What a year it has been for Photoshop… so many new techniques, so many fresh ideas and so many new and creative web sites offering free tutorials. In this post we have collected the best of them, focusing on photo manipulation, design and drawing, poster design, caricature design and finally, illustration within Photoshop. We have purposely omitted icon design, text effects and GUI tutorials, these will be following in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for them.
Graphic Design Archives
Although posters as a concept have been used for many centuries, in traditional art years, poster design is a relatively new. It has only been in the last 100 years that poster design has been elevated and recognized as an art-form, and has gained the kind of popularity that no other design category can rival.
Horror art can be defined as being “the intrusion of a disturbing supernatural element into everyday human experience” (via Wikipedia). Chilling description isn’t it? Or, if you prefer, it could be described as being blood, guts and gore.
Horror can be [mostly] a very disturbing art, it can also be very memorable and creative. It is the latter two elements that we have captured for todays post.
There are hundreds and thousands of Photoshop brushes available to download for free. Were do you start looking? How do you find that particular brush that you need to complete your latest design project? And most importantly, were are all the the high quality or even hi-res brushes? In this design resource round-up we have compiled a list of the best Photoshop directory resource sites and also compiled a list of the best PS brush collections. If you can’t find the brush that you need here, give up, because it can’t be found (or, I may have missed it).
Animator and Director, Darcy Prendergast mixes a gritty animated style with a twisted sense of humor to create his amazing and unique animations. Over his many young years, he has won a host of prizes and awards, most notably the 1999 Junior Stanley award, the $20,000 Nescafe Big Break prize, and most notably, being selected for the Annency Festival International du Film d`Animation and Stuttgarts Internationales Trickfilm.
All this and he is only 24.
All designers and developers love apps, tools and services that help to make there work flow easier. That is why Adobe AIR has proven, maybe not as mainstream popular as it would have liked, to be an indispensable framework for building small and useful applications. Who has not got a Twitter client that has not be been built with AIR? Not many. That is what AIR seems to be excelling in, Twitter clients and useful web design, developer and graphic designer apps. That is the focus of todays article.
Visual illustrators, in the past, were never ever mentioned in the same breath as traditional or fine artists, and they have consistently came second best in comparison with traditional graphic designers. Times have changed, and the exciting and fresh art of illustration is now firmly recognized as an art, and is gaining constant popularity, especially with young, adventurous and creative artists.
A business card is the most important tool any designer (or businessman) should have. It delivers the brand of your company and, most importantly, it represents YOU as a creative professional. It gives your potential client a glimpse into who you are, what you can do and your level of professionalism. Lets be honest, high quality work and reasonable pricing do not always speak for its self, but professionalism always does. That is what a client is looking for, someone they can rely on, trust and ultimately deliver the project they require. That is what your business card must reflect.
Natural imagination is the key to creating Fantasy art. It could be a depiction of a magical and mysterious scene, a mythical or supernatural fairy, or even a horrendous blood soaked fiend. Whatever the ingredients of the fantasy scene are, the results are always the same, beautiful, mysterious and thought provoking. The real beauty is that it could be anything that your imagination can muster. Unlike natural imagination, having the skills and knowing the techniques to reflect your imagination on screen or in print needs work, it has to be taught.
The list of cool digital photography techniques and tutorials is endless, you can even find 10 completley different methods to achieve the same effect. Which is the best? It really depends on the photographer and there level of expertise. In this post we have listed our own personal favorites photography techniques with tips tutorials to help you recreate the effect. You will find tecniques for the currently in vogue HDR, Tilt-Shifting and Lomography to the less common and diverse Sabatier and Escher effects. Which ever effect you use, your images are going to look cool and unique.