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This article is strictly based on my experiences as a website and blog visitor and it depicts the situations I have come across and the things that made me lose interest in a blog. Now I’m sure that I’m not the only one which dislikes these things and I wanted to write it down so that maybe the right people will read this and take it as advice.

Working in this field and having to write about design, graphic design, web design I deal with a lot of websites and blogs everyday. I love to interact with people in the design industry, that’s why, when I come across a
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n interesting website I want to come back to it later so I subscribe to it’s RSS; when I love an article or the works of an artist I want to leave a comment and express my thoughts and appreciations and the examples can go on.
So here it goes. These are the mistakes that I recently came across on blogs, which made me lose interest quickly.
No contact info
Now I don’t accuse the blogs where you click the “Contact us” button and it leads you to an online form. I know from personal experience that you can receive a lot of unwanted emails so if you have a blog which has its share of visitors, this might be a better option.

Nevertheless, the thing that bothers me the most is not finding the “Contact” or “Contact us” button at all! I have collaborated in my work experience with a lot of websites, doing giveaways and other mutual beneficial things, so when I want to contact the owner of a website, the first thing I do is look for a contact option. If there isn’t any, in my opinion, it means that they don’t want to hear from their visitors and that they are missing out on a lot of great opportunities.
No RSS/ No visible RSS icon
Evey week I stumble across a great deal of inspiring and interesting blogs and websites. The situation is like this: I come across an interesting title and I follow it to its website/blog. I enjoy the article and I notice that there are other interesting articles on that blog. I’m having a smile on my face like I’ve hit a small treasure of useful information. I search thoroughly the RSS icon because I want to subscribe to their feed, I want to be updated if new articles come up. My smile fades as I can’t seem to find the RSS icon.

I’m a pretty patient person and I don’t lose my temper that fast. So if I really like a blog, I look everywhere for that RSS. I admit that very few times there wasn’t one, as much as I looked for it. But most of the times it wasn’t visible. It was either hidden between ads, links or other stuff, either too small, either in a different color than orange (I admit that at first I look for an orange icon with the symbol of RSS), either masked into a different icon – hard to be recognized as an RSS.
People, I want to subscribe to your feed, I want to come back to your blog, why don’t you want to make it easier for me?!
No email subscription option
Ok, so you don’t have an RSS, at least you must have an “Email updates” option or “Email news” or whatever you want to call it. I admit that I don’t like to receive blog updates on my email, I hate receiving a lot of emails every day and I want to make my life easier. I prefer to get all the updates from my favorite blogs in my Feed Reader, which I can turn on when I want to read the latest news. But if there is a blog I really like and it doesn’t have an RSS subscription option, I make a compromise and I use the email feed.

I’m taking this chance to hand out some extra advice on this news feed subject. Blog owners, just take in consideration that not all people have Feed Reader or an other tool like this and don’t have the possibility/or they don’t know how to use it. That’s why it’s best that you have, besides your RSS, an email based subscription for those who don’t use RSS.
No Site Search option
I have a lot of inspirational blogs that I follow constantly, they are eye candy for me and some give me very interesting and useful reads constantly. That’s why, when I’m searching for something specific, a topic, more info on something, I turn to my list of helpful and resourceful blogs. When I get there, I’m looking for the Search option of the website, to make my quest easier. It’s very annoying when I don’t find it, or they have a Search option, but not their own! Usually it’s for stock websites. This is a good reason for me to leave that blog or website, because it didn’t live up to my expectations by offering me a chance to search the info I needed.

Eye stressing font/font size/font color
I spend all of my day in front of the computer. I don’t have eye problems (yet), but at the end of the day, when I get home, I don’t want to see the computer, I need to rest my eyes and my back for that matter. Even if I have a pretty good relationship with my monitor, I sometimes run into blogs which have a terribly small font size on their articles, or a hard to read (blurry, annoying font style or color) copy and as much as I want to read that post, if it gives me a head ache, chances are I will most likely leave the page.

