10 time-saving Photoshop tips | Design | Creative Bloq

Mark Murphy quizzes fellow designers to come up with a brilliant list of Photoshop productivity shortcuts.

Deadline looming? Clients and bosses breathing down your neck? Are you wondering just where all that time went and how in the name of the holy CS you’re going to get this project out the door by 5:30pm? Of course there’s no excusing your habitual procrastination and frankly cavalier attitude to Facebook breaks, but we all know that when you’re racing toward zero hour, every second counts. It’s times like this when every element of your work needs to flow together efficiently, minimising ‘hover’ time between tasks while still allowing you to keep the bigger picture in mind.

It was with this in mind that creating a basic but invaluable cheat-sheet for Photoshop CS6 made so much sense. After quizzing designers across the Precedent digital design agency and mixing in some of my own favourites, I gathered a comprehensive list of our collective top tips for using any Photoshop from CS3 onwards.Whether you’re a Photoshop Padawan or an Adobe aficionado, there’s sure to be at least one tip in here that will ratchet up your workflow and save you time and hassle.

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15 pro character design tips | Character design | Creative Bloq

Senior artist at Framestore Dan Mason talks through 2D and 3D techniques to create interesting and emotive character designs.

In this article, you’ll learn my method for creating character concepts, such as Coal Troll. My experience with concept work has been within a production pipeline and, in this context, the concept is not the finished product but a guide for the other departments who will create the final image on screen.

Being flexible with your concept work is essential in this scenario, as clients will often change the brief before coming to a final decision on a design. For this reason I focus on how to portray a character as efficiently as possible, using traditional illustrative methods, while also getting as many aspects of your concept image ‘for free’ by using 3D packages to help with perspective, lighting and layout.

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The 35 best free tattoo fonts | Typography | Creative Bloq

Check out this compilation of free tattoo fonts that you can put to use in your body art-based designs.We’ve scoured the web to find you the top examples of free tattoo fonts for designers.In recent years, tattoo-style typography has become a big influence on all areas of design – from graphic design and illustration to web and app design and beyond. As a result, there are now hundreds of tattoo typefaces available online for use in your projects, and many don’t cost a penny!But how do you find free fonts in a tattoo style that rock – the diamonds among the rough? We’ve done it for you – just scan the list below…

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Minimalist posters poke fun at film titles | Posters | Creative Bloq

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This illustrated poster series pokes fun at an often all-too-serious genre by taking movie titles literally…

  • A hilarious, literal take on the movie ‘Gravity’

Movie poster design tend to go one of two ways – they either stick to the Hollywood blockbuster formula or go for the more creative approach. We’re big fans of the latter, as you’ll see in our round-up of the best movie posters. However, we’ve never seen anything as creatively hilarious as this.

Illustrator Danish Ahmed has poked fun at film titles by creating this minimalist literal poster series. “While checking out ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ movie poster recently, I wondered what if the poster showed an actual wolf at Wall Street,” he explains. “Then suddenly I would find so many movies that could have had very different, totally unconnected posters if we went by their exact titles.”

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Street Art Collection by Royal Doulton x Pure Evil & Nick Walker

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Post-graffiti plates: Street Art Collection by Royal Doulton x Pure Evil & Nick Walker points the new way for the classic fine china brand, teaming up with two established UK post-graffiti street artists for a set of limited edition collectible plates and everyday mugs that represent a “daring juxtaposition of classic British design and progressive art.”

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28 free retro fonts | Typography | Creative Bloq

Get inspired by the spirit of past decades and transport your designs back in time with this compilation of retro fonts that will cost you nothing!

The aim of a retro design is to transport the audience to the past, so it’s important to choose typography that reflects the era that you’re representing. There are hundreds of zero-cost typeface collections available online, ranging from the hip and happening to the cheap and cheesy. We’ve selected our favourite ones so you don’t have to spend time searching – here are some awesome no-cost designs…

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