Here's a few lettering I've done on February as a challenge for myself and a thank you for this set of Microns pen. Best set of tools ever.

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"There's just to much digital content, lines are perfect straight, we need more curves." 


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I'll show you how to make Simple Gold Texture. Easy to follow step by step with pictures. Time required : 15 minutes. Difficulty : Easy. Program used in tutorial : Adobe Photoshop CS6.

What you'll be making in the tutorial :

Here's the piece I made recently on Instagram.

A photo posted by Laurensius Adi (@laurensiusadi_) on

Step 1 : Prepare Your Lettering

Make sure you make the lettering on different layer, name it 'Text' and the other one 'Background'

Step 2 : Add Gradient

Fill layer 'Background' with dark color, navy, maroon, grey or black. I'm using #1c1918.

Open Layer Style by double-click layer 'Text' or right-click then Blending Options. Then choose Gradient Overlay. Set Angle to 145.

Click the Gradient color bar (default black and white) to open Gradient Editor dialog.

Click the bottom color stop, and then click Color at the very bottom of the dialog to change the color. First color : #e0b06d Second color : #865e31. Then click OK. If gradient is reversed, check Reverse. Then click OK to close Layer Style dialog.

Step 3 : Add Noise

First, you have to rasterize layer by right-click on layer 'Text' - Rasterize Layer Style. Then the Effects will disappear and blend with the layer and layer 'Text' is still active.

Go to menu Filter - Noise - Add Noise.
Set Amount: 15%, Distribution : Uniform, and check Monochromatic.

Hit OK and you're done! Simple isn't it?

You can add further effect like Bevel & Emboss (Style: Outer bevel, Technique: Chisel Soft) and add some textures on background like this.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.
If you have followed my tutorial, I really want to see the result, so post it on your Instagram and mention me @laurensiusadi_ with #texturetutorial.

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Perhaps, it's the most popular design crowd-source platform with over 300k contests and around 90 million dollar payouts to date. But why? Haters gonna hate? Yes.

I'm an amateur designer, a self-taught designer. I learned by seeing, entering courses, read books, and spend most of my time exploring. It was all started at high school. I wanted money so bad that made me search all over the internet to find how to make money. And I found 99designs.

At the time I just started to know about graphic design. Because I attend my school's extracurricular. 'Why don't just give it a shot?' I tried once and it doesn't seems alright. My design was poor, and luckily I noticed. There are many people out there do not. So I learned a lot, everywhere, Behance, Pinterest and other inspiration website. Until the eleventh trial at 99designs, I won a contest and my last year on high school. It feels so great. The first time you 'make' your own money

Graphic designer work seems so easy. Because I'm still lacking of knowledge. And then it starts to grow when I find out more about design world later on my first year of college. After winning over a thousand dollars, I quit. Because they said professionals will pay higher than 99designs contest holder. But what it takes to be professional?

You have to qualify. I believed there are self-taught professional designers out there, without formal education at design. So here's how to be qualified according to my experience.
Learn the basics, sketches first then software skills and build a portfolio. I found out Instagram is a good way to show what you got. Make them look good, and have a conversation with the community. Following people with good design taste will also help. The final step is hard, find your own unique style.

What's the deal with 99designs? Many of them - I can say about 80 percents - of the designers are poor, I mean real bad. They don't have what it takes to be a good designer, they don't know what they made. Luckily the contest holder knows what best, but some still don't. The other 20 percents is either platinum designer or they know what they're doing.

It's a place for early stage designers. 99designs helped them to start their own career. They have some of them that more than qualified - name it talented. The stage after it is the professional one I believe. I haven't reach somewhere near professional either. I got several client request some design work, but I only get paid less than fifty bucks for a small job. Professional design agency get paid more than $100 per hour, or maybe way more than that.

99designs have their own way do differentiate the talented one with the rest. They make the title platinum designer and posting the top designers list. So you'll know who's in the game.

Why you should stop? It's a waste of time for some of you. Your time has more value than it looks. You can't replace time with money, you can't buy time. But you can make money with time. The present is assets for your future. If what you're doing in the whole month makes you a millionaire next month, then it's your value.

You can start learn more, read books, take courses and learn more and more. Make your day more productive. It doesn't mean making something everyday, learning is a precious progress, enjoy it. Start a Behance portfolio is also good. Just wait until someone hire you, or make them hire you! Make a good personal branding and internet marketing will do the rest.

Anyway, it's quite a lot of money going to someone everyday. It's a decision over arrogance. You can still try if you think you got what it takes.

Worth reading : Get Over It, Haters: 99designs Has Tipped , How I Quit Working for 99Designs, Crowdspring and Mycroburst
Goodbye Radiant Orchid, and maybe you already forgot about the Emerald. Welcome Marsala, Pantone Color of The Year 2015.

