How to Create a Bones Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a simple bones text effect in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create several pixel-perfect shapes. Using the Rounded Corners effect and some basic vector shape-building techniques, you will learn how to create the main bone shape. Moving on, you will learn how to save and use an art brush. For the final touches, you will learn how to add Drop Shadow effects and a simple background.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final text effect, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 600 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click Create Document.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial by Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Bone Shape and Pattern Brush

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke and then select the fill and set its color to R=253 G=241 B=193. Move to your artboard and simply create a 25 x 105 px rectangle—the grid and the Snap to Grid feature should help.

Focus on the bottom side of this rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the right anchor point and drag it 5 px to the left, and then select the left anchor point and drag it 5 px up and 5 px to the right.

rectangle tool

Step 2

Keep focusing on the bottom side of your existing shape. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 30 x 35 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Focus on the left side of this new rectangle and pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+). Simply click in the point highlighted with blue to add a new anchor point for your shape.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the newly added anchor point and drag it 15 px to the left. Move to the right side of this shape and make sure that the Direct Selection Tool (A) remains active. Select the top anchor point and drag it 10 px down, and then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 10 px up and 5 px to the left.

add anchor point

Step 3

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 25 px square and place it as shown in the first image. Focus on the bottom side of this new shape, pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add a new anchor point as shown below.

Keep focusing on your square and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). First, select the bottom-left anchor point and drag it 10 px up and 5 px to the left. Move to the bottom-right anchor point and drag it 5 px up, and then select the top-right anchor point and drag it 5 px up and 10 px to the left.

direct selection tool

Step 4

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 40 x 30 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add the two anchor points shown below.

Keep focusing on this new rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). First, select the bottom-left anchor point and drag it 5 px up. Move to the top-right anchor point and drag it 10 px to the left, and then select the top-left anchor point and drag it 5 px to the right.

rectangle

Step 5

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 35 px square and place it as shown in the first image. Pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add the two anchor points shown below.

Keep focusing on your square and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). First, select the bottom-right anchor point and drag it 10 px up and 5 px to the left. Move to the top-right anchor point and drag it 5 px down, and then select the top-left anchor point and drag it 25 px down.

rectangle

Step 6

Select all the shapes made so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), and click the Unite button. Make sure that the resulting shape is filled with R=253 G=241 B=193 and move to the next step.

unite

Step 7

Make sure that your shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5 px Radius, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

rounded corners

Step 8

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create three simple triangles as shown in the first image. Select all the shapes made so far and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

minus front

Step 9

Make sure that your shape is selected, open the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes) and click that New Brush button. Select the Art Brush box and then click OK. Pick a name for your brush, drag that Width slider to 50%, enter the rest of the attributes shown in the following image, and then click the OK button.

art brush

3. How to Create the Text Effect

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the Bonez font and then set the size to 150 px and the tracking to 100. Simply click on your artboard and add some text. Make it black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and lower its Opacity to about 30%.

type tool

Step 2

Disable the Grid (Control-“) and the Snap to Grid (Shift-Control-“).

Pick the Brush Tool (B) and select your art brush from the Brushes panel. Use that black text as a rough reference and start drawing paths to create the first letter.

brush tool

Step 3

Move to the next letters and use the same art brush. Once you’re done, delete that piece of text.

ABCD

Step 4

Select all the paths made so far and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

drop shadow

Step 5

Make sure that all your paths are still selected, Group them (Control-G) and then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click OK.

group

4. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and simply click on your artboard to open the Ellipse window. Set the Width to 600 px and the Height to 360 px and then click OK. Fill the resulting shape with R=235 G=107 B=38 and send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

Make sure that this orange shape stays selected and open the Align panel (Window > Align). Set the aligning to Artboard (open the fly out menu and go to Show Options if you can’t see the Align To section as shown in the following image) and then click the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons. This will basically bring your selected shape to the center of the artboard.

ellipse tool

Step 2

Make sure that your orange ellipse is still selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

zig zag

Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and simply click on your artboard to open the Rectangle window. Set the Width to 860 px and the Height to 610 px and then click OK. Fill the resulting shape with R=39 G=9 B=62, send it to back (Shift-Control-[), and don’t forget to center it.

background

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product

Envato Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created By You, November 2017 Edition

Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by
you, the Envato Tuts+ community! 

Every day, visitors like you take the
time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design
& Illustration section. Check out this set of results and join in
for the next roundup, published next month!

Vector Tutorial Results

Taken from the
comments section of your favorite tutorials, these first pieces are an
assortment of results created with vector drawing programs. Check out
these amazing results!

How to Create a Tunisian-Inspired Motif in Adobe Illustrator

Inspired by this beautiful Tunisian-Inspired Motif tutorial by , Ahmed Mahmoud created this lovely design below. He commented:

Wow! Another great tutorial, I made many mistakes but I like your tutorials. Thanks.

How to Create a Tunisian-Inspired Motif in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create 10 Mini Pug Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

As a fun alternative to this Pug Illustration tutorial by Nataliya Dolotko, Cindi Bane Gilmour created her own set! She said:

Such a cute tutorial, I made mine with beagles.

How to Create 10 Mini Pug Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Cute Moldovan Chibi Character in Adobe Illustrator

Patience pays off! Piq Design did a wonderful job making this Moldovan Chibi Character from instructor . She said:

Finished! I loved every detailed minute! Can’t wait to try this out on some of my own work! Thank you!

Create a Cute Moldovan Chibi Character in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Cute, Playful School Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

This super cute design comes from Lénárt Lívia. She did an awesome job with this School Pattern tutorial by .

Hi Yulia! Again, it was a very cool tutorial. Thank you!

How to Create a Cute Playful School Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Quirky Birthday Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

So pretty! Jungim88 created an adorable Birthday Illustration inspired by a tutorial from . They said:

Your character is cute! Thank you for your tutorial.

How to Create a Quirky Birthday Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

How to Draw a Spooky Halloween Background in Adobe Illustrator

Juan Camilo Vanegas tackled this Spooky Halloween Background from . Check out his great result!

How to Draw a Spooky Halloween Background in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Semi-Realistic Apple Watch Illustration in Illustrator

Fantastic work by Iaroslava Rizova! She took on this realistic Apple Watch tutorial by .

How to Create a Semi-Realistic Apple Watch Illustration in Illustrator

How to Create a Set of Mini Pirate Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Lee Lorelai made a superb set of Mini Pirate Icons using a tutorial by instructor . Lee commented:

Thanks for the tutorial, here is my homework.

How to Create a Set of Mini Pirate Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Lebanese Inspired, Printable Placemat for Kids in Adobe Illustrator

Well done! Sarah made this kid-friendly Printable Placemat created by . She commented:

Thanks for posting it! I love tutorials like this. I make custom crayon boxes and coloring books so this tutorial was right up my alley.

Create a Lebanese Inspired Printable Placemat for Kids in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Results

Let’s
take a look at this next set of results inspired by Adobe Photoshop
tutorials published here on Envato Tuts+. Contributions range from photo manipulations to text effects and more! Check out these wicked results
below!

How to Create a Surreal Underwater Scene With Adobe Photoshop

This funny kitty comes from Ramesh Parmar. He achieved this sweet result using this Underwater Scene tutorial from . He commented:

Thank you for this amazing tutorial.

How to Create a Surreal Underwater Scene With Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Colorful Clone Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Nice colors! User DesignIT Kungsbacka created this Colorful Clone Effect using a tutorial from instructor . They said:

Thanks for a nice tutorial! Perhaps it would be good to add that if the spacing gets wrong, you can change the Canvas Size action to display dialog box. Here’s my result.

