Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

This simple technique is so fast and easy, you’re gonna love it. To transform a script font into something that looks like custom hand lettering can be a useful skill to have in your design arsenal. Let’s dive right in and see how it’s done.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Screen printed graphics have a certain retro look and feel, which I love. Recently, I set out to find an easy way to recreate this look in Photoshop. Below are the steps I took to transform a photo into a screen print.

Create an Easy Smoke Type Effect Using the Smudge Tool

Create an Easy Smoke Type Effect Using the Smudge Tool

Recently I was in need of a method to create a quick smoke effect for an ad that included text within the puffs of smoke. I found that the effect could be easily created by using the Smudge Tool in Photoshop to distort the text around the smoke. Let’s take a look at how this can be accomplished.

PsDefaults: Better Presets for Adobe Photoshop

PsDefaults: Better Presets for Adobe Photoshop

Let’s face it… Photoshop’s default graphics are old and tired. The presets that come packaged with Photoshop are barely used if at all. It’s left to the designer to create their own collections of resources by hand, which can be a daunting and time consuming process. Enter PsDefaults as the solution.

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

This effect is so simple and fast, but produces such a stunning and unique appearance, that you’ll instantly love it. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you’ll spend quite some time playing with variations, brushes and different photos to see what sort of looks you can create. Let’s jump right in.

Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Oh how I love vintage film posters, especially sci-fi genre. The artwork and the typography are always fun to look at, and often times the posters are better than the actual films. Lets take a look at how we can create our own sci-fi inspired film poster in Photoshop.

Create Dynamic Lighting Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop

Create Dynamic Lighting Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop

Earlier today we released a free brush set called Rays of Light, and I wanted to follow up that release with a quick tutorial on how to use the brush set. Below is quick design using the brushes. Lets take a look at how this was created.

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Nothing tells a story like an old photo. You can find sometimes find them by the box fulls at antique shops and thrift stores. Not only are they fun to look at, there also fun and easy to create in Photoshop with a couple of adjustment layers and a good grunge texture. Lets take a look how.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect

Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect

Really shiny beveled text is cool, and eye catching. When I come across effects like this I always stop and try to identify the layer styles that were used to achieve the look. The fact is you can create a very complex look with just a few layer styles. In this Quick Tip, I’ll show you just how easy it can be.

May 2012 WeGraphics Freebie Round Up

May 2012 WeGraphics Freebie Round Up

In the past few weeks we’ve released some pretty incredible freebie resources. With the end of the month approaching I thought this would be a good time to round them all up in one place. Take a look and let us know what you think of these freebie packs.

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

We all know how much fun Instagram can be. Adding some really stunning effects to your smartphone images in the click of a button is great. But adding them in Photoshop can also be fast and simple, if you know the right moves. Lets take a quick look at how to accomplish an easy “Instagram Look” in just a few steps.

Creating a Highly Detailed Steampunk Insect

Creating a Highly Detailed Steampunk Insect

In this tutorial I’m going to walk through my process for creating a photo-realistic steampunk style insect. This tutorial involves a lot of image composites, so rather than repeating instructions over and over, I’m going to walk through the steps I took and give you an overview of my ideas and thought process behind the piece.

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.

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