"While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Color information for Marsala :

  • Pantone: 18-1438
  • CMYK: 25, 77, 64, 11
  • RGB: 150, 79, 76
  • HTML: 955251
 "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness," Pantone announced this week.

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This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.
Leatrice Eiseman. Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

This year's shade appeals to men and women, and is flattering on many skin tones, "a great go-to color for beauty," Pantone said. Within a few weeks of the announcement, the color typically begins to pop up on products from evening gowns to coffee makers.

A rich contrasting color, Marsala is ideal for use in graphic design and packaging. Eye-catching, but not overwhelming or bright, consumers are immediately drawn to the hue, making it an alluring shade at point-of-purchase. As packaging becomes increasingly more artistic, Marsala will be a natural fit for both high- and low-tech materials, including on-shelf periodicals as well as printed assets, like calendars and stationery.

Source : Pantone, CNN, USA Today
Been a while since I posted something on my blog. I've been exploring many things, distracted by the ordinary daily life. Sometimes, it just have to flew that way. And sometimes, it just hard to keep yourself creative, live it the extra-ordinary way. You may feel empty, just a blank page without knowing your own life. At that time, realize how blessed you are.

This is my latest Instagram post. You can use it as daily reminder, on your desktop, or other gadgets. Available for download as wallpaper. Download 1920x1080

This 7 steps tutorial will helps you make hand lettering placed on top of pictures. Easy to follow step by step with pictures. Time required : 20-60 minutes. Yeah that's a long process!

What you'll be making :

I've been exploring hand-lettering further lately. Shot a picture, and give touches on it, colors, and effects on it. So I posted it on my Instagram.

So I'll give you the way to achieve those kind of style. Results may differ through the process.
You can check my previous post for some texture resource. Please note this tutorial is not for absolute beginner on Photoshop, at least you know the interface, tools and menus. The version I'm using is Photoshop CS6 and running on Windows.

Step 1 : Prepare your lettering

After you finished your hand lettering, you can scan or just take an image using camera and edit it on Photoshop. Don't worry if your letters not perfect or imbalance, we will take care of it. The goal of this step is to get the shape of the letters. That's a one quick lettering.

You can take a picture of your letters, or even better scan your work in black and white mode. The picture above is taken using my smartphone Xperia ZR.

Step 2  :  Getting Pictures ready on Photoshop

Open your Photoshop, File - New, then set Width: 612px Height: 612px Resolution: 300dpi (or up to you). Then drag your photo or scanned file to the work space, position it on center and press Enter.

On the Layers panel, right-click the active layer - Rasterize Layer.

Step 3  :  Black and White

If you're using scanner you still have to do this to make the image better but it's easier since the paper is plain white instead of shades of grey like on the photo.

Go to Image - Adjustments - Levels (Ctrl+L). Now using the black and the white slider, try to make the black just plain black, and whites just plain white. You should experimenting on this.

Step 4  :  Selecting

Go to Select - Color Range. And choose highlights as selection option.

Then white area will be active as selection. Press Shift+Ctrl+I (Select - Inverse). And the selection now active on the text.

Now go to Select - Refine Edge (Alt+Ctrl+R). This part is a bit tricky since there is no defined way to make this just right. Lots of experiment I must say.

First, choose View Mode - View - Black and White. Or you can try other options.
Next just move the bars till you get the best result. I usually put it like this :
- Smooth : 2-5px. It will make the object bit smooth on pointed edge.
- Feather : < 5px. You can increase them and the contrast to make the object thicker.
- Contrast : < 40px. Increase them not too high, try too get rid of blurry edge, but don't make it look jagged or rough.
- Shift edge : 5-10 %. Increasing or decreasing the selection.

After you click OK button. It will turn back as Marching Ants active selection. Leave the selection active as it is.

Step 5  : New Object on New Layer

Make new layer by pressing Create New Layer button on bottom of Layers Panel. Or Shift+Ctrl+N for shortcut. Then click on the Layer 1 (just created) too make sure it's active (blue background panel). And Hide the layer contains previous picture by pressing eye icon on the layer.

Now you got Marching Ants selection with no color on the workspace. Press the Paint Bucket Tool icon on left tools panel (shortcut G) and fill the selection with color Black or White (can easily change later by pressing Ctrl+I while layer active, but I prefer Black first). Now you get a nice clean text object on a new layer with Selection still active for next step.

Step 6  : Applying Texture

With the selection still active. Make new layer Shift+Ctrl+N. Fill this selection on new layer with patterns (check my previous pattern post). So I'm using Pattern Stamp tool with big brush to fill all selection. After fill them, press Ctrl+I to Inverse Color.

