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How to Create Detailed Graphic Patterns in Photoshop

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Patterns come in all kinds of styles, from simple repetitive shapes to complex graphical arrays. In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to share some tips for creating detailed pattern effects that are made with full-colour illustrations.

Download My Free Subtle Grain Photoshop Brushes and Patterns

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I have a new collection of textures for you to download today! It’s easy to get carried away with texturing, but sometimes just a subtle addition of grain is all that is required to give a clean digital design a tactile appearance.

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Video Tutorial: How to Create a Neon Light Effect in Photoshop

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In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a vibrant visual effect by adding neon lights to a photo. This popular art style often incorporates simple shapes or text for the neon lights, which are illuminated in bright colours.

Get $3000+ worth of Fonts for Just $29 with This Spectacular Typography Set

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We all love having a vast library of quality fonts to work with, but they can often be far too expensive for the average designer to afford.

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Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

How to Create a Colorful Retro-Style ‘Rainbow’ Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a colourful text effect, which comprises of a stack of text elements that transition through the colour spectrum to produce a rainbow effect.

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Spoon Graphics Turns 14 Years Old — Still Steadily Ticking Along

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It’s that time of year when Spoon Graphics gets a little older, with 2021 marking 14 years of tutorial creating, freebie sharing and article writing on what started as a blog that was attached to my portfolio website in 2007.

Video: Retro Badge Logo Design Illustrator Tutorial

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial I’m going to show you how to create an outdoors themed badge design, featuring a simple mountains graphic and colourful sunset effect using a retro colour scheme.

40 Inspiring Lettering Quote Designs with Quirky Messages

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It can be really frustrating for designers and illustrators when you feel like creating something , but you can’t think of anything to make. The popular quote: “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

Video: How To Create Detailed Graphic Patterns in Photoshop

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Recently I have been checking out the kinds of graphics that are associated with hydrodipping, the popular image transfer technique that is used for applying patterns to all kinds of objects, from vehicle parts to sneakers.

Digital Art and Renaissance Statues: An Unlikely Combination That Actually Works!

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When it comes to abstract art, anything goes! However, there is one particular combination of styles that has become surprisingly popular.

Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Free Photoshop Action to Turn Anything into Gold in Photoshop

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Turn anything into gold with the help of my free Action for Adobe Photoshop! With the click of a button, this Action will play a series of adjustments that give an image a shiny appearance with yellowy hues that mimic solid gold.

Resize vs Resample: How To Properly Change Image Size and Resolution in Photoshop

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Resizing an image sounds like one of the simplest things you could do in Photoshop, but there are actually some common mistakes you should avoid. If you’re a professional designer or photographer, it becomes complicated when you need to factor in print size and resolution.

Video Tutorial: Torn Paper Collage Effect in Photoshop

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In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a series of surreal ripped paper collaging effects that give the appearance of an image being ripped away to reveal a different image underneath.

Video Tutorial: How to Replace the Sky in Photoshop

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In today’s video tutorial we’re going to take a look at a few different methods of replacing the sky within a photograph. You know how it is, you capture a great shot, but the weather at that particular moment results in a lacklustre grey, overcast sky in the background.

How to Create 3D Text Effects in Photoshop with the “Transform Again” Technique

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The “Transform Again” command in Photoshop that repeats the previous adjustment with every press of the shortcut has many uses, but one of my favourites is to create faux 3D text effects.

Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

How to Create an Ornate Vintage Logo Design in Illustrator

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Ever since I created the showcase of Unique Packaging and Label Designs for Whisky Bottles I have been wanting to have a go at creating some kind of liquor bottle label design of my own.

Showcase of Designs & Illustrations of Samurai Warriors

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Samurai warriors are one of the coolest icons of Japanese pop culture!

Download My New Set of 10 Dirty Surface Textures for Free

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I love adding dirty textures to my designs to eliminate the clean digital appearance of computer-generated artwork.

Download My Free Collection of Organic Turing Patterns

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Add detailed organic patterns to your design work with this free collection of seamlessly repeating vector pattern graphics.

Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

Video Tutorial: How to Make It Rain in Photoshop

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In today’s video tutorial we’re going to use the power of Photoshop to change the weather by making it rain within a photograph.

