The 50 Most Awesome Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2017!

Welcome to the annual roundup of our best posts within the Design & Illustration section here on ThemeKeeper Tuts+. Before we jump into our top 50, let me share with you some of our victories of the year!

The 50 Most Awesome Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2017!

The 50 Most Awesome Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2017!

It’s my pleasure to share with you our 50 most awesome Design & Illustration tutorials and articles of 2017.

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    How to Create a Fur Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial I will show you how to create a fur action in Adobe Photoshop
    using a pattern, a brush, a layer style, and a gradient map.
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    How to Draw a Realistic Eye

     

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… literally! In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a beautiful, realistic eye with pencils.
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    How to Create a 3D Paper Cut Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use Photoshop’s 3D tools and settings, with some adjustment layers, to create a 3D paper text effect
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    How to Realistically Change Hair and Fur Color in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Are you curious how you’d look with a different hair color? In Photoshop you can change the color of your hair quickly and temporarily, to see what color…
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    How to Create an Emotional, Molten, Shattered Statue in Photoshop

     

    Photo composites often require several Photoshop tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect. In this tutorial we will combine several photos to create…
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    How to Create a Copper Foil Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Learn a simple way to create a foil text effect, using a couple of filters, adjustments, and layer styles.
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    How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Portrait in Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial we will combine several stock images to create an artistic, abstract portrait of a woman. Let’s get started!
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    How to Draw a Snowflake

     

    Every snowflake is different, but they all follow rules of fractal geometry in a way, so we can use these rules to draw a realistic snowflake with just a few…
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    How to Create Stylized Hay Bale Typography in Adobe Photoshop

     

    As we push further into autumn (in some parts of the world) many designers might be thinking about how to create autumn-inspired artwork for the projects…
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    How to Create a Vector Portrait With Curly Hair in Adobe Illustrator

     

    I’ve created several vector portrait tutorials in the past, but one request is made several times and that is how to create curly hair. In today’s tutorial,…
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    How to Create a Mysterious Forest Scene With Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a mysterious forest scene featuring a fantasy deer. First we’ll build the base scene with several images of…
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    How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create an ashes and embers style dispersion effect from any photo in Adobe Photoshop and automate everything in a…
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    How to Create a Tasty 3D Typographic Illustration in Photoshop

     

    If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then we’ve got a mouth-watering treat for you. In this tutorial we will show you how Photoshop CS6 Extended’s new 3D tools can…
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    How to Create a Retro-Style Airline Destination Travel Poster

     

    This tutorial takes a look at the design and style of 1950s air travel tourism poster design. We’ll take a look at the typographic qualities and composition…
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    Create a Mountain Fortress Using Matte Painting Techniques in Photoshop

     

    In the motion picture industry, filmmakers often depend on artists to create fantasy environments that could not exist in real life. Modern artists often…
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    How to Create a Bold Floral Text Effect Quickly in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use simple selection and adjustment techniques to create a beautiful, quick, bold floral text effect.
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    How to Create a Detailed Isometric Building in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In this tutorial we will be creating an isometric building using several tools, such as Blend, Offset Path, and the Pathfinder panel. Let’s begin!
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    How to Create a Rubber Stamp Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic rubber stamp effect in Photoshop. Turn any photo into a rubber stamp in just a few quick steps.
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    How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds

     

    In this quick video, instructor Melody Nieves will show you how to create your own Photoshop Action for a cool vintage photo effect.
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    10 Tips for Improving Your Photo Manipulation Skills

     

    Like any other skill, photo manipulation requires dedication and practice to improve. But there are so many different aspects to the craft that it can seem…
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    Turn a Pencil Sketch Into a Colorful and Dynamic Character Illustration

     

    Sketching out a character illustration can be a lot of fun. Giving that sketch life can be a challenging task, however. In this tutorial, we will explain how…
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    How to Become an Art Director

     

    Today we’ll take a peek behind the curtain at the career paths of Art and Creative Directors. I spoke to several artists who have worked or are currently…
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    How to Create a Sketch Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial you will learn how to turn your photos into amazing, advanced sketches. I will try to explain everything in so much detail that everyone can…
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    How to Create a Money Engraving Action: Photoshop in 60 Seconds

     

    In this quick video, instructor Melody Nieves will show you how to create an engraving action in Adobe Photoshop.
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    How to Create a Floral Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a floral portrait of a woman with flowers, leaves, branches and butterflies. We’ll not only combine different…
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    How to Create a Mountain Landscape in Flat Style in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In this tutorial we will create a mountain landscape in flat style using the most basic shapes and tools of Adobe Illustrator.
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    Hand Lettering: How to Vector Your Letterforms

