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From Sketch to Illustration

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
by anthony
April 30th, 2009

Posted in Graphic Design, Tips

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In this tutorial I will show the steps it takes to go from a sketch to a finished illustration and also some good tips on how to keep yourself organized while working on a project in Photoshop. The techniques this tutorial shows is the standard in most of the industry and a great way to become a more professional illustrator and graphic designer. The next tutorial will show some of the techniques I use to create the lighting and shadows on this same illustration. This is our reference image

1. To begin with, it is always best to start with some sketches of the illustration. Very brief, should only take a few minutes each.  By doing this you can have a few versions done quickly to show your client or art director. Then you can discuss what needs to be changed, like composition, object placement, lighting, ect. You can also go over some of the basic color choices.

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Setup of light and shadow

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
by anthony
April 30th, 2009

Posted in Graphic Design, Tips

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In this tutorial I will be showing you some basic techniques on how to create and set up realistic and believable lighting and shadows. This will be our reference image.

1. The first thing that needs to be done before you start on your illustration is to determine the light source. This should either be decided in the sketch or determined by the photo you are working from. In the example that I am using to show you, the main light source is the sun and the secondary light source is the cell phone screen.

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Learn how to create a dynamic butterfly inspired photo manipulation.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
by anthony
February 26th, 2009

Posted in Graphic Design, Tips

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a digital illustration using just stock images, Photoshop and your design skills. This tutorial can get tricky and is a bit long so some good knowledge in Photosop is a plus. If your a beginner, then you will learn some great Photoshop tips and tricks!

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Turn a Portrait into a Beautiful Porcelain Mask

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
by Madalina
December 3rd, 2008

Posted in Graphic Design, Tips

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In a recent campaign to promote the creative retouching services that Ardis offers to photographers and art directors in South Florida, we showed how we can take a bland stock photo and create striking surrealistic compositions. You can see the pictures in our campaign (and their creation process) in our new retouching page, but in this tutorial we decided to let you into one more secret and show you step by step how we created the beautiful porcelain mask that you can see in the composition below.

Note: this is not a beginners’ tutorial, but a little more advanced. It assumes that you already know to work your way around Photoshop. This tutorial also teaches you a couple of techniques of digital painting, so it really helps if you’re equipped with a graphic tablet. However, you can still get great results using a mouse only.

The image above is what we’re going to achieve at the end of this tutorial (click on it to enlarge it). It is up to your imagination to incorporate it in your own fantasy world and create a story around it.

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35+ Free Winter Theme Design Goodies & Packages

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
by Madalina
November 13th, 2008

Posted in Graphic Design, Tips

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Stock up for the winter season with all the resources for your graphic design needs. We have collected for you a series of 35+ free goodie packages like vectors, brushes, icons, textures, backgrounds & illustrations,  WordPress themes and tutorials. Have fun!

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