Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials Roundup – July 2014

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We love looking at wonderful, smart, and creative designs all day. But to look at them, they need to actually exist, and there is no way that they will just magically appear, without a good designer putting in the effort to make them. Learning is not a short process. In fact, learning never stops. There is no actual goal of learning, because learning is the goal. We do it because we want to get better at what we do, because it is fun, and because it expands our horizons.

Blogger Esther Honig Explores Global Standards of Beauty

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To explore beauty and the global standards of it, blogger and journalist Esther Honing sent a picture of herself to almost 40 designers from 25 countries, some experts, some amateurs, and asked them one simple thing: “Make me beautiful.” The project presented in this article got her a lot of attention, as this is probably not the first article on the subject that you are reading. What I will do, however, is pick out a few of them, and try to see what they say about standards of beauty in that particular country.

Artist of the Week: Surreal and Bizarre Photography by Martin De Pasquale

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Ever wondered how your face would look like if it were grasped by a giant pair of laundry tongs? Well Martin De Pasquale imagined himself in that exact situation, and created a surreal and bizarre image. But he didn’t stop there. His imagination brought him to pursue eerie creations using his creative skills with programming. We have compiled a list of his most impressive work for you to enjoy.

18 New Photo Manipulation Tutorials to Update Your Skills

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It doesn’t matter that you are a beginner, intermediate or an expert in Photoshop. Learning new tips and tricks is always welcome. Growing as a creative professional is a tough job, but you can do it one step at a time. You won’t become a guru of Photoshop just by learning tips and tricks, you need to practice it every day, but they sure do help a lot on the way.

Artist of the Week: Low Poly Portrait Tutorials by Breno Bitencourt

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Man has always dreamed of immortality, and the visual arts are one of the only methods through which we can, at least philosophically, achieve it. Portraits have been around virtually since cave painting, the oldest “cave portrait” dating back to 26, 000 years ago. In the Ancient World, portraits became immensely popular in several cultures, each having their own style and creed behind creating them. The Egyptians, for example, created a huge amount of portraits, depicting their rulers and gods.

20 Creative Advertising Illustrations & Photo Manipulations

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What would advertising be without images? “Radio infomercials!” you might be inclined to say, and you would most definitely be right. However, that still does not mean that the world of advertising would not be a much more boring place without visuals. Advertising is, in its own way, an art form. Love it or loathe it, it blends uses words and especially images to illustrate a concept. Whether or not the concept itself is a good thing is a totally different issue.

Top 15 Worst Photoshop Disasters of 2013

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You might be wondering what does Buddha have to do with Photoshop. Well, like anything in this world, when creating a photo manipulation you really need to go all the way, and pay real close attention to detail. After all, that is what designers, photographers and visual artists in general do. Photoshop is, as you undoubtedly know, a fantastic and versatile tool for designers and photographers alike.

Artist of the Week: Photo Manipulations by Martin Grohs

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Adobe Photoshop has revolutionized the way we make art. Digital photography has allowed photographers to experiment a whole lot more, without costing them an arm and a leg to do so. Just think of how hard it must have been in the old-timey days to make a photo look the way you wanted it to look. But in our lovely modern days, we get to photoshop pictures to perfection. Well, the fact of the mater is that photo manipulation has been around for a very long time, now.

Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials Roundup – February 2014

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You are probably no stranger to Adobe’s marvelous design suite. Illustrator and Photoshop have been helping designers create great designs for a long time now, and it is no secret why this is the case. Both programs offer the user a stunning array of effect and tools to help them work, so as to create the images that they have in their heads. Another thing that is not a secret is just how difficult it is to use the programs at their full potential.

10 Hot Web Design Trends to Look Forward to in 2014

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Trends are the building blocks of culture. They appear and influence (for a while, at least) the way things are done, the way things look, or sound. Like Scott Cook said, major changes come about once a trend solidifies itself in culture, when it becomes more than just a passing fad. In web design, especially, trends are tremendously important, so it’s vital for you, as a web designer, to be ahead of the curve.