Best of the Design Web: April 2017

Welcome back to Best of the Design Web, where we feature some of the best design tutorials of this past month! Tackle new and exciting projects from across the web, and let us know your favorites in the comments!

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

10 Amazing Tutorials From Across the Web

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    How to Create a Flat Astronaut in Adobe Illustrator

    Send your designs into space! In this tutorial, our very own Yulia Sokolova teaches you how to create an awesome flat astronaut design. Learn how to build this incredible design using basic shapes, colors, and gradients in Adobe Illustrator.

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    How to Create a Simple Stopwatch Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

    Have some spare time? In this tutorial, the talented Andrei Marius shows you how to create a realistic stopwatch from start to finish. Develop realistic shading and more in this easy-to-follow lesson.

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    How to Create a Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop

    Love photo effects? Instructor Chris Spooner shows you the step-by-step process of mimicking traditional watercolor paintings. Learn how to use a range of filters along with paper textures to produce a convincing effect.

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    How to Paint Magical, Glowing Runes

    Conjure a spell! Artist Kelley McMorris shows you how to paint a beautiful rune painting in Adobe Photoshop. Explore her unique methods for making things glow, including using the Gaussian Blur filter, for an incredible result.

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    How to Create Colorful Vector Character Art

    In this tutorial, illustrator onesidezero shows you how to create colorful vector art in Adobe Illustrator. Learn how to create the initial sketch before finalizing your work with wonderful colors.

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    How to Draw Semi-Realistic Donuts Using Adobe Photoshop

    Hungry for a treat? Our very own Mohammad Jeprie shows you how to make a cute row of delicious donuts in this tutorial. Learn how to use various blurs and layer styles to create a realistic effect.

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    How to Create a Kawaii Manga Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

    Perfect for Manga lovers, this tutorial by DesignCrowd shows you how to distort any photo for a cute Manga effect. Learn how to change the hair, eye colors, and more, in this fun tutorial.

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    How to Create a Fun Easter Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

    Created by one of our very own instructors, Ivan Petrusevski, this tutorial leads you through the steps of a vibrant Easter pattern. Build your elements first before learning how to compose the final pattern.

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    How to Create a Glowing Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

    Enjoy text effects? Well, in this tutorial, the talented Rose takes you along the journey to completing a fantastic text effect. Learn how to use layer styles and more to make your work glow!

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    How to Make a Movie Poster With a Textured Background in Photoshop

    Create a blockbuster movie poster in a few simple steps! In this video, designer Mir Rom shows you how to create an epic movie poster. Build the whole scene from scratch using trendy double exposure techniques.

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Top 15 Tutorials From ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Design & Illustration

Our experts have provided you with many great tutorials this month! Here are 15 of our most tried, tested, and shared tutorials from the Design and Illustration section here at ThemeKeeper Tuts+.

And see entries from our latest ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created By You, celebrating the incredible efforts of our talented community.

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    Drawing
    How to Draw a Super Cute Kitten Step by Step
    Monika Zagrobelna
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    Line Art
    How to Create a Woodwork Tools Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
    Andrei Stefan
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    Animation
    How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop
    Ivan Gromov
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    Flyers
    How to Design a Stylish Real Estate Flyer in Adobe InDesign
    Grace Fussell
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    Photo Manipulation
    How to Create a Fantasy, Sci-Fi Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
    Jenny Le
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    Drawing
    How to Draw Leather
    Monika Zagrobelna
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    Photoshop Actions
    How to Create an Instagram Filter Photoshop Action in 60 Seconds
    Melody Nieves
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    Collage
    How to Create Retro Polaroids on a Clothesline in Adobe Illustrator
    Vladimir Galantsev
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    Patterns
    How to Create a Bold Fruit Pattern in Adobe Illustrator
    Olga Davydova
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    Illustration
    Create an Art Nouveau Poster in Illustrator
    Sharon Milne
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    Photoshop Actions
    Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Create a Trendy, Colorful Action
    Melody Nieves
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    Painting
    Create a Realistic Photo Composite From a Sketch
    Nat Monney
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    Appearance Panel
    How to Create a Bold, Cartoonish Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator
    Andrei Marius
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    Illustration
    How to Create a Modern Cottage in a Scandinavian Style in Adobe Illustrator
    Aliaksei Kruhlenia
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    Spring
    How to Create a Spring Cleaning Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
    Nataliya Dolotko

10 Premium Design Resources

Before you go, be sure to pick up some amazing premium design assets from GraphicRiver and ThemeKeeper Elements. Browse their incredible collections of Photoshop Actions, vector elements, and more for high-quality designs. And check out a few of our favorites below!

Realistic Oil Painting Photoshop Action

Turn your selfies into digital masterpieces! This high-quality Photoshop action is easy to use, with well-organized layers and a how-to file included. Create a sublime oil painting effect without ever getting dirty by installing this action today!

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

Hand-Drawn Photoshop Action

Traditional art effects are easy to achieve once you have a Photoshop action. And this awesome pack lets you create stunning hand-drawn effects in a few simple steps. Simply brush over the area where you would like to apply the action and press play! It’s that simple!

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Gold & Silver – Text Styles

Add instant gold and silver effects to your text layers with this gorgeous pack of Photoshop layer styles. This pack includes eight amazing layer styles with different variations of metallic designs. Enjoy shiny, expensive-looking text effects with just one click!

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

14 Vintage Retro Text Effects

Need help creating vintage text effects? Then look no further! This high-quality set features 18 Photoshop files that use Smart Objects to create retro-inspired text effects. Make any header or logo instantly 3D with this stylish package.

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

Mountain Shapes Vol.2

Enjoy the outdoors with this super cool set of mountain shapes. This pack features 12 vector mountains that are fully editable and scalable. Available in both Photoshop and Illustrator formats, these shapes are perfect for any camping, climbing, or traveling project.

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Wing Shapes – Custom Shapes

Take your designs to new heights with this helpful pack of wing shapes. This pack includes 35 Photoshop shapes that are scalable to any size. They’re designed with smooth curves and elegant lines, and you’ll definitely want to add this set to your collection!

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Nypel – Typeface

Inspired by northern nature and indie music, this Nypel typeface has an incredibly unique appeal. It features over 300 characters including a full set of glyphs dedicated to Western, Central, and South European characters. Download this unique font today to create wicked designs filled with modern aesthetics.

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

Botdoh Font

Enjoy the elegance and sophistication of the exquisite Botdoh font. Make your text look beautiful with a signature style that features natural lines and curves. Ideal for logos, headers, and so much more, this typeface will help you achieve instant class and style.

Best of the Design Web: April 2017

Abstract Hipster Shapes Backgrounds

Customize your favorite websites and designs with these fun, hipster backgrounds. This set contains 10 abstract backgrounds that can be used for a variety of purposes. Decorate your apps, websites, and more with a colorful abstract scene.

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Geometric Beauty Portraits

Geometric design is one of the hottest trends going around in the design industry. And you can create amazing flyers and posters using this set of geometric beauty portraits. This pack features six fashion-inspired vector portraits to make your work truly unique!

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