Tag Archives: Illustrator

Old Air Show Poster

Ring Planet

Software: Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC

Tutorial: Design a Gritty Vintage Airshow Poster/ – Design Cuts

This image shows off the power of a vector (Illustrator) / bit map (Photoshop) software tag team in the creation of an image. The actual images (the map, the aircraft shape and text were all created in Illustrator and the weathering of the images was done in Photoshop.



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Text Art – Drop off

Drop Off

Software: Illustrator CC

Tutorial:  Satori Graphics

Like the last image (Deconstruct text), this is a text based image and like the last image the image and the text help reinforce rather other to make a stronger image. Despite the effectiveness the graphic to support the text there are some limitations to this effect (I think it would not work on a serif or a script font and it would not work very well with an the following letters: Q W E U S D J L Z V M and a few others might not work well in some cases).

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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Digital Image, Text Effects, Uncategorized


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Deconstruction Text

background 01

Software: Illustrator CC

Tutorial:  Vector Slate

Text graphics are useful – it has the power of both graphics and text. Both are good for communication, but if you put both together and they support the same message then they can be more than the sum of their parts (Think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups… why an I hungry?).

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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Digital Image, Text Effects


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Fake 3D background image

background 01

Software: Illustrator CC

Tutorial:  Tutvid

Background images are sort of boring. In many cases that are boring on purpose, after all you want to the background not to take over the foreground image. But that doesn’t mean that they have to be boring. This image is on the cool side (I somehow think M. C. Escher would have approved of this image).

Another sort of cool thing is that the image was created in Adobe Illustrator, therefore a vector image. So this image could be made in any size. This makes the background very flexible. Another thing about of the image, it was not created with 3D software – this is a 2D image. So for a “boring” background image it is rather remarkable.

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Posted by on September 16, 2017 in Background, Digital Image, Uncategorized


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80s Style

Phone World

Software: Photoshop CC

Tutorial:  Spoon Graphics

Everything old is new again… not an original thought, but it seems to be a true one. Just look at the title graphics in the upcoming Thor Ragnarok movie. The thing I find interesting is that a lot of the 80’s graphic style came from the development of computers in the graphics field. 80’s computers were limited in the number of colour they could produce (early paint programs were limited to 256 colours, 64 colours, 16 colours or even 32 shades of grey!). 80’s computers were also limited by their speed (or more accurate their lack of speed). They could only manipulate only a few graphic items before the computer slowed down (or crashed). This lack colours and design elements lead to graphics that were bold and bright and lacked subtle shades.

I find this semi-funny. We now have very powerful computers, by we seem to be creating graphics that pay homage to less powerful computers. I guess nostalga is more powerful than even the most powerful computer, or that the we just want to celebrate the fact despite the lack of power of 80’s computers the 80’s graphic style was pretty awesome!

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in Digital Image, Uncategorized


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Tattoo stye bird


Software: Adobe Illustrator CC

Tutorial: Spoon Graphics Blog

Once again, I have chosen an image that was created in Adobe Illustrator, even though my natural instinct would be to create the outline in Illustrator and do the texture in Photoshop. One of the most interesting parts of the image is the texture is masked to the bird shape. Masking in Photoshop is second nature to me, but until this tutorial I had never done it in Illustrator. In fact, although I knew it was possible to do masking in Illustrator, I was not 100% sure how to do it. I guess that is there important part of a tutorial, learning new techniques.

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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Digital Image


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Give Me A Home


Software: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC

Tutorial: Spoon Graphics Blog

Yet another Photoshop/Illustrator image. The two things that drew me to this image was the modified text to fit a shape and the textures done on the Buffalo. Not that these two things are unusual, but that they both were done in Illustrator and not Photoshop (where I would most likely do these effects).

Side note: My great-grandmother, who was a very good piano teacher, tried to teach me this song on piano. I did not learn it, but this was not due to her failure as a teacher, but my failure as a student. In the end, all I think she really wanted to do was make my brother and I appericate music. To this end she was very successful.

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Digital Image


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