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.
We recently published an amazing coloring tutorial by our friends at Wet Black Ghost. If you haven’t had the chance to follow along Matt Fox’s digital coloring techniques tutorial, we highly suggest you do so!
In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going give you a general overview of how I digitally color an illustration. We’ll go over scanning, cleaning, flatting, coloring, rendering, and texturing techniques. There’s just as many ways to coloring a drawing digitally as there is to painting a picture. This tutorial won’t focus on any specific way to blend or choose colors; we’ll assume you have knowledge of the basics.
A few weeks back, I was scouring the Internet for a showcase we wanted to do about fresh illustrators that we think are producing amazing work. It was a simple enough showcase that we thought was cool and we thought our readers might like. Little did I know that that showcase would bring us to a new Design Instruct feature that we’ll call Spotlight.
In this first Design Instruct "Show Us Your:" showcase, we gathered a few office snapshots from our staff, authors and friends to give you a candid look at their workspace. May it be inspiration from arts hanging on the walls, information from books and magazines scattered on the floor, or simply the need to be organized for functionality; these photos portray the working environment behind real graphic design and digital art professionals. Share your own workspace photos in the comments!
This free download consists of five textures/photos of pebbles. Use them as textures and backgrounds in your commercial and personal design and digital art projects. Enjoy!
I received an email from one of our readers a long time ago. For some reason, I started thinking about it again more recently. I thought I’d share bits of the conversation with you because I believe that it’s valuable to start a discussion on the topic.
This tutorial will give you a general workflow overview of how to create traditional illustrations on paper and then refining it further in Photoshop. We will use Indian ink, paintbrushes and a brush pen to ink our pencil sketch, and then watercolor to fill in the illustration. Then we will place the illustration into Photoshop to perform some fine-tuning and image corrections.
Illustrations can be an excellent source of inspiration. An illustration communicates a story to its viewers through creatively artistic means. This is a collection of 40 beautiful and inspiring pieces by 19 talented illustrators. Make sure to click through the illustrators’ names to see their portfolio and more of their work.
Using repeating, tiled patterns as a background in a web page layout is a popular design technique. When done well, using background patterns can make a web design look sophisticated, intricate and memorable. In this visual inspiration collection, you’ll see 30 websites that use a variety of beautiful background patterns (e.g. diagonal stripes, cross-hatching, dots and so on).