10 New Graphic Design Tutorials


It’s relatively easy to become a better graphic designer by continually learning new skills, techniques and trends with free graphic design tutorials. As a graphic designer, you’re fortunate that you work in a field in which information is so readily-shared between would-be competitors. By and large, it seems the graphic design community is more interested in fostering the advancement of artistic creativity than harboring trade secrets, and that’s a good thing. Each month, I like to scour the web for the best new graphic design tutorials to share. If you want to enhance your design skills, try your hand at the following 10 new graphic design tutorials.

1# Create an animated banner ad with warping text

Animated Banner Tutorial 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

This tutorial was designed for Photoshop CS6 Enhanced, part of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud suite. In it, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to craft an animated banner ad. Best of all, you can download the source files when you’re done to see how well you match up.

2# Design 100 objects at once in Photoshop

Object Designing 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

Have you ever set out to make an awesome icon set, only to realize about a dozen icons in that the task is too tedious to complete? If so, you’ll love this tutorial that shows you how to create 100 objects (or icons) at once in Photoshop. It’s a major time-saver, and opens the door to create as many icon sets as you’d like in a flash. It’s perfect for brochures, websites, and other marketing materials that require bulleted points and attention-getting icons.

3# Futuristic matte painting landscape

Painting Landscape 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

The future is now when you learn how to apply advanced Photoshop effects to your landscape designs. This tutorial will show you how to do it right so you end up with a breathtakingly realistic design for your next movie poster or other project.

4# Color a beautifully feminine portrait

Feminine Portrait 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

This tutorial by Emma Leonard demonstrates how you can maintain a feminine look when coloring sketched portraits. I’d love to see this affect applied to a poster, flyer, or even a postcard because it can easily enhance a brand identity for products and services aimed at women.

5# Create custom landscapes with Photoshop

Custom Landscapes with Photoshop 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

Sometimes you need an outstanding landscape background for your brochures, website headers and posters; and while you can find the perfect treeline, the perfect lake or the perfect mountain range, you can’t find them all in one image. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to meld several landscape images into a single artwork that looks like it was taken from nature itself.

6# Create a fantasy city

Create a fantasy city 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

This PSD Tuts Plus tutorial walks you step-by-step through the process of crafting a fantasy city using architecture photographs with applied filters and blending options.

7# Alter perspectives in Photoshop

Alter perspectives in Photoshop 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

Ever have a great shot – taken from the wrong perspective? This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to change perspective without sacrificing image quality. The end result? A better photo, and no one (but you) will be the wiser!

8# Design an unforgettable ecommerce website header

eCommerce Website Design 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

A powerful header for your ecommerce website design will help retain visitors and foster higher conversion rates – and ultimately sales and profits. This tutorial walks you through the process of crafting an unforgettable ecommerce website header.

9# Painting realistic hair

Painting realistic hair 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

Making hair that’s both realistic and easy seems a fantasy – until you see this tutorial by Deviant Art user Sheridan-J. The four-part series walks you through the process of using Photoshop to paint realistic hair on your subjects.

10# Create a custom UI slider

custom UI slider 10 New Graphic Design Tutorials

This outstanding tutorial by IOS Tutorial Team Member Tope Abayomi doesn’t just show you how to design a custom (and customizable) UI slider in Photoshop; it shows you how to import your files into XCode and make it a working UI slider.

What’s your favorite graphic design tutorial?

Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint.


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