Yale University School of Art – this is a wiki website
Now I know that some people are only good at content and not at web design, that they really like purple or other colors and they use it excessively on their text, but you must really empathize with your visitor. Do a Google search, you will find all these wonderful and useful articles with tips about choosing the right fonts for your website, as well as many other tips on general web design which you can put in practice.
Pop Ups
I think you can all agree with me on this one! Pop ups are driving me crazy! I get annoyed when I enter a blog or a website and a big pup up stands before me and the page I want to see. Not to mention that sometimes I can’t ever figure out hot to turn it off because it doesn’t have a turn off button or it’s not in the top right corner where most of them are. I don’t like pop up newsletters (I think that first you have to let me see the content of your blog and JUST THEN I will decide if I want to subscribe or not), big pop up ads which disturb my reading and so on. If you want to place a pop up, make it discrete, place a turn off button and if you see that it reduces significantly the visitors to your blog, let it go!

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Too much information
Yes, this bothers me! I don’t like pages that are full of information, many columns of information, lots of banners, online forms,  all placed in a chaotic manner on a page. I like simple things. I like a correct use of white spaces and well organized pages. When I’m visiting a blog, I would like to have as few as possible focus points, preferably just one. For example, if I’m reading an article, I don’t want to be distracted by a colorful ad which changes color every 2 seconds.

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Followup comments
When I read a great article or an intriguing one, I like to express my opinion and I leave a comment. I like to leave relevant comments to a blog, I always read the whole post and if it triggers something in me, I state what’s on my mind. I would like to know if the person who wrote that article has read my comment and what he thinks of it – he appreciates it, if he agrees or disagrees with my opinion. So that’s why I always check the followup comments box – if there is one! I like to think that people write articles to share some knowledge and to communicate with other people, to establish a relationship with their visitors. So if you place a call to action question at the end of your article, that means you want to engage your readers, right? So why not engage yourself in the discussion, answer your readers, but make sure that they get your replies – have a followup comments check box.
 
Now these are only a few things which bothered me as a visitor, but I think that they are among the most important ones. It’s your turn now to complete the list. So:
Which are the mistakes that made YOU lose interest in a blog or website?
 
Mistakes That Will Make Visitors Lose Interest in Your Blog is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Today, 1st of June we celebrate Children’s Day in many countries. It’s a special day dedicated to the small ones, because they represent what’s most beautiful in life (any parents can back me up on this), they are sincere and pure, they inspire us and they make us smile.
That’s why, in the symbol of this day, we have a gift for you, a special vector illustration for children – with children, which you can download from the Free vectors section on Vectorious.net.
Here is the preview of the FREE vector illustration.
Funny family doodles vector illustr
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ation

Just click on the title or the image to go and download it.
If you liked this vector illustration, please share this post with your friends, your loved ones and everyone else you know to bring a smile on their face.
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Children’s Day Freebie – Cute Family Doodles Vector Illustration is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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This Friday we have a special surprise for you! We are cutting the price in half for Grunge Mega Pack 1! So instead of $45, you get this awesome vector mega pack for only $22,5!


Grunge Mega Pack 1 includes 9 of our premium vector packs:

- Grunge Chaos Vector Pack 4

- Grunge Chaos Vector Pack 5

- Grunge Corners Vector Pack 1

- Halftone Vector Pack 2

- Grunge Aged Vector Pack 1

- Paint Vector Pack 2

- Scratches Vector Pack 1

- Spraypaint Vector Pack 3

- Stains Vector Pack 1
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r />This is a limited time offer, it’s only available this Friday, June 3rd, so make sure you visit Designious.com and get your hands on this cool vector mega pack!
Special Friday’s 50% Discount from Designious.com on Grunge Mega Pack 1 is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Every week I read a bunch of interesting, resourceful and inspirational articles from different cool websites and blogs. At the end of the week I like to share my favorite design related articles with you, maybe you missed one or two. This week you could read about creating effective content, how to choose CSS colors in web design, responsive web design, why it’s awesome to be a graphic designer and much more!
Smashing Magazine – Content Strategy: Optimizing Your Efforts For Success

Sixrevisions – Retro Candy: Free Icon Set


Sixrevisions –
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; A Guide to CSS Colors in Web Design

Webdesignerdepot – Mind blowing examples of experimental typography

Webdesignledger – Building Strategies for Written Website Content

Webdesignledger – 30 Creative Examples of Responsive Web Design


1stwebdesigner – Two HUGE Myths of Setting Cheap Prices

Onextrapixel – Making the Best Out of Unwanted Offline Time

It’s Great to be a Graphic Designer. Here’s Why

What does the color of your website say about you?

