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Quick Tutorial: Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment In Illustrator In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple retro type treatment. Even though its simple, it uses some powerful Illustrator features. If you have read my tutorials before, you know this means the Appearance panel! Along with the Appearance panel, we will be using some texture effects, Warp effects, and some simple layering. Final Image Below is the final type treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4 and CS3 but some of the tutorial images might look different.)Difficulty: Beginner / IntermediateTopics Covered: Appearance Panel, EffectsEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1 Create a new document and type out some text with the Text tool (T). Step 2 With the text still selected, choose Add New Fill from the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel. Step 3 Create another new fill in the Appearance panel, select the bottom fill item, and fill it with a light yellow color. Step 4 Step 5

The Most Popular Online Photography Tools The Web is full of interesting and amazing photos! Here’s the list of online tools and resources beginning from online photo editing to powerful photo search engines. Photo Sharing Flickr is certainly one the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. It helps people make their photos available to the people who matter to them. Flickr gets photos into and out of the system in as many ways as possible: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users’ home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their photos. Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organize all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos, share your photos with others through email, prints and on the web. SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations on the web. Zooomr is a site where you can share, search, store, sort and sell your photos online. Photorgy -is the online photo site . Mobile

20 Stunning Photoshop Tutorials Every Designer Needs » Photoshop, Resources » Design Festival Photoshop tutorials are everywhere, but good Photoshop tutorials can be hard to find. Designers often have trouble finding enough time to design the many projects that come across their desks, which means they are usually short on the time needed to search for excellent tutorials to improve their skills. The goal of the following collection is to provide a shortcut to twenty tutorials that are worth your time. This roundup starts with the beautiful interesting stuff. My first reaction to any image that I admire is: “I can’t make that.” The image-in-smoke effect is another effect that was out of my league. Why is such a simple effect put down as number three? I’ll be honest. Simple to do, impressive to look at. You don’t have to work very hard to make some amazing watercolor portraits. Anybody can pixelate an image using tools built right into Photoshop. Grunge. Graffiti is art. I liked this effect when I saw it. Take any simple image the extra mile to make it attractive: indie edition.

250 RSS Feeds For Every Graphic, Web Designers And Bloggers To Subscribe To Hello there, I’ve been around the design and blogging world now for some time and since I am very active and taking serious my work, I always search for new, perspective, promising or just very popular blogs. Of course, there are big discussions about subscribing so many blogs, because it’s better if You can create your own stuff just by reading books, from your own experience or just you’re great and unique thinker. But unfortunately I am not one of those people just yet, so I feel the need to see what other blogs are writing about, analyzing which articles and why become popular and finally I got new ideas by just browsing through these blogs when I am feeling frustrated. This list is pretty comprehensive – there are many new blogs, also several good blogs which don’t update very actively,but you can check their HTTP version then (but still those sites are great for analysis). Please don’t judge this list – of course, there will never be complete one, but we can always try!

50 Beautiful Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials Six Revisions Skip site navigation 50 Beautiful Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials May 2 2010 by Tomas Laurinavicius | 29 Comments Retro and vintage designs are valued for nostalgia and sentimental memories. You can notice that retro and vintage design is created by using rich colors, grunge elements and various textures. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Related Content About the Author Tomas Laurinavičius is a blogger and designer from Lithuania who’s currently studying Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark. 29 Comments seeshell May 2nd, 2010 Nice work your very talented Richie May 2nd, 2010 Thanks for featuring two of my tutorials. Cheers, Richie Dan May 2nd, 2010 Retro seems to be coming in strong these past few months in web design, I love it! Tom Ross May 2nd, 2010 Great article Tomas! Nikola Lazarevic May 2nd, 2010 Great roundup! skyje

20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner Should See Learning a new software application can be a daunting task, especially when tackling an application that’s as deep as Adobe Illustrator! Thankfully there’s a colection of Illustrator veterans who are generous enough to take the time to document the basics, allowing new users to grasp the initial workings and gain a know-how of the tools and core techniques. This collection of hand-picked tutorials cover various tools, and provide plenty of useful hints and tips. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days This in-depth 30 day course from Vector Diary is one of the most useful courses out there. Illustrator Beginner’s Series IllustrationInfo’s Illustrator beginner’s series covers the most common tools with insights into their uses. Adobe Illustrator Guides and Tutorials The collection of tutorials and guides from klethegr8 include various hints and tips for all kinds of tools. Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Illustrator CS4 Blob Brush Illustrator CS4 Gradients Working with Illustrator Art Brushes

650+ Free Photoshop Patterns Get the FlatPix UI Kit for only $7 - Learn More or Buy Now The use of repeating patterns in Photoshop can help to produce attractive website backgrounds with very little effort, and of course patterns have other uses as well. In this post we’ll feature some of the best free patterns that are available. You’ll find some individual patterns as well as many packs of multiple patterns. Paisley Photoshop Patterns (8 patterns) Skull Patterns (2 patterns) Floral Photoshop Patterns (4 patterns) Flower Photoshop Patterns (6 patterns) Different Texture (1 pattern) Hand-Drawn Scrolls (1 pattern) Antique Engraved (1 pattern) Stylized Clouds (1 pattern) Grungy Natural Beige Patterns (6 patterns) Grungy Natural Beige Patterns 2 (6 patterns) Floral (1 pattern) Leafy Set (3 patterns) Gypsy Garden (1 pattern) Late Bloomer (3 patterns) Hexagonal Patterns (72 patterns) Damask (1 pattern) Charcoal Damask (1 pattern) Patterns by onethirtytwo (6 patterns) Tileable Classic Nebula Space Patterns (8 patterns) Spiderman (1 pattern)

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