How to Create a Colorful Clone Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Quick Sparkling Diamonds Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

User Hadiheydarlou made a stunning Diamond Text Effect using this tutorial from . Excellent work!

How to Create a Quick Sparkling Diamonds Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Colourise an Old Photograph in Adobe Photoshop

Ash colorized this old photo with brilliant colors! Check out her result using this Old Photo Restoration tutorial from .

How to Colourise an Old Photograph in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Metallic 3D Spiky Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Jacky So perfectly recreated this Spiky Text Effect from instructor . She commented:

Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

How to Create a Metallic 3D Spiky Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Graffiti Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Check out this awesome version of ‘s Graffiti Effect tutorial by Yohan Pramuditha. He commented:

I made this on my second attempt.

How to Create a Graffiti Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Cool Glitch Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Florian Grs added an epic Glitch Effect to his photo using a tutorial from . He commented:

Nice tutorial, very clear!

How to Create a Cool Glitch Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create a Relaxing, Vibrant, Fantasy Lake Scene With Adobe Photoshop

Enjoy this lovely Fantasy Lake Manipulation from Irina. She achieved a phenomenal result with the help of instructor . She commented:

Thank you for the most beautiful lesson. l really enjoyed working with Displace and Curves.

Create a Relaxing Vibrant Fantasy Lake Scene With Adobe Photoshop

Design Tutorial Results

These final
pieces are inspired by an assorted of design tutorials that don’t quite
fit the previous categories. They include everything from print design
to drawing and more! Enjoy these beautiful pieces created by the
community below!

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Quick and easy, this Vintage Text Effect from allowed Jael to recreate the amazing design. Enjoy their work!

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Cartoon Fundamentals: Create Emotions From Simple Changes in the Face

PlumpOrange mastered expressions with this Cartoon Fundamentals lesson by . They said:

Thank you for all these facial lessons! Now I really can draw whatever I want: anger, and happiness…happiness, mostly, of course!

Cartoon Fundamentals Create Emotions From Simple Changes in the Face

Design a Fold-Out City Guide in Adobe InDesign

Last but not least, enjoy this amazing submission from Michael Gearon. He made a perfect Fold-Out City Guide using this InDesign tutorial by . Michael commented:

Great tutorial, really easy to follow. Thanks!

Design a Fold-Out City Guide in Adobe InDesign

How to Be Involved in the Next Showcase

Have you created a piece based on one of our tutorials here in the Design
& Illustration section of Envato Tuts+? We’re keen for you to share
your results with us! Check out the general guidelines below to join in
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  • Your artwork should be similar in some
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Thanks to everyone who was highlighted above for sharing your results with the Envato Tuts+ community. We look forward to checking out your brilliant versions of our tutorials in the near
future, and welcome users new and old to participate in upcoming
showcases.

Win $250 in Envato Market Credits!

Jump over to the Envato community forums to show off your creation from one of the many Tuts+ tutorials. Read more about it over here.

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Abstract Color Photoshop Action

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Gif Animated Fog Photoshop Action

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Vintage Sketch Photoshop Action

Add a realistic sketch effect to your work with vintage paint elements. This action is well organized with many layers to make customization as easy as possible. Watch the detailed video included for more instruction.

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35 Duotone Photo Effects

You won’t want to miss out on this next pack of photo effects! Create stunning duotone color schemes with this Photoshop package! Simply drag and drop your photos into the easy-to-use smart objects. Mix and match for more variations.

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Da Vinci Style Sketch Photoshop Action

Recreate the look of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketches with this Photoshop action. This package includes the action, brush, and pattern files along with 15 image files to try out the effect. Watch the official video tutorial to see how it works!

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Rustic Wedding Presets for Lightroom & Photoshop

This must-have collection includes 50 extraordinary presets for both Lightroom and Photoshop. Create that gorgeous rustic wedding you’ve always wanted and faster than ever before. Get beautiful natural tones and authentic movie style effects just like the pros!

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Glory Photoshop Action

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Urbania Photoshop Actions

There are many opportunities to create stunning moments when shooting in a city. Take advantage of these professional actions to bring your work to life. Incorporate grain and grit into your photography for an epic street appeal.

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Digital Sketch Photoshop Action

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Glitch Photoshop Action

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Modern Graphic Poster Action

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Cartoon Photoshop Action

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How to Easily Build Websites for a Variety of Small Businesses

Web design and development competition can be fierce for freelancers. This is especially the case for those, who have small businesses as their targets. It’s often hard enough to find work in a specific niche. Now, imagine how difficult it can be to create proposals for several different niches – at once!

Doing so can take plenty of time and energy; more than you really want to spend.

“Quick and easy” is somewhat of an exaggeration, yet, hear us out. There is an easier and more effective way to draw in those clients who are in dire need of help.

Here’s how.

How to Target Multiple Small Business Types at Once with Be Theme

If you fit into this picture, you’ve probably been wasting hours looking for the way to pitch your services. Yet, you can take some comfort in the knowledge that many of your competitors are in the same situation.

How then, do you approach selling your services to multiple clients? This can be extremely hard if they are representing a variety of business types. At the moment, there are 13 or so different niches that are severely in need of help in building an online presence.

Be Theme is the biggest WordPress theme and a top 5 ThemeForest seller. It provides you with a nearly perfect way to pitch your services to any one of these niches, or all of them.

You don’t have to limit yourself to one or two. It’s simply a matter of browsing through Be’s 280+ small business pre-built websites. You can choose the template that is the best fit for a given business.

Finding a perfect fit for a given business niche will take up very little of your time. Whichever template or templates you choose can be installed with a single click. Consider building a website prototype that can be the centerpiece of your proposal.

Not only can you do so quickly, but your potential client is bound to be impressed. He/she will be convinced that you care about finding a solution to his or her needs.

Kick off your new strategy with one or more of these Be Theme templates. They are customizable and easy to work with. Moreover, they contain the basic functionality a client in a given niche expects to see.

13 Be Theme Templates for Small Business Owner’sWebsites

  1. For Food Stores – Be Salmon

This template’s use of large images to present food items, its interactive menu, and a testimonials section, combine to entice website visitors to act.

  1. For Car Services – BeDetailing2

A detailer’s website needs to have a bold, professional look such as this one. Before and after images are a key selling point, and the price listing for services is nicely structured.

  1. For Event Planners – BeMeeting

Users want to know when and where meetings or events are scheduled to take place. The countdown clock feature can serve several purposes, and this template’s clean design makes navigating a cinch.

  1. For Salons & Spas – BeManicure

A hallmark of salons and spas is that of a luxurious environment, as exemplified by this BeTheme template. The integrated eShop will make your client happy, as will the soft design used in promoting products and services.

  1. For Online Clothes Shops – BeDenim

BeDenim also features an integrated eShop. As for the design itself, you’ll want bold color combinations, striking images, and easy navigation like that demonstrated in this template.

  1. For Musicians and Music Producers – BeHipHop

The last thing a client representing this niche wants, would be to own a staid, unimaginative website. BeHipHop, on the other hand, includes everything from a video and audio player, to an interesting and informative blog section.

  1. For Cafes & Tea Houses – BeCafe2

You can build on this template to show a client how best to present the food that is served, and how to make the business stand out, by letting the large, enticing images and a photo gallery tell the story

  1. For Catering Businesses – BeVegetables

This template’s interactive product presentation feature is designed to help your client’s business stand out from the crowd (and your business as well). Users will appreciate the ease in ordering the CTA buttons and price listing support.

  1. For Visual Artists – BeDrawing

This template’s impressive gallery is a key feature you’ll want to incorporate in any website you produce for an artistic or creative niche. Your client will be pleased with the inclusion of a presentation video.