Which is your favorite article from the ones above?

And if you want to be first to know when we post freebies, premium tutorials and smashing articles on Pixel77, don’t forget to join our news feed, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Favorite Design Related Articles of The Week #3 is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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We’ve just released another set of mind blowing t-shirt designs, ready to be printed on your garments! With these designs containing skulls, griffins, armors, crosses, Celtic knots and more, your prints will look simply stunning.
All the designs are created in house by our talented artists and they did their best to keep the number of colors at a minimum so you can easily print them on your t-shirts, hoodies and not only.
Here are the preview images of the 10 new fabulous t-shirt designs:
T-shirt Design 350 – Knight Armor

T-shirt design 351 – Garg
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oyle

T-shirt design 352 – Skull and Black Rays

T-shirt design 353 – Retro Microphone

T-shirt design 354 – Surfer on Beach

T-shirt design 355 – Surfer on Beach

T-shirt design 356 – Eagle

T-shirt design 357 – Owl and Bali Demon

T-shirt design 358 – Celtic Cross

T-shirt design 359 – Griffin and Grunges

Visit Designious.com to see more awesome t-shirt designs, as well as great vector packs, PS brushes, fonts and other vector goodies.
And if you want to be first to know when we post freebies, premium tutorials and smashing articles on Pixel77, don’t forget to join our news feed, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
 
10 New Jaw Dropping T-Shirt Designs from Designious.com is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Another week has passed like the wind and it’s now time to wrap up and make a list of all the interesting and useful articles on the web that caught our attention. If you want to have a great read about the relationship between print and web, how to get more attention in web design, a review of smashing book 2, illustrated layouts in web design, Coca-Cola’s beautiful advertisements through the years, becoming a freelancer and much more, get yourself a cup of coffee and check out the articles below.
Smashing Magazine – Print Loves Web

Onextrapixel – Inst
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ant Attention in Web Design

Webdesignerdepot – Book Review: The Smashing Book 2

Abduzeedo – Web Design – Illustrated Layouts

1stwebdesigner – 20 Reasons Why Your Website Sucks Part 1

1stwebdesigner – Coca-Cola Advertising Through the Years

Sixrevisions – Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Freelancer

Noupe -100+ Free High Resolution Photoshop Brush Sets


Noupe -Designing the Airwaves: Podcast’s Part in Design


Webdesignledger -30 Examples of Smart Print Advertisment


Blog.Spoongraphics – How To Create a Sleek Grid Based Website Design

Inspirationfeed – 30 Creative Free Hand-Drawn Icon Sets

Inspiredology – How to Print Your Own Killer Summer T-shirt

Naldzgraphics – 10 Simple Steps to Increase Productivity

Which article is your favorite?
 

Favorite Design Related Articles of The Week #2 is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Last week we launched this awesome giveaway, where we teamed up with All Business Cards to give each of 3 lucky winners a set of 500 business cards at their choice. Thank you all for participating and we hope to bring you even more appealing giveaways in the near future!

With no further talk, here are the 3 lucky winners:
1. Anne
2. Atom
3. Brittany
I will get them in touch shortly with All Business Cards to claim their prize.
Thank you all again for participating to this giveaway and if you want to be the first to know about future giveaways or new top no
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tch design related articles, join our Feed Updates.

1500 Business Cards Giveaway Winners is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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I think it’s no secret that colors have the ability of influencing people through psychological changes and that they are highly associated by viewers with certain emotions and meanings. Wherever we look, we see colors! But in this busy everyday life, he hardly stop to analyze the purpose of that color – we take it as it is, but we unconsciously associate it with an emotion.

