How to make your own Christmas card in Illustrator

17.12.2014, 9:48


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

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

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

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

” 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

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

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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33 fresh Illustrator tutorials worth checking out

08.02.2011, 8:57

Should you wish to upgrade your illustration skills this collection of tutorials for Adobe Illustrator might be your perfect starting point. More than 30 step-by-step instructions guide you towards formidable results.

The spectrum ranges from cool text effects, cartoon characters and handy patterns to icon design and logo drafts or complete graphic artworks – all created with Illustrator only. There should be something for every graphic designer. Besides new techniques to pick up, the goals of the individual workshops might also serve you as great source of inspiration.

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24 design resources for Valentine’s Day

03.02.2011, 10:21

Valentine’s day is less than 2 weeks ahead. February 14 is probably the most romantic day of the year. You wish to give your loved one a beautiful present but don’t have a good idea about the styling? We gladly help you out and scanned the web for useful resources to create a beautiful Valentines design for your gift. From brushes to textures and suitable tutorials our collection contains everything you need for a lovely creation.

You found something beautiful, too, or even created it yourself and want to make it available for others? You’re absolutely welcome! Just add it through the comment section below or share it with our Facebook community.

We wish you a nice time designing and giving!


[Brushes] Happy Heart Attack

Happy Heart Attack

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