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Art & Design

Develop your portfolio, adding work as soon as you complete new projects. Study the material below to hone your design skills.
Graphic Design
Design Process
Designing A Studio
Choosing Materials
Model Making


Architecture
Floor Plans
Procreate
Architectural Drawing
Architecture School
Sketchup
Tools


Automotive Design
Racing Cars
Porsche Sketch
Draw In 3 Quarters
How To Design Autos
Draw Sports Cars
Marker Rendering
Pencil
Digital Painting


Toy Design


Interior Design
Redecorating
Outdoor Spaces
Landscaping
To Painting Walls
Paint Colours
Ceramics
Boy's Bedroom
Girl's Bedroom
Front Porch
Kid's Loft
Small Home Makeover
Small Spaces
Furnishings
Modern Kitchen
Bedroom Makeover
Small Bathroom


Fashion Illustration (fashion design, accessories)
Fashion Coloring
Sketches Compilation
Fashion Drawing
Speed Painting
Fitted Dress
Color Pencil
Fashionable Jackets
Draw Jumpsuits
Saree Illustration
Mermaid Skirt & Chiffon Blouse
Evening Gowns
Draw Plus Sizes
Catwalk
Wedding Dresses
Accessories
Designer Clothing
Leather Boots
Sketch In Black
Designing Shoes


Photoshop
How To Add Color
Soft Light Effect
Vector Portraits
Make a Lightsaber
Color Correction
Sand Storm Dispersion
Photo Manipulation
Create Ink Portraits
Blur Backgrounds
Photoshop Face Slide
Paint Splash
Elegant Touches
Dispersion Effect
Double Exposure
Forest Manipulation
Easy 3d Effects
Additive Lens Flare
Airbrush Retouch
Light Leaks Tutorial
How To Blend
Photoshop Starburst
Adding 3d Text


CorelDRAW
Creating Textures
Graphics Suite
Deeper Look
Page Design
Pointillizer Effect
Livesketch Tool
Node Editing
Blend Tool
Cropping
Interactive Fill
Transparency
Speed Drawing
Color Sampling
Color Styles
Image Sprayer
Basic Shapes
Retouch Photos
Illustration Techniques
Photo Alignment
Color Separation
Customizing Clip Art
Draw A Futuristic City


Art Supplies
Brushes
Frames
Lettering Set
Brusho Watercolors
Pro Colored Pencils
Canvas
Paper & Card
Single Pigment Colours
Professional Spray Paint
Coloured Inks
Boards & Panels
Faber-Castell Colour Pencils

Design Software

The advent of computers and graphics software have changed the way designers and fine artists work. The best graphic design software can provide the tools needed to create. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are the graphic design software most professional designers use. Procreate is popular among illustrators who use the iPad. Professional graphic designers need fully featured graphic design software that offers them the creative flexibility to realise their vision, while those working on personal projects might be able to make do with free, open-source design software.

The selections here span a variety of needs: raster image editing, vector editing, typography, interface design, and page layout. For example, CorelDraw lets you upload directly to WordPress, and layered Photoshop files are the most requested developer hand-off. Sketch and Adobe XD are specifically geared toward designing and prototyping interactional interfaces for mobile and web applications. Even Adobe Illustrator has an optimized workspace for web and mobile design with the pixel preview mode. It also boasts an Export for Screens workflow that generates your assets in different sizes and formats, all in a single action.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphic editor that has become an industry standard in the realm of photo editing, graphic design and digital art. Though it's now packed with drawing and font tools, Photoshop got its start as a photo editing and printing application, and it remains the most powerful photo editing software. Photoshop can be an expensive tool since it is a subscription-based service. If you are a beginner, then Photoshop can be a bit overwhelming. It is not the easiest to use or intuitive editing software and there is definitely a bit of a learning curve for someone who is new to photo editing or graphic design. Only consider installing Photoshop on a fairly powerful PC or Mac, as this program may lag if overloaded.

