When I wrote about the limited edition Merckx bicycle
I mentioned that I was going to write an article about an amazing exhibition about the two great Belgian sport heroes, namely Eddy MERCKX
and Jacky ICKX
. These two gentlemen are both celebrating their seventieth birthday in 2015.
In a previous post I talked about how you can apply a texture effect using a Scatter Brush
. There are of course other ways you can add textures to your illustrations. You could for instance use a pattern fill. One of my favorite textures are these dotted halftone
patterns. If applied right, they can add a real nice and subtle effect to your illustration. Today I'll show you how you can create such pattern, and how you can apply the pattern to your illustration, in combination with an Opacity Mask
. Last but not least, I'll also share how you can create more of them, and how you can save a set of patterns as a Swatch Library
file. Let's get started…
I’m always behind in my reading but I finally managed to read Jason Santa Maria’s
book called ‘On Web Typography
’. It’s always a battle between read or ride :) I must confess that the latter wins 99% of the time. I love to read but a book can never be as refreshing as riding my bicycle. Anyway timing doesn't matter as the topic of this book is still very relevant today. Let's get started.
One of the things I've been playing with lately is applying textures to my illustrations in Illustrator
. Sometimes I do this by applying a pattern texture fill on top of my color fill, but you can also do this by using a Scatter Brush
. The advantage of using a brush is that you also have control over the amount of texture you want to be applied. Creating such brush is also pretty straight forward. Let me explain how…
There are two important resources that help me get inspired. The first one is my own Inspiration Stream
where I catalog all my findings. The second one is music. Another year has past and it's a tradition around here that I look back at the five albums
that helped me get inspired.
Another year has past and brought us many experiences, some happy, some sad, all lessons in this grand scheme of things called life. First I like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and wish them all a healthy and inspirational 2015. Let's start the year with some potential savings you could get if you have a job opening that needs a candidate. It's an annual tradition of my partner in crime Authentic Jobs
I've always been fascinated by the wonderful animated gif images
created by the talented folks of RADIO
. So I thought to myself I have to try this too, and since it's about Christmas time I had the idea to draw Santa. Giving this some further thought, I decided Santa had to go on a diet, and do a bit of exercising instead of leaving all the heavy lifting up to Rudolf and his friends. So I swapped the reindeers for this beautiful vintage bicycle named Omer by Achielle
, this way Santa is riding in absolute style! Let's have a closer look on how I created this animated gif…
A little while ago I designed, coded and implemented a web site for one of our clients 'Tuinen De Korenbloem
'. For this small web site project I was on the lookout for a lightweight CMS so the client would be able to manage some of its content. Perch
seemed to be the perfect fit. Since there wasn't much of a learning curve, and the things I needed for this web site were pretty straightforward, I decided to give it a try. Today I'll share you some of the basics of Perch
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…