2013 Holiday Gift Ideas for Designers and Artists | Photoshop Tutorials

We all get a little stuck picking presents for friends. A great gift should be one that is both creative and useful. Find out what to get designers and artists for Christmas this year with this list of twenty great gift ideas and one terrible one you must avoid.

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Create a Set of Realistic Christmas Baubles in Adobe Illustrator – Tuts+ Tutorials

Follow this winter holiday inspired tutorial and learn how to create realistic Christmas baubles in Adobe Illustrator. At the beginning we will create the shape of the Christmas bauble starting from a circle then using the Create Gradient Mesh function we will define areas of light and shade on the ball. Next, you will be able to color the globe according to your own taste using colors or gradients and the Blending Modes. We will continue with the cap and the hook then with the design of the golden Christmas bauble that consists of a simple snowflake symbol mapped on the front surface. Finally, we will add a few reflections on the ball for a more realistic look using Opacity Masks. Let\’s start!

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