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How To Create Digital Particle Waves in Adobe Illustrator The blend tool in Adobe Illustrator is often used to create abstract wave graphics, but I’ve been experimenting with some additional adjustments and discovered some handy tricks to create sci-fi inspired digital particle waves. This kind of imagery perfectly complements hi-tech interface designs with colourful data visualisation effects, or it could be used to create abstract art in its own right. We’ll create the initial effect in Adobe Illustrator, where I’ll show you a few options for randomising the result, then switch over to Adobe Photoshop for some extra colour enhancements to really boost the vibrancy. How To Create an Editable Retro Text Style in Illustrator Many of the text effect tutorials I produce for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop tend to require the text to be permanently set, which means if the wording needs changing, the effect would have to be created all over again from scratch.

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How to paint an atmospheric environment This piece is one I did in my free time. I always have fun when I sit down and do personal drawings, because they help me to escape from my busy professional life. When you're discovering how to draw things just for pleasure, you're totally free in your artistic decision making. You're like a writer, director and production designer all rolled into one. You have no boundaries or deadlines to restrict you. Instead, you can decide for yourself how you can start the piece and when you can stop. How do I make gifs? Go here and check “How to make gifs”. Make sure you select a valid tutorial to your operating system. If you’re still looking for a Photoshop download, read this post.You can make gifs using screencaps or by importing videos to Photoshop. There’s no big difference between both methods, although the second one requires your computer to be powerful.Once you have your gif in your Photoshop, check this tutorial: how to make high quality gifs.Learn everything about gifs dimensions and sizes in this tutorial. This is very important. Example: Your videos must be 720p or 1080p, no less. If there isn’t a HD version of the video you want to use, make your gifs as small as possible (160px or 177px), but they won’t look HQ still. For tips on how to avoid grain in gifs, go FAQ > Photoshop > Most popular issues.

The Top 10 Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials of 2009 2009 wasn't the best year for the economy, but it was an unbelievably good year for creativity. Here we've collected the 10 most popular Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials from the past year, so you can see what techniques have been most inspiring readers. Design repeating T-shirt motifs in Photoshop This tutorial guides you through the process of creating a repeating pattern for a T-shirt print. We’ll focus on creating one main element that will function as the key character of the pattern. Infographic Tutorials How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics. How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4 In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.

How To Create a Realistic Chalk Lettering Effect Last week I posted a showcase of stunning chalk lettering designs, which gave me the inspiration to create some chalk typography myself. Unfortunately I neither have the talent or a chalkboard to produce authentic hand made chalk typography murals, but I’ve come up with a technique that designers can use to achieve realistic chalk lettering effects with their artwork. We’ll use the power of Illustrator to design a concept, then we’ll use some analogue tools to help capture the character of hand lettered art. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a typography design with a realistic chalk lettered appearance. In my opinion, digital-only chalk effects just don’t cut it, but with this method we’re combining digital design with traditional analogue techniques. This means we have the best of both worlds; the ability to compose a design with the power of Edit > Undo, and authentic artistic effects that are only achievable with hand held tools.

120+ of the Best Illustrator Tutorials EVER. This post is the ultimate resource for all your Adobe Illustrator tutorial needs. You can learn so much from these 120+ top Illustrator tutorials, which include everything from vector Illustrator typography, to vector character design and learning Illustrator tools. Enjoy… Create a clean retro badge in Adobe Illustrator How to create mood boards: 40 pro tips and tools When trying to convey a design idea, moods, feelings and fluffy stuff like that can be difficult to communicate. So designers will often use mood boards: a collection of textures, images and text related to a design theme as a reference point. Mood boards can be a great way to convey your design idea, win pitches and get an early sign-off. Hipster Text Effect in Photoshop CS6 A few weeks ago we posted a tutorial showing how to create a hipster text effect using Pixelmator. Now we decided to show you the same effect using Photoshop CS6. As we had said, we will be doing that in Fireworks and CSS as well. So stay tuned. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create a simple text effect with a very trendy hipster look. We will use just basic filters and layer styles to achieve the effect.

40 New And Useful Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Aug 23 2010 The Internet is bursting with knowledge. Whatever you want is available at your fingertips, and learning new techniques is so easy with the load of useful tutorials that guide you step by step. Adobe Illustrator is powerful indeed, but when used right, it can perform feats that humans will marvel at!

The freelancer's guide to cash flow management An ex-freelance writer, I appreciate how infuriating the financial side of freelancing can be. At times your flush, at others you’re crushed, forced to turn over settees and flail around for cash. A lack of marketing, a loss of a client, mere bone idleness on your part - there’s a number of things that can fuel a famine in your finances, but, more often than not, poor cash flow management will shoulder most of the blame. In-house at an accountancy firm for just over a year now, I’ve seen how integral good cash flow management is to a freelancer’s success. So, drawing upon my own experiences and some of the office expertise, here’s a brief course in cash flow management for any of you freelancers being crippled by a lack of cash...

Make a Vintage Planetary Landscape Poster in Photoshop When working with an outer space theme, the possibilities are endless — there are plenty of elements you can incorporate and photo manipulate into your composition. With the popularity and abundance of science fiction movies and books, there’s no shortage of inspiration either. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to take some different space elements, as well as some earthly landscape elements, and put them all together to create a faded, vintage-like poster. 90 top-class typography tutorials Whether you're a creative director, illustrator or web developer – whatever your discipline, typography is an essential part of design. There are hundreds of paid-for and free fonts available these days, but when it comes to the art of type, you can never stop learning about it or improving your typography skills. To help you out, we've gathered together the most amazing typography tutorials from around the web, which are bound to help you raise your type skills to the next level.