Today we will talk about the use of colors in website designs. When we say web design, we are thinking of backgrounds, navigation, logos, buttons and all the graphics the visitors encounter at their
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first glimpse on a website page.
Usually, the purpose of a website is to sell something, to get the visitor interested, to satisfy his information need and to make him come back. When you’re on the Internet, you don’t get to be face to face with your buyer or your visitor, so you don’t have the chance to apply the strategy of face to face selling. The Internet is a visual and psychological medium, so you have to transmit the information differently. The copy of the website has by far the biggest psychological impact on the visitor so it becomes the most important communication tool for you.

As you may have expected, the primary color in the Coca Cola website design is red, the background is light gray and white which it gives it a better visibility and contrast. Red is color associated with the feelings of excitement and energy and the “happiness promotion” goes hand in hand with this color.
Choosing the right colors is a very important aspect when creating a website, because the colors and the graphics are the first thing your visitor sees. Meaning, the background color, the color of the header, the color of the text, the headlines – all have a psychological impact on the website’s visitor.

The IBM website has a very professional color scheme which includes colors like blue, gray and white. The cool colors give the website a serious, business aspect, creating an impression of  seriousness and professionalism.
Needless to say that any designer should know quite a bit about the psychology of colors and the way a color or a certain combination of colors instinctively influences the visitor’s first impression.
You will find on the web all sort of lists with universal color associations, but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be any exceptions – you will also find personal color schemes, as well as color associations with obvious cultural influences. In that regard, the first question you need to answer when you are choosing a color is “What is my target audience?”. If the answer is your target audience is international, the following step is to turn to universal color associations.
The reason I’m saying this, is that some cultures have different symbolism and association of colors and you have to consider this aspect when creating a website design for a specific audience. For example, many Russian people may still have a negative association with the color red, as a symbol of Communism; white portrays purity in Western culture, but it’s a symbol of death in some Eastern cultures; yellow signifies sadness in Greece, jealousy in France but is sacred to the Chinese.

McDonalds is widely recognized by the colors red and yellow in its logo. The website also keeps these colors, the predominant color in the MC website design being red, a color that suggests excitement and is commonly used in the fast food industry as it makes the people eat faster. To give it a serious, formal note, we will also find in the color scheme some black, light gray and white.
You may already know that all the colors are divided into two basic categories or groups: the colors in the red area of the color spectrum are also known as warm colors (such as red, orange and yellow) and the colors you find in the blue area are also known as cool colors (such as blue, purple and green). While the warm colors evoke emotions which range from warmth, comfort and coziness to aggression and anger, the cool colors describe feelings from calmness and tranquility to sadness and indifference.
“Colors are seen as warm or cool mainly because of long-held (and often universal) associations. Yellow, orange and red are associated with the heat of sun and fire; blue, green and violet with the coolness of leaves, sea and the sky. Warm colors seem closer to the viewer than cool colors, but vivid cool colors can overwhelm light and subtle warm colors. Using warm colors for foreground and cool colors for background enhances the perception of depth.”
Source: Pantone, Inc.
Type of psychological emotions each color invokes:
Red is mostly associated with love, passion, excitement, danger, action, warning, adventure, desire, impulse, heat, fire, stop, anger and intensity.
Orange is most commonly associated with comfort, warmth, creativity, fun, youth, enthusiasm, celebration and in website designs, this color is also associated with affordability.

The color scheme on the Orange website includes orange (obviously), gray and white. The orange present in the logo of the company is also present in some elements of the page, giving it a creative and energy feel, while the gray gives it a more serious and professional note.
Yellow it’s an attention grabber, it suggests warmth and it’s associated with liveliness, energy, curiosity, joy, playfulness, optimism, sunlight, gold, idealism, but it can also create feelings of frustration, anger and illness. It’s a fatiguing color to the eye, that’s why you will never see a bright yellow website – but it’s a great color for important details or call to actions.
Green is most often associated with nature, health, life, harmony, tranquility, good luck, money, optimism, durability, freshness.  It’s also a symbol of fertility, jealousy and it has a calming effect and it relieves stress.

