Friday, October 30th, 2015

Draw Colorful Boxes for Text in Illustrator


Learn some great Illustrator skills while you create text boxes in Illustrator

In this video you will see how to draw two different text boxes in Illustrator. You will learn how to add multiple strokes and effects to single shapes and also to grouped shapes each having a very different result in the final art. These techniques will help you build confidence as you use multiple strokes on shapes in Illustrator and with using the all important Appearance panel too.



Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Isolate Color in Lightroom – create a color pop effect

Create an isolated color or selective color effect in Lightroom

You will have seen this effect in advertising and wedding photography but it is equally as effective for other photos. Here I will show you how to take an image which has a lot of detail which is a single color and make that color pop in the image. You will see how to play down other colors – without necessarily turning the image into a black and white and how to change colors that aren’t quite the right color to make them look better. In this image I will take some orange tones and make them more red, for example.

This is a fun effect and you might be surprised at just how many images in your photo collection it will work with – I didn’t have to look very far at all to find a few images that this will be appropriate to use this effect with.





Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Turn any Jpeg image into a repeating pattern in Photoshop

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in complex design solutions I forget the simple things. Like making patterns! So here is a quick and easy solution to turning any jpeg image (or indeed any image you can open in Photoshop) into a repeating pattern. These aren’t seamless repeats – but not everyone wants them to be seamless – sometimes all you need is to make a repeating pattern from something! So here’s how to do it – just make your selection – save it as a pattern and fill a new document with it – it is quick and easy.

I’ll show you how to do this with text and with a photo, they both work exactly the same.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Paint in Illustrator using the Blob Brush

The Blob Brush lets you paint vector shapes – it’s a fun and easy tool to master in Illustrator

If you hate the pen tool but want a different and easy way to create shapes in Illustrator why not try the Blob Brush? This tool lets you paint real vector shapes with paintbrush like strokes.

In this video you will learn how to use the Blob Brush – how to select a color, how to add to existing strokes and how to edit shapes you have painted using the Smooth tool, Pencil tool and Eraser.

The blob brush is fun and extremely useful as you will see when you click to play the video:

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Create a Retro Neon Sign in Illustrator

How to make a Las Vegas Style Retro Neon Sign in Illustrator

Neon is a fun effect to make and in this set of three video tutorials you will see how to make a retro neon sign in Illustrator. You will start by making the lights and the sign itself. In part 2 see how to add a glow effect to the sign to give it some light and dimension. In the final video see how to add the Neon text to the sign.

Here are clickable links to all three videos in the play order:

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Perspective Correction in Lightroom

How to fix perspective issues in Lightroom

Perspective problems vary – they include keystoning issues where a building is smaller at the top than at the bottom. There is barrel distortion where the sides of the image bend out and pincushion distortion where they are sucked in. Luckily, for all these distortion and bending lines issues Lightroom has a tool that will fix them for you.

In this video you will learn to use the Upright tool and the manual adjustments for fixing lens distortion and perspective problems in Lightroom.

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Draw Flowers Quickly and Easily in Illustrator

How to draw flowers in Illustrator quickly and easily using rotated shapes

Illustrator has a great rotation tool which makes it easy to make flowers. In this video you will see four very different flowers made in Illustrator and you will see now only how to make flowers but also how to use gradients and transparency and how to harness the power of the distort and transform effect to make the flowers automatically from one single shape.


Monday, October 26th, 2015

Draw a cityscape after dark in Illustrator

Learn to draw a cityscape at night in Illustrator

This nightscape city drawing is fun to draw in Illustrator and, in drawing it, you will learn a lot of tricks and techniques for filling and making shapes in Illustrator. You will make patterns and create repeating elements and you will learn how to texture an image. This video is jam packed with useful Illustrator skills as well as being interesting and challenging to draw.

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Create an Retro Award Badge in Illustrator

Learn to make a ribbon award badge in Illustrator


This Illustrator project is fun to make and will expand your Illustrator skills. You will learn to make a ribbon and how to bend it so it wraps around your retro badge shape. You will see how to make the shape from a circle with multiple fills. This process is a great way to make shapes in Illustrator and you’ll see how to make multiple strokes and the curvy zig-zag edge in the shape.

Here’s the video  – just click to watch:



Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Illustrator tutorial: Draw a penny farthing in Illustrator

This new Illustrator video tutorial will show you how to draw a vintage penny farthing bicycle in Illustrator.

Highlights of the process is learning to create the spokes for the bicycle wheels as they can be drawn and rotated to make the process simple. You’ll also see how to create the vintage background which I think is pretty cool too and which is a textured background effect that you can use in other drawings too.

I hope you enjoy this video:

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