Create an Unnerving Surreal 3D Room Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a perspective 3D scene and the illusion of depth with Photoshop’s basic features like transform tools, masking, blending, adjustment layers, and more. I will try to explain it in a very easy way so the beginners can follow along. What you’ll be creating We will […]

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How to Create Dramatic Light in Your Fantasy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to add interesting light to your photo manipulations. Different ways of blending challenges objects such as semi transparent fabric will be explained. Let’s get started! Preview of Final Results Tutorial Resources Library by Cats-go-moo-always Woman, hair and dress Mist Brushes by pelleron Sun Rays Brushes by pelleron Dust Texture […]

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International Artist Feature: Bulgaria

Welcome back to our International Artist Series!

Today
we’re catching up with seven amazing artists from Bulgaria, the beautiful country west of the Black Sea. I asked each
artist how
their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great
responses.

Trifon Andreev

Trifon is a self-taught illustrator from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His unique dot-line style combines black and white textures for a stunning graphic look.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

A Higher Place Art Print

My
artwork is often based on lyrics or old legends that I’ve heard from my
grandparents.

A Higher Place Art Print
A Higher Place Art Print

Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration

I graduated from high school this year, and now I’m working
hard on my portfolio.

My dream is to one day create artwork for my favorite bands like Mastodon and Kvelertak. I have already made some pieces for a local band that I admire, and I am really proud of the
results.

Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration
Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration

Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration – Details

Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration - Details
Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration – Details

Diamonds Aren’t Forever

My hometown is an amazing place. We have a
strong creative community, too.
A lot of young people are trying to build something new and different.

Diamonds Arent Forever
Diamonds Aren’t Forever

Katina Peeva

Katina is an artist from Sofia, Bulgaria. She makes amazing creatures out of clay and paper and even creates gorgeous illustrations.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Miles

What I love about Bulgaria is the nature, the mountains and the old
villages have preserved their authentic spirit.

I love Sofia
because of its small alleys with their special atmosphere, especially in the
city’s center. I also love the warm and generous people you
can meet everywhere.

Miles by Katina Peeva
Miles

Paper Monsters

For me, the Bulgarian folklore is a great source of inspiration. I love
the magic fairy tales, the mythology and the fantastic stories about all the different strange creatures.

Paper Monsters by Katina Peeva
Paper Monsters

Village

Village by Katina Peeva
Village

The Nutcracker

I hope that someday I will have the time
and opportunity to do illustrations based on more Bulgarian tales.

The Nutcracker by Katina Peeva
The Nutcracker

Denis Angelov

Denis is an illustrator from Sofia, Bulgaria. His illustration style mixes cool colors with fluid shapes. Enjoy his unique eye and point of view.

Check out his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

He’s a Punk Illustration

Growing up in a
small town, I have always felt like I could be more creative
and productive in a peaceful environment. As a graphic designer in a
digital advertising agency, both my work and personal projects seem to come out better when my mind is at peace, which is here in Bulgaria.

Hes a Punk Illustration by Denis Angelov
He’s a Punk Illustration

A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe

I mostly focus on form, color, aesthetic and atmosphere for my work. I believe these are important things illustrators should have in mind while working on a project.

A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe by Denis Angelov
A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe

Fall Illustration

Fall Illustration by Denis Angelov
Fall Illustration

Personal Work

Ever since I moved to Sofia six years ago I have had various developments in my opinion on the art community here. Overall, I have come to realize
that the community is very supportive.

We have some amazing and talented contemporary
illustrators and there are often group exhibitions here in Sofia where you can
participate and display your work. And that’s honestly what’s so good about it—you feel motivated to be productive because there is always a
need for different points of views.

Personal Work by Denis Angelov
Personal Work

Radostina Georgieva

Radostina is a graphic designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. She’s passionate about branding and creates brilliant branding packages with a vibrant minimalist style.

Check out her work below and see more in her portfolio.

Sofiabeats Logo

I love the beaches, the mountains, the beautiful nature and the tasty
food. I live in Sofia, the capital city, and I really like that people
here know how to balance work and social life. After a day in
the office there is nothing better than a beer in the park with some
friends.

Sofiabeats Logo by Radostina Georgieva
Sofiabeats Logo

Publishing House Branding

When it comes to style, I would say I am influenced by worldwide design movements and international artists.

Publishing House Branding by Radostina Georgieva
Publishing House Branding

Typography Compositions

Typography Compositions by Radostina Georgieva
Typography Compositions

Oxygen Fitness Center Branding

We have a really strong design community here, I`ve met a lot of new friends on the regular meet ups and workshops.

Sofia is full of young creatives, design events, exhibitions and
workshops so inspiration is easy to find. This has helped me improve my
skills and develop lots of professional connections.

Oxygen Fitness Center Branding by Radostina Georgieva
Oxygen Fitness Center Branding

Hristian Ivanov

Hristian is a concept artist based in Lukovit, Bulgaria. His awesome 3D style features futuristic concepts you’ll wish were real.

Check out his work below and see more in his portfolio.

Adidas Concept

I really love the nature in Bulgaria. Even when you travel by train or car, you’ll see impressive views looking out the window.

Adidas Concept by Hristian Ivanov
Adidas Concept

Concepts 02

The first thing that probably influenced me was my grandfather’s
drawings, but I guess my curiosity about art also came from inside.

I come from a small
town and thanks to internet I’ve
learned a lot. I feel I’ve now opened myself to the greater art world.

Concepts 02 by Hristian Ivanov
Concepts 02

Helmet Concepts

Helmet Concepts by Hristian Ivanov
Helmet Concepts

Robotic Character

The Bulgarian art community is pretty strong. There are a lot of
talented people in different areas of art. It’s not a big country but I try to
contribute with whatever I can, and give directions and tips.

Robotic Character by Hristian Ivanov
Robotic Character

Gergana Stankova

Gergana is a pattern and textile designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Her gorgeous patterns feature designs inspired by Bulgarian culture and traditional embroidery.

Check out her work below and see more in her portfolio.

Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No.8

I love how much potential there is around here. There are more and
more people returning to Bulgaria once they’ve completed their
education abroad. You can now feel a new vibe in so many ways. I hope it
will lead to a visible change

Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No8 by Gergana Stankova
Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No.8

Shevitza Geometrics Design #9

My work in particular is strongly influenced by the
cultural heritage of Bulgaria. I research archaic textile figures
and base my designs on the challenge to turn them into contemporary
graphics.

Shevitza Geometrics Design 9  by Gergana Stankova
Shevitza Geometrics Design #9

3D Printed Jewellery

3D Printed Jewellery by Gergana Stankova
3D Printed Jewellery

SilkShevitza Packaging

I am in awe of the systematic techniques behind old craftsmanship and have been looking for direct inspiration from it for the last five years.

Luckily, the community here is big enough to always have someone to collaborate with yet small enough that everyone knows each other.

