A few weeks back, I was scouring the Internet for a showcase we wanted to do about fresh illustrators that we think are producing amazing work. It was a simple enough showcase that we thought was cool and we thought our readers might like. Little did I know that that showcase would bring us to a new Design Instruct feature that we’ll call Spotlight.
In this first Design Instruct "Show Us Your:" showcase, we gathered a few office snapshots from our staff, authors and friends to give you a candid look at their workspace. May it be inspiration from arts hanging on the walls, information from books and magazines scattered on the floor, or simply the need to be organized for functionality; these photos portray the working environment behind real graphic design and digital art professionals. Share your own workspace photos in the comments!
This free download consists of five textures/photos of pebbles. Use them as textures and backgrounds in your commercial and personal design and digital art projects. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.