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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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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Fotolia TEN S2: winners unveiled | Illustration | Creative Bloq

Congratulations to digital artist Ezequiel Pini – winner of the Fotolia TEN competition.

The image library Fotolia has announced the winners of Season 2 of its image manipulation competition TEN, and congratulations go out to Ezequiel Pini, who took the main prize for his artwork in the Game On category (above). The final judgment took public opinion into account as well as Fotolia’s panel of experts. There were also winners in nine further categories, shown below.

Ezequiel won an Intuos Pro M Special Edition Tablet, a one year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, a Westcott Lighting Kit and 30″ 5-in-1 Reflector, an Exaprint Light Box, an Eizo 24.1 inch Monitor, a free template from Template Monster with 500 USD worth of customization services.

He also won a one year Fotolia subscription (including 100 downloads per month), both the S1 and S2 TEN Collection creative packs, and €100,000 of international promotion.

Ten Season 3 will be launched on March 10.

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The 13 best places to find free vector art online | Graphic design | Creative Bloq

Looking for free vector art? Joanna Zhou reveals sites that make it easy to track down high-quality graphics to meet your needs.

You know that feeling when a piece of work isn’t coming together and you need to test out lots of ideas but can’t risk the extra time drawing something from scratch? So you decide to search for some free vector art online – but it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for.

A good free selection of vector art can be a lifesaver for any designer. But more often than not, the process of finding what you need amidst cluttered, confusing pages just adds to the mounting deadline stress. To help you avoid that experience, we’ve put together a hand-picked guide to the best free vector art resources, including various useful designs that you can download in preparation for future projects. Please note and respect the Creative Commons licence if there is one.

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