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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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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