How to Create a Scribble Sketch Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing, scribble sketch effect. I will try to explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

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 scribble sketch effects shown below, or a typography sketch, then check out my Typography Sketch 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 1500–4000 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 need to expand the canvas a little bit on the top so we have more space around the subject on this side. Go to Image > Canvas Size and use the settings below:

Expanding canvas

Step 3

We are going to do the same thing for the left and right sides of the canvas. Go to Image > Canvas Size and use the settings below:

Expanding canvas

2. How to Create Brushes

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a few sketch brushes we’ll need.
Take a pencil and paper and draw three scribbles. Then scan the scribbles that you drew. 

If you have drawn each
scribble on a separate sheet of paper then you should have three scanned scribble
files now. If not, then using some of the selection tools in Photoshop,
select each scribble, and move it to a separate file so you have three
files. Here are the scribbles that I drew.

Creating scribbles

Step 2

You don’t have to replicate my scribbles, of course—draw them uniquely. But scribbles should be drawn sharply and have similar
density to the scribbles I drew. As you’ll draw unique scribbles, there
will be a density difference, but if you draw them so they are noticeably
drawn much thicker or more sparsely, your sketch effect may appear too thick
or the reverse. 

Now open the first scribble scan, go to Edit > Define Brush to define this scribble as a brush, and name it Temp Brush 1.

Defining the brush

Step 3

Open the second scribble scan, go to Edit > Define Brush to define this scribble as a brush, and name it Temp Brush 2.

Defining the brush

Step 4

Now open the latest scribble scan, go to Edit > Define Brush to define this scribble as a brush, and name it Temp Brush 3.

Defining the brush

Step 5

Now that we have defined our brushes, we need to adjust their settings and then define them again as new brushes. Press B on your keyboard, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, select the Temp Brush 1 brush, and hit Enter. Then go to Window > Brush and in the Brush window use the settings below:

Changing brush settings

Step 6

To define this brush with new settings as a new brush, click on the top right icon in the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, and name it Scribble_Brush_1.

Defining new brush

Step 7

Now press B on your keyboard, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, select the Temp Brush 2 brush, and hit Enter. Then go to Window > Brush and in the Brush window use the settings below:

Changing brush settings

Step 8

To define this brush with new settings as a new brush, click on the top right icon in the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, and name it Sketch_Brush_2.

Defining new brush

Step 9

Now press B on your keyboard, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, select the Temp Brush 3 brush, and hit Enter. Then go to Window > Brush and in the Brush window use the settings below:

Changing brush settings

Step 10

To define this brush with new settings as a new brush, click on the top right icon in the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, and name it Sketch_Brush_3.

Defining new brush

Step 11

Now we have our brushes ready. If you want, you can delete all temporary brushes we defined by Alt-Clicking on each of them.

Deleting temporary brushes

3. How to Create the Base

Step 1

In this section we are going to create the base that
determines the subject in our photo, and we will also create the background. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Base.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

While the Base layer is selected, fill your subject with a color. You can do it in
various ways. For example, you can create a selection of your subject
using the Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Lasso Tool (L) or some other tool, and then just fill the selection with a color. Or you can choose the Brush Tool (B) and brush over your photo using a hard or soft brush. It doesn’t matter what color you use.

Filling subject with a color

Step 3

Select the Background layer and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer. Name it Background Color, and set the color to #000000 as shown below:

Creating new color fill layer

4. How to Create a Subject Sketch

Step 1

In this section we are going to create a sketch from our subject using the scribble brushes that we made at the beginning of the tutorial. Select the Base layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Scribble_Sketch_1.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now set the foreground color to #000000 and choose the Brush Tool (B). Then, pick the Scribble_Brush_1, and brush over the color fill area of the Base layer as well as over the edges of the color fill. Feel free to use different brush sizes.

Brushing into layer

Step 3

Select the Base layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Scribble_Sketch_2.

Creating a new layer

Step 4

Now set the foreground color to #000000 and choose the Brush Tool (B). Then, pick the Scribble_Brush_2, and brush over the area where you want to have more details. Feel free to use different brush sizes again.

Brushing into layer

Step 5

Select the Base layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Scribble_Sketch_3.

Creating a new layer

Step 6

Now set the foreground color to #000000 and choose the Brush Tool (B). Then, pick the Scribble_Brush_3, and brush over the area where you want to have more details. Feel free to use different brush sizes again.

Brushing into layer

Step 7

Set the Opacity of this layer to 78%.

Changing the opacity

Step 8

Now select the Base layer, hide it, and drag it to the top of the layers in the Layers panel.

Arranging layers

5. How to Reveal Subject Details

Step 1

In this section we are going to reveal subject details. Control-click on the Base layer thumbnail to make a selection of this layer. Then, select the Background layer and go to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy to create a new layer via copy.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now drag this layer just above the Scribble_Sketch_1 layer in the Layers panel and name it Subject_Details_1.

Arranging layers

Step 3

Press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer. Then change its Blending Mode to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 59%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 4

Now press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer, and name this new layer Subject_Details_2.

Duplicating layer

Step 5

Drag this layer just below the Subject_Details_2 layer. Then, change the Blending Mode of this layer to Normal and set the Opacity to 25%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

6. How to Add Texture

Step 1

In this section we are going to place a texture over the sketch. Go to File > Place Embedded and choose the texture from the link. Then set Width and Height of the texture to 29.48% as shown below and name this layer Texture.

Placing texture

Step 2

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light.

Changing blending mode

7. How to Make a Final Adjustments

Step 1

In this section we are going to make some final adjustments to the design. Select the Subject_Details_1 layer, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating new curves adjustment layer

Step 2

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

Adjusting curves

Step 3

Double-click on the Background Color layer thumbnail and set the color to #767676 as shown below:

Changing background color

Step 4

Now select the Overall Brightness layer and hide the Texture layer. Then, press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot.

Making a screenshot

Step 5

Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px as shown below:

Adding high pass filter

Step 6

Now show the Texture layer again. Then, change the Blending Mode of this layer to Overlay and name it Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode

You Made It!