SilkShevitza Packaging by Gergana Stankova
SilkShevitza Packaging

Boris Stoyanov

Boris is a concept artist from Sofia, Bulgaria. Vibrant and enigmatic, his incredible work features digital illustrations of landscape concepts and game designs.

Check out his work below and see more in his portfolio.

The Cave

The thing I love most about living in Bulgaria is by far the nature. We
have a few beautiful mountains and quite a few awesome forests.
I live in the capital right next to Vitosha mountain, so a nice trek
through nature is only a few minutes away.

The Cave by Boris Stoyanov
The Cave

The Dawn of The New World Children’s Book illustrations

The region has definitely affected my
thinking process. I’m currently working as a background
designer on a folklore-based animation series, so you can say I have
started delving a bit further into Bulgarian culture. I am sure that
will influence my work in the coming years.

The Dawn of The New World Childrens Book illustrations by Boris Stoyanov
The Dawn of The New World Children’s Book illustrations

Speed Paintings

Speed Paintings by Boris Stoyanov
Speed Paintings

The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short

I have started to notice an increasing number of people interested in animation
and illustration in Bulgaria. Something that until a few years ago, was considered
to be a no prospect field.

Overall, the art community is full of young,
positive and super talented people and I am eager to see what they will
be doing next!

The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short by Boris Stoyanov
The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my
questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links
below:

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10 Best iOS Photo App Templates

Photo apps are among the most popular of iOS apps to be
found in the App Store today. If you’re not an experienced developer but have long
fantasised about building a photo app yourself, I’m here to make your dream a
reality with this list of the ten best iOS photo app templates available at CodeCanyon.

App templates are ideal for novice coders because they
already have core functions implemented for you so that you can customise the
app easily and add the elements you most prefer to the app’s code to create the
product you want.  

So whether you’re interested in building an app for photo
editing, adding text to photos, or creating your own social media photo app, there’s
a photo app template here for you.

1. PIXL

First up is PIXL,
a handy photo editor app template with a customisable camera built-in. This means that users can take photos with
the camera and start editing them right away or edit photos already in their
photo library.

PIXL

Some of the app’s
best features are its filters, its brightness, saturation, contrast, and tonal
adjustments, resizing and cropping controls, as well as the ability to add
stickers, frames, and text.

When users have
completed their edits, they can share their images directly from the
app on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The app supports both iAd and AdMob
and was created with Objective-C.

2. Photo/Video Social App

If you’d love to create your own Instagram-like app, check
out the Photo/Video
Social App
template. This template allows developers to create a
photo and video sharing app in the vein of Instagram where users can follow,
like, comment, and share photos. 

PhotoVideo Social App

Users can log in with their email, Google, or Facebook
accounts, and the app supports monetisation with AdMob. It also supports push
notifications and comes with built-in Analytics to monitor performance.

The app template is written with Swift 4 and uses the latest
version of Firebase.

User Bornagainfatkid says of the template:

“This is an awesome template, the documentation is very well
written with video support. I was able to get this running in Xcode with minimal effort and posting to Firebase needed under an hour of just going over the
documents. It does exactly what is listed in the description.”

3. iOS Image Editor

The beauty of the iOS
Image Editor
app template is that it gives developers two powerful photo
editing templates for one, with both PhotoGram and PicStick templates in one
bundle.

iOS Image Editor

Both apps feature
tools like exposure, saturation, contrast, brightness and sharpness adjustment,
filters, frames, stickers, focus and blur, image rotation, crop and resize,
blemish removal, text and drawing features and more.

These Objective-C templates
have AdMob and iAd implemented
for easy monetisation, but if you don’t want to use ads, they can be disabled with
one click.

4. Photo Collage Maker

Photo collages have become very popular over the past few
years, so it’s no surprise that the Photo
Collage Maker
app template has made it onto our top ten list.

Photo Collage Maker

Written in Objective-C, this template will help you create a
fabulous photo collage app easily and quickly that will allow users to drag and
drop photos from their photo library, edit them, and then arrange them in one of
a wide selection of collage styles. Users can also select their frame style,
size, and colour, as well as adding stickers and text to their creation.

The template supports monetisation with AdMob.

5. Polaroyd

If you love the
vintage look of Polaroid and want to create an app that allows users to
replicate this effect in their photos, the Polaroyd
app template may be just the thing for you.

Polaroyd

Created with Swift, this
template allows the app’s users to take photos with the built-in camera or upload
them from their photo library and edit them with a range of adjustments and
filters to create the Polaroid look.

Users can also add different Polaroid frames and captions to their images and
share them on Facebook and Twitter, email or messenger. 

6. Photo
Stickers App

The Photo
Stickers App
is a template written in Objective-C and is ideal for
developers who want to create an app for adding stickers to photos.

Photo Stickers App

Developers can
create a range of stickers for use in their app, and users of their app can drag
and drop these stickers on photos they’ve either taken with the app’s built-in
camera or selected from their photo library. Users can move, scale, or rotate their stickers.

Once the user has
created their composition, they can share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp,
etc. The app supports AdMob and iAD for easy monetisation.

7. Photo Trivia Quiz

Developing your own
photo quiz app has never been easier. With the Photo
Trivia Quiz
app template, you can create a wide range of photo-driven
quizzes by creating your own categories, uploading your own photos, and creating
questions for users to answer. 

Photo Trivia Quiz

You can
also customise the parameters of the quiz. For example, users might need to
fight against the clock so that the faster they answer questions, the more
points they get. Or they might need to collect a set amount of points to unlock
a new level of the quiz.

The template
provides two versions—one for iPhones and the other for iPads—and supports a
variety of ad providers like AdMob and Chartboost.

8. Gif Factory App

If you want to create an app that allows users to turn their
photos or videos into a GIF sequence, then the Gif
Factory App
template is perfect for you. The app is designed to enable users to use photo sequences or video
clips and turn them into animated GIFs quickly and easily.

Gif Factory App

Even if users aren’t interested in creating their own GIFs
from scratch, they can use the app to play GIFs stored in their photo library
and edit them as they wish. All GIFs can be shared via email, messaging, and
social media.

The template, which is written in Swift, is fully AdMob
integrated.

9. QuickTxt

The power of the QuickTxt
app template is its simplicity and ease of use. The app template, which is
written in Swift, targets developers who want to create a straightforward text
app that allows users to add text to their images and share them quickly
via Email, Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

QuickTxt

Users can select
their fonts, adjust text size and colour, move and scale
photos, and apply a coloured background to their images.

10. Funny Face Maker

To round off our list, check out the Funny
Face Maker
app template. This app template helps developers create one of those incredibly
silly apps that few of us can resist, maybe because they bring a bit of comic
relief to our day by allowing us to make funny photos of ourselves that will
keep family and friends endlessly amused.

Funny Face Maker

The template
provides a huge selection of fun objects and effects for developers to select
for inclusion in their app.

