Category: Design Tips & Tricks

International Artist Feature: Denmark

Welcome back to our International Artist Series. Today we’re catching up with five incredible artists from Denmark, a Scandinavian country with a love of design. I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great responses. Mani Zamani Mani is a digital artist and product designer living in Vejle, Denmark. Drawing from his diverse inspirations, he creates futuristic…

Create a Mystical Rising Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Learn how to create this mystical image of an angel rising to the heavens from inside a castle. This tutorial will show you how to create bright heavenly light and ambient lighting, blend images together to create an angel, and finish it off with a soft focus photo effect. Preview of Final Results How to Create a Rising Angel Photo-manipulation in Photoshop Tutorial Resources Step…

How to Create a Fur Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial I will show you how to create a fur action in Adobe Photoshop using a pattern, a brush, a layer style, and a gradient map. At the end of this Photoshop fur tutorial you will have an action, ready to perform almost the entire process with a single click. If you’d like to skip this tutorial but still…

8 Stunning CSS & JavaScript Code Snippets for Enhancing Illustration

Illustrations can bring a highly-artistic style to any website. Whether hand-drawn or created digitally, these images can help us tell a story and convey ideas. By itself, a great illustration can be pretty powerful stuff. But, with a little magic, we can give them an even greater impact. Through the use of CSS and JavaScript, illustrations can be both animated and interactive. They can go…

How to Create Agency Websites With WordPress Theme Designs

If you run a web design agency, creating an attractive website that showcases your designer skills is a must. By promoting your work online, you can start building your authority and allow even more of the potential clients to find you and book you for their web design projects. But, if you’re like most web designers, you might be too swamped with current client work…

How to Create an Editable Pie Chart in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps, you will learn how to create an editable pie chart in Adobe Illustrator and how to easily stylize it. First, you will learn how to create the starting pie chart using the Pie Graph Tool. Using the Direct Selection Tool and the Appearance panel along with some basic colors and effects, you will learn how to stylize…

How to Create an Abstract Poster Using the Puppet Warp Tool in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be Creating Creating posters is difficult when images are not of optimal size. Here is a trick to create an abstract poster when you either don’t have a good enough image or you want to create something outside the box! What You Will Need You will need the following resources in order to complete this project: 1. How to Create a Photoshop Document Step…

Techniques For Empathy Interviews in Design Thinking

Empathy interviews are the cornerstone of Design Thinking. By entering and understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations, we can understand the choices that person makes, we can understand their behavioral traits, and we are able identify their needs. This helps us innovate, and create products or services for that person. Ask yourself: is the product or service you’re designing truly relevant for the people…

New Course: How to Make a Professional Invoice

Whether you’re a freelance designer or a small business owner, one thing you’ll have to do on a regular basis is create professional invoices to ensure you get paid on time. Learn exactly how to do that in our new Coffee Break Course, How to Make a Professional Invoice. Instructor Andrew Childress will show you how to take your business to the next level and…

Freelancers vs. Design Agencies: A Fair Fight?

In your freelance career, you’ll inevitably run into a situation where you’re bidding against several competitors for a project. That competition may not only include others in the freelance space, but multiperson agencies as well. This can lead to an interesting choice for clients. Will they go with the team-based approach or choose to deal with a single person? The decision isn’t an easy one…