I’m sure we’re all familiar with Photoshop’s blending modes. Multiply, Screen, Soft Light and Overlay are among the most commonly used, but have you ever heard of Behind and Clear?! Despite decades of Photoshop experience, I only discovered these two elusive blend modes recently. I’ll be honest, they aren’t going to completely transform your Photoshop experience, but they’re useful options to know about for those rare occasions when you just might need them!
Procreate for iPad is a creative application for artists that makes use of the iPad’s sensitive display to draw directly on-screen. It’s becoming an increasingly popular tool with illustrator’s and letterers who enjoy being able to use traditional art techniques with handheld tools, without the disconnect between a graphics tablet and computer monitor. As with established software like Photoshop, Procreate incorporates brushes to simulate various media, such as paints, inks and pencils. There’s a growing selection of third-party brushes made by creators themselves that allow you to achieve completely new art styles. In today’s roundup post I collate 35 of the best Procreate brush sets, including both free downloads and high quality brush pack products.
Virtual tuning is the artistic genre where car-loving graphic artists digitally transform vehicles into unique modified cars, using the kinds of aftermarket wheels, bodykits and spoilers available in real life, but with a hyper-stylised appearance. Source photos of race car inspired elements are super-imposed using Photoshop, which are complemented with digitally painted elements and visual effects to produce impressive automotive concept images. While most examples are based on existing style trends in real life car scenes, these virtual mechanics aren’t constrained by what is technically feasible, so the result can sometimes be fantastical. In today’s inspiration post I present 60 stunning examples of souped-up cars from a collection of virtual tuners, who range from talented hobbyists to professional concept artists.
Alcoholic beverage products are one of my favourite mediums to feature in design inspiration showcases, there’s such a diverse range of artistic styles between beer cans and liquor bottles, as featured in previous showcases. Whiskey bottles are the focus of today’s inspiration roundup, all with unique packaging and label designs. Admire a variety of type layouts, illustrations and print finishes that produce attractive brand designs.
Wings and winged creatures have appeared in identity designs for centuries as part of heraldic crests, military insignias and automotive logos. They have become a symbol of prestige, strength and speed, with great examples being air force pilot badges and luxury car emblems such as Bentley or Aston Martin. Designers still make use of these symbols in their designs today, sometimes combined with modern art styles give the logo a more abstract appearance. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 magnificent winged logo designs, some just featuring outstretched feathered wings while others include full depictions of eagles, hawks and other birds.
Originally used to promote cabaret and tourist resorts by train, steamship and airline companies, travel posters from the 1920s have become iconic designs. The artwork depicted luxurious travel with strong and powerful imagery, which was influenced by the geometric shapes and bold colours of the Art Deco movement at the time. The style still inspires graphic artists today, who use the visual traits made popular by the originals to create their own travel posters and tribute art. In today’s inspiration showcase I present a range of poster designs, both old and new, all based on the vintage 1920s Art Deco style.