Tips to create awesome 48×48 pixels icons

Tips to create awesome 48×48 pixels icons

48×48 pixels is the standard size of icons destined to web design projects, along with 32×32 and 16×16 pixels. While to create icons of larger size allow designers to add lots of details and realize realistic illustrations, i.e. 512×512 pixels icons, 48 pixels of width and height oblige icon designers to “simplify” the illustration. Today I gonna show you how to realize an awesome small icon of a graphic tablet. We will start by studying a real tablet, we will understand which are the fundamental details and shapes to re-create into the small icon, and finally I will drive you through the Photoshop steps necessary to realize the icon.

Create an awesome broken plate typography effect

Create an awesome broken plate typography effect

In this tutorial I will explain how to realize funny letters that look like broken plates. We will start in Illustrator modifying the original font, then we will switch to Photoshop in order to play with textures and layer styles. Also we will deal with selection tools and simple methods to create 3d illusion always in Photoshop.

Design a spectral photo-manipulation

Design a spectral photo-manipulation

Today I gonna show you how to realize from scratch a ghostly scene in few steps. We will use a couple of stock photos and modify them so they will look harmoniously combined. In particular we will deal with the burn tool, layer masks and some Photoshop filters often overlooked.

Create a realistic folded paper text in Photoshop

Create a realistic folded paper text in Photoshop

Today we will learn how to realize a folded paper text effect from scratch in Photoshop. We will firstly create the background using a couple of patterns, then we will work on the type treatment with the help of the pen tool, layer masks and other useful techniques related to dodge,burn and the transform tool. This tutorial is very simple to follow, so I suggest to everyone to give a try.

How to open an ai or eps file in Photoshop

How to open an ai or eps file in Photoshop

Many of you have asked me if it is possible to open and use our vector resources (.ai and .eps files) in Photoshop. Well, it is, even if with evident limits. In this brief tutorial I’ll show you how to manage vectors using Photoshop and which are the advantages of using a vector software like Illustrator to work with these kind of files.

Use custom brushes in Photoshop to create energy and light effects

Use custom brushes in Photoshop to create energy and light effects

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create from scratch abstract light effects in Photoshop, how to turn them in a custom Photoshop brushes and finally how to use them to add lights and vividness to your images just with few clicks. You will learn some useful techniques related to brushes, and you will understand how they can make your (graphic design) life easier.

How to design an impressive graphic tee in Photoshop

How to design an impressive graphic tee in Photoshop

Here at WeGraphics we are working hard on a new project. I can’t reveal too much for the moment, but I can anticipate you that a new awesome t-shirt brand is coming to life…I’m personally designing 10 tee graphics for the first collection and the style is the WeGraphics one: strong, expressive and with a touch of dirty!
After studied in the last months some techniques related to t-shirt design, which was difficult for me to deal with since I love complex digital photo-manipulations, today I want to share with you what I’ve learned. We will create together a stylized portrait of a blindfolded lady, using some of our resources and …

Design a creative portfolio in Photoshop

Design a creative portfolio in Photoshop

We love share our passion for graphic and web design through our blog. The objective of our tutorials and articles is not just the explanation of practical techniques to realize nice illustrations or clean web layouts. We’ll be really proud if, after reading the tutorial, you will be able to apply some of our advices in your future works.

The creation of The Choice, a dramatic and fantasy photo-manipulation

The creation of The Choice, a dramatic and fantasy photo-manipulation

Today I’m going to explain professional photo-manipulation techniques to create a surreal and dramatic scene in Photoshop. We will start building up a vivid background, then we will focus the work on the characters and the meaning of the composition. This tutorial is not so easy to follow for beginners, but I suggest also to them to give a look because there’s certainly something that can be learned and applied in the future projects.

Creating a sexy mechanical pinup in Photoshop

Creating a sexy mechanical pinup in Photoshop

Photoshop is great tool for combining several images into a scene that can’t always be created in real life, like an android. In this tutorial I will teach you how to manipulate body parts, create depth from missing pieces and also how to integrate gears and engines to make an sexy mechanical pinup.

Quick tip: how to turn wooden textures in awesome grunge backgrounds

Quick tip: how to turn wooden textures in awesome grunge backgrounds

Here at WeGraphics we regularly publish high quality textures. After worked in the market of stock resources for a while, I’ve noticed that people love grunge textures. Differently from our competitors, we generally don’t publish “naked” photos in our sets, in example 10 photos of a dirty wall, untouched in Photoshop, zipped and distributed as a texture pack. We try to go one step forwards, modifying and mixing several textures in Photoshop to create unique pieces. So In this brief tutorial I’ll show you some tricks that will allow you to transform a wooden texture in a unique grunge background.

How to create a mysterious poster design with 3d text

How to create a mysterious poster design with 3d text

Today we will learn together how to realize a marvelous poster design using Photoshop and Illustrator. I’ll show you some useful IIlustrator tricks to create the 3D text effect of the piece, then we will switch to Photoshop to complete the scene with textures and color corrections. This tutorial is very simple to follow, so I suggest also to beginners to give a try.

The creation of “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”

The creation of “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”

In this tutorial I will show you how I created “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”. We will realize it using a variety of blending mode tricks, photo filters and other useful Photoshop techniques. At the end of this process we will have a beautiful photo manipulation, realized in a short  time and a very easily way.

Photoshop For Beginners: Creating buttons for web part 2

Photoshop For Beginners: Creating buttons for web part 2

This article is part of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbie. In the first part of this tutorial I’ve explained how to create 2 elegant buttons destined to web.
Today we will continue creating other 2 buttons. In particular we will deal with filters, textures and masks. If you are not familiar with layer masks, I suggest you to check out our tutorial for beginners on this matter before continuing.

Photoshop For Beginners: Creating buttons for web part 1

Photoshop For Beginners: Creating buttons for web part 1

This article is part of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners. I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbie. In the previous article I’ve explained the flexibility of Layer masks and how they can be used to add and remove pixels from a layer at any time during the workflow.
Today we will learn how to use blending options and layer masks to create buttons destined to web.

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