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This tutorial is very easy and quick. However, despite its brevity and simplicity, you will still be able to add a few important skills to your designer’s arsenal. We will use the option Object > Pattern > Make, which will automatically create a pattern for you.

If you are in a mood to create more patterns, then check out GraphicRiver. There you can find many images that you can use to create your new patterns.

So grab a cup of coffee, and let's start!

1. How to Create the Monstera LeafStep 1

Create a New Document (File > New) with 850 px Width and 850 px Height.

We will start by creating the main image of the pattern, which will be the leaf. For that, take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a green ellipse. Rotate the ellipse slightly to the left. Now select it, right-click the mouse, and select Transform > Reflect. This will bring up the Reflect dialogue window, where you should enter Axis Vertical, Angle 90 degrees, and press Copy. Move the copy of the oval to the right, as shown in the image below.

After that, while keeping the two shapes selected, go to the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and press the Unite button, and you will get one shape from these two ovals. You will now get a heart-like shape, which will be the base of our leaf.

As you can see, the bottom...

In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create an icy fish photo manipulation. You will learn how to create an icy landscape using several stock images, freeze a fish using some ice textures, paint snowy bubbles, make icy fins, and more.

If you're looking for resources, including stock images, textures, and 3D models for your manipulation projects, you can find them all over on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Build the Base LandscapeStep 1

Create a new 2000 x 1333 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:

Step 2

Open the winter landscape image. Drag this image into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V).

Step 3

You can see that there are unwanted hard edges on the top left of the sky. To fix it, on the landscape layer, use the Lasso Tool (L) to make a selection on the top right and set the Feather Radius for it to 30:

Press Control-J to duplicate this selected part into a new layer and move it to...

Gravit Designer is a completely free vector design application. It’s available in the browser as well as on Linux, Mac, ChromeOS, and Windows.

In this video from my course, Gravit Designer Quick Start, we’ll take a look at Gravit’s text system. You'll learn how to create and align text, adjust it, scale it, and make it follow paths.

How to Work With Text in Gravit Designer
 
Text Basics in Gravit Designer

We'll start with the basics, and that is the default way of creating text. So if we grab the Text tool from the toolbar, all we need to do is just click where we want our text to appear, and we get a text box with some dummy text that we can fill in with anything we want. 

And then we can select our text and start taking a look at the options on the right-hand side. 

One of the most helpful things about Gravit Designer is that you have instant access to every single font in the Google Fonts library.

Typically, if you're working with a graphic designer offline, and you want to use Google Fonts, then you've got to go to the Google Fonts website, find a font you like, download it, and install it. Then you may need to restart the application that you're using for your design, and test out the font. And then if it's no good, then you've got to start the whole thing...

Welcome back to our International Artist Series.

Today we're catching up with five incredible artists from Croatia, an Eastern European country on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, and home of the first Greek colonies. I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great responses.

Vedran Stimac

Vedran is a self-taught illustrator originally from Pula, Croatia. His powerful illustrations take on many important themes of class, power, and politics with incredible creativity.

Check out his work below or see more in his portfolio.

Alfred Hitchcock
One of the greatest influences on my work are my friends—people who are encouraging with both critiques and with compliments. Comrades who struggle and organize themselves, who are not in some way a part of big art and cultural organizations in Pula, are also a huge motivational factor for me.
Karlo Rojc
Originally, I am from Pula, a town on the coast of Croatia. I'm very nostalgic when it comes to my hometown, although now I live in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sometimes pure natural infrastructure is not enough to maintain a life quality. When the tourist season ends in Pula there is basically no social life, so the people in my hometown often organize themselves.
Edgar Allan Poe
Nikola Tesla
In the field of art and...

In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create a colorful, futuristic collage featuring a beautiful woman. I will also teach you how to retouch the artwork in Adobe Lightroom.

First, we'll isolate the model from the background. After that, we'll add our background and create illustrations. Later, we will cut out the model’s eyes, create some faux sunglasses, and add in some stars to create that dreamy, futuristic mood. 

Then, we will add additional elements such as the crow, the UFO, the jewelry, and some tribal marks. Finally, we will adjust the contrast, vibration, and saturation using Adobe Lightroom. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Isolate the Model and Prepare the Base BackgroundStep 1

Create a new 20" by 20” document in Photoshop with the given settings:

Step 2

Open the model's image in Photoshop. Cut out the image using the Pen Tool (P). Find a spot on the main image, and click on a point to start drawing the outline. To finish, we have to click from the last point to the first one we did. Press Control-Plus (+) to zoom in and Control-Minus (-) to zoom out during the process.

Step 3

After drawing your outline, we want to remove the background to...

