background preloader

Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop

Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop
This post was originally published in 2009 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Galactic space scenes are a popular theme for digital art, they’re packed full of texture and vibrant colour, which are two ingredients of an awesome design! Using Photoshop’s blending modes along with a mix of textures and brushes, let’s get lost in space and create an abstract cosmos poster design. Open up Photoshop and create a new document. Grab a couple of source images of smoke clouds, these particular images are courtesy of Shutterstock (1)(2). On a new layer, dab three bright colours with a large soft brush. Change the blending mode of the colour spots to Overlay to allow the colours to cast over the underlying textures. On a new layer, change the colour swatches to their default black and white settings (D). Fill a new layer with black, then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Download this handy collection of Star Brushes, then set up your brush settings in Photoshop as follows.

Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design Follow this step by step walkthrough of my recent design process for the ‘Spectrum’ poster. Starting with custom made type in Illustrator, we’ll move our vector graphics into Photoshop for some serious distressing with Photoshop brushes, blending modes and more! The Spectrum poster takes inspiration from the old ZX Spectrum computer of the 80′s, the feature of the design is the custom made abstract type, which is mixed with a full spectrum of colours then grunged up to the max with textures and muted background tones. The overall theme is a cool mix of 80′s retro and modern day grunge. Start work in Adobe Illustrator. Aim to follow each letter from the previous to form one continuous line. The word Spectrum is split in half to help compose the design and to add that extra touch of abstractism. Drag out a few guides to match on key points of the path. Once all the type has been aligned and tweaked, take a step back to review the design as a whole. Continue tracing segments of each letter.

Understanding & Using Ansel Adam's Zone System The Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. Your camera's metering modes are built to give you a correct reading under most average situations. Capturing a correct exposure every time, even in the trickiest light or scene situations. The camera metering is designed to give correct readings under average circumstances.

Cosmic Abstract Shards Poster Design Follow this step by step Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial to create a vibrant poster design featuring abstract vector shards and intense cosmic colours. We’ll begin by constructing the vector shard pieces in Illustrator then combine them with blending modes and lighting effects in Photoshop to produce a cool piece of poster artwork. The cosmic abstract shards design we’ll be creating features an array of sharp vector objects that overlap to create a cool translucent pattern effect. A combination of cosmic background, intense lighting effects and a subtle pattern overlay gives the design a sleek futuristic style. View the Cosmic Abstract Shards Poster Design Open up Adobe Illustrator and draw a long thin rectangle on the artboard. Select the two upper most points with the Direct Selection tool and nudge them upwards and left to shear the shape and leave vertical edges. Change the opacity of the object to 50% in the Transparency window. Download the source file

100 New And Free Cool Fonts A Designer Must Download With more and more designers in the world, cool free fonts are released even quicker than usual which makes us more than happy. Download these free fonts and you’ll have a rich typography toolbox with which you can make a solid impression in your future designs and projects. You’ll see that there are various styles in here, from serious and rigid ones to fancy and creative examples of typography. Jura Hero Fat Vodka Guayule Say it fat Per4m Practique Kilogram Matilde Raleway Sketchetica Tiwo CR21modern Doughboy Puhl Maddie’s font Deibi Piron original FONT 2 Retro Matey Base Prociono Gembira MSD.10 Typeface Rubber Paranoid Sertig Code Solgas Aerofrog High Five St Transmission Teardrop Lobster Fabianstem Circled Color Lines Luco Badabing Cardo Tenderness St Marie SMD Black Days typeface ElementalEnd Block face Null Droid Dekar Riesling

Grainy Abstract Lines Poster Design Follow this step by step tutorial to create a cool abstract lines design with awesome vibrant lighting effects. We’ll use Illustrator’s easy tools to create the vector linework then add a range of glows, colours and effects in Photoshop to finish the design with a cool grainy but luminous style. It’s difficult to describe this style of artwork without referencing Andy Gilmore’s awesome work. The overall design mixes geometric shapes from the vector linework with vibrant colours and grainy textures to create an intricate design perfect for use as a printed poster or maybe even a band’s album art. View the final grainy abstract lines design Open up Adobe Illustrator and use the Pen tool to draw a wavy line on the artboard. Copy (CMD+C) and Paste in Front (CMD+F) a duplicate of the line, then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select both items and go to Object > Blend > Make. Head back to Object > Blend then select the Blend Options menu item. Download the source file

