Subtle Textures in Photoshop – Mezzotint


Another in a series of creating subtle textures in Photoshop, this one uses a prepared gradient ramp that has the mezzotint filter applied to it. The texture ramp is saved as a smart object that can then be placed into a new file and colorized and blended as necessary.
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Subtle Textures in Photoshop – Heather


For this tutorial, we’ll create a subtle heather-like texture in Photoshop from scratch. This tutorial uses Smart Objects, layers that allow up to modify them without destroying them. We even get to nest a smart object within another smart object just like Russian nesting dolls or the film Inception.
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Text Overlay in InDesign


In this tutorial a graphic is placed on top of an image in InDesign. Using the Effects Panel, the transparency of the graphic is modified so that the image can still be visible through the graphic.
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Going 3D in InDesign


In this tutorial, you will create a little fake 3D in InDesign using a photoshop image that has been separated out into layers. There are a number of ways to do this – some a little less cumbersome – but I prefer this method as it gives you full control over how the image blends with the graphics in InDesign.
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Designing with a Modular Grid in InDesign


With this tutorial, you will create a layout that utilizes a modular grid. A modular grid uses consistent horizontal and vertical divisions creating modules that can be used for placement of text, pictures or graphics. This grid is highly flexible and modules can be combined and divided to further design possibilities.
The content of this layout is 10 design principles that all designers should consider; make sure to read through them, they are extremely informative.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Double Trouble


For this next tutorial, we won’t be making new patterns but will be recycling patterns we’ve already made and combining them in the Appearances Panel to make more even complex patterns.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – the Appearances Panel

In this next tutorial, we will be working with the Appearances Panel. The possibilities with the Appearances Panel and using multiple fills is truly endless. Take advantage of this in order to make fills and backgrounds that fit the design approach for any of your projects.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Diamonds 02


For this diamond texture, you can use any diamond size you prefer, just use the grid and snap to grid to keep it well organized and predictable.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Diamonds


The next in a series of subtle textures – this one uses diamonds and can be endlessly modified, I’ve included some variations at the end.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Polka Dots


This is the beginning of a series of tutorials for creating simple and subtle textures in Illustrator. These tutorials are designed to be embellished and improvised upon to open up all sorts of design possibilities. They can be combined with other textures, colors or gradients within the same objects using the Appearance panel, something we will look at in future tutorials.
These tutorials repeat a lot of the same changes and settings, many keyboard shortcuts are introduced that will greatly speed up your work. It is worth your while to commit these to memory.
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