  1. For Courses and Webinars – BeTraining

BeTraining’s features include an intuitive menu, attention-getting video thumbnails, and easy navigation; everything needed for an eLearning or similar platform.

  1. For Nutrition & Fitness Businesses – BeDiet

BeDiet is another template that features large, high-quality images. As an added touch, recipe sections are incorporated into the main menu. A blog section is also included.

  1. For Medical Care – BeClinic2

BeClinic2’s crisp, simple design, clean structure, and well-organized, easy-to-read content, represents precisely what is needed in a website for the medical care niche.

  1. For Interior Designers – BeCarpenter2

The architectural design, which involves the clever use of white space and geometry in the large images coupled with a professional presentation video, will make a website for this niche a winner.

With Material Like This, Here’s How to Attract These Types of Clients

It is extremely useful to have resources like the above at your disposal. With them, you should no longer have to worry about your proposals being lost in the shuffle.

In fact, you might have a template that enables you to build an award-winning website. Yet, this isn’t enough.

You still need to get in touch with potential clients. Here are two time-tested ways to go about it:

  1. Join their Facebook Groups

Search Facebook for businesses in niches of interest to you. You might want to search for those, which could include any or all the above niches. Your search can include both small businesses and entrepreneurs; the more, the better.

Having done so, it’s a matter of asking groups’ admins for permission to post your services. Answer their questions honestly and completely. Then, you should not face any problems establishing yourself as a web design expert.

  1. Send the Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Cold Emails

Cold emails are far better than cold calls. You won’t feel as if you’re intruding, or taking up an individual’s time, nor will the person you’re attempting to contact.

Decide on a business you would want to work with, and look it up on LinkedIn. You should be able to find a key individual to contact.

Email your proposal to that person. Make it clear up front that you would like to HELP them establish an online presence. Make sure to let them know that you can also improve upon the one they already have.

If you emphasize helping, rather than selling, your email is less likely to be consigned to the trash bin.

Close your email with a suggestion or an open-ended question. Just like that, you will invite further discussion. You might even suggest forwarding several examples of the services you provide.

Summary

It’s not the hottest companies on the market you want to focus on. It’s those that are truly in need of your services. There’s no shortage of small businesses looking to establish an online presence. Moreover, there is no shortage of those who have done so, are unhappy with the results.

Check out the 13 niches discussed here. Use Facebook, LinkedIn, and email to pitch your services. Offer your help to the potential clients – this is very important.

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Top 20 Financial WordPress Themes for 2017 to Build Corporate Sites

There are a number of businesses and services belonging to the financial sector. These include startups, small firms, private financial advisors, investment firms, etc. Launching any business or financial website becomes much simpler and easier with the help of the ready-made WordPress themes. As a rule, these are loaded with all functionality, elements, and tools that you will need when working on the effective online presentation of your site.

Why Is WordPress the Best Choice for Business Sites

The today’s web offers you a wide variety of CMS and online platforms that you can use as the foundation of your web resource. WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular CMS that includes everything needed to launch a feature-rich business project of yours. Indeed, more than 30% of the websites accessible to the public access are built on the basis of WordPress. The community expands with a number of the creative designers and developers launching ready-made themes and extensions that allow you to save tons of time, money, and efforts on the launch of online resources of any level of difficulty. Consequently, the number of WordPress themes continues to grow, with the choice of financial WordPress templates getting more diverse.

How to Select the Best Financial WordPress Theme?

The best finance WordPress themes should be designed in the clean and clear manner, making the visitors feel the ease of coming across the desired pieces of data as they scan through the web page. More than that, such designs need to be loaded with the sections and functionality for revealing contacts, team members, pricing details, services, testimonials, portfolio, and other content. This bunch of features will provide the web users with the quick ways to access the essential content from the financial website.

It goes without saying that the perfect WordPress theme for business and financial purposes should be running on the responsive frameworks. Building a website on the basis of the mobile-first design will be much more effective in the competitive today’s world. Additional skins, pages, layouts, and UI elements will be the great benefits for the creation of the user-friendly web designs. All of these and a number of extra functionality are included in the 20 WordPress themes that we’ve handpicked for this showcase.

Wapuula – Multipurpose Corporate WordPress Theme

Wapuula is a clean and professionally crafted WordPress theme suited to be used for a number of business purposes. This is the mobile-first design, which will look stunning on the displays of smartphones and tablets. The template is integrated with the Visual Composer. It allows even the non-techies to manage the layout structure without touching a line of code. Moreover, the theme includes a number of the pre-designed pages and layouts that are ready to go live straight out-of-the-box.

Wapuula - Multipurpose Corporate WordPress Theme

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Monstroid2 – Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Monstroid2 is a multipurpose WordPress template. It features a growing collection of child themes suited to be used for a number of topics. The template runs on Cherry Framework 5, which makes it impressively quick and easy to personalize its pages. In addition, the download package contains both free and premium-quality extensions. They allow you to save extra cash on the pro functionality for your site.

Monstroid2 - Multipurpose WordPress Theme

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Corporate’s Inc WordPress Theme

The template is built in the clean and minimalist style. It is intended to bring a professional online presentation to the variety of corporate projects. Personalizing the theme’s layout is quick and intuitive owing to the integrated Power drag-and-drop page builder. A collection of the custom Cherry plugins is available for free access. WordPress Live Customizer is included to reveal the results of the theme modification in real-time.

Corporate's Inc WordPress Theme

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Legacy – Estate and Mortgage WordPress Theme

Crafted with care, the theme is best suited to be used for building real estate websites. Featuring a collection of the pre-designed pages and layouts, the theme will make it really quick and effortless to launch your small to large-sized business projects to the web. There is no need to have any special coding skills owing to the Power drag-and-drop page builder that’s included in the theme. A handful of custom widgets and extensions are available for free access.

Legacy - Estate and Mortgage WordPress Theme

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FinExpert – Financial Advisory Company Responsive WordPress Theme

Pick this ready-made WordPress design to make a high-quality webpage for your corporate or private financial project. This particular website design is easy to install and maintain, so even a rookie will be able to establish an exceptional internet blog or Internet site in minutes. Make every client feel the delight of surfing your site using this theme. The theme is powered by Cherry Framework 5. Thanks to the integrated Cherry Projects plugin, you will be able to showcase the portfolio of the latest projects in the usable style.

FinExpert - Financial Advisory Company Responsive WordPress Theme

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Emmet WordPress Theme

Emmet WordPress theme is licensed under GPL, which allows you to modify the source code the way you wish, as well as install the template on the unlimited number of web resources. The clean and clear design will be the perfect fit for a number of business and financial web projects. All sections of the theme’s design are fully editable. The availability of the visual page composer makes it really quickly and intuitively to bring the desired changes to the theme’s layout.

Emmet WordPress Theme

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Advisto – Financial Advisor Consultancy WordPress Theme

Advisto is the professionally designed financial advisor WordPress template, which comes loaded with a number of content modules and custom widgets. This impressive WordPress website template has been made to meet the requirements of a number of business projects. Website content will be very easy to read thanks to lots of negative space and clear design. Thanks to responsive design, your site will look great on both high-resolution and small monitors.

Financial Advisor WordPress Theme

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Bitunit – Bitcoin Cryptocurrency WordPress Theme

If you are searching for an effective ready-made website layout that would grant your online resource a pro visual appeal, then you should consider this WordPress template. Moreover, Bitunit has been exclusively created for consulting, business, and services websites. It is convenient to set up and manage, so even a simple user will be able to establish an exceptional internet blog or website in minutes. In addition, a client-oriented customer assistance team is accessible 24/7 free of charge.

