“What child wouldn’t love a real-life teddy bear to have as a friend?” asks Liran Szeiman. Who can argue with that kind of logic?

In this tutorial, Szeiman describes how to use digital painting Photoshop techniques to create this adorable children’s illustration in a detailed tutorial for Psdtuts+.

Enjoy this opportunity to play in photoshop and maybe pick up a few new tricks along the way.

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  • Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

  • Getting crafty digital style


    Letterpress print effect

    Shutterstock recently shared a tutorial on how to achieve a letterpress print effect using Photoshop and Illustrator. This is a great way to give a crafty textured look to your work. It also is a great way to learn a little more about the history of the letterpress technique.

    As mentioned in the tutorial, letterpress refers to the technique invented by Johannes Gutenburg whereby a raised surface is inked and pressed onto paper (relief printing). One of the problems with the process stemmed from the fact that, for centuries, both printing plates and paper were handmade, and therefore not perfectly flat, resulting in knocked out areas where ink failed to deposit on the paper. Printers attempted to avoid such errors by increasing the force of their machines so much so that the plates would actually compress and flatten the paper at the point of contact, creating the distinctive indentation and contouring for which letterpress is known today. (more…)

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    Who doesn’t love free stuff? CreativePro.com writer Pariah Burke recently posted an article in their “Free for All” series offering 10 InDesign table styles, 12 sans serif fonts, 13 letterpress Photoshop layer styles and three color reference infographics. All for free. Well… almost.

    If you want the tables, you’ll have to pony-up with a tweet. StockInDesign service is looking to build their Twitter following with the promise of 10 free table design templates.

    This is a great way for any business to help build their brand online. Offering items of real value to a target audience is great way to show what you know and establish credibility and buzz. In this case, tweet cred.  This strategy works well with Facebook and other social media outlets. It also works as a way to drive visitors to your website. That’s a lot a mileage out of a very small investment. It’s a win-win situation. InStockDesign gets increased exposure for their brand on Twitter and you get the free stuff. (more…)

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