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  • Design & Illustration
    Inspiration: Assemblage, Montage, and Collage200 pre collage
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    We've assembled some resources that will encourage you to combine and unify elements, review traditional concepts, look at current work, and get inspired by digital masters. Learn powerful collage techniques and how to apply them in your designs. Jump into the mix!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    12 Ways to Tap Into an Endless Well of Creativity200
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    There is no reason to ever run out of ideas. The world, our minds, history, and the Internet offer an infinite realm of artistic exploration. Consider the impact your habits, approach, organization, and internal rhythms have on your finished work. Find out some approaches professional artists use to continuously wave a wand of endless creativity.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork200 preview
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    While grunge has its origins in the 90s, recently the style has been gaining in popularity once more. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a dirty, urban-style image using both well-known techniques as well as a few new ones. You will learn to easily extract complex shapes and we will also create our own grunge texture. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Cool Brushed Metal Surface in PhotoshopAl 200
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    Today's tutorial comes in response to a reader request from Tom and it won't be about lighting effects, glows, or sparks. Instead, I will show you how to create the brushed aluminum texture similar to the Apple products! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create an Illustrated Look From a Photograph200x200
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    In this tutorial, I will show you how the create a stylized illustrated look from a photograph. The best part is that it requires no artistic ability! You can do this to any photo and pretty much any subject, but I think it works best with people.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial200
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    Illustrating scenes from the final frontier can make for some beautiful work. In this tutorial — the longest we've ever published — I'll walk you through creating a spectacular space scene featuring two planets colliding. Strap yourselves in, Photoshoppers!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Tools & Tips: Photoshop ActionsShield tools
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    Ready, Set, Action! Actions are a great productivity tool and timesaver. They are a series of recorded steps that you can play back. Virtually any operation, filter, command, or step you take in Photoshop can be recorded as an action, stored, and then played back. Actions are very powerful, save you lots of time, and are simple to make.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Realistic Vector Cigarette Lighter Flame in PhotoshopLight 200px
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    In this tutorial, we'll use Adobe Photoshop's vector capabilities (and gradients, layer modes and layer styles) to create a photo-realistic cigarette lighter, complete with a simple flame effect. Want to draw vector art in Photoshop? Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Simple & Sleek Web 2.0 Site Footer200
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    Since Web 2.0 hit the internet, footers have become more important than ever, and there has been some great looking work done downstairs. In this tutorial I'll show you how to produce a sleek looking site footer in Photoshop.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Cool Yellow Helmet IconHelmet preview 200 200
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    Construction icons have always been popular on-screen, and although those dot-com "under-construction" pages have mostly vanished from our screens, the trusty ol' yellow helmet icon still has its uses. In this tutorial, we'll be creating our very own icon from a photograph.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    More on Beams of Light, this Time in ColourLight color
    A few days ago, we published a tutorial titled How to Break Sunlight Through the Clouds by the fantastically talented Kyle Pero of Lumedia Design and lots of comments came in asking whether the effect could be reproduced in color. Kyle has kindly done up a quick sample:Read More…
  • Business
    The Art of Email-Writing and How It Can Make or Break Your BusinessEmail
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    Emails are ubiquitous. Approximately 183 billion emails are sent every day, which translates into two million every second. For those keeping track at home, that’s officially a boat load of emails. Or, dare I say, a cruise-ship load? Not surprisingly, a large percentage of these emails are business-related. Solicitations, time confirmations, follow-ups, thank yous, adulterous propositions (often followed by sexual harassment legal notices), the list goes on ad infinitum. However, years of experience as an entrepreneur and discerning email sender/receiver have shown that the majority of emails, even those that are business-related, are not –- I repeat, not –- effectively written. The pitfalls vary, but the consequences are always the same: a poorly written email leaves an equally poor impression. And, as a freelancer, when your source of income is entirely dependent upon your relationships with clients, often grounded in your email correspondences, you absolutely cannot afford to be less than stellar. Granted, many people couldn’t identify strong email writing if hit them over the head with a Mac truck, a bulldozer, and Queen Latifah attached. (Dang, that would hurt.) But even if these people can’t identify it, strong email writing will inevitably make a positive impression over time and produce meaningful results for your business.Read More…