Bitcoin WordPress Template

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SortProfit – Business & Finance WordPress Theme

SortProfit WordPress template is integrated with the advanced Elementor drag-and-drop page builder. Powered by Cherry Framework 5, the theme is loaded with a number of the custom Cherry plugins.They allow you to enhance the pages of your website with the premium functionality. Moreover, the template includes everything that you will need to install on your business site like the appointments manager, projects showcase, team members list, built-in blog, and much more.

Business & Finance WordPress Theme

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Loan Dolphins – Loan Company One Page WordPress Theme

Should you want to build a professionally looking website, this responsive loan company WordPress website design will let you complete this job in no time. This theme was developed to help you set up an information-rich web resource. It should be a place, where people can consider your business ideas and objectives, look through your projects, read what others think about the services you deliver, post their personal reviews, and share your news on social networks.

Bank WP Theme

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Profit Consulting – Financial Advisor WordPress Theme

This financial advisor WordPress web theme also has a set of powerful tools that provide a smooth navigation and user-friendly interface. Built with neat and clean code, Profit Consulting is most effective for financial sites, but it can also be adjusted for almost any other site. The great outcomes are achievable due to this theme’s SEO-friendliness, useful functionality, and simple yet catchy design. Furthermore, your web project visitors can effortlessly browse it on different mobile devices thanks to fully responsive nature of the design.

Profit Consulting - Financial Advisor WordPress Theme

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Dollarex – Investment Company & Finance WordPress Theme

Dollarex is a responsive WordPress template that is best suited to be used as the foundation of investment and financial web resources. Integrated with the Power page builder, it doesn’t require you to have any special coding skills in order to modify the structure of the layout. Even more, it presents a number of blog layouts and post formats, and as a result can be used as the groundwork for a niche blog. The content blocks help make the overall design intuitive.

Investment Company WP Theme

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Tradex – Forex Trading WordPress Theme

Tradex WordPress web theme is loaded with a number of custom features which allow webmasters to modify the theme fast and easy. This is a modern product for any bank, finance, and business-related webpage. In addition, no matter what gadget is chosen to navigate the webpage, its interface will display perfectly thanks to the theme’s responsive nature. Its color scheme matches today’s tendencies in a web design, which enables your site look cutting-edge and elegant. Moreover, most of the modifications can be implemented as a result of admin panel with theme options. Every element of this minimalist and simple design is used to increase credibility and ensure confidence in your venture.

Tradex - Forex Trading WordPress Theme

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Bankorama – Bank WordPress Theme

Bankorama WordPress theme for banks and other financial institutions can be modified code-free. Moreover, it includes Elementor drag-and-drop page builder. It allows even non-techies to bring the desired look and feel to the theme’s design without expert help. The theme is integrated with JetElements plugin. When used together with Elementor page builder, the latter allows you to bring the desired pieces of content to the pages of your websites effortlessly.

Bank WordPress Theme

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Take & Spend – Loans and Mortgages Business WordPress Theme

Take & Spendis a WordPress theme meant for mortgage businesses. This WordPress web design flaunts a modern-day style and design for business and financial web pages. For instance, to win the clients’ sympathy, companies must make an impression on users with an excellent online platform that could be made up of this theme. Owing to the template’s responsive and cross-browser compatible design, your online project will run well on any handheld device and in any present-day web browser. Clean, valid code and well-done guidelines will aid you in modifying this churches WordPress theme the way you want.

Loans and Mortgages WordPress Theme

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Creatica – Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Creatica is a fully responsive WordPress template integrated with the intuitive Visual Composer. It lets even the non-techies to take the full control over the look and feel of the design of their sites. More than that, the theme contains the most advanced Kaswara Addons, 100+ elements, and 550+ options.  They will bring a trendy and modern style to your site. The advanced Revolution Slider is included in the theme for free.

Creatica - Multipurpose WordPress Theme

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Ascendio – Corporate & Business WordPress Theme

Ascendio is a mobile-friendly WordPress theme best suited to be used for corporate web projects. Furthermore, the drag-and-drop builder and a number of the custom plugins are pre-loaded in the theme’s download package. In addition to several pre-designed homepages and compatibility with Ecwid plugin, the theme can boost your business capabilities manifolds. Moreover, we added a great number of header and footer variations. They are intended to help you bring the desired organization to the website pages.

Businessman WP Template

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ProCount – Accountant & Financial Business WordPress Theme

This accounting WordPress template allows to make a powerful introduction to your business online. Furthermore, it will motivate visitors to look into more of your content. The 100% responsive page layout enables all the elements of design size up or down to quite a lot of monitor sizes. Importantly, you can alter your style and design without difficulty. This particular theme is very easy to setup and maintain. As a result, even a rookie will be able to construct an outstanding internet blog or site in no time.

Accounting WordPress Theme

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Walton – Business Consulting WordPress Theme

Walton is a responsive business WordPress web template with a sophisticated layout and pretty multipurpose design. Furthermore, this clean fully responsive theme was properly made for presenting finance and consulting projects online. This design delivers an aesthetically eye-catching presentation of your website, communicates a feeling of confidence and reliability. Even more, to generate mobile traffic to your website, this responsive theme has been optimized for all the handheld gadgets.

Walton - Business Consulting WordPress Theme

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Paletta – Corporate & Business WordPress Theme

You are in search of a stunning theme that would grant your site an expert look? Then you should think about this corporate business WordPress template. Customers will appreciate smooth browsing around the site as a result of its intuitive site navigation and content-wise layout. To put it shortly, every element of this design is making sense. Therefore, your site visitors will easily realize how to obtain what they require. Built with a lot of ready-made page themes, social network sites icons, the theme is equipped to go without any configuration or modification.

Business Firm WP Theme

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These are 20 of the most popular financial WordPress themes that are in the greatest demand in the TemplateMonster digital marketplace. Featuring fully editable designs, all of them are well-documented and supplied with the free 24/7 support from the qualified technical support team. More than that, all of the templates are intended to be tweaked by the users of all skill levels easily owing to the intuitive drag-and-drop page builders. Furthermore, the themes are suited to be applied to the websites representing everything. It includes plenty of businesses starting from startups and ending with the large corporate projects. The advanced collections of the customization options are included to save your site and effort on bringing the desired look and feel to the ready-made design. Look through the live demos in order to enjoy the professionally crafted responsive business designs on your own.

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How to Create a GTA Photo Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create in this tutorial. If you would like to create the even more advanced grand theft auto photo effects shown below and using just a single click, then check out my Grand Theft Photoshop Action.

Action final results

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following photo:

1. Let’s Get Started

Step 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 1500–3500 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking image size and mode

Step 2

Now we are going to crop the image to remove some of the space above the subject. Choose the Crop Tool (C), and transform the Crop Box as shown below:

Cropping image

2. How to Create the GTA Art Style

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a GTA art style from our photo. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 1.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and set Shadows to 10% and Highlights to 2% as shown below:

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 3

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 2.

Creating a new layer

Step 4

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. Then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat this filter.

Adding sharpen filter

Step 5

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light, and then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 1.5 px as shown below:

Adding high pass filter

Step 6

Now Control-click on the Temp 1 layer to get both layers selected at the same time and press Control-E on your keyboard to merge these two layers into one layer.

Merging layers

Step 7

Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse and set the Mode to Anisotropic.

Adding diffuse filter

Step 8

Now go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise to rotate this layer 90° clockwise, and then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat the previous filter.

Transforming layer

Step 9

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise to rotate this layer another 90° clockwise, and then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat the previous filter again.