For the end user,
the app is very easy to use. They just need to take a photo with their
camera or select the photo they want to
manipulate from their photo library, and then select the fun object or objects they
want to use. Users can resize and move the object(s) as needed, and save the image. Finally, they can share
on social media, by email or messenger.

Conclusion

These top 10 iOS photo app templates are just a small
selection of the iOS photo app
templates
we have available at CodeCanyon, so if none of them quite fits
your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from.

If you want to explore more iOS apps and
templates, then check out some of our other posts on CodeCanyon app templates!

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Performant Animations Using KUTE.js: Part 5, Easing Functions and Attributes

So far in this series, you have learned how to animate the CSS properties of different elements, how to create different SVG-related animations, and how to animate the text content of different elements on a webpage. There is one more way in which you can animate the elements on a webpage using KUTE.js, and that is by changing the values of different attributes. This requires you to include the attributes plugin in your project.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the attributes plugin to animate the value of different kinds of attributes in KUTE.js. We will also discuss different easing functions that you can use to control the pace of different animations.

Easing Functions

Objects in real life very rarely move linearly. They are either accelerating or decelerating. Even the acceleration and deceleration occur at different magnitudes. Up to this point, all our animations have progressed linearly. This doesn’t feel natural at all. In this section, you will learn about all the easing functions that KUTE.js provides for controlling the pace of different animations.

The core easing functions in the library are included in the core engine out of the box. Let’s say you want to apply the QuadraticInOut easing to an animation. This can be achieved in two ways:

easing: KUTE.Easing.easingQuadraticInOut
// OR
easing: 'easingQuadraticInOut'

Each of the easing functions has a unique curve that determines how the elements will accelerate during the animation. A sinusoidal curve implies linear acceleration. Keep in mind that this is different from the linear easing function. The linear function implies a linear speed of animation, while a sinusoidal curve implies a linear speed of acceleration for the animation. In other words, the speed of the animation will increase or decrease linearly. Similarly, quadratic implies acceleration with a power of two, cubic implies a power of three, quartic implies a power of four, and quintic implies a power of five. There are also circular and exponential easing functions.

You can append In, Out, or InOut to any of the easing functions. The value In implies that the animation will start very slowly and keep accelerating until the end. The value Out implies that the animation will start at the maximum speed and then decelerate slowly until it comes to a halt at the end. The value InOut means that the animation will speed up at the beginning and slow down at the end.

You can also use bounce and elastic easing functions in your animations and append In, Out, or InOut to any of them. In the following demo, I have applied all these easing functions on different circles so that you can see how they affect the pace of the animation.

It is possible that none of the core easing functions provide the animation pace that you are looking for. In such cases, you can include the Cubic Bezier functions in your project from the experiments branch and start using those easing functions. 

Similarly, KUTE.js also provides some physics-based easing functions imported from the Dynamics.js library. You can read more about all these easing functions and how to properly use them on the easing function page of the library.

Animating Attributes

Attributes in SVG can accept numbers as well as strings as their value. The strings can be color values or numbers suffixed with a unit like px, em, or %. The names of the attributes themselves can also consist of two words joined by a hyphen. Keeping these differences in mind, KUTE.js provides us different methods that can be used to specify the values of different attributes.

var tween = KUTE.to('selector', {attr: {'r': 100}});
var tween = KUTE.to('selector', {attr: {'r': '10%'}});

var tween = KUTE.to('selector', {attr: {'stroke-width': 10}});
var tween = KUTE.to('selector', {attr: {strokeWidth: 10}});

As you can see, suffixed values need to be enclosed within quotes. Similarly, attributes which contain a hyphen in their name need to be enclosed inside quotes or specified in camelCase form.

Unitless Attributes

A lot of attributes accept unitless values. For example, the stroke-width of a path could be unitless. Similarly, you don’t have to specify a unit for the r, cx, and cy attributes of a circle element. You can animate all these attributes from one value to another using the attributes plugin. 

Now that you know how to use different easing functions, you will be able to animate different attributes at different paces. Here is an example:

var radiusAnimation = KUTE.allTo(
  "circle",
  {
    attr: { r: 75 }
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    yoyo: true,
    offset: 1000,
    easing: 'easingCubicIn'
  }
);

var centerxAnimationA = KUTE.to(
  "#circle-a",
  {
    attr: { cx: 500 }
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    yoyo: true,
    easing: 'easingCubicInOut',
  }
);

var centerxAnimationB = KUTE.to(
  "#circle-b",
  {
    attr: { cx: 100 }
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    yoyo: true,
    easing: 'easingCubicInOut'
  }
);

var centeryAnimation = KUTE.allTo(
  "circle",
  {
    attr: { cy: 300 }
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    yoyo: true,
    offset: 1000,
    easing: 'easingCubicOut'
  }
);

The first tween animates the radius of both circles at once using the allTo() method we discussed in the first tutorial. If set to true, the yoyo attribute plays the animation in the reverse direction. 

The cx attribute of both the circles is animated individually. However, they are both triggered by the same button click. Finally, the cy attribute of both the circles is animated at once with an offset of 1000 milliseconds.

Color Attributes

Starting from version 1.5.7, the attribute plugin in KUTE.js also allows you to animate the fill, stroke, and stopColor attributes. You can use valid color names or hex values for the colors. You can also provide the color values in RGB or HSL format. 

One important thing that you have to keep in mind is that the animations will only seem to work if you are not setting the value of these properties in CSS. In the following demo, the fill color wouldn’t have animated at all if I had added the following CSS in our demo.

rect {
    fill: brown;
}

The demo I created is very basic, but you can make it more interesting by applying transforms and using more colors.

Suffixed Attributes

A lot of SVG attributes like r and stroke-width can work with and without suffixes. For example, you can set the value of r to be a number like 10 or in terms of em units like 10em. There are some attributes like offset attribute for color stops that always require you to add a suffix. While specifying a value for suffixed attributes in KUTE.js, always make sure that you enclose the value within quotes.

In the following example, I have animated the offset value of the first stop in a gradient and the color of the second stop. Since offset requires a suffix, I have enclosed the value inside quotes.

var offsetAnimation = KUTE.allTo(
  ".stop1",
  {
    attr: { offset: '90%'}
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    offset: 1000,
    yoyo: true,
    easing: 'easingCubicIn'
  }
);

var colorAnimation = KUTE.allTo(
  ".stop2",
  {
    attr: { stopColor: 'black'}
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    offset: 1000,
    yoyo: true,
    easing: 'easingCubicIn'
  }
);

var scaleAnimation = KUTE.allTo(
  "circle",
  {
    svgTransform: { scale: 2}
  },
  {
    repeat: 1,
    offset: 1000,
    yoyo: true,
    easing: 'easingCubicIn'
  }
);

There are three different gradients in the demo, and each of these gradients has two color stops with the class names stop1 and stop2. I have also applied a scale transform using the svgTransform attribute, which we discussed in the third tutorial of the series.