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

Final result

If you would like to create the even more advanced scribble
sketch effects shown below, or a typography sketch, then check out my Typography Sketch Photoshop Action.

The action works so you just brush over your photo and play the action. It’s really that simple! The action will do everything for you, giving you fully
layered and customizable results. You can choose from three different scribble sketch styles, and you can also create a typography sketch.

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

Action final results

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Gravit Designer screenshot

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Typography: The Anatomy of a Letter

Learn the basics of typography in this quick video!

Typography: The Anatomy of a Letter

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Common Typography Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to get a better handle on typography.

Baseline

The invisible line letters rest on.

Baseline - Anatomy of a Letter

Stem

A single vertical stroke upwards to create letters like L or F. Connect one stem to another using a crossbar detail, like the letter H.

Stem and Crossbar - Anatomy of a Letter

Ascender/Descender

Letters with downward strokes that extend past the baseline have Descender strokes. Alternatively, if the stroke moves upward and away from the main body of the letter, we call that the Ascender stroke.

Ascender and Descender - Anatomy of a Letter

Upper/Lowercase Letters

Uppercase letters are capital letters. Lowercase letters are smaller ones. Use uppercase letters for names and places, and lowercase letters for casual settings and more readability.

Upper and Lowercase Letters

X-Height

For lowercase letters, the X-height is the main body of the letter.

X-height - Anatomy of a letter

Counters and Spine

Fully or partially closed spaces found in letters like O, A, and B. If the letter isn’t fully closed, then it’s an Open Counter.

Counter and Ear - Anatomy of a letter

Ear and Shoulder

An Ear is a decorative detail that pokes out from letters like g. A Shoulder is a bumped curve seen in letters like m and n.

Ear and Shoulder - Anatomy of a Letter

Serif vs. Sans Serif

Serif types feature extended stroke details also known as feet. These details are missing in Sans Serif styles.

Serif Vs Sans Serif Typefaces

Learn More About Typography

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How to Create a Set of Snowflake Icons in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

Since winter is just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to welcome it by creating a small set of snowflake icons, using some of Illustrator’s most basic geometric shapes and tools.

Now, you can always expand the pack by heading over to GraphicRiver, where you’ll find a great selection of winter-themed icons just waiting to be picked.

That being said, make sure you grab a hot cup of that almond choco-latte, and let’s jump straight into it.

1. How to Set Up a New Project File

Assuming you already have Illustrator up and running in the background, bring it up and let’s set up a New Document (File > New or Control-N) using the following settings:

  • Number of Artboards: 1
  • Width: 800 px
  • Height: 600 px
  • Units: Pixels

And from the Advanced tab:

  • Color Mode: RGB
  • Raster Effects: Screen (72ppi)
  • Preview Mode: Default
setting up a new document

2. How to Set Up a Custom Grid

Since we’re going to be creating the icons using a pixel-perfect workflow, we’ll want to set up a nice little grid so that we can have full control over our shapes.

Step 1

Go to the Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid submenu, and adjust the following settings:

  • Gridline every: 1 px
  • Subdivisions: 1
setting up a custom grid

Quick tip: you can learn more about grids by reading this in-depth piece on How Illustrator’s Grid System Works.

Step 2

Once we’ve set up our custom grid, all we need to do in order to make sure our shapes look crisp is enable the Snap to Grid and Snap to Pixel options found under the View menu, which will transform into Snap to Pixel each time you enter Pixel Preview mode (if you’re using an older version of the software).

Now, if you’re new to the whole “pixel-perfect workflow”, I strongly recommend you go through my How to Create Pixel-Perfect Artwork tutorial, which will help you widen your technical skills in no time.

3. How to Set Up the Layers

Once we’ve set up our document, it would be a good idea to structure our project using several layers, since this way we can maintain a steady workflow by focusing on one icon at a time.

That being said, bring up the Layers panel, and create a total of five layers, which we will rename as follows:

  • layer 1: reference grids
  • layer 2: first snowflake
  • layer 3: second snowflake
  • layer 4: third snowflake
  • layer 5: fourth snowflake
setting up the layers

4. How to Create the Reference Grids

The reference grids (or base grids) are a set of precisely delimited reference surfaces, which allow us to build our icons by focusing on size and consistency.

Usually, the size of the grids determines the size of the actual icons, and they should always be the first decision you make once you start a new project, since you’ll always want to start from the smallest possible size and build on that.

Now, in our case, we’re going to be creating the icon pack using just one size, more exactly 64 x 64 px, which is a fairly large one.

Step 1

Start by locking all but the “reference grids” layer, and then grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 64 x 64 px orange (#F15A24) square, which will help define the overall size of our icons.

creating the shape for the reference grid

Step 2

Add a smaller 56 x 56 px one (#FFFFFF) which we will position on top of the previous shape, since it will act as our active drawing area, thus giving us an all-around 4 px padding to work with.

creating the shape for the active drawing area

Step 3

Select and group the two squares together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut, and then create the remaining grids using three copies (Control-C > Control-F three times) spaced 28 px horizontally from the original. Once you have all the reference grids, group (Control-G) and then center align them to the underlying Artboard, making sure to lock the current layer before moving on to the next one.

adding the remaining reference grids

5. How to Create the First Snowflake Icon

Assuming you’ve successfully managed to create the little reference grids, move on to the next layer (that would be the second one), and let’s kick off the project by creating the first flake.

