No matter how good a designer you are, there is always room for improvement. Perfection is, after all, unattainable. It is something that we aim for, rather than something we reach. But that is the beauty of it; there would not be much to do, once you have learned everything there is to know about designing, or anything else, for that matter.
About 200 years ago (give or take) it was a real risky choice, making your living out of producing images. Painters were, mostly, starving bohemians that sold their works for a meal or something to drink, and the few that did have success where mostly born into it. Now, in an age where basically everyone has access to information, everybody wants art.
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.
We here at Pixel77 have made it our mission to help you become the best web designer you can be. In order to do so, we frequently try to predict upcoming trends and keep you up to date with the most recent developments in web design, web development and the technologies associated with them. It should be no surprise then that we’ve repeatedly made it a point to talk about Responsive Web Design (RWD) and its importance in the web design industry.
PHP is one of the most important programming languages out there and it certainly plays a huge role in web development. For one thing, while you certainly can use PHP for other applications than web development, it’s primary use is still in this field. Programmers have a sense of humor that is based on non sequiturs and recursiveness.
Web & mobile design is definitely one of the biggest and most growing sectors of the design industry. It’s a great field where you really get to shine and flex those creative muscles. But what makes a good design for a mobile app or a website? Well, as is the case in many other fields, the end product is completely dependent on the process you use to get to it.
As the saying goes: “we live, and we learn”. This is a general fact of life, but nowhere is this saying more true than in design. Truly mastering something requires that you never think you mastered it. This makes you study, practice, and research harder, and all of that makes you a better designer.
We’ve put together a huge list of tutorials for both Photoshop and Illustrator for you to go through. Why? Well, we believe that design, even more than other jobs, is one where you need to constantly strive to learn new things and to continually improve. That’s the reason why we’ve put together a list of our favorite 40 tutorials of the year 2013.
Letters and writing are very helpful elements in every designer’s work. They help the designer send a message in the easiest way possible, and also help emphasize the existing message in an illustration. Although the Internet provides very large font resources, sometimes the design needs more than just a font. Vector letters are expanded letters with effects added to them, such as: graphic styles, gradients, 3D effects and others.
In this tutorial we will take an in-depth look on Illustrator’s Appearance panel. With it, we’ll create an amazing effect that you can apply to any type text, while preserving the text’s editability. As result, you’ll master the Appearance panel’s features to the extent where you can build your own styles.
Do you remember our last design tutorial on how to draw a vector pirate skull made by our designer Ioana Șopov? Well, she just made another awesome one, on how to draw an astrochimp. Take this opportunity to brush up on your design skills and learn some new moves, but also have a sneak peek into the new vintage mega vector pack that will be posted on our sister website Designious soon.