Final Thoughts

In this tutorial, you learned about different easing functions available in KUTE.js and how you can use them to control the pace of your own animations. You also learned how to animate different kinds of attributes.

I have tried to cover all the important aspects of KUTE.js in this series. This should be enough to help you use KUTE.js confidently in your own projects. You can also read the documentation in order to learn more about the library. 

I would also recommend that you go through the source code and see how the library actually works. If you have any questions or tips related to this tutorial, feel free to share them in the comments.

View Tutorial: Performant Animations Using KUTE.js: Part 5, Easing Functions and Attributes

How to Draw a Winter Christmas Landscape With a Wooden Sign in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a winter vector Christmas background!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this background with some other awesome elements, purchase the Winter Christmas Landscape with a Wooden Sign from GraphicRiver!

original
Winter Christmas Landscape with a Wooden Sign

1. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Let’s begin by using Mesh for a bit!

Start by drawing a rectangle and filling it with #9DC3C5 color. Next, create a Mesh grid for this shape by manually placing nodes with the Mesh Tool (U)!

Once your Mesh grid is done, begin coloring it by selecting the whole lower right corner of nodes (the light-blue ones) and changing their color to #DFE9E3

Continue with this step by coloring the node selected in the third part of the screenshot below with #C4D9D7.

Next, color the top and right edge nodes (the ones selected) with #76A5AB and finish by coloring the two middle nodes on the left side with #BBD1CE.

color background with mesh

Step 2

Let’s draw a snow hill!

Fill a rectangle with #F1F7EC and create a fairly dense Mesh Grid (using the Mesh Tool (U).

Next, drag different Mesh nodes to create a curved grid like the one shown below. Finally, color the selected nodes with #CADBD8.

draw snow with mesh

Step 3

Create another snow hill in a similar fashion—this one should be even simpler!

Use these colors:

  1. #E8EFEB
  2. #FBFCF5
  3. #D6E5E4
draw snow layer

Step 4

Now, simply overlay the two hills onto the background.

add snow

Step 5

For this step, you can either try to draw your own pine tree using the Pen Tool (P), use any other clip art, or refer to the attachment of this tutorial of mine to grab a ready outline of the tree!

In any case, recolor the tree with #C0CCCC and place several copies of it to create a background forest.

pine trees

Step 6

You can add some snow to these trees by drawing two series of snow outlines, which you would then overlay on top of each other—the bigger one, #99AAAD, on the bottom and smaller one, #FDFAEB, on the top.

add snow

Step 7

If you chose to draw these trees, add them to the scenery.

add snow pine trees

Step 8

Now place the trees onto our background!

add trees

2. How to Draw the Santa Hat

Step 1

Draw the base of the Santa hat using Mesh, just as we did with the snow piles before.

Use #D52A45 for the base color, #882231 for the shadows in part two, and #B5263C for the wrinkles in the last part.

use mesh to draw a santa hat

Step 2

Draw the second part of the hat using these:

  1. #D82A45
  2. #A72538
  3. #B9263C
draw hat with mesh

Step 3

Put the two parts together and Group (Control-G) them.

add hat together

Step 4

Use the Wrinkle Tool (under the Width Tool in the Tools panel) with a rather small radius and 20% Intensity to roughen the edges of the hat a bit, making them fuzzy.

wrinkle santa hat

Step 5

Draw the rim for the hat.

  1. #F1F1E4
  2. #E1E1D3
  3. #FAFAED
  4. #B4998C
draw mesh rim

Step 6

Use the Wrinkle Tool again.

wrinkle tool

Step 7

Draw the pom-pom!

  1. #F0F1E4
  2. #D2D5C5
  3. #F3F3ED
  4. #CDAFA3
draw pom pom with mesh

Step 8

Finish the pom-pom with the Wrinkle Tool.

wrinkle pom pom

Step 9

Add all the parts together!

final hat

3. How to Draw the Wooden Sign

Step 1

To create the texture, you will need to refer to Section 3 of my autumn leaves tutorial.

Your result should look like the wood on the left. Rotate the planks and space them out a bit, making the brown background more visible.

You can use your own texture as well!

rotate texture

Step 2

Change the color of the planks with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and:

  • Red: 1%
  • Green: 6%
  • Blue: 13%
change colors

Step 3

Draw a rectangle, applying a #5B565B to #0E0B0D Radial Gradient to it.

Change the Transparency to Overlay.

gradient rectangle

Step 4

Put the rectangle on top of the texture.

add overlay

Step 5

Draw a decorative sign shape, and then place it on top of the texture. Select all elements and after right-clicking, choose Make Clipping Mask.

clipping mask

Step 6

Let’s create a shadow! Create two shapes, one filled with #562B0B and another with #955A15.

draw blend

Step 7

Change the smaller shape’s Opacity to 0%.

change opacity

Step 8

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options and set it to Specified Steps, 30.

Next select both shapes and choose Object > Blend > Make, creating a nice shadow for our sign.

blend shadow

Step 9

“Cut” a frame out for the sign using a Clipping Mask.

cut frame

Step 10

Add all the elements together and set the blend shadow’s Transparency to Multiply.

add elements

Step 11

Draw a plank for the sign with Mesh!

  1. #765B46
  2. #422E25
  3. #B9A392
  4. #1E0B04
draw wooden leg

Step 12

Draw a shadow for the hat by using Blend, as we did in Step 8.

The colors are #6D3B16 and #331C0A.

draw blend shadow

Step 13

Add the shadow under the hat.

add shadow to hat

Step 14

And add the hat to the sign!

add shadow and hat

Step 15

Draw a highlight using a Transparency mask (like the one in the last section of this tutorial) and change its Opacity to 80% and Transparency to Overlay.

draw highlight

Step 16

Add it on top of the sign.

add highlight

Step 17

Draw different variants of snow, as shown below.

draw snowflakes

Step 18

Add snow to the sign!

add snow

Step 19

Finally, place the sign on the winter background! If you want to add falling snow, feel free to refer to this tutorial of mine.

final result

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

original image
Winter Christmas Landscape with a Wooden Sign
View Tutorial: How to Draw a Winter Christmas Landscape With a Wooden Sign in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Flat Profession Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial we’ll be making a set of flat-style portraits, depicting people of different professions and occupations. Such images can be used as avatars for social networks or as design elements for your website, depicting various categories. Or you can even draw yourself, using such flat-style portraits for your business card. 

The basic shapes and tools of Adobe Illustrator are great for creating flat vector graphics, and we’ll go through the full process, discovering new tips and tricks, using the Pathfinder panel, Clipping Masks and some other features and functions of Adobe Illustrator. You can follow this tutorial with ease even if you don’t use a graphics tablet. Let’s begin!

If you want to go further and make a larger set of professions or you need some other types of portraits, feel free to find your inspiration directly at Envato Market by browsing flat design avatars or flat design portraits. You can purchase this set, plus additional avatar options in my Flat Professions Avatars Set on GraphicRiver.

