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Oct 17

Website header background

13 comments 2005 at 06.08 am posted by Veerle Pieters

header backgroundThis tutorial was prepared and finished some time ago, but since I am so busy lately, it seems like the perfect moment to release it on my blog.

Inspiration can be found in simple things, like color for instance. This tutorial is about creating a simple header for a website, but it might as well be used for a brochure. Starting from a picture with colors you like, here is an easy technique to achieve some trendy effects:


UPDATE: the comment function is now restored. They were down for a while due to a MySQL table crash. The first one in 1,5 year, so all in all not bad.

Aug 16

A look at Illustrator CS2 Live Paint

7 comments 2005 at 02.10 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Illustrator CS2 Live PaintSome of you may wonder if an upgrade to CS2 is worthwhile. Well, I can’t decide for you, but I must say that the new Creative Suite has some nice cool features: Live Paint just to pick one. I’m just talking about Illustrator CS2 here, I didn’t even mention Brigde or the new Photoshop features. When time permits we’ll talk about those too, but at this moment I want to show you the power of Live Paint in this step-by-step tutorial.

Jul 19

A few Photoshop tips…

16 comments 2005 at 03.00 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Before I sign off just a few very useful Photoshop tips to get you going when I am away ;-)

Jun 27

Illustrator Charts

17 comments 2005 at 01.36 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Up on request here is a small tutorial on how to create a nice Illustrator pie chart. Hope you enjoy this one ;-)

Illustrator Charts

May 19

Using the blend option in Illustrator CS

28 comments 2005 at 02.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago I was drawing an illustration in Adobe Illustrator CS for one of my clients. This Illustration required some time and labor because of its complexity. I thought it would be interesting to share some of my experiences on this…

May 04

Enhance your photos by using the High Pass Filter

34 comments 2005 at 05.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

No I’m not talking about the CSS here, but Photoshop. You have this Filter called High Pass which can be very helpful to sharpen your images.

Dec 21

Colorful gradient effects in Adobe Illustrator CS

8 comments 2004 at 02.25 am posted by Veerle Pieters

After all that try-out cataloging software of last week, it’s time to take a break and be creative again. In other words, play-time for you, show-time for me! ;-)

Dec 06

The easiest way to draw a navigation map in Illustrator CS

19 comments 2004 at 02.10 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Sooner or later you have to deal with navigation maps. That is of course if you are a graphic designer. Whether you need it for a brochure, an invitation card or website, you need to draw this in a program like Illustrator. In other words you need a vector-based application, since they give you the flexibility you need.

Nov 16

Layer Comps in Photoshop CS

12 comments 2004 at 02.06 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Layers Comps are new in Photoshop CS. For those who wonder how these work here is my story… Funny thing is I’ve never used this new feature and I’m sure this is a handy tool. Once you know how it works it is indispensable.

Nov 10

Create realistic illustrations using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh

14 comments 2004 at 01.29 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Do you remember my post about those stunning photorealistic drawings? They use complex gradient meshes to achieve such result. If you have some Illustrator experience and you wonder how such gradient mesh works or you wonder how to start, I’m sure this tutorial might help.

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