Illustrator Quick Tip: Creating a Color Spirograph

Illustrator Quick Tip: Creating a Color Spirograph

Using the Rotate Tool in Illustrator you can create some awesome radial designs. Today we’re going to look at using the tool to create a color spirograph. Spirographs are always elegant and impressive, and creating them is quite simple with just one tool in Illustrator and a little bit of simple math.

Painting with Fire Using Photoshop’s Liquify Filter

Painting with Fire Using Photoshop’s Liquify Filter

Recently I was searching for a way to shape flames and change the direction of fire in a Photoshop composition. After a little experimentation, I discovered that Photoshop’s Liquify Filter handles the task brilliantly. Below is the method I used to essentially paint with fire and change the direction of flames.

How to Create a Vintage Circus Poster with the Photoshop Puppet Warp Tool

How to Create a Vintage Circus Poster with the Photoshop Puppet Warp Tool

I’ve marveled at the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop for quite some time, but I’ve never actually used it. Not that I didn’t understand how, it was just that I never had the need. So I decided to sit down and create a concept that would utilize this tool in a cool way, that would be fun and interesting. The result is this tutorial on creating a vintage style circus poster design.

A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Printing Your First Tee-Shirt

A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Printing Your First Tee-Shirt

It seems that more and more designers are trying their hand at the t-shirt business. I’ve noticed this to be a growing trend over the past few years. There are so many incredible t-shirt lines out there, and so many apparel companies to compete with, it seems like an overwhelmingly daunting task for a young designer to get started in the clothing business. Well not necessarily, if you take things a step at a time, make a plan, and tackle each task with an end goal in mind getting your foot in the door of the t-shirt industry can be easier than you think.

How to Create Incredible Photoshop Brushes from Hand-Made Art

How to Create Incredible Photoshop Brushes from Hand-Made Art

There is a huge collection of great Photoshop brushes here at WeGraphics. But what some don’t realize is that most all of our brushes are created by hand and then scanned and converted to brush sets. There are simply no Photoshop filters to reproduce what you can do by hand with brushes and paper. Below is a walk through of my process for creating a brush set, down to the paper and paint to the scan and final prep work.

Illustrator Mastery: 25 Techniques Every Designer Must Know

Illustrator Mastery: 25 Techniques Every Designer Must Know

Like so many others, I began my design career by experimenting with Adobe Photoshop. At the time bitmap graphics were more accessible and more easy to understand. Vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator and especially bezier curves contained a shroud of mystique, and I was having too much fun with Photoshop to see what was behind Illustrator’s magic curtain. Fast forward a few years later when I began to dabble in logo design, and suddenly Illustrator became the go-to tool. What amazed me was how much I had missed out on by not picking up Illustrator along side Photoshop in the beginning.

PNG Masking: How to Dynamically Shape Any Image on Your Website

PNG Masking: How to Dynamically Shape Any Image on Your Website

Since the release of Roundfolio, I’ve received a lot of requests in regards to the round gallery images and how they were created. The round thumbnail is really just one transparent PNG image overlaying each thumbnail in the gallery. You typically see PNG images used as subtle shadows or image borders, but with Roundfolio we took it a step further and created a full transparent mask to change the shape of the thumbs. Let’s take a closer look at how this is done, and a bit of HTML/CSS to make it all work.

Roundfolio Video Tutorial – Free One Page Portfolio Template

Roundfolio Video Tutorial – Free One Page Portfolio Template

Since launching the Roundfolio One Page Portfolio Template last week, I’ve gotten several requests for a tutorial on how to edit the HTML. In response I’ve put together a quick video tutorial that runs through some of the structure to show you how easy Roundfolio can be updated and managed.

Photoshop Mastery: 25 Techniques Every Designer Must Know

Photoshop Mastery: 25 Techniques Every Designer Must Know

One of the best things about Photoshop is that you never stop learning. I’ve been working with the software for about 12 years, and I always stumble across something I didn’t know, whether it be a new feature, or just a new, better way of doing something. There are countless tips and tricks to help boost your productivity and work flow some are obvious and easy to find while some you have to dig a little to seek them out. In this post I’m going to reveal 25 of the best advanced techniques to help you design faster and better within Adobe Photoshop.

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