Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

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.

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How Great Design Work is Produced

How Great Design Work is Produced

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?

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30 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

30 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

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.

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Create a Fun Horror Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

Create a Fun Horror Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

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.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Excellent Monospaced Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Excellent Monospaced Fonts

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.

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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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