Top 10 Photoshop & Illustrator tutorials of 2013


Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator go hand-in-hand, providing a great combination of tools for artists, illustrators and designers. Together, the two applications can be used to create a multitude of images, from gorgeous photo montages to tangible typography.

Top creatives from various disciplines have shared their expertise with Digital Arts this year, demonstrating how they use both Photoshop and Illustrator for their work. Here, we round-up 10 of our favourite Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials from 2013.

Create type that's fit to eat

In this tutorial, Radim Malinic shows you how to create the semblance of words spelt out in melted chocolate. You'll be encouraged to speed up at times, while at other times you'll need to linger over tiny details to create that ultra-realistic look, fit for any advertising campaign or logo.

Create a stunning photo montage

In this tutorial, 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.

Create a realistic 3D character without 3D software

In this tutorial, Tim Smith offers his experience with using Illustrator and Photoshop to create semi-realistic, 3D-looking characters.

Create a vector map collage

Follow Jimmy Gleeson as he uses Photoshop and Illustrator to create a stunning souvenir map highlighting the diversity within Australia.

Be bold with Photoshop effects

Illustrator Gordon Reid details how he mixes such components to create a work based around a theme of time travel, applying a psychedelic look based on a retro-futuristic sense of what travelling in time entails.

Create a 3D vector icon in Fireworks or Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to create a 3D-looking icon, adding fine details and shadows using textures and making the illustration realistic with gradients and lights.

Create 3D type with paint drips

Logan Brinkley from Welsh digital design agency Carbon Studio shows how to apply 3D effect techniques to a type-based illustration with an inverted triangular shape. Why? Because triangles are cool.

Fantasy light effects in Photoshop

By creating your own brushes in Adobe Illustrator and using scanned elements with Photoshop, it's a simple process to create otherworldly scenes that are alive with glow effects and shafts of virtual light.

Learn pro-level masking skills

In this tutorial, Radim Malinic lets his imagination go for a wander, creating a unique image by blending a burlesque-style central figure with other exuberant, whimsical elements – including a dream catcher and a merry-go-round.

Add vector flair to model shots

In this tutorial, Camilo Bejarano shows you how to ramp up the juxtaposition of vectors and an elegant model shot, hand-drawing elements before scanning them in and transforming them into dramatic, colourful designs that interact neatly with the photograph.

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