Step 1

Create the vertical section of the snowflake using a 52 px tall 4 px thick Stroke line with a Round Cap, which we will color using #7FD7E5 and then center align to the empty active drawing area.

creating the shape for the vertical section for the first snowflake

Step 2

Switch over to Pixel Preview mode (Alt-Control-Y), and then draw the v-shaped crystal formation using a 4 px thick Stroke (#7FD7E5) with a Round Cap, which we will position as seen in the reference image.

adding the upper segment to the first snowflake

Step 3





Create the bottom
detail using a copy (Control-C >
Control-F
) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will horizontally
reflect (right click > Transform >
Reflect > Horizontal
) and then position on the opposite side of the
active drawing area. Once you’re done, select and group all three shapes
together using the Control-G
keyboard shortcut.

adding the bottom segment to the first snowflake

Step 4





Create the flake’s
vertical section using a copy (Control-C
> Control-F
) of the one that we’ve just grouped, which we will rotate at
a 90º angle using the Rotate tool (right click > Transform > Rotate > 90º).

adding the horizontal section to the first snowflake

Step 5





Add the left diagonal
section using another copy (Control-C
> Control-F
) of the vertical one, which we will rotate at a 45º angle (right click > Transform > Rotate > 45º), as seen in the
reference image.

adding the left diagonal section to the first snowflake

Step 6





Make sure that the
rotated shapes are perfectly snapped to the Pixel Grid by switching over to Pixel Preview mode (Alt-Control-Y)
and then individually selecting and positioning them back onto the grid with
the help of the Direct Selection Tool
(A)
.

snapping the anchor points back to the pixel grid

Step 7





Finish off the current
snowflake by creating the right diagonal section using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the one
that we’ve just finished
working on, which we will vertically reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical). Once you’re
done, select and group (Control-G)
all of the strokes together before moving on to the next one.

finishing off the first snowflake

6. How to Create the Second Snowflake Icon

Assuming you’ve finished working on the
first icon, move on to the next layer (that would be the third one), and let’s start
working on our second snowflake.

Step 1













Create the vertical
section using a 36 px tall 4 px thick Stroke line with a Round Cap,
which we will color using #7FD7E5 and then center align to the underlying
active drawing area.

creating the vertical section of the second snowflake

Step 2





Add the top and bottom end sections using two 8 x 8 px circles with a 4 px
thick Stroke (#7FD7E5), which we
will position as seen in the reference image.

adding the circular segments to the second snowflake

Step 3





Draw the two detail segments using a 4 px thick Stroke (#7FD7E5)
with a Round Cap, using the
reference image as your main guide. Take your time, and once you’re done, select
and group (Control-G) all of the
current shapes before moving on to the next step.

adding the v-shaped segments to the second snowflake

Step 4





Create the flake’s horizontal section using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the shapes
that we’ve just grouped, and then rotate them using a 90º angle (right click >
Transform > Rotate > 90º
).

adding the horizontal section to the second snowflake

Step 5





Finish off the current icon by adding its diagonal sections using a copy
(Control-C) of the ones from the previous
snowflake, which we will paste (Control-F)
onto the current layer, making sure to align them as seen in the reference
image. Once you’re done, select and group (Control-G)
all of its composing shapes, before moving on to the next one.

finishing off the second snowflake

7. How to Create the Third Snowflake Icon

By now you know the drill, so make sure
you’ve positioned yourself onto the next layer (that would be the fourth one),
and let’s jump straight into it.

Step 1













Start by creating the
center section of the snowflake using a 12
x 12 px
circle with a 4 px thick
Stroke (#7FD7E5), which we will
position in the center of the third reference grid.

creating the center shape for third snowflake

Step 2





Start working on the vertical section, by creating a 16 px tall 4 px thick Stroke
segment (#7FD7E5) with a Round Cap,
which we will position onto the circle’s top anchor point as seen in the
reference image.

adding the top segment to the third snowflake

Step 3





Turn on Pixel
Preview
mode (Alt-Control-Y),
and then draw the top v-shaped segment, using a 4 px thick Stroke (#7FD7E5) with a Round Cap,
making sure to start from the vertical segment’s top anchor point and go all
the way up to the active drawing area’s top edge.

adding the v-shaped segment to the top of the third snowflake

Step 4





Take a couple of moments and draw the remaining
segments, making sure to maintain a 4 px gap between their end anchor points, and 8 px between their center ones. Once you’re done, select and group
(Control-G) all four shapes together
using the Control-G keyboard
shortcut.

adding the top segments to the third snowflake

Step 5





Create the vertical section’s bottom segment using a copy of the shapes that we’ve just grouped, which we will horizontally
reflect (right click > Transform >
Reflect > Horizontal
) and then position on the opposite edge of the
active drawing area.

adding the bottom segments to the third snowflake

Step 6





Finish off the snowflake by adding its
horizontal section using a copy (Control-C
> Control-F
) of the vertical segments that we’ve just created, which we
will rotate at a 90º angle (right click > Transform > Rotate >
90º
).  Once you’re done, select and
group (Control-G) all the shapes
together, before moving on to the next icon.

finishing off the third snowflake

8. How to Create the Fourth Snowflake Icon

We are now down to our fourth and last
icon, so make sure you position yourself onto the fifth layer, and let’s wrap
things up!

Step 1













Start by making a
copy (Control-C) of the snowflake
that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste onto the current
layer and then ungroup (right click
> Ungroup
), removing some of its details as seen in the reference image.

creating the upper segments for the fourth snowflake

Step 2





Adjust the length of the vertical segment by
selecting its top anchor point with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then dragging it upwards until its
top end touches the active drawing area’s outer edge.

adjusting the length of the upper segment

Step 3





Create a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the v-shaped segment, and position them 4 px from one another, at a distance of 4 px
from the vertical segment’s top anchor point. Once you’re done, select and
group (Control-G) all three shapes
together, before moving on to the next step.

adding the second upper segment to the fourth snowflake

Step 4





Create the snowflake’s bottom segment using a
copy of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will horizontally
reflect (right click > Transform >
Reflect > Horizontal
) and then position on the opposite edge of the
active drawing area.

adding the bottom segments to the fourth snowflake

Step 5





Add the horizontal section using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the two
vertical segments, which we will rotate by 90º (right click >
Transform > Rotate > 90º
).

adding the horizontal section to the fourth snowflake

Step 6





Take a couple of moments, and draw the top-left
diamond shape using a 4 px thick Stroke (#7FD7E5) with a Round Join, which we will position 10 px from the active
drawing area’s top-left corner.

adding the diamond shape to the fourth snowflake

Step 7





Finish off the snowflake, and with it the
project itself, by adding the remaining diamonds using three copies (Control-C > Control-F three times)
which we will horizontally and/or vertically reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical and/or Horizontal) and then position as seen
in the reference image. 

