Typography is one of the purest manifestations of the craft of the designer: the intersection of meaning, purpose and expression. The beauty (and challenge) of compositions centered on type is that they allow the designer or artist to convey a message through his or her lettering skills, as well as through the words or phrases themselves. Below, you’ll find a collection of some of the most interesting, finest type designs and letter treatments we’ve seen recently.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to show you how to draw a realistic Motorola Xoom, which is an Android-based smart tablet. We will use basic vector-drawing tools in Photoshop, layer styles, tweak its highlights and shadows manually using the Brush Tool, and much more.
Certain aspects of photography lends itself so well to design work that it might make you wonder why it isn’t on the list of must-have design skills. Actually, a lot of art and design schools do include a photography component in their programs, and I can see why: because it helps.
When it comes to business, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd, and your business cards should be no different. One way to get noticed is to create one-off, custom business cards that give you that edge by providing something extra — something beyond what business cards are traditionally used for, which is the conveyance of contact information.
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll create a vector illustration of a high-heeled shoe by tracing a reference photo of it using the Pen Tool. Using reference photos is a popular vector-creation technique. This tutorial should be great practice, even if you’re just a beginner. For the reference image, we’ll use a photo of my high-heel shoe, which I’ve made available for you to download.
Asphalt seems to be the reoccurring adjective when the word "highway" comes to mind. Mundane, processed and catering to high-speed drivers looking for their exits, somehow these pavements buries untold stories of violation incidents, collisions and maybe the grit and tears of runaways and hijackers alike.
Handwriting fonts, being organic, fluid and based on a person’s handwriting, can impart a sense of personality, humanistic connection and realism onto your composition. In this font collection, you’ll find 10 excellent, free handwriting fonts. Add your own suggestions in the comments.
Masking is an artistic method by which a portion of a composition is isolated and protected in order to make changes disturbing or affecting other areas of the composition. It’s a very useful technique that artists employ in their work, sometimes even without thinking about it. Masking has even been used by painters as far back as prehistory.
In this tutorial, we are going to create a grungy fictional concert poster in Photoshop. We will be using a variety of layer masks as well as other effects to create a grunge-themed poster that features a masked-out guitar player as a central design element.
This free vintage-themed texture pack features a star pattern on aged paper. The texture comes in 20 wonderful color variations. At 3600x3600px and in JPG format, the files are large and high-resolution. The textures can be used as backgrounds or to add textures to designs, art projects, illustrations, photos, and more!
This tutorial will show you how to create a conceptual vintage-themed poster of the Design Instruct South Expedition to Cape Horn in 1975. We will be mixing images, grunge brushes, textures and more to achieve the final design. The design process involves Photoshop filters, layer masks, trendy typography techniques as well as the use of Adobe Illustrator to create a stylish circular badge logo.
In this Illustrator tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create an ornate bell using Adobe Illustrator. The creation process is quite simple: We will create shapes using the Pen Tool and Pathfinder Panel, as well as mix and match color gradients until we achieve a nice 3D result. Let’s get down to business!