Selecting objects and people in photos is one of the top functions of the application, and one of the top pain points. Photoshop still includes the venerable Lasso, Magic Wand, Marquee, as well as the newer Object and Quick selection tools. Select on Hover offers a nifty way to create masks. It uses Adobe’s Sensei AI technology to detect all objects in the image, and as you hover over each, it's highlighted for selection. Select on Hover works with the Object Selection tool, which is in the same tool button as Magic Wand and Quick Selection. Press and hold it to use it. Check the Object Finder checkbox in the option bar and Auto Show Overlay selected in the gear icon's settings. Move the cursor around the image and you'll see objects shaded as you go.

Among Photoshop's most exciting recent features are neural filters, which let you automatically change a portrait subject’s mood, age, and gaze. Neural here is short for neural network, a subset of AI machine learning. The tools take advantage of Generative adversarial networks (GANs), which in essence, use a technique of trying to trick the AI algorithm with incorrect or adversarial data.

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is arguably the best graphic design software for vector drawing and editing. Regular updates have kept it ahead of growing competition in terms of the range of features and tools, and it also remains the industry-standard software, meaning that if you're working for a company, you'll probably be expected to use it for vector design work. Subscribers get access to over 90 million images, graphics, templates, and videos from the Adobe Stock Library

Illustrator allows you to create everything from illustrations to logos with a lot of creative freedom. It also has a lot of useful features and shortcuts to help speed up your workflow. To draw, you can use the shaper tool and create vector shapes. Geometric shapes can be added to other outlines and can be moved, reshaped, and scaled. Even the fonts in the software can be manipulated according to your needs by adjusting their weight, slant, or width. For beginners, Adobe provides professionally designed templates to save time. The user interface of the program is helpful, but there is a steep learning curve to get good at illustrator.

Illustrator has introduced many 3D elements into its newest iterations, offering a host of new features for users looking to add depth to their designs. With Illustrator’s 3D window it’s relatively simple to apply 3D effects, including extruding, rotating and application of dynamic light sources, to simple 2D vectors without in-depth 3D knowledge. Another 3D element that Illustrator added is artwork mapping, which allows users to map a vector artwork over the surface of a 3D object. While the interface is tricky at first, it’s simpler than it initially appears and will prove a winner for creatives looking to visualise their illustrations on 3D products.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks. It offers excellent capabilities to design stunning magazines, info sheets, and brochures while easily exporting them to PDF or HTML. InDesign can also publish content suitable for tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Graphic designers and production artists are the principal users, creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media. It also supports export to EPUB and SWF formats to create e-books and digital publications, including digital magazines, and content suitable for consumption on tablet computers.

In addition, InDesign supports XML, style sheets, and other coding markup, making it suitable for exporting tagged text content for use in other digital and online formats. The Adjust Layout feature empowers the designer just to change the text of the template, and design gets adjusted automatically, which is great for infographics. The properties panel has been redesigned to give you more intuitive control over the tools. The Sensei technology integrated into InDesign makes the automatic arrangement and resizing of images. The Creative Cloud Libraries can help you share text, colors, and graphics with other members.

The Adobe Capture extension for InDesign lets you quickly turn photos into design elements that you can use in your InDesign layouts. With the extension, you can capture colors, shapes, and textures from photos and apply them to your designs. Graphic designers can efficiently combine graphics and texts for easier streamlining and optimizations of files. It allows users to add tags to indexes, keywords, anchor text frames, footnotes, table of contents, and captions with hyperlinks. It supports HTML exporting that enables web developers to export clean and simple codes during the implementation of the website’s layout designs.

CorelDRAW

- https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/coreldraw-graphics-suite

CorelDRAW was earlier built only for Windows OS; it is now available for Mac as well. With this graphic design program, you can create professional vector illustrations. There are powerful design tools to help you work faster and smarter. You will find numerous customization options, whether you are working on logos, web design, or print projects. CorelDRAW now uses AI technology to provide you with LiveSketch, which converts sketching into precise vector curves.

The suite contains tools for graphic design as well as layout. It has Photo-Paint and Corel Font Manager for photo editing and font management. The software has web graphic tools and presets to develop creative web content; you can publish directly into your Wordpress site through it. The file compatibility is excellent; the program supports over 100 file formats. Works perfectly without any lag with Surface Pen. Users get the option to choose GPU acceleration over the default CPU while working with system-intensive sophisticated vector graphics.

