Graphic & Web Design Archives

Last week I discovered something in Photoshop by accident. I have no idea if this was something that was added in the latest version or not, because I haven’t seen it in any of the new feature overviews. On occasion people ask me what I use to render fonts well on digital mediums. Well that’s exactly where I discovered this new rendering option and I still can’t believe that I missed this.
Today I would like to talk about one of Photoshop's features I've been using a lot lately on a couple of projects I'm working on , and that is SmartObjects. It's something I use quite extensively for items that reoccur throughout my document. Since Photoshop added the function to convert a SmartObject into linked SmartObject, I've been using them more than ever. It's becoming even more powerful if you start using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layer Comps. These days I can't live without it as it saves me so much time. Let me show you how, and explain why this is so handy…
Seems I have some unfinished business with my Re-turned birds illustration. There is one last thing I need to cover, and that's how I created the shadow effect on the bellies of the birds. Just in case you've missed the pervious article about the wood texture, or how to draw these birds, don't forget to check them out too. Today we'll add the finishing touch and use Illustrator's Blend tool. I'll also show you some useful tips on how you can use the Layer panel to duplicate an object in an easy way and make fast and easy selections. So let's get started…
As promised, here is a follow-up on my tutorial about using Illustrator's Pathfinder to create symmetrical birds, which was based on these fabulous "Re-turned"-birds. This time we'll give the birds their wooden texture, and we'll keep it all vector-based. We'll create 2 types of wood textures: one wood grain texture which we will apply on the darker brown, and one wood texture that has these typical curvy lines, which we'll apply on the lighter colors. Both will be turned into seamless patterns in no time, thanks to Illustrator's Pattern Maker feature.
One of my best friends, Cindy Li has recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Apollo, and to celebrate this I've drawn an illustration of a cute lion for her as a small gift. Since I had so much fun creating this little dude, I thought it would be perfect to talk about it here on my blog. This time I'll share some of the basic steps I usually take when drawing illustrations like these, together with a few tips & tricks I sometimes use…
Today I was thinking of writing an Illustrator tutorial on how you can create simple symmetrical objects, using mostly ellipses, straight lines and rectangles in combination with the Pathfinder options. When looking at this, I thought these "Re-turned"-birds would be ideal for this exercise. So let's get this tutorial started…

Apart from the cover design for "Digital Adaptation", one of Smashing Magazine's new books written by Paul Boag, I also designed the layout of the book, together with the chapter cover illustrations and a few others. As promised before, here is my story behind the design process of this part of the project.

I had the great fortune to do some illustration and layout work for one of Smashing Magazine's new books called "Digital Adaptation", written by Paul Boag. Yet another fun and creatively challenging project that I would love to share its design process here on my blog, starting with the design of the cover of the book and the creation of the pre-launch website landing page.
Chinese is a hard language to master so that is why Taiwanese artist Shao Lan has developed ‘Chineasy’, a method which allows non-chinese readers to learn the written language by understanding the basic letter-form and meaning in a visual manner. The Israeli master of simplistic illustrations that have a double meaning Noma Bar created the visuals to help you understand the Chinese characters.
With the Spring Classics in full swing, this is the perfect moment to share my story about a t-shirt design I recently created for WieMu, "To be or not to be Flandrien"…
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