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Sep 30

Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

44 comments 2008 at 10.18 am posted by Veerle Pieters

One of the things I’ve seen around quite a bit lately is a transparent rainbow gradient effect on a dark background. It seems to me that flashy transparent gradients are in these days. They make me think about magic. Today I’ll show you how you can create a magical rainbow color flame. OK, maybe I’m using too many words in a row here, but it’s the best I can do to describe this.

Sep 23

My secret revealed: I’ve used Phantasm CS Studio

20 comments 2008 at 02.09 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago I showed you how to create the Apple command shape in Illustrator where I created this dotted pattern version of the shape in the background. A bit later I wrote about who you can recolor your artwork using Illustrator’s LiveColor. Today, I want to share some insight on how I created this dotted pattern and how you can recolor your artwork using a wonderful Illustrator plugin called Phantasm CS.

Sep 16

How to create a set of Photoshop grunge brushes

29 comments 2008 at 10.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

In the January/February ‘08 edition of Layers magazine I wrote an article called “Get the grunge out”. Today I want share that article with my readers that didn’t get a chance to read it. Grunge is a popular style that has been around now for a couple of years in graphic design. A touch of grunge can easily be added to your artwork with a set of custom brushes. Once you create your set of brushes, you can save them and call them up at any time to achieve the grunge style. In this tutorial, we’ll use both Photoshop and Illustrator to create the brushes, and then you’ll learn how to apply the brushes in Photoshop.

Sep 09

Daylite 3.7.6 test drive

24 comments 2008 at 09.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It’s a struggle to find the right application that makes office life a bit easier. For starters I am designer and not a sales person so it’s only natural that I want to limit the amount of time being the sales person. In my search for the best application that was one of the criteria that had in mind. I’m not the kind of person that falls for features but for usability instead. After the jump you’ll find out what had a large weight in my decision-making.

Sep 02

Inspiration series: Movie credits

75 comments 2008 at 06.17 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

For our next part in the inspiration series we point our direction towards the big white screen. For long time opening credits where just a boring obligated part. Luckily people start realizing that more was possible in the late 1950s and it became a form of art. There is one graphic designer that made several credits mini movies a work of art and his name is Saul Bass. He is solely responsible for a turning point in the movie credits world. What follows is a small selection of what I found inspiring.

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