Create a Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub in Photoshop

Create a Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub in Photoshop

In this Photoshop graphic design tutorial, I will show you how to create a ticket stub for the imaginary Design Instruct Graphic Design World’s Fair, which was held in New York City in 1949. We will use fundamental Photoshop tools and techniques in the process of creating the ticket — brushes, using textures, the Burn Tool and the nifty Gradient Map adjustment layer, just to name a few.

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Draw a Vector Traffic Cone with Adobe Illustrator

Draw a Vector Traffic Cone with Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, we will be creating a traffic cone. The creation process is quite simple: We just need to combine a few shapes, use the Pathfinder Panel and Illustrator’s shape tools smartly, and then apply nice gradients. What we will end up with is flexible and changeable artwork that can be used in a variety of ways, such as in web icons, business cards, or even big billboards and service signage.

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Tree Bark: Texture Pack

Tree Bark: Texture Pack

Do you need tree bark textures? Then you’re barking up the right tree! Use this free set of high-resolution tree bark textures to feed your creativity and add a woodsy feel to your designs that only tree bark can do. We’ve included 9 high-resolution tree bark textures in this pack. We hope you enjoy! These textures are, of course, provided free of charge but please do not redistribute the files without our permission.

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Create a Vintage Steam Locomotive Poster in Photoshop

Create a Vintage Steam Locomotive Poster in Photoshop

In this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, I will take you through the making of a vintage-themed poster which has a train as its subject. The design process involves Photoshop filters, layer masks, vector drawing and trendy typography techniques.

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Flora Sketches: Photoshop Brush Pack

Flora Sketches: Photoshop Brush Pack

This free brush set contains 10 hand-drawn-style, nature-inspired sketches as well as PNG files for each brush. They are perfect for accenting your design projects with a touch of sketch-style flowery elements. The brushes are between 400-1,600px wide.

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Font Collection: 10 Stylish Free Stencil Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Stylish Free Stencil Fonts

Stenciled paintings date as far back as prehistoric times. Throughout history, their use has been utilitarian (such as in the labeling of crate shipments and temporary public signage) as well as artistic (in graffiti and street art). This free font collection presents 10 usable free stencil fonts.

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Design a Retro Postcard with 3D Text

Design a Retro Postcard with 3D Text

Postcards from the past have an idealistic view of vacation spots they are trying to promote that you can’t seem to find anymore nowadays; perhaps because we no longer send post cards, but rather rely on email. In this graphic design tutorial, we are going to take a popular retro style of having text with different images within each letter and recreate it. We will use Illustrator and Photoshop in concert to come up with an awesome retro postcard.

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Create a Surreal Ancient Egypt Scene in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Ancient Egypt Scene in Photoshop

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we will be making a design that has an ancient feel to it. We will be using various stock photos and blending them together to create one cohesive scene. You will learn how to apply textures, create a gold text effect, add interesting design elements like golden globes and palm trees, use adjustment layers to manipulate colors, and a few more additional tricks along the way. What we will end up with can be used as a desktop wallpaper.

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Rocky Pavement: Texture Pack

Rocky Pavement: Texture Pack

Here’s a collection of rocky and rough pavement textures to add a little "street cred" to your work (get it?). Use these textures to roughen up your designs. We’ve included 9 high-resolution textures in this pack for you to use in your personal or commercial work. As always, textures are free but please do not redistribute or resell the files without our permission.

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10 Free WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

10 Free WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

WordPress is a wonderful publishing platform for your portfolio site. There are plenty of free WordPress themes available specifically designed and developed for designers, photographers, and digital artists. In this roundup, you’ll find 10 excellent and (surprisingly) free WordPress themes for portfolio and image gallery websites.

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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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