Traditionally, engraved designs are carved into metal or wooden surfaces with sharp tools, but the visual style of engraving is also replicated in design and illustrative work. Ornate floral elements, detailed patterns, and intricate linework are common features that make engravings such a fascinating art style. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 amazing designs that are based on the aesthetics of scratchboard illustrations, etching, and vintage engravings.
During my research for my recent inspiration showcase of majestic designs that feature illustrations of eagles, I found several examples of another animal that is commonly depicted in visual arts. The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols that represents a range of values across many cultures. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 symbolic designs that feature illustrations of snakes, including brand identities, T-Shirt designs and posters.
The eagle is commonly used as a symbol within coats of arms, sigils and historic heraldry. Perhaps the most prominent modern usage is its depiction as the emblem of the United States of America, appearing in various imagery to represent freedom, strength and patriotism. In today’s design inspiration showcase I present over 40 stunning designs that feature majestic eagle illustrations, ranging from t-shirt designs, brand identities and stunning poster art.
Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry-standard collection of design software many of us have routinely renewed every year to acquire the applications we rely on in our day to day design projects. Creative Cloud plans offer much more than just creative apps but it can be easy to miss loads of bonus features that are available to you in addition to the specific software from the vast Adobe range that you need. In today’s post I give an overview of some really useful features you already have access to as a CC subscriber, but might not be aware of. Did you know you can get loads of fonts, cloud storage and stock images at no extra cost?
The overprint effect is a timeless art style that was traditionally created by manually printing two colours over the same area, but it is also commonly replicated in digital art, where the Multiply blending mode in art software can simulate the subtractive colour mix. The effect is often used to create vibrant poster designs with a limited colour palette, with the overprinting effectively producing a third hue within the design. The overprint effect can also be used to create interesting art pieces that blend together two contrasting graphics of images and text. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 30 colourful designs made with overprint effects, including hand made prints using real ink as well as modern artworks that combine colours digitially.
There have been some fantastic new feature additions to Adobe Photoshop since I began using it many years ago. It’s weird to imagine how we managed without tools like Smart Objects, the Healing Brush or Type on a Path. Veteran users might even remember the dark ages before Layers! Since the move to the Creative Cloud subscription service, updates and bug fixes have been coming thick and fast. It’s great to now be able to update to the latest version without having to order a new box of CD-ROMs. The recent 2019 Photoshop CC update includes some really interesting developments. Here’s an overview of my favourite new features that have already become part of my everyday workflow.