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Announcing the Winners of the WeGraphics Community Art Project

Newsby Mason Hipp

The WeGraphics Community Art Project has closed. Thanks to everyone for their submissions. The three winning designs are below. Art Project resources can be found here. Experienced designers will tell you that design doesn't happen in a vacuum: we're all inspired by the work of others and we're ...

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Create a Vintage Type Design Using Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

In this tutorial I'll show you how I use the Envelope Distort feature in Adobe Illustrator to warp text, creating a vintage badge or logo design. After that we'll add some additional text, photos and textures to complete the piece. Let's dive right in and see how easy this process can be. Step 1 ...

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Create a Quick and Easy 3D Type Effect

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Clean and modern 3D type is a cool effect, and it's surprisingly quick and easy to create. With the combination of Photoshop and Illustrator, this effect is can be created in minutes. Let's take a look at how it's done. Here's a look at what we'll be creating. Step 1 - Start in Illustrat...

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Illustrator Quick Tip: Create Decorative Swirls in Minutes Using the Width Tool

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I've always been a huge fan of Si Scott. I've followed his work for some time now, and I'm always amazed at the amount of detail in his illustrations. I can't imagine the time it takes to create such beautiful and perfect swirls and curves that is featured in a lot of his work. With that in mind, I ...

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5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

I take a lot of texture photos. The macro lens in on my camera about 90% of the time waiting for the opportunity to find a perfect texture. In most cases though, textures are not design ready right out of the camera. Below I'll cover 5 simple tricks that I use to enhance my textures in Photoshop. ...

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Photoshop Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

There is a tool in Photoshop that I use so often that I don't even think about it. This tool is so essential to my work flow that I would be lost without it. I realized that if I didn't write a PS Quick Tip on this simple tool, I would be doing the design community a disservice. If there is even one...

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Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Stitched fabric type can add a realistic element to your designs. It's an appealing and stylish look that is easy to create using layer styles and a few fabric patterns. Let's jump in and give it a try. First up... Here's a look at what we're creating. Step 1 - Installing the Patterns F...

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Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

This simple technique is so fast and easy, you're gonna love it. To transform a script font into something that looks like custom hand lettering can be a useful skill to have in your design arsenal. Let's dive right in and see how it's done. First up, here's a look at what we'll be creating. Ste...

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Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Screen printed graphics have a certain retro look and feel, which I love. Recently, I set out to find an easy way to recreate this look in Photoshop. Below are the steps I took to transform a photo into a screen print. First up, Here's a look at what we'll be creating. To start off, grab a g...

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Create an Easy Smoke Type Effect Using the Smudge Tool

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Recently I was in need of a method to create a quick smoke effect for an ad that included text within the puffs of smoke. I found that the effect could be easily created by using the Smudge Tool in Photoshop to distort the text around the smoke. Let's take a look at how this can be accomplished. ...

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PsDefaults: Better Presets for Adobe Photoshop

Articlesby Nathan Brown

Let's face it... Photoshop's default graphics are old and tired. The presets that come packaged with Photoshop are barely used if at all. It's left to the designer to create their own collections of resources by hand, which can be a daunting and time consuming process. Enter PsDefaults as the soluti...

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Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

This effect is so simple and fast, but produces such a stunning and unique appearance, that you'll instantly love it. In fact, I'm willing to bet that you'll spend quite some time playing with variations, brushes and different photos to see what sort of looks you can create. Let's jump right in. ...

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