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Advertise here with BSA Adobe Photoshop has come a long way since it was originally released in 1990. While Adobe has put out their latest “monthly subscription” suite of Creative Cloud, many designers choose to stick with the last iteration of CS6. The CS6 pack is still incredibly powerful and there’s not much of a difference from CS6 to CC. However going back in time there is a tremendous difference between CS6 and CS2 or CS3. So it’s worth getting up to speed with all the new tools and techniques for the CS6/CC collection. This how-to guide will focus on how to manipulate shapes in Photoshop CS6. The options bar has some new tools and there are brand new techniques for creating shapes at manual width/height values. If you’re using either CS6 or CC then these tips will dramatically improve your workflow. Creating Shapes Quickly First is the creation of new shapes in Photoshop CS6. In older versions you would need to grab a shape tool and drag out the shape you want. This wouldn’t always guarantee a perfect size but you could set the size manually in the shape options bar. In older versions of Photoshop this would be in a different location on the options bar. But…
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Basic Shape Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop CS6
Have you ever looked at something and thought, “That would look awesome in vector,” but didn’t know where to even start?
I’m sure a bunch of you have seen this gradient text vector technique before in other blogs or are already aware of how to add gradients to text, but it is worth mentioning for those that don’t know this technique. Moreover, I found that adding an extra step to this known technique, enables you add transparent gradients to text in Illustrator CS4 while still keeping the text editable! The Problem: Gradient Text Vector In Illustrator, you can’t apply a gradient to text the way you normally add gradients to other objects. You can Outline the text and then add a gradient, but then you can’t edit the text later. No need to worry, there is an easy way to add gradients to text and keep them editable. Step 1: Gradient Text Vector Create some text with the Type tool, with the font of your choosing. I am using my favorite font of the moment, Klavika Bold Condensed. Step 2 Next for this super simple gradient text vector tutorial, set the fill and stroke of your text to none. If you don’t this, after you have applied the gradient to the text in the following steps, you will sometimes see the original text color peeking out on the text edges. Moreover, setting the fill and stroke to none, will make transparent gradients in Illustrator CS4 look correct. If you don’t set the fill to none initially, the color of the original text will show through your …
Super Simple Gradient Text Vector!
In this tutorial we’re going to learn how to create a torn paper vector effect only with the help of tools of distortion and blend object. With a deep understanding of the settings of the tools, exact sequences of actions, and practice will allow you to create a similar style in just a few minutes!
In the following Easy Chart Vector tutorial you will learn how to create a simple line graph chart vector in Adobe Illustrator. In the first steps you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shapes building techniques. Next, you will learn how to ease your work using the Transform effect and how to add a bunch of text. Finally, you will learn how create a simple blend and how to take full advantage of the Appearance panel. Tutorial Details: Easy Chart Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes Final Image: Easy Chart Vector As always, this is the final Easy Chart Vector image that we’ll be creating: Step 1: Easy Chart Vector First off for this easy chart vector, hit Control + N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 600 in …
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Wow Your Clients with this Easy Chart Vector!
I’ve posted articles about topographic maps before on my blog, namely my contour map effect Illustrator tutorial and my free pack of topographic map patterns . My first tutorial used Illustrator’s Blend tool to draw a series of concentric lines. It worked pretty well, but I went on to develop a technique that would help create more detailed and repeatable patterns, which I used to create that freebie pack. I never explained those new techniques in a tutorial, so that’s the topic for today! Follow this how-to guide to learn how to create a detailed topographic map effect, then convert the design into a seamless pattern. The effect we’ll be creating in this tutorial is a realistic topographic map. My original tutorial involved manually drawing the outlines, but this new technique generates much more complex designs with ease. I’ll also show how you can customise the effect to create a range of map styles, and convert the design into a seamless repeating pattern for use as backgrounds in your outdoors themed designs. This tutorial…
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How To Create a Seamless Topographic Map Pattern
Last week I posted a showcase of stunning chalk lettering designs , which gave me the inspiration to create some chalk typography myself. Unfortunately I neither have the talent or a chalkboard to produce authentic hand made chalk typography murals, but I’ve come up with a technique that designers can use to achieve realistic chalk lettering effects with their artwork. We’ll use the power of Illustrator to design a concept, then we’ll use some analogue tools to help capture the character of hand lettered art. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a typography design with a realistic chalk lettered appearance. In my opinion, digital-only chalk effects just don’t cut it, but with this…
How To Create a Realistic Chalk Lettering Effect
New to this project? Check out part one of our Tuts+ Community Project celebrating Your First Creations . Your First Creations—Part Two We all come from humble beginnings. And when that dreaded creative block hits, sometimes the best thing you can do is see how far you’ve come with a little trip down memory lane. We asked you to take us along your personal journey, from the first art you ever created digitally to what you’re creating today, and the results were amazing! Let’s take a look! Past and Present Creations by Our Readers! Take a look at these incredible comparisons from our readers below. Show them some love in the comments, and feel free to tell us more about your own art journey! Jenny Le I’m Jenny Le from Vietnam, and I’ve been reading Tuts+ since 2010 when I first started learning Photoshop. I was so impressed by the artworks and tutorials here and wished I could create such awesome pieces one day. Here is my first photo manipulation made in October 2010, and one of my newest works from December 2014 named, “Flowers Lullaby”. Follow Jenny Le: DeviantArt | Facebook Usha Desai Tuts+ has been my tutor and guide for more than three years. There is nothing as helpful as Tuts+ tutorials on the web to learn vector illustrations. Today, I have included my stock vectors from GraphicRiver and look forward…
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Community Project Showcase: Your First Creations—Part Two
In today’s tutorial you will learn how to draw rather complex three-dimensional isometric icon vectors, specifically an isometric bank icon. This tutorial contains a description of the preparatory phase, which I hope will simplify your workflow and detailed guide for designing elements of the building. It is likely that isometric icon vectors will become a design trend in 2015, so it’s time to master this style!
Let’s cap off this week with a great tutorial on how to create a detailed bottle cap vector in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and effect along with some neat stroke tricks. Using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with the Appearance panel you will learn how to add color, shading and highlights for your main shapes. Finally, you will learn how to easily recolor your bottle cap vector. Tutorial Details: Bottle Cap Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes Final Image: Bottle Cap Vector As always, this is the final bottle cap vector that we’ll be creating: (I added the classic Coke logo to show how you can customize these bottle cap vectors to any project.) Step 1 To begin with our bottle cap vector tutorial, hit Control + N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units…
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Cap Off Your Designs with a Customized Bottle Cap Vector!