Transforming layer

Step 10

Now go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180° to rotate this layer 180° clockwise, and then go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and set the Amount to 250%, Radius to 1.5 px and Remove to Gaussian Blur as shown below:

Adding smart sharpen filter

Step 11

Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise, and set the Strength to 5, Preserve Details to 0%, Reduce Color Noise to 54% and Sharpen Details to 0% as shown below:

Adding reduce noise filter

Step 12

Now go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 3.

Creating a new layer

Step 13

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Cutout, and set the Number of Levels to 4, Edge Simplicity to 0 and Edge Fidelity to 3 as shown below:

Adding cutout filter

Step 14

Now set the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 56%.

Changing the blending mode and opacity

Step 15

Control-click on the Temp 2 layer to get both layers selected at the same time and press Control-E on your keyboard to merge them. Then name this new layer GTA Art Style.

Merging layers

3. How to Create a Stroke Around the Subject

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a stroke around the subject. Select the Background layer, hide the GTA Art Style layer, choose the Quick Selection Tool (W), and select the background. Feel free to use the Shift and Alt buttons to add or remove some areas from the selection. Then press Control-Shift-I on your keyboard to invert the selection and get the selection around the subject.

Making the selection

Step 2

Now go to Select > Modify > Smooth and set the Sample Radius to 5 px. Then select and show the GTA Art Style layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Subject Stroke.

Creating a new layer

Step 3

Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), set the foreground color to #000000, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, and choose Stroke. Set the Width to 5 px, Location to Outside, Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Adding stroke

4. How to Make the Final Adjustments

Step 1

In this section, we are going to make final adjustments to the design. Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer, and name it Overall Contrast.

Creating gradient map adjustment layer

Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 26%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 4

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting levels

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to create a new hue/saturation adjustment layer and name it Overall Saturation.

Creating hue and saturation adjustment layer

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting saturation

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

Creating curves adjustment layer

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting curves

Step 9

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast to create a new brightness/contrast adjustment layer and name it Background Brightness.

Creating brightnesscontrast adjustment layer

Step 10

Now, while the layer mask of the Background Brightness layer is selected, choose the Brush Tool (B), set the foreground color to #000000, and brush over the subject.

Brushing into layer mask

Step 11

Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Adjusting brightness and contrast

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final result

If you would like to create the even more advanced grand theft auto photo effects shown below and using just a single click, then check out my Grand Theft Photoshop Action.

The action works so you just
fill in your subject with a color and play the action. Yes, it’s really
that simple! The action will do all the work for you, leaving you fully
layered results that you can further customize.

It comes with a detailed video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the action and also how to customize the results to get the most out of the effect.

Action final results

How to Draw Christmas Presents in the Snow in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector Christmas background with a pile of gift boxes!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these presents along with some other awesome elements in your work, you can purchase Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow from GraphicRiver!

source image
Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow

1. How to Draw the First Present

Step 1

For our very first step, grab a red (#B33029) rectangle.

Proceed to Effects > Warp > Arc and apply the effect with the following settings:

  • Bend -28%
  • Horizontal 0%
  • Vertical 0%
bend the rectangle

Step 2

Go to Object > Expand Appearance, and modify the shape by bringing its edges up a bit.

Let’s begin using Mesh! Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and create a Mesh Grid like the one in the screenshot below by clicking where the nodes are supposed to be.

Once your Mesh Grid is done, begin coloring it by selecting the indicated column of nodes with the Mesh Tool (U) and changing their color to #F9E5D5.

Continue by coloring the nodes selected in the screenshot below with #D04640.

Finally, color the six nodes on the left edge of the shape with #941F17.

apply mesh

Step 3

Draw the lid of the box using the same technique and these colors:

  1. #D24741
  2. #D45458
  3. #FFE0D0
color the lid with mesh

Step 4

Create the bottom side of the gift box using the Mesh Tool and the following colors:

  1. #B12E27
  2. #FFEFDE
  3. #DD544E
  4. #941F17
  5. #EF8A7E
color the side with mesh

Step 5

Assemble the box out of the three parts we made!

assemble the box

Step 6

Let’s move on to creating the bow!

Create the first element with Mesh and these colors:

  1. #AE2C26
  2. #871910
  3. #3E0600
draw one part of bow

Step 7

Create the second element.

  1. #8F1D15
  2. #FAB7A8
  3. #721107
  4. #150100
draw second part

Step 8

Put both elements together to create the first piece of the bow.

join bow

Step 9

Create another bottom part of the bow with Mesh.

  1. #AB2C25
  2. #7A150B
  3. #120100
use mesh to draw

Step 10

Create the accompanying top part.

  1. #A0241E
  2. #D74F48
  3. #FADCCC
  4. #80170D
  5. #190200
draw more ribbon

Step 11

Again, put the last two parts together.

put together bow part

Step 12

Draw the first half of piece number 3.

  1. #B9352E
  2. #FFF7E6
draw mesh bow

Step 13

Draw another part.

  1. #C13C36
  2. #480700
color mesh bow

Step 14

Put together the third piece.

add mesh together

Step 15

Draw another part of the bow.

  1. #C7413B
  2. #691108
color mesh bow

Step 16

Draw this part out of two shapes, both colored with #C7413B.

  1. #C7413B
  2. #FFF7E6
  3. #4F0800
draw with mesh

Step 17

Join our final two parts together!

join final two parts of the bow

Step 18

Now put together the left half of the bow, as indicated by the numbers.

add four parts together

Step 19

Go to Object > Transform > Reflect, choose the Vertical option, and press Copy to complete the bow.

create full bow

Step 20

Draw a #100000 filled ellipse to serve as a shadow for the base of the bow.

draw black shadow

Step 21

Place it onto the base.

add shadow

Step 22

Add the bow on top of the gift box we drew earlier.

add bow

Step 23

Draw an ellipse filled with a Radial Gradient (#58342D to white) to create another shadow. Use the Multiply transparency mode.

draw shadow

Step 24

Add shadows on the base of the bow and under the box.

place two shadows

Step 25

Let’s create a new color variant of this box!

Proceed to Edit > Edit Colors > Convert to Greyscale.

convert to grayscale

Step 26

Go to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and tweak the Black in the box by -14%.

change color

Step 27

Finally, return to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, only now choosing the RGB mode.

Tick Convert on the top of the window, and set the following parameters:

  • Red: -33%
  • Green: -9%
  • Blue: -9%
color to cyan

2. How to Draw the Second Present

Step 1

Draw the left side of the second gift box’s lid with Mesh.

  1. #D3CFB4
  2. #ABA485
  3. #817756
  4. #F7F5DF
draw side of box with mesh

Step 2

Draw the right part of the lid.

  1. #E8E5CD
  2. #C5BFA4
  3. #F7F5DF
draw another side

Step 3

Draw the left side of the box.

  1. #9E9676
  2. #695F3E
  3. #796F4D
  4. #E8E3CD
bottom of box with mesh

Step 4

Draw the right side of the box.

  1. #CDC8AC
  2. #695F3E
  3. #796F4D
  4. #E8E3CD
side of box

Step 5

Draw the lid.

  1. #F2F1DB
  2. #CFCAB0
  3. #E9E6CF
draw the lid using gradient mesh

Step 6

Put together the second box.

assemble the gift box

Step 7

Recolor a copy of the box with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and these settings:

  • Red: -60%
  • Green: -37%
  • Blue: -12%
recolor the christmas present

Step 8

Create another green box out of a copy with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: -45%
  • Green: -36%
  • Blue: -34%
color the box green

Step 9

Begin drawing the cyan bow.

  1. #3B7F92
  2. #9DD9CA
  3. #113C33
  4. #236072
draw cyan bow

Step 10

Draw the second element.