The color scheme in the Animal Planet website design includes colors such as green, black, gray and white. While white and green are two colors included in the logo, the black and the grays have the purpose of giving the website a serious, professional look.
Blue is the color preferred by most people, especially by men. It is associated with calmness, serenity, peacefulness, security, stability, honor, trust, professionalism, success, seriousness and power.
Purple has been traditionally associated with power, royalty, nobility, wealth, luxury, wisdom, spirituality, magic, mystery, dreams, fantasy as well as with ambiguity and uncertainty.
Pink is usually associated with tenderness, romance, love, youth, innocence, softness and it’s known to have a calming effect. The effects of this color may vary depending on the intensity of the color (strong, light, deep etc.)
Now tell me if you’ve ever seen a website more pink than this one! If you did, I will eat my keyboard! Pink is a color mostly associated with young girls, youth, innocence, romance – in all, it’s a girlish color! For as long as I can remember, when I thought of Barbie I saw pink before my eyes, so for me, Barbie invented pink!
Brown is a natural color, which is associated with relaxation, endurance, reliability, confidence, warmth, comfort, security and it’s considered to be conventional and sometimes sophisticated.
Grey is mostly associated with neutrality, indifference and it leaves the impression of seriousness and conservatism.
White is commonly associated with purity and innocence. It’s also associated with cleanliness, simplicity and newness.
Black is considered, especially in the design industry, a stylish and elegant color. It is also associated with sophistication, strength, mystery, depth, gloom, death, unhappiness, evil and sexuality.
So after you decide on the ambiance you want to achieve for your website, you have to choose the best colors to portray it. For beginners, it’s best that you stick to simple schemes. Choose the easiest color combination and limit your color scheme to a variation of one, two or at most three colors. If you don’t have a good background in web design, it’s really a difficult task to create a gorgeous website by employing a larger number of colors than that. You will risk to make your website design look amateurish, chaotic and disjointed.

Well guys, this is no simple color scheme website design, that’s for sure! This is a vertical scroll (a long scroll if I might say) website, with pages uniting to one another, each page being in a different color, obviously. This is a vividly colored design, which gives you a sense of joy and playfulness.
As a general rule, every color that you use in the design of your web page should usually appear in more than one place on that page. Some designers even extract one color from the logo and uses it in navigational graphics, text links and another color from the logo to use for background, headers, dividing rules and so on. It’s known that repetition of the color is a sure way to unify a web page.
Guardian.co.uk


Remember what I told you about simple color schemes? About sticking to only a few colors? Well, this is a website that bends all the rules! It has a different color scheme on each one of its categories and when you switch the page, even the color of the logo changes to match the category’s color scheme. See how News are red, Business is blue, Life&Style is brown, Travel is blue, Environment is green. The homepage’s predominant color is blue, making the site look serious, professional – newsworthy.
You will see that most websites repeat the same colors throughout the entire website for visual consistency. Most of you may consider this repetition boring, but it actually has the purpose of reassuring the visitors that they are still in the same website as the home page.
Nevertheless, whether you use a simple scheme or a multitude of colors, remember that the different color should have a close value and saturation, they should express the same mood and they should appear to be a part of a unified color scheme.


Let’s try now to make a quick analyze on some more websites of widely known companies and let’s see if they took into account color psychology in their web design, how they implemented color techniques and what message they are trying to send.
Pepsi

The Pepsi website is overwhelmingly blue. The Pepsi logo contains the colors red, white and blue which we can find in the header, the side bar and the other elements of the website. The background of the website is another variation of blue, with bubbles coming from below, making it look like sparkling water. The brand is trying to position itself as a refreshing drink, trying to associate that with the colors used in the website design. Moreover, blue is the statement color, known world wide and associated with Pepsi, so it seems only natural that this would be the main color of the website.
Carlsberg

I just love that slogan: “Carlsberg, probably the best beer in the world”. Well, the website of probably the best beer in the world has to live up to its name. This is a website destined for adults, the color scheme includes black – a strong, yet stylish color, green – used to relief stress, also suggesting freshness, nature and love for life and white, to create a beautiful contrast with the dark colors. But as we move on to the other pages of the website, we are welcomed with clean white, gray and a touch of green (to match the logo), giving us a feeling of a clean and relaxing experience.
NBA
As you can see, the colors blue, red and white present in the NBA logo are also present in other elements of the page. Blue is known to be a color widely preferred by men and it suggest success and power, while red is associated with action, passion and excitement. Being a sports website, you can see a lot of information displayed on the page, making it somewhat difficult to concentrate on one thing. I find surprising the wooden background on this type of website, because wood is normally associated with comfort, relaxation, but what can I say, it looks great!
Nike

