How to Wrap a Texture Around an Object in Adobe Photoshop

We all know Photoshop is the magic tool to take our ideas from concept to reality. Sometimes we find a great subject, but it may need something extra. Texture might be just what is needed to take it from a bland state to something more interesting. We've covered how to create design comps that show … Read More


Sketching Tips for Better Designs in Adobe Illustrator

Many illustrators love the digital medium for their art. However, nothing replaces good old pencil (or pen!) and paper. It's great to sketch out your next idea first on paper, and then move into the digital landscape. Adobe Illustrator for Illustration Adobe Illustrator is a great tool that allows … Read More


Graphic Design Inspiration – Crazy Recipe Cards

Mmmmm, tomorrow is the first official day of fall. I don't know about you, but this is the beginning of my favorite times of the year for eating. I'll be digging out recipes for some of my favorite fall and winter dishes, but they certainly won't look like the ones featured in today's graphic design … Read More


Create a Custom Envelope with DIY Envelope Kits

Now that we're in the midst of fall wedding season, before you know it, it will be time to spread holiday cheer. It's time to dazzle, custom envelopes are a perfect way to make a great first impression. There is no better way to impress than with the perfect wrapping to your perfect print piece. … Read More


Creating a Design File for 2-Sided Window Graphics

Custom window graphics are a great way to advertise or add design to what would be an ordinary plain window. We see a lot of these in the retail space, sometimes they are designed for both pedestrians passing by and also customers that are in the store, having a 2-sided window graphic is a … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Characters & Quotes

There are characters and people that become iconic in their image and manner of speaking. You can quote them, and people know exactly who you are talking about. Or you can see their image, and ramble off a few things they are known for saying. Take a look at the work of illustrator Luciano … Read More


How to Create a Design File for a Feather Flag

There is no better way to draw attention than with a feather flag. From signage to business promotion, there are different shapes and sizes to choose from: Razor, Sabre, and Teardrop. In addition to outdoor use, these also work well for indoor use, too. There's power in numbers, with just a few of … Read More

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How to Create a Laser Die Cut Self Mailer

Recently, a design tutorial created by a graphic designer from Smartpress.com was published at Tuts+. In this tutorial, Tessie Jones Schwanke shows you how to give your marketing materials an extra professional edge with this stunning laser die cut self mailer design. It features two peek-a-boo … Read More

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5 Tips for Choosing a Font for Your Project

There are now thousands upon thousands of different fonts available for your graphic design project, many of which are free to download and use. This huge availability of fonts can sometimes result in two paradoxical outcomes: Using the same fonts because it is tiresome to sift through what’s … Read More

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5 Tips for Coming Up with New Ideas

Creative jobs can be a lot of fun and incredibly fulfilling. Just as with other jobs, though, when you’re doing the same things every day, you can get in a bit of a rut. It can be taxing to constantly come up with new ideas day in and day out. However, there are many things that you can to in order … Read More