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Check out tips and tricks from our amazing community of designers. Watch video tutorials about everything from putting your idea on a template to achieving the perfect shading on your design.

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There are tons of tutorials from our community in our forum. You'll find lots of helpful commentary from other members here, too.

A Beginner's Guide A Beginner's Guide

A complete guide to designing in Adobe, by Jellyes

Coloring in Photoshop Coloring in Photoshop

A guide to coloring artwork in Photoshop, by valorandvellum

Making Distressed Textures in Photoshop Making Distressed Textures in Photoshop

Add grungy texture to a photoshop design, by alvarejo

Using Halftones Using Halftones

How to shade artwork with halftones, by ndstillie

Making a Repeating Pattern Making a Repeating Pattern

Turn your artwork into a seamless repeating pattern, by ratkiss

Making a Transparent Background in Photoshop Making a Transparent Background in Photoshop

Turn a scanned drawing into a design that can be colored digitally, by Mike Laughead

Dot your halftones and cross your hatches

Use this checklist to make sure your design stands out from the 1,000 or so others that go up for scoring each week. These finishing touches can make the difference between getting printed and getting lost in the Internet tubes forever.

Work towards a clear concept and good execution.

The best designs are easy to understand and the artwork should be the best you can create. Don't forget, a polished presentation goes a long way towards getting a good score!

Make your design unique.

Has your idea been designed before? If so, try to find a way to improve on the concept or artwork and make your design truly unique. 

Listen to critiques and feedback.

Your fellow artists and community members are here to help, so be open to advice and critiques! Your artwork will be more awesome because of it. 

Make sure you follow the rules!

We hate declining designs, so make sure you read and follow the rules before you submit your design!

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