Creative Sessions: Creative History


Did you know that the idea for Creative Sessions started way back in December 2008? We've added some of our best tutorials and articles ever to our Graphic Design and Web Design Sessions

New Creative Session - Web Design

The first Session seed planted on Tuts+ was Web Design, featuring 10 carefully crafted articles and tutorials by Envato CEO Collis Ta'eed. The techniques and principles in each lesson are just as relevant today as they were when first published in December 2008, so we’ve decided to give them a new lease on life as part of Creative Sessions.

Here's a quick look at three items from our Web Design Session

  • How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed ‘n’ Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds

    It’s pretty amazing how much colour and background can change the look and feel of a website. In this tutorial we’re going to put together a quick, simple but effective layout and then create variations using backgrounds, photos and patterns. We’ll also look at how to make seamless tiled backgrounds out of a photo, methods for ending a single photo and simple ways to create pixel patterns. In short it’s a jam packed tutorial!

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  • 9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer

    It’s probably the least glamourous part of web design, but information design is by no means the least important. Locating and consuming information is the quintessential web task, far surpassing buying, playing and communicating, all of which include a good portion of information design themselves. How users find and then avail themselves of all that information is affected by how it is structured and presented. Thus every web designer should be equipped to make qualified and informed decisions on just how to do this.

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  • Photoshop a Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with it!

    This year has seen a big increase in grungey / textured / hand-drawn styled website designs. By nature I tend to design a cleaner look myself, but I thought I’d try my hand at grunge today and write up a tutorial on creating a simple paper texture from scratch in Photoshop then marrying it with a web layout to create a neat design.

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In fact, the website designed in Photoshop a Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with it! is for sale on ThemeForest as Manilla.

You can browse the complete overview at Creative Sessions

New Creative Session - Graphic Design

The second Session event on Tuts+ and the main precursor to the concept was Graphic Design Week, featuring an extraordinary 22 articles and tutorials, published in May 2009. A lot of these wouldn't have been seen by readers new to the site so here's some great items from Graphic Design Week

Here's a quick look at three items from our Web Design Session

  • How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

    As it’s Graphic Design Week here on Psdtuts+, let’s take a look at some basic Graphic Design principles and cast an eye over the Boxing Poster aesthetic from yesteryear.
    Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let’s get started!

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  • Spot UVs, Proofs, Roll Folds and Other Printing Terminology Explained

    The world of printing and all the techniques and terminology associated with it can be complicated. Often it can take a while to understand and learn these through years of graphic design experience.
    This article consists of a list of some of the most common printing terms with a brief explanation of each. To make it easier to understand I have divided the list into three areas: General printing, Bindings, and Finishings.

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  • Communicating with Typography

    Type is always communicative, even if it wasn’t designed with that goal in mind, but there are some great ways to really make it shout. In this tutorial, we’ll explore some basic as well as some more clever ways to use type to communicate a feeling, message or idea.
    There are a variety of characteristics that can influence what type communicates, including but definitely not limited to: typeface & font, size, kerning, leading, capitalization, and color.

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Of course, you can view the full Graphic Design Session any time you like! Be sure to check Creative Sessions regularly for new Sessions being run each month.

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