Markie Darkie, aka Ferdinand Mark Bsa, is based in Edmonton, Canada where he works as a full-time graphic designer. His clients include the World Wide Fund For Nature, Nestle, Coca-Cola and more.

In this tutorial for Photoshop and Illustrator, Markie Darkie shows you how to create a stunning photomontage. You’ll master repetition and layering of shapes, efficient use of simple colour palettes with the aid of Layer Style effects, or a file of vector elements.

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It's easy to get carried away with the tools and presets in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They might be designed to maximise workflow efficiency, but an over-reliance on these can give your work a generic feel. To keep your style fresh, you need to get back to basics.

The vector template for this tutorial is available from the projects files, but you’ll also learn how to create your own design elements that you can use on future projects.

Time to complete

4 - 5 hours

Project Files

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