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What You’ll Be Creating Creating frame animations in Adobe Photoshop is simple, but the real power of it isn’t in the tool, but in the way you use it.
Things aren’t how they used to be. In the past, programs with limited functions made it easier to pinpoint which tools you should be learning as a beginner. These days, however, given how many tools, tips and tricks there are to learn, you can often feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. I’ve been using Adobe Illustrator for well over 10 years now and I’m obsessed with vector . I’m here to share with you my 10 essential tips and tools all Adobe Illustrator beginners should learn, and link you to a tutorial or two which will help you learn how to use them. These items were all tools and tips which have become part of my regular vector process and without them, I think I’d wither and die. Or just not create as well as I’d hope. It’s the same thing, really—let’s be honest. So enough, let’s get stuck into this list. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating Water is a complicated structure. It is transparent, and despite it being so clear, we can see it somehow. And even in its most “normal” state, liquid, water has many forms, so different from each other. Although water looks so simple—and is simple in its construction—you can’t learn how to paint it once and for all. It’s because you don’t really paint water, but the effect it has on the world seen through it. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to manage the most popular forms of frozen water: icicles, falling and lying snow, frost, ice, and hail. We’re going to use a whole range of Photoshop tools to make the process of creation fast and easily repeatable. Layer Styles, custom brushes, Blending Modes, Filters, Patterns, and the Mixer Brush Tool will all feature. Even if you’re not interested in frozen water, check it out just to see how creatively these tools can be used to give you the effect you want. 1. Paint an Icicle Step 1 Get yourself a nice background, like this . Transparent things can’t exist without a background! Create a New Layer and use the Lasso Tool (L) to draw the outline of an icicle. You can easily do it with a mouse, because it should be a bit rugged anyway. Step 2 Fill the selection with any color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) . Step 3 Duplicate ( Control-J ) the background and put it over the icicle. Clip it with the Clipping Mask ( Control-Alt-G ). Step 4 Click the original background layer and apply Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Gaussian Blur ) to it to separate the background from the icicle. Step 5 Click the copied background and use the Free Transform Tool ( Control…
Advertise here with BSA We all know about the tremendous benefits of Photoshop. It offers a solution for editing photos, designing logos, mocking up websites, and refining vector graphics all in one location. But while Photoshop can handle a number of different tasks it is most well-renowned for photography editing. Every graphic designer or photographer can find dozens of tools directly related to enhancing and retouching images. For this post I’d like to demonstrate how to create smart filters applied onto any digital image. Smart filters behave just like regular filters but are more fluid and flexible in long-…
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Create Non-Destructive Filters using Smart Objects in Photoshop
What You’ll Be Creating Australians celebrate their official national day each January 26th. There really is no better way to honor Australia Day than by hosting a BBQ event, and creating a super flyer to advertise the occasion. We’ll be using Adobe InDesign for this tutorial, hopping briefly over to Adobe Illustrator to edit vector images for the design. In the tutorial you’ll learn how to create a fun, colorful grid and apply typography and transparency effects to make the design as dynamic and eye-catching as possible.
What You’ll Be Creating As Burns Night draws in, I feel that the world needs to be educated about the rare and quite delicious creature that is the Haggis ( Haggis Haggis in Latin). Here is a photograph of a raw, plucked Haggis ready to be cooked for the Burns Supper. Tutorial Assets The following assets were used in the creation of this tutorial. Stock photos from
What You’ll Be Creating Scots around the world will be celebrating the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns tomorrow. But how much do you really know about Robert Burns? Create a quirky thistle infographic in this simple tutorial for beginners to Adobe InDesign, and fill it with facts about The Bard! In this tutorial we’ll look at how easy it is to create simple graphics from scratch using the tools available in InDesign. We’ll explore how you can create a high-impact infographic with a single strong idea, and how well-chosen fonts, textures and colors can give your design a…
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Create a Thistle Infographic
to Celebrate Burns Night in Adobe InDesign
What You’ll Be Creating If you’ve been following this series of tutorials, you may already have a neighborhood block with (slightly) different houses and cars. Let’s continue to grow our city, but this time vertically;
What You’ll Be Creating You’ll notice that most book covers will fit into a particular design template—a look or style that defines what genre of fiction they belong to. These design elements, shared in common with other books of the genre, send out a visual message to a potential customer, allowing them to assess instantly what the book will be about, and whether it’s the book of choice for them. In this tutorial, we’ll be designing a cover for a historical fiction title. This is a fantastic genre for cover design; ornate borders and typefaces merge with vintage-look images and moody, romantic colors to create a nostalgic, mystical atmosphere. We’ll explore how you can create a …
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you will learn how to make a detailed seamless pattern without using a graphic tablet. Arm yourself with your paper sketchbook and a pen or an ink liner to create a set of elements for your seamless pattern. Then we’ll go through the process of turning our image into vector shapes, coloring them in Adobe Illustrator, and combining them into a colorful and whimsical pattern. Let’s get started! 1. Turn Your Doodle Into Vector With the Image Trace Function Step 1 To start with, you need a doodle with a set of elements, which we’ll combine into a pattern. You can use my image below, or create your own with a pen or ink or whatever medium you prefer. If you’ve created your own, scan it carefully or take a photo, increasing the contrast and brightness in order to make the lines darker and the background clean and white. In this tutorial we’ll stick to a tea party topic and use such elements as teacups, teapots, muffins, berries, and all sorts of sweet things. Step 2 As soon as you prepare your sketch, head to Adobe Illustrator , create a …
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Create a Tea Party Seamless Pattern From a Sketch in Adobe Illustrator