  1. #3B7F92
  2. #A0DBCD
  3. #0E3533
  4. #489397
  5. #285F64
draw another bow part

Step 11

Draw the next part.

  1. #1A4F63
  2. #05210B
draw another part

Step 12

Create the next element.

  1. #1E556C
  2. #89CDC4
  3. #27678B
  4. #154549
  5. #53A1AD
draw mesh bow part

Step 13

  1. #1D5268
  2. #7FC4BE
  3. #28698C
  4. #112F3F
Draw mesh ribbon

Step 14

Draw the final part of the bow.

  1. #28667A
  2. #5299A7
  3. #0D3A3F
  4. #66B9C4
mesh final piece

Step 15

Create a shadow for the bow by filling an ellipse with a #0B3330 to white Radial Gradient and Multiply transparency.

add shadow

Step 16

Add all the parts together.

assemble bow

Step 17

Let’s begin drawing the ribbon for the bow!

  1. #286372
  2. #79C5CD
  3. #61A9B6
  4. #0F2A30
draw cyan ribbon

Step 18

Draw the top part of the ribbon.

  1. #3C8395
  2. #153538
  3. #59A3B0
draw mesh ribbon

Step 19

Join these two together!

bring together ribbon

Step 20

Create another element.

  1. #2C6779
  2. #144349
  3. #5EAABA
  4. #93D8DB
draw another mesh

Step 21

Draw the last section of the ribbon.

  1. #5EAABA
  2. #16454C
last mesh piece

Step 22

Draw a pattern for the box.

Use two circles with a #408696 Stroke, which you would then Expand. Create a couple of different versions.

pattern

Step 23

Create a rectangular pattern out of the circles.

create pattern

Step 24

Create two copies of the pattern.

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort and create a pattern for the side of the box.

free discort

Step 25

Grab the second copy and through Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort, create a pattern for the lid.

free discort

Step 26

Apply the pattern and the bow with the ribbon to the box.

add pattern to box

Step 27

Grab a copy of the pattern, and set it to Multiply and 60% Opacity before applying it to the blue box.

recolor

Step 28

Take another pattern, this time with Screen and 60% Opacity, for the green box.

recolor

Step 29

Recolor the bow and the pattern with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: 45%
  • Green: -47%
  • Blue: -41%
change bow to red

Step 30

Arrange the boxes we made into a pile.

create group of presents

3. How to Draw the Third Present

Step 1

Begin drawing the third box.

  1. #778C80
  2. #B6CCBC
  3. #363E2A
  4. #353C28
  5. #5B6B5B
side of the box

Step 2

Draw the lid.

  1. #B2CDBF
  2. #FEF9E7
  3. #95B0A7
lid with mesh

Step 3

Draw the side of the lid.

  1. #8EA59B
  2. #EDEFDE
  3. #708477
  4. #A1BCB3
  5. #515F4F
side of the lid with mesh

Step 4

Assemble the gift box.

put together present

Step 5

Begin drawing a bow.

  1. #90A29A
  2. #102114
  3. #C8D8C2
  4. #637568
bow part

Step 6

Draw the second part.

  1. #55675F
  2. #DBEAD4
  3. #798E87
  4. #D4352C
mesh piece

Step 7

Draw another element with mesh.

  1. #95A79F
  2. #ECFCDF
  3. #091B0F
3rd bow part

Step 8

  1. #8FA299
  2. #516156
  3. #CDDECD
draw with mesh

Step 9

  1. #A7BAB3
  2. #E9FCDD
  3. #75867C
  4. #112216
another part of bow

Step 10

  1. #112317
  2. #53655C
mesh part of bow

Step 11

  1. #7C9884
  2. #E5EDE3
  3. #224029
7th mesh part

Step 12

Draw the eighth element:

  1. #223B29
  2. #46614F

and the final part.

  1. #37513E
  2. #0E2312
  3. #893398
two final parts

Step 13

Assemble the bow!

put together bow

Step 14

Place the bow onto the box.

place bow

Step 15

Recolor a copy of the present into blue by using Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: -18%
  • Green: -7%
  • Blue: 15%
recolor box

Step 16

Apply Edit > Edit Colors > Saturate with -35% Intensity to get a light blue box.

desaturate box

Step 17

Add these boxes and the boxes made in the first section to the group.

create group

4. How to Draw the Background

Step 1

Draw the background with Mesh:

  1. #6C9F99
  2. #C4D7CA
  3. #99C0B8
  4. #D7E2D2
  5. #3F7D79
color background with mesh

Step 2

Add a drawing of snow.

  1. #EFF4E4
  2. #D1E0D5
draw mesh snow

Step 3

Combine the two.

add snow

Step 4

Place the group of presents on the snow.

Next, draw a rectangle and put it on top of the image. The rectangle should “frame” everything you want to keep in the picture.

Select all the elements, right-click, and choose Make Clipping Mask.

clipping mask

Step 5

To create some falling snow, refer to my older Christmas tutorial! Give it 60% Opacity.

add snow from older tutorial

Step 6

Our picture is finished!

final picture

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

source picture
Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow

How to Create a Piggy-Bank Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a detailed piggy-bank illustration in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques, as well as the Live Corners feature and some simple effects. Using basic blending techniques, Gaussian Blur effects and some Warp effects, you will learn how to add shading and highlights. 

Moving on, you will learn how to create the first coin shape and how to easily mask it using a simple opacity mask. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will learn how to create a bunch of new, easily editable coins. You will also learn how to create and save a new pattern and how to add some subtle sparkles using the Pucker & Bloat effect.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final illustration, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 800 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click Create Document.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Body of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke and then select the fill and set its color to R=41 G=171 B=226. Move to your artboard and simply create a 290 x 255 px ellipse—the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will help.

ellipse tool

Step 2

Set the fill color to yellow and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 75 x 55 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

rectangle tool

Step 3

Focus on your yellow rectangle and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the bottom-left anchor point and drag it 15 px to the right, select the bottom-right anchor point and drag it 20 px to the left, and then select the top-right anchor point and drag it 25 px down. In the end, your yellow shape should look like in the second image.

direct selection tool

Step 4

Make sure that your yellow shape is selected and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical box and then click that Copy button. Select the newly made shape and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

reflect

Step 5

Select the three shapes made so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), and click the Unite button. Fill the resulting shape with R=246 G=148 B=140.

unite

Step 6

Focus on the bottom side of your shape and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor points highlighted with blue, go to the Control panel, and enter 50 pt in that Corners box.

Select the two anchor points highlighted with green, return to the Control panel, and enter 10 pt in the Corners box.

Select the four anchor points highlighted with purple, get back to the Control panel, and enter 5 pt in the Corners box.

live corners

Step 7

Select your pink shape and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a new 290 x 255 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Make sure that the resulting shapes remain selected and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Set the fill color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and then click that Opacity piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel. Change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 25%.

minus front

Step 8

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 290 x 255 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Using the same tool, create a 270 x 215 px shape and place it as shown in the second image.

Select both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

minus front

Step 9

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 290 x 255 px shape. Place it exactly as shown in the first image and then add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this copy and move it 5 px down and 5 px to the left.

Reselect both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

minus front

Step 10

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 230 x 160 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill this new shape with the linear gradient shown below and then focus on the Appearance panel. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.

Select the existing fill, lower its Opacity to 30%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

Step 11

Make sure that your newest shape is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button. Select the newly added fill, lower its Opacity to 10%, and remove that Gaussian Blur effect.

duplicate fill

Step 12

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=243 G=136 B=129 and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3 px Radius and then click that OK button.

rounded corners

Step 13

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=254 G=212 B=192 and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3 px Radius and then click that OK button.

pen tool

Step 14

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=254 G=212 B=192 and then turn them into one compound path (Control-8 or Object > Compound Path > Make).

