8 3D web projects to inspire you

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WebGL is a permanent part of internet as we know it, WebVR is settling in and WebAR is taking its first steps. Not only has the technology became more advanced, but the tools have become simpler and more accessible for developers and designers.Thinking of dipping your toe in? Here are eight amazing 3D web demos by digital artist Marpi that will inspire you to get started.

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7 insane tech sneaks from Adobe Max 2017

Posted 10/21/2017 - 08:46

One highlight from Adobe Max 2017 was the event’s Sneaks session. Here, attendees have a unique opportunity to preview radical innovations from the company’s research teams that might – or might not – make it into the products. 

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The Freelance Rates Calculator uncovered

Posted 10/21/2017 - 02:00

Cole Henley is probably best known for his Freelance Rates Calculator. You may also know him as technical director for award-winning web design agency Mud, which he co-founded with Matt Powell in 2013. Although he studied archaeology at university, he'd always been interested in the possibilities of the web.

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New tool gives designers data visualisation super powers

Posted 10/20/2017 - 17:21

Currently, there are three ways to design a great-looking chart. One: draw it from scratch using a program like Illustrator. Two: use a template tool. Three: learn how to code. A new data visualisation tool code-named Lincoln is set to change all that – if it gains approval.

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Famous artworks ruined with design by committee

Posted 10/20/2017 - 12:00

You've been working for weeks or months on a winning piece of graphic design – a great poster, logo or album cover, perhaps. You've thought it over carefully, deploying every skill you learnt while studying and working as a designer.

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10 top tools for illustrators to try this October

Posted 10/20/2017 - 10:53

This month, we're taking a look at custom brushes for illustrators. We'll start with some brushes for Photoshop. These aren't all exactly new, but with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which ones to use.

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The best monitors for designers 2017

Posted 10/20/2017 - 10:01

Choosing the best monitor for graphic design, 3D art, digital art, photo editing and more can be a bit of a minefield.

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Five design student stereotypes to avoid

Posted 10/20/2017 - 08:59

So you’re at design school with your essential kit. And you’re doing pretty well. So well, in fact, it might be going to your head.

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Master the art of marketing with this course bundle

Posted 10/20/2017 - 08:06

You don't have to wait for Black Friday 2017 to score a bargain. For today's daily deal, we've got you a great discount on a top marketing course bundle that will teach you all sorts of new skills and help you sell your work.You believe in your product or service, but getting people to even give you a look can be a real challenge.

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The 28 best iPhone apps for designers

Posted 10/20/2017 - 07:00

Despite some strong competition, the iPhone continues to be the main smartphone of choice for the design world. Apple's pocket-sized marvel can be a pretty handy design tool. Combined with the best iPhone apps, it can pack some real punch in the studio – and more importantly, out of the studio.

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Photography software brings still images to life

Posted 10/20/2017 - 06:06

Photos look set to get a whole lot more expressive thanks to a new piece of software developed in partnership with members of Facebook's computational photography team.The software, led by researchers in Israel, can take a portrait with a neutral expression and animate the facial features into different expressions. As well as photographs, the software is also capable of adjusting paintings.

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5 ways to use imagery to create better branding

Posted 10/20/2017 - 05:01

There’s something quite magical about branding.

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The best cheap laptop deals for creatives

Posted 10/19/2017 - 14:44

Try this little experiment... think of a creative industry that doesn't rely on a laptop computers as an essential tool. We've racked our brains and can't think of a single one. But new laptops can be expensive, so now and then you need a discount or a special offer to help you out.

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Adobe's epic road trip concludes in Las Vegas

Posted 10/19/2017 - 13:18

Over the past two weeks, Rich McCor, Thomas Kakareko and Nathalie Geffroy have been venturing across the US on an epic road trip, and they've finally reached their destination: Adobe MAX in Vegas.Last time we touched base, the creative trio had just started off on their journey.

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5 expert tips to design the perfect logo

Posted 10/19/2017 - 12:00

To produce a successful rebrand, or even to stand a chance of making it onto our prestigious list of the 10 best logos ever, you need to follow the advice of the professionals whenever it pops up.

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Designing Hebrew Type

Posted 10/19/2017 - 11:02

Just to be clear from the start: I don’t speak Hebrew. When I first started working with Hebrew type, I couldn’t tell one letter from another, or even whether the page was right-side-up or upside-down. In short, I was completely unqualified to work with the Hebrew alphabet.

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The best laptop deals for creatives

Posted 10/19/2017 - 10:53

Try this little experiment... think of a creative industry that doesn't rely on a laptop computers as an essential tool. We've racked our brains and can't think of a single one. But new laptops can be expensive, so now and then you need a discount or a special offer to help you out.

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The 13 most exciting open source projects on the web

Posted 10/19/2017 - 10:00

We're constantly amazed by all of the cool new open source projects; if you look around there's almost always a blinding open source alternative to whatever pro software you need for your web design work.With so many exciting projects out there, we had our work cut out trying to decide on our favourites.

