Create a 3D Shipping Package Box Icon in Illustrator

Create a 3D Shipping Package Box Icon in Illustrator

This icon design tutorial will discuss how to create a shipping box/parcel box icon from scratch using Adobe Illustrator. We will use the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect, the Pen Tool for drawing simple shapes, several panels like the Transparency Panel and the Gradient Panel, and other fundamental Illustrator features. We’ll detail our icon with a red shipping stamp (that we will draw ourselves), packing tape, and shadows/highlights.

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Create a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo Manipulation

Create a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo Manipulation

I’m going to show you some photo manipulation techniques for creating a movie inspired scene using Photoshop. We will create an exploding airplane and then we will merge our flying superhero, who I call “Super-Kid”, seamlessly into the scene. As what often happens in my tutorials, we will conclude our work by modifying color combinations and saturation with adjustment layers to create harmony among all the elements of the composition.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Humanist Sans Serif Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Humanist Sans Serif Fonts

Humanist fonts are a subtype of sans serif fonts that can be described as having a more organic (almost calligraphic) aesthetic, laying down a tiny sprinkling of chaos onto the characteristically systematic sans serif classification. This font collection includes some of the most beautiful free humanist sans serif fonts you can find.

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Make a Dark, Dreamlike Panther Scene in Photoshop

Make a Dark, Dreamlike Panther Scene in Photoshop

In this Photoshop design tutorial, we will create a dark, surreal composition that has a unique, high-contrast color theme. Our subject will be a roaring panther perched on top of a platform. Peppered around the panther are crows and other design elements that add a mysterious and foreboding feel to the scene. You will learn how to use unusual colors that bring a unique, experimental look to your work and plenty of Photoshop techniques, so get ready!

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Create a Modern and Sleek Blog Design in Photoshop

Create a Modern and Sleek Blog Design in Photoshop

This web design tutorial will show you the process of designing a sleek, modern, dark-themed blog layout. We will be creating the design of the front page of the blog. We will use basic web design techniques using familiar Photoshop tools such as the shape tools, guides, layer styles, and the Brush Tool. You are encouraged to explore and modify the examples to tailor the design to suit your needs.

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Create a Surreal Vintage Futuristic Design with Photoshop

Create a Surreal Vintage Futuristic Design with Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a striking vintage-style design with awesome “wear and tear” effects that will reinforce the theme we are aiming to accomplish. We will make a star-filled background, create quick and easy nebulas using stock photos, make light streaks from scratch, and all sorts of other goodies. You will learn a myriad of graphic design techniques in this tutorial using a slew of Photoshop tools to help us get to the final result.

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Social Media Bubbles: Icon Pack

Social Media Bubbles: Icon Pack

These social media icons include 8 icons for the popular social media/networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon. The PSD files are included for each icon in case you need to modify them yourself. The size of each icon is 250x250px, which is very big for icons so you might need to rescale them down to fit your needs.

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Create a Cardboard Box Icon in Photoshop

Create a Cardboard Box Icon in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to make a cardboard box that can be used for a number of purposes, such as for icons or for other design purposes. The procedure used to create the cardboard box is simple and easy to understand, using tools such as the Gradient Tool and the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

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Create a Vibrant and Spicy Vodka Bottle Composition

Create a Vibrant and Spicy Vodka Bottle Composition

For this design tutorial, I will show you how to use Illustrator and Photoshop together to design a colorful piece that can be used as an ad layout or desktop wallpaper. Our centerpiece will be a bottle of Absolut Vodka, but most of the work will be on developing a colorful and vibrant pattern that consists of pepper vector objects and retouching the bottle to make it look seamless with the background.

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Scratching the Perfectionist’s Itch

Scratching the Perfectionist’s Itch

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.

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Visual Inspiration: 30 Beautiful Vintage Web Designs

Visual Inspiration: 30 Beautiful Vintage Web Designs

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.

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Design a Skin-Textured Typography Scene in Photoshop

Design a Skin-Textured Typography Scene in Photoshop

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.

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