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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Create an Electrifyingly Icy Composition in Photoshop

Create an Electrifyingly Icy Composition in Photoshop

This graphic design tutorial will use Photoshop to create a design composition with an icy and dramatic look. This is somewhat of a tribute to one of the greatest competitors in sports, UFC’s Chuck Liddell, who recently had what may be his last fight after a long and illustrious career. We’ll cover a lot of handy tips, tricks, and shortcuts that you should be able to apply to any of your own designs.

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Emotubbles: Icon Pack

Emotubbles: Icon Pack

Emotubbles is a new way to express your emotions. The word “Emotubbles” is the union of two words: Emotions and Bubbles. Express your emotions with the help of cute and tiny chat bubbles that express emotions! This icon pack comes with 16 distinct icons as 27x27px PNG files. The PSD file is included so that you can edit the icons to suit your requirements.

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Make a Soft Grunge Product Ad Design in Photoshop

Make a Soft Grunge Product Ad Design in Photoshop

In this graphic design tutorial, we’ll create a poster with light grunge features centered around a Nike shoe. Graphics designers are often asked to work on advertisement campaigns. Great projects are realized in collaboration with several creative minds specialized in different matters, all under the direction of an art director. Small firms, on the other hand, generally contract out a single graphic designer and give them detailed instructions on how create their ad poster design.

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Create an Apple Mac Mini Using Photoshop

Create an Apple Mac Mini Using Photoshop

In this Photoshop graphic design tutorial, I will be walking you through the method of designing an Apple Mac Mini completely from scratch. I’ll be showing you how easy and simple it is to achieve realistic and detailed effects using only the basic tools available in Photoshop such as selection tools, the Free Transform command, smart objects and the application of layer styles.

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Sketchbook Secrets: 20 Sketches by Design Instruct Writers

Sketchbook Secrets: 20 Sketches by Design Instruct Writers

Following our readers’ requests, we’ve decided to put together another great collection of sketchbook scans for your viewing pleasure (see the first Sketchbook Secrets here). In this installment of Sketchbook Secrets, we asked Design Instruct writers to scan some pages from their sketchbooks to share with you. This is a small glimpse into the creative minds of the immensely talented people who write for you. Enjoy and be inspired!

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