Make interesting backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m publishing a tutorial to create a background image or banner using Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will show you how to use the Blend Tool and the Envelope Distort Mesh (monster). It also demonstrates how easy it is to create glowing particles and save them as Symbols. There are lots of tips and techniques…

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Letter portraits in Photoshop

Photoshop lets you mask layers and edit images without any permanent destruction. Paint with black and you erase parts of an image. Gone too far? Then paint detail back with a white brush. It’s all made clearer in my tutorial – click below for the pdf instructions:

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Cut Out Paper Effect: Photoshop

This effect is really easy to create. I’ve written up a tutorial and you’ll see how quick & easy it is. 🙂 You can play around with the basic settings and create lots of other fun effects like the waves below. Click below to download the pdf tutorial:

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Create a chocolate bar and wrapper in Photoshop

Today’s tutorial will walk you through the steps to create a realistic bar of chocolate and wrapper. Download the pdf here: The wave design is a free download; get it here: http://www.dinpattern.com/2011/03/21/waves/

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Apply a gradient to selected graphics in PSD

This is a really quick and easy tutorial to apply a gradient onto selected graphics rather than over a layer. It is particularly effective applied to thin strokes or outlined graphics to create an etched effect. 🙂

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