How to create a CD cover with an underground touch

04.02.2015, 8:21

Be creative and professional!


In this tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to make CD cover designs using Adobe Illustrator. We hope that you will enjoy making it and you will be pleased with the final result.


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In the beginning, open a new document with a Width and an Height of 124 mm. Set the bleed to 3 mm, the color mode to CMYK and the Raster effects to 300 ppi.


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Then start drawing with the Pen tool but set the Limit of your stroke to 1pt (to see the Stroke box go to Window>Stroke). Play with the lines and make them however you like.


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After you’re done, select all your drawing, go to Object>Expand, then Window>Pathfinder>Unite, to make everything in a clean shape.


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Next thing, make a circle with the Ellipse Tool, set the stroke to 0.25pt and click on the small arrow on the brush options to open your brush library. Then choose the brush style you like from Artistic Paintbrush. Make sure that you don’t have a filled color. Select what you made so far and Center everything (Window>Allign to open the Allign box).


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We want to make some drips for my shape. For that make a rectangle and a circle at the end of the rectangle. Select both of them and go to Pathfinder>Unite to make a clean shape.


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Then go to Direct selection Tool, click on Anchor point and then click on Convert selected anchor points to smooth button. Do the same for the left side and then adjust your anchor points to make them look realistic.


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Select your Pen tool and make the drips look realistic.


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Select everything and go to Pathfinder>Unite.


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Prepare the space for the text, select your text and go to Object>Expand, then go to Pathfinder>Minus Front.


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After that, type the rest of the text and create a frame for your artwork (1pt stroke square).


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Select everything, go to Object>Expand Appearance, then Object>Expand and Pathfinder>Merge. After that, all you need to do is to go to Object>Path>Clean Up to make one clean shape. Now just by selecting what’s black, you can change the color if you want to.


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Now choose a background for your artwork (I used a textured paper).


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We would like to add some color to our artwork. For that, make shapes or play with letters or numbers which have a meaning to you.

That’s it. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

How to make some business cards with a nice underground design

14.01.2015, 11:59

For an efficient business!


In this tutorial we will show you how to make your own business cards.
You will need to use a few Adobe Illustrator tools and a little bit of imagination. Choose a style and the elements that represent you. For those business cards, we chose a vintage ticket look.

Let’s get started!


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Create a new document in Illustrator. Sizes can vary across different print firms. Enter the dimensions according to our print24 guidelines in the width and height options, and the bleed amount below. With our cards being double sided, change the Number of Artboards option to 2. Finally, check that your Color Mode is set to CMYK.


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Drag out guides and align them with the black outline of the cards (Press Ctrl+R to toggle rulers on). Select the two top horizontal guides and the left vertical guide then hit Enter to open the Move window.
Enter 5mm in the Horizontal and Vertical fields, then click OK.

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Select the remaining guides and open up the Move window once again, this time enter -5mm in the fields.


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Make a background (color #FFB000) and a rectangle with a 1.5 pt stroke (color #0A0A0A) between the guides. After that create a square where you want to place your logo, with the same settings as the rectangle.


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Make a straight line with the pen tool (hold Shift to make it straight).
Then make a rectangle, but this time with a fill. Add an anchor point on it and drag it to the left.


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Let’s make a dashed line! Select the Pen tool and make a 1pt line.
Duplicate it and then drag it down (hold Shift to be sure that it will be aligned with the first line). Select the paths, go to Window>Stroke and check the Dashed Line button. Make the dash 2pt and the gap 1pt.
Then select them again and go to Window>Align>Horizontal Align Center, to align the lines to the artboard.


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Put your text there, then play with stars, shapes, lines, just like you want.
Make sure that everything is aligned to the artboard.


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Now use your Pen tool to make the line, but use the guides to be sure that everything is perfect.


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We want to show that we’re available everyday. Make a rectangle and then duplicate it, drag it to the right and don’t deselect it. Press Ctrl+D and this will help you to duplicate it and keep the settings for every rectangle that you duplicate. Make a rectangle for each day.


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Now add the text and make everything look good.


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Write your contact details.


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For the back of the business cards add the text and make sure that everything is aligned.