The color scheme in the Nike website includes green, white and orange. Green is a great color, highly associated with nature, health (including sports) and life. Orange is a color associated with energy, fun, enthusiasm – all in a great relationship with sports and, implicitly, the products the site is presenting.
Ikea

The Ikea website gives me a sense of warmth and familiarity, pretty much as the actual place does. The header of its website is designed with yellow as the predominant color, making it an attention grabber and suggesting playfulness and energy. The copy is colored in blue, which we can also find in the header, giving a sense of calmness and stability. The background of the website is white and pretty simple, as the body of the site, making it easy to access the information.
Nivea

Now this is a brand with history. Meaning it celebrates success, professionalism and trust. The representative colors of the Nivea brand are blue and white, which we can also find in its website design. Blue is a color preferred both by men and women, and it is associated with calmness, security, professionalism and trust. White is a symbol of clean and pure. Nivea states by the colors of its design that it is a trust worthy brand with great skincare products for every day life.
Sony

The thing about the Sony website is that it makes me feel like it’s something out of the box. I see a lot of black, shades of gray, which give me the feeling of depth, sophistication, style and professionalism. And there’s that blue on the text, that’s really something creative, because they could of had it white, like the logo, for example – it really stands out and gives a plus of professionalism to the overall design.
Nestle

Nestle is a huge company with a heavy background in the food industry. This is a company that always promoted a healthy life with its products. The Nestle website has the logo and the slogan in gray and the rest of the design in a white-gray-blue color scheme, which gives you a feeling of calmness and security and making you think that this is a serious, reliable company.
Apple

The Apple website is the most clean website design I’ve ever seen. Notice the all white background, suggesting simplicity and newness and the glossy gray header which make us associate the website with something stylish but in the same time serious and elegant. The combination of gray, white and black here is done in a magnificent way.
 
Your turn now.
Which website is your favorite and why? And by the way, what is your favorite color?
 


Color Psychology in Web Design – Big Websites Case Studies is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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In this quick tip you will learn to use grunges to create hierarchy in your designs, making the main elements stand out more and the backgrounds a lot more interesting – all in vector format.
The technique is very easy and can be done by everyone, all you need is a bit of a keen eye for aesthetics.
Difficulty: Beginner
Completion time: 30 minutes
Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Resources:
- Helmets Vector Pack from Designious.com
- Spraypaint Vector Pack from Designious.com
- Floral Vector Pack 68 from Designious.com
- a handwrit
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- t-shirt mock-up template from GoMedia
Final Image Preview

So lets begin!
STEP 1
Go to File > New… and create a 600 x 600 px document in CMYK color mode.

STEP 2
Click-drag the mock-up template into our document, resize it and place it like below using the Selection Tool (V). Hold the SHIFT key while dragging to preserve its proportions. In the Layers palette (F7), click the “Create New Layer” button.

STEP 3
Lock the “Layer 1” layer and select the newly created one. Name it “helmet”.
Open the “Helmets Vector Pack”, select a helmet of your choosing, copy it (CTRL+C), hit CTRL+Tab to switch to our document and paste it (CTRL+V). Resize it like below.

STEP 4
Open the “Spraypaint Vector Pack”, the “Floral Vector Pack 68” and the “handwriting” vector file.Do not copy anything yet, we just need this at hand after we’ve decided on the composition.
Here’s how the composition will be: we will make the helmet the main element, surrounded by a few thorns, with a textured background.

STEP 5
Go back to the “Untitled-1” file created in STEP 1 (Window > Untitled-1). Grab the Magic Wand Tool (Y), set its Tolerance to “0”. Select the contour and set its color to #1c1c1c. Then turn the rest of the Fill colors into white (#000000).


STEP 6
Go to the “spraypaint vector pack” and pick a spray with a curved edge, as below. Copy it (CTRL+C).

