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May 27

Inspiration series: Package Design

41 comments 2008 at 05.27 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

With regular intervals I get e-mails from people that want my advice on inspiration and if I have any tricks to help them. The truth is that I don’t possess any secret that works every time when I am in need of inspiration. The thing is that inspiration is a difficult item to put in words as it mostly doesn’t behave rationally. For example in all these years that I’ve been designing I never had the same item twice as an inspiration source.

May 20

Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

26 comments 2008 at 04.33 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Sometimes when I create a pattern background in Illustrator I don’t end up with a Pattern Swatch. Instead, I create a Symbol of the repeating element and I create a whole background repeating this Symbol: duplicating 1, then 2, 4, 8, 16 and so on. It’s just not always that simple to create perfectly seamless patterns, especially with geometric forms. Today I’ll show you how to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it using the method I just described.

May 14

Smart Filters on text in Photoshop CS3

21 comments 2008 at 08.58 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I’ve mentioned the power of Smart Filters before in some previous articles. First the layer needs to be turned into a Smart Object and then Filters can be applied in a smart, non-destructive flexible way. Now I was thinking, how about text? Can we do this with text and keep it editable? In CS2 we can’t…

May 06

Does Flash irk me?

60 comments 2008 at 01.25 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Recently my mailbox seems to contain a few messages of people mailing me about Flash. Many readers will likely assume that I have a natural distaste for anything Flash related. It’s not because I prefer HTML/CSS that I don’t like it or hate it as some people do. Flash/Flex have their place. With that out of the way let’s continue…

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