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Tutorials, Technical Processes and Other Step by Step Instructions

So You Want to Draw a Photo-realistic Vector Banana?

A few months ago I saw some photorealistic vector images and I thought to myself – that’s cool! I don’t know why someone would do such a thing, but it amazed me that it was possible.

Please realize, this is far from a beginner guide and if you have only a little experience in vector drawing applications, sorry, then this article is not for you. I won’t go over every detail–there are steps that simply won’t be mentioned–so it’s not a complete step-by-step guide.

If you don’t have a graphics tablet (like a Wacom), then it’s going to take you twice as long to accomplish drawing these kinds of images. A mouse just isn’t precise nor fast enough.

You need to be fully competent with the Pen tool and have a complete understanding of using anchor points and anchor handles.

Got that? Ok, let’s get going!

Quick and Easy Guide to Creating Custom Illustrator Patterns

Making a pattern in Illustrator is an excellent tutorial for beginners. Not only does it help you gain some familiarity with the Illustrator tools, patterns can also be applied across all kinds of different projects, including posters, websites and flyers. Today everyone can find a large numbers of patterns on the web, even pattern generators, but making your own pattern has a certain sense of satisfaction and of course, you get some great practice in with Illustrator.

There are a few approaches to making your own pattern.

1. Find some vector images, play around and make something you like.

2. Some fonts come with ornaments that can be useful. is one resource if you don’t have professional fonts that include ornaments.

3. Drawing it yourself.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do it yourself.

Tutorials, Tips and Techniques for Photographing Fireworks and Light Painting

It’s Independence Day here in the U.S. and I thought it would be fun to share some firework and light painting/writing tutorials and galleries. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration and take your camera out with you tonight for the festivities. Happy 4th of July!

The Quick and Easy Guide to Color Correction Part 2

In part one of this guide I covered the basics for color balancing. In this guide, I’ll show you more advanced techniques on how to take your color corrected photo and turn it into a gorgeous, glossy photo you might find on the cover of a magazine. This process relies a lot more on artistic interpretation than straightfoward color correction, so an eye for color certainly helps.

While my objective with this post is to achieve a colorful glossy underwater photo, you can use the same techniques to achieve any kind of style or mood you are looking for whether it’s a Film Noir look or a cold wintery day feel to your photo.

The Quick and Easy Guide to Color Correction Part 1

This guide will serve as an introduction to people who are not familiar with how to color balance their photos as well as serve as a refresher for those who are. Part 2 will feature more advanced techniques and methods to take your great looking photo and make it look incredible.

How to Create Aged Tape from Scratch in Photoshop

The grunge look is pretty popular right now and although I didn’t mean to, the new Creative Curio design is going to have many grungy elements to it. The navigation in particular is using an aged tape graphic created in Photoshop. Want to learn how I did it? Keep reading! Creating the Master Tape Texture […]

Mastering Photoshop Masks: Vector Masks

If you’ve been following Creative Curio for the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing masking in Photoshop. Here is the series so far: Mastering Photoshop Masks: The Basics Mastering Photoshop Masks: Layer Masks Mastering Photoshop Masks: Expert Techniques Mastering Photoshop Masks: Quick Masks One thing not mentioned yet, though, is Vector Masks. I’m a little […]

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