In this tutorial by designer Omar Aqil, we’re going to show you how to build your own world. No big deal, right? Before you get started, though, you’ll need to check out our previous lesson on Creating 3D Rendered Type in Cinema 4D. In that tutorial, we made a living “Planet Earth” logo, which will be used as the foundation here. (If you don’t want to incorporate the 3D text, you can skip ahead to where the other visual elements come in.)
You’ll also need to prep yourself with some good images of trees, rocks, mountains, clouds, animals, and sea life. Fortunately, we’ve created a Lightbox of all the images used in this tutorial, where you can find all the visual elements you’ll need. Or, if you want your world to have a different feel, just search through the Shutterstock library to find the landscapes and inhabitants that suit your sensibilities.
Creating a marketing or promotional email is a lot like dating. After all, you’re courting your customers, so you’ll want to make a good impression, keep your audience engaged, and promote your best qualities.
No matter what your creative role is, understanding how communication can make or break things is key. Back up your enticing designs with equally powerful copy, and you’ll be on your way to a successful, long-lasting relationship. Here are 5 copy tips for creating emails that keep customers coming back for more.
The new Shutterstock dev-team t-shirt worn by Brian Fraser from Argentina in his humorous lightning talk with Breno Oliveira from Brazil. Brian spoke in Spanish, with Breno in Portuguese, and the slides in English.
Last week, the Shutterstock tech team took a trip to Austin, Texas for the annual Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC), in celebration of Perl’s 25th year. Attendees got to listen to talks, beef up their Perl skills, and participate in hackathons, while also enjoying all the perks of Austin culture. Our own talks were among the 80 on offer, giving us a chance to engage in conversation with fellow developers and new talent. Not only did we come across great people, but we also got to connect with some of the folks who use our website most. Plus, the job fair that took place during the event was an excellent recruiting opportunity.
This week’s featured artists take us to a world where beauty and fantasy are heightened and almost anything is possible. Maksim Shirkov‘s portraits capture an elevated human aesthetic, while Kitigan‘s illustrations show off the wonder in things that aren’t human at all.
Check out a sample of both artists’ work below, along with notes on why we chose them from Shutterstock Curator Liz Lapp, then click through to view their full portfolios and start Following them yourself.
This Sunday, millions of people will be honoring their dads with wishes, gifts, and quality time, as Father’s Day is celebrated in dozens of countries around the world. Here at Shutterstock, we’re marking the occasion by paying tribute not only to our own patriarchs, but also to some of pop-culture’s most memorable dads. We’ve chosen six of the most enduring family men from the annals of film and TV history and distilled them down to their iconic essences.
Check out the posters we created for these big- and small-screen legends, using a trio of Shutterstock images for each one to tip you off to their identities. See if you can guess them all, and then let us know which is your favorite — and who else would make your list — in the comments. Of course, we’re not saying all of these guys are good models for fatherhood (most are far from it); we’re just saying we love them despite their flaws.
This is the inaugural post of a new monthly series in which industry leaders describe the projects and products that give them most joy and pride. This month’s contributor, entrepreneur, product designer, and UpTo co-founder Chris Kaufman, shares his insights on creating a tight-knit team.
When my partners and I decided to build a better calendar two years ago by founding UpTo, we thought reinventing something that was relatively unchanged for 500 years was going to be the hard part. The idea is half the battle, right? I don’t know who said that, but I do know they were wrong. When we went through a nearly six-month-long process raising our seed round of venture capital, we thought that was the hard part. Wrong again.
The hardest part has been creating and growing a team to help us make our vision come to life. Finding talented, creative, and hard-working individuals willing to put in long hours (the greatest gift you can give is your time), work nights and weekends, and get in productive disagreements with has been the most difficult task of all. But also, the most rewarding (a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor).
It’s a big year for the Man of Steel. Not only is he celebrating his 75th anniversary, but he’s also getting a much-hyped reboot on the big screen. As we celebrate three-quarters of a century since Superman first appeared in Action Comics and anticipate the cinematic spectacle that opens this Friday, we’ve been thinking about what exactly it is that makes a hero. In a way, they’re just like the rest of us: the sum of their combined nature and nurture, shaped by the people and events around them.
With that in mind, we set about rebuilding the iconic Superman shield from a series of symbols, solely using images from our collection that reflect the personal history and attributes of the Last Son of Krypton. The resulting composite speaks to Superman’s alien heritage, his Midwestern childhood, his life as Clark Kent, and a host of other influences that made Kal-El the most high-profile superhero of all time. Check out our re-envisioned Superman logo below, then take a look at all the images we used to create it.
Last month, we announced that our footage collection officially passed the one-million mark, and we’re still “reeling” from the news. Our tireless footage reviewers watch a ton of video clips each and every day to keep the collection expanding so quickly, and in the process, there are some gems that really stand out. Here are some of our footage team’s hand-picked favorites from the past few weeks. Enjoy!
If there’s one thing we love more than discovering all the amazing images in our library, it’s seeing what people can do with them. That’s why we’re so excited our Pixels of Fury design competition is running strong in 2013. Later this month, the Fury is touching down in San Francisco during HOW Design Live and SF Design Week. As we gear up for the showdown, we’re taking a look back at our last event, which stormed Los Angeles during Adobe MAX in May.
Check out all of the posters that were created on the spot by the contestants in LA, and see which one came out on top in the final round, along with an exclusive time-lapse video of its creation. Remember, competitors only have 20 minutes to build their posters from scratch once the timer begins, so this is no easy feat — especially when you’re surrounded by a throng of cheering onlookers. Think you can handle the challenge yourself? Apply to compete in San Francisco, and you may get the chance to prove it!