Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow

Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, I will walk you through my process of creating an illustrated type artwork. The focus of this tutorial is to demonstrate how it is possible to draft, develop, and refine a whole piece all within a design program like Adobe Illustrator from start to finish. I will show you that working with the tools available in Illustrator allow you to work in an organic way that enables you to realize and problem-solve an entire design. No more pencil on paper or sketching!

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Font Collection: 10 Free Bold Sans Serif Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Bold Sans Serif Fonts

This font assemblege is comprised of sans serif fonts with tall arms and wide stems, giving them a strong and striking appearance. They are fitting in situations where the designer wants to convey modernity and make a bold impact, such as in headlines and displays that crave attention.

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No Designer Gets It Right the First Time

No Designer Gets It Right the First Time

The work you do as a creative is for (and judged by) other people. No matter how much time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears you put into a design, it’s unlikely that you’ll get it wholly perfect in the eyes of the head honcho. From small tweaks in color schemes to flat out rejections and having to start over, top design professionals recount their experiences in revising and polishing their designs for their clients.

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Creating Complex Style Illustrations: A Process

Creating Complex Style Illustrations: A Process

Learn the process of making a tribal-style illustration using only some fundamental techniques in Adobe Illustrator. This is more of a process overview than a play-by-play tutorial and thus, some basic skills in the program are needed in order to follow along. The main goal here is to show a workflow process, and from there, it’s up to you to add your own style and aesthetical preferences to your piece. I encourage you to let loose and experiment while doing this project!

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Create an Artistic Scene with 3D Light Bulbs and Type

Create an Artistic Scene with 3D Light Bulbs and Type

In this graphic design tutorial, we will combine Photoshop, Cinema 4D, and Illustrator to produce a composition that includes elements such as 3D text, 3D light bulbs (which we will create from scratch using only a reference photo), and florid ornaments. My concept for this scene started from a simple thought: “ideas are all around us.” We are constantly surrounded by ideas wherever we are and everywhere we go — we just have to find them and make the best ones happen.

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Social Media Bubblicons: Icon Pack

Social Media Bubblicons: Icon Pack

This free set of social media icons has 20 icons of popular social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon. Each icon has dimensions of 48x48px and is in PNG format. It’s perfect for blogs and content-centric websites (it also includes an RSS feed icon). It’s available to you, Design Instruct readers, for your commercial and personal work; attribution is not required but is greatly appreciated. You may not redistribute or resell the files and this icon pack.

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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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