When it comes to sending files to a commercial printer, there are two types of files you need to know about: vectors and bitmaps. We’ll see what the strengths and weaknesses of each are, and when to use them in print design. We’ll also look at some visual examples of vector and bitmap artwork.
We recently ran a giveaway of customized flyers 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.
A fine way to jumpstart any design project is to look at inspiring visuals, especially when your creativity is a bit depleted. After reviewing many sites, in this roundup, I’ll present my handpicked, top favorite websites for seeing examples of beautiful logos.
The transition from student to professional is tough; we’re not just navigating through a new company, but also a new phase of life. It’s been several months since I graduated from an Interactive Design program and started working as a web interface designer at a large company, so I consider myself still freshly familiar with this transition period. Here are the most important things I learned.
In this graphic design tutorial, we’re going to use Illustrator and Photoshop together in order to create a candy cane text effect. This tutorial will show you how to use various vector-drawing tools in Illustrator to create a custom pattern brush and how to refine your vector work by finishing it off in Photoshop.
Taking photos at parties, or any social event for that matter, can be tricky but fun! In this article, I’ll share some of my most guarded techniques for taking awesome event photos. If you’re in charge of taking photos at your next holiday party, Christmas party, birthday party, office party, or any other type of social event, these tips will hopefully help you get better and more interesting event photography shots.
Next Day Flyers is offering two sets of 100 1/4 page Club Flyers to Design Instruct readers valued at $48.95 each. They will be printed on 14pt card stocks, in full color on both sides with next day printing turnaround time. Shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. will be included. Winners living elsewhere are still eligible and can pay for their own shipping costs if they win.
This freebie pack contains textures of rough rock surfaces that can be used in your commercial and personal design and digital art projects. Each image is 2872x2592px in size, so they are all pretty huge. I took the texture images using a professional DSLR camera.
This is a free texture pack consisting of high-resolution images of grungy stone surfaces. There are 8 textures included in this freebie. Each image is 3264x2448px in size, so they are big enough for many design and digital art projects.
Using repeating background patterns as a web design element can result in a unique look and feel. Background patterns can add intricacy, complexity and visual variety to any web design. This collection is a follow-up to the visual inspiration showcase we previously published called Background Patterns in Web Design: 30 Beautiful Examples (please check it out as well for 30 additional excellent examples).
In this design tutorial, we’re going to create a colorful and liquid-like typographic piece in Photoshop. We will be using the Pen Tool (P) quite a bit, as well as covering some useful digital airbrushing techniques to achieve the final result. Let’s fire up Photoshop and get started!
When I decided to embark on this journey of becoming a creative professional, I had all these ideas of what kind of place I’d like to work in — the kind of place that would get the proverbial "creative juices" flowing. In my mind, it was a place with good music playing at all times, colorful things, cool stuff and "things I like." It was a dream space where I would be free to explore my ideas and my thoughts so I could transform them into good work.