30+1 Outstanding photo manipulations for your inspiration

27.11.2013, 10:10

Fantastic images of pure and absolute creativity

Thanks to the many possibilities opened by Photoshop, it is possible to master the art of photo-manipulation. Indeed, Photoshop gives many artists the necessary tools to create fascinating compositions. Whereas manipulations are done from photos of people or from abstract ideas, behind them there is a brilliant, curious, and artistic mind able to render images worthy of a fairy tale.

For your inspiration, we have collected 30+1 really outstanding photo manipulations. These artists make the master class of the Photoshop league. Take a look at them and inspire yourself with their creativity!

ALIVE

Artist: Martin Grohs
Website: martin-grohs.com

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© Martin Grohs

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Osmosis – Contemporary Art in Rome

20.11.2013, 10:09

Interview to artist Domenico Romeo

“The best art is the one produced in times of great change, times of uncertainty, moments of economic crisis. ” – Domenico Romeo.

Domenico's Work

Photo by Claudia Grasso

The exhibition of contemporary art OSMOSIS, organized by the LUISS Master of Art, is held in Rome from the 1st and until the 28 th of November 2013, at the Tiburtina station. The objective of the exhibition is to photograph, through art, a moment of reality – and in particular the climate of uncertainty created by the economic crisis.

The location within the Tiburtina station is a very conscious choice. The station plays the role of a large square in the middle of a very important crossroad, a public meeting place where to spend time and enjoy a passion for collecting.

Domenico Romeo is one of the artists who took part with his new work “Selezione Innaturale” (Unnatural Selection) .

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Tutorial collection: Learn “Digital Drawing” with Adobe Photoshop

13.11.2013, 10:41

Create amazing images worthy of a dream

Amazing pieces of art can be obtained through digital painting/drawing. We gathered here some of the finest examples in this collection – all so magnificently done that we can only compare them to a dream. If you are curious and want to know how these works of art were created simply follow the source link provided. There are a “step by step” instructions for all digital compositions presented here.

In this manner you can easily understand the making of each and every single example. Appreciate how the arise, from an idea into a reality.

Have fun and feel free to day-dream!

Making of Lida

Artist: YuChengHong
Website: cgarena.com

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© YuChengHong

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How to build your own video CV

06.11.2013, 10:43

To get the attention of the perfect company

In the world of graphic design sometimes it is not enough to send a CV that only outlines your studies and experience. Companies need practical examples of your work. In this respect, being original and presenting high quality examples is a deciding factor to get the job.

We had previously given 32 amazingly creative job application examples that could help you stand out from other job seekers. Today we go a step further and give you some inspiration to make a video CV, a practice that is becoming widespread among graphic designers, specifically 3D specialists. The opportunity to show their skills, alongside their education and experience, drives this new trend.

Story

The first step is to create an action plan. We want to show companies that we are able to create and give life. As a 3D graphic designer, the best way to do so is by creating different characters which will show your skills in the matter. This sounds basic but is the core of the experience. The result will not be outstanding without a good story behind it.

We are going to use this video CV of the Spanish graphic designer Javier Hernández as example. He has chosen different characters –people, cartoon characters and animals- because their rigging -their internal skeleton- allowed them to be very expressive.

After you have chosen the characters, you have to write a catchy script and interact with the characters that you created.

In this particular case, the artist starts to explain his CV while the characters interrupt him. The first character that appears is a small girl over his shoulder. After that, a cartoon comes down from a rope and the artist decides to catch it and take it out. The characters continue to show up. The next one is a big dog that plays with the graphic designer. In the background you can also see Spiderman and a woman, in real size, that gives him some advice.

In this manner, Javier has built a catchy and funny story with our characters showing the recruiters what we are able to create with 3D.

There are some other ways to create your own original video CV if you are a 3D designer. For example, the artist Jacob Hall creates his own brand and builds his video as an advertisement.

