How to Create an IM Icon

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to explore the process of creating a simple IM icon, using nothing more than same simple geometric shapes and tools found within Adobe Illustrator. That being said, grab a cup of that fresh batch of coffee and let’s get started! Tutorial Details: IM Icon Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC…

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Hand Lettering: How to Vector Your Letterforms

What You’ll Be CreatingI remember a year ago I was having so much trouble vectoring my letterforms. I had a decent understanding of the Pen Tool, but had no idea that there are minor techniques that do wonders for your type to create those smooth curves you’re looking for. This tutorial will hopefully answer all your…

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How to Create Photoshop Puzzle Effect

In this Photoshop tutorial we will transform a regular photo into a jigsaw. A Jigsaw is a puzzle consisting of various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together. This tutorial is aimed at beginners and it’s pretty easy to follow. However, it will require knowledge about the Pen Tool so if you’re…

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Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

Create this magical twilight landscape with floating islands, a old sailboat, and a surreal moon background. This tutorial will teach you how to mix stock photos, apply filters to create a twilight scene, and even some matte painting basics! Preview of Final Results Tutorial Resources Forest Mountain – Unrestricted – Cat-in-the-Stock Stars – paulinemoss Sky…

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Tip of the Week: Using Graphic Table Cells

This InDesign tip on using graphic table cells was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 8, 2017. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new tip, keyboard shortcut, and roundups of new articles, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll down to the bottom of this page, enter your email address,…

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The Best Free Logo Design Template Kits (New for 2017)

Logo design just got a whole lot easier! Mix and match your favorite logo elements for a new custom design using free templates from Envato Logokit. What Is a Logo Design Template Kit?Your brand matters. That’s why we’ve developed a system to make the logo design process faster and more affordable.A logo design template kit…

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Download these Photoshop Actions to Stylize Your Text

Highlighting text in Photoshop is more work than it needs to be. With these Photoshop actions by SparkleStock, you can turn boring text into attention-grabbing headlines in just one click. The free version lets you create an underlined, box and fluid box highlight. The fluid box action is a huge time saver especially if you…

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How to Create an eBook in Adobe InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingEver wanted to easily convert your InDesign layouts to eBooks? With the right know-how, it’s super-simple to do. In this tutorial we’ll look at three different ways you can quickly turn your designs into interactive PDFs or EPUBs, ready for sharing or selling online. There are a few different eBook formats to suit…

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How to Create This Amazing Artwork of a Great Enchantress in Photoshop

Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Great Enchantress with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings…

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Button Animation Tip for Interactive Documents

One of the best parts of my job is when folks send me their favorite InDesign tips and tricks. Even better is when they send me videos of tips and tricks! Recently Michela Di Stefano sent me a video showing a cool tip for directing the viewer’s attention to interactive elements in digital documents. It…

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How to Create a Tropical Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingSummer is the perfect time for the most vivid and colorful designs! Tropical patterns are one of the hottest summer trends this year, and all these mixes of fruits, leaves and flowers look really great on fabric, apparel, and print media. Join me in this tutorial and let’s learn to create a stylish…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 10 June 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Best exercise for your brain These Vector Logos for Animals are Awesome – StumbleUpon This Is Why You Should Check Your Email… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 10 June 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 9 June 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Why You Don’t Get Anything Done After 2pm How to Name a Company / Product: The Crash Course Boston’s EMPath Program Uses… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 9 June 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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Create a Mystical Night Forest Scene with an Angel

Learn how to create this mystical forest scene with a beautiful angel reading a book. This fantasy photo manipulation tutorial will teach you how to turn a forest photo into a night forest scene with shafts of light, create an angle by adding really beautiful wings to a person, and finish it up with some…

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How to Create an Isolated Object: Photoshop in 60 Seconds

What You’ll Be CreatingWelcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Isolated ObjectsIsolated objects are objects that have been extracted from an image for use in any design. From photo manipulations to poster designs and more, you…

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How to Create a Summer Vacation Background in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool to create a summer background with a vacation scene!If you’d like to skip this tutorial and wish to purchase the end result with a couple more elements, head over to GraphicRiver to purchase Beach with a Palm Tree and a…

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Show the InDesign Notes Tool Some Love!

I use InDesign’s notes feature all the time, at least a few dozen times per day. I fill my InDesign documents with notes for my clients, asking for information, photos, or to clarify an issue. I use notes so frequently that I even created a custom keyboard shortcut for “Convert to Note.” My notes are…

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