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A while ago someone asked me on twitter how to create these kind of patterns in Photoshop or Illustrator. With the introduction of the Pattern Maker in Illustrator CS6, it's possible to create patterns in different tile types instead of just a square like before. This is also the reason why I prefer Illustrator over Photoshop for these kind of geometric pattern creations. In this tutorial I'll explain 2 of the patterns shown in the example. The 2nd looks not too difficult to create, and the 3rd one is the most complex one of the two. I tried to replicate this one, but then I honestly couldn't figure out an explainable way for a tutorial. So I decided to go for the first one (using triangular shapes), and the last one (using cubical shapes).
A while ago I posted a photo on Instagram of a water lily which sparked the idea of writing a tutorial on how to create this flower in Adobe© Illustrator. Hope you stick to the end, because this one is rather extensive…
Designing an infographic on a subject that sparks more than just your interest is always a fun challenge to do. This time Grinta! magazine asked me to design one about the Tour of France, and more particularly about the question that comes to mind of many cycling fans: 'What does a pro cycling team take with them to the Tour of France?'.
Sometimes I wish all job requests could be like this one. Then again, I'm the last person to complain as I get to do what I love on most days. What I want to say is that some projects just give me such a joy to work on. These favorites of mine usually have an illustration part. One of them was this infographic about women and cycling for Grinta!, a Belgian magazine all about cycling. Today I'll explain the steps I took during the design process, and also share some details on how I created some of the graphs…
Better late than never! Ages ago I posted this about the best print or web related tip, where I requested my readers to post theirs in the comments. A lot of people did the effort and shared their knowledge by giving a ton of great tips. I made a promise back then I would write an article about it, but somehow it never came to that. Today I want to share some of those, but first… my sincere apologies for the delay. This wouldn't have been possible without my readers, you guys and gals are awesome!
Getting started in a new application is always daunting especially one like Adobe Illustrator. I regularly receive questions about how to get started. To give newcomers a head start I'm sharing some great resources that should help overcome the feeling of frustration.
At the beginning of December I shared some Photoshop Layers tricks and shortcuts that I collected over the years. Today I'm doing something similar in a post that is all about masks in Photoshop. Hopefully this post will be as interesting as the layers one. That one worked its way up quite nicely. Enjoy!
When you are so used to an application you sometimes don't think about its tricks and shortcuts anymore because you are so used to them. You take everything for granted. Today I want to share some of my favorite Photoshop layers shortcuts & tricks.
In my previous Illustrator tutorial, I explained the Knockout Group feature. Today I'll explain the Isolate Blending option which is also located in the Transparency panel.
It seems that even after all those years I work with Illustrator, I keep on bumping into a few features that I didn't know existed, or maybe better put I did notice them, but I never did the effort of finding out their true purpose. One of them is the Knockout Group feature which is kind of hidden in the Transparency panel option. High time to find out more…
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