Registered users can get access to thousands of high-resolution photographs and digital images through Corel’s online digital library. It also offers over 2000 vehicle templates, 1000 fonts, 350 professionally designed templates, more than 500 interactive frames, over 600 gradients, vector, and bitmap fills. There's a customizable UI environment for the desktop, icon sizing, toolboxes, options for how your documents open, and window border color scheme.

Affinity

If you're put off by the hefty monthly or annual cost of Adobe's subscription model, a notable contender is Serif's Affinity Designer. Available for a one-off payment, Affinity Designer comes closest in matching the breadth of Illustrator's feature set. In fact, Affinity Designer even offers some tools you don't get on Illustrator, such as infinite redos and one million per cent-plus zoom, and we found that it tends to run faster than Adobe illustrator too. It can handle both Illustrator AI and Photoshop PSD files, so you don't have to worry about compatibility if colleagues or clients work with Adobe's software.

Since the 1.10 update, performance has been the main focus, with Affinity Designer now capable of dealing with highly complex and heavily layered documents with ease and smoothness. Purported to be ten times faster than the 1.9 update, and able to render at 60 frames per second, it certainly seems capable of zooming and panning a document, with objects in the thousands, without any noticeable lag. Even if you’re not creating or importing huge documents, the way Designer reacts and moves to commands and actions is clear and makes the experience much smoother.

Raster brushes can be used in situ, without leaving the app. Affinity Designer is certainly not as expressive a program as Corel, but its vector brushes are not to be sniffed at. The ability to tweak, edit and reassign different brushes to strokes gives you more than enough wiggle room. Of course this all becomes a lot more fun and expressive with the use of a stylus and a drawing tablet, even more so with one of the best iPads for drawing and an Apple Pencil. The ability to manipulate pressure sensitivity and gestural mark-making give you more control in variance and tone.

Although not a new feature, the ability to switch ‘personas’ in Affinity Designer only adds to the smoothness of the app, if not the whole suite’s, usability. While in Affinity Designer, you can switch from the Designer persona (vector) to the Pixel persona (raster/bitmap) without changing apps. Not only does this help with your workflow, but with the raster brushes in situ, it also allows you to add that much maligned texture or 'noise' otherwise missing from vector art. Viewing options include line, pixel, and vector, concurrently. What it still misses is there's no object warping, or image tracing. There is a slightly more round-about way of blending objects and mesh gradients.

Sketch

Sketch is a Mac-only graphic design program that focuses mainly on digital design. These digital designs are used to create websites, apps, and interfaces. Unlike Photoshop, Sketch isn’t built for photo editing or print work. With Sketch, you can create a prototype by collaborating with other designers on the platform itself. The program has a smart layout feature in which the component will automatically resize based on the content. There are hundreds of plugins in the software which will let you do vector editing and other design work with precision down to the pixel. Digital icons are another thing that can be created through this software.

We found that Sketch makes it easy to get started, with less of a learning curve than those of more fully featured vector design software. It offers a good range of features if you need them, though, thanks to a big library of plugins. The software has been improved with the addition of better collaboration features. For example, developers can now view, inspect, and measure your Sketch designs in any browser on any operating system.

Sketch delivers the smoothest user experience of any UI tool on the market today, which is mostly as a result of its intuitive keyboard shortcuts and the way that it leverages macOS frameworks to make Sketch feel like a natural extension of the macOS operating system. When creating mockups with Sketch, which accounts for majority of time spent when using it, its lightening-fast user experience is its most valuable asset.

Sketch Symbols help to reduce repetitive actions by turning components into reusable components, and Smart Guides help to align objects with total precision. Prototyping is arguably Sketch’s weakest feature. ‘Slide’ is the only Artboard transition on the menu, and beyond creating fixed elements and the ability to maintain scroll position between Artboards, there isn’t really much else to experiment with.

GIMP

GIMP is a full-featured raster graphics editor with advanced functionality. GIMP is an open-source program that allows you to change its source code and distribute the program. GIMP is much more than just a photo editor that offers a lot of incredible Photoshop features for free. It provides multiple professional-quality functions to fine-tune snaps and create artworks from scratch. However, t he user interface is not perfect for Mac users, and adjustment layers come with a non-destructive way of combining multiple photo manipulation.