In this tutorial, we're going to create a beautiful Irish door like those found in Dublin. We'll be using basic shapes and creating a brick wall with patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

Looking for inspirational vectors? Why not head over to GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document

Press Control-N to make a New Document. Set the Units to Pixels, and enter 800 x 1000 for the width and height of the document. Then in the Advanced options, select RGBScreen (72 ppi), and make sure to uncheck the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box before clicking OK.

Go to the Preferences (Control-K) and enter 1 px for the Keyboard increment. Press OK.

You can activate the Info panel (Window > Info) in order to have a preview of the size and position of your shapes. Remember to set the measuring unit to Pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. This will greatly increase the speed of your work.


2. How to Create the DoorStep 1

For the door, create a 220 x 430 px rectangle (#9D5B97) using the Rectangle Tool (M).

Step 2

Then draw a small 3 x 53 px rectangle (#94588F) to be the door’s first box. Create corners using Live Corners with the Direct Selection Tool (A), and pressing the Alt key to choose chamfered corners.

Step 3

Create another box inside the first one and reverse the colors of the lights and shadows. Then group the entire box together (Control-G), duplicate it twice (Control-C >...

You can remember them from your childhood—Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Disney's Robin Hood... All these walking and talking animals that are so human-like that you start treating them like humans. These characters are anthropomorphic: they're basically animals with their bodies modified to resemble humans both in the way of moving and in their general behavior.

Anthropomorphism is often used in children's movies/books, because it's easy to create original characters this way, and kids are naturally more drawn to cute animals/talking machines than to "normal", boring humans they can see every day. But anthros, as such characters are called, are also popular among older audiences.

Just like in manga, anthropomorphic characters can be much more interesting and visually appealing than real humans. Their exaggerated facial features allow artists to communicate their emotions freely, and there's no pressure to reach full realism, since anthros are not real by definition. Because of this, they can be an excellent topic to draw! 

But what exactly are anthropomorphic characters, and how can you create them?

What Is Anthropomorphism?

We are born with a tendency to assign human attributes to non-human entities. Before the dawn of modern civilization, people used to see a soul in stones, trees, and animals, and treated natural phenomena as powerful entities with their own will. Even random occurrences were assigned to the will of "fate", which sometimes "smiled upon" a person or was "cruel" to them. 

This curious trait of the human mind has allowed...

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful set of tropical flowers and leaves!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this vector with some other awesome elements, purchase the Tropical Leaves and Flowers with a Summer Holidays Emblem from GraphicRiver!

1. How to Draw the FlowerStep 1

First, draw an ellipse and fill it with #CC2C10, as indicated below.

Let's begin using Mesh! Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and begin pulling around the edges of the ellipse to create a petal shape. Next, create a Mesh Grid like the one in the screenshot below by clicking where the nodes are supposed to be.

Once your Mesh Grid is done, begin coloring it by selecting the nodes with the Mesh Tool (U) and changing their color to #DF4E29.

Continue by coloring the nodes selected in the screenshot below with #380401.

Step 2

Continue coloring the first petal by clicking the selected nodes and coloring them with the corresponding colors. You will need to use these colors:

  1. #680201
  2. #A81708
  3. #8A0D06
  4. #C02710
Step 3

Similarly, draw the second petal. You will need these:

  1. #C92111

  2. #A61107
  3. #380000

Learn how to create epic photo effects in under a minute! Check out this quick lesson below.

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Wall of Lights

Make your photos stand out with an intense wall of lights effect. This effect works great for rock stars, athletes, and so much more! In this video, I'll show you how to create a beaming wall of lights from scratch using this light bulb reference and simple Photoshop brushes.

Watch the process unfold and get all the details you need in the process below. And head on over to GraphicRiver for more amazing brushes.

How to Create a Wall of Lights in Adobe Photoshop

Start with a New Document at 850 x 600 pixels.

Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to Fill the background with dark brown #1b120f.

Now use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make a circular extraction from the light bulb picture. Copy and Paste it into the document, using the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to adjust its size. 

Duplicate (Control-J) this layer several times to make a single row of bulbs, and then Merge the layers together. Make several more rows of duplicated bulbs using the same process until you have an entire wall of lights.

...

Tropical and botanical design is one of the most popular trends in the industry right now. Let's find out why below!

Trend Watch: Floral, Tropical, & Botanical Design

There is nothing more cathartic than nature. It has a serene, calming effect that is both enjoyable and soothing.

For creatives, nature is one of our biggest inspirations. Not only do we tend to capture the beauty of the natural world around us, but we can also bring the same calm feeling we experience to the observer.

Today we'll take a look at one of the most popular trends to hit the industry: floral, botanical, and tropical design. Let's take a look at its key features and a few of our favorite resources!

