Best free Christmas vectors for your festive designs

Posted 12/08/2017 - 07:55

Christmas is getting alarmingly close now, so if you've still not started that festive project, you'd better get a move on.

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Master Adobe's powerful tools with this bundle

Posted 12/08/2017 - 06:03

Creatives in all fields rely on the apps of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. These powerful tools are counted on by amateur and professional creators alike. Learn your way around them with the Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bundle – and you can pay what you want for it.If you're an aspiring creator, you're going to need to learn the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

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Review: Marvelous Designer 7

Posted 12/08/2017 - 05:00

It seems CLO3D, maker of Marvelous Designer, is starting to listen to user feedback on price, as this latest version of its 3D tool, Marvelous Designer 7, is considerably cheaper. The $50 monthly fee is still a bit steep, but it's cheaper than it was.

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The ethics of digital humans

Posted 12/08/2017 - 04:17

The truth about digital humans is that they make most people uncomfortable. There’s a biological reason for this. Since birth, you have been bred to look for threats. When something looks slightly off, alarms go off in your body, activating adrenal functions and big emotions like fear, anger and sometimes, disgust.

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Pantone reveals its Colour of the Year 2018

Posted 12/07/2017 - 12:04

The world authority of colours, Pantone, has just revealed its hotly anticipated Color of the Year 2018. It's the mysterious PANTONE 18-3838 – or to use its catchier name: Ultra Violet. What does this mean from a colour theory perspective?

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The mocap magic behind Justice League’s Steppenwolf

Posted 12/07/2017 - 11:13

Warner Bros.’ Justice League movie sees DC’s most famed heroes join forces – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – to take down the film’s Big Bad, supervillain Steppenwolf.Interestingly, actor Ciaran Hinds never stepped foot on set in the role of Steppenwolf.

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4 ways to go freelance

Posted 12/07/2017 - 11:09

Enter any decent co-working space or trendy coffee shop and you'll see them. Armed with a laptop, mobile and very little else, an army of freelancers is quietly revolutionising the creative industry. According to the Design Council's 2015 Design Economy Report, 27.1 per cent of designers are self-employed, which is almost twice the UK average.

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The 9 best alternatives to Photoshop

Posted 12/07/2017 - 10:00

Photoshop is so ubiquitous these days that, like Google, it has become a verb, so 'to Photoshop' has become shorthand for editing an image.

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Japan's Olympic mascot hopefuls are all winners

Posted 12/07/2017 - 09:00

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are over two years away, but we can already tell you that if it had a character design event, Japan would have already won bronze, silver and gold medals.Japan, of course, has plenty of form when it comes to designing completely adorable characters; it's the country that's brought us Hello Kitty, Domo Kun and all the Pokémon.

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The best boozy Christmas ad campaigns

Posted 12/07/2017 - 07:53

Christmas adverts have garnered more and more attention in recent years, with big-name brands bringing in some of the design industry's most talented individuals to sprinkle their creative fairy dust on their efforts (this year's John Lewis Christmas ad was directed by an Academy award winner, no less).However, Christmas has long been a chance for companies to up their advertising game, and in

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Make web design your career with this bundle

Posted 12/07/2017 - 07:01

When it comes to building for the web, there is no tool more powerful than WordPress. The incredibly malleable platform is the go-to option for web developers of all skill levels. You can learn how to make the most of the platform with the 2018 Ultimate Website Design Bundle.

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24 top brochure templates for designers

Posted 12/07/2017 - 06:00

You may remember a while ago, we showcased some inspirational examples of brochure design, proving that marketing booklets don't have to be boring.

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Instagram updates change how brands tell stories

Posted 12/07/2017 - 05:02

Instagram is rolling out profile changes in what it has described as the biggest update to the platform since 2013, adding two new features aimed squarely at brands – Stories Highlights and Stories Archive.Both are part of a redesign that aims to make Instagram Stories more useful to brands and other users.Before now, Stories would vanish after a 24 hour deadline, never to be seen again.

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How to create typefaces

Posted 12/06/2017 - 12:31

Today we have a nice book to present from tipo editorial, called how to create typefaces, from sketch to screen and written by Cristóbal Henestrosa, Laura Meseguer and José Scaglione.
About how to create typefaces

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Add vibrancy to your oil paintings with these top tips

Posted 12/06/2017 - 12:18

Painting in oils means I can capture bright colours by gradually building the painting up in multiple layers. This technique is perfect for painting sunny roses. I was inspired to create this image after seeing a gorgeous wren sitting in my garden, its song lighting up the early morning. My roses weren't in bloom yet, but this magic moment inspired me to design a painting depicting them.

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Save an extra 20% on leading creative magazines

Posted 12/06/2017 - 11:21

For just 24 hours, you can pocket an extra 20 per cent saving on subscriptions to all our industry-leading design and creative magazines.