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35 User-Interface designs with open PSD-files

30.10.2013, 10:10

User interface design into perfection

Regardless of what you do, a nice and intuitive user interface is a very good way to impress your audience. In this article you will find 35 open PSD-files to help you build extraordinary user interfaces.

Think about it, your customer certainly deserves a interface that he can enjoy and use without frustrations. On the other hand, you do not have to spend hours designing your own buttons – be it for a website, app or platform. Why would you? Most of the elements in an user-interface are relatively standard – sliders for volume and similar functions, back/forward buttons for websites, username and password forms, numbers, tabs/categories markers, etc. Take a look at these open PSD-files and simply use what you need.

Inspire yourself and learn to create outstanding user-interfaces!

Transparent Ui kit

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21 Halloween inspired print designs

23.10.2013, 10:17

Scary resources

Halloween is next week and we want you to get ready for it. Let us introduce you some posters and flyers that can inspire you to create an impressive design for your Halloween party.

In this article you can see how clubs or restaurants created catchy designs to attract customers. An original spooky design is key this time of the year.

Pumpkins and classic zombies are too mainstream so we want you to be different. Have a look at these designs and feel free to create spooky promotions for your business.

Because we want you to have a terrifying night!

Xombie Halloween Invitation


Source: Katarina Andriopoulos

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+200 spooky resources for Photoshop

16.10.2013, 9:38

To scare people

Halloween is in a few weeks. In this post you’ll find a great selection of spooky textures, bloody brushes and frightening icons for your realistic Halloween designs.

You’ll find every brush you’ll need started from blood splashes, cobwebs, handprints, bones and brains to graveyards. There is something for every design whether you want to create a monster or zombie inspired design. Additionally, we collected some of the creepiest tutorials for you: “Create your own horror movie poster”, “transform yourself into an alien” or “become a True Blood vampire”.

We wish you lots of fun and lots of monster force in the creation of the darkest horror atmosphere!

Patterns/Textures

Seamless Spiderweb


Quelle: FantasyStock

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30 artworks with illustrative elements + 20 helpful tutorials

09.10.2013, 11:54

Distinguish yourself!

We are very happy to introduce you with this series of 30 illustrations, 20 of which containing a detailed tutorial that shall provide you with useful tips as to how they were created and, in the process, most probably, set your creative skills on fire!

These tutorials will for instance, and among many other things, enable you to create organic lettering, add depth to mixed-media collages, create retro graphics in illustrator, or even create an incredible typographic illustration. In a nutshell, you’ll find bellow the latest state-of-the-art digital techniques to upscale your artwork so they really stand out!

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35 inspiring business cards and 10 templates for free use

02.10.2013, 10:19

How pros design their business cards

A good business card is the cornerstone of a good company image, although they present themselves on a small area with the company logo and other important details the margin for creativity in design is ever more expansive as more tools become available.

Below is a collection of particularly innovative card designs that stick out from the norm. These 35 inspirational business cards subvert traditional conventions and, whilst being very visually appealing help communicate the identity of the companies.
And as handy extra, there are an additional 10 business card templates to kick-start your own designs, enjoy!

John Charles Photography Business Card

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40 websites with parallax scrolling and 10 tutorials for own parallax effects

25.09.2013, 12:04

A new trend in webdesign

The use of visuals in communication has hugely increased over the past decade. With so much more material for to process from day to day; it has emerged that the use of visual graphics and animation greatly improve our ability to take in and retain information.

Although their screenshots don’t do them justice, a remarkable collection of websites built around parallax scrolling and engaging graphics below show clearly the direction that site design is moving towards.

As well as striking depth and a 3D feel, the use of animated graphics is common in such examples to give a sense of motion to visitors browsing through the websites.

After seeing these inspiring examples you might endeavor to start your own designs; we’ve taken the care to assemble 10 comprehensive and professional tutorials focusing on building a range of parallax frameworks.

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