Interview with Illustrator Jared Muralt

14.05.2015, 12:04

Interview with a talented Swiss artist

Jared is a freelance illustrator from Bern and the co-founder of the BlackYard Studio a Swiss design collective. Despite a whole year in art school, Jared has ended up being an autodidact, finding his own style in the stippling technique. We decided to ask him more about his career, what inspires him and his projects in this interview.

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print24: Jared, we first discovered your work through the drawings in your sketchbook. When did you start filling your first sketchbook with illustrations and how many of those do you have?

Jared: I believe I started in my earliest years when my mom offered me my first sketchbook. Before, I used to draw Sci-fi-inspired arts in cheap notepads without even thinking about the beauty, the necessity of a convincing artwork nor the academic rules. Drawing in a real sketchbook was an entirely different story. Even the cover and the paper quality had a rather serious impact on me. I tried to draw pages after pages but didn’t succeed as I couldn’t find my own working rhythm. I didn’t stop at this one sketchbook and tried again but I never went over half of it.

I later discovered how I should carry on drawing in a sketchbook. I then taught myself how to draw without taking what I was producing too seriously. This may be the reason why I hardly ever sketched but go directly inking. What makes the life of an artist is the mistakes he or she makes. For me, this sketchbook is a daily artbook, an experimental place, a factory of ideas and a playground all-together.

I don’t know how many sketchbooks I already fully filled but at the moment I’m doing between two to three sketchbooks per year.

„For me, this sketchbook is a daily artbook, an experimental place, a factory of ideas and a playground all-together.“

print24: where do you get your inspiration from? Do you always carry a notepad or a sketchbook with you or are your projects rather conceptual?

Jared: I let myself drifting away from my surroundings. That’s when things start to inspire me. I draw the ideas or images that comes to my mind as well as the situations, the people, the landscapes I meet on my road. And yes, I’m hardly leaving my home without a pen or a sketchbook. Those are spontaneous moments where I capture the drawing and then implements it into a more conceptual project.

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print24: the incredible style of your drawings is stunning and feels so exceptional and unique. Have you ever had a preference for rather graphic images or did your style develop itself bit by bit through a long progress?

Jared: yes, I was fond of comics and such related imagery when I was a kid. This influence has probably followed me until today and my enthusiasm about it has yet not decreased. Nevertheless, I have always been and still am in a constant development.

print24: you have a project closely related to your name called „Tiefsee Angler“ (Deep Sea Angler). How did you come to draw deep sea fishes and what made you so enthusiastic about it?

Jared: the oddness of these animals completely mesmerized me. Their frightening and deformed appearance full of warts. Moreover, those fishes lure their prey in the darkness of the deeps with a little light over their heads. This light is produced in symbiosis with a luminous bacteria. The shape and form of these animals were perfect to practice the stippling technique. Therefore, I started to draw one of those fishes every day.

After I had drawn roughly 50 different fishes, I had the idea to create and publish an illustrated book. This ended up as a work of more than 100 illustrations of deep sea angler fishes with a little description for each species.

„the oddness of these animals completely mesmerized me. Their frightening and deformed appearance full of warts.“

print24: in addition to your sketchbook drawings and illustrations, you also created some flyers as well as doing some clients‘ requests. You also have the BlackYard Studio, your own design collective. What does a typical day looks like in the life of Jared Muralt?

Jared: together with my three friends Christian Calame, Philipp Thoeni and Silvio Brügger, I have founded this collective of design and illustration in 2009. Everybody had something special to bring to the team. That said, we are two illustrators and two graphic designers benefiting from each other in this set-up. There is no typical work day, but there are at least three: the first one is probably the more pleasant.

If I’m not totally stressed out, I go between 8 to 9 hours outside the house. For lunch, everyone of us cooks. After that, we play 8 rounds of Mariokart and then the work can begin. We check and reply to our emails, work on things we’re pushing up for weeks or simply draw something. Then there are days when I’m not drawing a single line, handling the office work, supervising our online shop – which, to our delight, has developed a very turbulent life of its own over the years. We even had to hire an assistant.
And then you have those days when I’m stressed in my office, working the entire day and half of the night on a project until I could fall asleep.

