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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Download My Free Poster Folds and Creases Textures

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Give your digital designs the look of a real printed poster with my free collection of folds and creases textures.

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Video Tutorial: How To Create a Vintage Logo T-Shirt Design

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In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how you can easily create cool looking vintage logo designs by combining antique illustrations with some visually interesting text styles and layouts.

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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.

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Nightmare Photoshop Actions for Access All Areas Members

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This week Access All Areas members have a new collection of high quality Photoshop Actions to download courtesy of Shutter Pulse. This set allows you to apply nightmare-inspired effects to your photos, with eerie colour casts and dark contrast, just like the colour grading of horror movies!

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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.

Are These Fan-made Football Concept Kit Designs Better than the Real Strips?

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I have to admit, I’m not much of a football fan (or should that be soccer?), but these concept kits really piqued my interest!

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Video Tutorial: Isometric City Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to show you a really useful technique for creating isometric art, in particular an isometric city scene with loads of skyscrapers and bright neon lights.

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Showcase of Brush Lettering with Fast, Aggressive Strokes

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The style of a pen stroke can completely change the perception of a lettering piece. Smooth, flowing calligraphy comes across as elegant and ceremonial, whereas faster and more direct strokes generate more of a raw and energetic mood.

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Neutro, a Bold Display Font for Access All Areas Members

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Access All Areas members have a versatile new font to download this week, courtesy of Typologic. Neutro is a bold, sans-serif display font that comes in four styles: Regular, Bold, Extra Bold and an Outline version.

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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.

The Bearded Sailor Tattoo Inspired Font for Premium Members

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Access All Areas members have a cool font to download this week, courtesy of LovePowerDesigns. The Bearded Sailor is inspired by old-school tattoos that were popular with sailors. It’s a hand-drawn font with rounded strokes that pairs perfectly with both script and sans-serif fonts.

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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.

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Huge Discounts on Exclusive New Products at the Design Cuts Birthday Event

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My friends at Design Cuts are celebrating their 7th birthday over the next 2 weeks with an exciting lineup of live design sessions and fantastic discounts on their marketplace of design resources.

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Video Tutorial: 80s Memphis Style Pattern with Colourful 3D Shapes

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to show you some useful techniques for creating colourful vector art with a 3D style.

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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

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.

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These Most Popular Design Bundles Are Being Re-run. Grab as Many as You Can!

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As part of the Design Cuts birthday event, over the next week 28 of their most popular design bundles are being re-run! This is a great second-chance opportunity to pick up any of these fantastic 99% off deals that you might have missed.

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Travel & Beach Lightroom Presets for Premium Members

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Access All Areas members have a great set of Lightroom Presets to download this week, courtesy of PSD Stack. These Travel & Beach Presets are designed to give your holiday and vacation photos a bright and high-contrast appearance for a nostalgic, retro effect.

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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.

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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 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. We’ll first create a shiny gold texture, then apply it to some text with the help of a mask. To simulate the appearance of real foil stamping, we’ll finish it off with subtle effects like a paper texture and minor edge distortions. ?

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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.” ” is certainly true for the inspiring designs in today’s showcase. These lettering pieces feature all kinds of weird and wonderful messages, but the real value is in the presentation.

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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. Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a colourful geometric pattern based on a series of triangle shapes. I’ll show you how developing a simple rule to follow can transform a basic pattern into a much more complex layout with less repetition.

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Futuristic Neon 3D Letters for Access All Areas Members

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Access All Areas have a really cool collection of 3D letter graphics to download this week, courtesy of Dealjumbo. This futuristic neon lettering set contains A-Z characters constructed with detailed blue neon tubes within a dark letter frame.

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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: 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. Browsing those designs gave me the inspiration to try and create an intense graphic pattern of my own in Photoshop. After a lot of trial and error, I found a useful technique that allows you to quickly fill an entire canvas with randomly placed graphics.

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A Toolbox of Must-Have Resources to Create the Design Styles You Love

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Having a library of tools and assets to work with is the best way to blast through your creative projects and create stunning results.

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Free Pack of Wood Grain Textures with PNG Transparency

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Download my new pack of textures to add detailed wood grain effects to your designs. After processing each photograph of wooden paneling to straighten and equalize the texture, the wood grain pattern was then extracted and exported as PNG files with transparent backgrounds. These PNG files preserve the details of the grain and make it easy to place the textures over your artwork. Use them to create rustic effects by using them as backgrounds, overlays, or within layer masks.

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20 Free Old Paper Textures with Creases, Folds and Stains

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Old paper textures are one of my most commonly used design resources, as you may have noticed from my tutorials! I have always just downloaded whatever third-party assets I could find, so I thought it was about time I made a collection of my own old paper textures to keep handy in my digital toolbox. This free pack contains 20 old paper textures with various amounts of creases, folds and stains, providing a variety of vintage paper effects to suit all kinds of design scenarios.

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Video Tutorial: How to Turn Anything into Gold in Photoshop

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In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to turn anything into gold using this simple combination of Photoshop filters and tools. The effect smooths out the details of a regular image and adds an array of shiny reflections to mimic the appearance of a polished metal statue. A gradient overlay gives the effect the yellowy tones of gold, then a few finishing touches add some bright highlights. Get 30% Off Skillshare Membership – [link]. ?

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A Variety of Design Resources For Both Professional and Hobbyist Designers

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Design bundles like this are the most affordable way to get the best creative tools to use in your projects. As designers, we always feel most inspired when working with amazing tools at our fingertips.

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How to Apply Cyberpunk Style Color Grading & Neon Effects to Your Photos

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The cyberpunk aesthetic is commonly associated with densely populated, futuristic cities illuminated by bright neon signs and advertisements. Follow these steps in Adobe Photoshop to transform a regular street photograph into a neon-noir scene by applying heavy colour grading with bright blues and hot pinks, as well as neon sign effects to create a colourful yet moody atmosphere within the image.

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Video Tutorial: How to Create a Glitch Effect in Photoshop

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In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’re going to have some fun creating a trendy glitch effect, that we’ll apply to a photo some accompanying text. The effect combines digital distortions such as screen tearing, RGB splitting and scanlines to simulate the visual errors associated with digital video footage. Much like how analogue effects help to give your artwork a retro look, this glitch effect helps to achieve a modern or futuristic high-tech vibe.

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Download My FREE ‘Bad Print Effects’ Photoshop Action

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The finishing touch to any retro or vintage themed design is to apply a series of adjustments that replicate the aesthetics of the low-cost printing methods that were used for old magazine, comic and matchbook prints. Ink bleed, misregistration and visible halftone dot patterns are all side-effects of cheap offset printing on cheap paper stock, but those visual traits that were once defects from the printing process are now desired effects to give modern artwork the appearance of a retro print.

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