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120 Innovative Self Promotional Ideas for Graphic Designers & Freelancers - The biggest list of marketing ideas for designers ever.
Getting a Handle on the Creative Process for Graphic Designers - Here, I have broken down my design process. This is how I create my design layouts from start to finish. Basically, with some focus, structure, and a little bit of talent, creating rewarding and professional design work can be produced more efficiently and with less stress.
20 Ways to Avoid Graphic Designers' Block - As a designer everyone has experienced a point where they just can no longer think of anything worth while. It’s in these situations when you have to reevaluate your perception of what works and what doesn’t. Use the following 20 tips to avoid and get through a tough designer's block.
Green Graphic Design: Why And How to be More Eco-Friendly - We can use our knowledge of self-promotion to help our clients to market themselves in a more eco-friendly manner. Imagine how much paper could be saved if all designers thought this way!
AllGraphicDesign's List of Graphic Design Articles (Or Read Graphic Design Articles Below)
10 Low Budget Design Tips - Sometimes it takes a little ingenuity and creativity to spice up your work on a small budget.
17 best business, practical and technical tips from DTP Success that have stood the test of time - 17 dtp tricks and tips.
ASK ANDY--Desktop Publishing Tips and Tricks - However, this month, in a change to the usual format, it's time to take a brief look at the entire printing process, from first ideas, to computer, to final printing press output.
Cost Considerations in Designing for Reprographic Projects - The least expensive method of reproducing your project is to create the artwork in all black for output to white paper. At progressively higher costs are: colored papers, texturized or coated papers, one or more spot colors, colors with close register (colors touching), trapping, (color that fills a vacant space within another color) or process color work.
Creating Visual Impact - Guest author Patrice Roarke explores the many faces of contrast in design.
Creep and compensating for it- I am new to design. I was hired as an editorial assistant and have found that lately I've been doing a lot of brochures, postcards, etc. I use Quark (PC) and was wondering if there are resources to find out how to setup documents. By "set up" I mean if my page size is 11x17 and will be folded to a 2.75 x 8.5 mailer I know that you have to compensate for the offset fold but don't know how to do it myself. Are there templates available showing this?
Design Tips You Don't Learn in Graphic Design School - You'll learn a lot in design school, but once you graduate, that's when you really start to learn. This tips will help you get off the ground running with your design career.
DTP Preamble - learning preparation, halftones, cmyk, bitmaps, printing
How do I, What does it? - about computers and software
Pixels & Bezier Curves - you must understand the difference
Disk Care! - storing your precious data, a look on the lighter side
DTP and PostScript files - tips and tricks - Software packages such as CorelDRAW!, Adobe Illustrator, PageMaker, Quark Express and Corel Ventura enable you to easily design and layout your own brochures, leaflets and magazines.
DTP Tips - Here, we'll attempt to provide some pointers so that your desktop publishing projects will have the best look possible without spending years in design school.
Desktop publishing - Very basic article.
Desktop Publishing Applications - Desktop Publishers use more than just the page layout program to accomplish all stages in the computer design process. For instance, while photographs and illustrations can be rotated, cropped and tinted within these packages, the images can't be edited.
Desktop Publishing Tips - Desktop publishing brings you into the printing production loop. The following tips can help reduce time, expense, and frustration in outputting electronic files. Please remember: these are generalizations. If you have questions, contact one of our customer service representatives or computer consultants. It's best to discuss a new order as you begin to work on it.
DTP Potpourri - Webgrammar is back with a new series guaranteed to improve your Desktop Publishing skills. Ever wonder what kerning and leading are? Learn some of the basic ANSI character sets and get some advice about printing and art work. She'll teach you how to make your favorite printer happy by preparing ahead of time. Choose the right paper and finishing for your job and sound smart when doing it. What are you waiting for?
Graphic Design Rules - Make sure you know the basic rules of typography, page layout, color and Web design before you break them.
Layout Compositing - The Successful Edge - Tom Arah shows you the secrets of successful compositing in all your publishing work.
Layout Grids - On The Grid - Tom Arah looks at the underlying basis of all design - the grid - and investigates how the two PC-based DTP rivals, Ventura and PageMaker, approach the issue.
Marcelle Design Tips - Several design tips
Avoiding Fuzzy Four-Color Type - Printing small type in more than one color can be a nightmare for printers.
Resolutions - always related to output;
a most important topic
is a Painting Program - do you really
understand the difference
What is Interpolation - understand when to resize and when to re-do
What are Layers - make the most of layers in recent painting programs
Using Paths - what are, how, and when do I use paths
Creating Duotones - consider these special EPS files for your design
Page Imposition: Bringing to Book - Tom Arah explores the under-appreciated topic of page imposition for both in-house and commercial print.
Print and Web Apps round up - Tom Arah takes an overview of the worlds of print and Web design software.
Printing on Envelopes - Printing solids or halftones on envelopes can cause problems
Reviewing a Blueline Proof - What should you look for when reviewing the blueline your printer sends you?
Sending Jobs to Press - Other than the printing specifications, what should you send your printer once the final corrections have been made to your print job?
Text in Terms of Layout - It then becomes the responsibility of the designer to make the words aesthetically appealing and easy to understand.
Visual Proofreading - Proofreading is a vital part of any publication, there's another kind of proofreading that can make as much (if not more) difference in the success of your publication
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Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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