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Artist // Hobbyist // Design & Interfaces
  • Feb 2
  • India
  • Deviant for 12 years
  • He / Him
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My Bio
Trying to make the world, or rather the computer apps, a better place!
I also do wallpapers (once a decade :p)

BTW, If you like one of my works, please do comment!
And even though I might not be able to send you a thanks! for every favourite, you will most probably find a llama waiting in front of your profile

Favourite Movies
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favourite TV Shows
Sherlock and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Guns n' Roses
Favourite Books
Any Agatha Christie, PG Wodehouse, Ruskin Bond or Satyajit Ray books
Favourite Writers
Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray
Favourite Games
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop CS6; Windows 7 (just upgraded and then MS stopped supporting it :P); Chrome or Firefox
Other Interests
Reading, the occasional writing, travelling

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Hey I have a question. How do you make your concepts?
I use to use Photoshop, but I moved to Illustrator so things like icons and rounded corners don't look pixelated. But working with bitmap tools are so much easier, so I'm just curious in how you approached your style. I would like to design more freely yet not have to have everything so pixelated.
I actually use Photoshop, but am planning to learn a vector tool :p. I use a ton of smart shapes (the closest thing to vectors in PS) and a lot of soft layer styles, along with masking. Most of the basic shapes are in black, blue or some other solid color so that I can clearly see the boundaries and fill, then a *ton* of layer styles. Hope this helps
When you say smart shapes, do you mean the presets that come with the shape tool? Well that's interesting. While they do come in handy, the functions seem pretty limited for things like icons, but your icons look pretty official. Though, I'm still not sure I follow your method. Also, I never really played around with the layer styles, so I don't really know their advantages. I'm a bit of a newbie. :D (Big Grin) 

You said you want to learn vector, huh? I know *a lot* of Illustrator. If you really want to learn, I can make a video of it.
Actually, I use smart shapes only for the rounded rectangle bases, most of the other stuff's done by the marquee tool. For example, in the new concepts, almost all apps have a preset base, set to white background, a drop-shadow 2px at 90° (for the spot-lighting effect) and a faint outer glow(ambient light). I mostly use slight dulled colours, and avoid using outlines. The base details are almost completely applied by layer styles, except for ornamentation. The real advantage of layer styles is that they're consistent and easily copyable, so you get the same effect every time. Hope this helps :)
And yes, I want to learn vector, and thanks for offering help, it's much appreciated! :D I actually like text tutorials, they allow me to go at my own pace
I learnt it (Photoshop) mostly by mucking different stuff around, seeing what'd happen. (If you'd seen some of my previous stuff, you'd have cringed! It was quite funny, and frankly ugly :p)
[PS. If you want, I can upload some icon PSDs. Lemme know]
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