“Should I Be a Designer?”

“Should I Be a Designer?”

I received an email from one of our readers a long time ago. For some reason, I started thinking about it again more recently. I thought I’d share bits of the conversation with you because I believe that it’s valuable to start a discussion on the topic.

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How to Develop a Handmade Illustration with Photoshop

How to Develop a Handmade Illustration with Photoshop

This tutorial will give you a general workflow overview of how to create traditional illustrations on paper and then refining it further in Photoshop. We will use Indian ink, paintbrushes and a brush pen to ink our pencil sketch, and then watercolor to fill in the illustration. Then we will place the illustration into Photoshop to perform some fine-tuning and image corrections.

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40 Beautiful and Inspiring Vector Graphic Illustrations

40 Beautiful and Inspiring Vector Graphic Illustrations

Illustrations can be an excellent source of inspiration. An illustration communicates a story to its viewers through creatively artistic means. This is a collection of 40 beautiful and inspiring pieces by 19 talented illustrators. Make sure to click through the illustrators’ names to see their portfolio and more of their work.

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Background Patterns in Web Design: 30 Beautiful Examples

Background Patterns in Web Design: 30 Beautiful Examples

Using repeating, tiled patterns as a background in a web page layout is a popular design technique. When done well, using background patterns can make a web design look sophisticated, intricate and memorable. In this visual inspiration collection, you’ll see 30 websites that use a variety of beautiful background patterns (e.g. diagonal stripes, cross-hatching, dots and so on).

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Create a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop

In this photo manipulation tutorial, we will create a surreal desert scene with everything turning into sand. We will start with simple techniques, such as replacing the sky and adding a focus effect to the landscape. Then I will show you how to mask areas of the model’s hands, dress and other elements of the scene and replace those areas with sand using a custom particles brush. Let’s get started!

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Grainy Wall: Texture Pack

Grainy Wall: Texture Pack

These are some very sharp, high-resolution snaps of a great looking, grainy, very textured wall! That’s right, folks! A wall! At 4000px wide, these images are more than big enough for most of your graphic design projects. So get texturing! These textures are provided to you for free, as always. Use them in your personal work or for commercial work.

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Rethinking The Business Card

Rethinking The Business Card

A lot of designers and creative professionals put a lot of time and energy and money into business cards. And why not? It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality, your design sense, and, to some extent, your design skills.

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40 Free High-Quality Web Button PSD Downloads

40 Free High-Quality Web Button PSD Downloads

This collection of downloadable PSD freebies of web buttons features calls to action buttons, social media buttons, download buttons and other GUI buttons from top-notch websites and designers. Using PSDs made by these talented and generous designers can help you speed up the completion of your projects. You can also download, experiment and study the files to learn new UI design techniques.

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Giveaway Winners: Business Cards from Next Day Flyers

Giveaway Winners: Business Cards from Next Day Flyers

We recently ran a giveaway of business cards together with our friends at Next Day Flyers, an online printing company that delivers top-quality printed marketing materials. We had many Design Instruct readers participate in the giveaway, and in this post, we reveal the two lucky winners.

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Create a Light Textured Web Design in Photoshop

Create a Light Textured Web Design in Photoshop

In this web design tutorial, we’ll be creating a light textured web page layout. I will show you how apply subtle textures in web layouts, how to create a seamless diagonal mosaic pattern and how to create a tabbed content area design for the “Services” section.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Geometric Sans-Serif Fonts (Vol. 2)

Font Collection: 10 Free Geometric Sans-Serif Fonts (Vol. 2)

Geometric sans-serif fonts look clean and professional, with a contemporary flare about them. Use this class of fonts when you desire elegance and modernity in your designs. This is our second collection of free geometric sans-serif fonts. Check out the first collection as well.

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Create a Glamorous Vintage-Style Poster in Photoshop

Create a Glamorous Vintage-Style Poster in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will walk you through a process of creating digital work inspired by older magazine fashion ads. You will learn how to use basic shapes and brushes to create an abstract background, see how layers react to one another with Blend Modes, how to create trendy abstract shapes, how Gradient Maps can be used to influence the overall design and more.

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