Tesselate Your Triangles with Live Paint in Illustrator

You need to whip up a colourful design that can suggest dynamics and direction. Geometrics is one way to go. Triangles. Dynamic planes of colour. But how? How much time do you have to create a triangle? give it a fill? go through aligning and offsetting…? So much to do, so little time… Well, there’s…

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Do you wonder if there’s a quicker way to do something in Illustrator?

Do you find yourself getting stuck in the middle of a design wondering how to achieve the image in your head? Then panicking about how long it’s taking you to figure it out? Then throwing the towel in and opting for something lamer but safer? Promising yourself you’ll make the time to find out for…

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Create an Ikigai Venn diagram in Illustrator

The Japanese philosophy of Ikigai is the pursuit of happiness through being busy in a way that brings meaning and joy to your life. If you know there is a passion inside you and a talent that gives your life meaning but don’t yet know what your Ikigai is, then your mission is to find…

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Create a Celtic Knot with Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m going to show you how to create a ‘triquetra’, also known as a “trinity knot”, a popular design element in Irish jewelry such as Claddaghs and wedding or engagement rings. Like all Celtic Knots, it’s comprised of interwined loops and lines that may look difficult to reproduce. Illustrator has the tools to make…

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Create a tesselated triangle design with Adobe Illustrator

Today’s tutorial shows you how to create a spread of equilateral (60° angles) tesselated triangles and fill them with colour using the Live Paint Tool. Download the free tutorial here:

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Make interesting backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator

Inspiration for graphic design is everywhere but sometimes our enthusiam gets damped down with decision fatigue or deadline pressure. We all want to produce something creative, something to give the eyes a real feast. And show off our skills. Today’s tutorial will give you all that and more. It shows you how to use the…

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Selecting brushes to apply patterns in Photoshop

The Pattern Stamp Tool is something I like to make use of from time to time. You can create your own pattern stamps by drawing a square marquee around a pattern sample then going to Edit>Define Pattern. PSD prompts you to name it – simple. The fun is selecting different types of brushes to apply…

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Create a Bokeh Background with Illustrator and Photoshop

Today’s tutorial walks you through the process of creating a gradient mesh in illustrator to make a coloured backdrop. It then takes you through the steps to make a bokeh brush in Photoshop and how to apply bokeh over your backdrop. Create a beautiful background image suitable for loads of different applications. The free pdf…

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Create a Reflective Glassy Ball in Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m posting a tutorial on how to create the reflective glassy ball as seen in the image above. It’s based on kdigits video but has lots of changes all detailed in a step-by-step illustrated set of instructions. Mine is created with Illustrator cc but don’t think there are any new tools it uses that…

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Gestalt Principles

Gestalt principles describe how our brain takes visual elements and frames, or consolidates, them into a visual organisation that we are familiar with. We are wired to see structure and patterns; they help us make sense of our environment. The name ‘Gestalt’ was given by a group of German psychologists who developed theories about how…

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