Take your time, and once you’re done, select and group
(Control-G) all of the icon’s
composing shapes together before hitting the save button.

finishing off the fourth snowflake

Great Work!

There you have it, fellow snowflake lovers, a nice and easy tutorial on how
to create your very own icon set, using nothing more than a few strokes
and geometric shapes.







As always, I hope you had fun and managed to
learn something new and useful during the process.

finished project preview

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How to Create a Starry Night Photo Manipulation With Photoshop and Filter Forge

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What You’ll Be Creating

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is easily one of the most recognizable pieces in art history.

And I’ll show you how to make it in this tutorial! Build the famous composition from scratch, using free stocks, Photoshop, and amazing filters from Filter Forge.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used in the production of this tutorial.

How to Download Filter Forge

To use Filter Forge, you’ll need to download it first. After you run the installation, it’ll automatically update in Photoshop CC under the Filter menu.

Download Filter Forge

To launch the program and peek around, go to Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 7.

Browse their massive collection of over 12,000 filters for smart photo effects, 3D textures and more. Search their selection online or use the Download More Filters option within the program to get started.

Here are all the filters you’ll need for this tutorial:

1. How to Create the Starry Night Scene

The first step is always the research. And it’s pretty crucial in this scenario. We’re challenging ourselves to emulate a very famous painting, so we want to pay homage and our respects by paying close attention to details.

Here’s a little backstory on the Starry Night from my Art History article on Impressionism:

Vincent painted The Starry Night as a patient at the Saint Rémy de Provence asylum in southern France. Like many of his works, it features cypress trees and a small town under a glowing night sky.

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

With this in mind, here are a few notes to remember:

  • Oddly enough, none of the scenery in The Starry Night matches the actual location. It’s not a plein air painting, but one from imagination.
  • However, you can find stocks that still match the original layout. Look for items like cypress trees, old historical towns, and general landscape photography.
  • Also, Impressionism is a very loose style of painting, so the filters we’re using should match that too.

Let’s begin!

Step 1

To build the Starry Night scene, we’ll need these images:

Starry Night references

Create a New Document in Photoshop at 1250 x 950 pixels. Then Copy and Paste this Field reference onto its own layer.

Paste the field image

If you have trouble with perspective, references like this can help you learn how to ground the landscape and figure out the layout. For the most part, we’ll be placing images on top of this field, so it’s just a placeholder for now.

Step 2

To show you exactly what I mean, let’s add the main focal points—the trees and sky. Extract the tree from the Cypress image using the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L).

Extract the tree

Delete the white background layer.

Then Copy and Paste the tree onto its own layer above the field. Control-J to Duplicate the layer twice. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to resize the other two trees to match the painting.

Resize the trees

Step 3

Now that we have the trees ready, we need to change their shape to look more fluid, like the Impressionist style. We’ll do this by using the Liquify Tool.

Bring the first tree into Liquify. Select the Tree layer and go to Filter > Liquify.

Liquify the tree

Use the Forward Warp Tool (W) to push the branches and leaves inward. Create curvy, S-like shapes like the ones Vincent loved. And make the base of the trees more round.

Do this for all three trees. Keep checking back with the original Starry Night to see which shapes work best. Here is my result.

Liquify trees result

Step 4

The next part of this puzzle is the sky.

Both the sky and trees make up the biggest pieces to this puzzle. And this Sky and Mountains stock is pretty awesome because the high mountain shapes on the right side look just like the painting.

So let’s add it in, shall we?

Copy and Paste the sky and mountain reference onto its own New Layer above the field. Use the Move Tool (M) to position the image higher on the canvas, allowing the mountains to hit their mark in Van Gogh’s scene.

sky and mountains

Next, add a Layer Mask to the sky and mountains layer. Now we must reshape the mountain image. Select the Brush Tool (B) and use a Hard Round Brush to paint black onto the mask. Mask out the areas seen below.

This step should help guide your eyes to understand where things intersect within the painting. One image alone will help create the perfect background elements!

Mask the mountains

If you’re picky about the details, let’s adjust this mountain before we move on. Go to Filter > Liquify and push the mountain higher using the Forward Warp Tool (W).

Liquify the mountain

Step 5

Now for a little surgery!

To create a sky more like the painting, we have to redistribute the clouds we see.

Cut and paste the sky
  1. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to create a large selection on the left side in order to cut out that section. Hold Control-J after your selection to Paste it onto a New Layer.
  2. Flip the sky piece. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
  3. Place it above the right mountains. Use a Layer Mask to diffuse the edges with a Soft Round Brush.

Now repeat these steps to add more clouds to the scene. Select the clouds first, and then Flip and Mask them. Use a Soft Round Brush to help blend the clouds into the mountains and sky.

Here is the result.

Add more clouds to the sky

Step 6

Time for some more trees!

Copy and Paste this Landscape stock onto a New Layer above the clouds. Add a Layer Mask to mask out the sky. Then use a Soft Round Brush to feather out the trees near the top of the landscape.

Here is the result. The extra benefit of this stock is that it’ll help fill in the gaps of our painting.

Add the trees and town

Before we move on, let’s fix the color. Add a New Adjustment Layer of Curves and set it as a Clipping Mask to the landscape layer. Adjust the curves for the RGB, Blue, and Red Channels to make the landscape more blue.

Fix the landscape color

Step 7

Repeat these steps with the Old Town image.

This image will represent the middle ground area. This is where the town in the painting should be.

Paste, Mask, and then recolor, remember? Copy and Paste the image, or just an extraction onto a New Layer. Add a quick Layer Mask to clean up the edges around the buildings. Then add a New Adjustment Layer of Curves, this time lowering the RGB Channel for more contrast.

Add a curves adjustment layer

Feel free to use bits and pieces from the other stocks to fill in parts of the scene.

Before we move on, add a New Adjustment Layer of Color Lookup. We’ll use this to finish the photo composite portion of this Starry Night effect.

Set the 3D LUT File to FoggyNight.3DL and lower the Opacity to 60%.

Here is the result.