Icon set

 1. Make a Construction Worker Avatar

Step 1

We’ll start by making the head of our first character. Let’s take the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a 65 x 80 px shape of a light-pink skin tone. Keeping our shape selected, go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. You will notice additional anchor points appear in the middle of each side of the rectangle.

make a head from rectangle 1

Step 2

Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points again, adding two more points for each side. As a matter of fact, we don’t need all of the created anchor points, so let’s delete the unwanted ones. Take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select three points on the left side of the rectangle and three on the right. Head to the control panel on top and click the Remove selected anchor points button.

Now let’s shape the face. Select two extreme anchor points in the bottom corners of the rectangle and click Enter to open the Move window. Set the Horizontal value to 0 px and Vertical to -25 px to move the anchor points 25 px up, shaping the chin. Click OK.

make a head from rectangle 2

Step 3

If you want to make the chin wider or narrower, select one of its anchor points and hit Enter again, opening the Move window and moving the point horizontally to the left or right. For example, move the right point to the left by setting the Horizontal value to -5 px and then move the left point to the right, setting the Horizontal value to 5 px. This way we’ve moved the points closer to each other.

Use the Live Corners feature to make the face a bit more smooth and rounded by selecting it with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and pulling any of the circle markers a bit closer to the center. 

If you’re using older versions of Adobe Illustrator, which don’t have the Live Corners feature, that’s totally fine! You can get the same result if you go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. The only difference is that you can’t choose just one corner—it will make all the corners rounded. But you can always fix this with the Eraser Tool (Shift-E).

make the chin narrower

Step 4

Let’s add the nose! Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a 9 x 20 px pink shape. Make the corners rounded or use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to create the entire shape.

Let’s make sure that the nose is perfectly aligned to the face. Select both the face and the nose with the Selection Tool (V), hold Alt and click the face. You will see a thick selection stroke around it, indicating that this is now the Key Object, which means that all other objects will be aligned to it. Now head to the Align panel and click Horizontal Align Center. Awesome! Now the nose is right in the center of the face.

make a rounded nose and align it

Step 5

Let’s add a moustache. Make a brown rectangle of 30 x 10 px size, click it with the right mouse button and Arrange > Send Backward (Control-[), placing it beneath the nose.

make a mustache from rectangle 1

Step 6

Select the upper left anchor point of the brown rectangle, hit Enter and set the Horizontal value to 10 px and the Vertical value to 0 px in order to move the point closer to the nose. Repeat the same for the opposite side of the moustache, this time setting the Horizontal value to -10 px. Make the bottom part of the moustache slightly rounded with the Live Corners feature.

make a mustache from rectangle 2

Step 7

Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to make a small shape for the lower lip, placing it beneath the moustache (Control-[). Align the lip horizontally to the face using the Align panel.

add the lower lip with Rounded Rectangle Tool

Step 8

Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to make an 8 x 8 px white circle for the eyeball and place a smaller (6 x 6 px) brown circle on top for the iris. Add a tiny white circle for the highlight and move both eyes to the proper position.

make the eye from circles

Step 9

Let’s render a helmet, which protects the worker’s head. Make a 65 x 19 px orange rectangle on top of the head. Select the upper anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and pull the Live Corners markers down, making the cap rounded.

make a rounded helmet

Step 10

Now let’s add the hair. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a narrow vertical stripe at the left side of the face for the sideburn. Select the bottom right anchor point with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and make the corner rounded.

Keeping the sideburn selected, double-click the Reflect Tool (O) and flip the shape over the Vertical Axis. Click the copy button and stick the second sideburn to the right side of the face.

make side whiskers from rectangle

Step 11

Let’s modify the bottom side of the helmet, so that we’ll be able to add a peak. Find the spot where the sideburn crosses the bottom line of the helmet, and use the Pen Tool (P) to make a new anchor point. Do the same for the right sideburn. You can turn on the Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides), which will mark the intersection point. 

Finally, select both newly created anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press Enter to open the Move window. Set the Horizontal value to 0 px and Vertical value to -5 px, moving the anchor points up.

add new anchor points and move them up

Step 12

Now let’s add a peak to the helmet. Make a lighter-orange narrow rectangle and attach its upper anchor points to the helmet. Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides) can be really helpful at this step. 

Select the bottom left anchor point and use the Move function to move it to the right by setting the Horizontal value to 10 px and Vertical value to 0 px. Repeat the same for the opposite bottom anchor point, but this time move it to the left. And finally, drag the bottom anchor points down a bit if you want to make the peak wider. Use the Live Corners feature to make the bottom corners slightly rounded.

make a peak from rectangle

Step 13

Take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and make a narrow vertical shape of 7 x 30 px on top of the helmet. Align it to the helmet, using the helmet as the Key Object.

Add two shorter stripes on both sides of the first stripe, and let’s use the Align panel to make the gaps between the stripes even. Select the stripes and click Align to Selection in the Align panel. Then click Horizontal Distribute Center, and there you have it!

add details to the helmet

Step 14

Take the Rounded Rectangle Tool, and this time let’s shape the ears. Make an 11 x 23 px pink shape at the left side of the head and Send it to Back (Shift-Control-[). Press Alt-Shift and drag the ear to the opposite side of the head, making a copy.

make the ears from rounded rectangle

Step 15

Make a 35 x 40 px rectangle for the neck, filling it with a slightly darker skin tone in order to separate it from the face. Make the bottom part of the neck a bit rounded.

And let’s start designing the clothes of the worker. Make a 90 x 70 px dark-blue rectangle for the shirt. Add two more anchor points at the spots where the neck crosses the shirt. Move the side anchor points of the rectangle down, holding Shift and pressing the down arrow key several times in order to form the shoulders.

make a neck and a shirt from the rectangles

Step 16

Let’s move on to the worker’s uniform and place two narrow orange stripes above the shoulders. Group (Control-G) them and align the group to the dark-blue shirt, using the shirt as the Key Object. Add a rectangle above the chest and Unite all the orange parts in Pathfinder, merging them into a single shape.

Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points, and then select the new point in the middle of the neck area of the uniform and drag it down, making a V shape.

make a uniform from rectangles

Step 17

Use the Live Corners feature to make the corners of the uniform slightly rounded. Now we need to get rid of those pieces outside the shirt in order to make both shapes fit each other. Select both the shirt and the uniform and take the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M). Hold down Alt and click the pieces outside the shirt which you need to delete. Add two lighter narrow stripes on both shoulders, depicting a reflective tape.

edit the uniform with the Shape Builder Tool

Step 18

Let’s give our icon a trendy flat-style look by darkening one of its sides. Select all the elements of the character (Control-A), Copy them and Paste in Front (Control-C > Control-F). Click the Unite function in the Pathfinder panel to merge the parts into a single silhouette.

make a merged silhouette in pathfinder

Step 19

Take the Line Segment Tool (\), hold Shift and make a vertical line across the silhouette. Select both the line and the silhouette and align them horizontally in the Align panel, using the silhouette as the Key Object.