What We Love About This Trend

Designers everywhere love this trend! Here are just a few of its key features:

  • Vibrant colors. Green is the color of vitality, wealth, and nature. And this natural trend instantly freshens up any design with a joyful, vibrant look. Try out bold, vibrant colors for an instant happy design.
  • Stunning leaves and flowers. Areca Palms, Split-Leaf Philodendrons, and Banana Leaves are a few of the most popular plants seen in tropical designs, while floral designs usually stick with blooming roses and daises. Integrate both into your work for a fresh, minimalist-friendly alternative.
  • Inspiring seasonal themes. You can couple your designs with a fun seasonal theme. Try out a summer sunset idea for a beautiful color palette!
Fun Floral & Tropical-Themed Lessons

Do you love...

Celebrate the Easter weekend with this cheerful flyer design. Inspired by mid-century style, this would make a lovely promotional flyer for an Easter egg hunt or other spring-themed event.

We’ll put together the flyer layout in Adobe InDesign, and dip into Illustrator to create our egg graphics. This is a simple design that would be a great introduction to print design for beginners.

If you're looking for an instant flyer fix, these easy-to-edit flyer templates on GraphicRiver and Envato Elements might fit the bill. Make sure to take a look!

Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need to Create Your Flyer

As well as access to InDesign and Illustrator, you’ll also need to download the following image and font files:

Save the texture file to a folder you can easily come back to, and install the font files on your system. Then you’re ready to start designing your flyer.

1. How to Create a Color Palette for Your FlyerStep 1

Open up InDesign and go to File > New > Document.

Make sure the Intent is set to Print and uncheck the Facing Pages box. Set the Width of the page to 8.5 in and Height to 11 in

Keep the Margins to their default value, and add a Bleed of 0.25 in to all edges of the page. Then click OK.

Step 2

Expand the Layers panel (Window >...

Color blindness is a vision deficiency that affects a large number of people around the world. Whether we know it or not, we as designers have a great impact on their daily lives through the work that we create and put out all around us. That being the case, I believe that we should take a few moments and explore some simple yet effective solutions that could help improve their situation and thus the quality of their lives.

1. What Is Color? A Brief Definition

Before we can completely understand what color blindness is, we should first take a couple of moments and talk about color, what it is, and how it behaves.

According to Google, the noun color is defined as:

“the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light”.

Now, light itself is made out of multiple colors that have different wavelengths, where red is the longest one that humans can see, while violet is the shortest.

We know this since in 1666 Sir Isaac Newton put together a little experiment in which he took a beam of white sunlight and passed it through a glass prism. What he observed must have been incredible at that moment since the prism split the beam into a band of seven composing colors which he called the “spectrum”. The order of these colors from the lower end of the spectrum is violet (V), indigo (I), blue (B), green (G), yellow (Y),...

Get the best new fonts of 2018! Create inspiring designs with beautiful typography.

The Best New Fonts for 2018

Each font carries its own magic. Some are sturdy and professional, while others may be dainty or relaxed. Find the right font for your work with this quick selection below!

Featuring the latest font types to hit Envato Market and Envato Elements, we bring you 18 amazing typefaces for all your creative projects.

Enjoy effortless script types with elegant swoops and futuristic letters. Create awesome designs with these incredible fonts!

Need more help? Get quality advice from our experts at Envato Studio.

Learn More About Fonts

New to fonts and typefaces? Check out these great lessons to learn more:

Kiona Font

Designed for optimal legibility, the Kiona font features crisp lines and clean edges. Take advantage of its four different font weights, developed after very different personalities. Are you feeling strong or edgy? Try out this font!

Selfish Script

Show off your feisty side with the Selfish script font. Introducing a brand new handwritten font with incredible charm, the Selfish font is clean and fluid. It's perfect for branding, home ware, and more—you'll love this...

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a fully editable chart in Adobe Illustrator and how to adjust its style. 

First, you will learn how to create the starting chart using the Column Graph Tool. Using the Direct Selection Tool and the Graphic Styles panel along with some basic colors and effects, you will learn how to stylize the main components of your chart. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will learn how to add a frame to your chart and how to apply subtle shading and highlights. Finally, you will learn how to easily adjust the data on your chart.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final chart, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Create the Starting ChartStep 1

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 870 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click Create Document.

Don't forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units.

Step 2

Focus on your Toolbar and double click the Column Graph Tool (J) to open the Graph Type window. Enter the attributes shown in the...

Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Envato Tuts+ community! 

Every day, visitors like you take the time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this set of results and join in for the next roundup, published next month!

Vector Tutorial Results

Taken from the comments section of your favorite tutorials, these first pieces are an assortment of results created with vector drawing programs. Check out these amazing results!

How to Create a Cute Cartoon Tiger Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

How cute! Tiera Hyenia created this adorable Cartoon Tiger Illustration with the help of this tutorial by . Check out her result below!

