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Design a Quick and Easy Indie Rock Gig Poster

Design a Quick and Easy Indie Rock Gig Poster

Gig posters are great fun for a designer. Typically you have the band’s music for inspiration, and beyond that, anything goes. These posters are often abstract and can often be incredible expressions of art. But, more often than not, you are working with a limited budget and limited time. So you need to create something incredible, quickly and inexpensively. Lets take a look at how that can be accomplished.

Create a Dark Knight Rises Style Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

Create a Dark Knight Rises Style Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

I’m a long time Batman fan, and I love the look of these newer films. The textured metal bat symbol is great eye candy. Using that basic look of the film logo, lets see if we can create something similar in just a few simple steps.

A Closer Look at Bello: A Free WordPress Theme from WeGraphics

A Closer Look at Bello: A Free WordPress Theme from WeGraphics

Last week we released a free WordPress theme title Bello. For this theme we set out to make something simple and elegant. The theme is intended for designers or photographers, but could easily be converted for use with small business or personal sites. In this post, I’m going to walk through some of the awesome features available with Bello.

How to Create Dynamic Prototype Style Video Game Art

How to Create Dynamic Prototype Style Video Game Art

I’m not very good at video games, therefore I don’t play a lot. But I do pay close attention to video game art and design. I take a lot of inspiration from these dynamic illustrations and incredible graphics. I recently came across a promo poster for a game called Prototype 2, and fell in love with the design. I was curious to see if I could create something similar with a touch of my own style and design. Below is a walk through on how I created my own Prototype 2 promo art.

Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

I have a collection of old books that I’ve never read. I have them because I love the look of the engraved style illustrations found within the pages. There’s something about that look that is incredible. The cross hatched lines that go from thick to thin to make up the shadows and highlights. It’s a very distinctive style that has a vintage appeal.

How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

How to Design a Modern Style Ski Poster in Photoshop

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie departement in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. In this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a vintage style ski poster design. We will combine stock photos, textures and brushes with blend mode techniques and filters on our way to achive the final design.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Adding and Enhancing Light Rays in Your Photos

Photoshop Quick Tip: Adding and Enhancing Light Rays in Your Photos

I love photographing light. You can get some really random and cool effects from aiming your lens at the sun. You can also create some really fun effects using filters in Photoshop. And sometimes these effects are so simple to achieve it almost feels like cheating. Lets take a look at one such effect… adding light rays to a photo.

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Layer Styles Only

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Layer Styles Only

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with layer styles. It’s a feature of Photoshop that is fun to play and experiment with. The short tutorial below is the result of some of my experimentation spending a few minutes with layer styles.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Creating Depth of Field Using the Lens Blur Filter

Photoshop Quick Tip: Creating Depth of Field Using the Lens Blur Filter

Ever wondered what the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop actually does? It’s pretty interesting, actually. Unlike the other blur filters you can actually control the amount of depth and where it’s applied in an image using alpha channels. Lets take a look at how this works.

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