The best Cyber Monday Microsoft Surface deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 06:01

If you're looking to bag a Cyber Monday deal on a Surface Book, Surface Pro or any other model in Microsoft's fantastic Surface family, then you've come to the right place. We're collecting all the best Microsoft Surface Cyber Monday deals right here, as soon as they appear.So far, the best savings we've seen have arrived in the form of Surface Book deals.

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Illustration vs photography: how do you decide?

Posted 11/27/2017 - 04:42

Most of our day-to-day design work involves choosing images, and most of the time the go-to is photography. But could you be missing a trick? Illustrations can be a great way to bring your designs to life and add distinctiveness and individuality to your designs, encouraging a greater level of emotional engagement in your audience.
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The best Adobe deals for Cyber Monday 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 01:26

Looking for an Adobe CC deal?

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The best iPad Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 01:21

If you’re looking to pick up a hot Cyber Monday iPad deal, then you’ve come to the right place. Apple itself is unlikely to take much, if anything, off its flagship iPad models on Cyber Monday, but there are brilliant bargains to be had right now from retailers – and we've got the best ones right here. 

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The best Wacom tablet Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 00:54

We’re firmly into Cyber Monday now – and it’s a fantastic time to grab a cheap Wacom tablet deal if you’re in the market for a nifty new graphics tablet. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our selection of the best drawing tablets of 2017. It’s packed with all the info you need to make the right purchase decision for your needs.

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The best Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/26/2017 - 15:30

Cyber Monday is just a few hours away. We’re here to help you grab the best Cyber Monday deals of 2017 for designers, illustrators and artists – whether you're based in the US or the UK, you'll find the best creative hardware and software bargains right here. 

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The best Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/26/2017 - 00:21

Update: Black Friday is now over but today is Cyber Monday! See the best Cyber Monday 2017 deals hereBlack Friday 2017 was yesterday – and we have all the best Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and artists, right here. But fear not: if you haven't picked up a fantastic creative bargain yet, there's still time to bag a brilliant deal on Cyber Monday.

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The best Black Friday Microsoft Surface deals 2017

Posted 11/25/2017 - 23:15

If you're looking to bag a Black Friday deal on a Surface Book, Surface Pro or any other model in Microsoft's fantastic Surface family, then you've come to the right place. We're collecting all the best Microsoft Surface Black Friday deals right here, throughout Black Friday, as soon as they appear.

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The best MacBook Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/25/2017 - 22:20

There are plenty of Black Friday deals jostling for your attention today, so to make shopping a little easier, here's our round-up of the very best MacBook Black Friday deals for 2017 – which we'll be adding to around the clock. 

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The best Amazon Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/25/2017 - 07:01

Amazon Black Friday arrived yesterday – and with it thousands of fantastic bargains to be snapped up. We have all the best Amazon Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and creatives right here. And fear not: if you don't snap up a bargain now, we'll also be bringing you the best Cyber Monday deals, too.
UK: Best Amazon Black Friday dealsUS: Best Amazon Black Friday deals

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The best Wacom tablet Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/25/2017 - 06:26

We’re firmly into Black Friday now – and it’s a fantastic time to grab a cheap Wacom tablet deal if you’re in the market for a nifty new graphics tablet. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our selection of the best drawing tablets of 2017. It’s packed with all the info you need to make the right purchase decision for your needs.

