Using repeating, tiled patterns as a background in a web page layout is a popular design technique. When done well, using background patterns can make a web design look sophisticated, intricate and memorable. In this visual inspiration collection, you’ll see 30 websites that use a variety of beautiful background patterns (e.g. diagonal stripes, cross-hatching, dots and so on).
In this photo manipulation tutorial, we will create a surreal desert scene with everything turning into sand. We will start with simple techniques, such as replacing the sky and adding a focus effect to the landscape. Then I will show you how to mask areas of the model’s hands, dress and other elements of the scene and replace those areas with sand using a custom particles brush. Let’s get started!
These are some very sharp, high-resolution snaps of a great looking, grainy, very textured wall! That’s right, folks! A wall! At 4000px wide, these images are more than big enough for most of your graphic design projects. So get texturing! These textures are provided to you for free, as always. Use them in your personal work or for commercial work.
A lot of designers and creative professionals put a lot of time and energy and money into business cards. And why not? It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality, your design sense, and, to some extent, your design skills.
This collection of downloadable PSD freebies of web buttons features calls to action buttons, social media buttons, download buttons and other GUI buttons from top-notch websites and designers. Using PSDs made by these talented and generous designers can help you speed up the completion of your projects. You can also download, experiment and study the files to learn new UI design techniques.
We recently ran a giveaway of business cards together with our friends at Next Day Flyers, an online printing company that delivers top-quality printed marketing materials. We had many Design Instruct readers participate in the giveaway, and in this post, we reveal the two lucky winners.
In this web design tutorial, we’ll be creating a light textured web page layout. I will show you how apply subtle textures in web layouts, how to create a seamless diagonal mosaic pattern and how to create a tabbed content area design for the “Services” section.
Geometric sans-serif fonts look clean and professional, with a contemporary flare about them. Use this class of fonts when you desire elegance and modernity in your designs. This is our second collection of free geometric sans-serif fonts. Check out the first collection as well.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I will walk you through a process of creating digital work inspired by older magazine fashion ads. You will learn how to use basic shapes and brushes to create an abstract background, see how layers react to one another with Blend Modes, how to create trendy abstract shapes, how Gradient Maps can be used to influence the overall design and more.
Next Day Flyers, a leader in fast business card printing is offering 2 sets of 1,000 custom-printed standard business cards with free shipping anywhere in the continental United States (winners outside of the continental U.S. must pay for shipping costs) to two lucky Design Instruct readers. The business cards will be printed in full color on both sides to make an extra impact. Read on to find out how you can win a set of these fantastic business cards.
This freebie features a vintage-themed checkered pattern set on top of an aged paper background. It comes in 30 color combinations and in JPG format. The files are very large (3600x3600px) and high-resolution.
Using retro-styled elements is one of the more recent design trends. The free fonts featured here are free script fonts that can evoke a retro feel in your design projects. Note that most of the fonts in this collection are better off when used as display fonts (they can become illegible at small sizes).