Keeping both shapes selected, use the Divide function of Pathfinder to split the silhouette into two equal halves.

divide the shapes in the pathfinder

Step 20

Delete the left half and switch the remaining half to Multiply Blending Mode in the Transparency panel to make it semi-transparent. You can adjust the color of the shadow, making it lighter or darker in the Color panel, or by changing its Opacity in the Transparency panel.

make a shadow in multiply mode

Step 21

Oops, looks as if we forgot the eyebrows. Let’s go back to the face. Make a circle around the eye and set the Stroke color to dark brown in the Color panel. Take the Scissors Tool (C) and click the side anchor points to split the circle apart. Delete the lower part. 

Head to the Stroke panel and increase the thickness of the brow by setting the Weight value to 2 pt. Switch the Cap and Corner to middle positions, making the shape rounded.

make a brow from a circle 1

Step 22

Keeping the brow selected, take the Eraser Tool (Shift-E), hold Alt and drag the selection rectangle over the bottom part of the brow to erase the ends, making the arch a bit shorter.

Copy the shape, forming a second eyebrow.

make a brow from a circle 2

Step 23

Select the upper side anchor points of the dark-blue shirt and use Live Corners to make the shoulders a bit smoother.

make the shoulders rounded

Step 24

The main element of our first avatar is ready, so now we need to give it a completed look by forming a background. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to make a 180 x 180 px circle. Fill it with bright turquoise color, copy it and Bring the copy to Front (Shift-Control-]).

Finally, select everything, click the right mouse button and Make Clipping Mask. Awesome! Now we have a tidy circle avatar! 

You can still edit the image if you double-click it and enter Isolation Mode.

make a circle icon base and clipping mask

Step 25

And the last stroke here will be a long, flat-style shadow! Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a large rectangle. Switch it to Multiply mode or lower the Opacity to make the shapes beneath it visible. Hold Shift and rotate the shape 45 degrees.

Now you need to make the rectangle fit the silhouette of our worker. Stick its anchor points to the edges of the character. Make additional anchor points with the Pen Tool (P) and move them with the Direct Selection Tool (A), hiding the unneeded parts of the rectangle inside the man’s figure.

When you’re happy with the result, place the shadow inside the Clipping Mask, hiding it beneath the worker (use the Layers panel to drag the shape inside the Mask).

make a flat long shadow

Finally, apply a linear gradient from turquoise to white to the shadow and place it diagonally, using the Gradient Tool (G). Switch the shadow to Multiply mode, making it blend with the background.

And done! Our first profession avatar is ready! Let’s move to the next one!

apply a gradient to the shadow

2. Create a Surgeon Avatar

Step 1

Our next avatar will be a portrait of a surgeon with dark skin tone. We’ll be using the avatar of the worker as a base for the second portrait, so let’s duplicate it, right click and Release Clipping Mask.

Delete the helmet, moustache and the orange worker’s uniform, and recolor the icon base and shadow to yellow colors. Proceed with recoloring the elements, changing the color of the clothes to turquoise and the skin tone to a darker chocolate color. Change the color of the hair and eyebrows to darker brown as well.

recolor the base of the new avatar

Step 2

Let’s add a medical hat to our surgeon. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to make a 40 x 24 px rectangle. Move the upper side anchor points a bit closer to each other, using the arrow keys of your keyboard and making the top of the hat a bit narrower. Use the Live Corners feature to make the upper corners rounded.

make a surgeon hat

Step 3

Let’s create a simple surgeon’s mask. Make a 33 x 20 px rectangle. Add a group of darker horizontal stripes above the mask, making it more detailed. And, finally, place a narrow string at the top of the mask and Send it to Back (Shift-Control-[).

make a surgeon mask

Step 4

Now place the mask above the surgeon’s face and let’s hide the unneeded pieces. Duplicate the base of the face and Bring it to Front (Shift-Control-]), placing it above the mask (you may need to drag the copy outside the face group if you’ve grouped the face previously). Select both the face copy and the mask, right click and Make Clipping Mask.

Great! Now it fits the face perfectly.

add mask to the surgeon

Step 5

Let’s finish up with the surgeon’s avatar by adding a final detail to his uniform. Use the Polygon Tool to make a triangle and rotate it, turning the shape upside down. Fill the shape with light-grey color. Select both the turquoise shirt and the white triangle and use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) while holding Alt to delete the pieces outside the body, forming a nice V-shaped neck-band.

Darken the right part of the character with the help of a semi-transparent shape in Multiply mode, and hide all parts inside a round Clipping Mask.

We’re ready to move on!

add elements to the uniform of the surgeon

3. Draw a Flight Attendant Avatar       

Step 1

Now it’s time to draw a flight attendant portrait! We won’t be making it from scratch, so let’s transform the first figure instead. Duplicate the worker’s icon and make the base for our future avatar by releasing the Clipping Mask and deleting all the unneeded elements. Recolor the circle icon base to a gentle red color.

The shape of the face seems to be too angled for our new character, so let’s make a new one. Make a 40 x 55 px rectangle and use the Live Corners feature to make the corners fully rounded.

transform the face making it more female

Step 2

Let’s make the nose shape thinner. Select the two side anchor points at the upper part of the nose and delete them using the Remove selected anchor points function in the upper control panel. This will make the upper part of the nose look more delicate.

delete the anchor points on the nose

Step 3

Now let’s move on to the lips. Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Select the new anchor point in the middle of the upper lip and drag it down using the Direct Selection Tool (A). Use the Live Corners feature to make the shape of the lips more flowing and smooth. And split the lips apart, using the Scissors Tool (C) by clicking the side anchor points.

edit the lips making them feminine

Step 4

Make the lips brighter, increasing the saturation of the pink color, and let’s make the shape slightly arched. Group (Control-G) both halves of the lips and go to Effect > Warp > Arch. Set the Horizontal Bend value to -30%. Click OK and Object > Expand Appearance to apply the effect, making the mouth smiling. You can also make the upper lip a bit darker in order to separate it from the lower lip, making the mouth more true to life.

make the lips arched and bright

Step 5

We’re going to make our woman blonde, so let’s recolor her eyes and brows accordingly. We can also add a thin arched stroke for the eyelashes, making it the same way as we made the brows.

recolor her eyes and brows

Now let’s form a neat hairdo. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and place two ellipses above the forehead, making them overlap. Unite the ellipses in the Pathfinder. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) to delete the unneeded piece above the head, making the hair slick and tidy.

make the hair

In order to make the character look more subtle, let’s make the neck thinner and more rounded. And we can also modify the face a bit by making it thinner and adding a gentle round blush on the cheeks.

add details to the face

Step 6

Now let’s render the uniform of our flight attendant! We’ll be using the dark-blue shirt base that we already have and just adding more distinctive details. Let’s turn the shirt into a stylish jacket.

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a 33 x 45 px stripe. Rotate it to about 45 degrees and let’s make a cutout notch closer to its top. Place a tiny triangle, overlapping the main shape. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) while holding down Alt to cut out the triangle.

