As a graphic designer, there are many tools and techniques you'll want to master. Whether you use Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, other software or even the traditional pen and paper, we've got tips and tutorials that'll help you develop your style, increase your skill set and inspire you to try something new.
If you're interested in mastering the art of pattern design, learning how to use geometric shapes and textures in your designs, finding out how to create urban type or working with a retro style on a new project, you've come to the right place. We've got all that and more from experts including Rachel Cave, Loulou & Tummie, Gordon Reid and Ciara Phelan.
Pattern design tips
Learn how to create beautiful patterns using your choice of Photoshop, Illustrator, pens, paints or pencils.
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12 tips for creating & using geometric shapes
Leading illustrators share their tips for perfecting the use of geometric shapes in patterns and other designs.
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How to use textures in your designs
Top illustrators and designers give practical advice on making the most of textures in your work.
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How to design a magazine cover
Johann Chan, who has designed more than 100 magazine covers, takes you through his creative process and shows how to design a magazine cover, add Pantone colours and spot UV varnishes.
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Create urban type
Designer Bram Vanhaeren shows you how to create a trendy type-based logo using traditional and digital media.
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Add stylish ornaments to type
Learn the basics of adding ornaments to type using Illustrator techniques such as Live Trace and the Pathfinder panel.
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Create a foil block finish effect on a 7in record sleeve
This tutorial shows you how to mock up a product and add a foil block finish using Photoshop. Save on the expense of special finished by mocking up effects such as foil blocks for the client beforehand!
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Create a vector map collage
Find out how Jimmy Gleeson used Photoshop and Illustrator to create a stunning souvenir map of Australia for a homewares studio in Melbourne.
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Vintage-look collage techniques
In this tutorial, Ciara Phelan shows you how to hone your cut-out skills to prepare images for collaging. You'll also learn some handy tricks to give your images a vintage look.
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