Sketch 3 has launched, is it time to switch?

The latest, highly anticipated version of Sketch by Bohemian Coding, has just been released. It’s an application that has promised much in the past, with many designers embracing it wholeheartedly. However, the previous two versions felt too immature for professional-grade work; the question is, has version 3 addressed those concerns, and is Sketch ready to be...

Juggling Wombats at Nitro Unwind

Wheelbarrows brimming with cold craft beer and bubbly, a pair of gorgeous wellness therapists, custom Nitro icy poles, and a club DJ helped transform Nitro’s Australian office into the ultimate relax zone. The occasion? Nitro Unwind – a very special event for IT professionals in Melbourne. The red orange carpet was rolled out for an...

Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark

Could this catch on? I hope so. A smart solution that seems to use naturally occurring energy sources in some creative ways. We’re watching the Netherlands to see how it goes...

Tutorial: Aged poster design with the Photocopy Noise Texture Pack

Hello there! Simon from Studio Ace of Spade here. Long time no see. I’m here to introduce you today to a texture pack I’ve created, called the photocopy noise texture pack. I’m delighted to announce that it’s finally on sale at the Arsenal! What is the pack about? What’s so special about this texture pack?...

Adding Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

Clicking on the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layer’s panel quickly adds an adjustment layer while bypassing the New Adjustment Layer dialog box.  However, when adding Gradient and Solid Color Fill layers, I often want the option to change the blend mode of the layer (before choosing the colors). Fortunately, Option +...

Lightroom 5 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Everybody loves keyboard shortcuts, and today on TipSquirrel, we have Lightroom 5 Keyboard Shortcuts for you! Learning keyboard shortcuts can help boost your productivity and can be the key to a smooth and consistent workflow. In addition, you’re taking some of the work away from your mouse, and that can be a benefit if you...

Creating Seamless Textures and Seamless Backgrounds in Illustrator

I think you’ll all agree that Illustrator is just plain awesome, and with the continual improvements we see with each new version, it keeps getting better and better. Previously, I created  seamless textures for typography and seamless backgrounds for my web and illustration projects with Photoshop. But we’ve seen large improvements with the Appearance panel...

Create a website using Startup Design Framework

Designmodo have just released their latest product, Startup Framework, designed to build sites for new startups and 9 months in the making, it’s built on a modular component basis, enabling you to rapidly combine its parts into hundreds of different combinations. Based on Twitter Bootstrap, the Startup Framework’s components use a single consistent style, and include...

How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and...