Create a Beautiful Paint Brush Icon in Photoshop

Create a Beautiful Paint Brush Icon in Photoshop

This tutorial is meant to explain how to design semi-realistic objects achieved through simple procedures. The tutorial mostly uses shape layers, which will help you edit them later on and make your work more flexible and scalable.

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Retro Abstract Circles: Photoshop Brush Pack

Retro Abstract Circles: Photoshop Brush Pack

Inspired by funky, abstract 70s patterns, vinyl records, and the popularity of employing retro elements in modern design, these Photoshop brushes are perfect as decorative ornaments in your retro-inspired projects. Experiment with layer styles such as color overlays and gradient overlays, apply a Noise filter, and overlay textures on them such as the Rough Concrete: Texture Pack to produce interesting effects. There are 15 brushes in the set, each with 2,500px diameters.

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Photoshop Layer Styles: Comprehensive Guide

Photoshop Layer Styles: Comprehensive Guide

Photoshop’s layer styles — effects that alter the appearance of a layer — are just fantastic. Photoshop pros use them quite frequently as an absolutely vital component of their workflow. This guide delves into the topic of layer styles, discussing the various effects you can achieve with this handy utility.

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How to Make a Space-Themed Business Card in Photoshop

How to Make a Space-Themed Business Card in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to demonstrate to you how to design an alluring space-themed business card that is out of this world. With this tutorial, you will learn how to create a space backdrop with stars and stardust (all from scratch), utilize great light effects within your work, and how to stylize text. You will be surprised to find out that we will only use basic Photoshop tools and techniques.

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Proper Standards-Compliant Color Use in Web Design

Proper Standards-Compliant Color Use in Web Design

As designers who’d like to turn our creations into works of art, we want to design towards our heart’s content — letting our eyes be the final judge of our masterpieces. But as we all know, creating a web page is different from creating a painting — with a painting, we can freely express ourselves on the canvas. However, with a web page, we need to effectively pass on information, first and foremost.

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Inspiration: 30 Web Designs with Beautiful Typography

Inspiration: 30 Web Designs with Beautiful Typography

Font choice, letter-spacing (tracking), line height, foreground/background colors, size, style — all of these oftentimes disparate attributes must work together cohesively in order to produce typographic compositions that are harmonious and viewed by its audiences with resilient assiduity. For your visual inspiration, here are websites that exhibit skillfully composed typography.

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Draw a Spilled Paint Bucket in Illustrator

Draw a Spilled Paint Bucket in Illustrator

This vector illustration tutorial will explain how to make a glossy and stylized paint bucket with spilled paint in front of it, using Illustrator. We will take advantage of many excellent features in Illustrator, such as the 3D Extrude & Bevel command, Blend command, drawing shapes with the Pen Tool and Pencil Tool, using Pathfinder commands to combine and create shapes, and more. The resulting product is a scalable vector drawing.

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Create a Dark Grunge 3D Text Scene in Photoshop

Create a Dark Grunge 3D Text Scene in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you are going to learn how to create some 3D text using only Photoshop. The mood we will strive to incorporate in our piece is dark and grungy. We are going to use consistent lighting, layer styles to create shadows for our type, Photoshop filters, and more. We will finish off our scene by adding a dark textured background that seems to fade out as it approaches the edge of the canvas — a popular design technique.

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Stones: Texture Pack

Stones: Texture Pack

This set includes 7 high-resolution images with a variety of different stone textures. They are excellent for easily giving your design a rough texture or for use as backgrounds. The large dimensions (3000px-4000px) make them very versatile. This texture pack is available exclusively to Design Instruct readers for commercial and personal projects. The images come in JPG format.

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Create a Scene with Retrofuturistic-Inspired Light Effects

Create a Scene with Retrofuturistic-Inspired Light Effects

In this Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial, we will produce custom patterns, stylish vector shapes, and blend photos together to create a cohesive work of art that will leave you spaced out! I’ll also show you the power of the Gradient Tool for creating great light effects. As a side note, we will only be using Illustrator briefly to import some vector objects into Photoshop.

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Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow

Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, I will walk you through my process of creating an illustrated type artwork. The focus of this tutorial is to demonstrate how it is possible to draft, develop, and refine a whole piece all within a design program like Adobe Illustrator from start to finish. I will show you that working with the tools available in Illustrator allow you to work in an organic way that enables you to realize and problem-solve an entire design. No more pencil on paper or sketching!

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Font Collection: 10 Free Bold Sans Serif Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Bold Sans Serif Fonts

This font assemblege is comprised of sans serif fonts with tall arms and wide stems, giving them a strong and striking appearance. They are fitting in situations where the designer wants to convey modernity and make a bold impact, such as in headlines and displays that crave attention.

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