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I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs . A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a knotted length of rope using brushes in Illustrator. We’ll learn how to build a custom pattern brush, then overcome some problems that prevent the rope from weaving under and over itself. We’ll then take things a step further and use the very same technique to create some cool typographic art. Let’s begin by creating the basic pattern that will form our rope. Open Adobe Illustrator and draw an ellipse on the artboard. Turn on Smart Guides (CMD+U), then ALT+Drag a duplicate of the shape and align it perfectly next to the original. Use the Smart Guide indicator to snap the corner of a rectangle to the upper left portion of the first ellipse. Enlarge the rectangle to snap to the lower right path of the second ellipse. Use the Scissors tool to snip the path of the two circles where the rectangle intersects in these two places. Select and …
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Access All Areas members are being treated to some early Christmas pressies today from Freepik . This pack of Retro Christmas Insignias & Labels contains 30 customisable designs with a festive theme for members to use in their Christmas promos. Each file is available in vector AI and EPS formats, with a list of freely downloadable fonts included so you can edit the wording, or retain the original appearance of the designs. Freepik is home to over 1.4 million free graphic files, including everything from vectors and PSD files to Stock photos and Icons. All the resources are designed by Freepik themselves, so you’ll find loads of exclusive items that just aren’t available anywhere else! Find out more about Freepik Christmas Insignias for Premium members Freepik has kindly donated this collection of Christmas Insignias & Labels for Access All Areas members. They’re all customisable, so you can easily change the lettering and wording, otherwise they’re ready to be used in your festive designs. Download the source file The post Christmas Insignias & Labels for Premium Members appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics .
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Last week I shared a collection of free seamless knitted Christmas jumper patterns for my readers to download the get their design in the festive spirit. A few of you guys were interested in seeing how they were made, so today I’ll be showing you the techniques I used to build them. Don’t worry if you’re not into real life knitting, this process uses Adobe Illustrator to compose your design and create a repeating pattern! The design we’ll be creating in this tutorial is a knitted jumper style pattern using festive Christmas colours. It’s made up of tiny stitch like graphics which alternate in colour to produce intricate pattern designs, and the whole tile seamlessly repeats to fill an infinite area. Christmas is coming fast, so if you’re pressed for time, grab last week’s free Christmas jumper patterns download. Create a new Illustrator document and use the Ellipse tool to draw a small oval shape. Rotate it slightly by spinning the shape with one of the corner handles. With the shape selected, go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select the Vertical option then click the Copy button. Move the duplicated shape to overlap the original, then Merge the shapes with the Pathfinder tool to produce a tiny V-shaped stitch graphic. Turn on the document grid by selecting Show Grid from…
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How To Create a Christmas Jumper Pattern in Illustrator
Access All Areas members can get their hands on a really unique resource today courtesy of Design Something . This Retro Ad Generator is a PSD file that will transform your logos, signs and badges into retro artwork based on nostalgic advertisements from the 1950s. Your designs will be automatically given features such as bold outlines, 3D effects, shadows and cracked overlays that weather your artwork. Design Something is a creative store full of quality products for designers, including texture overlays, vector sets and fonts. A special Entire Shop bundle with a value of $512 is currently on offer for this week only, with today seeing an exceptional discount of 95% for Black Friday. It’s an insane offer for all 42 products, so grab it quick if you’re interested! This price cut won’t be around for long. Find out more about Design Something Retro Ad Generator for members Design Something has kindly donated this retro ad generator PSD file for Access All Areas members to download and enjoy as part of their membership. Replace the artwork within the Smart Object to customise the design and have all the effects applied to your work. Download the source file The post Retro Ad Generator PSD for Access All Areas Members appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics .
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Last month Jascha from Creatticon kindly donated a set of 26 hand drawn vector ribbons for Access All Areas members to download. Today members can download more goodies courtesy of Creatticon, Jascha has kindly gifted 6 vintage style guarantee badges. They’re made using vector Photoshop shapes so they can be scaled to any size and given different colour fills. The text is editable too, so you can custom to suit your own designs. Jascha Brinkmann is the Web Designer behind the new web resources site Creatticon , a place where designers can find new high quality, premium resources for creative folk each week, for free! Join the early-bird list to avoid missing out on content when the site launches. Every subscriber receives a massive icon set with over 340 hand crafted icons as a thank you for joining the Creatticon community. Find out more about Creatticon 6 Vintage Style Guarantee Badges Access All Areas members can download these customisable vintage style guarantee badges as part of their membership. The pack contains 6 badge designs made with vector shapes enclosed a PSD file. Make sure you have the required fonts installed in order to preserve the original appearance of the designs, otherwise the content and layout can be edited to suit your own projects. Download the source file The post 6 Vintage Guarantee Badges for Premium Members appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics .
What You’ll Be Creating So that this course can be enjoyed by everyone, including those without previous knowledge of Arabic, an introduction to the script and to the basics of that alphabet is necessary before we start working with calligraphy proper. This is why this first lesson is unusually lecture-like. However, even Arabic speakers may find here something they didn’t know before, as we don’t necessarily learn much about the script itself in school or daily life. What I aim to teach in this new series of lessons is not the traditional flowing scripts that the words “Arabic calligraphy” evoke. As beautiful as they are, they are very formal, and it takes a long and repetitive apprenticeship to learn to draw them properly, and even longer to be able to express oneself with them (“Make patient imitation your habit”, said Ibn al-Bawwâb, one of the great names of the art).
There’s some talented artists out there who can hand paint stunning hyper-realistic art, but those kinds of skills are something us mere mortals can only dream of. Thankfully with the help of Photoshop it’s possible to create cool effects to mimic the style of painted images. In today’s tutorial I show you a few steps that will transform a photograph into a digitally painted piece of art with detailed brush strokes and blotchy colours. The effect we’ll be creating in this tutorial transforms a photograph with fine brush strokes to produce a realistic painted appearance. This technique is great for simulating illustrated artwork for retro movie posters or just to give your images a cool stylized look. Open up your chosen image in Photoshop. I’m using a portrait photo I picked out from Shutterstock. Add a Curves adjustment layer and darken the blacks and brighten the whites to subtly increase the contrast. Use the shortcut CMD+J to duplicate the background layer twice, then with the uppermost layer selected add a High Pass effect from the Filters menu. Adjust the High Pass filter radius …
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How To Create a Realistic Painted Effect in Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Adobe InDesign is a standard piece of publishing software, and is commonly used by professional typesetters to design the inside pages of books. If you’re creating your own self-published book, or simply want to know a little more about the typesetting process, this quick and simple tutorial will teach you the basics for typesetting a print book. In this tutorial we’ll create the inside pages for a short, eight-page section of a book, the much-loved classic Moby Dick by
What You’ll Be Creating In earlier versions of Smart Objects, we embedded image data into the PSD file. Now, Adobe has upgraded Smart Objects in Photoshop CC 2014 so we can also link them to external files. In this tutorial, we will use new features from the latest Linked Smart Objects to design a flexible brochure. We will use Photoshop as our main tool and Illustrator to design its logo. Tutorial Assets We are going to use some royalty-free images. You’ll find them inside the completed PSD files. You can use it to compare with your final work. We are also going to use the free font Alef from Google Fonts . In the process, we will use Adobe Bridge to browse asset images. Remember to update your Adobe Photoshop, because we are going to use the latest features from version CC 2014. 1. Preparing the Canvas Step 1 First, we will start by making a new file ( Control-N ) for our brochure. Select the …