Category Archives: Design Tools & Utilities

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 [...]

Sources of Graphic Design Inspiration

Graphic design schools can teach you all the top techniques to create brilliant designs, but if you don’t feel inspired where do you begin? Fortunately, the Internet can prove an excellent source of inspiration for both website and print designs. Here are some of the best sites you should check out:

Raster: An Internet website dedicated [...]

Graphic Design Software - Part I

Toys! This week we are taking a look at some of the most popular software on the market for the graphic design community.
Primo PDF
Over 17 million users are taking advantage of this software that transforms just about any file imaginable into a PDF. Ranked #1 in PDF software by CNET, this free technology features a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Graphic Design and Effective Messaging - Part II

Graphic Design Is Messaging
Although the artistic merits of good graphic design is at the forefront of what a graphic artist does the real backbone behind the design is the effectiveness of the message you are trying to communicate to the viewer.
In our last article we quoted Marshal McLuhan saying, “The medium is the message” or [...]

Graphic Design and Effective Messaging - Part I

The Medium Is the Message
Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The medium is the message.” McLuhan was considered one of the cutting edge media theorists of his day and realized that the “container” of the message or the medium influenced how the final message was perceived.
As graphic artists it is important to understand and use this [...]

Specialized Dingbats for Graphic Designers - Part II

Dingbats Continued…
We continue this series with some more dingbats that you can use in your next flyer, ad or graphic arts project. These dingbats are all scalable and will come in handy when you need a quick graphic or design motif for just the right look.
We’d like to thank the folks over at dafont.com again [...]

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 [...]

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part II

Abstract Photoshop Backgrounds
In the following tutorials, you’ll learn how to make Photoshop backgrounds that are more abstract and artsy. Since these themes are open-ended in nature, they can be used for many types of graphic design projects and web design layouts. You can scale these backgrounds to be used as buttons, backdrops, or poster elements. [...]

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