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Category: Graphics

Articles and tutorials on designing in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Fireworks. Free icons, textures, PSDs and other similar resources are featured here, as well as showcases of photography and video. This is also the place that hosts our regular Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series.

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39 Tuneful Musical Instruments Icons [Freebie]

Music plays an important part in all cultures and comes in many forms. It's a great way to stimulate our thinking and our creativity, and music instruments often even support therapy and healing.

Freebie: Music Instrument icons (39 icons PNG, SVG)

Designed by the team behind IconCrafts, this music instrument icon set is dedicated to all music lovers. It consists of 39 carefully crafted vector icons. All icons are available as 48, 64 and 128px PNG (+ @2x 256px versions + sprites), as well as SVG files. Five different styles are available.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2016

We always try to challenge your artistic abilities and create some interesting and inspiring artwork. As a matter of fact, we discovered the best source for inspiration: desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2016

This creativity mission has been going on for eight years now and, like every month, artists and designers from across the globe got their creative juices flowing to produce desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. The wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar for May 2016 and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who contributed their works! Now, could there be a better occasion to freshen up your desktop?

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Freebie: Hotel And Spa Icon Set (55 Icons PNG, SVG)

Our daily routine can be quite challenging at times. The more roadblocks we experience in fulfilling the demands of our workplace, the more we look forward to a seamless holiday experience to break out from our everyday tasks. This wonderful hotel and spa icon set can help you to design a visually delightful holiday experience for the customers of your tourism clients.

Freebie: Hotel & Spa Icons (55 Icons PNG, SVG)

Designed by the team behind IconCrafts, this icon set consists of 55 carefully crafted vector icons. All icons are available as 48px, 64px and 128px PNG (+ @2x versions + sprites), as well as SVG files. The icons come in five styles different styles.

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How To Land A First-Rate Graphic Design Internship

My first experience in the design world came through an internship at a small motion graphics studio called Motion Theory. I was fresh out of school and had never worked with so many talented people before. It was intense, difficult and nerve-wracking.

How To Land A First-Rate Graphic Design Internship

And I loved it. It made me a better designer. And the lessons I learned there have served me well throughout my years as a freelancer. Because my experience was so rewarding, I’ve developed the habit of scrutinizing internship programs at every new studio I visit. I'll share my insights below, as well as insights from some of the world's best design firms so you can think about the application process from both sides.

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Sketch, Illustrator or Fireworks? Exploring A New Free UI Design App: Gravit

One of the most popular tools for screen design and illustration in the last couple of years has undoubtedly been Sketch, which became an important part of many designers’ responsive web design and mobile design and prototyping workflows.

Gravit: Preview

However, an increasing number of other tools are becoming available. In this article, I will explore the first browser-based app to be viable in the vector illustration and UI design space: Gravit.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2016

Since eight years, we start into the new month with a collection of desktop wallpapers — the best way to fuel some fresh inspiration, as we find. And it’s not any different this time around. Designers and artists from across the globe shared their creations with us for April 2016. The result is a collection of desktop wallpapers with a unique mix of ideas and styles, eye candy that is bound to cater for new idea sparks.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2016

We are very thankful to everyone who has contributed to this challenge and who keeps the steady stream of wallpapers flowing by sharing their artworks each month anew. The wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. It’s time to get your desktop ready for spring!

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How To Draw A Cartoon In Illustrator

Drawing a cartoon is no trivial pursuit. It turns us into a director, writer, narrator. Through a cartoon or comic, you tell a story that takes place in a certain time, a certain environment, with certain characters. This is why you will learn here not just how to draw a cartoon in Adobe Illustrator, but how to decide on character, place and situation.

Drawing A Cartoon In Illustrator

Before grabbing your pencil or software tool, ask yourself, “What will be my topic?” How many characters you will use, and who will they be? What background will they move against? What era will they live in? In what scene will you put them? Through the steps in this tutorial, I will explain to you my own choices. Let’s begin.

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The Retina Asset Workflow You’ve Always Wanted For Photoshop

If you’ve dreamed of the day when you could design more than one thing at once in Photoshop, the wait is over. You can now have multiple designs right next to each other. Design mobile layouts alongside your tablet and desktop layouts. And in this article, we’ll design an entire set of assets all at once.

Combine Generate And Artboards In Photoshop For The Retina Asset Workflow You’ve Always Wanted

What many Photoshop users have been hoping for — with a push from Sketch, no doubt — finally arrives in the form of artboards. No longer are you constrained to one canvas. Turning layer groups on and off, be gone. Create as many canvases as you like in one PSD.

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13 Cheerful Easter Icons [Freebie]

Easter is only a week away, and it's time to add a few icons to your projects. Or perhaps just freshen up your good 'ol Easter cards for your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we're happy to release the Easter Icon Set, a set of 13 icons available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats.

Freebie: Easter Icon Set (13, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

The icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella and, as always, is free to use in private and commercial projects.

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Inspiring Everyday Graphic Design Articles

The most inspirational things are often right in front of us. It might be the typography on a book cover, the colors of your favorite music album, the opening titles in that movie you saw yesterday. To celebrate all those little moments of inspiration, we have compiled some resources for you which honor the beauty of graphic design and the ideas behind it. Perfect to squeeze into a short coffee break. Enjoy!

Book Cover Archive

We learned not to judge a book by its cover, but, honestly, there is nothing quite like browsing through a bookstore, soaking up covers, their colors, their typefaces, their layouts, every little detail. The variety is endless, and sometimes you’re lucky and find a little piece of art shining through the sheer mass.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2016

Inspiration lies everywhere: in a conversation, a walk through a foreign city, or, in other people’s works. To fuel your ideas, we celebrate the beginning of each month with what we found to be the best source for daily inspiration: desktop wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost eight years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2016

This post features their artwork for March 2016. Each wallpaper comes in two versions — with and without a calendar — and can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your desktop!

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