Hey there! Well, I'm Arik and I have been designing for about 4 years now. I've worked my way up by reading a lot of tutorials and spending a lot of time using Photoshop. I hope that you will enjoy my contributions to!
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect200pxthumb
    In this tutorial we will be designing a cool retro text effect, which is growing more and more popular in today's design. Today you will learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways!Read More…
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    Design a Glossy Download IconDownload200px
    The difficulty in designing web graphics is not so much in the actual execution of the design, but more in the planning of it. At the same time you want the graphic to be eye-catching, yet smooth and small enough so it doesn't dominate your layout. This tutorial will teach you how to create a graphic that does just that.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Super Fast – Speed Lighting Effect200x200
    Take an image of a fireworks display and turn it into an intense sensation of speed. Manipulate natural lighting to fill a motion filled scene. Use masks to blend the effect over a car image to make the car appear to be in motion. This tutorial shows you exactly what to do. Let's get moving.Read More…
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    Design Soft Stylized 3D Type 200px
    The use of 3D type is an increasing trend in design today. Creating such type usually requires advanced 3D software. Yet, not all of us own such software, nor know how to use it. In this tutorial, I will teach you the basics of creating polished 3D type using Illustrator and Photoshop. Let's get to work.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a 3D Shelf Element Similar to Dragon Interactive200
    In the reader suggestions recently, I found a request to see how to produce the shelf interface on the incredibly cool Web site for Dragon Interactive, a Los Angeles–based creative agency. So here's a method for producing the shelf effect.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching200
    Whether it's for a friend, family member, or client, retouching images is very common these days. In this tutorial, I will lay down the basics of retouching and take you through the entire process, layer by layer. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Vinyl Record In PhotoshopVinyl200px
    In this tutorial, I will explain how to make a vinyl graphic. This tutorial will outline techniques to avoid choppy edges and create proper texturing and lighting.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Applying a Realistic Tattoo7
    There are lots of tutorials on the Web that claim to achieve a realistic tattoo effect. Usually these tutorials instruct the user to import an image they want to use as a tattoo and to set it to overlay. Out of experience I can say that this does NOT look like a tattoo. It looks overlayed image.Read More…