5 Incredible Methods to Enhance Your Designs with Light

5 Incredible Methods to Enhance Your Designs with Light

For a designer that is just starting out, understanding the concept and benefit of using light in your artwork can be a bit daunting. Light can create depth and add a touch of realism to your work. IT can also set a mood or tone for your piece. It’s important that you consider different methods for utilizing light in your designs. In the tutorial below, we will look at a few of those methods to help give you a stronger grasp on how lighting can be utilized in Photoshop.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Blend Tool to Create Repeating Patterns

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Blend Tool to Create Repeating Patterns

Creating even the simplest repeating patterns in Illustrator can be time consuming. But knowing a couple of easy tricks can greatly reduce the time it takes. In this quick tutorial we’re going to explore using the Blend Tool to quickly create a repeating pattern for background elements in Illustrator. This method makes it easy and can save you a ton of time.

5 Awesome Techniques for Using Textures in Your Designs

5 Awesome Techniques for Using Textures in Your Designs

At some point in my design career I came to a realization that I can add incredible depth to my art by applying elements from the real world through scans and digital photos. Perhaps the greatest use of “real-world” elements is through the use of textures. We offer a ton of great textures here at WeGraphics, and sometimes I feel as though the use of textures can be overlooked by a new comer to the world of digital art.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Working With Grunge Splatters as Symbols

Illustrator Quick Tip: Working With Grunge Splatters as Symbols

If you’re used to creating grungy splatters in Photoshop because you’re not familiar with the flexibility of vector symbols in Illustrator, this article may change your workflow dramatically. Not only are symbols incredibly flexible they can also reduce the file size dramatically over using standard vector graphics repeated over a design. Lets take a closer look.

Create an Exploding Light Text Effect in Photoshop

Create an Exploding Light Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial I wanted to take a look at a couple of techniques for an exploding text effect. I knew going into this tutorial that I wanted a thick heavy font with portions that are corroding and breaking apart with various explosions, and I want some dramatic lighting to punch it up a bit.

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.

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.

Creating Dynamic Video Game Cover Art in Adobe Photoshop

Creating Dynamic Video Game Cover Art in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we’re going to explore how to recreate an awesome video cover art with just a couple of photos and a single Photoshop brush set. The intent of this tutorial is to show you how what looks like a complex design can really be very simple when deconstructed.

How to Create a Cold Snowy Winter Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Cold Snowy Winter Scene in Photoshop

As we’re approaching the end of the hottest summer and worst drought in recorded history here in Texas, I decided a nice cold winter scene tutorial was in order. In this tutorial I’m going to walk you through my process and the techniques I used to create this nice cold winter portrait.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Changing Brush Settings On The Fly

Photoshop Quick Tip: Changing Brush Settings On The Fly

When designing in Photoshop every little tip and trick to reduce your amount of clicks can add up to better workflow and more time saved. That’s exactly why I find this next tip to be an invaluable asset to my daily production.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Selecting Behind a Shape

Illustrator Quick Tip: Selecting Behind a Shape

Sometimes there are little things I do in illustrator that I just accept and do without seeking out an alternative (better) solution. For example, in the past I would always lock top objects in order to select and move objects underneath. Last week I discovered a much easier way to select objects behind a shape. And the best part is it’s incredibly simple.

Create a Dramatic Western Style Movie Poster in Photoshop

Create a Dramatic Western Style Movie Poster in Photoshop

Movie posters are always a lot of fun to design, and there are a number of things you have to take into consideration – The graphic, the typography, overall mood, and so much more. In this tutorial, we’ll have a look at making this awesome Western movie poster, and hopefully learn a whole load of Photoshop techniques along the way!

Illustrator Tip: Creating Scalable Boxes with Rounded Corners

Illustrator Tip: Creating Scalable Boxes with Rounded Corners

Sometimes the simplest tricks can make the biggest difference. That’s what happened for me when I discovered an alternative solution to creating boxes with rounded corners in Illustrator. I was frustrated at how, when using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, I would have to redraw the box when resizing it in order to keep the rounded corners from distorting. In this tip, I will show you how to avoid that little annoyance.

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