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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How to Make a 3D Folder Icon in Photoshop

How to Make a 3D Folder Icon in Photoshop

In this icon design tutorial, we will create a three-dimensional folder with an appealing perspective — all from scratch — using basic drawing and blending mode techniques in AdobePhotoshop. The process is straightforward, yet I hope you will take away several valuable methods that you can incorporate into your own Photoshop workflow.

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Rough Concrete: Texture Pack

Rough Concrete: Texture Pack

If you need to give your designs a rough and textured feel, here is a texture pack exclusively released here for our Design Instruct readers that will get the job done. This texture pack comprises of 7 rough concrete textures that’s generously-sized (2000x3008px) in JPG format. Use them on personal or commercial projects. Download them individually or download the entire pack. Enjoy!

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Make a Grungy Hand-Drawn Festival Poster in Illustrator

Make a Grungy Hand-Drawn Festival Poster in Illustrator

This Illustrator design tutorial will discuss how to create a grunge, handdrawn-themed poster with a cassette tape (which we’ll draw) as its central subject. We’ll use the Pencil Tool to make organic vector objects and also patterns in Illustrator. We’ll also use the 3D Extrude & Bevel Effect and take advantage of opacity masks to make certain elements semitransparent.

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A Guide to Creating 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

A Guide to Creating 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

It isn’t always necessary to use a 3D program to create 3D text — they’re expensive and overkill if you just occasionally use 3D elements. Adobe Illustrator is more than adequate in allowing us to create some 3D objects with some basic shading for our text. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to make some 3D text using Adobe Illustrator, and also discuss techniques of shading the text to give it a clean, consistent, and stylized look.

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Double-O Spy Doodles: Vector Pack

Double-O Spy Doodles: Vector Pack

I grew up always wanting to be a spy like James Bond. Who doesn’t? It’s all about fast cars, beautiful women, cool gadgets, and the occasional martini — and getting shot at by a few hundred henchmen. This vector pack comes with 7 doodled vector objects (in one EPS file). To celebrate all that is awesome about being a “Double-O” spy, I’ve created these vectors for your designing pleasure. Use them to add some “international man of mystery”-ness to your designs. Spy away!

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Staying Creatively Fresh

Staying Creatively Fresh

As the summer months (winter months, for our readers in the southern hemisphere) stare most of us in the face, it’s easy for our creativity to get lost in vacation mode. In this article, I’ll share some ways to keep your creativity fresh during these arguably laziness-inducing months.

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How to Make a Sleek Aluminium Hard Drive in Photoshop

How to Make a Sleek Aluminium Hard Drive in Photoshop

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we will create — from scratch — an external hard drive that has a smooth, metallic finish. We’ll take advantage of a few fundamental tools in Photoshop such as shape tools, layer styles, and transform commands — combining them with easy and creative techniques to come up with a graphic that you can adapt into icons, infographics, and other design projects.

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