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Overlapping Text Effect in Illustrator

May 25, 2017

In this Illustrator Tutorial I will show you how to create an overlapping text effect. This is a great technique that can be applied to logos, title treatments, and more. I will show you how to use the Knife Tool along with Pathfinder and other helpful tips along the way.

Check out some of our other videos below:
Adobe Illustrator Basics Video Series
How to Create Custom Type in Illustrator
Brand Identity Design

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How to Create a Sin City Effect in Photoshop

April 19, 2017

In this video I will be showing you how to create a Sin City effect in Photoshop. This technique can be applied to any image using one or several areas of color in an otherwise black and white image. In addition, I will also be showing you how to add more contrast to your image using a few handy Photoshop tips. From there, we will add some custom, dynamic shadows to our image to create even more drama in the design.

Check out some of our other Photoshop Tutorials:
How to Replace Colors in Photoshop
Using Artboards in Photoshop
New Liquify Tool Features in Photoshop CC17

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TMTD Logo Creation Kit

March 9, 2017
TMTD Logo Creation Kit

In this Illustrator Tutorial I will be talking to you guys about our brand new TMTD Logo Creation Kit. This is a new resource that is completely free and contains over 40 vector elements for you to build your own logo designs so that you can put some of the pro tips from last weeks video into practice. I will demonstrate how you can use these vectors to quickly construct a logo in Adobe Illustrator. Head over to the link below to download the Ai, EPS, and PDF files now!

Download the TMTD Logo Creation Kit

And be sure to check out some of our other videos:
Tips for Improving Your Logos
Which is Better for Logo Design? Photoshop or Illustrator?

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How to Replace Colors in Photoshop

January 11, 2017

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to quickly and easily replace colors in Photoshop. This is a great alternative to using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment or Adjustment Layer that doesn’t require the use of a Layer Mask. We will do this by using the Replace Color feature in Photoshop. This adjustment can be applied to the same image multiple times so you can change as many colors as you like in your images.

Check out some of our other Photoshop Tutorials below:
Using the History Panel and Snapshots in Photoshop
Change Eye Color in Photoshop
How to Create a Subway Sign in Photoshop

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Creating Paths with the Brush Tool in Photoshop

December 22, 2016

Using paths to create selections in Photoshop has many advantages – whether you are saving selections to reuse in your files or removing a subject from its background. Another advantage of using a path is that you have the ability to save a flat JPG file with a saved path, resulting in a smaller file size than a typical PSD or a TIFF file. While many would use the Pen Tool for the job of creating paths, I am going to show you how you can do the same thing using the Brush Tool.

Check out some related videos below:
Complex Selections in Photoshop
5 Ways to Improve Your Design Work Now

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Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 06

November 23, 2016

In part 6 we will be wrapping up and concluding the Adobe Illustrator Basics Video Series. We have covered most, if not all of the basics in the previous 5 videos, and in this lesson I will leave you with a look at a few intermediate/advanced techniques that you will now be ready to try out. We can now begin putting it all together and combining some of the different things we have covered such as combining the Envelope Distort with the Pen and Blend Tools, along with a quick look at the Gradient Mesh Tool. Then, to wrap things up I will show you how to create some 3D text and how to break it apart to create some cool and abstract shapes that can be used in your artwork.

Check out previous video tutorials from this series:
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 01
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 02
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 03
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 04
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 05

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Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 05

November 16, 2016

In part 5 of Adobe Illustrator Basics we will be taking a look at some of the art tools – specifically the brush, pencil, eraser, knife, and scissor tools. I will be showing you how to create your own brushes as well as how to load brushes that you have downloaded from an external source. Then, I will cover a few other useful tools such as the spiral and arc tools to show you how you can add some decorative flourishes and elements to your design work.

Check out some of the other videos below:
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 01
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 02
Adding Textures in Illustrator
Mascot Logo Design Speed Art Tutorial

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Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 04

November 2, 2016

In part 4 of Adobe Illustrator Basics we will be focusing on working with text. I will show you how to have more control over the kerning, letter spacing, and line spacing of your type so that you can fine tune your copy in Illustrator. From there we will be looking at creating some more interesting effects such as manipulating points to create interesting shapes, warping your text, using the offset feature, combining shapes and text using the pathfinder, and also how to add perspective to add depth and visual interest to flat text.

Check out the rest of the Adobe Illustrator Basics Video Series:
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 01
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 02
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 03

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Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 03

October 26, 2016

In part 3 of Adobe Illustrator Basics we will be looking at alternate methods for tracing with and without the Pen Tool. We will be using a photo as a base as I take you through many of the features of the auto trace function to get detailed and precise results. From there we will be separating pieces of our vectors using the lasso tool before we create unique patterns and variations of said patterns on multiple art boards.

Check out some of our other Illustrator Tutorials:
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 01
Adobe Illustrator Basics: Part 02
Adding Textures in Illustrator