I recently had a discussion with a friend who’s an interior designer in the process of putting together a new portfolio. While she was telling me about it, and the trials and triumphs she’s come across during the process, I took some mental notes of the points we touched on. I thought I’d share parts of our conversation with all of you.
In this tutorial, we’ll create a cute bird’s nest with a cracked eggshell inside of it. We’ll start by drawing our artwork with the Pen Tool, bringing it to life with the Gradient Tool, and finishing it up by adding shadows and highlights. We’ll use some often-neglected Illustrator tools and features, such as the set of symbol tools in the Tools panel and working with color groups in the Swatches panel.
The task of getting organized can sometimes be a very daunting prospect to those who don’t think of themselves as organizers. Some people love to have a place for everything, arranged in 90o angles, sorted by color, size, theme and cross-referenced.
Some people don’t.
PowerMockup turns PowerPoint into a design tool for sketching wireframe models of websites, web apps and desktop applications. It provides ready-to-use templates for the typical elements of a user interface: buttons, text boxes, menus, tabs, tables and much more. The giveaway includes five "Small Team" licenses, each priced at $119.95. Read on to see how you can win one!
You’re sitting down with people throwing ideas around. You’re writing stuff down more than usual. You’re keeping an eye out for a standout idea that you can roll with. You’re storming that brain. You’re brainstorming.
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.