How to Create a Halloween Illustration With a White Kitten in Adobe Illustrator

What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Halloween-inspired illustration featuring a cute kitten. You will mostly use ovals and other basic shapes. It's bit longer than usual but easy to follow, and will lead to an adorable final result. Let's get started!1. Creating the HeadStep 1Hit the Ellipse Tool...

Text Wrap: Awesome or Evil?

The following is an email exchange between David Blatner and Olav Martin Kvern, two friends and early adopters of publishing technology who started with Pagemaker in the late 80s and have been laying out pages ever since. Ole and David both agree on a lot, but when it comes to text wrap, the two just...

Create Zombie Dragon Concept Art: Painting in Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Be CreatingLast time we were designing and sketching a zombie dragon. Today we're going to make it more real by creating a digital painting in Adobe Photoshop. I'll show you a clean, non-destructive way of painting digitally—we'll be using Layer Masks and maps known from 3D modeling. I'll explain to you how ambient...

Deke’s Techniques 360: Turning Yourself into a Dark Elf for Halloween (or Just Because It’s Tuesday)

It's mid-October and dekeGouls and Goblins know what that means, time for Deke's Techniques to go all Halloween on us. Or more precisely, on our children. This year, Deke seems to be particularly interested in creating virtual costumes for the kids, starting with this week's transformation of mild-mannered gentle giant teenager Wheeler into a foreboding...

GREP for Editors

If you’re like most people, you just got done reading the headline of this article and said “What in the world is GREP?” People who have been using InCopy for years, still aren’t sure what GREP is even though they probably see it every time they open the Find/Change dialog box. GREP stands for General...

My Adorama Streaklight Bundles

After a bit of arm twisting Adorama has just released the “Gavin Hoey Recommends…” Streaklight Essentials Bundle and the Streaklight Twin Kit Bundle. If you’ve been watching any of my recent videos you’ll have seen me shooting with one or two Streaklight flashes.You can checkout my review of the Streaklight 360ws here but if you...

Using Field Blur in Photoshop

It basically enables you to add depth of field to flat images, and build a gradient of blurs using multiple blur points with different amounts of blur. This tutorial will show you how to use the Field Blur filter to make photos look more interesting by creating out-of-focus areas, along with masks and selections, plus...