When you think of 3D applications, you rarely think of Adobe Illustrator CS5, but the fact is that Illustrator has some decent tools to create simple 3D vector art. VectorTuts has a great Illustrator 3D tutorial to introduce you to the tools and help you create some neat effects like you see in the image above.
There are very few tutorials that I come across which I find might actually be useful. Don’t get me wrong, you can learn a lot going through a tutorial even when the end result isn’t very useful in your day-to-day work. This stone textured text tutorial I found at DesignM.ag is one of the few exceptions. In going through the tutorial, I immediately thought of several uses (such as divider pages in long documents. I also loved the flexibility it offers you — you don’t have to follow the tutorial to the letter to get great results.
When I came across the How to Create a Social Media UFO Icon tutorial at PSDTuts, I couldn’t help but share.
The Adobe Photoshop tutorial, which has a whopping 57 steps, is fairly simple to follow. Though the writer claims it will take an hour to do, I was able to reproduce it in about 20 minutes. The tutorial assumes some knowledge of working with layers, gradients and how to adjust transparency. The beauty of this tutorial is that you don’t need to follow it word-for-word. You could create a square UFO if you wanted to, and add other lighting and shadow effects as I did.
If you’re looking for an excuse to try it, consider using it to create a great desktop wallpaper.
Callum Chapman has posted a great article on working with color in Adobe InDesign over at spyrestudios. This article is great for designers just getting started or still in school, and covers topics such as:
- Printing Requirements
- Color Models: RGB vs CMYK
- Adding Colors to the Swatches Panel
- Applying Colors to Objects
- Creating Strokes
- Creating and Applying Gradients to Objects
- Creating a Spot Color
Definitely worth a read. And be sure to check out the rest of the site, because it has some great stuff covering a variety of topics!
Back in 2007, I wrote a tutorial on how to create your own customized OS X Mail stationery when Leopard was first released. To this day, it’s still one of the most popular articles on this site. I decided it was about time that I took a look at it again to make sure nothing had changed with all the updates to Leopard, and the release of Snow Leopard.
This tutorial is fairly simple, and you’re only limitations are your graphics skills. Of course, if you have knowledge of HTML, you can do a lot more with your customization. For the sake of this tutorial though, I’ll keep it simple.
Charts and graphs are still the foundation of most great looking infographics, and Adobe Illustrator is still the premiere application for creates to design them in.
Tutorial9 has a fantastic tutorial that shows you how to create stunning 3D graphs and charts in Illustrator. Be sure to check out all the other tutorials and free resources available at Tutorial9.
In this tutorial at PSDTuts, you’ll learn how to create a shiny globe using the 3D features of Photoshop CS4 Extended. This will cover basic information about 3D layers and texture maps.
While you’re probably not running across the need to create Earth globes in your every day workflow, the tutorial will give you the knowledge of using a few of Photoshop’s powerful tools that you probably don’t even think about.
You’ve probably seen quite a few Photoshop tutorials showing you how to create a chrome text effect. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to go a step further and create a colored chrome text effect. I’m not much for text effects in my own designs, but this does look fairly cool.
If you regularly use iMovie or some other application to capture audio or video, or were wondering how to do it on the cheap, then you’ll love this handy little tip.
All you’ll need is a copy of Quicktime Pro 7 or later, or the latest version of Quicktime Player in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and a Mac with an iSight camera, or a connected video camera or microphone.