There are many customization programs and 3rd party plugins that can be used in GIMP to improve your productivity and create better designs. GIMP can also be used to retouch images, wherein you can even make creative composites. Interface components and mockups can also be designed, along with print designs such as icons and logos. Complete with options for extending the platform's capabilities through external scripts, as well as over 100+ plugins. GIMP supports multiple file formats, allowing users to edit images in different formats.

Canva

- https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canva

If you have no previous experience in designing and you are looking for something very easy, then Canva is for you. This free online graphic design software allows you to create designs easily and quickly. There are a ton of templates, fonts images, many of which are free to use. Canva works on the drag and drop concept, where you only need to select the elements and drag it to your work area and customize it. This program does not provide you with advanced features like Photoshop. It, however, solves a beginner’s design need who doesn’t want to get into the process of learning and purchasing premium software. Canva is available as a graphic design app that can be used in Apple and Android devices.

Inkscape

- https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/inkscape

Inkscape can help designers create scalable graphic designs that won’t stretch or blur during resizing. It’s an open-source graphics editor, making it a great option if you’re on a budget. It can be used by designers, illustrators, or web designers. The software has flexible drawing tools, which make it easy for beginners to get started. The interface is straightforward and the tools are self-explanatory. For free vector software, the user experience is quite impressive.

It supports multiple gradients and comes with a separate tool to create complex combinations. It comes equipped with Bezier handles to ensure more effortless movement of nodes. Inkscape offers several well-designed and full-featured tools to create, edit, and convert vectors. It is also capable of downloading or creating ready-made plugins. On the downside, processing is a bit slower than other graphics software, and compatibility with Illustrator is not bulletproof.

Magazine Layout | InDesign


Magazine print and web-use layout tutorial in Adobe InDesign. View a recent magazine industry project to learn from.

Architectural Drawing


How to render architectural visualization through a brief Photoshop tutorial.

Car Design Tutorial


How to render a sports car on newsprint pad. Detailed explanation showing process and execution using prismacolor pencils, markers, and gouache.

Stainless Steel 8-Ball


Very accurate work was needed to get all six individual pieces fit together with no gaps. The hardest part of this project was filming the last few shots, because it is so super shiny now and reflects everything.

Interior Design

Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They must be able to read blueprints and must adhere to building codes and inspection regulations, as well as other considerations, such as accessibility standards. Considering how the space will be used and how people will move through the space, designers may specialize in particular types of projects, such as homes, hospitals, or hotels. Although some sketches may be freehand, most interior designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software for most of their drawings. Throughout the design process, interior designers often use building information modeling (BIM) software to create 3D visualizations of their floorplans.

Interior designers produce designs, plans, and drawings for construction and demolition, lighting, electrical layouts, and building permits. Sustainable designers suggest strategies to improve energy and water efficiencies and indoor air quality as well as environmentally sustainable products, such as bamboo and cork for floors. They may obtain certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits colleges and universities that have programs in art and design.

Fashion Design Process

Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they design. For some fashion designers, the first step in creating a new design is researching current fashion and making predictions about future trends, such as by reading reports published by fashion industry trade groups. Other fashion designers create collections using a variety of inspirations, including art media, their surroundings, or cultures they have experienced and places they have visited.

After they have an initial idea, fashion designers try out various fabrics and produce a prototype, often with less expensive material than will be used in the final product. They work with models to see how the design will look and adjust the designs as needed. Although most designers first sketch their designs by hand, many now also sketch their ideas digitally with computer-aided design (CAD) programs. CAD allows designers to see their work on virtual models. They can try different colors, designs, and shapes while making adjustments more easily than they can when working with real fabric on real people.

In order to release either the spring or fall collection, it generally takes 6 months of continuous work, from initial design concept to final production. Designers produce samples with the actual materials that will be used in manufacturing. Samples that get good responses from fashion editors or trade and fashion shows are then manufactured and sold to consumers. The Internet allows independent fashion designers to offer their products outside of traditional brick-and-mortar stores. These designers may license their work, and ship directly to the consumer, without having to invest in a physical shop to showcase their collections.


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