The brand new issue of Digital Arts is out now and we're focussing on the techniques that will make you an even better designer, illustrator, editor, animator, 3D and motion graphics artist.

Whether you use a brush made of polyester or a pen on a Wacom tablet, a 2B pencil or a Mighty Mouse -- or all of the above -- this issue has tips, tricks and techniques that will allow you to create even better work.

In our lead feature, leading graphic and interactive designers, illustrators, editors and animators reveal 50 routes to more accomplished work. Whether you want technical tips on how you can make better use of Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, After Effects or Rotring pens, or how to make the most of colour, make your animations funnier or just produce pieces that rock, you’ll find a wealth of advice here.

Another great way to improve what you do is to explore new areas. We detail how you can combine 2D art and design techniques with 3D graphics to produce abstract art and accurate visualisations. You can also learn how to bring 3D from Cinema 4D into Photoshop to add a unique edge to fashion illustrations in our Masterclass section. Alongside this you’ll discover techniques for type art, colour and lighting effects – as used in our amazing cover art – and vector composition.

For many, the final step of sending a project off to be printed is a worrying one, as your work is in the hands of another. In this month's How To we, you'll learn to get the best from your print service and what to do if it all goes wrong.

We want your work to be the best it can be. What would like to learn first?

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FEATURES

MUST-KNOW TECHNIQUES
Top illustrators and designers share 50 tips that will help you work better and faster when doing animation, text layout, photo shoots and a whole range of other tasks

INTO THE NEXT DIMENSION
Check out the best designers, illustrators and other hot creatives from this year's graduate shows, including the D&AD's New Blood and New Designers

TUTORIALS

COSMIC BEAUTY
It’s easy to transform a mundane model shot, says Karim Fakhoury – just add lighting, colour effects and a generous pinch of outer space

BRUSH UP ON TYPE ART
How do you make a plain composition of letters or numbers stand out? Karan Singh works miracles with custom brushes in Illustrator

MIX CINEMA 4D AND PHOTOSHOP
Michael Ostermann spices up a simple portrait by rendering and overlaying abstract 3D elements

EASY DOES IT
Simple elements can add up to a great graphic if combined well, as Petros Afshar proves by creating an image of a blue jay

PLUS

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
Our pick of the upcoming exhibitions, talks and other events

THE BODY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
How a bestselling book on anatomy became a fully interactive iPad app

CREATIVE FREEDOM: RUSHES POSTPRODUCTION
Fresh inspiration is the dividend for organising the Soho Shorts Festival

REVIEWS
Adobe Edge preview
OKI ES9410
Tumult Hype
Autodesk Mudbox 2012
Apple Motion 5 / Compressor 5

FREE!

Video training
Get your hands on a complete chapter from Video2Brain’s brand-new After Effects training series, presented by AE master Angie Taylor

£300 of stock images
Stylish images from Photostogo. This month’s images tap into our features and tutorials – from fashion and CG to photos of blue jays. They are all around 3,000 x 2,500 pixels in size.

(These are provided to purchasers of the magazine only through our Download Zone, so are available to both readers of both the print and digital edition).

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