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Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls

Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls

Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even rarer in vector format. Part of the…

The Benefits of Animated UI/UX GIFs Created with After Effects
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The Benefits of Animated UI/UX GIFs Created with After Effects

I’ve seen this trend becoming much more popular amongst mobile and web designers. Adobe After Effects is a powerful software suite typically used for adding effects into videos. But it can also create animations for user interfaces in smartphone apps, tablets, and website layouts. It takes a lot of practice but After Effects is quite…

Easy Color Transitions with Illustrator’s Blend Tool

Easy Color Transitions with Illustrator’s Blend Tool

Since all Illustrator objects are vectors it’s much easier to create dynamic effects from basic shapes. Gradients can be applied onto a single shape or they can be created by blending multiple shapes together. Blending two shapes do not involve simply mixing them up but it includes mixing them up in a suitable fashion that…

How To Learn Web Design As Quickly As Possible

How To Learn Web Design As Quickly As Possible

How Can I Learn Web Design Quickly? Study the best Learn from mistakes Practice as much as you can Taking the leap into web design can feel daunting. There’s so much to learn, and you might not know where to start. Design isn’t like programming or frontend coding. There isn’t really a linear learning path…

Photoshop: How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

Photoshop: How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

Many of you might remember my Free High-Res Grungy Paper Textures I gave away a while back. I had a lot of requests for a tutorial on how I actually made those textures, so I here we are. Fire up good ‘ol Photoshop, have a scanner handy, and let’s dive in. Ready-made grungy paper textures…

How to Convert Photoshop Layer Effects into Separate Layers
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How to Convert Photoshop Layer Effects into Separate Layers

Most users of Photoshop should already know about layer effects. These are the extra little tidbits added onto layers via the small “fx” icon in the lower-left corner of the layers palette. Using these effects you can build a number of extra features like shadows, gradients, bevels, and a whole lot more. Converting different effects…