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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Make a Simple and Slick Accordion Menu in Photoshop

Make a Simple and Slick Accordion Menu in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to show you how to visually design a simple accordion menu for use as a content widget in a web design or as a "mini-website" (inspired by Tim Van Damme’s work). We will just use basic tools and techniques, and what I am aiming to accomplish is to share some awesome methods for creating web design elements in this sort of style and theme.

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Grunge Walls in Istanbul: Texture Pack

Grunge Walls in Istanbul: Texture Pack

This is a collection of free wall textures taken in Istanbul from an abandoned factory where humidity and age is prominent. There are 10 high-resolution textures in this Design Instruct exclusive. They are available for personal and commercial use in your work, but please do not redistribute this pack without obtaining consent first. The image files are 3216×2136px in size and 300dpi resolution.

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Create a Wooden Social Media Icon Quickly with Photoshop

Create a Wooden Social Media Icon Quickly with Photoshop

This tutorial will show you a general process for making a wooden, grungy-themed social media icon in Photoshop. I was inspired to create this set (which I call "Derelict") after having created the metallic equivalent for my free WordPress theme with the same name. This icon style is grungy, evokes emotion and, for once, doesn’t need you to use any glossy effects! The best part is, it’s really easy to make and you’ll be making a bunch of your own icons in no time.

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Create a “Circular Fragments” Vector Shape in Illustrator

Create a “Circular Fragments” Vector Shape in Illustrator

This is an Illustrator tutorial that covers the process of drawing some unique circular fragments similar to the one found in my previous tutorial, Create a Scene with Retrofuturistic-Inspired Light Effects. We will be working exclusively in Illustrator and we’ll construct everything from scratch! This tutorial aims to show you basic drawing techniques as well as highlight Illustrator’s ability to produce fascinating objects that you can use (and reuse) flexibly in your design projects.

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Social Media Sleek Icons: Icon Pack

Social Media Sleek Icons: Icon Pack

This free social media icon pack includes 25 sleek, modern and very usable social media/networking icons that can be used and downloaded (free of charge) in your work. Commercial work use is permitted. Use it on blogs, portfolios, web application interfaces, and so forth. The icons come in 2 sizes: 32x32px and 16x16px. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg are but a few icons that are in this free social media icon pack.

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Photoshop Patterns: Ultimate Guide

Photoshop Patterns: Ultimate Guide

Patterns in Adobe Photoshop are wonderful for incorporating interesting repeating elements in your design. Patterns are easy to use and make, yet can have a significant impact in your compositions. This guide will explore the use, creation, and management of Photoshop patterns through a hands-on approach.

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Draw a 3D LCD Monitor with Photoshop

Draw a 3D LCD Monitor with Photoshop

This tutorial is targeted at achieving a detailed 3D LCD monitor using Adobe Photoshop. The result could be used as an icon. To arrive at the final design, we will use basic Photoshop features such as the selection tools, layer styles, the Gradient Tool, the Pen Tool, and more. A proficiency in utilizing the Pen Tool and the Lasso Tool is needed in order to get the most out of this Photoshop tutorial.

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