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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s difficult to stand out from the vast sea of blogs on the Web; you truly have to try hard to create a remarkable and unique blog design in order to be memorable. This collection features beautiful and creative blog designs that step outside the aesthetics we’re accustomed to seeing in blogs.