Starry Night photo composite

2. How to Apply the Starry Night Filters

Time for filters!

The Starry Night is well known for its beautiful, painterly style. We’ll achieve this by using several filters from Filter Forge.

Let’s start with the trees.

Step 1

Control-Click on the first tree layer. Then go to Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 7.

Choose the Van Gogh Flow filter under the Effects > Creative category.

Choose the default preset, and then add the following settings.

Apply the van gogh flow filter

Apply this filter to the rest of the trees. Use the same settings as above.

Apply van gogh filter again

Step 2

Apply the Layer Masks to the town and landscape layers, and then Merge them together.

Using the same process as before, we’ll apply the Van Gogh Flow filter to this merged result.

But first, Control-J to create a Duplicate of the merged layer. Use the copied layer for this effect. This time, choose the third preset on the list, and add the following settings.

Apply van gogh flow to town

Here’s the end result.

Van gogh flow result

Next, let’s do the field layer. Using the same filter again, we’ll make some minimal changes to the settings to make the brush strokes more short and fat.

Apply van gogh flow to the field

Step 3

For the sky and mountains, we’ll be using the Brush Engine Van Gogh filter instead. Merge the sky and mountain layers together. Then, using the default preset and settings, apply this brush engine filter.

Apply brush engine van gogh filter

Here is the result after all the filters have been applied.

Starry night filter result

3. How to Paint Impressionist Details

The filtered results look great, but now they need to blend well together. Vincent often had a habit of outlining his work, so we’ll have to do the same before painting more color.

But first, let’s add a moon!

Step 1

Create a yellow #c6b16f ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (U). Place it in the top right corner and set the Blend Mode to Vivid Light.

Add a bright moon

Step 2

Now let’s outline each section. Create a New Layer and select the Brush Tool (B). Use a Hard Round Brush (50-80% Opacity) to paint black lines outlining the landscape and town.

Build the line weight and texture by going along with the Impressionist style.

Outline the painting

Start to incorporate some more color. Choose ones Vincent loved himself!

Use the Eyedropper Tool (E) to pick up colors from the scene and use them as your Foreground Colors.

Here I used colors like yellow #bca736 and red #693d38 to make the painting pop with colorful outlines and stars. Then I drew in a simple moon shape for a fun addition.

Paint more color

Step 3

Set a New Layer to Overlay. Use a Soft Round Brush to give the stars and moon a bright yellow glow.

Add yellow glow

To finish this Starry Night effect, you’ll need to add a few more layers of painterly brush strokes, specifically white highlights. Study the original painting and experiment with different brush textures for more fun.

Here’s the Starry Night painting so far.

Starry Night Painting Effect

4. How to Add a Frame

Step 1

If you want to take this another step, add a frame! Merge all the layers together.

Copy and Paste the Starry Night painting onto the canvas. Control-click the layer and go to Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 7.

Select this Painting Frame and use the default preset with the following settings:

Add a frame

Here is the framed result against a nice #ababab tan background.

framed result

Step 2

If you’d like to add even more texture to this piece, consider an old, cracked painting effect. Select the Starry Night with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M). Control-J to make two layers of copies, and then use just one of the copies for this filter.

Control-click one copy and go to Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 7.

Select this Cracked Old Painting filter, use the default preset, and apply the following settings:

Add a cracked painting filter

The result may appear a little dull. So set the second copy to Lighter Color to bring out the painting again.

Looks great! Feel free to add a Drop Shadow for a realistic finish.

Starry Night Photo Manipulation

5. How to Apply the Effect to a New Painting

But wait…there’s more!

You can take this effect to the next level with a little painting inception. That’s right. A painting, within a painting… movie style.

To do this, we’ll need another piece to work from. Bedroom in Arles is another popular painting of his: a still life of his bedroom in France.

To recreate this scene in his famous Impressionist style, we should definitely try a shorter route! As it turns out, there’s this super awesome picture of a sculpture of his room that we can use instead.

Step 1

Open the image in Photoshop. Hold Control-J to create a copy of the background, set it to Linear Light, and lower the Opacity to 22%.

Control-click the copy and Run Filter Forge to apply the Starry, Starry Night filter. Use the default preset with the following settings:

Apply the starry starry night filter

Step 2

Next, add two New Adjustment Layers.

The first is Levels. Adjust the settings for the RGB Channel for more brightness.

Add a levels layer

Then add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer.

Add a color balance adjustment

Step 3

Almost there! Let’s rebuild the color scheme in these next few steps.

Recolor the painting
  1. Fill a New Layer with brown #392b24. Set the Blend Mode to Hue and lower the Opacity to 54%.
  2. Create another New Layer and use the Brush Tool to paint orange #f7a300 onto the wall. Set the Blend Mode to Subtract (it turns the wall blue) and lower the Opacity to 52%. Clean up the edges with a Layer Mask.
  3. Create another New Layer for the flower. Paint brown #8f786b onto the floor, and then set the layer to Hue.

Step 4

Fill a New Layer with blue #3f00cd and set it to Difference. Lower the Opacity to 20%.

Now insert the Starry Night painting! Hang it on the wall in the back.

Add the starry night painting

Step 5

Make the Starry Night blend into the new painting by applying a filter. Use the same Starry Night filter from before.

Add a filter to the starry night

Step 6

Add a New Layer and dedicate it to adding some texture to the walls. Paint soft white strokes reminiscent of the style we created earlier.

Use this same layer to play with the line weight of the other items. When you’re through, Merge all the layers together.

Paint more texture

Step 7

Let’s add the final filters to complete this second painting. Duplicate the merged layer.

Run Filter Forge and apply the Van Gogh Flow filter to the copy. Use the default preset, with the following settings.

Apply the van gogh flow filter

Set this layer to Multiply and lower the Opacity to 35%. Now the painting should have a great Impressionist feel.

For more texture, Duplicate the copy.

Run Filter Forge on this layer, using the Impressionist Channels filter this time. Use the default preset and settings, and then set the layer to Saturation. Adjust the Opacity to 100%.

Add the Impressionist Channels filter

Here is the alternative inception effect!

