Create a Quick and Easy 3D Type Effect

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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Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Oh how I love vintage film posters, especially sci-fi genre. The artwork and the typography are always fun to look at, and often times the posters are better than the actual films. Lets take a look at how we can create our own sci-fi inspired film poster in Photoshop. Here is a preview of what we...

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Create Dynamic Lighting Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Earlier today we released a free brush set called Rays of Light, and I wanted to follow up that release with a quick tutorial on how to use the brush set. Below is quick design using the brushes. Lets take a look at how this was created. First up, you'll need to download and install the new R...

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Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Nothing tells a story like an old photo. You can find sometimes find them by the box fulls at antique shops and thrift stores. Not only are they fun to look at, there also fun and easy to create in Photoshop with a couple of adjustment layers and a good grunge texture. Lets take a look how. Here'...

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