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Tools, tips and techniques to help you become a more efficient and effective designer

Featured tools

Inkblock

Apply rubber stamp effects to your type and lettering in Illustrator with ease.

Retro Textpress

A set of 20 Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator that enables you to apply retro text effects to your designs with just one click.

Brush Lab

Over 90 Photoshop brushes giving you the ability to effectively “paint” texture onto your canvas.

Latest tips

How to create grids in Photoshop (without using a plugin)

When it comes to creating grids in Photoshop, designers have long had to rely on plugins like the fantastic GuideGuide for efficiency. Now though, Photoshop comes with a similar (but slightly less powerful) feature built in, called Guide Layouts. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Guide Layouts to quickly create custom grids and save them as reusable presets.

How to create a ‘Stranger Things’ inspired text effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to create a text effect inspired by the opening titles of Netflix’s hit show, ‘Stranger Things’. To create the effect, you’ll make use of some subtle Layer Styles and I’ll show you some cool tricks with filters that will help you to really nail it.

How to add multiple colors to the Swatches panel in Illustrator

For a long time, whenever I built a color palette in Illustrator, I’d create Swatches for each of the colors by selecting them one at a time and clicking the New Swatch icon. At first, I didn’t think much of having to add colors one at a time—I just thought that’s the way it was done—but after doing this so many times, I began to wonder if there was in fact a better way.

It was then I discovered that it’s possible to create Swatches for multiple colors at the same time.