How to Design a Virtual Reality Kid Character in Affinity Designer

Phi Nguyễn created his very own Virtual Reality Character inspired by this phenomenal lesson by . Check out his result below.

How to Make a Beautiful Mesh Rose From...

They say the eyes are the mirror to the soul, and it's not just true about humans. The eyes of animals, no matter how different, speak volumes about the creature's personality and emotions. Because of this, it's not so easy to draw eyes that look both realistic and alive, especially when you can't use a reference. 

In this tutorial, I will show you one method of overcoming this problem by starting with a structure and ending with shading. You'll learn how to draw an eye of a lion, a horse, and a lizard.

What You Will Need

You'll need the following equipment in order to complete this tutorial:

  • some sheets of paper
  • HB pencil (hard)
  • 2B/3B pencil (medium)
  • 4B/5B pencil (soft)
  • 7B/8B pencil (very soft)
  • blending stump (optional)
  • eraser (preferably kneaded)
  • pencil sharpener

There are two things I'd like you to keep in mind before we start drawing. First, the bigger your drawing, the more details you can put in it. The epically realistic drawings you may have seen online are usually bigger than a common desk, so don't worry if your smaller drawing doesn't look like this—size really makes the difference here.

Second, most people use references for their realistic drawings. This lets them copy all the shades without having to guess them accurately, which leads to a stunning result. Drawing from structure, as in this tutorial, leads to more "sketchy" results, but at the same time you get more freedom about the pose and...

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing evil effect. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time. 

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create in this tutorial. If you would like to create the even more advanced evil effect shown below, using just a single click and in only a few minutes, then check out my Evil Photoshop Action.

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. Let's Get Started

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
2. How to Select the SubjectStep 1

In this section, we are going to make a selection of our subject and then copy the subject...

With more music events launching each year, the festival market is booming... and fiercely competitive. Thoughtfully designed posters and flyers will make a huge difference to ticket sales, and will help set the mood for the event.

So whether you’re planning to host your own festival event or looking for inspiration to help with a design project, these top design tips will help you create posters that are memorable and beautiful. 

If time is of the essence, you can always adapt an existing poster template to create a unique design. On GraphicRiver and Envato Elements, you'll find plenty of festival templates to get you started.

Read on to get inspired and start creating something special...

1. Consider Prioritising Typography on Your Poster Layout

It can be difficult to know where to get started with creating a poster design. For festivals, it’s likely that the publicity would be displayed in places where people are quickly viewing them as they pass by, such as metro stations, at bus stops, or on street walls. 

For this reason, it’s best to prioritise one main element on the layout. Whether that’s an image (see Tip 2, below) or text really depends on the type of festival being advertised and which design approach you’d like to take. 

If your festival has an established history, it may be best to make typography the key focus of your design. Blow up...

In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a dark and magical scene using a range of photo manipulation techniques in Adobe Photoshop. 

First, we'll build the base scene using three stock images. After that, we'll import the chest and blend it with the existing ground. Later, we'll use several adjustment layers to change the light and color of the whole scene. We'll add the crow, paint the light, and create light rays and magical dots to complete the final result.

If you're looking for resources, including stock images, textures, and 3D models for your manipulation projects, you can find them all over on Envato Elements or GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Build the Base LandscapeStep 1

Create a new 2200 x 1500 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:

Step 2

Open the landscape image. Drag this image into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V). Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to rotate it a bit.

Step 3

We need to reduce the light on the background and particles in the sky. To do it, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color and pick a similar color to the sky. Remember to set this layer under...

As a kid, I used to spend my nights watching The X-Files and wondering if there truly is something else in the universe, something that might change the way we think but most importantly help us see our place within it. 

Whether it’s little green men or grey ones, our imagination has always run wild creating stories that might or might not be true, so today we’re going to try and gather some evidence by creating our very own alien abduction illustration. Of course, we’re going to do all of that using our creative imagination and a few shapes and tools found in Adobe Illustrator.

That being said, go pour some magic bean juice in that special agent mug, and let’s get started!

Oh, and don’t forget you can always expand your project by heading over to GraphicRiver where you’ll find a great selection of alien-themed vector assets.

1. How to Set Up a New Project File

Assuming you already have Illustrator up and running in the background, bring it up and let’s set up a New Document (File > New or Control-N) for our project using the following settings:

  • Number of Artboards: 1
  • Width: 920 px
  • Height: 680 px
  • Units: Pixels

And from the Advanced tab:

  • Color Mode: RGB
  • Raster Effects: Screen (72ppi)
  • Preview Mode: Default
2. How to Set Up a Custom Grid

Even though today’s project is not an icon-based one, we’ll still want to create the illustration using a pixel-perfect workflow, so let’s set up a nice little grid so that we can have full...