Sweaty Eskimo’s Summer: Custom Desktop Wallpaper

Sweaty Eskimo’s Summer: Custom Desktop Wallpaper

Here is Tahgasa Bertram’s (aka Sweaty Eskimo) summer-themed desktop wallpaper from his tutorial on creating a custom, hand-sketched illustration. We’ve resized the wallpaper to several popular aspect ratios for use on your desktop. Download and install it to remind you of Design Instruct and Sweaty Eskimo’s awesome work!

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Design a 3D Digital Clock Icon with Illustrator

Design a 3D Digital Clock Icon with Illustrator

This tutorial will explain how to create a glossy and stylized digital clock from scratch in Adobe Illustrator composed of basic shapes and nifty gradients. We will make a vector icon that will be scalable to any size by taking advantage of designing icons and graphics using a vector-based application like Illustrator.

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Create a Remarkable Poster with Decorative Elements

Create a Remarkable Poster with Decorative Elements

I am going to show you how to create various decorative elements including geometric shapes, halftones, ribbons, 3D stars, and 3D text in Illustrator and then merge, compose, enhance, and texturize them in Photoshop. The overarching goal of this tutorial is to learn how to use both of these powerful tools for their strengths for an unmatched workflow that takes advantage of both vector and raster graphics.

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Inside Apparel Design: An Overview

Inside Apparel Design: An Overview

This article will present you an overview of how the design process flows inside the apparel industry — in particular, a shirt firm. Afterwards, we will break it down into pieces, digging deeper into each part of the process. Like any other design/creative field, apparel design follows the basic methods, processes, and techniques. However, I want to emphasize some important things to be considered when designing “in-house” in the apparel industry.

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Beautiful Vintage Style Business Card Designs

Beautiful Vintage Style Business Card Designs

There’s something about using vintage elements that give a design a refreshing appearance. Applied in business cards, it can give the card a distinct and memorable look. For your inspiration, here is a showcase of well-designed business cards that use a vintage theme.

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A Guide to Preparing Files for Print

A Guide to Preparing Files for Print

With this guide, we are going to examine ways to prepare files for print, covering applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. The examples used are for InDesign, but can apply to Photoshop and Illustrator. This is a basic guide aimed to help people just starting out in the print design business or are looking to learn more about preparing files better to send to press.

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Design a Hand Drawn Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

Design a Hand Drawn Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to combine drawing skills, typography and the use of Photoshop to create a desktop wallpaper. We’ll cover how to set up your document for screen, how you get your pencil drawings into Photoshop, how to add some colour into the pencil drawing, and finishing it off to create the illustration.

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Cardboard: Texture Pack

Cardboard: Texture Pack

Here is an assortment of cardboard textures that you can freely download and use in your projects. Each image has a dimension of 1944x2896px. Using the cardboard textures is permitted on commercial and personal projects with no limitations. The only thing you can’t do is redistribute the files and the texture pack without prior consent from Design Instruct.

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20 Awesome Online Shops for Art

20 Awesome Online Shops for Art

The nature of commercial art (i.e. graphic design, illustration, photography) is that it is artwork that you get paid to make. However, beyond the work you do for clients, you’re also able to sell your work on your own. A great way to do that is to have an online store. Support your fellow artists and designers by visiting and supporting their stores. It’s a great way to find inspiration and maybe even a great poster for that empty wall in your office.

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Beautiful Personal Web Portfolios: A Showcase

Beautiful Personal Web Portfolios: A Showcase

Placing your portfolio on the Web gives you an additional venue to feature your work and gain more clients. In addition, in this day and age, clients expect you to have some form of web presence. For your inspiration, here is a visual showcase of some eye-catching web portfolios of creatives in various industries. This showcase follows up on Matthew Heidenreich’s tutorial on creating a portfolio web layout in Photoshop.

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Create a Clean and Modern Web Design in Photoshop

Create a Clean and Modern Web Design in Photoshop

In this web design tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create a clean-looking and modern website layout. We will take advantage of some fundamental techniques and tools — such as custom shape tools, selection tools, and clipping masks — and end up with a nice and professional web design. Ready? Let’s get started!

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Leech Shapes: Photoshop Brush Pack

Leech Shapes: Photoshop Brush Pack

This free Photoshop brush pack consists of abstract shapes that resemble leeches. Use them to fancify your artwork and designs, free of charge. There are 9 brush tips included in the pack that are 2,400+ pixels in width (so they’re pretty big).

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