     

    Vectoring custom typography sure is a challenge, right? Can’t ever seem to get those smooth curves? Well, this tutorial will provide you with an…
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    How to Create an Easy Digital Glitch Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use Photoshop’s layer styles, filters, and layer masks to create a quick and easy digital glitch text effect.
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    How to Draw Hair Step by Step

     

    In this tutorial I will show you a simple method for drawing hair. We’ll go through four examples: long straight hair, short hair, wavy hair, and afro hair.
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    How to Create a Colorful Explosion Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use a couple of colorful texture images, a Photoshop action, and some smoke and texture overlays to create an easy and colorful explosion text effect.
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    How to Create a Subtle Summer Sunset Textured Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

     

    Learn how to create a nice little summer illustration, using some of the most basic geometric shapes and tools that Illustrator has to offer.
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    How to Create a Set of Flat Animal Icons in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In this tutorial we’ll create six different animal portraits from one and the same circle! Let’s have fun making a set of trendy flat elements using basic…
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    How to Draw a Flat Designer Character in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In this tutorial we’ll be creating a designer character at work, sitting at his desk and drawing on a tablet. We’ll create it in a trendy flat style.
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    How to Create 10 Different Useful Layer Style Text Effects in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use a bunch of layer styles, with some helpful tips and tricks, to create ten common and useful text effects.
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    How to Create 10 Mini Pug Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In today’s tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create ten cute pug illustrations using basic shapes and warp effects in Adobe Illustrator
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    How to Create a Peeled Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In the following steps you will learn how to create a peeled text effect in Adobe Illustrator.
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    How to Draw an Abstract Gold Background in Adobe Illustrator Using Gradient Mesh

     

    Today you will learn how to create a vector abstract background using just the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator!
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    10 Basic Mistakes in Digital Painting and How to Fix Them

     

    Do you want to learn digital painting? Or maybe you’ve already started to, but it turned out to be harder than you thought? I used to be a beginner too, and…
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    How to Create a Tunisian-Inspired Motif in Adobe Illustrator

     

    Learn to design a Tunisian-style motif and customize your own throw pillows or cushions using Adobe Illustrator CC!
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    How to Create a Colored Pencil Sketch Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

     

    In this tutorial you will learn how to turn your photos into amazing and advanced, unfinished colored pencil sketches using Adobe Photoshop.
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    How to Create a Set of Superhero Emoji in Adobe Illustrator

     

    Bring five of the most iconic superheroes to life in vector format in Adobe Illustrator, using just basic geometric shapes and simple tools.
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    How to Create a Dripping Paint Photoshop Effect Action

     

    In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing, artistic paint dripping effect by making your own Photoshop action.
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    How to Create a Flame Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use Photoshop’s Flame filter, along with blending options, filters, and adjustment settings, to create a blazing, fiery text effect.
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    How to Create a ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Learn an easy way to create a Stranger Things series inspired text effect, using only layer styles and some simple adjustments.
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    How to Create a Day of the Dead Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

     

    Use a couple of shape tools, brushes, textures, layer styles, and shape settings, to create a Day of the Dead sugar skull-inspired text effect.
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    How to Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In the following steps, you will learn how to create a retro long shadow text effect in Adobe Illustrator.
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    How to Create Flat Profession Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

     

    In this tutorial we’ll be making a set of flat-style portraits, depicting people of different professions and occupations. Basic shapes and tools of Adobe…
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    How to Draw a Festive Winter Landscape With Glowing Lamps in Adobe Illustrator

     

    Learn how to create a vector Christmas background with snow, lamps and trees using the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator!
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    How to Create an Enchanted Photoshop Action

     

    In this beginner’s tutorial, you will learn how to create an amazing, enchanted effect in Adobe Photoshop.
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    How to Create a Cozy Winter Character in Adobe Illustrator

     

    Learn how to design a cute, stylish and clean flat character for winter, using basic shapes and tools in Adobe Illustrator.

Happy New Year From Everyone at ThemeKeeper Tuts+!

I can’t wait to share with you all the fab content we’ve got coming your way in 2018. However, if you’re feeling a little nostalgic, why not go back over the years to find out what other content you may have missed which went down well with our readers.

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    Adobe Photoshop
    The Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2014
    Sharon Milne

     

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    Inspiration
    The Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2015
    Sharon Milne

     

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    Inspiration
    The 50 Best Design Tutorials & Articles of 2016
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