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The best laptop deals on Black Friday

Posted 11/24/2017 - 12:40

Some of the best Black Friday deals around are on laptops, so we've updated this list of the best cheap laptop deals for creatives to bring you the latest Black Friday deals.Laptop computers are an essential tool, but they can also be an expensive piece of kit, so a discount or a special offer can help no end.Having the right laptop for you can make the difference between pain-free, powerful pr

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The best laptop deals on Cyber Monday

Posted 11/24/2017 - 12:40

Some of the best Cyber Monday deals around are on laptops, so we've updated this list of the best cheap laptop deals for creatives to bring you the latest Cyber Monday deals.Laptop computers are an essential tool, but they can also be an expensive piece of kit, so a discount or a special offer can help no end.Having the right laptop for you can make the difference between pain-free, powerful pr

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The best Black Friday deals for designers under $50/£50

Posted 11/24/2017 - 12:07

There are loads of amazing Black Friday deals to be had today, but with payday just around the corner you might not have the readies available to nab yourself a sweet bargain.There's no need to miss out, though; while we're relentless in our mission to point you in the right direction for epic savings on high-end tech, we're also keeping an eye out for those of you with a little less cash to fl

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The best iPad Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/24/2017 - 10:22

If you’re looking to pick up a hot Black Friday iPad deal, then you’ve come to the right place. Apple itself is unlikely to take much, if anything, off its flagship iPad models on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but there are brilliant bargains to be had right now from retailers – and we've got the best ones right here. 

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Microsoft Surface Book: lowest ever price for Black Friday

Posted 11/24/2017 - 09:57

If you've always wanted to get your hands on one of Microsoft's popular Surface Book, then now's the time. In an incredible Black Friday deal, the powerful laptop is currently on sale with a whopping 47% discount, meaning you can get your hands on one for less than $800!

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The best Adobe deals for Black Friday 2017

Posted 11/24/2017 - 09:28

Looking for an Adobe CC deal?

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iPhone X Black Friday deal: an unbeatable discount

Posted 11/24/2017 - 08:23

There have been lots of impressive deals for designers and creatives this Black Friday, but one of the most impressive we've seen is this iPhone X Black Friday deal from Mobiles.co.uk. In fact it's so impressive there's really no competition.

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The best Black Friday mobile phone deals 2017

Posted 11/24/2017 - 08:05

Black Friday is here at last, and the Black Friday deals have rolled in – including some great offers on smartphones.

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Master front-end development with this bundle

Posted 11/24/2017 - 07:42

It's Black Friday today, and as well as the hundreds of incredible deals we've found for designers and artists, we have something else for you, too...Behind the scenes of your favourite app or website, there is a developer keeping everything running smoothly. If you want join the ranks of developers and create and maintain services people love, grab the Ultimate Front End Developer Bundle.

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26 books every graphic designer should read

Posted 11/24/2017 - 07:00

Every now and then, graphic designers need to recharge their creative batteries – and there are loads of fantastic books out there that offer words of wisdom, design inspiration and refreshers on key principles and techniques.There are, of course, classic books from the great names of graphic design, but there are also plenty of books you might be less familiar with.

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The 20 biggest logos of 2017

Posted 11/24/2017 - 05:00

Whether or not you work in logo design, whenever a big brand refreshes its identity it’s worth checking out. New logos are released with such regularity it sometimes can be difficult to keep track of them. So to help you out, we’ve compiled the biggest logo designs of 2017. Together, they make an interesting snapshot of the last 12 months in design.Note that the word here is ‘biggest’.

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The best Currys Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/24/2017 - 04:30

The biggest shopping event of the year, Black Friday 2017, is here – and we're here to help you snap up the best Currys Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and artists. 

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Wacom slashes tablets by 35% in huge Black Friday deal

Posted 11/23/2017 - 19:17

Wacom has announced huge Black Friday savings in the UK and Europe on a number of its industry-leading graphics tablets. We’ve already seen big cuts on Wacom tablets in the run-up to Black Friday, but this is the first time we’ve seen a flagship model reduced. So what’s up for grabs? 
Take me to the Wacom Black Friday deals£150 off the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13-inch

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8 CodePen features you didn't know about

Posted 11/23/2017 - 11:00

CodePen and frontend development have become synonymous with each other.

