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Video: How To Create Detailed Graphic Patterns in Photoshop

Recently I have been checking out the kinds of graphics that are associated with hydrodipping, the popular image transfer technique that is used for applying patterns to all kinds of objects, from vehicle parts to sneakers. Browsing those designs gave me the inspiration to try and create an intense graphic pattern of my own in Photoshop. After a lot of trial and error, I found a useful technique that allows you to quickly fill an entire canvas with randomly placed graphics. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to create a detailed, abstract pattern effect using any source image, such as a photo or illustration.

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Video: How To Create Topographic Map Patterns in Photoshop

Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create a topographic map effect. I’ll show you how you can quickly create a detailed pattern with a combination of Photoshop Filters, then show you how the parameters of those filters can be adjusted to customise the effect. This new technique provides some really useful advantages over my previous Contour Map tutorial, such as infinite scalability and a super-fast way to process unique pattern styles.

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Video Tutorial: Vintage Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

I’ve been admiring the lettering work on vintage insurance maps lately. These old documents were originally drawn up by hand by master penmen, who illustrated the title page with ornate lettering and detailed embellishments. Painstakingly illustrating artwork like this by hand is a dying art form that would have taken years of training to become a master of penmanship, but we can create similar text styles with the help of digital fonts and modifications in Adobe Illustrator. Follow along with this Illustrator tutorial to create a vintage text effect with decorative details. We’ll take inspiration from the authentic examples with fine line work, drop shadow effects, and warped text layouts.

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Video Tutorial: Vintage Letterpress Poster Design in Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop video tutorial I’m going to take you through my process of creating a vintage style advertisement poster with letterpress print effects. We’ll start by laying out the design with a selection of fonts inspired by the era of wood type, along with some hand-drawn graphic elements using a limited 3-colour palette. Then I’ll show you some useful tricks to simulate the visual traits of old prints with the help of some Photoshop filters and my free brushes and texture packs.

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Video Tutorial: How to Create an Embroidered Patch Design in Illustrator

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a colourful embroidered patch, based on the kinds of designs associated with National Parks. The artwork will incorporate a landscape scene at sunset, which helps to keep the design simple with a silhouette graphic and a warm colour palette. Stick around until the end of this tutorial to discover an easy way to make your digital design look real with stitching and embroidery effects.

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Video Tutorial: How to Turn Anything into Gold in Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to turn anything into gold using this simple combination of Photoshop filters and tools. The effect smooths out the details of a regular image and adds an array of shiny reflections to mimic the appearance of a polished metal statue. A gradient overlay gives the effect the yellowy tones of gold, then a few finishing touches add some bright highlights.