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We’re almost done! All you need to do is to add a texture. Open a texture, select it and cut it (Ctrl+X) and then go to Window> Transparency and click on the small arrow on the right of the box and go for Opacity Mask. Then paste the texture in the black square that just appeared. Adjust everything to fit perfectly and do the same with the back of the card.

Now save the project as a .pdf and when the saving options appear select the High Quality Print option. Then go to Marks and Bleeds and check the Trim Marks.

That’s it!!! Now you have a cool business card design.

How to make your own Christmas card in Illustrator

17.12.2014, 9:48

The best way to say Merry Christmas!


In this tutorial we will show you how to make a cool Christmas card in Adobe Illustrator. You will see that it’s very easy to make one. But for that you need to know how to use a few Illustrator tools.

Let’s start!


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First open an A4 document and make a black background (#0a0a0a). Then divide the artboard in two pieces. One will be the front cover and the other one will be the back cover. Use white (#efefef) to make the frame, but remember that in the middle (where the card will be folded) you should make a double line.


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Make a triangle and then with the Pen Tool make the inside lines. Then select everything and go to Object>Expand and then to Window>Pathfinder>Minus Front.


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After you duplicated the shape, select the whole line and duplicate it again. Then Right click on the second row and click Reflect Horizontal. After that, adjust everything and make it look good. Use the eraser tool if the lines go over frame.


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Now with the Pen Tool make a path and go to Window>Stroke and check the Dashed Line button. Make 4pt dash and 4pt gap. After that go to Object>Expand Appearance and Object>Expand. Then go to Effect>Stylize>Round Corners and set Radius to 10pt.


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If you want, you can make lines between the motifs like we did. Now let’s make a Christmas Tree. Make a tree shape and inside just play with paths (pen tool). Then select everything and go to Object>expand then select all black (in the tree), go to Pathfinder>Unite, then again, select everything and go to Pathfinder>Minus Front. Duplicate the tree once and make sure it’s still selected, then press Ctrl-D to duplicate the tree at the same distance.


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Duplicate the dots and the line and Reflect it Horizontal. Then make a zig zag path, duplicate it and Reflect it Horizontal. After that, intersect the paths and make them look like squares.


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For the next motif, take the top row and bring the shapes closer to each other like you see in the picture. Then select the row, duplicate it and Reflect it Horizontal. Again bring them closer to each other (and you should have a pattern like we have in the red rectangle). The green selection is just for you to see how we’ve made what’s inside the red rectangle.


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Duplicate the rows and put them like you want. We started with the bottom rows to see how much space we had left.


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Now, with the motifs that you already have, fill the whole card. For the back cover we just duplicated the front cover and reflected it Vertical. For a nice look, we recommend that you bring the Frame layer to the front (by dragging it on top of the layer box).


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Make a circle in the middle of the card and type your text there.


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Now just use your imagination and play with shapes and lines to make it look exactly like you want.


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We want to do one more thing before we are ready. We think the circle will look cooler if we make it look like a Christmas decoration. For that, play with shapes.

This is it. It’s a very simple and cool Christmas card!

I hope this tutorial helped you to learn more about the tools and that you are now able to make you own Christmas card.

30 Adobe Illustrator tutorials for vector lovers

19.03.2014, 10:01

The world is made of vectors!

Adobe Illustrator is King when it comes to vector images. There may be other vector programs, but Illustrator is not only easy-to-use but also the one that renders scalable illustrations at the highest quality standard.

We have researched for you 30 fresh Illustrator tutorials, such as icons, geometric patterns or cartoon characters. As a little extra, this article also brings you 10 brush sets for Illustrator so you can save time and get extra-amazing results.

We wish you a good day and hope you learn a lot and have loads of fun with this article!

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Photoshop CC earns 3D printing spurs in latest update

16.01.2014, 10:06

Available to Adobe's 1.5 million Creative Cloud subscribers

Adobe has crashed the 3D printing party with the latest update to its cloud-based Photoshop CC app, which can now help you print anything from rockets to seashells and, erm, horse pictures. If that doesn’t make you want to saddle up and ride off into the 3D printing sunset, we’re not sure what will.


The new features are based primarily around manipulating 3D models and making them fit for printing, rather than creating projects from scratch.