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A designer's guide to typography and fonts

Posted 11/23/2017 - 11:00

If there's one area of design that's sure to provoke divisive opinions, it's fonts and typography. Logo designs and rebrands can succeed or fail based on their choice of font, but what is it about typography and wordmarks that gets people so riled up?The answer is that there's a lot more to typography design than meets the eye.

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Ping pong art auction serves up charity support

Posted 11/23/2017 - 10:02

Some of the world's most exciting artists have collaborated with The Art of Ping Pong on an artistic and noble use for table tennis equipment – covering ping pong bats in interesting designs and illustrations and auctioning them for charity.Back for a fifth year, The Art of Ping Pong brings creatives together to raise money for charity, and this year it's helping the young adult cancer support

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How to illustrate for an event

Posted 11/23/2017 - 08:57

Creating illustrations for an event is a fantastic creative challenge that involves telling stories with your drawings that feed into the event's narrative, adapting your illustration style and working closely with the client to set the tone of the event with your artwork. I'll share my experience of illustrating for the Green Man festival, as well as my tips for illustrating for events.

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Become a game maker with this extensive training library

Posted 11/23/2017 - 08:00

Tomorrow we'll finally get to see the best Black Friday 2017 deals for designers, illustrators and artists (on top of the great early deals that we've already shared on our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals articles).

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How to create cartoon characters in Cinema 4D

Posted 11/23/2017 - 05:53

With the advent of mobile games and indie video games, there's been a big influx of illustrators and animators getting into 3D art. This has created a trend of cel shaded objects in 3D space, bringing a whole new aesthetic, depth and dimension to 2D-style art.

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How to draw manga characters

Posted 11/23/2017 - 05:00

You can learn how to draw manga art like Mina Petrovic's Mad Hatter with these tipsLearning how to draw manga art is no easy feat. It has a very distinct style, and sometimes it can be hard to get started without knowledge of the basic principles.

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Vertex tickets now on sale! VFX, VR, Game Art and more

Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:59

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for Vertex, a brand-new event from the makers of 3D Artist and 3D World. This one-day event will take place on Tuesday 13 March 2018 at Olympia, London, so grab your ticket now! Just like how a vertex connects everything, this event will bring the CG community together for practical inspiration and fantastic networking opportunities.

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4 free games engines to download today

Posted 11/22/2017 - 11:46

Getting into the games industry used to be an expensive business, but if you have the skills and dedication, the good news is that you can now get a foot on the ladder while working from home without having to splash a whole load of cash.It used to be that if you wanted to use a third party 3D engine to build your gaming masterpiece, you'd need to pay out plenty of money; at least, you would if

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Artist's hyper-realistic paintings will amaze you

Posted 11/22/2017 - 11:02

Artists are acutely aware that there's always a more talented painter or illustrator than themselves out there somewhere. We've already seen 20 phenomenally realistic pencil drawings that have left us green with envy.

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Improve your concept art skills in Photoshop

Posted 11/22/2017 - 10:04

For this workshop, I'd like to show you a really fun way to sketch characters from just your imagination. I'll be showing you how to create Photoshop brushes to mimic the traditional brush pen and marker techniques used by professionals. I'll start with a texture brush to sketch in the lightest values, building the gestures and form of the character.

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9 things we learned at Adobe Creative Meet Up 2017

Posted 11/22/2017 - 07:50

Last week, we headed to London’s Oval Space to learn more about the latest game-changing updates to Adobe Creative Cloud at Adobe’s Creative Meet Up.

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The ultimate Christmas gift guide for freelancers

Posted 11/22/2017 - 07:04

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded up the best Christmas gift ideas for freelancers.

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Animate characters with CrazyTalk Animator

Posted 11/22/2017 - 06:33

Four years ago I taught myself to create vector art in Adobe Illustrator, and became a vector contributor for micro-stock agencies like Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, 123RF and Vectorstock. Recently, I discovered CrazyTalk Animator 3, and even though I don't have a background in animation, I found it easy to use to animate my characters.

