5 Awesome Tips to Help You Build Your Own Website from Scratch Paying a lot of money for someone to build your website for you is not only unnecessary, but it is highly expensive. There are so many tools available to help you create your own website, there’s no reason to sink your time or efforts into paying someone else to do what you can do for yourself. Regardless of how many awesome tools there are out there to help you in creating this kind of a site, it still helps to get a little help. Just a few well-placed tips can help you to have the confidence you need to take the big plunge. Choose Your Domain Name Designing a retro pixel-art tile-set Hello and welcome back to my blog! This time something a little different – I commissioned a guest post about designing a tile-set from a studio who specialise in pixel-art. After searching long and hard to find exactly the right style I was after I settled on a company from Poland called Blackmoon design. Check out their site, its pretty cool looking. Anyway, here is their post:
Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014 When you create printed marketing materials, your designs are little like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is constantly shrinking or growing as she explores different parts of Wonderland. Likewise, you’ll often need your design elements to shrink or grow, depending on what the situation calls for. That’s why learning how to create scalable vector illustrations in Adobe Illustrator is absolutely essential. Adobe Illustrator can be a tricky program to learn, but if you’ve used some of the best Photoshop tutorials, you’re already one step ahead of the curve.
Road Maps This post was originally published in 2007 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Sooner or later every designer comes across the exciting job of producing a map, whether it’s on a leaflet or website the overall aim is to visually document a particular area of land to allow for people to find their way to a place of business or event. An important factor is the amount of detail required for the map, for most situations the map should be basic enough to provide a recognisable road structure without too much intricate detailing. As you will have seen on existing maps, the use of graphics and colours are important to distinguish between different types of road, this tutorial will cover the process of using Illustrator brushes to create a map of a small road network. The finished map graphic needs to be crisp and clear which is why the map will be created in vector format in Illustrator. Select both of your strokes and click the 'New Brush' icon in the brushes window.
32 Gradient Tutorials PSD and AI In my opinion gradient effects are very hard to master, all the beautiful vector icons, illustrations are made on basis of good gradient usage. Gradient mesh tool in Illustrator is the most powerful one, learn how to use it correctly and understand what can be done with it. I found many beautiful tutorials and ordered them from instructional to intermediate tutorials to lead you easier through learning process.
10 Awesome Infographics for Graphic Designers - Daily Inspiration As a graphic designer, you’ve probably designed at least a few infographics for your clients – or even for fun. You can create (and sell) infographics for any topic or industry, which means infographics can be a lucrative source of income. Some designers make a full-time living designing infographics alone. And while infographics always require the talents of a graphic designer, how many infographics have you seen that feature graphic designers? The following 10 awesome infographics were made by graphic designers, for graphic designers. Chapter 8: A world of tiles If you have read this far, your theoretical knowledge in Pixel-Art is now almost complete. However, you are probably disappointed that I did not answer your most pressing concerns, such as "How do I make a grass tile", "How do I make my hero?", "How do I avoid making my trees ugly?", or "Where can I find a new girlfriend?
100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials Since its release, Adobe's Illustrator has grown to become the designer's right-hand man when it comes to creating premier vector graphics and elements. There's so much you can do with it that it can be difficult to know where to start. Happily, we're here to round up the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from illustration to logo design, adding depth to your typography and much more, to help you get the most from this amazing app. Jump directly to a section using this handy category guide, or just get started browsing the whole list! With so many to choose from, you're sure to find a project to inspire you, whether you're using an older version of Illustrator or are signed up to the Creative Cloud. Here goes!
Create a Personalized Toolkit for Making Maps There's no need to reinvent the wheel every time you draw a map. With Illustrator, you can set up your own map-making toolkit, full of the styles, symbols and other elements you use every time. Having all of these things in one place which will ensure accuracy, consistency and readability, three of the most important qualities of an informational graphic. Final Image Preview You can find the source files in the directory labeled 'source' that came in the files that you downloaded. You may wish to look through them briefly before we begin.
AI Plasma Tutorial 6. June 2011, 06:17 Tutorials, Illustrator Few weeks ago I published some „plasma fibres“ illustrations on Forst and Dribbble and promised that I will also publish a simple tutorial, how to do it. So now the tutorial for Adobe Illustrator is finally here! The first step is creating the background, which consists of 2 layers (rectangles). Top 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls Our walls are like blank canvases waiting to be filled with wonderful paintings and works of art. Bought paintings are a little bit impersonal and don’t really say much about the home’s owner. Thus we recommend you today Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls that will give that dose of personality your home needs.
40 Pixel art tutorials Today, most businesses want a website. Some already have one. Others want one. They don’t want to hire IT staff and probably can’t afford any.