STEP 7
Go back to our document (Window > Untitled-1), create a new layer (it will be named “Layer 3”) and click-drag it below the “helmet” layer. Then lock “helmet” layer. Select the “Layer 3” layer and paste the spraypaint. Name this layer “spraypaint”.

STEP 8
Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A), click the interior of the spraypaint and hit Delete. You should now have a shape like below. Paste another spraypaint shape, like the one below.

STEP 9
Grab the Magic Wand Tool (Y),  click one of the spraypaints, grab the Eyedropper Tool (I) and click the contour of the helmet. CTRL+click on the canvas to deselect them.

STEP 10
Grab the Selection Tool (V), alt-click-drag the round dotted shape to create a copy, resize it and place it like below. Use the Eraser Tool (SHIFT+E) to clean up the extra areas. We will now make the helmet more 3D using only one color. Pretty cool, huh?


STEP 11
Copy and paste in more spray paints and place them around the helm. Delete their “core” if necessary. The secret is to use more for the bottom side and only a few for the top side.

STEP 12
Create a new layer, name it “handwriting” select it and paste in the handwriting. Use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to give it the same color as the spraypaints and alt-click-drag a few copies. Place them as below.

STEP 13
Lock the other layers and grab the Lasso Tool (Q). Make random selections and hit Delete twice. Make them more rare the further they are from the helmet, like a gradient.


STEP 14
Go to the “Floral Vector Pack 68”, copy a few thorns and go back to our document. Create a new layer, name it “thorns” and paste them in, then recolor them like the spraypaints. Place them like below.

STEP 15
Lock all layers, then unlock the “spraypaint” layer and select it. Paste in two spray paints like below. Select one and hit CTRL+SHIFT+] to bring it to front.


STEP 16
Place it above the other one, make it white and delete its “core”. Place these two shapes at the base of the T-shirt. Unlock the top-most layer and paste a round spraypaint. Recolor it and delete its “core”. Place it as below.

STEP 17
Unlock the “thorns” layer and alt-click-drag to create some copies, then place them as below.

STEP 18
Unlock the “spraypaint” and the “helmet” layer. Paste in some round spraypaints, delete their core, recolor them in #1c1c1c and place them as below. This will add more depth and texture to our main element. Erase extra areas as necessary.

STEP 19
I want more depth to the overall design, so copy some more spraypaints and place them as shown in the image below.

As an end result, this how my print would look like:

Done!
The trick is to enhance your main element and its features with simpler elements to complete its shape. The help has dominant round shapes, so  I added straight, linear handwritten text to contrast it and to give it some stability. The grunges make it stand out more, enhance the shape and volume and the thorns, whose round shapes combined with aggressive sharp angles enhances its strength.
The elements I chose are only generic, you can use any shapes with the similar characteristics, you will obtain the same result.
How to Create Interesting Grunges for Your Designs in Illustrator is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Chris Parks is fantastic illustrator & graphic designer from St. Petersburg, Florida. Chris is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art & Design with a BA in graphic and interactive communication and he has been working in this creative field for over 8 years. In 2006, Chris opened his own design studio – Pale Horse Design – and since then he had the opportunity to create artwork for companies like Iron Fist, Nike, Vans, Etnies, Red Bull, The Cartoon Network and many others.

In addition to its studio clients, Chris likes to actively participate in self-initiated
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collaboration projects like ‘Back in Black’ – a live printing t-shirt exhibit, featuring top apparel artists from around the globe, running Golden/Black – a royalty-free stock vector art and fonts website and curating, hosting and participating in various gallery exhibits throughout the year.
Check out some of his amazing work:
La Calavera Catrina

Japanese Koi: Illustration

7 Skate Deck Totem


Yamī: Illustration

The Pale Horse: Illustration

The Book of Five Rings

New Print: Geisha Samurai

Super7 Florida x Pale Horse

Zap Skimboards: Board Graphic

Baroness / Torche Gig Poster

Various Type And Logos

If you want to see more awesome works from Pale Horse, visit the website, Pale Horse Design, his Behance profile or his Facebook page.
 
 
Artist of the Week – Graphic Designer Chris Parks aka Pale Horse is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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