I’ve always loved the illustration and patterns featured on playing cards and it’s obvious that other designers and illustrators do too, there’s some really inspiring takes on the classic deck of cards. In this post I’ve collected a showcase of over 25 amazing custom playing card designs featuring unique artwork. There’s some really awesome intricate illustrations of the four suits as well as some pretty clever modern design concepts.
Posts from September, 2013
I regularly post links to interesting design tutorials and articles over on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, but in case you missed them here’s a roundup of my top pickings from my recent browsing of the web. This week we have some great content from Vectortuts+, GoMediaZine, Design Shack, Psdtuts+ and WPBeginner.
The traditional methods of creating pixel art one pixel at a time no doubt yields the best results, but it’s an extremely time consuming specialist craft. Today I’m going to show you how to cheat and make use of Illustrator’s Object Mosaic feature to create cool 16-bit style pixel art the easy way, allowing you to quickly produce retro style sprite graphics for your designs and artworks.
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Beautiful patterns can be easily created by duplicating basic shapes with a simple colour scheme. This tutorial explains the process of creating a trendy chevron background pattern using Illustrator’s vector shape tools. We’ll then take the design over to Photoshop to add some extra polish and really bring the pattern to life with subtle gradients and texture effects.
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 Matt Cavanah, Laurent Durieux, Sindy Ethel, MUTI and Jeremy Teff.