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The best design magazine subscription Christmas deals

Posted 12/06/2017 - 11:21

Ahead of Christmas, what could be a better gift for the creative in your life than a design magazine subscription? Our range of magazines cover all areas of design, from illustration to web design, and 3D art to graphic design, so there's something for everyone, regardless of skill level.What's more, there are currently some amazing deals across all of our design magazines.

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3D World Flash sale!

Posted 12/06/2017 - 11:05

Save an extra 20 per cent on a subscription to your favourite VFX magazine, 3D World, with our flash sale.

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Web Designer 24-hour flash sale

Posted 12/06/2017 - 10:48

Christmas really has come early. Web Designer is running a 24-hour flash sale giving you an extra 20 per cent off a subscription to every magazine you can find on My Favourite Magazines. That's on top of the already incredibly festive subscription offers you'll find on MFM – bargain.
Save an extra 20% on Web Designer now!

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net magazine flash sale!

Posted 12/06/2017 - 10:30

For just 24 hours you can get an extra 20 per cent off absolutely everything on My Favourite Magazines, Future Publishing's official magazine subscription store. That includes your favourite web design and development magazine net – as well as household names like T3, How It Works, Real Homes and Total Film.This discount is on top of our already amazing festive subscription prices!

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Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Posted 12/06/2017 - 10:25

Yesterday saw Zanzibar-born artist Lubaina Himid win the 2017 Turner Prize, becoming the oldest person and first woman of colour to be given the award.

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ImagineFX flash sale!

Posted 12/06/2017 - 10:13

For 24 hours only, you can save an extra 20 per cent on an already festive subscription price to ImagineFX magazine, for both the print and digital editions. It’s a great offer and you can also use this discount on everything else in our online magazine store, too!
Save an extra 20% on IFX using code FESTIVE20 now!

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Boost your creativity with daily sketching

Posted 12/06/2017 - 10:00

Every artist spends time sketching, usually at the start of a project, as a technique for formulating and refining their vision. But sketching shouldn't just be a means to an end. It's also vital part of developing yourself as an artist.As Terryl Whitlatch puts it: "Sketching is the equivalent of the daily ballet barre.

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Save up to 38% on a Computer Arts subscription

Posted 12/06/2017 - 09:47

You can enjoy 13 issues of the world's leading creative design magazine from just £3.91 / US$10.54 per issue (RRP £6.99 / US$16.99) in Computer Arts’ festive subscription sale.
Save up to 38% on a CA subscription now!

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Save an extra 20% in Computer Arts' flash sale!

Posted 12/06/2017 - 09:47

For just 24 hours, there’s an extra 20 per cent saving to be had on Computer Arts magazine’s already great-value festive subscription prices.

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Master game development with School of Game Design

Posted 12/06/2017 - 09:13

If you're a gamer, you've definitely thought about what you'd do differently if you made a game. Put those ideas to work as you learn to build your own games with the help of School of Game Design.

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25 web design tools to speed up your workflow in 2018

Posted 12/06/2017 - 06:54

The right web design tools can streamline your workflow, helping you work smarter – rather than harder – and more efficiently. After all, you want to invest your energy in solving problems, delighting users and creating beautiful designs.

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30 web design tools to speed up your workflow in 2018

Posted 12/06/2017 - 06:54

The right web design tools can streamline your workflow, helping you work smarter – rather than harder – and more efficiently. After all, you want to invest your energy in solving problems, delighting users and creating beautiful designs.

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Street art: 45 incredible examples

Posted 12/06/2017 - 05:55

Street art is rife across the globe.

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Become a creative genius in 5 days with this infographic

Posted 12/06/2017 - 05:01

Could you become a creative genius in just five days?The start of a new year is a popular time to try something new and to set yourself challenges for the months ahead.

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How to improve your character art

Posted 12/05/2017 - 12:33

When you're tasked with creating a character design from scratch, think about that figure’s personality. Put yourself in their mindset and identify their motivations, their talents and their ambitions. It’s not just about how to draw an interesting shape or a beautiful face. You need to inform the viewer of the stories behind that face.

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Awards celebrate the best web designs of 2017

Posted 12/05/2017 - 11:55

The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock and look back on what's happened over the last 12 months, and web design isn't being left out.

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Best web designs of 2017 revealed

Posted 12/05/2017 - 11:55

The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock and look back on what's happened over the last 12 months, and web design isn't being left out.

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Artist creates masterpieces using Microsoft Excel

Posted 12/05/2017 - 09:03

While most people use Microsoft Excel to organise their data into neat rows and columns, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has discovered there's more to the spreadsheet software, and has turned it into a stunning digital art medium.The 77-year-old artist decided to start stretching his creative muscles as he came close to retirement.

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12 things no graphic designer should be without

Posted 12/05/2017 - 09:00

As a designer, there are many essential creative tools that will help you do your job, whether you're working from home or in a design office. For me, the most obvious things are my Mac, broadband, a space to work in, eyes, a very large coffee, and a brain that's not too sluggish from being in the pub the night before.So there are lots of things that I need, but what couldn't I live without?

