Neon signs are more popular than ever in the design and advertising world at the moment with 3D software such as Cinema 4D allowing digital artists to create incredibly realistic artwork. I’ve been admiring some stunning renders of neon signs that you wouldn’t believe were not real if it wasn’t for the accompanying ‘work in progress’ shots that show off the build process. Admire the detail of the models and beauty of the light reflecting materials as you browse through this showcase of amazing 3D neon sign designs.
Whats your dream character? Small and curvy? Tall and strong? Whatever your type, you’ll see the most attractive glyphs in this typographic beauty contest. The ampersand is every typography addict’s favourite ligature, but which font has the best? I searched the world’s font foundries to create a showcase of the most beautiful ampersands, find the one that takes your fancy.
Out of all the different types of mockups, the templates featuring different types of packaging are probably the most useful for giving an insight into how your design will actually look when it’s printed or manufactured. This is especially true for boxes where the digital design can only be seen as a flat net, or bottle labels where the design will be curved around the product. In today’s post I round up a collection of free mockup templates for various packaging styles including bags, sleeves, boxes, bottles and more!
Typography is a complicated subject to learn, but starting with the history of type styles is a great way to gain an understanding of why there’s so many fonts, and why they look so different! Typefaces are divided up into classifications based on the era or characteristics of their design, which helps narrow down your options when choosing a font for your projects. Being able to identify a typeface style can help you make educated design decisions and choose the best font for your work depending on its use. In today’s post I give a brief overview of the main typeface classifications of serif and sans serif fonts that have emerged throughout the history of movable type.
I recently took the time to learn how to use Photoshop’s powerful 3D tools that are now included in versions CS6 Extended and CC. I found a bunch of online tutorials really useful that taught me how to extrude shapes, create environments, add materials and render the scene. The 3D interface is really daunting at first, but with these written and video tutorials you’ll be creating cool three dimensional designs with realistic lighting and reflections in no time!
Double exposure photography is the name of the original process where two photographs are exposed onto the same piece of film, resulting in interesting and surreal pictures. While this style is rooted in analog photography, it’s also popular with digital photographers and artists/designers who can replicate the effect in Photoshop, as I recently described in my video tutorial. Both the analog and digital techniques generate beautiful images, as you can see from today’s inspiration showcase of 45 examples of double exposure photography.