The Best of Concept design tips for artists

The main task of a visual development environment artist working in animation is to conceptualise, design and execute a believable world for characters to live in. But the success of these environment concepts doesn’t rely solely on the drafting skill level of the artist – it’s the whole package that …

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Only a few years ago, the idea that every digital artist could afford technology that enabled them to draw directly on to their screen was fanciful. Today, we not only have iPads and Android devices that provide this facility, but the options for artists on desktop and laptop computers have …

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The Best of How to use the Brush tool in Photoshop

Brush tool: Quick links Create a basic outlineBlend brushstrokesUse brushes to mask Photoshop CC is one of the best photo editor apps and is the creative weapon of choice for many designers. Its Pen and Brush tools mean Photoshop is more than capable of creating wonderful illustrations, making it suitable …

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The Best of Get your head around React with these five factors

Learning React, the JavaScript library for creating user interfaces from Facebook and Instagram seems nuts until you give it a chance. Things get much easier when you understand five key concepts. I call these the five mind shifts. They are: components, JSX, state, lifecycle methods and one-way data flow. 01. Components Components …

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The Best of Pro digital type tips for graphic designers

If you’re making the move from print to digital, there are lots of criteria to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your typography looking as sharp as possible. We’ve already looked at what designers can do to improve their digital typography, but to help you take your online …

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The Best of 4 on-trend illustration styles for your next project

New illustration and design trends can spread globally almost overnight. But any creative worth their salt will look to forge their own path and solve a brief in their own way, even if influenced by a larger movement. It’s about driving the discipline forward, not blindly following the crowd. At …

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The Best of BuzzFeed launches new logo and bespoke typeface

For well over a year BuzzFeed UK has been polishing its visual style. As part of the brand refresh, the site has been developing its typography, photography and illustrations to give the site the feel of a glossy magazine. The latest piece of the rebrand, includes a new logo design …

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The Best of 10 must-know SEO tools for search success

A site needs to be seen, and ranking highly in search engines such as Google is a key way to make sure people can find it. There are a host of factors that will help make this happen. There is on-page SEO, optimised titles, images alts, targeted keywords and phrases …

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The Best of Studio vs freelance: The pros and cons

Whether your specialism is graphic design, illustration or 3D art, chances are you’ll have made a choice between working as a freelancer or getting a full-time job in a studio. It’s a major decision – and there are big pros and cons to each.  In this article, leading creative professions …

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