Archive for the ‘Photoshop’ category

How To Design A Detailed Mini Cooper Icon In Photoshop

In this tutorial we’re going to learn how to create a large 512×512 car icon, based on a lovely BMW Mini Cooper. We will be using Photoshop to create the icon, using a handful of different techniques.

Open up Photoshop and create a new document by 512x512px. Search the web for an image of a car that you want to create an icon for. In my case, I’m using a front on photo of a Mini Cooper that can be found here.

BrushLovers Giveaway – Comment To Win Some Premium Photoshop Brushes

BrushLovers is a brand new site dedicated to providing amazing free and premium Photoshop brushes. We’ve partnered up with them to offer 10 downloads (a $30 value) to 5 lucky readers of SpyreStudios.

BrushLovers is owned and run by the cool folks at WebDesignerDepot. The brushes are organized by categories like fractal, texture, vintage, light, nature and a lot more.


As a designer I can always use more Photoshop brushes in my arsenal. I create a lot of the brushes I need myself, but there’s a lot of great sets available online for free. This post features over 500 Photoshop smoke brushes ! These brushes can be used to add some realism to a website […]


Text effects are used in almost everything we see: whether it a simple inner or drop shadow, a subtle gradient, or a full-blown illustrated header. Below we have a selection of thirty great tutorials from across the design community, ready for you to follow and pick up tons of new techniques. You’ll be a text-effect […]


In today’s Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create a clean WordPress-styled website/blog design. We’ll be mainly dealing with; Basic shapes (lines, rectangles, arrows), Layer Styles, and a bit of basic type. Besides some Photoshop tricks. We’ll also be focusing on keeping our layout very well-aligned. So, let’s get started! Final Image Preview […]


In this tutorial we’re going to be creating a printer icon, suitable for both the web and print. We’re going to be basing the icon on a Canon printer/scanner I use on a daily basis, the MP610. We’re going to be creating this icon in Photoshop – although it won’t be fully scaleable, we’ll be […]

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