25 Tutorials for Using Illustrator and Photoshop Together for Outstanding Results

Photoshop and Illustrator are two of the most indispensable tools for web and graphic designers. For those of us who are always looking to learn more and improve skills, there are plenty of great tutorials out there for each of these programs.

Most designers feel a bit more comfortable in one over the other as a result of more experience or better understanding. However, sometimes the two can be used together in a way that emphasizes the strengths of each program.

In this post we’ll feature 25 of the best tutorials that utilize both Illustrator and Photoshop to create amazing results.

How to Make Retro/Futuristic Curves in 10 Steps

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Developing a Client Process from Inquiry to Project Completion

Efficiency and effectiveness are equally important to freelance designers and small design firms (and large ones as well, but that won’t be the focus of this article). There are obviously any number of different things you can do to improve your workflow or to produce a better end result for your clients. One area for potential improvement is systemization or standardization of process.

The process of designing and developing a website for clients is rather complex and involves a lot of different steps. First, there is the initial contact either through an online inquiry or maybe a referral. Then comes a quote for service, a contract, the opening stages of the design, client feedback, revisions, development, completion, final billing and record keeping. Of course, the exact steps may vary from one designer to another, but the point is that a lot goes into the complete process of taking a client from inquiry to the completion of the project.

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25 Beautifully Minimalist Websites – Part 5

Over the past year and a half, I have published four collections of inspirational websites with a minimalist approach to the design. Since more great websites of this style keep appearing, and since readers continue to show an interest in this style, here is the fifth edition. You can see the first four parts here:



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40 Photoshop Tutorials for Amazing Lighting Effects – Part Two

One of the most popular posts of 2008 on this blog was 40 Photoshop Tutorials for Lighting and Abstract Effects. Since it has been close to a year since that collection was put together, a number of excellent tutorials for working with lighting effects have been published. With this post I’d like to present the second edition of tutorials.

Flying Girl in Photoshop

Flying girl in Photoshop

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Design Inspiration: Lighting Effects

A few weeks ago I posted a collection of 25 websites with lighting effects. While these sites can be excellent inspiration for working with light effects in Photoshop, they’re not the only source of this type of inspiration. You can also find some great pieces of work by simply browsing through graphic design portfolios. In this post you’ll find 50 examples of inspirational lighting effects.

Lighting Effects Inspiration

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Tutorial: Set Up a Client's Site to be Editable with Cushy CMS

If you design websites for clients you know that most clients these days want the ability to update the site themselves. Fortunately, content management systems make this possible. However, depending on the types of clients that you work with, you may find that sometimes going with a full-feature CMS is overkill for a client that only needs to update a few pages.

Each client has there own unique needs, and there may be times when you come across someone who is not interested in anything fancy, but they want a small website that will allow them to change the content of pages.

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