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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Mandala Element Brushes in Illustrator

Happy Earth Day! Today I’m giving you a set of free Illustrator brushes to create some stunning pattern designs. You don’t have to create mandalas, of course, draw any curve or line or shape and use the pattern brushes to decorate them any way you want. I’ve saved them as Tints so you can change…

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Make an animated download arrow with Illustrator and Photoshop

Today’s tutorial shows you how to make an animated download arrow (.gif) using Illustrator & Photoshop. 🙂

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Make a ‘jigsaw’ pencil using Illustrator

We’ve all seen those super infographics where shapes are broken into jigsaw pieces to denote stages in progress, etc. They can fool you with their seeming simplicity but there’s a bit more than meets the eye. Learning the techniques is worth a little bit of effort and I’m sure you’ll come up with brilliant designs…

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Use Live Paint to Intertwine Objects in Illustrator

Today, I’m giving you a pdf tutorial to intertwine objects in Illustrator. Bear in mind, Livepaint is destructive in its effects – so take a copy of the original if it’s important. Download my free tutorial here:

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Letterform play with Illustrator

Today I’m giving you a tutorial, not how to create the same as above but lots of things you can create to fill a letterform. They’re mostly basic mini tutorials but if you’re new to Illustrator you might find them useful.

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Make a Yin & Yang with the Shapebuilder Tool in Illustrator

The Shapebuilder Tool gives you a nifty way to either unite or delete sections of overlapping objects in Illustrator. The yin yang above takes about 5 minutes to create. Have a go: download the tutorial for the instructions:

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Clipping mask & text wrap in Illustrator

Use a text wrap to create a pretty visual effect as part of a layout. If the page lacks colour, you could also use a clipping mask to display some colourful graphics through the outline of a shape. I’ve used a lovely curvy ampersand to show you how I created the image above. Download the…

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Create a seamless repeating pattern swatch with Illustrator – the easy way

Today I’ve written a tutorial to show you how to use Illustrator’s Pattern making function. It’s beautifully quick and simple – totally pain-free. There are links to a tutorial to create a recycling symbol as well as a nifty way to make a quick heart.

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