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Advanced Tutorials Video

How to Build a Smart PSD

March 31, 2016

We’ve all heard the expression “Work smarter, not harder” at some point in our lives, but when it comes to design this saying is especially true. It’s all about finding more efficient ways of creating, and in this lesson we will do just that as I take you through the steps of creating a smart PSD. This Photoshop tutorial will cover topics like using actions, working with layer styles, custom patterns, and how to use smart objects to build some cool looking 3D type that can be updated with the click of a button!

If you aren’t familiar with creating your own patterns like the one I have used in this lesson, check out this video:
How To Create Your Own Custom Patterns in Photoshop

And here is a video that will show you another way to use Smart Objects in Photoshop:
5 Ways to Improve Your Work NOW


Beginner Tutorials Video

How to Create Seamless Patterns in Illustrator

March 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered how to create your own seamless patterns? It can be difficult trying to line everything up just right, especially if you are working with several elements at once. In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you the easiest and quickest way to create a tiled pattern. This will come in handy if you ever want to create your own wrapping paper, pillows, blankets, or any type of product that has an all-over pattern.


Beginner Tutorials Video

Get More Detail Out of Your Images in Photoshop

March 24, 2016

If you have ever taken dark and underexposed photos and are left with large areas of black, then this tutorial will help you to get back some, if not all of that information. In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how you can get more detail out of your images in Photoshop. We will be using a combination of HDR Toning, Shadows/Highlights, and Sharpening with Layer Masks to take our image from no-def up to hi-definition.


Beginner Tutorials Video

Oil Smudge Painting in Photoshop

March 23, 2016

In this Photoshop Tutorial I will show you how you can turn an ordinary portrait photo into a stylish oil/smudge painting. This technique has been quite popular as of late, and after having received a few requests from viewers on how to create this look I am going to walk you through the steps. We will be using a combination of filters, brushes, sharpening techniques, and the smudge tool to achieve the desired result.

Beginner Tutorials Video

Duotone Effect Photoshop Tutorial

March 18, 2016

In this Photoshop Tutorial I will show you how to create a variety of Duotone Effects using a few basic techniques. By using a combination of Adjustment Layers along with Gradient Maps you can quickly colorize images to achieve some fun and unexpected results. I will also show you how to add and remove more colors at any time to create even more variations.

For more quick tips check out my 30 Tips in 30 Days Video Series here.

Advanced Tutorials Video

Floral Typography Effect in Photoshop

March 15, 2016

In this Advanced Photoshop Tutorial I will show you step-by-step how to create an elegant typographic design based off of the popular trend that combines images of flowers with text. We will use layer masks to add depth to the image and will also take a look at how to use the Background Eraser Tool to quickly isolate objects from the background.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and would like to see more inspiration check out this link to Chris Spooner’s Spoon Graphics Blog where he has a great collection of these beautiful Floral Typography designs!


Design Lessons Video

Communicating with Typography

March 10, 2016

The typeface we choose can often help or hurt our message. Yes, all type communicates, but the font or ‘appearance’ of those words can have deep meaning and evoke certain feelings from the viewer. In this lesson we will discuss the differences between styles of fonts, kerning vs linespacing, and using type as a metaphor or words that look like their meaning. This will be especially helpful for people interested in learning some tips about layout and logo design as we look at several ways to use typography to communicate.

If you enjoyed this video you might also like:
Logo Evolution Episode 1
3 Ways to Create Custom Type in Illustrator



Beginner Tutorials Video

3 Ways to Create Custom Type in Illustrator

March 4, 2016

Have you ever wondered how to create a unique typeface for a logo or t-shirt design? In this lesson I will show you 3 ways to customize an existing typeface to create something of your own using Adobe Illustrator. We will be using the Pen Tool as well as the Pathfinder to create some really cool effects that you can use on just about any design project that requires an eye catching type treatment!

If you enjoyed this video, you might also like:
Logo Evolution Episode 1


Design Lessons Video

Logo Evolution Episode 1

March 2, 2016

In this lesson we will take a look at some well known brands and how they have evolved over the years. It is important for companies to reinvent themselves and stay current although some have done this more successfully than others.