Hidden Landscapes by Sam Alive New York based photographer Sam Alive plays with his iphone and captures his everyday moments in an amazing way. He simply places his phone in front of the blurred scenery and creates double story shots in which the phone becomes the main actor. You must see his portfolio to understand better how he puts his simple idea into practice with amazing results. Retro Style Geometric Lines Poster Design Tutorial This post was originally published in 2011 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. In the recent typography inspiration showcase a design by Jordan Metcalf particularly caught my interest, which reminded me of the design style used in the Mexico 1968 Olympics branding. I decided to combine these inspirations and create my own poster design artwork in a similar style. The design we’ll be creating features a series of flowing striped lines interweaving and looping around the page to form an intriguing composition. View the large scale retro geometric lines design Start work in Illustrator by drawing a long thin rectangle on the artboard. Press CMD+D to repeat the transformation to generate a series of lines, then select each alternate line and change the fill to white, leaving a striped effect. Select all the lines that make up the pattern and click the ‘New’ icon at the bottom the of the Brushes palette. You can now use this new brush by applying it to any path.

Create Something. Donate Login Remember Me Create An Account Forgot Password // Provide alternate content for browsers that do not support scripting // or for those that have scripting disabled. Join Now Hot Shiny "Do"by Misterx|43|Favorite? Free Falling (Green)by Leaflady|0|Favorite? asu (68)by Durgunsu|1|Favorite? Tom Hayden 1939-1916by Calypso rose|0|Favorite? Pennycandy|1|Favorite? Midnight Starby Maurie|3|Favorite? Free Fallingby Leaflady|1|Favorite? (204)by Bluegirl|2|Favorite? Strangers in Spaceby Leaflady|1|Favorite? Whoooo? About Myoats Read More Myoats is a community where people create designs using an online drawing application. New view more GRAPE-NUT LACEYby Robinrebornart HOT HEARTS ART-MEby Robinrebornart Morn. comes Early :(by Vonzeppelin PERI-WINK-LE BLUE'Sby Robinrebornart GrooveIsInTheHeart (2)by Bluegirl Electric linesby Tsm faker BLACK DIAMOND HIGHby Robinrebornart Doodlesby Rampuero (186)by Bluegirl Frost (2)by Rampuero view more How To Create Watch Tutorials Follow Us ?

Retro Style Typographic Poster Design Follow this step by step tutorial to create a retro style typographic poster design with distressed textures and a muted colour scheme. We’ll create a typographic layout based on the number ‘one’ using Illustrator’s easy manipulation tools, then switch over to Photoshop to lay out the poster design composition and grunge everything up with some textures to create that cool dated retro look. The design we’ll be creating is based on the number ‘one’. View the final retro typographic poster design We’ll create the main typographic layout in Illustrator to make use of the vector abilities to maintain crisp edges on our text elements. Give the number object a light grey fill then lock it into place using the CMD+2 shortcut. Use the same font to type out the actual word ‘ONE’. Choose a corner to start laying up the text elements and align the first of many objects to the grey background guide. In no time the whole design will be filled with repeating elements. Press CMD+Alt+2 to Unlock All.

Create a Hellboy Poster in Illustrator Before we begin, I must say this is going to be a more advanced tutorial, you won't need to know how to draw, but with you know it will be a lot simplier. The basic requirements is to be good with the pen tool and blending modes, so let's do it buddies. Open adobe illustrator and create a A3 vertical canvas (42 x 29,7 cm or 11,69 x 16,54 inches). Using the rectangle tool ( M ) create a rectangle to fill all the canvas and with the gradient tool ( G ) put a golden gradient on it. and repeat the same procedure, but this time make a rectangle with some distance from the canvas, in order to make the golden border. Using the create this brown gradient in the opposite direction of the golden. I used the Code font with bold, you can get it at Font Fabric. Using the gradient tool ( G ) create this mettalic gold gradient (it should take you some time to adjust correctly) in each letter. Now go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set Offset to 0,1 cm , miter Joins and 4 limit miter. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

Gigposter Design: The New Sex Tutorial Introduction: A lot of people are making them. A lot of people suck. We don’t suck, and neither do you. This tutorial requires NO drawing talent… so don’t trip folks. Those winged scrolls are new from Vector Set 16. Let’s get to business. So what to make? We’re going to use this as the base of our initial illustration… but the hand, it lacks emotion. (a lifesaver for all stock photo needs) will be our resource. I found this chick holding a gun on istock. Next we have to cut out Ike and the girl’s gun so we can combine these different pieces into the same image. Once you have the shapes made to cut them out (and it’s ok if it took 3000 shapes and layers to make it) you’re going to merge them all to one layer. Now take both shapes and tastefully combine them on a fresh canvas. You now have Ike pissed off and holding a gun. Here is where it gets a little interesting and it might be hard to follow here. Now make sure each image is expanded. -Dave About the Author, Dave