Trace Existing Icons to Create New Shapes in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 19, 2015

Icon design is one of the most tricky fields of digital design. It often requires some understanding of composition and other art fundamentals like symmetry, lighting, and color. The best way to learn icon design is by studying under the best of the best. Unfortunately they probably don’t have time to teach you so it’s important to learn how to practice on your own.

In this how-to guide I want to explain the basics of tracing existing icons using Photoshop. This requires some knowledge of the pen tool because you need to edit paths and anchor points according to existing shapes. But everyone has to start somewhere so I highly recommend using the pen tool at every opportunity.

ios camera icon trace path shape

I’ll demonstrate how to trace the camera icon found in Apple’s iOS 8 SMS app. This uses a flat design style which is traditional and great for beginners.

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How To Clear Color Swatches in Photoshop & Illustrator

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 16, 2015

Both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are very common design tools. Although they possess an incredible amount of power the overall interface can be quite cumbersome even to intermediate users. But if you spend enough time learning the fundamentals everything else will just naturally fall into place.

For this quick tip I’d like to demonstrate how to clear out color swatches in Photoshop and Illustrator. Each program has a slightly different method of clearing swatches and you’ll want to stick with the most comfortable way to your workflow. The swatches panel is a little tricky and it’s not always used in every design project. But it’s still a palette that has plenty of value in the long run and it’s worth learning these little tricks.

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30 Best WordPress Themes for Bands & Musicians

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 11, 2015

There’s no doubt that WordPress has grown into a powerful CMS with the capability to mimic any type of website. WordPress themes offer extensible functionality which is often built right into the code. The absolute best themes are created by designers and developers who have a knack for WordPress and know how to customize these important features.

The following themes are perfect for any musical website for a band, lone entertainer, musical venue, or even a barbershop quartet. Each theme includes various layout tweaks and custom page designs for unique content. If you need a fresh musical website theme then check out the following examples to see if anything catches your attention.

Vocal Events

vocal events wordpress theme music

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