This week I’m excited to introduce Vector Toons as the latest donator of top quality resources for my Access All Areas membership. Members can now download a combination of four Vector Toons cartoon character packs from the business collection, totalling 54 individual vector character designs that can be used as mascots in your website designs, book illustrations, presentations and more! The designs feature 6 separate male and female characters in multiple poses and situations to provide plenty of possible uses.
Today is a good day for font lovers. A brand new fonts bundle has just gone live over at Design Cuts and this one is a whopper! This latest deal is a collection of 24 fonts that have been hand picked for their exceptional quality, then slashed with an unbeatable 98% discount and given the best license terms available anywhere to provide the ultimate value for money.
There’s a couple of methods for creating complex circular patterns in Adobe Illustrator. One technique uses pattern brushes, but it involves designing multiple patterns that seamlessly repeat, which can be a difficult task in itself. Alternatively, you can make use of Illustrator’s symbol feature to create a pseudo kaleidoscope effect where a segment of your design is duplicated around a centre point to form a mirrored effect. Follow my step by step Illustrator tutorial to learn how to create a vector mandala pattern of your own. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can build extremely detailed circular patterns with this process.
FilterGrade is back again this week with another premium design resource for Access All Areas members. There’s already 3 collections of FilterGrade Actions available for members; the Vintage Batch Filters and two complete packs from the Light Leaks Series, but today members are also being treated to the brand new FilmTone product. These high quality Photoshop Actions generate natural film looks and filters to instantly give your photos the nostalgic feeling of analog photography.
In today’s video tutorial we’re going to play around in Adobe Photoshop to create a duotone photo effect inspired by the recent Spotify rebranding, where the artist and band photos are colorized with two vibrant hues. A simple Gradient Map does most of the work, but I’ll take you through some extra steps to help you achieve the best results. The key to this effect is finding two colours that perfectly complement each other, so I’ve included a Photoshop Action that will apply a bunch of colour combinations for you to choose from.
In last week’s vector illustration tutorial I used my free set of distressed halftone patterns to add cool screentone effects to my artwork in Photoshop, then I thought; Why not create a similar set of patterns but in vector format to allow the same distressed halftone effects to be added directly in Adobe Illustrator? So I’ve been working hard to create this new set of free halftone patterns in the same distressed styling, but this set makes use of Illustrator swatches to allow the effects to be scaled to any size, keeping your artwork 100% vector.