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Thanksgiving is the time when we take a look around us and take stock of what matters. This year, be sure all your friends, family, and clients know how much you’re thankful for them with great Thanksgiving vector designs.
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).
What You’ll Be Creating At this point, after practicing the concepts in Letterforms at Their Core ,
We all use Adobe Illustrator in different ways, to different ends. But we can all benefit from making our workflow more efficient. Here are seven ways you can automate or eliminate monotonous, repetitive tasks, so you can focus on being more creative and productive. 1. Use Workspaces for Easy Access to the Panels You Use Most The particular arrangement and configuration of the panels in Illustrator is called a Workspace . There are several built-in Workspaces, each suited to a specific kind of work. These are simply the configurations Adobe thinks you’ll use for any given task, but you don’t have to agree. You can arrange the panels any way you like, then save the arrangement as your own personal workspace. Go to the Window menu to Workspace > New Workspace , give it a name, and click OK . You can save your preferred panel arrangement as a custom workspace. TIP : If you move panels around and things start to get messy, simply click “ Reset ____ ”, and everything will go back to its neat and tidy original configuration. 2. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Work Quickly and Reduce Strain You should familiarize yourself with the keyboard shortcuts for all the tools you use regularly (if not all the tools). Choosing tools with the mouse slows you down and, frankly, is a rookie move. But did you know you can change the shortcuts and even create your own? Go to the Edit menu to Keyboard Shortcuts . Find the tool whose shortcut you want to change. When you click on it in the list, you’ll be able to type a new shortcut in the text field. …
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The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Adobe Illustator Users
We all use Adobe Illustrator in different ways, to different ends. But we can all benefit from making our workflow more efficient. Here are seven ways you can automate or eliminate monotonous, repetitive tasks, so you can focus on being more creative and productive. 1. Use Workspaces for Easy Access to the Panels You Use Most The particular arrangement and configuration of the panels in Illustrator is called a Workspace . There are several built-in Workspaces, each suited to a specific kind of work. These are simply the configurations Adobe thinks you’ll use for any given task, but you don’t have to agree. You can arrange the panels any way you like, then save the arrangement as your own personal workspace. Go to the Window menu to Workspace > New Workspace , give it a name, and click OK . You can save your preferred panel arrangement as a custom workspace. TIP : If you move panels around and things start to get messy, simply click “ Reset ____ ”, and everything will go back to its neat and tidy original configuration. 2. Use Keyboard …
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The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Adobe Illustrator Users
What You’ll Be Creating Sometimes you want to paint something, but your idea is too elusive to plan the picture properly. You just start painting and the result is unpredictable. In this tutorial I’ll show you a fast method to paint freely and spontaneously, while keeping control over the process. I’ll teach you how to tame your imagination and use it to bring an idea to life. A fast process requires simple tools, so we’re going to use only one, self-made brush. Adobe Photoshop isn’t obligatory here, but you’ll need to work some things out yourself if you use other programs. In order to prove to you how fast this method is, I decided to do something uncommon. In this tutorial I’ll…
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From Speed Paint to Detail: Paint a Bat-Cat in Adobe Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Our tutorial will create a very evil if not sinister rabbit named Orifice. The beauty of this tutorial is that all of this was achieved using only a mouse. ALL OF IT! I do hope this will encourage those who longingly stare at tablets and Cintiqs online to believe that they can achieve just as much with what they have. Your tools are what you make them… they can be what holds you back, or the driving force propelling you forward. 1. Fleshing Out the Sketch Step 1 Our first step will be to bring in our drawing. I used my scanner at 300 dpi to catch as much of the detail as possible. This process can be a bit difficult if you’re using material in a bound sketchbook. You’ll notice the slight blur of the tail. This happens when the book page curls inward at the binding. We’ll be working with a clean line quality from Adobe
What You’ll Be Creating As a comic artist, one of the comments I get the most is: “I don’t know how you’re able to draw the same character over and over again so that they’re recognizable!” Even artists who are reasonably fluent in drawing humans can still find this challenging, which is why I put together this final lesson.
What You’ll Be Creating This tutorial will equip you with the skills to create a style of fractal known as tiles. The concept of a tile (think subway tile or kitchen backsplash) is ideal for a fractal application because of the repeating pattern of self-similarity. In this tutorial we will explore the power of post-transforms, learn how to apply a final transform, and explore different formulas known as variations within the Apophysis program. Explanation of Tiles The fractal tile style comes in a wide variety of shapes, from squares to hexagons and beyond. All of them follow the same basic ideas to create a pattern. Once you’ve conquered the structure for a tile, the possibilities are literally endless, with a whole plethora of fun formulas to be added and shapes to explore. Today we will focus our attention on the basic square tile. 1. Basic Structure of a Square Tile Step 1 To begin creating the structure for our square-tiled fractal, open the Editor and click the button for a New/blank flame . Step 2 The next step is to set up the first transform. We do this because it will serve as a template for the rest of the tile structure. Setting …
Fractal Art: Create a Tile Fractal in Apophysis
Advertise here with BSA Among many powerful tools in Photoshop is the king of kings: the pen tool. This tool is shrouded by personal anecdotes of confusion and frustration. Although creating paths with the pen tool is difficult at first, the process becomes easier with practice and is well worth the effort. Every path is vector-based which means you can scale it larger or smaller without any quality loss. But paths can be very frustrating if you don’t know how to use them. I’d like to cover the process of converting a path into a shape layer. In case you didn’t already know, shape layers are merely paths that can hold fills & outlines. This also means you can apply layer effects and even filters if you convert the same into a smart object. Note that a path is merely a series of points like an outline which can become a selection. It’s the raw material of shapes but not quite a shape in-itself. 1. Drawing the Path First create a new document and just draw any path on the canvas. You might draw a crazy random shape or you might take the time to design a simple icon. I’ve created a relatively flat checkmark which looks like this: Note that you need to actually complete the path in order to create a shape. This means after creating the first anchor point you should place a few more on the document and bend/twist them as needed. Bring the shape all the way around back to where you started and click back onto the first anchor point to close the path. The pen icon will have a little circle next to it when you’…
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Convert a Path to a Shape Layer in Photoshop