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Each year across the globe, the lives of designers come to their ghastly end. The cause? An unstoppable epidemic involving stationery avalanches, faulty hardware, and bad takeout. We remember the lives of our talented friends in this month’s Design & Illustration Community Project. How Will the World Remember You This Halloween? Cue smoke machine. Lurking in the shadows of this post are the souls of our long lost Tuts+ instructors! They leave behind the wondrous teachings of age-old design philosophies and really…cool…art. But how will the world remember you once you’ve kicked the bucket? Show us your personalized gravestone to get featured in this month’s Design & Illustration Community Project! Easy to Edit Vector and Photoshop Templates! A big thank you to Sharon Milne for dying twice for this project, and also to Andrei Marius for our vector template from his recent tutorial! We have two great templates that make it super fun and easy to submit. So alter them as you see fit, or …
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Tuts+ Halloween Community Project: Join the Designers Graveyard!
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dark gravestone illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
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
What You’ll Be Creating Perspective. The word freezes the blood in the veins of every aspiring artist (and even many of those who seem to be pretty good at what they do). This “method of drawing 3D forms in 2D space” is full of confusing mathematical rules that seem to have nothing to do with carefree, passionate drawing. Even if you manage to grasp these rules, you might still wonder how they apply to the real world. When you look around, do you see one-point perspective or two-point perspective? If the horizon is always at eye level, what happens when you look down? What actually are vanishing points? And can you forget about perspective as long as you don’t draw architecture? In this article I won’t explain all the rules of modifying an object in linear perspective. There are a lot of tutorials about it, so you can look them up. Instead, I’ll explain to you where these rules come from and why someone needed to invent them. The rules, after all, are only a way of describing a fascinating phenomenon, one present in nature since the day our brains started to process the signals from our eyes. After reading this article, your world will never be the same! Perspective… So, What, Actually? Forget about math and geometry. Go back in time and remember those days when you were traveling and observing the buildings and objects moving with you. Those closest to you were moving the fastest, and these in the background were scarcely changing position. And the furthest of them, the moon, wasn’t moving at all—it was, and still is, always there, no matter where you go. But, of course, it was very silly of you to think the …
Live Perspective: A New Approach to Depth in Drawing
What You’ll Be Creating Style guide driven development offers a hugely flexible approach to modern web design. In this tutorial I’ll walk you through designing a UI (user interface) kit, whilst also explaining the decision-making that will keep our UI kit consistent and reusable. Tutorial Assets In order to follow along you will need the following (freely available) assets: Open Sans font from Font Squirrel or Google Fonts Stock photo from
Everyone loves a taste of the behind the scenes magic of creating incredible art. And in this quick Tuts+ project, we want the vector community to give us a little peek into your process by showing your own vector wire frames. What is a Vector Wire Frame? When working in Adobe Illustrator, you can always choose to view your art in the outline mode . These outlines allow us to see a more simplified version of the extensive work that goes into creating your vector masterpiece. How to Enter this Community Project: Upload both the original vector artwork plus the wire frame version to the comments section. Upload each work separately and Save for Web with a fixed width of 600 pixels. Include your name, website, or a short bio to help us learn more about you or your vector process! Guidelines Upload both the original work and wire frame versions to the comments section in order to be included in the community showcase…
Photoshop has been a part of web design for years, and it’s very likely to continue as such
What You’ll Be Creating The biggest problem with digital painting is that it’s seen as quite a spontaneous activity—you don’t think, you just get an idea and try to present it with all the resources available. When the outcome is far from your expectations, you just consider yourself talentless and lose heart. Such a vision of the creation process is a serious obstacle in your artistic education—all you know is that you can’t paint, but there’s no tutorial for this! This applies to “talented” artists too. They feel they’re good, they want to be better, but they just don’t know what’s wrong with their art. However, the problem is very simple—it’s all about seeing the creation process as a whole. As long as you run on autopilot, you can’t control the outcome. You need to trust it will bring you where you want to, but you can’t be sure—because autopilot is only as experienced as you! At the same time, you’re not able to tell what your autopilot does wrong, because you only see the outcome. An unsuccessful painting is like a broken car—it’s not the
What You’ll Be Creating Need a seaworthy pattern for your summer designs? A patterns with anchors and life preservers might just do the trick. In this tutorial, we’ll be designing a simple and stylish nautical geometrical seamless pattern, creating the perfect pattern for a light touch of summer. Armed with the
What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a colorful propeller pinwheel illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the first propeller using basic tools and effects. Moving on you will learn how to add color and shading for these shapes using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with the Appearance panel. Using a simple Transform effects and a bunch of new colors you will learn how to multiply and recolor the new propellers.