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How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

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The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!).

Customizable Vintage Motorcycle Logos for Members

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Expert designer and illustrator Ian Barnard of Vintage Design Co has donated more fantastic resources for Access All Areas members. This pack of vintage motorcycle logos contains 6 customisable logo templates that allow you to quickly create a cool identity for your personal branding or retro t-shirt designs. They’re all brilliantly designed with a hand drawn appearance, but all the text remains editable, making it easy to create authentic vintage style hand illustrated art in seconds.

15 Free PSD Templates to Mockup Your T-Shirt Designs

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T-shirt PSD templates are one of the most sought after types of mockup files, they allow you to preview how your latest illustration or apparel design would look after being freshly screen printed on a garment. I’ve tried and tested each file in this roundup to narrow the collection down to the best freebies available. Each PSD file comes with multiple layers that allow you to change the colour of the shirt and apply your own design to blend with the creases and folds.

Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 7 – Surviving the Apocalypse

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Happy Birthday everyone! April marks that time of year when I celebrate another year of running this blog and take a look back at what has changed over time. Seven years have now ticked by since I started this site in April of 2007. I was a little worried after writing up last year’s 6 year anniversary post because soon after Google Reader was due to be retired, which was the tool 75% of my readers used to browse my content. Thankfully I survived the apocalypse and my blog is doing better than ever! Let’s take a look behind the scenes and see what’s new this year.

Retro Text Effects with Illustrator’s Appearance Panel

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All kinds of cool effects can be created in Illustrator by outlining text into a solid shape then making various permanent alterations, but what if you want to keep your text editable? In today’s Illustrator tutorial we’ll take a look at the Appearance Panel and see how it can be used to build up layers of non-destructive effects that can then be saved as Graphic Styles so the effect can be instantly applied to any elements with just one click.