Dealing with Design Critiques

Dealing with Design Critiques

Even the most talented designers in the world receive negative feedback on their work. Design is, to a large extent, a matter of taste — and the people we work for sometimes dislike the flavors we employ in the designs we make for them. We asked a few designers and artists how they handled feedback to get a glimpse of the strategies they use for handling critical appraisals of their work.

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A Guide to Popular Printing Techniques

A Guide to Popular Printing Techniques

In college in Waterford, Ireland, one of our class projects was called “Techniques.” The brief was to become familiar with every printing technique we could and show them through physical pieces. It was a fun project. However, when you leave school, you don’t always get the chance to work with these really amazing printing techniques or even figure them into your budget, but what I will talk about in this guide are popular and affordable. Consider them in your next print project!

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To Our Readers: Half-Year Mark, Lessons, and the Future

To Our Readers: Half-Year Mark, Lessons, and the Future

Six months ago, my brother and I launched Design Instruct to serve as a place for designers and digital artists to get inspired, share techniques, and learn more about their craft. That was the basic idea we worked with. We had no idea where this would take us. Today, 6 months after the fact, we could not be happier with the way the design community has embraced our site.

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Showcase: Modern Retro-Futuristic Digital Art

Showcase: Modern Retro-Futuristic Digital Art

Retro-futuristic art, which refers to how artists in the past envision the future, bring to mind classic movies such as Mad Max, Star Trek, and The Terminator. When today’s designers and digital artists — armed with digital graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator — interpret retro-futuristic styles from the past, the results are quite enthralling. For your inspiration, feast your eyes on this collection of retro-futuristic digital art.

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Make a Meteoric Composition with Stellar Light Effects

Make a Meteoric Composition with Stellar Light Effects

In this tutorial, we will create an out-of-this-world composition of a computer mouse that is streaking down like a meteor. We will focus on creating unique light effects and leveraging layer adjustment techniques for coloring and enhancing our scene. We will use Cinema 4D to create a simple backdrop for our stars, however, the important parts, we’ll do in Photoshop.

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How to Draw a Realistic Mobile Phone with Photoshop

How to Draw a Realistic Mobile Phone with Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will draw a realistic mobile device. Our aim is to make our work appear so realistic that it looks just like a regular product shot. We will cover basic concepts for drawing a true to life object, making a basic pattern for the speakers of our mobile device, leveraging plenty of layer styles to keep our techniques flexible and non-destructive, and more. The key technique we will stress upon is paying attention to the small details, which greatly affects realism.

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Paint Blobs: Photoshop Brush Pack

Paint Blobs: Photoshop Brush Pack

This free Photoshop brush pack is released exclusively to our readers. There are 9 different brushes in this set consisting of big organic paint blobs. The download comes to you as an ABR file. The brush diameters range from 844px to 1141px, so they’re fairly large and suitable for most screen-sized work. Experiment with them and show us how you’ve used them by linking to your work in the comments.

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Make a 3D Recycling Bin Icon with Photoshop

Make a 3D Recycling Bin Icon with Photoshop

Through this Photoshop icon design tutorial, I will show you how to make an appealing drawing of a recycling bin with crumpled and creased white paper inside and around it — all from scratch. We will take advantage of tools such as the Gradient Tool, Custom Shape Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool, and simple Photoshop functions such as Skew Transform and Free Transform to design our icon.

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Make Illustrious Type Using Airbrushing Techniques

Make Illustrious Type Using Airbrushing Techniques

This Illustrator/Photoshop tutorial will walk you through the process of creating some unique type by combining the power of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We will explore various techniques such as airbrushing, using blending modes, creating ambient lighting with the Gradient Tool, and more. I’m sure you will find some useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts as we go through the process of creating this piece. Let’s get started!

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Inspiring 3D Typography Artworks

Inspiring 3D Typography Artworks

Using three-dimensional objects–though made less arduous in the recent years due to the proliferation of 3D computer graphics software such as Maya, 3ds Max and even Adobe Illustrator–continues to be one of the more difficult styles of artwork. In this visual inspiration collection, we present to you a few exceptional pieces that use 3D typography well.

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Inspiration: 40 Web Designs That Use Textures Masterfully

Inspiration: 40 Web Designs That Use Textures Masterfully

Using textures enables you to create a sense of tactility in your designs. In addition, textures can be used to make the design look more elaborate and artistic, and is therefore a promising design element that can set your web layout apart from the crowd. To follow up on Jan Cavan’s tutorial on making a beautiful textured layout, I’d like to share with you some inspirational web designs that incorporate a similar theme of using textures for enhancing your projects.

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Create an Elegant Photography Web Layout in Photoshop

Create an Elegant Photography Web Layout in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful web page design PSD that is dark-themed and perfect for a web portfolio that is centered around photographs. It’s a pretty simple tutorial that aims to illustrate some great techniques to adapt into your current web design workflow.

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