Once loaded into the app’s WIZIWIG interface, models can be colored and textured before being printed by clicking a button in the app’s menu. The idea is that if you can get something looking like you want on the screen, that’s how it will look when it comes off the printer.

During an online product demo, an Adobe spokesperson said that Photoshop CC can print from a variety of sources, including a local computer, online print services such as Shapeways or through Adobe’s own Behance portfolio. Printers initially supported include the Makerbot, the Cube and Z Corporation models.


Adobe reckons its first effort at supporting 3D printing already puts it ahead of competing 3D modelling and printing apps due to its ability to patch up flaws in the 3D meshes of products.

The spokesperson said: “Most importantly in terms of the pain points of 3D printing, Photoshop automatically corrects any problems with the meshes, whether it’s holes or wall thickness problems, or they’re not watertight, in addition to optimising support structures to ensure the printing happens reliably.

“The fact is that these problems exist for people trying to accomplish 3D printing, particularly creative types, creating a huge overhead. It may take many hours to fix the models and get them ready to print.”

If you’re thinking of giving Photoshop CC’s 3D printing capabilties a spin, you’ll have to sign up to one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite offerings, which start at £17.58 (around US$29, or AUS$32) per month for a single app plan.

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20 high-quality vexel-examples and tips to create your own vexel-designs

04.12.2013, 9:56

Vexel: Pixels made awesome!

The word ‘vexel’ comes from mixing the words ‘vector’ and ‘pixel’. In this technique the idea is to give the appearance of a vector image from what was originally a pixel image. To make it work, for example, lines are traced or effects applied to reduce color and scale to make this work.

We have researched 20 inspiring examples for you and present you with some outstandingVexel tutorials to get started immediately. Pay particular attention to the hair, which shows the typical eighth Vexel-line style.

Believe us, the examples below will amaze you. Keep on reading!


Designer: Cristiano Siqueira

© Cristiano Siqueira

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Interview: Designer Adam Spizak

16.01.2013, 9:23

In conversation with the Polish illustrator

” Just doing what I like and getting paid for it. Most people never get that luxury.”

Adam is a Polish designer and illustrator who is currently living in London, UK. He is also the co-founder of the design blog, “an outlet for presenting inspiring, promising and basically great things.” We talked to him about inspiration, work and life in general.

Adam Spizak

The Last Guardian


Hi Adam,
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions. You were born in Poland, what brought you to London?


Work, London is a great place for designers as the market is very vast.

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50 inspiring high-quality textures

16.08.2011, 9:33

Enhancing surfaces for your projects

When working with Gimp, Photoshop etc. there is one thing that you don’t want to miss: Textures. Pictures often have these “clean” surfaces which can be enhanced with using different textures. They are easy to implement and create an artistic and more realistic effect. We already shared a collection of 30 texture packs and 30+ texture collection for flyer design with you.

As we all can’t get enough of that we provide you with another collection of 50 amazing textures for creative use.

Before using them, try to get permission from the designer. Even if you gave him credit by providing a link it might be better for both sides to directly ask for it to avoid trouble, especially when you’re using the work commercially. In most cases he will be more than happy to do so.

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30 great tutorials for icon design

28.06.2011, 9:28

High quality on small scale

There are quite a few rules to consider when designing icons. The visuals have to work on very small scale, which means that every pixel has to be well placed. A well designed icon is a symbol that works without description when used within a graphic interface.

It’s also important to take note of existing standard sizes for icons used in operating systems or interfaces before you start working. This collection of icon design tutorials, however, is more about the techniques, styles, tips and tricks for creating convincing symbolic visuals. The workshops may also serve as a great source of inspiration for your work.

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30 fascinating Illustrator text effects

14.06.2011, 9:18

Creating cool lettering for flyers or posters belongs to the everyday routine of professional illustrators. In this overview of high quality text effects for Adobe Illustrator you’ll certainly find loads of inspiration for your own projects.

Letters become distorted and chunky. They turn into smoke, plants or juicy pieces of cake. Others get some emphasis by adding a 3rd dimension for plasticity. There really is a directly applicable example for almost every case of use. Detailed instructions allow even beginners to achieve the presented outcomes.


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