Mix pixel and vector

Newcomer Ingi Erlingsson saves you the trouble of choosing between popular design applications by showing you how to effectively use Photoshop and Illustrator together, with impressive results.

It's an age-old argument. Which is the better creative app: Photoshop or Illustrator? Some designers prefer the slickness and flexibility of Illustrator, and some are fans of the grain and texture that Photoshop provides. Arguments for both sides have their merits, but there is a simple alternative. Why not use both together?

By combining the power of Illustrator and Photoshop you'll be able to create even more dynamic and exciting images that will really stand out from the rest. You'll be able to utilise all the functions of both, giving you more freedom than ever to get creative. After all, they're only tools in the creative process, so why restrict yourself?

In this tutorial I'll walk you through some of the steps I take when creating my own illustrations. You'll learn how to mix up vector elements with photos, handmade brushes and Photoshop effects to create stunning and vibrant images.

The goal here is to combine the elements and integrate them with each other wherever possible to get the most out of the interaction between the two packages. It's up to you how you approach the illustration. Starter files have been provided in the resources download, but you could just as easily use images of your own. Whichever you choose, try playing around with the compositions and colours throughout and make sure you have fun with it.

Click here to download the tutorial for free