Starry Night alternate effect

Congratulations, You’re Done!

Impressionism is a cool art style you can achieve digitally. And painting like the masters is possible with Filter Forge. Develop the right eye for stocks and compositing, and you’ll master photo manipulations with time.

Place your results in a cool gallery scene for more fun. I used this Frame Mockup from Envato Elements. Just duplicate the folder of the frame to add another.

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along. Feel free to leave your comments and result below.

Create more incredible effects with Filter Forge—check out these tutorials:

Starry Night Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial by Melody Nieves

How to Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

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

For starters, you will learn how to create some text. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel and using a neat Transform effect, you will learn how to add the long shadow effect without expanding your text. Some basic blending techniques and a simple Gaussian Blur effect will be the final touches for your text effect.

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 the Text

Step 1

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 610 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 that Create Document button. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units.

setup grid

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the Insaniburger font and set the size to 200 px.

Move to your artboard, click on it, and add your piece of text about as shown below. Make it black.

type tool

Step 3

Use the same tool and character attributes to create the last letter of your text. Make it blue and place it right above the black one.

Keep adding separate blue letters until you cover all your black text. Once you’re done, go to the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and remove your black text.

letter

2. How to Add the Long Shadow Effect

Step 1

Select one of your letters, focus on the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches), and click that [None] swatch to remove the blue text color.

Move to the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) and add a new fill using the Add New Fill button. Select that new fill and set the color to R=255 G=245 B=225.

fill none

Step 2

Make sure that your “S” is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it. Drag it to the bottom of the panel, set the color to R=0 G=146 B=69, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag both Move sliders to 0.5 px, enter 700 in that Copies box, and then click OK.

long shadow

Step 3

Make sure that your “S” is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and select it.

Drag it between the existing two fills and set the color to black. Lower its Opacity to 10% and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10 px Offset, click OK, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag both Move sliders to 15 px, click OK, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5 px Radius and then click OK.

add new fill

Step 4

Focus on the Layers panel, open your layer, and use those target icons to easily apply the Appearance attributes used for your first letter to the rest of your letters. Target icons are the little round icons displayed at the far right of each individual layer or shape.

Hold the Alt button from your keyboard, click the target icon that stands for your “S“, and then drag it onto the target icon that stands for your “T“. Select your “T“, focus on the Appearance panel, and replace the green used for that bottom fill with R=255 G=154 B=9.

target icon

Step 5

Move to the “O” and apply the same Appearance attributes, but replace the green with R=244 G=54 B=44.

Select that “P” and apply the same Appearance attributes, but replace the green with R=7 G=132 B=170.

red blue

3. How to Create a Background and Add More Text

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a shape that covers your entire artboard. Fill it with R=42 G=27 B=67 and send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

background

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and focus on the Character panel. Make sure that the Insaniburger font is still selected and set the size to 50 px.

Add the “DON’T” piece of text and place it as shown in the following image. Again, remove the text color and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a fill using that Add New Fill button, select it, and set the color to R=255 G=245 B=225.

type tool

Step 3

Make sure that your “DON’T” piece of text stays selected, focus on the Appearance panel, and add a second fill. Select the bottom fill, set its color to R=255 G=80 B=145, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 4

Make sure that your “DON’T” piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and select it.

Drag it between the existing two fills and set the color to black. Lower its Opacity to 10% and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag both Move sliders to 5 px, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 3 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

Step 5

Pick the Type Tool (T) and add the “BELIEVING” piece of text. Set the text color to R=255 G=245 B=225 and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new piece of text is selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

drop shadow

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

Online Portfolio: 10 Designers Who Got It Right

Written by Taira Sabo, Wix Design Community Expert.

Out of all of the creative people in the world, designers have a very clear vision of what their online portfolio should look like. Their line of work demands a site that lives up to their standard, showcases the diversity of their creations, while capturing the essence of their signature. In other words: they are likely to think of their website as a piece of art in itself. As they should.

Whether you’re building your own online presence, or somebody else’s one, you need a platform that can fulfill even your wildest design fantasies. To create a website, you want to benefit from the most advanced features, intuitive to use and a platform that provides beautiful results. This way, you’re in control from design to live.

Speaking of lively results, there’s no better way to prove a point than with some stunning evidence. So without further ado, here are 10 designers who used the unlimited creative possibilities of Wix to imagine and realize portfolios that are not only functional, but serve as a true testament to their work.

1. Mike Almanza

2018 will see the confirmation of a now well-established trend: long-scrolling websites. The visual impact is great, and it fits perfectly the new mobile habits. You just need to make sure that the different strips will ‘feel’ clearly separated, while speaking the same language. This portfolio solves the perilous equation with a splash of red color that repeats on every single strip. A perfect example of how playing with only few chromas can create a memorable experience.


2. Michael Burk Studio

Like it or not, the 80’s are back – and web design is no exception, as shown by this eye-catching designer’s portfolio. The combination of a vintage computer layout and bright colors immediately gives that ultimate pop feel. The “Work” and “Info” buttons anchored on either side of the page complete the bold approach. The result? Another piece of evidence that when a website looks like candy, everyone wants a taste.

3. Hannah Jacobs 

Grid-based layouts will probably be one of the most widespread trends in 2018. Adding strips and columns helps your site to breathe, and organize the content in a more elegant way. This illustrator clearly mastered the art of composition, with her projects allocated in small boxes. For the animation, have a look at the bottom, with the film displayed in a full strip thanks to the genius tool that is Wix Video. Of course, the sketch wouldn’t be complete without the author’s signature. You’ll find it in the header, smartly transformed into the cutest and most authentic logos.


4. Dennis Krawec

Sometimes less is more. Obviously not here. This site proves that you can go crazy with colors, animations and a busy design language, and still create a fantastic-looking opus! If you happen to need a multilingual site, take some inspiration at how effortlessly this portfolio switches from English to Japanese.


5. Mild Design

Some pieces of art are so strikingly beautiful that they need very little introduction. This website went for a long-scrolling page that allows the visitors to discover the galleries gently and quietly – like in a museum. Don’t discard all textual content just yet. If you go for the same inspiration, the footer is the perfect place to stuff all your crucial information – such as your contacts and social media.