Use the Reflect Tool (O) to make a mirrored copy of the created shape, forming a lapel. You can erase the unneeded pieces in the bottom part using the Eraser Tool (Shift-E) or the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) after you place it above the jacket.

make a lapel of the jacket from rectangles 

Step 7

Form a collar of the white shirt, combining three triangles and making one of the corners of each shape slightly rounded.

make a collar from triangles

Step 8

Now we need to render a small red tie, making a distinctive mark of the airlines. Start by making a small 8 x 7.5 px rectangle. Move its bottom anchor points closer to each other, using the arrow keys and making the bottom of the shape narrower. Make those bottom corners rounded, forming the knot of our tie.

Now take the Ellipse Tool (L), make a squashed shape and rotate it about 45 degrees. Select the bottom anchor point, head to the upper control panel and click the Convert selected anchor points to corner button, making the shape pointed. Flip the copy of the shape to the opposite side, making the tie look complete.

make a red tie

Step 9

Let’s move to the next element of the flight attendant’s uniform: the cap. Make an 18 x 18 px square of the same dark-blue color as the jacket. Rotate it 45 degrees and squash it a bit, making a diamond shape. Make the corners rounded with the Live Corners feature.

Make a darker blue stripe with rounded corners and attach it to the left side of the first shape. Use the Reflect Tool (O) to flip the copy of the shape horizontally, forming the folding of the cap.

make a stewardess cap

Step 10

Shape a golden airlines emblem, depicting a winged medal from a 4 x 4 px circle, and a group of rounded rectangles for the feathers. Attach the emblem to the cap, aligning it to the center.

add the emblem to the cap

Step 11

Finally, dress up our flight attendant and finish the icon by adding a gentle shadow and hiding everything with a round clipping mask.

dress up our stewardess and finish up with the icon

4. Create a Police Officer

Step 1

We’ll be using the base of our stewardess avatar, changing her skin tone to a nice chocolate color and the hair to dark brown. Let’s also switch the color of the icon base to bright green.

use the base of previous icon

Step 2

Let’s flip the hair horizontally to make it differ from the previous avatar. And let’s form a short haircut. Make a 45 x 53 px rectangle of a darker brown color and place it beneath the head. Select the upper side anchor points and make the top of the shape fully rounded. 

Now let’s depict separate hair locks in the bottom. Form a few tiny triangles and place them at the bottom of the hairdo, making the shapes overlap. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M), holding down Alt to cut out the triangles.

Add a simple V-shaped collar for our shirt, forming it from two narrow rectangles.

make a short haircut

Step 3

Now let’s create the hat of our police officer. Use the Polygon Tool to make a 7-sided shape about 45 x 45 px size. Squash the shape and modify its bottom part by moving the anchor points farther from each other and making the corners a bit rounded. Move the bottom points of the shape up a bit, making the bottom side flat.

make a police officer hat

Step 4

Add a narrow horizontal peak to the hat, using the Rectangle Tool (M) and making its bottom corners rounded. 

Let’s make the peak glossy by adding a stylized highlight. Make two narrow stripes, rotate them 45 degrees and place them above the peak. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) to delete the unwanted pieces outside the peak.

add a peak to the police officer hat

Step 5

Let’s make the most important element of every police officer: the badge! Make a 10 x 13 px rectangle of a bright-yellow color. Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Select the bottom side anchor points and move them up, making the shape pointed and looking like a shield.

Use the Live Corners feature to make the sides of the shape smooth. We can also make the top of the shape slightly bend, using the Curvature Tool (Shift-‘).

Finish up with the badge by placing a star above it, using the Star Tool.

make the police officer badge

Step 6

Dress up our friendly police officer, adding a dark-grey tie and some additional details to the uniform. You can go even further and create some additional accessories, for example, bright trendy glasses, formed from two ellipses with a blue stroke.

finish up with the police officer

Congratulations! Our Set of Profession Avatars Is Ready!

Great job! We’ve successfully created four portraits of people of different occupations that can be used either as avatars or as icons or for any other design project. 

If you want to create more professions or to inspect the original file of this tutorial and see how the separate elements were made, then go ahead and get the full set of Flat Professions Avatars with 12 different occupations, each in two skin tones.

I really hope that this tutorial was helpful and you’ve discovered some new tips and tricks that will speed up your work, making it more comfortable.

Have fun and stay tuned for more!

flat professions avatars icons with portraits of people of different occupations
View Tutorial: How to Create Flat Profession Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Flying Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create this angelic photo manipulation using Smart Filters and drawing techniques! This tutorial will show you how to create a dramatic cloud background, add glowing wings to an angel, and add some particles. Preview of Final Results Tutorial Resources Dark clouds ahead – rgbstock A slow fall – mjranum-stock Wing PNG 1 – evelivesey Step […]

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How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing text effect inspired by the Grand Theft Auto video game. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop …

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How to Build an Awesome Band Website With WordPress (For Musicians)

As a rising band, it’s natural to want to get your music in front of as many people as possible. But, to do that, you need to establish an online presence and create a website for your band.

If you search online, you’re bound to come across many suggestions and different solutions. However, one of the easiest ways to create a website yourself is to use WordPress.

WordPress is a powerful platform that’s used by business owners, freelancers, bloggers, and artists because it’s easy to use and requires no coding whatsoever to create a website. Aside from ease of use, WordPress has a plethora of themes and plugins that allow you to style the website exactly the way you want. You can also add cool features such as an audio player, album information, event registration for your upcoming gigs, sharing buttons, and so much more.

In this post, we’ll show you how to build a band website and how to choose the best WordPress theme for your site.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Music Theme

An important part of starting your site is choosing the theme for your site. The theme will determine how your site looks so it’s important to choose one that has an attractive design and fits with your band’s style.

Although the design is important, it shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when shopping for a music theme for your band’s website.

1. Consider the Features

When it comes to features, you’ll want to look for a theme that has features geared toward the music industry. Luckily, there are plenty of music WordPress themes that allow you to showcase your albums and discography, share biography information for your band members, and add an audio player so visitors can listen to your latest tracks.

You’ll even find themes that allow you to promote your upcoming gigs and make it easy for fans to buy tickets directly from your website.

2. Ensure It’s Easy to Customize

Look for a theme that’s easy to customize. You’ll be able to easily spot this if you read the description of the theme, which usually says it can be customized through the theme options panel or by using the built-in Live Customizer.

Most of the themes nowadays make it easy to change fonts and colors so you shouldn’t have any problems finding the settings and adjusting them to your preferences.

3. Look for a Responsive, Fast-loading Band Theme

Lastly, make sure to opt for a WordPress band theme that has a responsive design and has been optimized to load fast. You never know where your visitors will come from and the last thing you want is for your website to display poorly on mobile devices.

Keep in mind that visitors don’t like to wait around for any website to load which is why it’s important to choose a theme that indicates it loads fast or has been optimized for speed.

