Cracked Concrete: Texture Pack

Cracked Concrete: Texture Pack

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.

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How to Create a Stack of Vector Poker Chips in Illustrator

How to Create a Stack of Vector Poker Chips in Illustrator

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.

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Creating a Surreal Smoking Bird Composition in Photoshop

Creating a Surreal Smoking Bird Composition in Photoshop

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.

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Wood Grain: Texture Pack

Wood Grain: Texture Pack

"Do you respect wood?" Larry David asked on the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Yes, Mr. David, at Design Instruct, we certainly respect our woods, and to show just how much we respect our woods, we’re sharing these beautiful wood grain textures with you. This texture pack includes 6 high-resolution textures for you to use in your personal and commercial projects. As always, all images are free, however, please don’t sell or redistribute the source files without our permission.

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Design a Textured “Coming Soon” Web Page in Photoshop

Design a Textured “Coming Soon” Web Page in Photoshop

This web design tutorial will show you how to make a simple “coming soon” web page that has a nice background texture and a slick web form that you can easily adapt into contact forms, newsletter signup pages, and more. You will witness several web design techniques such as creating textured backgrounds, creating light rays, making illustrative clouds, and more.

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How to Draw a Realistic iPhone 4 with Photoshop

How to Draw a Realistic iPhone 4 with Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will draw a realistic-looking iPhone 4 using Photoshop. We will use various techniques that involve the Pen Tool, Photoshop shape tools, and layer styles to create this ubiquitous Apple mobile device. We will be intent on getting the details right to ensure that our end product looks as real as possible.

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Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year 2011

Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year 2011

The New Year has dawned. It is now 2011 and we have another 365 days of opportunities ahead of us. However, before we look ahead to what awaits us in this new year, we’d like to look back and reminisce on the events of the past year here on Design Instruct.

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Creating Abstract Geometric Artwork in Illustrator

Creating Abstract Geometric Artwork in Illustrator

In this graphic design tutorial, I’ll walk you through the general process of making a design of mine called The Maker is The Destroyer. We’ll talk about creating swatches from vector objects as well as touch on Illustrator’s Pathfinder shape modes and Align Panel.

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Create an Extremely Simple Dark Web Design in Photoshop

Create an Extremely Simple Dark Web Design in Photoshop

This Photoshop web design tutorial will walk you through the process of making a clean, modern, dark-themed website layout from scratch. The layout features an almost pitch-black color theme with some bright, glowing elements for contrast.

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25 Free High-Quality Minimalist Icon Sets

25 Free High-Quality Minimalist Icon Sets

This collection features simple and flexible icon sets that are free for you to download. These icons are suitable for many uses, such as in iOS (i.e. iPhone, iPad) and Android apps, website prototypes and wireframes, e-stores, blogs, and more. There are over 2,000 icons in this icon set collection. Please read the licensing and terms of use of the icons you intend to use.

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Make a Simple and Modern Web UI Button in Photoshop

Make a Simple and Modern Web UI Button in Photoshop

This beginner-level web/user interface design tutorial will walk you through the creation of a popular style of buttons that can be used in a variety of situations, such as in call-to-actions, common user tasks such as submitting a web form, and buying products from your e-store. In addition to the creation of the graphic in Photoshop, we will go over the HTML and CSS needed in order to make the design fully functional.

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Create a Surreal Sci-Fi Movie Poster with Photoshop CS5

Create a Surreal Sci-Fi Movie Poster with Photoshop CS5

Posters play a vital role in marketing and publicizing a movie or an event. In this Photoshop graphic design tutorial, we will be designing a science fiction (sci-fi) inspired movie poster while exploring–and taking advantage of–a few new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 that will not only save us time, but will also give us awesomely stunning results.

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