6. Candyfornia

GIF, GIF, GIF is all we can say! While the animations (and colors) may be busy, the perfectly boxed layout calms down the craze. The very prominent logo is balanced out with clean and simple “Services” and “About” pages. Another smart move: the rolling Instagram feed directly displayed on the homepage, and which looks like the most appetizing candy necklace.

7. Bruna Cristina   

A powerful portrait as the header of your website is a classic, yet efficient way to lure users in and tempt them to continue to scroll. Another great find: check out how this design challenged the standard photography portfolio structure, by showcasing the gallery in a striking two-column grid.


8. Thai Pham

You learned it in your first year of (web) design school: white space is a crucial element to draw your users’ eyes onto what’s really important. This portfolio put the theory into practice in a masterly fashion, with white borders and a vast amount of space between the images. As a result, the website looks like it ‘breathes’ – even though a lot of pictures are displayed. We also love the sharp and ‘broken’ letters of the logo, which give off an edgier feel to an overall elegant design.

9. Max Halley   

If your work involves a sense of humor and color, why not place it front and center to catch your visitors’ attention? This über-talented designer does exactly that. His fun, bright, and neon-colored animations are the most inviting. Note the clean background that helps balance out all the adventurous hues, and ease the navigation.

10. Adieu Film

Giving your website a character, if not a personality, is crucial. Somewhere between Wes Anderson’s movies and the sophisticated designs of the 60’s, this site clearly found its own language. We could elaborate for hours on this homepage that is supremely enticing, thanks to the lovely pink overlay and the slow motion video background. ‘Adieu’ film maybe, but ‘bienvenue’ to stunning web design!

Filled up with good inspiration? It’s your turn to experience creativity without limits. Start designing your website with Wix now!

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday Deals

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If you could use some help creating a website or a table, or managing a project, there’s something here for you!

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How to Create a Winter Sale Flyer in Adobe InDesign

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What You’ll Be Creating

Many businesses use the festive season as an opportunity to entice bargain-hunting customers into their stores. This flyer is a sweet and simple way of marketing winter season promotions, with a collage-inspired design and hand-drawn font style. 

We’ll set up the flyer in Adobe InDesign, create a snowy scene directly in the software, and show you how to export your design for printing or circulating online. 

Even if you’re a beginner to using InDesign, this single-page design is a great introduction to creating simple layouts and drawing graphics.

Looking for more promotional flyer designs? You can find a broad range of flyer templates over on Envato Elements, which are quick and simple to customize with your own text content.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need the following resource to complete this project:

1. How to Set Up Your Flyer in InDesign

A quick note on sizing: We’ll be setting up the flyer pictured here to a standard US flyer size, 8.5 by 11 inches. If you want to create your flyer to a different size, that’s no problem. You’ll simply have to adapt the scale of graphics and fonts to match your required page size. 

Step 1

Open InDesign and go to File > New > Document. Uncheck Facing Pages and keep the Number of Pages set to 1

Set the Width of the page to 8.5 in and Height to 11 in. Keep the margins to their default value, and add a Bleed of 0.5 in. 

new document

Click OK to create your document. 

Step 2

We’re going to build up the design across a series of layers, which will help give the design a 3D collage-like effect. 

To do this, expand the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and double-click on the default Layer 1 name in the panel. Rename the layer Background and click OK

Click on the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the panel, and double-click on this to rename the layer as Type

Then create a further five new layers using the same process, in this order: Mountains, Trees Background, Trees Foreground, Snow, and finally Snowfall

layer options

Then click to the left of each layer’s name to lock all the layers except Background

lock layers

Step 3

We’ll also set up a color palette, which we can use throughout the design. 

Expand the Swatches panel (Window > Color > Swatches) and choose New Color Swatch from the panel’s top-right drop-down menu.  

Name the swatch Dusky Pink and set the percentage levels below to C=6 M=12 Y=16 K=5. Click Add and then OK

Repeat the process to create a palette of CMYK swatches in lovely subdued tones of blues, pinks, and corals:

  • Teal: C=76 M=33 Y=23 K=6
  • Green Blue: C=68 M=38 Y=39 K=21
  • Pale Grey: C=11 M=6 Y=6 K=0
  • Pale Pink: C=3 M=12 Y=12 K=0
  • Pale Blue: C=28 M=6 Y=3 K=12
  • Coral: C=0 M=66 Y=52 K=0
swatch options

Step 4

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and drag across the whole page, extending it up to the edge of the bleed on all sides. From the Swatches panel, set the Fill to Dusky Pink. 

dusky pink fill

Step 5

Create a second rectangle, allowing it to cover most of the page, with just a sliver at the bottom uncovered, as shown below. 

Set the Fill to Pale Blue.

pale blue

With this rectangle selected, go to Object > Effects > Gradient Feather. Adjust the Angle to 90 Degrees, and move the Gradient Stops until you’ve created a subtle gradated effect from blue to pink. 

gradient

2. How to Create a Forest Scene for Your Flyer

Step 1

Head back to the Layers panel and lock the Background layer. Unlock Trees Foreground.

Take the Pen Tool (P) and create a small, tall triangle, by clicking four times onto the page, linking the lines into a shape. From the Swatches panel, set the Fill to Dusky Pink and Stroke Color to [None].

triangle shape

Step 2

Switch to the Line Tool (\) and drag from the bottom of the tree to the top, creating a trunk. Set the Stroke Color to Green Blue. 

line tool

Create more lines stemming off the central trunk, reaching out to the edge of the tree, creating a series of branches. 

branches

Expand the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and select all the branches and the trunk (but not the pink triangle shape). 

Set the Weight of the stroke to 2 pt and choose Straight Hash from the Type menu.

stroke

Step 3

Select the pink triangle and go to Object > Effects > Drop Shadow. Set the Effect Color to Green Blue, Opacity to 50%, and Noise to about 15%. You can tweak the other options until you’ve created a subtle, grainy drop shadow. 

effect color

Click OK when you’re happy with the result. 

finished tree

Step 4

Select all the elements of the tree shape, including the triangle, trunk, and branches, and Right-Click > Group. 

