I was cleaning out my office the other day – as I usually do every 3 or 4 months – and I immediately realized something as I was throwing out the garbage this time around: I enjoyed doing it.
Here at Design Instruct, we love great creative work no matter what medium it comes in. However, sometimes it’s best to venture off into other creative realms so that we can gain new insights and fresh perspectives. We believe that in order to do good design work, we have to draw from all aspects of life and let our work be influenced as such. Not only do we rid ourselves of only looking at our own work as merely “work” it also affords us the opportunity to see what we do as it relates to a much larger creative community.
This tutorial will show you how to apply a simple vintage photo effect using Photoshop. We’re going to use image adjustments, adjustment layers and layer styles to apply the vintage effect on a regular photo so that we can keep our work easily editable.
We’ve partnered up with TheAdStock — a recently-launched site providing high quality images/photos — to give two lucky Design Instruct readers 100 points (worth $99) that they can use on TheAdStock. Read on to see how you can win one of these excellent prizes!
Today, we’ve compiled some amazing typographic designs done by some very talented artists! We love seeing the new ideas that artists are coming up with and we like it even more when they apply it to words! Check them out. Enjoy!
Humor is a funny thing (puns!). It manifests differently in every person and culture and yet it elicits the same emotional reaction within all of us: laughter and amusement. That is why humor is such an effective tool in communication. Often, we’ll see something clever or funny or “LOL-worthy” and automatically, we have a positive feeling about what we’ve just seen which is why humor is used throughout most of the creative arts.
We recently ran a giveaway of five sets of 250 business cards with free shipping from the awesome folks at UPrinting to be handed out to five lucky Design Instruct participants. Read this post to discover who the winners are.
This free texture pack contains 7 unique mixed grunge textures that can be used in a variety of situations. These textures are perfect when you need to add some grit and grime to your designs, but can also come in handy to add more subtle texture using Photoshop’s different blend modes. This freebie is brought to you by Design Panoply.
Ultra light or “hairline” fonts lend your designs a very delicate and luxurious feel. However, since these types of fonts usually have very small line weights, most of them are only useful in display sizes. The free fonts featured here all are very thin and light weight and we’re sure you’ll find amazing uses for them!
Today, we have a really great freebie for you guys! It’s springtime and for some reason, springtime always reminds me of watercolors so I decided to make these high resolution textures for you to use in your various design endeavors. Check them out. Enjoy!
Gray is such a versatile color. Lighter shades of gray can be used to make a web design look elegant, clean and professional. Darker shades of gray can make a web design look bold and edgy. In this showcase, you’ll see 30 beautiful websites that use gray as a principle color.
Most of the time, creativity is a hard fire to get started. Then there are the times when it’s like trying to light a wet match; when getting started or getting unstuck on a project is just next to impossible. You’ve sat down, you know what needs to get done, but your mind is just blank or filled with useless ideas. We’ve all been there.