12 design tutorials to buff up your skills for the new school year

Kaitlyn Ellison

It’s that time of year again, when little kids and college students alike head back toward those hallowed halls of education. But even if you can’t count yourself among those lucky ones, you can still take this time to reinvest in your own design education.

If you’re short on time but want to learn some new skill sets or refresh some of those you already have, take a look through this collection of great design tutorials for all levels and interests. It’s time to get back to school!

1. Illuminating Motherboard in Photoshop

Design tutorials - Abduzeedo

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Filters, layer, masks, tools

2. Create a newsprint publication in InDesign

Design tutorials - CB

Program: InDesign and Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Grids, process work, printing prep

Design Tutorials

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Blending, filters, guides, layers, styles, tools, type

4. Wireframe animal skulls using Illustrator’s blend tool

Design tutorials - Spoongraphics

Program: Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Skills: Blend tool

Design tutorials - Webdesign

Program: HTML
Level: Beginner
Skills: Style properties, tables

6. How to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop

Design Tutorials

Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Blending modes, edge selection, gradients, levels, masks, tools

7. Design a retro-inspired sci-fi film poster

Design Tutorials

Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Blurs, brushes, effects, filters, gradient maps, tools, type

8. Create a vintage type design using envelope distort in Adobe Illustrator

Design Tutorials - Wegraphics

Program: Illustrator and Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Color fill, distort, effects, paths, objects, textures, tools

9. Turn it On! Neon light vector text treatment

Design Tutorials - Vectips

Program: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Effects, gradients, objects, pattern brush, stroke, tools, type

10. Design vinyl wall stickers

Design Tutorials

Program: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Brushes, color, objects, printing

11. Create 3D animated icons in After Effects

Design Tutorials

Program: After Effects
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Skills: Effects, keyframes, masks, paths, shapes, strokes, transform

12. How to color inked line art in Photoshop

Design Tutorials - DI

Program: Photoshop
Level: Advanced
Skills: Adjustment layers, brushes, modes, textures, tools

Know any other great design tutorials? Share in the comments!

The author

Kaitlyn Ellison
Kaitlyn Ellison

Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at 99designs.com. She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!

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