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The problem with period product branding

Posted 10/19/2017 - 09:03

Yesterday the UK saw its first advert for sanitary products that actually features 'blood' in a sanitary towel. The Blood Normal campaign from Bodyform was much-needed, but there's still more to be done in the world of period product advertising.Branding for sanitary products has always been, well, a bit pants.

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Write without distractions with this BlankPage offer

Posted 10/19/2017 - 07:53

You don't have to wait for Black Friday 2017 to score a bargain. For today's daily deal, we've got you a great discount on the distraction-eliminating writing app, BlankPage.There are tons of word processors to choose from, but sometimes you just need to get down to the craft and do away with the bells and whistles.

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Adobe and Coca-Cola launch design collaboration

Posted 10/19/2017 - 07:03

The news keeps on coming from Adobe MAX 2017.

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How to make delicious textures with pencils

Posted 10/19/2017 - 05:57

When learning how to draw a still life artwork, it's important to create interest and engage the viewer with a variety of flavours. Colourful sprinkles on a doughnut like this will certainly catch the eye, but what makes someone stop and continue engaging with the piece?If you're working realistically like this, research and the process of acquiring the objects is a vital first step.

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Best Mac apps to make you more creative

Posted 10/19/2017 - 05:05

When it comes to apps, the world still seems obsessed with iPad apps, although Android apps have gained a lot of ground, especially across Europe and Asia. But as creatives, many of us still spend most of our time on our Macs.

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HP launches Surface rival at Adobe Max 2017

Posted 10/19/2017 - 03:41

HP has edged further into the creative space with the launch of the HP ZBook x2, a detachable PC that serves as a direct rival to Microsoft's Surface range –
in particular, the newly released Surface Book 2 model.

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10 steps to improve your figure drawing

Posted 10/18/2017 - 12:01

The two key words in the field of art illustration are principles and technique. Principles are aspects such as composition, structure and expression. These are realised through your technique.Technique has a lot in common with effect – and effects can sometimes blind us to the cause of things.

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10 new traditional art tools for October

Posted 10/18/2017 - 10:58

In this month's roundup, we look at London through the eyes of artists old and new, with a must-see exhibition and a must-read book, both focusing on the English capital in paint. One of the all-time great comic book artists, Dave Gibbons, shows you how he does what he does. We also check out his favourite tool.

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Adobe announces Photoshop CC updates at MAX 2017

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:07

The updates keep on coming from Adobe's creative conference, MAX 2017.

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Adobe launches photography service Lightroom CC

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:02

As part of Adobe MAX 2017, today Adobe has launched its all-new cloud based photography service Lightroom CC. Like the rest of Adobe's announcements, Lightroom is one of the next generation of Creative Cloud products powered by Adobe Sensei.

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Adobe launches new cloud-based photography service Lightroom CC

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:02

As part of Adobe MAX 2017, today Adobe has launched its all-new cloud-based photography service Lightroom CC. Like the rest of Adobe's Creative Cloud announcements, Lightroom is one of the next generation of Creative Cloud products powered by Adobe Sensei.

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Adobe Sensei leads the next generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2017

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:01

It's a big day designers as Adobe has unveiled the next generation of updates at its creativity conference MAX 2017.

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Adobe announces groundbreaking AI tool Sensei

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:01

It's a big day designers as Adobe has unveiled the next generation of updates at its creativity conference MAX 2017.

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Adobe XD and Adobe Dimension launched at Adobe Max

Posted 10/18/2017 - 09:01

It's a big day designers as Adobe has unveiled the next generation of updates at its creativity conference MAX 2017.

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Make your designs more responsive with this bundle

Posted 10/18/2017 - 07:57

There's never a better time to get your start as a designer. Whether you want to build apps and websites just for fun or you want to turn it into your profession, the Learn to Design Bundle can teach you how to get your start. Grab it on sale right now for just $29 (approx.

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The 10 best graphic design podcasts

Posted 10/18/2017 - 06:55

Podcasts are a great way to find out what's going in the design world while you commute, work out at the gym, or take the dog for a walk.

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Review: Painter 2018

Posted 10/18/2017 - 05:57

This new release of Painter has many new features that will make the digital artist quiver in anticipation.Let’s start with the Thick Paint option. This set of painting tools goes beyond the Impasto painting tools that were present in earlier versions of Painter. They accurately mimic the look and feel of traditional oil and acrylic paint.

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5 best agency side projects of the year

Posted 10/18/2017 - 04:51

If you only ever did client work, you might go a little crazy. So it’s a wise employer that lets its designers blow off a little creative steam in the form of an occasional side project.These might not make a direct contribution to the bottom line.

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The 14 best photo editor apps

Posted 10/17/2017 - 12:00

Photoshop is the world's go-to photo editor – so much so that the word has become verbified, like 'Hoover' or 'Google'.

