How To Create a Detailed Briefcase Icon in Photoshop


Follow this step by step guide to create a detailed briefcase icon in Photoshop. We’ll build the rough outline with basic shapes, then add depth and definition with various Photoshop layer styles such as Inner Glow and Stroke. To really bring the icon to life we’ll use real photographic textures to give a tactile leather feel to the icon.

Briefcase icon

The icon we’ll be building has that crisp digital appearance popular in icons on the web. The sharp lines really help define what the icon actually depicts, which is important when it’s used at small scales in a web design or web app. What really brings the icon to life is the subtle gradients and textures. These additions don’t stand out when viewing the icon at a whole, but without them the design would appear flat and lifeless. Let’s go through the step by step process of how it’s made in Photoshop. Leer más “How To Create a Detailed Briefcase Icon in Photoshop”

Good Process and Good Design (Continued)

Once again, while I hope these tips strike the right chord with readers from all creative fields and levels, I share them partially because many of them are still so freshly new in my head, and I can recall vividly their having planted themselves there during my time as a student. That said, there’s plenty more learning to be done on my end as well, and I invite you to share your responses and your own additions to the list in the comments, no matter what corner of the creative world you are from.

Part III: A Few More Tips and Tricks


by Natalie Sklobovskaya for DesignInformer

Once again, while I hope these tips strike the right chord with readers from all creative fields and levels, I share them partially because many of them are still so freshly new in my head, and I can recall vividly their having planted themselves there during my time as a student. That said, there’s plenty more learning to be done on my end as well, and I invite you to share your responses and your own additions to the list in the comments, no matter what corner of the creative world you are from.

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The ProcessBehind Good Illustration – According to a Young Illustrator (Part II)

Good Process and Good Design

It’s easy to think there’s no way you can make anything look good because you don’t know how to use Adobe Illustrator, or can’t draw people worth beans, etc. And if that’s your concern, don’t worry one bit — skill-related knowledge is nothing that can’t be built up with practice and time. Those that have natural gifts will get there faster, but the doors are closed to no one. There are, however, staples to illustration that have nothing to do with how good you are at drawing or using Photoshop — they transcend into the realm of good process and good design, and I’ve believed that studying illustration is much more about this than about the former.

In this second part of the article, I’d like to share some of these practices that have been invaluable to me as an illustration student, and ones I think I will carry with me for a long time to come.

This part deals a lot more with actual practice, technique, etc. — so, not everyone will think and work this way best. My goal here is not to provide an exhaustive and definitive list, but just to share a few tips that I felt have really pushed my own learning leaps and bounds.

Without further ado…
Part II: So how do we do it?


by Natalie Sklobovskaya for DesignInformer

Good Process and Good Design

It’s easy to think there’s no way you can make anything look good because you don’t know how to use Adobe Illustrator, or can’t draw people worth beans, etc. And if that’s your concern, don’t worry one bit — skill-related knowledge is nothing that can’t be built up with practice and time. Those that have natural gifts will get there faster, but the doors are closed to no one. There are, however, staples to illustration that have nothing to do with how good you are at drawing or using Photoshop — they transcend into the realm of good process and good design, and I’ve believed that studying illustration is much more about this than about the former.

In this second part of the article, I’d like to share some of these practices that have been invaluable to me as an illustration student, and ones I think I will carry with me for a long time to come.

This part deals a lot more with actual practice, technique, etc. — so, not everyone will think and work this way best. My goal here is not to provide an exhaustive and definitive list, but just to share a few tips that I felt have really pushed my own learning leaps and bounds.

Without further ado…

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35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010


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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Create a Painterly Apple with Illustrator CS5’s new Bristle Brush
The new Bristle Brush in Illustrator CS5 gives you the best of both worlds: The painterly effects of real media and the control and flexibility of a vector drawing.

Illustrator-drawing-apple in 35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010

Create a Print Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator
Illustrator has fantastic tools available for creating small print designs such as business cards. Follow this walkthrough on how to create a fun business card design complete with illustrated character.

Illustrator-drawing-business-cards in 35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010

Japanese Sushi
This tutorial will teach you how to create a plate of yummy Japanese sushi in illustrator.

Illustrator-drawing-sushi in 35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010

How to Make Hitman in Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial is on illustration of hitman in Adobe Illustrator. For this tutorial you don’t have need any extra skills if you know basics of Adobe Illustrator you will make it easily.

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Awesome Collection of Watercolor Artwork by Grzegorz Wrobel

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In this post we have gathered some of Grzegorz Wróbel’s Watercolor Artworks, from early childhood interest in drawing and painting, watercolor techniques as fascinated, however, until 2002. Since then, he paints and takes part in numerous open air in Poland and abroad, we hope that you like this beautiful collection.


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In this post we have gathered some of Grzegorz Wróbel’s Watercolor Artworks, from early childhood interest in drawing and painting, watercolor techniques as fascinated, however, until 2002. Since then, he paints and takes part in numerous open air in Poland and abroad, we hope that you like this beautiful collection.

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Amazing Examples of Paper Art

Henry Jones

When most people think of art involving paper, they think of drawing, sketching, or maybe painting. However, there are very talented people out there that create art from paper in more unusual ways. I’m talking about paper art that involves creative forms of cutting, folding, and carving. Materials for this type of art can vary, ranging from ordinary paper to whole books. To inspire you and let you see what other things artists are doing with paper, we’ve collected some pretty amazing works for you to enjoy.

To learn more about each work and the artist, just click on the image.


Henry Jones

When most people think of art involving paper, they think of drawing, sketching, or maybe painting. However, there are very talented people out there that create art from paper in more unusual ways. I’m talking about paper art that involves creative forms of cutting, folding, and carving. Materials for this type of art can vary, ranging from ordinary paper to whole books. To inspire you and let you see what other things artists are doing with paper, we’ve collected some pretty amazing works for you to enjoy.

To learn more about each work and the artist, just click on the image.

paper art

paper art

paper art

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Tips and Tricks in Adobe Illustrator


Here are some very useful and amazing Tips and Tricks in Adobe Illustrator. By using these Tips and Tricks you can make some amazing things in seconds. So must read and apply.

TILDE (~) FUN:

I think many people would not be known this technique. Tilde (~) sign is really having fun while making shapes in Illustrator. Tilde (~) will work only with Shape tool. Pick any shape tool (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, etc.) and before drawing it hold Tilde (~) key. (towards the left of Numeric keys). You can also hold Alt or shift alongwith it. Here are some examples.

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