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Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

In the past, when I wanted to create a paint-like effect, I always opened Photoshop and relied on the trusty old bitmap graphic. That is, until I discovered the Bristle Brush in Illustrator. The Bristle Brush (which is actually a set of brushes) allows you to paint with layers of vector strokes that...

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Create a Quick and Easy Typographic Illustration in Illustrator

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Creating a hand drawn look in Illustrator is easier than you think. So easy in fact, that you can create an entire design that looks completely hand drawn in a matter of minutes. I?ll show you how below in this easy to follow tutorial. Create a Silhouette Image For this tutorial I chose a rooster....

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Create an Easy Retro Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown

Everyone loves retro type styles. Whether its a poster heading or an editorial title, this style is very desirable. Creating type effects in Adobe Illustrator via the Appearance panel is quick and easy. Keeping your type editable and saving your effects via the Graphic Styles presets is a huge time ...

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Quick Tip: Using Adjustment Layers for a Fast Hipster Look

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown Brown

We?ve all seen it on Instagram. The look is a blend of retro and vintage with a touch of cross processing. We tend refer to it as a ?hipster? photo effect. Whatever you like to call it, the look is undeniably appealing, and very quick and easy to create in Photoshop with just a few adjustment layers...

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How to Create a Stress Relief Coloring Book Page in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown Brown

I?ve noticed a recent trend of coloring books targeted to adults. It centers around the idea that coloring intricate patterns can be a method of stress relief and relaxation. These patterns are often complex with tons of detail and repeating patterns. While these pages may look very intricate they c...

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Create a Quick Vintage 3D Effect in Photoshop

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown Brown

If you?ve ever seen an old 3D movie, comic book or photograph you?ll recognize this look. It?s intended to produce a 3D effect when viewed through the old red and blue 3D glasses. But, if you?re like me, you?ve removed the glasses and wondered about the distorted and colorful image that?s revealed. ...

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Create a Vintage Type Design Using Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorialsby Nathan Brown 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 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 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 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 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 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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