Make sure that your compound path stays selected and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Hold the Alt button on your keyboard and simply click the anchor point highlighted in the first image to set the center point in that spot and open the Rotate window. Set the Angle to 45 degrees, click that OK button, and move to the Appearance panel. Lower the Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

rotate tool

Step 15

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 150 x 10 px shape, fill it with black, and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown below, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 7 px Radius and then click that OK button.

warp arc

Step 16

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 150 x 80 px shape. Fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 30% and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

Step 17

Disable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Select your large pink shape and create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Pick the Brush Tool (B) and draw a simple path roughly as shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy made a few moments ago and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=254 G=212 B=192, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

brush tool

Step 18

Reselect your large pink shape and create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Pick the Brush Tool (B) and draw a simple path roughly as shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy made a few moments ago and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 15%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

brush tool

Step 19

Select your large pink shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

inner glow

3. How to Create the Nose of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 55 x 135 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image.

Focus on the left side of this new rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the top anchor point and drag it 40 px down, and then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 40 px up.

trapezoid

Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 65 x 195 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Select this squeezed circle along with the trapezoid shape made in the previous step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242 G=137 B=131.

intersect

Step 3

Keep focusing on your trapezoid shape and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor point highlighted in the following image and enter 20 pt in that Corners box.

live corners

Step 4

Make sure that your trapezoid shape is selected and add two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 15 px up. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=238 G=106 B=101 and lower its Opacity to 70%.

shadow

Step 5

Make sure that your trapezoid shape is selected and add two new copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 5 px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=249 G=175 B=166 and lower its Opacity to 30%.

highlight

Step 6

Make sure that your trapezoid shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill using the Add New Fill button and select it.

Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 15%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5 px Radius, click that OK button, and return to the Appearance panel. Select the pink fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 7

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape shown in the following image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 15%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 4 px Radius and then click that OK button.

shading

Step 8

Select the four shapes highlighted in the first image, Group them (Control-G) and then send your group to back (Shift-Control-[).

group

4. How to Create the Ears of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape highlighted in the first image. Fill it with R=214 G=85 B=82 and place it as shown below.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the highlighted anchor point, and enter 5 pt in that Corners box. Make sure that this shape stays selected, send it to back (Shift-Control-[), and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

ear back

Step 2

For this step, you will need a grid every 1 px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape highlighted in the first image. Fill it with R=244 G=149 B=142 and place it as shown below. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the highlighted anchor point, and enter 5 pt in that Corners box.

ear front

Step 3

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it. Apply the linear gradient shown below and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

linear gradient

Step 4

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected and go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

warp arc

5. How to Create the Eye and the Tail

Step 1

Return to gridline every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 15 x 20 px shape, and fill it with R=176 G=73 B=65. Place this new shape as shown in the first image and then rotate it -45 degrees as shown in the second image.

rotate oval

Step 2

Disable the Snap to Grid (Shift-Control-“) and then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set to 1 px.

Make sure that your dark oval shape is still selected and add two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 5 px down and 2 px to the right using the arrow buttons on your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=214 G=85 B=82.

minus front

Step 3

Make sure that your dark oval shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

drop shadow

Step 4

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 15 x 30 px shape and fill it with R=214 G=85 B=82. Place this new shape as shown in the following image and send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

tail

6. How to Create a Coin and the Coin Slot

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel (Window > Layers), name the existing layer “Body” and then lock it. Add a second layer using the Create New Layer button, name it “Coin” and make sure that it stays selected.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 280 x 245 px shape. Fill it with blue and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape is selected and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button. Fill the resulting shape with yellow.

lock layer

Step 2

Select the two oval shapes made in the previous step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

minus front

Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 80 x 20 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the blue shape and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=176 G=73 B=65.

intersect

Step 4

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create an 80 px circle. Fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image.

yellow circle

Step 5

Make sure that your yellow circle is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel, and select the stroke. Set the color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255), lower its Opacity to 10%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then click that Stroke piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 4 px and check the Align Stroke to Inside button.

white stroke

Step 6

Make sure that your yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Use the Add New Stroke button to add a second stroke and select it.

Be sure that the color is set to white and then lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay. Set the Weight to 2 px, check that Align Stroke to Inside button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button.

add new stroke

Step 7

Select your yellow circle and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F) and then select the thin, dark shape that lies behind your yellow circle. Create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F) and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]).

Select both copies made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 30%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

coin shadow

Step 8

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 270 x 235 px shape. Fill it with black and place it as shown in the following image.

Select this black oval shape along with the yellow circle, open the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency), and click the Make Mask button. Uncheck that Clip box and things should end up looking like in the second image.

make mask

Step 9

Focus on the thin, dark shape that lies behind your yellow circle. Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the four anchor points highlighted in the first image, and enter 1 pt in that Corners box. Make sure that your shape stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

live corners

Step 10

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80 x 35 px shape, and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with R=255 G=170 B=0, lower its Opacity to 20%, and then send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

shadow

7. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel, lock your “Coin” layer, and add a third layer. Name it “Bg“, select it, and make sure that it lies below the other two layers.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 860 x 810 px shape. Fill it with R=212 G=222 B=227 and make sure that it covers your entire artboard.

background

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 860 x 260 px shape, and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with the radial gradient shown below and don’t forget to change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch that gradient as shown below.

background base

Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 290 x 15 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 200 x 10 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

shadows

8. How to Create Several Coins

Step 1

Switch to gridline every 1 px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box. Focus on the Layers panel and lock your “Bg” layer. Add a new layer, name it “Coins“, make sure that it lies at the top of the panel, and don’t forget to select it.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 4 x 1 px shape, and fill it with yellow. Using the same tool, create a 2 x 1 px shape, fill it with black, and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

rectangles

Step 2

Select that tiny yellow rectangle, focus on the Appearance panel, and turn off the visibility for the fill. Reselect this shape along with the tiny black rectangle and simply drag them inside the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) to save them as a pattern.

save pattern

Step 3

Return to gridline every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80 x 15 px shape, and fill it with R=255 G=190 B=20. Make sure that this shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it. Apply the linear gradient shown below and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Scale-Horizontal slider to 98% and the Scale-Vertical slider to 95%, and don’t forget to check that top middle reference point. Then click OK.

squeezed circle

Step 4

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Select it, set the color to R=243 G=155 B=11, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 5

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and duplicate the bottom fill. Select the newly added fill, lower its Opacity to 20%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then replace the flat color with your pattern from the Swatches panel.

patetrn fill

Step 6

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a fifth fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Select it, set the color to R=221 G=115 B=0, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 7

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and set its color to white. Increase the Weight to 4 px, check that Align Stroke to Inside button, and then lower the Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

white stroke

Step 8

Make a copy of your yellow coin (Control-C > Control-V) and select it. Focus on the Appearance panel and simply replace the existing colors with the ones indicated in the following image.

silver coin

Step 9

Make a new copy of your yellow coin (Control-C > Control-V) and select it. Focus on the Appearance panel and simply replace the existing colors with the ones indicated in the following image.

bronze coin

Step 10

Multiply your coin shapes and spread them roughly as shown in the following image.

multiply coin

Step 11

Let’s add some subtle shading for the bottom coins (the ones that touch the ground). Select one of these shapes and focus on the Appearance panel.

