Category Archives: Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator versus CorelDraw

Several people have posted comments on this site asking about the differences between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw, wondering which one is better. Now you can have your answer… or, rather, answers.
Neither one emerges as the absolute winner, since it truly does depend on your needs and the types of features you like. And people loyal to [...]

10 Criteria to Help You Choose a Graphic Design School, Part 1

Here are the first 5 of 10 criteria that can help you choose a graphic design school:
1. Curriculum: Review the entire program at any graphic design school you’re considering. Read through the descriptions of every course. Can you find courses that match your interests and career intentions?
2. Electives: Do you want to go beyond your [...]

3 Ways to Create a Vintage-looking Photo

We’ve all got super high-resolution cameras that take beautifully clear, crisp shots. And then what do we want to do with them? Give them a warmer, vintage look. Make it seem like the edges are crinkled and the images faded. Some tricks even give the illusion that the camera malfunctioned.
It’s might seem a little nuts [...]

Creating a Graphic Design Resume

Many graphic design colleges instruct their graduating students on the appropriate content, outline, and presentation for their portfolios as they prepare to enter the market.  This is great! This is important! But, it’s not all you need.  With equal attention to detail, recall your academic and work experiences and attack your professional resume.
Every Little Detail [...]

Starting a Graphic Design Business: Part II

You’re in the Money
In our last post we identified some of the advisors you need on your team as you start a graphic design business.  Lucky for you, the logistical fun doesn’t end there.  Armed with your graphic design education and ready to take on your first project, you first need a pricing structure. Design [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part II

More 3D for Fun and FunctionIn our last article we presented some nifty examples of what you can do with Photoshop in creating your own 3D objects. There are literally thousands of PS objects that you can download from the Internet, but the process of making your own Photoshop 3D items is not only fun [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part I

Practice Makes Perfect
After a while, it seems that plain old 2D Photoshop images are lacking when it comes to creativity for some of your graphic design projects. Maybe you have thought about doing more 3D work but didn’t know where to start. The following Photoshop tutorials can help you create some nice objects. All that [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Portfolio - Part I

The Basics
At long last you’ve landed a job interview at a design firm. You’re excited, nervous, and worried all at the same time. You realize that part of the interview process hinges on presenting a strong portfolio. But where do you begin?
You’ve got lots of examples from projects while going to your graphic design college [...]

What Employers Are Looking For In Graphic Designers - Part I

What You Need To Qualify
To land a job as a graphic designer you need the skill sets and talent necessary to fill the job requirements.
There are two types of skill set categories employers are looking for when hiring a graphic designer. In the following three part series we’ll delve into what these qualities are and [...]

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part III

The Rest of Them
This series concludes with several colorful Photoshop backgrounds that can be used for the times when you need something colorful and eye-catching for a backdrop. And as it was with the previous examples, you can modify these patterns to suit your own specific needs.
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Light Rays
If you need a dramatic and striking background [...]

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