How to Use Adobe Fuse to Create a Superhero Reference

What You’ll Be CreatingWhen you have an awesome idea for a character, you can feel how great it would be to see it on paper. But what if you don’t have “talent”? Or maybe you can draw, but humans are simply not your area of expertise? Are you supposed to spend hours learning just to…

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How to Create the X-Men Logo in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn the following steps you will learn how to create a neat X-Men logo in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape-building techniques. Moving on, you will learn how to add color and…

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Low Key Lighting

If you have a small or portable studio set up then low key portraits should be high on your list of “must have” lighting skills. Why? Apart from looking amazing, great low key lighting can be achieved with simple equipment against any dark background. Click here to view the video on YouTube. As the video…

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Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Flat Style Work Space

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a simple flat style work area using Adobe Illustrator. No special drawing skills are required here because we’ll be working with simple geometrical shapes, the Align and the Pathfinder palette. Let’s get started! Open a New Document 1. Launch Illustrator, press Ctrl + N…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 29 April 2016

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. 8 Ways to Forget About Work…and Have Fun! How to empower designers to code Facebook isn’t the social network anymore. So what… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 29 April 2016 on Pariah Burke…

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How to Create an Apocalypse-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingEvery superhero movie needs a villain. In the new X-men Apocalypse, that villain is none other than the fierce En Sabah Nur… aka Apocalypse.Today I’ll teach you how to create your very own Apocalypse, using photo manipulation and digital painting techniques. 1. Research and InspirationThe magic to making photo manipulations work, especially when…

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InDesign tutorial: Resize a page using InDesign’s Liquid Layouts

Can the new Liquid Layout behaviours in InDesign CS6 save you time repurposing a publication for different print and digital page sizes? That’s a question Digital Arts readers have been asking us with increasing frequency. To answer this, we brought in InDesign and print and digital publishing expert Pariah Burke. And what better way for him to answer…

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This Month in Articles, April 2016

I’m having an argument at the moment with the moderator of a closed InDesign group on Facebook who thinks that posting helpful links to other sites (such as InDesignSecrets or Lynda.com) is somehow spamming or trolling. In my opinion, posting links is one of the most important things we can do — because no one…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 28 April 2016

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. ‘The Jungle Book’ magic revealed: Behind the scenes of a VFX masterpiece They’re doing a lot with hand puppets these dayTags: VFX… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 28 April 2016 on Pariah Burke…

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How to Create the X-Men Character Gambit in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingAlthough I’m not a cosplayer myself, I do enjoy browsing inspiring cosplay creations. One of my favourite forms of cosplaying is when people alter the gender or gender identity of the character or create their own version of the character’s aesthetic inspired by the original. I think it’s because you’re not so…

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How to Create a Chalkboard Vector

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a chalkboard vector with some gradients, a bristle brush, and some freebies from Vector Mill! The tutorial is relatively simple and can be applied to many other Illustrator projects. Final Image Below is the final chalkboard vector we will be shooting for. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe…

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120 Photoshop tips, tricks and fixes

Photoshop is an easy tool to use and a difficult one to master, but help is at hand with our comprehensive list of tips, tricks and fixes for Adobe’s showpiece software. Whether you’re looking for tips on using layers, advice on mastering the pen tool, a guide to using RAW, or ways to improve your…

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Experts Weigh In: Is Flat Design Making The Web Boring?

Flat design is everywhere: from your neighbor’s blog to your grocery store’s website. The trend rejects real life textures and flashy animations, and instead, we get simple shapes, colors, and a distinctly ‘digital’ look. But in a world where web designers are capable of much more complex design, is this simplicity trend simply boring? We…

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How to Create a Mystique-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingThis tutorial will show you how to create a text effect inspired by the unique and bold coloring and texturing of X-Men’s fictional character Mystique. It is similar to the text effects that can be purchased on Envato Market, but we’ll be using a ton of textures, layer styles, and adjustment layers to create it. So let’s get started! Tutorial…

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How to Create a Fabulous Professor X Pin-Up in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingComic book covers are basically pin-up illustrations. It’s incredibly common for artists to tackle X-Men characters as a range of pin-ups, but one of my favorites is often ignored or not as fabulous as I think he should be.Join me as we illustrate a fun pin-up design with Professor X in the…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 27 April 2016

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Give up the ghost (writing) Infographic: How To Motivate Employees With Different Personality Types Structuring design teams to maximize cross-team collaboration How… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 27 April 2016 on Pariah Burke…

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How to Digitally Paint a Superhero Portrait in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIf you could have any superpower, what would it be? With digital art, you don’t have to wait to create magic. Just open Photoshop and grab your favorite pen tablet.For this tutorial, follow along as I show you the process of creating a digital portrait inspired by the electrifying X-Men character, Storm…

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