Make a Suggestion for a Tutorial or Article

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In an effort to further develop MyInkBlog into a thriving design community I would like to open up this post’s comments for your ideas and brainstorming. I would love to hear what you think would make a great tutorial or article.

Do you have an idea for a tutorial, or have you seen an effect that you’d like to learn how it’s created? Drop me a comment below. I promise to be responsive, and try my hardest to give you a post about it. I can’t guarantee that I can help with every topic, but I’d love to try.

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Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • zoe

    I have searched everywhere but have not found satisfactory photoshop tutorials for:
    a) planet-making
    b) swirls and swooshes with the pen tool (in photoshop)
    c) realistic explosions.
    Just a few ideas!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Zoe,
    Awesome ideas! Thank you so much for contributing them. I will definitely try to touch on all three at some point. I’m really excited about this suggestion box. Keep the ideas coming!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Zoe,
    Smashing Magazine just wrote a post perfectly applicable to what you want to learn about. It links to 50 Photoshop tutorials for sky and space effects. I’m flattered to say two of which were from MyInkBlog. You should definitely check them out, as a bunch are on planet making and realistic explosions. Here’s the link: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/07/50-photoshop-tutorials-for-sky-and-space-effects/.

    I am also just finishing up a swirls and swooshes tut that should be up this week. Unfortunately I had a tough time creating the look in photoshop. Illustrator is much better suited for this sort of work. The tut itself will be done in both, but I think you could do it all within photoshop, it’s just that you’d have to exclusively use the pen tool.

    I look forward to getting more suggestions. They can be so helpful!

  • http://ldbss.com tripdragon

    BIG Crazy text typography. Like those seen in articles like ilovetypography http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/

    I know how to do it. Create outlines in illustrator. But I seek tips on using text the most that you can before creating outlines. Err just more info in the design process would be awesomes!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    trip,
    Great idea, I love those posters! Now let’s see if I can write a good tut on the subject ;)

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    trip,
    Thanks again for the suggestion. Check out the tutorial I came up with here: http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/08/14/big-typography-snowboarding-poster/

  • Tarains

    Maybe creating a textured icon? These shiny glass ones like:
    http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/3104/44681445tn5.png
    are rather boring, but these ones:
    http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/6866/81700203bf3.png
    look great, so a tutorial concerning making a clear, ‘textured’ icon from a photo – that would be interesting

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Tarains, Great! Thanks for the suggestion… I’ll give it a shot. Keep an eye out for a textured icon tut soon.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Tarains, thanks again for the suggestion. The tutorial that resulted is now complete… Check it out here: http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/08/25/create-a-textured-journal-icon/

  • Caroline

    Hi – some fantastic tutorials here – thanks – learning so much :-) Please could I ask for a simple way to write text that fits around shapes? People shrug and say – vectors and pen tool but I can’t work it out :-( Thanks

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Hi Caroline, Thank you for the suggestion! I could definitely write something up about that. I’ll let you know when I finish it.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Caroline, the suggestion worked out wonderfully. Here’s the tutorial that resulted: http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/09/02/design-a-grungy-circular-logo/ I hope you enjoy it.

  • David

    Hey – like the tut’s keep them coming!! What about a tutorial on fairly realistic product rendering – like a cell phone face. Industrial designers do them to quickly visualize a product without having to go into CAD. Just a thought – Thanks!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Hi David, thanks for the suggestion, I’ll look into it. Seems like a good idea, although I’ve seen a bunch already written on this.

  • kippy

    Hi, I’m really enjoying and learning from your tutorials. Thanks.
    I’m in need of a Photoshop/Illustrator routine in which I take photos of fruit or vegetables and make them look like they are inside of a plastic bag. I’ve been playing around with texture effects, but haven’t come up with a satisfactory routine. Can you help? Thanks a million.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @kippy I wasn’t sure how that would come out at first, but I’m really liking what I came up with! I’ll let you know when the tutorial is finished :)

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @kippy The tutorial you suggested is up and live. Design a Realistic Sandwich Bag, check it out here: http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/11/10/design-a-realistic-sandwich-bag/

  • azrul

    iiiiiii… can help me.. how to design design like this websites..http://www.royaldoulton.com/GB/gifting/design/ZandraRhoesMugsCollection/ZRMUCO22503/Zandra%27s+Swirl

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @azrul I’m not sure exactly what you are looking to learn. If it’s how to build an ecommerce site, I think that is unfortunately beyond the scope of this blog. However here are some interesting resources to point you in the right direction. For inspiration check out: http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/galleries/ecommerce-websites/ for a quick tutorial using ASP check: http://nettuts.com/tutorials/other/build-a-shopping-cart-in-aspnet/ and for some quality books take a look at: http://tinyurl.com/6bazhp and http://tinyurl.com/6jvyka. There are so many more resources, but hopefully this gives you a jump start.

  • Steven

    Nice site you got here. Enjoying some of the tuts. I would love to see a tutorial about working with illustrator with the blend>Make , Envelope distort > make with filters and gradient meshes to creat colorfull (multicolor) swirly and abstract shapes.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @Steven thanks for your request! That definitely sounds like a good topic for a tut. I sent you an email already, but I figured I’d also post here, just in case this is where you check first. I was wondering what exactly you had in mind. Do you have any examples (links to) of what you’d like to see created?

  • Steven

    Hi Andrew,

    I replied on your email. Thanks for the fast response :)
    If you need more info let me know (email will reach me the fastest)

  • Julie Moran

    Hello Andrew
    Thankyou for your web-site and beautiful designs. Do you have any suggestions for a swirly flourish to be used at the bottom of a menu for a Wedding? I have searched the internet without luck and would be vfery grateful for any help.
    With best wishes,
    Julie Moran

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @Julie Check out this list of my 10 favorite swirl brush sets for photoshop: http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/08/08/my-10-favorite-swirls-decorative-brush-sets/ I think some of them could work in a wedding design.

  • kayb

    Wow. Thanks for the tut on swirls. Deserving of placement on PSDFan’s The Most Popular Photoshop Tutorials of all Time. Good job.

  • kayb

    You are cool. You respond w tuts when people suggest something. I’m impressed with your skill but also in the spirit of your blog. Keep up the good efforts.

  • http://www.northriseservices.com Duke

    I loved the tutorial on the beach logo. Unfortunately for me the last step was just not working. When I placed my texture after selecting the option to create an opacity mask am unable to view my logo as the texture is on top of the logo. Please help.