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4 money-making ecommerce redesigns to learn from

Posted 10/17/2017 - 11:17

First impressions matter: so much so that brands that redesign their ecommerce sites regularly report a 20-30% increase in revenue within three to six months. The industry average for year-on-year revenue growth is less than 25%, so that's quite a boost.Design plays a crucial role in driving every business goal for online brands.

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Clever typography posters explain dyslexia

Posted 10/17/2017 - 10:26

Sydney, Australia-based dyslexia correction organisation Sydlexia has combined typography and clever poster layouts to create a piece of design that clears up some of the confusion surrounding the learning difference.Created in partnership with branding and communications specialists BBDO Dubai, the branding campaign aims to challenge the misconceptions associated with dyslexia.

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Get ahead of the game as a first-year design student

Posted 10/17/2017 - 09:02

So you’re kicking off your first year at design college. Congratulations, this could be the start of a flourishing creative career – if you play your cards right.

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Learn frontend development with this course bundle

Posted 10/17/2017 - 07:58

For today's daily deal, we've got you a great discount on a bundle of courses that will teach budding web designers essential frontend development skills.

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6 mistakes designers make – and how to avoid them

Posted 10/17/2017 - 07:00

Starting your first design job can be very daunting – you've gone from working from home in your pyjamas to being surrounded by brilliant senior designers and creative directors. There's no two ways around it, you're going to mess up at some point in your first job – it's inevitable.But you're not alone. These leading designers have already been there and come out the other side still smiling.

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How Erik Spiekermann is reinventing printing

Posted 10/17/2017 - 05:59

Erik Spiekermann’s experimental letterpress workshop, 98a, is the birthplace of post-digital printingChange Is Good is a new fiction book by Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired, about the birth of the dot-com age.

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Get started with animation in After Effects

Posted 10/17/2017 - 05:00

After Effects CC might sound like a complex program, but once you grasp some basic concepts, you’ll be able to create a range of animation styles using Adobe's 3D, motion graphics and animation software.

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How do you judge your success as a designer?

Posted 10/16/2017 - 12:00

The world of a jobbing designer might not always be glamorous and well paid, but it makes up for it in other ways. Whether it's personal pride or fulfilling long-held ambitions, there are different markers of success for creatives, but what are they? We reached out to the community to find out.
01. Surprise recognition

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The 17 best Adobe Illustrator plugins

Posted 10/16/2017 - 11:00

While Adobe Illustrator doesn't have as many plugins as its raster brother Photoshop, developers take the application very seriously when it comes to building new tools, effects and workflow solutions.Extending the abilities of Illustrator isn't usually necessary, but, as with Photoshop, plugins can save time and effort.

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How to paint fantasy beasts

Posted 10/16/2017 - 10:03

Once you've come up with an idea for a fantasy creature, the next step is to bring it to life by painting it with believable colours and textures. Here are our workflow tips for painting creatures in pencil and watercolour. If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, take a look at our guide to designing imaginary beasts. Then, follow these steps...
01. Brainstorm

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13 best SketchUp textures

Posted 10/16/2017 - 09:02

Free 3D drawing software SketchUp is pretty straightforward to use, but with the right textures you can create impressive 3D art. The tool makes it easy to import SketchUp textures and modify them with its editing tools. You can even use Photoshop within the program to create the exact look you require.SketchUp supports pretty much every image format, except DDS.

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Learn to code in 2017 with this course bundle deal

Posted 10/16/2017 - 08:00

For today's daily deal, we've got you a great discount on a bundle of courses that will teach you coding skills. And if you're after more amazing deals for designers, illustrators, artists and more, bookmark our Best Black Friday deals 2017 page.Knowing how to code is becoming an essential skill for all sorts of professions, and it's never too late to learn.

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Catch up with Adobe's #RoadtoMAX17 artists

Posted 10/16/2017 - 07:12

Last Sunday, Rich McCor, Thomas Kakareko and Nathalie Geffroy touched down in Los Angeles ready to set off on an epic road trip across America, courtesy of Adobe. We're now a week into #RoadtoMAX17, and what a week it has been!On Monday the trip kicked off in style, with the group rising early to catch the sunrise over Los Angeles.

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Sketch vs Photoshop: which design tool should you use?

Posted 10/16/2017 - 07:01

When it comes to creating digital art and web designs, Photoshop (part of Adobe's Creative Cloud) has been the go-to tool for years. But this doesn't mean it's the only software for the job.

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UK top 50 studios 2017

Posted 10/16/2017 - 06:01

Earlier this year, Computer Arts magazine polled over 80 top creative directors, studio founders and design course leaders from across the UK to discover which industry peers they most revere and respect, to produce its annual UK Top 50 studio rankings. Now in its fourth year, this list is all about peer reputation – regardless of the studios' number of staff, operating budget or awards won.

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