Fall is here! Along with all the warm fuzzies, pumpkin spices, and delicious drinks. Time to cuddle up in the best quilted blankets! For your designs, there’s no need to spend countless hours cutting fabric and sewing designs over and over again to get that amazing quilted text vector look. With a quick and easy technique mostly comprised of effects added in the Appearance panel, you’ll have quilted text vector designs done up in a snap! Tutorial Details: Quilted Text Vector Program : Adobe Illustrator CC5-CC 2014 Difficulty : Intermediate Topics Covered : Text Effects, Appearance Panel, Pathfinder Panel Estimated Completion Time : 25 Minutes Final Image: Quilted Text Vector Step 1: Quilted Text Vector For this quilted text vector tutorial, start with the font of your choice. I like the roundness of Porky’s . Whatever sans-serif you choose, make sure to Expand under Object when satisfied with its look. Set the fill color of the text group to one of your choosing. I’ll be choosing teal. Step 2 Grab the Rectangular Grid Tool (you’ll find it under the Line Segment tool (/) in the Toolbar . Set the number of dividers high, to about 50 , or so, for both Vertical and Horizontal . Step 3 Hold down Shift to keep the grid square and draw it out so it’s larger than your text. Set the stroke color of the grids to something bright and easy to see. I’ve chosen orange. Make sure it does not match your text color. Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the grid and Rotate the copy 45° and Align their centers in the Align panel. Copy and Paste the text group. Place the grids…
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Warm Fuzzies and a Quilted Text Vector
Premium design resources can be really expensive. Fonts in particular are often the most costly tool a designer needs, so when a massive saving like this comes along it’s hard to let it pass by! Design Cuts are known for slashing their bundle prices, but this latest offer blows every other deal on the web out of the water with well over $1000 shaved off the price. 30 best selling fonts with a retail price of $1150 are being sold for just $39, that equates to a discount of 97%, or $1111.50 to be exact. That’s enough to buy an iMac with the money you’re saving! Of all the Design Cuts deals I’ve grabbed myself, the fonts bundles have been my most used items by far. The quality of premium fonts is so much better than freebies you tend to find on the web, so it really makes a difference in your design projects…
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Over $1000 Saving on 30 Best Selling Creative Fonts
What You’ll Be Creating With this tutorial you will find an introduction to the flame fractal program, Apophysis, and along the way you will learn how to create your first fractal. Apophysis can make a plethora of wonderful images, and your imagination is truly the only limit. What Are Fractals? Before we actually make a fractal, it would be good to understand what we are getting into. Dictionary.com defines a fractal as: A geometric pattern that is repeated (iterated) at ever smaller (or larger) scales to produce (self similar) irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical (Euclidian) geometry. Fractals are used especially in computer modeling of irregular patterns and structures found in nature. Scientists and mathematicians have discovered how to use fractals to numerically describe coastlines, the shape of trees, our vascular system and much more. Notice some everyday examples of fractals: the nautilus shell, romanesco broccoli, snowflakes, and the pineapple. As you look at each of these images, take note of the self-similarity and patterns. What Is Fractal Art? In simple terms, fractal art is the graphical representation …
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Fractal Art: An Introduction to Apophysis
When you look at beautiful digital art and compare it with the things you draw with a pencil, you can feel astonished and belittled. If only you could afford a graphics tablet, you could be just as good! And if you already have a tablet, your thought is, “If only I could afford Photoshop! So many amazing things can be done with this software.” And if you’ve got both a decent tablet and good software, you’re dreaming about the godlike Wacom Cintiq —the bigger, the better. But, until then, you’re stuck. You can’t be any better. And it’s not your fault, it’s all about money! This is probably why there’s a misconception that digital art isn’t real art. After all, a real…
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Is Digital Art "Real" Art? Facts and Myths About Digital Creating
What You’ll Be Creating This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Sabrina Smelko, whose work varies from illustration to graphic design to art direction to blog writing. She’s worked with Mozilla, AARP, and a host of other companies. It seems her client list never ends, and as such her insight into the working life of an in-demand designer is enlightening to say the least. Thanks so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into illustration? It’s my pleasure! Thanks for having me.
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What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you’ll how to create a cracked and exploding planet. All super villains wish for a weapon capable of destroying a planet. We have one too: we call it Photoshop! We will start with perfectly good planet and smash it like a egg! Or at least an egg that is floating in space and has an explosion of energy within it.
What You’ll Be Creating For all of you sports fans out there, this tutorial will teach you how to create a baseball-inspired text effect. You’ll start by preparing the text, then with the help of the Bas Relief effect and the Inner Glow effect you’ll easily add some dimension to it. Next, you’ll create a vector texture and a Pattern Brush with which you’ll add the characteristic baseball stitches. Next on the to-do list is the worn out and dirty look, for which you will use a built-in Art Brush. You’ll finish with the grass background and the additional tufts of grass around the letters. Let’s jump
Access All Areas members can now get their hands on some lovely illustrated flyer templates courtesy of FlyerHeroes . This foodie flyer bundle is a compilation of 12 individual flyer designs to produce the ultimate collection of templates for food related businesses. Each flyer comes as a ready-to-use Photoshop PSD and includes a detailed character that has been lovingly hand illustrated by Jo Taylor. FlyerHeroes is home to hundreds of print ready flyer templates for Photoshop. Every flyer file comes as a fully editable PSD file so you can easily change the text, images or layout. You’ll find loads of great designs for clubs, churches and various types of businesses to effortlessly create a promotional campaign for yourself or your clients. Find out more about FlyerHeroes Foodie Flyers Bundle for Members The latest resource for Access All Areas members to download is this 12 strong pack of food related flyer templates from FlyerHeroes. Each PSD is print ready at 300dpi resolution with freely available fonts allowing you to edit the text and customise the design for your own projects. Every file is made extra special by a fantastic character illustration that complements the theme of each design. Even if you don’t have a use for the full flyer templates, the characters alone are a brilliant resource that can be used in all kinds of design work. Download the source file
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12 Illustrated Flyer Templates for Premium Members
Fall is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Why not celebrate and get your designs mummified by creating a mummy text vector treatment? In this mummy text vector tutorial you will learn how to create this spooky treatment with some gradients and, of course, heavy use of the Appearance panel.