Posts Tagged ‘Design’

Create a Fibonacci spiral tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, September 6th, 2013
Create a tattoo using the classic Fibonacci spiral.

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This week’s technique will teach you how to use the Fibonacci spiral in your designs.

To wrap up his extended look at tattoo designs, this week Bert pays tribute to the classical Fibonacci spiral. By copying the classic spiral as a guide, he uses it to help plan the structure of his intricate flower design, creating slight variations of the same design throughout the piece to quickly build a repeating pattern. After placing the flowers in the proper positions, Bert scales and rotates them into an appealing layout, adding leaves and vines as background accents to provide the final touch.

Want to create your own? Check out this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial.

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Creating a great design: No image, no problem!

Published by | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
No image? No problem!

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What do you do when you’re faced with creating a great design—but have no images to bring variation and interest to the piece? John McWade’s answer to this common challenge is to use more white space, also known as negative space. This is the portion of a page left unmarked, such as margins, gutters, and space between columns, lines of type, and graphics. It may sound like a simplistic solution, but it’s a great way to make your design more dynamic, and attract your viewer’s attention.

Use a Wacom tablet to improve your designs

Published by | Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Use a tablet to improve your designs

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Whether you’re designing a website, a logo, a product, a building, or an app, it’s valuable to begin that design process with a drawing. Drawing enables us to focus on the overall vision without getting distracted by details like color, font, or texture—which at this early stage are not important, and can actually hinder the development. The beginning is about the broad strokes, which is why drawing is such a perfect medium. Drawing on a Wacom is even more perfect, for a couple of reasons:

Greater accessibility
We live in a world where the majority of the content we create (text, designs, messages, etc.) is digital, so having your initial drawings in digital form lets you share them more easily, and import them to other programs where they can be further refined.

Track your freelancing business expenses

Published by | Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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One of the most important responsibilities as a freelancer is tracking your business expenses. Deducting expenses from your income can result in a huge savings, and in Running a Design Business: Freelancing, Petrula Vrontikis offers expense tips that are relevant for any kind of freelance business—not just design.

Personal versus business expenses
The smartest way to track expenses is to keep personal expenses and business expenses separate. Have separate checking accounts and separate credit cards so you can easily track, categorize, and recap your business expenses.

How to choose the perfect color palette

Published by | Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Create the perfect color palette for your images

Color is a tricky element in design, and made even more challenging when incorporating images into a layout. It can be difficult to know what colors are going to complement the image and the overall design. There’s a lot of science surrounding how to mix and match colors, but John McWade of Before & After offers some foolproof ways to pick the right colors from an image in his course Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know.

Reorganizing Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

For the past two and a half years, Deke McClelland has been creating amazing effects and techniques each week—and feedback from members has been overwhelmingly positive.

Episodes of Deke’s Techniques have piled up, and as you can see below, the table of contents has become incredibly long.

Deke's Techniques Table of Content as it was

Anyone can draw!

Published by | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Drawing Vector Graphics

Many believe that drawing is a skill you’re born with: If you weren’t lucky enough to get that gene, you’re destined to draw stick figures. Not true! Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. It’s like skiing or writing or cooking; the more you do it, the better you’ll become. Walt Stanchfield, an American animator, once said, “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better.” The fastest way to do this is to embed drawing into your daily routine. In Drawing Vector Graphics, author and illustrative designer Von Glitschka shares his thoughts on how to make this happen.

How to colorize a background in Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Colorizing a background, whether it’s an illustration or a photograph, can give your artwork depth and create an interesting mood, but it can be a time-consuming process. But toil no more! This week Deke McClelland shows you a short, painless technique for changing the color of your background using Adobe Photoshop and the Color Overlay effect. Go from color to black and white or from one color to another in about three and a half minutes.