands-on lesson on the Blend Tool, one of Illustrator’s most powerful tools.

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Font Collection: 10 Interesting Free Grungy Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Interesting Free Grungy Fonts

This collection of fonts features distressed, grungy fonts that are perfect for when you want to make a messy design. The fonts are organic in nature, and often mimic hastily written, scratched or aged handwriting.

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Design a Slick Modern Pricing Table UI in Photoshop

Design a Slick Modern Pricing Table UI in Photoshop

In this quick web design/user interface tutorial, I’m going to show you how to design a modern pricing table using Photoshop. Pricing tables can be frequently seen in subscription-based web apps (SaaS). We’ll be using various tools like the Horizontal Type Tool and Rounded Rectangle Tool to get the job done. I’ll show you how to create popular effects associated with current web design trends such as a modern web button.

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Create a Realistic MacBook Air in Photoshop

Create a Realistic MacBook Air in Photoshop

In this graphic design tutorial, I am going to show you how to draw a realistic Apple MacBook Air. We will be using layer styles to make beautiful surfaces and manual tweaking techniques with the help of the Pen Tool, Convert Point Tool, Free Transform, Brush Tool, etc. to get the details just right. We will also cover how to create a slick reflection that can be used in many graphic design situations.

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Slick Modern Buttons: PSD

Slick Modern Buttons: PSD

This is a free set of modern 9 web buttons that you can use in website interfaces, call-to-action buttons, web forms, etc. The PSD file is organized and can be easily modified to suit your needs. Enjoy!

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Design a Vintage Baseball Card in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Baseball Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will take you through the creation of a realistic vintage baseball card. You will learn how to add color to a black and white photo, how to reproduce an illustrated effect using Photoshop filters, how to create an "old print" effect, and all sorts of other goodies. We will be mixing images, textures, blending modes and adjustment layers to achieve the final design. Sound interesting? Let’s get to work!

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The Important Role of Hard Work in Talented People

The Important Role of Hard Work in Talented People

People sometimes talk in the creative field about talent — this abstract concept of some type of natural ability, miraculously bestowed upon a chosen few people. The notion of talent is romantic, mysterious and somehow inspiring; both to those who hope they have it and those who believe they have it.

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Draw a Magician’s Hat in Illustrator

Draw a Magician’s Hat in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we will make a magician’s hat in Adobe Illustrator. We will use 3D effects to create a reference shape for the illustration process, the Pathfinder Panel to combine different shapes and forms, apply nice gradients, create reflections and highlights, and more.

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