How to Get Started with Your WordPress Music Website

Once you’ve found a theme you like, there are a few more steps to take before we get to actually creating your site. You’ll need to buy a domain name and a hosting plan where you will install WordPress and your preferred theme.

It’s also a good idea to prepare the content that will go on your site so you can simply copy and paste the contents when it’s time to upload it, rather than spend time searching for it.

1. Choose a Domain Name

Your domain is how your fans will find your website online. If possible, try to buy the domain name that is the same as your band’s name paired with a .COM extension. You can also add a word like “band” or “live” if you find that your desired name is taken.

In most cases, you will be able to buy the domain name at the same time as you purchase a hosting plan, which leads us to the next step.

2. Select a Hosting Plan

The next step is to choose a hosting company. There are numerous hosting companies available that offer affordable monthly plans.

If you’re unsure where to start, consider Envato Hosted. Envato Hosted offers premium managed WordPress hosting for $19 USD (+ applicable taxes) per month. This service also installs and sets up WordPress for you, along with your chosen theme. Plus, it handles all the technical details involved in site setup. 

The plan also includes:

  • Up to 100,000 monthly visits of incoming traffic, 5GB of disk space, and 100GB of monthly bandwidth.
  • Daily backups, server security, and site monitoring, as well as ongoing support from our team of WordPress experts.

3. Prep Your Website Content

When it comes to your content, it’s a good idea to gather and prepare all the album tracks, cover art, band member bios, and anything else that you want to include on your site. This will save you time in the long run as most themes come with demo content that you can use to quickly set up your site and then replace it with your own.

How to Create Your Musician Website

Once you’ve completed the steps above, it’s time to get to work on your site. The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress. Then, you can install your theme, the necessary plugins, and continue with the theme setup and customization.

For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll be using the Solala WordPress music theme. The theme features a modern and responsive design and allows you to showcase your latest tracks, promote your upcoming gigs, feature band members, and more.

Solala Musician WordPress Theme
The Solala WordPress theme

Discover more great music WordPress themes on ThemeForest, or browse through this selection of the best: 

1. Install WordPress

Let’s begin with our walkthrough by installing WordPress. If you opted for a different hosting company, they will send you a welcome email which will have information about your purchased plan, along with the username, password, and the link to your account’s control panel. Follow the link from the email and use the provided login information to log in.

After logging in, look for the Website or Scripts section and find the WordPress icon. Click the icon and follow the onscreen instructions.

Follow the prompts to enter your site title, description, username, password, and fill out your email address. Then, click the Install button.

After a few minutes, WordPress will be installed, which means you can now login to your WordPress dashboard. Simply visit www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin (replace the yoursitename.com with your actual domain name) and input the username and password you created during installation.  

2. Set up a Music WordPress Theme

To install the theme you purchased, go to Appearance > Themes > Add new. Then, click Upload Theme.

Installing the theme
Installing your band WordPress theme.

After that, find the zipped folder that contains the theme’s files and upload it. Once the installation is done, click Activate.

3. Install the Required WordPress Plugins

After you activate the theme, you’ll notice a notification in the dashboard that indicates certain plugins are required for the theme to have all of its functionality. There will be a link that points you directly to the installation screen.

installing required plugins
Installing the required plugins.

Select all the plugins and click Install. The plugins will then finish installing and be immediately active.

How to Customize Your Musician WordPress Website

Now that the technical part is over, let’s proceed with the site setup. In this part, we’ll import the demo content to save time, show you how to replace the content with your own, and show you how to customize your theme.

1. Import the Demo Content

To begin, go to Solala > Demo Install. Select the preferred demo version and click the Install button. Wait for the process to complete and you will be redirected to the homepage of your site. You can look it over to ensure the import process was successful.

demo content
Importing demo content.

Now, you can customize any page on your site. To replace the content, go to Pages and click the Edit button under the page you want to work with. In this example, we’ll be editing the homepage.

The Solala theme uses Visual Composer to create the layout for all the pages on your site which makes it really easy to edit them. To edit how a particular element displays, click the pencil icon. If you want to add additional elements, use the plus icon and drag the desired element onto your page. You can also delete elements by clicking the trash can icon.

To edit the band members, look for the Team section in your site’s dashboard. Here, you can edit the dummy content and add additional band members.

Editing band members
Editing band members

2. Customize the Visual Appearance

Once you’re done replacing the content with your own, it’s time to style the visual appearance of your site. Go to Solala > Theme Settings to begin customizing your site. You’ll notice there are quite a few options here.

Solala theme settings
Solala Theme Settings

You can upload your own logo and background image, customize the fonts used on your site, and more. You can also customize default settings for individual pages, and insert your social media as well as tracking scripts such as Google Analytics code or Facebook Pixel. A nice thing about the Solala theme is that it allows you to optimize the performance by letting you minify the stylesheet and the scripts so your pages can load faster.

5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Musician Websites

While the Solala theme comes with quite a few useful plugins, there are a few more that are essential for every music site.

1. Featured Audio

Featured Audio WordPress plugin

The Featured Audio plugin comes in handy if you want to draw attention to a particular track on your album. This could be your latest release, a popular song from a previous album or any other audio track that deserves a little spotlight. It allows you to set a featured audio for each post and page and display it with a powerful HTML5 audio player. The plugin even includes five different visual styles.

2. Musicbox

Musicbox WordPress plugin

If you want to create custom playlists, this plugin will allow you to insert music playlists along with a preview from iTunes including the information about the artist, song title, album name, and more. It will even link directly to tracks on iTunes so visitors can easily purchase them and add the tracks to their collection.

3. Spotify Master

Spotify WordPress plugin

If you prefer Spotify or if your music is available exclusively there, you’ll love this plugin. Spotify Master for WordPress allows you to display music tracks, playlists, and albums in any widgetized area on your site.

4. Event Organiser

Event Organiser WordPress plugin

As a band, you probably have a number of gigs lined up in the upcoming months. Use this plugin if you’d like to make it easy for your fans and visitors to see all the details.

Event Organiser uses a custom post type to allow you to create events and adds a number of additional features such as the possibility of repeating your event according to complex schedules and assigning your events to venues. The plugin even supports Google Maps so your fans can easily get directions to the venue you’re playing.

5. Easy Social Share Buttons

Easy Social Share Buttons plugin

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress allows you to increase your shares, grow your profile, build your following, get new subscribers, and drive more traffic to your site.

It allows your website visitors to share your content on more than 45 major social networks and comes with 52 beautiful templates for social sharing, and a plethora of customizations such as display, animations, and more.

Create Your Music Website With WordPress

Creating your band’s website has never been easier with the help of WordPress and a premium music theme. You’ve just learned all about creating websites for musicians. Use the tips above as a guideline to create your own awesome band’s website. But make the first step browsing through our music WordPress theme collection and choosing the perfect WordPress music theme for your site.

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