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July 12 2010

12:30

Tasty textures

Texture is certainly one of the more overused and under thought out design elements, but at the same time it is a useful tool to have in the designers toolbox. Because when it makes sense, it can work really really well. Check out these samples to decide for yourself.

http://sixrevisions.com/design-showcase-inspiration/web-designs-that-use-textures-beautifully/

Tags: Texture

March 31 2010

14:42

25 Excellent Photoshop Texture Tutorials

Adding texture to a design can create drastic changes and powerful results. Photoshop provides a number of different possibilities for working with textures, which allows designers to use their creativity. In this post we’ll features 25 tutorials that will help you to learn more about working with textures in Photoshop and how to create impressive results.

How to Use Texture and Lighting to Create Rounded Artwork

How to Use Texture and Lighting to Create Rounded Artwork

How to Create Eroded Metal Text with Photoshop

How to Create Eroded Metal Text with Photoshop

How to Create a Rusty Texture in Photoshop

How to Create a Rusty Texture in Photoshop

Create a Wood Background in Photoshop

Create a Wood Background in Photoshop

How to Create a Photo Manipulation with Your Own Photos and Textures

How to Create a Photo Manipulation with Your Own Photos and Textures

Create a Rusty Chain in Photoshop

Create a Rusty Chain in Photoshop

How to Create a 3D Leaf from a Texture Photograph

How to Create a 3D Leaf from a Texture Photograph

Create a Realistic Stone Texture in Photoshop

Create a Realistic Stone Texture in Photoshop

Design a Smooth and Fresh Text Effect with Leaves and Stone Texture in Photoshop

Design a Smooth and Fresh Text Effect with Leaves and Stone Texture in Photoshop

Create High-Impact Backgrounds Using Photoshop

Create High-Impact Backgrounds Using Photoshop

How to Design a Grunge-Styled Portrait in Photoshop

How to Design a Grunge-Styled Portrait in Photoshop

Design an Old-Style Safari Map

Design an Old-Style Safari Map

Design a Grunge Header Part I and Part II

Design a Grunge Header

Creating Chameleon Effect Fabric Texture

Creating Chameleon Effect Fabric Texture

An Old Texture from Ancient Times

An Old Texture from Ancient Times

Dirty Design: Create a Grungy Thriller Book Cover

Dirty Design: Create a Grungy Thriller Book Cover

Realistic View Wooden Applique

Realistic View Wooden Applique

Create Fantastic Stone Textures in Photoshop

Create Fantastic Stone Textures in Photoshop

Create Smoke Effect on Grungy Wallpaper

Create Smoke Effect on Grungy Wallpaper

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshop

Textured Text Effects in Photoshop

Textured Text Effects in Photoshop

Realistic Coffee Stain Design Using Illustrator and Photoshop

Realistic Coffee Stain Design Using Illustrator and Photoshop

How to Create a Texture-Based Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Texture-Based Poster in Photoshop

3D Text Shatter Effect

3D Text Shatter Effect

Abstract Space Background

Abstract Space Background

For more Photoshop tutorials please see:

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March 19 2010

14:00

Texturized web designs

The use of texture (or distress) in web design was one of the very first topics I covered on Design Meltdown. Since then it continues to be a heavily used approach (and since long before I ever talked about it of course). It’s a style that is appealing for so many reasons, but in the end is often over used. This set features many sites that have used the style well and demonstrate how it can be a great part of a design.

http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/50-inspiring-textured-web-designs

Tags: Texture

March 02 2010

20:51

Showcase of Light Texture in Web Design

Texture is obviously a common design element that is being used on a lot of modern websites. However, texture doesn’t always have to be a part of the design that stands out immediately to visitors. Light textures can also be used to subtly improve the design of the site. In this post we’ll feature 25 sites that use texture without it dominating the design.

Odosketch

Odosketch

Toggle

Toggle

Questionable Characters

Questionable Characters

FeedStitch

FeedStitch

84 Colors

84 Colors

Designs for Interaction

Designs for Interaction

Ali Felski

Ali Felski

Atebits

Atebits

Small White Bear

Small White Bear

A Simple Measure

A Simple Measure

ConvergeSC

ConvergeSC

WellMedicated

WellMedicated

Monday by Noon

Monday by Noon

Eliminate Paper Time Cards

Eliminate Paper Time Cards

Jon Roth, MD

Jon Roth, MD

Olive Crush

Olive Crush

Simple Bits

Simple Bits

Digital Visions

Digital Visions

Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Jonathan Snook

Jonathan Snook

CSS Religion

CSS Religion

The Wayward Irregular

The Wayward Irregular

New York, New York Web Design

New York, New York Web Design

Urban Roots

Urban Roots

Matt Hamm

Matt Hamm

For more design inspiration see:

November 30 2009

21:21

[Ask BB] How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

I recently received an email from Zosia asking me an Illustrator question. Zosia had a vector shape of Africa in Illustrator and wanted to fill the shape with a texture. It’s not as difficult as you might think, but for those of you new to Illustrator, this is a very useful thing to know. You can’t actually “clip” or “cut out” the shape from your texture, but it’s very easy to make a mask, and you still get the same effect.

[Ask BB] How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

Step 1

Make sure your vector shape is on top of your texture.

[Ask BB] How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

Step 2

Select BOTH your texture and the vector shape, then right click or control click and select “Make Clipping Mask.” (You can also go to the Object menu and select Clipping Mask > Make, or hit Command/Control +7.)

[Ask BB] How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

Step 3

Done! Now, that you have your texture masked to fill your shape, you’ll notice that Illustrator has made the texture and the path into a new group. You can move the group as a whole with the Select tool, or you can use the Direct Select tool to move the texture itself, without moving the path, and vice versa.

[Ask BB] How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

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