Use Shift to scale the whole illustration, positioning it at the bottom of the page, as shown below. 

tree position

Edit > Copy, Edit > Paste the tree, creating multiple copies. Arrange them in a sequence along the bottom of the page and double-click on the triangle shape of each graphic to be able to adjust the color. Here, I’ve set one tree in Pale Grey and another in Pale Blue

row of trees

Continue to build up the row of trees, with one tree positioned in the center of the sequence and the page. 

row of trees

Step 5

Double-click on one of the triangle shapes to select this alone, and Edit > Copy. 

Lock the Trees Foreground layer and unlock the layer below, Trees Background. From the Layers panel’s drop-down menu, make sure Paste Remembers Layers is not active, and then Edit > Paste, dropping the triangle onto this layer. 

Adjust the Fill to Green Blue, and position it behind the row of trees, allowing it to peek through one of the gaps. 

tree background

Copy and Paste this tree shape repeatedly, building up a background row of trees, creating a forest effect. 

tree rows

Step 6

Lock the Trees Background layer and unlock the Mountains layer below. 

Edit > Paste another triangle shape onto this page, and drag to make it much larger. Change the Fill to Teal.

mountain shape

Go to Object > Effects > Inner Glow. From here, we can add a grainy texture to the shape. Set the Mode to Normal, Effect Color to Green Blue, and Opacity to about 50%. Increase the Size to 1.25 in, Choke to about 35%, and Noise to about 60%, before clicking OK

inner glow

Step 7

To create a snow cap for your mountain, take the Pen Tool (P) and click around the top of the triangle shape, creating more jagged edges along the bottom edge. Unite into a shape and set the Fill to Pale Grey. 

snow cap

With the cap selected, go to Object > Effects > Inner Glow. With the Mode set to Normal, adjust the Effect Color to Pale Blue. Increase the Choke to around 20% and Noise to about 40%, before clicking OK

inner glow

Step 8

Select both the blue triangle and snow cap and Right-Click > Group.

group

Copy and Paste the mountain, moving a copy over to the right side of the layout.

pasted shape

Create more copies of the mountain, stretching them and reducing their height, and fitting them in the central section of the layout, as shown below, creating a mountain range. 

mountain range

Step 9

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and, holding Shift, drag onto the top-right of the page, creating a small moon. Set the Fill to Pale Grey. 

ellipse tool

With the circle selected, go to Object > Effects > Transparency. Choose Overlay from the Mode menu. 

overlay

Click on Outer Glow in the window’s left-hand menu. Tweak the options to create a soft glow effect, to give the impression the moon is shining. 

outer glow

Click OK to exit the window. 

illustration so far

Step 10

Lock the Mountains layer and unlock the Snow layer. Select the Pen Tool (P) and click around the bottom of the page, to create a long rectangle-like shape, which just overlaps the bottom edge of the trees. Set the Fill to [Paper].

lock layer

3. How to Format Typography on Your Flyer

Step 1

Lock the Snow layer and unlock the Type layer. 

Select the Type Tool (T) and drag onto the page to create a text frame across the center of the layout, above the mountain range. Type in ‘WINTER’.

From either the Controls panel at the top of the workspace or the Character and Paragraph panels (Window > Type & Tables > Character), set the Font to Naive Inline, Size 85 pt, Tracking 70 and set the text to Align Center. From the Swatches panel, set the Font Color to [Paper].

text frame

Step 2

Edit > Copy, Edit > Paste the text frame to create a second text frame below the first. Type in ‘SALE’ and increase the Font Size until the edges of the word meet the edges of ‘WINTER’ above.

Switch the Font Color to Coral for contrast. 

coral

Step 3

Build up more text frames around the main headline if you wish. You can add more details about the savings on offer…

text

… and where customers can benefit from the discounts. 

text teal

Vary the Font Color between [Paper] and Teal, so that the coral ‘SALE’ text remains the most visible piece of type on the page. 

4. How to Add a Snowy Finishing Touch

Step 1

It’s not a wintry scene without a generous sprinkling of snow!

Lock the Typography layer and unlock the top layer, Snowfall. Select the Pen Tool (P) and roughly draw a small circle onto the top of the page. Set the Fill to [Paper]. 

snow drop

With the shape selected, go to Object > Effects > Transparency. Set the Mode to Overlay and bring the Opacity down to 70%. 

overlay

Click on Drop Shadow in the window’s left-hand menu. Set the Effect Color to Teal, and add 30% Noise to create a subtle shadow. Click OK.

drop shadow

Step 2

Copy and Paste the circle repeatedly, creating a scattered group of snowdrops. 

snow drops

Then select the group and Copy and Paste, eventually building up a whole snowfall design across the top of the flyer. Avoid the circles spilling over any of the text, but allowing a few to fall over the top of the mountains helps the whole illustration to pull together. 

snowfall

5. How to Export Your Flyer

Your flyer’s finished—great job! Now all you have to do is export it, ready for circulating online or sending off for printing. 

Step 1

First up, make sure to File > Save your hard work. Then go back to File and choose Export

In the Export window that opens, choose PNG or JPEG from the Format menu if you want to create a web-ready image. 

export to web

If you’re looking to print your flyer professionally, choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format menu. Then click Save.

export to pdf

Step 2

If you’ve chosen PDF, the Export to PDF window will open. Select [Press Quality] from the Preset menu at the top. 

press quality

Then click on Marks and Bleeds in the left-hand menu. Check All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings, before clicking Export to create your print-ready file. 

printers marks

Conclusion: Your Finished Flyer

Your winter sale flyer is finished and ready for distributing—awesome work!

In this tutorial, we’ve looked at how you can create gorgeous flyers with a craft-inspired look in InDesign. It’s also easy to adapt your flyer design to a different purpose—why not use it to promote a festive event?

Looking for more promotional flyer designs? You can find a broad range of flyer templates over on Envato Elements, which are super easy to customize with your own text content. Make sure to take a look!

final flyer