Digital 80s Design: Combining Illustrator and Photoshop

James White, Digital Artist

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16 Videos (1h 57m)
    • Introduction

    • Getting Started

    • Sketching

    • Finding Reference Images

    • Building a Desert In Illustrator

    • Gradients

    • Creating Chrome Text

    • Building Your Monument

    • Porting to Photoshop

    • Creating Sand Texture Effects

    • Adding Effects to Your Text

    • Adding Effects to Your Monument

    • Making Your Sky Pop

    • Polishing Your Elements

    • Closing

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About This Class

Love everything 80’s? Learn how to craft the iconic 80’s aesthetic with Photoshop and Illustrator in this fun new class with digital artist James White!

From neon colors and lens flares to sci-fi landscapes and eerie nightscapes, the 80’s were full of fantastic imagery. Join James as he shares his process for updating the 80’s for modern times, with digital tools. Using Illustrator and Photoshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build and layer forms in Illustrator for complex scenes
  • Add texture and special effects in Photoshop
  • Lighting techniques for making elements pop

Plus, you’ll learn James’ signature technique: creating chrome lettering that pops off the page!

Whether you’re a seasoned designer or simply an 80’s enthusiast, you’ll learn how to harness the aesthetic you love and discover James’s unique approach to Illustrator and Photoshop, allowing you to create bright and bold work that pops off the screen.

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This class opened a whole new world for me! Very understandable but what more important it inspires to keep going!
Excellent class, love the subject matter anyway but taught in a thoughtful, straight forward manner without using too many of the built in bells and whistles available on newer versions of illustrator or photoshop, so keeps this accessible to many more people.
Really clear instructions. Great tips. Cool outcome. Loved this class.
Pearse O'Halloran

Graphic Designer





James White

Digital Artist

James White is a designer, illustrator, and digital artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. His professional design career began in 1998 when he cut his teeth designing websites and print campaigns which resulted in the creation of Signalnoise Studio. James' personal projects gained recognition in the industry and led him to working with Toyota, Universal Music, Nike, MTV, Google, Wired and many other clients.

Today, James is focusing on various neon-infused art projects, creating some pieces...

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