Hold Ctrl then click Layer 2 (on the name) and still holding Ctrl click Layer 1, release Ctrl. Both Layer background will be blue means both active. Right click on one of them, Merge Layers.
Then change the Layer blending to Multiply.

Step 7  : Placing Pictures

You can get your free image online on unsplash[dot]com or pexels[dot]com, or maybe using your own. Drag you image file to the workspace. And place the image layer beneath the text.

If you want the text White, press Ctrl+I while layer active (it's gone!), you have to change the Blending Mode to Screen. (Remember! Black - Multiply, White - Screen)

You can add noise pattern. Many free on Internet, buy at creative market, Ian Banard's textures is one of the best and easy to apply. I got some mine HERE. Put it on top layer, Invert (Ctrl+I), then Blending Mode to Screen. Use Ctrl+L to adjust the size of the noise.

Also check out this free noise texture from Medialoot.

And you're done!

There you go. I tried my best, hope you doing well following my tutorial. Sorry if something's not clear or I'm doing it the wrong way. If you have any questions, just leave comment below.

There is an easier way : Put you image, make it black and white, invert (Ctrl+I), blending mode screen, put image, done. But without noise or texture.

It's not the picture that makes the lettering looks good, but practice does. This is just a way of presenting lettering.

If you have followed my tutorial, I really want to see the result, so post it on your Instagram and mention me on the comment @laurensiusadi_ with #texturetutorial.

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Thanks a lot guys!

It's a big question, for myself. What happen lately? What really happen? Life seems not standing on it's own, flowing like a dead fish on the river.

What I need? Plan, sparks and strong will.

Who doesn't have plans? Everyone does have, even just one, short term ones. I do have, a lot. I plan them before summer holiday starts, 2 months ago. And now, it's coming to an end.

Holiday is no longer here. I ruined it.
Swimming, web coding, restore old motorcycle.
Playing? Everyday. Not in a good way.
I play on my smartphone, not cool.
Playstation on laptop, not cool enough.
Watching YouTube, bit entertaining, but it hurts my eyes.

I should play physically, basketball, soccer, or something else. I sit all day in front of my laptop doing, most of them, useless things. I don't gain any body weights, instead, skinnier. I don't really know why, but I tend to not enjoy eating.

Sparks - is a term for ideas, inspiration that boost me or kick me in the ass so I got enough will to work on something. Spark? Checked.

I got them from Instagram! By seeing others' works, I feel like 'I should make more lettering too!' And another big spark is from Casey Neistat's YouTube Channel. He got awesome videos to watch, so inspiring, and make me wanna live like he does! You should check him out!

Strong will? Lack of it. Something's missing, something big is missing from me. I heard this quote somewhere *forgot : 'If internet is your number 1 thing, your life is in a big trouble.' And it is. I mean, it's digital not really real, social but not so social it is fake. You need something physical, you can touch and interact with. Friends and journey it is.

I spend my middle high school in the city I was born, the capital city Jakarta. Then spending 3 years senior high school on Central Java, small city called Muntilan near the great Borobudur Temple. And now I'm studying college at Surabaya, the second largest city after Jakarta, located at East Java.

I don't make much friend on middle high, and I got more friends on high school. While at home, I don't have much friend to hang out with, almost none maybe. Maybe I need a community. I can spend my time alone going through the city, with public transportation, but not cozy and safe enough. But probably I should try it!

Over the last month, I don't make much hand lettering. I'm interested in leather craft. Hand lettering still my main hobby but the percentage will reduce over time since leather craft seems making more money than lettering does - I haven't make any money from lettering yet.

And about this blog. I will post more about design and lettering, for sure. I got a tutorial on draft and thinking about making free textures and fonts.

But above all, try something - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Stay in touch. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram : laurensiusadi_ (both)

I'm really in on hand lettering lately. I've been exploring some retro style, the offset printing look, aged style, grunge. To achieve the kind of look that I wanted, I look for nice textures, but the one that's great always premium which mean I should spent some money. I'm still in college, I don't have to much money to buy those textures on online markets. So I google hard, try to find some good textures. I'll share with you guys. So here is the list to download texture pack.

1. Free Halftone Pack

Free Halftone Pack

Freebie from Dustin Lee. Don't forget to check his shop!

2. Free Subtle Brush Pack

Free Subtle Brush Pack

Freebies from Jack Fahnestock. 15 Photoshop brushes; sizes range from 750-950px. Free for personal and commercial work. 
Download (Use Dropbox link)

3. Subtle Photoshop Brush Set

Subtle Photoshop Brush Set

Freebies by Liam McKay. 

4. Texture Pack Vol. 1

Texture Pack Vol. 1

This one is paid to free packs by Rob Brink on Creative Market. 

5. Subtle Grunge Vectors

Subtle Grunge Vectors

Freebies by Nick Pagano. The best part of this one is vector, not raster. 

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