Most of you probably know that feeling towards the end of a project — that nagging, incessant "itch" — telling you to change something in your design even though, for all intents and purposes, you’ve accomplished everything that was on the project brief. I like to call that the "perfectionist’s itch." It is one of the most potent killers of creativity known to man — and a feeling I know all too well.
A popular web design trend in recent years has been the use of vintage-inspired aesthetics — an antagonistic juxtaposition to our depiction of the Web as being the space for modernity. These site designs feature design elements like low-saturation color palettes, distressed and aged elements, textures, and items and people representative of the yesteryears like outmoded technologies (such as radios and TVs), pin-up girls, and World War I/II memorabilia.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a 3D-looking textured text effect in Photoshop without the need for any 3D tools or applications. All we need to be able to create our text effect is a good idea of perspective so that we can modify light distribution with the help of color correction tools (Burn Tool and Dodge Tool). The techniques and concepts you’ll learn here can be used to apply any kind of texture (not just skin texture) to any text for simulating depth and lighting precision.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to show you how to visually design a simple accordion menu for use as a content widget in a web design or as a "mini-website" (inspired by Tim Van Damme’s work). We will just use basic tools and techniques, and what I am aiming to accomplish is to share some awesome methods for creating web design elements in this sort of style and theme.
This is a collection of free wall textures taken in Istanbul from an abandoned factory where humidity and age is prominent. There are 10 high-resolution textures in this Design Instruct exclusive. They are available for personal and commercial use in your work, but please do not redistribute this pack without obtaining consent first. The image files are 3216×2136px in size and 300dpi resolution.
This tutorial will show you a general process for making a wooden, grungy-themed social media icon in Photoshop. I was inspired to create this set (which I call "Derelict") after having created the metallic equivalent for my free WordPress theme with the same name. This icon style is grungy, evokes emotion and, for once, doesn’t need you to use any glossy effects! The best part is, it’s really easy to make and you’ll be making a bunch of your own icons in no time.
This is an Illustrator tutorial that covers the process of drawing some unique circular fragments similar to the one found in my previous tutorial, Create a Scene with Retrofuturistic-Inspired Light Effects. We will be working exclusively in Illustrator and we’ll construct everything from scratch! This tutorial aims to show you basic drawing techniques as well as highlight Illustrator’s ability to produce fascinating objects that you can use (and reuse) flexibly in your design projects.
This free social media icon pack includes 25 sleek, modern and very usable social media/networking icons that can be used and downloaded (free of charge) in your work. Commercial work use is permitted. Use it on blogs, portfolios, web application interfaces, and so forth. The icons come in 2 sizes: 32x32px and 16x16px. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg are but a few icons that are in this free social media icon pack.
Patterns in Adobe Photoshop are wonderful for incorporating interesting repeating elements in your design. Patterns are easy to use and make, yet can have a significant impact in your compositions. This guide will explore the use, creation, and management of Photoshop patterns through a hands-on approach.
This tutorial is targeted at achieving a detailed 3D LCD monitor using Adobe Photoshop. The result could be used as an icon. To arrive at the final design, we will use basic Photoshop features such as the selection tools, layer styles, the Gradient Tool, the Pen Tool, and more. A proficiency in utilizing the Pen Tool and the Lasso Tool is needed in order to get the most out of this Photoshop tutorial.
In this design tutorial, we are going to perform a photo manipulation of a beautiful woman breaking free from the confines of her stone prison. We will be using Photoshop to blend various images together along with a bit of brushwork, adjustment layers, and layer styles to create a masterful and compelling image.
This pack of textures comes with 8 high-resolution image files of pavement, which you can use to incorporate rough and gritty elements into your design projects. The images are huge (between 1875 to 3000px in width), giving you the ability to use them in a variety of ways. They can be used free of charge any way you like, as long as you don’t redistribute/resell the actual files and texture pack themselves.