How to use vector graphics with imagery to create striking artwork and backgrounds

Creating background graphics that can really bring your designs to life is a skill any designer should have, especially when it's so quick and easy to do. Through the next few steps I'll demonstrate how to create a vector pattern within Illustrator, how you can then affect and manipulate it within Photoshop, and finally, how you can then utilise the patterns within InDesign with existing imagery.

01. Basic shape creation

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Luke is a creative director, visual designer and digital artist, who works at THG Studios in Manchester as creative director of beauty. He previously worked for Future Publishing, where he was art editor of leading magazines such as Guitarist, T3 and Computer Arts.