Video Tutorial: How To Create Seamless Turing Patterns

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In today’s video tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a series of detailed, organic patterns, which have become generally known as ‘Turing Patterns’ Based on the research into reaction-diffusion patterns in nature by mathematician Alan Turing, these graphics are made up of intricate stripes, spots, and spirals.

35 Cute Cats, Birds, and Botanicals Illustrations for Premium Members

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Access All Areas members have a wonderful collection of illustrations to download this week, courtesy of Pretty Little Lines.

7 Free Dark Wood Texture Photoshop Mockup Templates

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Apply detailed wood grain effects to your lettering, logos, and graphics with the help of my free Dark Wood Texture Mockups. These Photoshop files contain Smart Object layers you can paste your artwork into, which will then be automatically processed to apply the wood grain texturing.

Web Design for All: Accessibility, Inclusivity and Beyond

Speaker: Eden Spivak, Design Expert and Editor at Wix & Nir Horesh, Accessibility Lead and Senior Product Manager at Wix

When we design products or websites for people like ourselves, there are many others who are, as a result, left out. In this webinar, we’ll delve into why accessibility matters. Yet however well-intended, website accessibility is too often seen as a checklist to be marked off at the end of the design process. Our goal is to shift the discussion around accessible design from accommodating the needs of a small minority group to creating better, more inclusive interfaces for us all - no matter our identity, background, knowledge, or ability.

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Stained Glass Window Effect

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Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to create a stylized illustration with the appearance of a stained glass window, where the artwork is segmented into several coloured shapes.

How to Create a Fantasy Map of Your Own Fictional World

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Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create your own fantasy world, just like the fictional story settings of Neverland, Middle-Earth or Westeros.

Video: How to Create a Retro Style Badge Design in Illustrator

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a retro badge style logo design featuring a simplified vector skull illustration and text elements that follow the circular outline of the badge container.

Video Tutorial: How To Create a Vintage Movie Title Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you how to create a vintage movie title text effect with the help of Photoshop’s 3D tools. This style of classic film titles is reminiscent of old black and white movies from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

What in the World is a Force Majeure?

Speaker: Michele Berdinis

This session will answer business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic.

Video Tutorial: Vintage Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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I’ve been admiring the lettering work on vintage insurance maps lately. These old documents were originally drawn up by hand by master penmen, who illustrated the title page with ornate lettering and detailed embellishments.

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Spoon Graphics Greatest Hits: My Most Popular Posts of 2020

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To finish off every year I enjoy taking a moment to look back at my content from the past 12 months to compare how all my articles, tutorials, freebies and videos performed in terms of view counts. This is my greatest hits collection for 2020, broken down into individual roundups for each category.

Showcase of Creepy Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

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With Halloween coming up this week, I figured it would be an ideal time to produce another morbid inspiration showcase featuring skulls!

Showcase of Logo Designs with Retro Mascot Characters

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Whatever happened to the good old fashioned brand mascot? There aren’t many companies these days that have a cute cartoon representative!

Video Tutorial: Stipple Shading Tattoo Illustration in Photoshop

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Follow along with today’s Photoshop video tutorial to create a bold and vibrant illustration of a snake. We’ll start with a loose, initial sketch, then I’ll show you some helpful brush settings for accurately outlining your illustration.

Video Tutorial: Retro Text Effects with Adobe Illustrator’s Blend Tool

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Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a simple but effective text effect with somewhat of a retro vibe, featuring stacks of text elements that are progressively spaced further apart.

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How to Easily Create Retro Landscapes with an 80s Aesthetic

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Sci-fi landscape scenes featuring Tron-style grids, mountain scenes, and a vibrant sunrise is a popular aesthetic that is associated with art and design from the 80s.

How to Create a Colourful Geometric Pattern in Illustrator

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Making geometric patterns in Adobe Illustrator is always a fun creative project. You can follow the same basic technique each time but experiment with different shapes and colours to create endless pattern styles.

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Gold Foil Effect in Photoshop

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In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you a handy technique for creating a gold foil effect that looks just like the hot foil stamping printing finish that adds luxurious embellishments to printed products.

Video Tutorial: How to Create an Embroidered Patch Design in Illustrator

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a colourful embroidered patch, based on the kinds of designs associated with National Parks.