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The best design magazine subscription deals 2017

Posted 11/22/2017 - 06:10

Ahead of Black Friday, 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 Christmas deals across all of our design magazines.

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How to draw a bear

Posted 11/22/2017 - 05:00

Never mind about illustration trends: learning how to accurately draw animals is the first step to designing your own fantasy creatures. Nature offers an amazing variety of solutions, shapes, colours and sizes, all designed to solve the challenge of survival in different way.

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10 tips for managing studio resources effectively

Posted 11/22/2017 - 04:49

Running a successful studio is not just about the quality of your work – you also need to be able to juggle your resources effectively to make sure you're working to your full potential. We talked to the resource scheduling experts at Resource Guru to find out their top 10 tips for managing a busy studio successfully.
01. Don’t treat people like robots 

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7 biggest illustration trends of 2017

Posted 11/22/2017 - 04:17

As the end of the year approaches, it's a good time to take a look back at the biggest illustration trends of 2017 – and to forecast what we expect to be the most exciting illustration trends of 2018. Of course, the best illustrators have their own distinctive art styles, and when commissioned they'll work towards fulfilling the creative brief as specified by the client.

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How to choose the right drawing tools

Posted 11/21/2017 - 11:01

When you're starting a new illustration – whether doing quick sketches or highly realistic pencil drawings, you want to have your best pencils and drawing tools at the ready.

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Are brutalist sites the web's punk rock moment?

Posted 11/21/2017 - 10:14

Named after the brutalist architecture movement from the mid-to-late 20th century, web brutalism gleefully ignores all the web design best practices established over the past 20 years and is throwing out work that's inventive, exciting and challenging – even confrontational.

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How to get the best Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/21/2017 - 09:54

With Cyber Monday 2017 just over a week away, we’re here to help you grab the best Cyber Monday deals for designers, illustrators and artists over the Black Friday long weekend. 

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The best Christmas gifts for web designers

Posted 11/21/2017 - 09:09

Web designers are known for applying their design eye to every product they own, so they can be tricky to buy for at Christmas – and at other points in the year. But don’t worry, we won’t let you go wrong.

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Refine your graphic design skills with this bundle

Posted 11/21/2017 - 07:58

As Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 creeps closer, we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools. But we haven't neglected our daily deals; today we've got you a great discount on training to boost your graphic design skills.If you want to work as a graphic designer, you're going to have to know how to use Adobe applications.

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How to scan a person in less than five minutes

Posted 11/21/2017 - 06:51

Don’t have access to a photogrammetry camera array to carry out a 3D scan? No problem, these tips and tricks will show you how to capture an actor quickly with great results for 3D modelling – and all you need is a camera or smartphone.Imagine you’re on a movie location with little equipment and only a few minutes with your actor.

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How to mix photorealism with a loose painting style

Posted 11/21/2017 - 05:55

Experimenting with new drawing and painting techniques is a great way to bring new flavours to a piece that's almost finished.

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The best early Amazon Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/21/2017 - 05:39

Black Friday 2017 might not technically start until 24 November, but Amazon kicked off its whopper 10-day Amazon Black Friday sale last week – and we've already seen a deluge of incredible deals for designers, artists and illustrators.
Take me to all Amazon Black Friday UK deals
Take me to all Amazon Black Friday US deals

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15 free resume templates

Posted 11/21/2017 - 05:00

Not all of us have the time or inclination to craft our own creative resumes from scratch, but your CV still needs to clearly impart key information about your career, while displaying a little of your personality. So why not inject it with a little design flair, courtesy of a free template?

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6 professional 4K monitors for digital artists

Posted 11/21/2017 - 02:01

For the best part of a decade, 2K was the prevailing production norm. But in the last couple of years it has been increasingly difficult to stick at this resolution, as film production has shifted to 4K monitors, 5K, and even 6K. The 2012 Olympics even saw some early testing of 8K television cameras.

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