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Protect your work with this iWatermark Pro deal

Posted 12/05/2017 - 08:06

When your carefully crafted content is your livelihood, it makes it all the more troubling when someone uses it without your permission or attribution – it's left, after all. Solve that problem by placing a watermark on all your work with iWatermark Pro, on sale now for just $14.99 (approx. £11).When putting your work online, you need to protect yourself. You can do so with iWatermark Pro.

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5 tools that bridge the design-development gap

Posted 12/05/2017 - 07:22

An age-old problem in web and app design is how to bridge the gap between the design and development teams.

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44 eye-catching flyer designs

Posted 12/05/2017 - 06:11

A brilliant flyer design can do wonders to help promote an event or product by making people feel excited about it.

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How to price your design project

Posted 12/05/2017 - 05:01

Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philadelphia, founder and director of SuperFriendly and co-founder of Typedia (an encyclopedia for typefaces), The Businessology Show (a business podcast for designers), No Chains and swFIR.

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14 brilliantly creative Christmas gifts for kids

Posted 12/05/2017 - 04:11

Choosing Christmas gifts for kids can be tricky (and not just because we're this side of Black Friday and Cyber Monday). If you're tired of buying the little people in your life presents that become discarded just a few days later, then we've just the solution.

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Oi! A free typeface for loud designers

Posted 12/05/2017 - 03:53

Oi! is an ultra-fat display typeface that has its roots in grotesque slab serifs, most specifically the style that sprung with the release of Caslon’s Ionic in 1844 and Clarendon by Fann Street Foundry in 1845.
Oi! is a free spirited twisted interpetation of the clarendonesques. With an unapologetic tendecy for public shouting, it is a whimsical loudmouth attention seeker!

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Master Adobe Premiere Pro CC with this course deal

Posted 12/04/2017 - 12:01

From marketing to journalism, every industry is turning more to video as the next frontier. Now is the perfect time for you to pick up some key skills that could help place you in a new and growing field. Grab the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Masterclass and master the most powerful tool in video editing. It's on sale right now for just $21 (approx.

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How to paint a traditional British village scene

Posted 12/04/2017 - 11:01

Medieval churches, green pastures and slate-topped farm houses are synonymous with the villages that litter the British countryside.

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How to prepare a file for print

Posted 12/04/2017 - 10:06

As an artworker at Wieden+Kennedy London, I design for print regularly. There are certain requirements that printed products need that are different to other types of design. Here's my process for getting files print-ready.

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Design community mourns the loss of Ivan Chermayeff

Posted 12/04/2017 - 09:16

Ivan Chermayeff, the American designer behind some of the most distinctive contemporary logos, passed away on 3 December aged 85.

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The best video editing software 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 08:34

Choose the right piece of video editing software and you can turn long, frustrating hours sat in front of your computer into a pain-free task with coherent movies, dynamic short films and sharable videos as a result.Click through to page two for our newly updated list of the best free video editing software if you're not ready to commit to a paid option just yet.The video editors we've recommen

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The ultimate guide to GIF design

Posted 12/04/2017 - 08:00

We're in a world where communication increasingly takes place online, and GIFs are on the rise. They now permeate everything from popular culture to ad campaigns.

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Supercharge your Cinema 4D skills with this free guide

Posted 12/04/2017 - 07:45

Push your renders like never before with this free Cinema 4D guide from the makers of 3D World and 3D Artist. Inside you’ll find 29 pro tips and workflows on character rigging, how to create walkcycles quickly and easily, pattern creation, graphical animation and  more, all using Cinema 4D's Voronoi Fracturing.
Download your free Cinema 4D guide

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12 tools every graphic designer should have in 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 07:42

Whether you're just getting into graphic design or you're a seasoned pro looking to expand your existing creative kit, here are the essential tools you need to work smarter and more creatively. 

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The best monitor calibrators for designers 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 07:20

Calibrating your monitor for your digital design work is a no-brainer. Not only will doing so ensure the colours and blacks in your Photoshop works, Illustrator creations and other designs be true, it'll be better for your eyes, too. After all, people see colours very differently and displays differ as well.

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The best cameras for creatives in 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 07:00

Gone are the days when you needed to spend tens of thousands of pounds to buy a camera that can produce professional-standard images – the quality of affordable digital camera kit is now so high that a purchase of between £500 and £4,000 will be more than enough to make your work sing. But that doesn't make it any easier to choose between the models crowding the digital camera market.

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The 6 best smartphones for designers in 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 06:50

A modern smartphone is of course a staple of the designer – a large screen can help you improve productivity on the go, and a fantastic camera can be used to shoot textures, images for comps and pitches, and just random inspiration you see on your travels (all in high-quality).

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