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How to Create Detailed Graphic Patterns in Photoshop

Patterns come in all kinds of styles, from simple repetitive shapes to complex graphical arrays. In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to share some tips for creating detailed pattern effects that are made with full-colour illustrations. We’ll first use a must-know technique for filling the canvas with randomly placed graphics, then I’ll show you a couple of manual methods for creating seamlessly repeating pattern designs.

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How to Create a Colorful Retro-Style ‘Rainbow’ Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a colourful text effect, which comprises of a stack of text elements that transition through the colour spectrum to produce a rainbow effect. This text style has somewhat of a retro vibe, with it being the kind of effect you might see on an old VHS tape box or brand identity for a 70-80s tech or media company. Illustrator’s Blend tool will form a core part of the procedure, but I will also share a useful tip that enables you to alter the wording of all the text instances at once.

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How to Create 3D Text Effects in Photoshop with the “Transform Again” Technique

The “Transform Again” command in Photoshop that repeats the previous adjustment with every press of the shortcut has many uses, but one of my favourites is to create faux 3D text effects. By layering up several copies of a text element with a basic Bevel and Emboss layer style, you can simulate a simple three-dimensional appearance complete with shading effects. Apply some additional layer styles and you can soon transform a basic piece of text into colourful artwork that leaps from the screen.

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How to Easily Create Retro Landscapes with an 80s Aesthetic

Sci-fi landscape scenes featuring Tron-style grids, mountain scenes, and a vibrant sunrise is a popular aesthetic that is associated with art and design from the 80s. This retro-futuristic style has remained in trend thanks to the retrowave/synthwave music movement, which has helped to bring back the visual elements from 80s arcades, action movies, fashion and pop culture. In today’s tutorial I will show you an easy way to create your own retro landscape scenes with the help of a huge 80s inspired toolbox named NeonWave. Download a free sample containing all the assets you need to easily construct this surreal sci-fi scene with vivid colours.

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How to Create a Fantasy Map of Your Own Fictional World

Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create your own fantasy world, just like the fictional story settings of Neverland, Middle-Earth or Westeros. We’ll use Photoshop’s built-in tools to establish the landmass and sea, then construct hills, mountains and deserts with some simple filter combinations, before finishing off the artwork with a vintage paper texture and place names to simulate an old world map.