Apr 28 2011 We are on a constant hunt to find some cool and useful tools for our readers all the time. In this endeavor today we have collected some interesting apps as well as websites and services which will suit all your needs as a web developer, designer, project leader, or even the end customer. And the plus side of this collection is that all of the resources we have found are all free for personal use. So you can now actively keep your employees productive, trace your lost laptop, protect your privacy and get rid of unwanted mails and much more.
For today’s post we have an extensive selection of UI templates, all in Illustrator format, and all perfect if you are a web, mobile or app designer who prefers to use Adobe Illustrator rather than the more commonly used Photoshop. It was mildly surprising how difficult this post was to put together, I really did expect to find a lot more. What is clear from this is that generally most designers would not even consider Illustrator for UI design, which was an even bigger surprise. So, if you are a UI designer who does prefer Illustrator over everything else, then you may consider this post as your treasure chest.
A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Jesse Hora was first published on October 20th 2009. There are numerous ways that you could approach using a reference photo in illustration, an obvious option being to 'trace' the photo. Since there are so many microscopic details in a photograph you have to make numerous decisions on how you want the image to look in the end. Do you want it to look photorealistic? Tracing a Vector Face From a Reference Photo
Feb 21 2011 A creative logo design plays a vital role in portraying the brand identity of any company. It is not only the name of the company, but also the brand’s message that communicates with the customers.
When using dashes you have three options available, a hyphen, an en dash and an em dash. Choosing the right dash for the job in hand is usually overlooked and misunderstood. This Quick Tip will outline the differences between the three dashes as well as advice on when and how to use them correctly within your designs. The Hyphen First up is the Hyphen. It has two main functions, to divide a word that needs to be split at the end of a line and to join a compound word. Quick Tip: Using Em Dashes, En Dashes and Hyphens within InDesign
We frequently publish posts on this blog that feature tutorials for learning how to do various things with Photoshop, but we have rarely focused on just the basics. This post is intended for designers or aspiring designers who either want to get started with Photoshop or have limited experience and are looking to improve. While there are plenty of great learning resources available online, it’s often difficult for beginners to know where to get started because everything seems to be scattered.
A few weeks ago we published a post, Learn Photoshop, that included links to well over 100 resources for mastering the basics of Photoshop and the use of the various tools. In response to reader request, we’re publishing this post to help designers who want to get started with Adobe Illustrator, or maybe just sharpen their existing skills. Illustrator is a powerful program, but it can be overwhelming or confusing at times, simply because of everything that is possible. If you’re new to Illustrator, taking the time to understand the basics and how to use the specific tools will go a long way towards setting you up for success.
Are you new to Photoshop? Have you been trying to teach yourself the basics of Photoshop but have found the amount of educational material available on the net a bit overwhelming? As the world’s #1 Photoshop site, we’ve published a lot of tutorials. The Type Tool in Photoshop
Designers, here are some useful free Photoshop brushes for you. Hope these beautiful brushes will help you in your next design. Enjoy! Are you looking to contribute to our design community ? Suggest a link to a relevant article, or submit your own! 20 Set of Useful Free Photoshop Brushes for Designers
New Collection of Must-Have Paper Textures | Naldz Graphics It has been almost a year ago since we have featured paper textures for you to go through. Now we have a new set of collection you may choose from so to differently design your sites. Paper concepts are still as cool if you check on some other paper websites design. Paper textures from good resources and really good resolutions would perfectly uplift your sites’ appeal and your graphic design’s impression to viewers.
Jump into this roundup of some of the most creative and challenging vector poster design tutorials on the web. There is a large assortment of styles and approaches here to review, from spacey psychedelic poster design, to geometrically influenced poster design, to robotic stomping power, to retro aesthetics and more. Check out these inspiring poster design tutorials. Blend and Mask Yourself a Great Poster Veerle Pieters shows us how to create a strong geometric central poster design, which utilizes flowing blends, masked shapes, and subtle gradients, to create a sophisticated final work.
Feb 14 2011 One of the greatest things about having access to the Internet, is the educational opportunities that it affords the public. People in all professions have the ability to expand their knowledge base through the wealth of information being shared via the Internet, and the same holds true for those who are studying graphic design. The Internet is positively bursting with tutorials and resources that can help one advance through the various stages of becoming a successful graphic designer. All the way, from a newbie to an experienced pro. Today, that is our purpose here.
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Interview With Khajag Apelian“Type Design Is Not Only About Drawing Letters” Having started his career studying under some of the best typographic minds in the world, Khajag Apelian not only is a talented type and graphic designer, unsurprisingly, but also counts Disney as a client, as well as a number of local and not-for-profit organizations throughout the Middle East. Even more impressive is Khajag’s willingness to take on work that most people would find too challenging. Designing a quality typeface is a daunting task when it’s only in the Latin alphabet. Khajag goes deeper still, having designed a Latin-Armenian dual-script typeface in four weights, named "Arek", as well as an Arabic adaptation of Typotheque’s Fedra Display.
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Freebie: Echo Minimal Icon Set I’ve been working on an icon set off and on for a number of months—basically whenver I can find a few spare minutes here and there. I’ve finally completed the entire set, including 40 total icons, designed in a minimal, pictogram style. You may recognize some of these icons too!