Thank you Jared for this great interview! If you want to discover more of his incredible work, have a look at his Behance profile or just dropped by his Instagram account!

Paper bags: How to create a Geometric Pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

07.05.2015, 8:46

Transport with style thanks to your Paper bags!

From the range of products Easyprint is providing comes an article that should satisfy both professionals and families: the Paper Bag.
Therefore, on top of the traditional introduction of the item, we wanted to introduce you to a tutorial that can allow you to design your own Paper bag with Adobe Illustrator.

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The best Photoshop tutorials on the web

23.04.2015, 10:24

Be creative!

When you think about it: how crazy all the things we can do via Photoshop or any other digital art software are! This is now so simple and so easy to obtain a hyper realistic style in digital painting… and you don’t even have to buy the acrylic paint for it! As for some photographers, doing some retouch of a beautiful portrait, adding some makeup, changing the eye or the hair color is something completely doable – this with great, natural results!

Today, we wanted to show you a few tricks regarding Photoshop (and other software you can use) both in photography and design to unleash your imagination and make sure it knows no boundaries. We wish you all to be inspired and to increase your artistic skills in order to create even more awesome and beautiful artworks!

Create an eerie eye photo manipulation in photoshop

Source: Adrian Scheff

by Adrian Scheff
© Adrian Scheff

How to create anaglyph 3D images that really work!

Source: Blog Spoon Graphics

by Blog Spoon Graphics
© Blog Spoon Graphics

It’s time to create a “Neo-Constructivist” poster with photoshop

Source: Alvaro Guzman

by Alvaro Guzman
© Alvaro Guzman

Making of “Victorian Gaol”

Source: Andy Walsh

by Andy Walsh
© Andy Walsh

Disintegration Effect: Photoshop tutorial

Source: Photoshop tutorials

Disintegration Effect: Photoshop tutorial from Photoshop tutorials on YouTube.

How to change eye color in Photoshop

Source: Phlearn Photoshop & Photography Tutorial

How to change eye color in Photoshop from Phlearn Photoshop & Photography Tutorial on YouTube.

T-shirt design in illustrator using owl and skull vector art

Source: Hydro74

by Hydro74
© Hydro74

Create a fire and rust text effect using the flame filter in Adobe Photoshop CC

Source: Rose

by Rose
© Rose

The Dancer: create a dynamic liquid splash effect



How to colorize a black and white photo in Photoshop

Source: Photoshop Video Academy

How to colorize a black and white photo in Photoshop from Photoshop Video Academy on YouTube.

Easy double exposure in Photoshop – Simple Design Tutorials

Source: Patrick Schmidt

Easy double exposure in Photoshop – Simple Design Tutorials from Patrick Schmidt on YouTube.

“Red Dream” photo manipulation tutorial

Source: DesignStacks

by DesignStacks
© DesignStacks

Abstract photo manipulation Photoshop CS6



Ironman view interface effect



Create a vivid winter aurora landscape

Source: Jenny Le

by Jenny Le
© Jenny Le

Dripping honey on toast text effect



Adding color to your photography in Photoshop

Source: Jessica Kobeissi

Adding color to your photography in Photoshop from Jessica Kobeissi on YouTube.

Photoshop manipulation bulb water – photoshop tutorial

Source: 99easy

Photoshop manipulation bulb water – photoshop tutorial from 99easy on YouTube.

Photoshop tutorial Photo Effects – Dramatic Color

Source: Nam Tran

Photoshop tutorial Photo Effects – Dramatic Color from Nam Tran on YouTube.

Photoshop: how to make a comic book, pop art, cartoon from a photo

Source: Blue Lightning TV

Photoshop: how to make a comic book, pop art, cartoon from a photo from Blue Lightning TV on YouTube.

Create a stunning city skylight made of text

Source: Benjamin Rama

by Benjamin Rama
© Benjamin Rama

Curled Ribbon Text Effect

Source: textuts

by textuts
© textuts

Create an abstract ecology scene with 3D render



How to create a mysterious matte painting landscape in Photoshop

Source: Maria Semelevich

by Maria Semelevich
© Maria Semelevich

Create a vintage style pop art cartoon in Photoshop



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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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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