Retro-futuristic art, which refers to how artists in the past envision the future, bring to mind classic movies such as Mad Max, Star Trek, and The Terminator. When today’s designers and digital artists — armed with digital graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator — interpret retro-futuristic styles from the past, the results are quite enthralling. For your inspiration, feast your eyes on this collection of retro-futuristic digital art.
In this tutorial, we will create an out-of-this-world composition of a computer mouse that is streaking down like a meteor. We will focus on creating unique light effects and leveraging layer adjustment techniques for coloring and enhancing our scene. We will use Cinema 4D to create a simple backdrop for our stars, however, the important parts, we’ll do in Photoshop.
In this Photoshop tutorial, we will draw a realistic mobile device. Our aim is to make our work appear so realistic that it looks just like a regular product shot. We will cover basic concepts for drawing a true to life object, making a basic pattern for the speakers of our mobile device, leveraging plenty of layer styles to keep our techniques flexible and non-destructive, and more. The key technique we will stress upon is paying attention to the small details, which greatly affects realism.
This free Photoshop brush pack is released exclusively to our readers. There are 9 different brushes in this set consisting of big organic paint blobs. The download comes to you as an ABR file. The brush diameters range from 844px to 1141px, so they’re fairly large and suitable for most screen-sized work. Experiment with them and show us how you’ve used them by linking to your work in the comments.
Through this Photoshop icon design tutorial, I will show you how to make an appealing drawing of a recycling bin with crumpled and creased white paper inside and around it — all from scratch. We will take advantage of tools such as the Gradient Tool, Custom Shape Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool, and simple Photoshop functions such as Skew Transform and Free Transform to design our icon.
This Illustrator/Photoshop tutorial will walk you through the process of creating some unique type by combining the power of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We will explore various techniques such as airbrushing, using blending modes, creating ambient lighting with the Gradient Tool, and more. I’m sure you will find some useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts as we go through the process of creating this piece. Let’s get started!
Using three-dimensional objects–though made less arduous in the recent years due to the proliferation of 3D computer graphics software such as Maya, 3ds Max and even Adobe Illustrator–continues to be one of the more difficult styles of artwork. In this visual inspiration collection, we present to you a few exceptional pieces that use 3D typography well.
Using textures enables you to create a sense of tactility in your designs. In addition, textures can be used to make the design look more elaborate and artistic, and is therefore a promising design element that can set your web layout apart from the crowd. To follow up on Jan Cavan’s tutorial on making a beautiful textured layout, I’d like to share with you some inspirational web designs that incorporate a similar theme of using textures for enhancing your projects.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful web page design PSD that is dark-themed and perfect for a web portfolio that is centered around photographs. It’s a pretty simple tutorial that aims to illustrate some great techniques to adapt into your current web design workflow.
In this icon design tutorial, we will create a three-dimensional folder with an appealing perspective — all from scratch — using basic drawing and blending mode techniques in AdobePhotoshop. The process is straightforward, yet I hope you will take away several valuable methods that you can incorporate into your own Photoshop workflow.
If you need to give your designs a rough and textured feel, here is a texture pack exclusively released here for our Design Instruct readers that will get the job done. This texture pack comprises of 7 rough concrete textures that’s generously-sized (2000x3008px) in JPG format. Use them on personal or commercial projects. Download them individually or download the entire pack. Enjoy!
This Illustrator design tutorial will discuss how to create a grunge, handdrawn-themed poster with a cassette tape (which we’ll draw) as its central subject. We’ll use the Pencil Tool to make organic vector objects and also patterns in Illustrator. We’ll also use the 3D Extrude & Bevel Effect and take advantage of opacity masks to make certain elements semitransparent.