Add a new fill and drag it in the bottom of the panel. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 40%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset and then click that OK button.

coin shadow

Step 12

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Add a new fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 20%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 4 px Offset and then click that OK button.

coin shadow

Step 13

Move to the other coins that are touching the ground and add the same subtle shading.

coin shadow

Step 14

Focus on the Layers panel and unlock your “Bg” layer. Add two coins behind your piggy bank as shown in the following image and then lock it again.

coin back

Step 15

Return to the Layers panel and make sure that the “Coins” layer is selected. Create a 5 px circle and fill it with white. Lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Drag that slider to -80% and then click that OK button. Multiply this subtle sparkle and spread the copies as shown in the following image.

sparkles

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspiration

It’s necessary to have a beautiful and appealing 404 error page. It appeared when a user used wrong URL or broken link. Besides, it can show up when the page URL was changed or redirected.

When a user has landed on 404 page, there is a huge chance he or she will leave without having to see what else your website can offer. Thus, once it happens, you need to help them get back to the homepage.

In this list, we have collected 20 fresh and creative 404 error pages to see just for fun. Or, you can use their ideas to create some cool 404 error page for your site or blog.

1. Dropbox

dropbox

2. The useless web index

theuselesswebindex

3. Bluegg

bluegg

4. Dan Woodger

danwoodger

5. Figma

figma

6. Bitly

bitly

7. tinsanity

tinsanity

8. Lego

lego-404

9. Airbnb

air-bnb

10. Grantburke

grantburke-404

11. BrandCrowd

brandcrowd

12. IconFinder

iconfinder

13. Blizzard

blizzard

14. Cooklet

cooklet

15. Hoppermagic

hoppermagic

16. Template Monster

tm-404

17. ShutterStock

shutterstock

18. MailChimp

mailchimp

19. Repair Pal

repairpal

20. Starbucks

starbucks-404

21. Designoholic

Art for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 3

Welcome back to Volume Three of our Diversity in Design series on Envato Tuts+. Discover five talented artists with inspiring styles you’ll love.

5 Artists You Should Know: Diversity in Design

Celebrate the work of these extraordinary artists. Each with their own unique
background, they draw inspiration from both their culture and surroundings to create phenomenal design, illustrations and more.

Jose Berrio

Brooklyn-based designer Jose Berrio specializes in dope art posters you’ll want on your wall. Check out his awesome illustrative style below.

See more in his portfolio.

The Black Keys Poster

My name is Jose Berrio and I was born in Bogota, Colombia 29 years and 360 days
ago (I’m turning 30 next week). I received a degree in Graphic Design in 2006 and have worked in advertising agencies for seven years. Some of the
clients I’ve worked with in the past include Converse, Harper Collins, Google, and a few music bands.

The Black Keys Poster

Nina Simone “High Priestess of Soul” Poster

Besides doing graphic design, one of the things I love the most is
music in general. Currently I’m playing drums in a band called Fruit
& Flowers.

I try to get inspired from things that aren’t necessarily
related to graphic design. Music is definitely one of the things
that’s always present.

Nina Simone High Priestess of Soul Poster
Nina Simone “High Priestess of Soul” Poster

“Sarah” Short Film Poster

Sarah Short Film Poster
“Sarah” Short Film Poster

Converse Rubber Tracks Live

Posters have always been one of my main inspirations since I first got
interested in graphic design. I remember going to an Alain LeQuernec
exhibition before enrolling at college. That experience was a game
changer for me because it was probably the first time I understood what
you could achieve through design.

Converse Rubber Tracks Live
Converse Rubber Tracks Live

Melissa Arbelaez

Dreamer and paper artist Melissa Arbelaez shares her love of this delightful art through her work. From spot-on paper camera replicas to colorful pizza, her creations are creative and charming.

See more in her portfolio.

Paper Art

I am a freelance
artist based in Los Angeles, CA, but I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I
moved to the US for school because I was really inspired by the film, video and TV industries.

Paper Art by Melissa Arbelaez

Maaji Swimwear

I grew up in a beautiful
city situated in the Andes Mountains in South America and since we don’t
have seasons we have flowers and the sun all year round—which makes my work
really colorful and happy.

Maaji Swimwear by Melissa Arbelaez
Maaji Swimwear

Paper Art

Paper Art by Melissa Arbelaez
Paper Art

Rosewood

My work is a
big expression of who I am. I am a dreamer, and through my work I always try to inspire people to dream more.  

Rosewood by Melissa Arbelaez
Rosewood

Febrian Anugrah

Or just chill and check out this next set from junior architect and graphic designer Febrian Anugrah. His work features a cool flat illustration style with great colors and texture.

See more in his portfolio.

Utopia

I’m Febrian Anugrah Wicaksono from Indonesia. A self taught illustrator
and graphic designer. Trying to make a living doing something that I like, mostly drawing useless thingies.

Utopia by Febrian Anugrah
Utopia

Visual Mixtape

I’ve always believed that I could find inspiration anywhere, literally.
From movies, comics, books, or just from random things on the road.

Visual Mixtape by Febrian Anugrah
Visual Mixtape

Chill Hill

 Chill Hill by Febrian Anugrah
Chill Hill

Feather Walker

For vector art inspiration, I’ve always looked up to DKNG Studios, these guys are super rad!
For drawing, I look up to Sam Bosma. His use of color and composition never
cease to amaze me.

Feather Walker
Feather Walker

Karla Cordova

Designer, photographer and photo retoucher Karla Cordova creates fascinating images with Photoshop. Check out her stunning range of manipulations and photo retouching below.

See more in her portfolio.

Beauty Editorial for Salysé Magazine

I live in the middle of the earth, Ecuador.
At 15 my parents gave me a camera and since then I knew that
photography would be my future. I have now been in the industry for 12 years.

Beauty Editorial for Salys Magazine
Beauty Editorial for Salysé Magazine

Campaña Chaide y Chaide

I love complex images with a strong concept. Most of the time I try to
make images where you can see a deep idea hidden within the small details.

Campaa Chaide y Chaide
Campaña Chaide y Chaide

Wearing Cherry Blossoms

Wearing Cherry Blossoms
Wearing Cherry Blossoms

Las Tres Gracias

My work explores my point of view and I play with what the pictures really
mean. Now I’m exploring portraits in the same way, trying to channel the
personality of the model into what I think they want to be.

I admire the people that live for their art. Every day I open my feed and see an infinite amount of artists with
different points of view and I always try to absorb a little bit of each one.

Las Tres Gracias
Las Tres Gracias

Omar Feliciano

Omar Feliciano is a graphic designer from Puerto Rico. His work features amazing shirt designs and traditional drawings.

See more in his portfolio.

Oh, Lenore!

Ever since I was a little kid, I was drawn to art. I was obsessed with coloring books and I had a mission to color them “perfectly.” Years passed and I developed a
natural drawing skill.

Oh Lenore
Oh, Lenore!

I Rebel

A few years ago I discovered the awesome world of shirt designing. I started submitting my designs to weekly competitions on the internet. I love how this
process has helped me develop an area of creative thinking that can’t be obtained in any other way.

I Rebel
I Rebel

Party Animal

Party Animal
Party Animal

Panda Rorschach

You need to be funny,
clever, fast and creative.  And I’ve created a catalog of over 250 shirt designs of which more than 50 are available for sale at this moment on multiple sites.

Panda Rorschach
Panda Rorschach Print

Celebrate Diversity! Send Us Your Favorite Artists!

Help us find more incredible artists from different backgrounds to share with our audience! Tweet me your recommendations at MelloNieves or use the hashtags #artforall and #tutsplusdesign on Twitter and Instagram. You never know, we may just feature you in our next article!

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to all the artists who participated in
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