Posts from April, 2013

How To Create an 8-Bit Pixel Character in Illustrator

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I love creating artwork in Illustrator using simple or basic shapes. This tutorial takes that idea to the extreme by using nothing by the rectangle tool to create a simple 8-bit style pixel character. Pixels are usually associated with Photoshop, but the great thing about Illustrator is your artwork is 100% vector, so unlike Photoshop you can scale your design to any size while retaining those blocky 8-bit characteristics.

Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 6 Years Old – Staying Fresh

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It’s that time of year again! Every April I create a blog post to celebrate the growth of my little blog and share recent statistics and behind the scenes updates to share my experiences running this site with all my loyal readers and subscribers. Looking back at 2012’s post there’s been some big changes to keep things up to date…

30 of the Best Character Design Tutorials for PS & AI

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Not only is creating characters lots of fun, it’s also a great way to get to grips with a particular design application. Regardless of whether you’re working in Photoshop or Illustrator, the techniques you learn can be applied to all kinds of projects. This post rounds up some of the best free character design tutorials on the web, every single one has been hand picked for its level of detail and quality of the final result.

Vintage Frames Vector Pack for Premium Members

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This week Access All Areas members have been treated to a fantastic sample of the kinds of design resources available at FanExtra. With over 2000 professional design tutorials and resources FanExtra is the place to go to learn how to create amazing designs. Today’s gift to Access All Areas members is a pack of 8 vintage style vector frames and ornate elements, which are perfect for creating elegant and classy artwork.

How To Give Your Photos a Gloomy Split Toning Effect

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We’re probably all familiar with the classic techniques of photographic toning from seeing various examples of Sepia toned images, but for years analog photographers have been experimenting with chemical toners to create various processing effects. One such technique is to split tone a print to create a dark blue and copper coloured image with a dark dejected mood. In this tutorial we’ll look at using Photoshop to replicate this classic technique in digital form, using Color Balance adjustments to achieve the same range of blue and yellow tones.

Art & Design Inspiration Fix for April 5th 2013

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The Art & Design Inspiration Fix pulls together a collection of my favourite graphical images that I’ve come across over the past week to give you a fix of creative inspiration. This week we have designs from Nick Nelson, Chris Zimmerman, Ehsaan Mesghali, Lukas Brezak and Jungshan.