Category Archives: Design Tools & Utilities

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part I

Background Check
Have you even wanted to create your own unique Photoshop backgrounds for a specific project or web design layout that needed some extra shine? In the following tutorials, you’ll learn how to do this. The instructions take you step-by-step and can be used as the basis for creating new backgrounds to suit your needs.
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Freelancing 101: The Typical Life

Freelancing 101: The typical life.
Plus tips and advise from a professional.
By Elle Phillips
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, about twenty-five percent of all Graphic Designers (or Graphic Artists) do freelance work, full-time or part-time. Many more have aspirations of doing freelance because of the money, creativity, and the appeal of working from home. [...]

When Design Becomes Literal

As a graphic artist, you face the challenge of creating designs that are unique, and interesting. Some designers, as you will see, have taken the idea of design to a very literal form.
The following examples are fun to look at and admire, but also serve as inspiration to think “inside the box” by approaching design [...]

Logos: What Makes a Good Design? - Part III

And Now the Good Stuff
In our last few articles about logo design we’ve seen some logos that didn’t quite work because of design flaws, problems with concept or lack of visual appeal.
This time we’ll look at some of the most famous logos in the world, and some that aren’t so famous to see why they [...]

Logos: What Makes a Good Design? - Part II

The Logo Journey Continues
In our last article, we examined several logo designs that were, by most conventional standards, unsuccessful. Your art education is a continuing process and understanding the basics of graphic design can help you to be more effective in creativity and to avoid mistakes.
In Part 2 of this series, we’ll take a look [...]

Great Ideas for Package Designs - Part I

See, Learn, and Get Inspired
Designing a package can be quite challenging when trying to think of unique ways to present a product. The following examples show how graphic designers think outside the packaging box by using creative techniques that are novel in approach, and also quite functional by design.
Otokoyama Sake

A simple design can be more [...]

Camera Tricks for Non-Photographers - Part II

Make Your Own Filters and Special Effects
In our last camera tricks session we covered some basic techniques related to camera operation, lens usage, and camera settings to achieve different image effects without the use of Photoshop.
This time around we will still achieve in-camera effects but with the use of homemade lens filters and accessories that [...]

Camera Tricks for Non-Photographers Part I

1986 B.P. (Before Photoshop)
Photoshop is a fun program and can be used to turn plain photographs into unusual or improved versions. But before Photoshop arrived, photographers were using in-camera effects to put some pop into their images.
What Is an In-Camera Effect?
This means the manipulation of a photographic image through the use of special lighting, shutter [...]

Really Cool Photoshop Effects Part 1

Photoshop is like a magic hat. Inside it you’ll find and discover all sorts of tricks that allow you to manipulate and transform images to another state of being.
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Photoshop can be a little tricky sometimes because of the depth of all its features. But this shouldn’t scare anyone away from using this great program. In [...]

Web-Based Photo Editors: Fast, Fun, and Mostly Free

It may seem odd but using a web-based photo editor is sometimes perferable to firing up Photoshop or some other computer software based photo editor. These little gems are easy to use, fast, and come in a variety of configurations.
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Some of the programs are surprisingly full-featured, while others do really simple tasks such as [...]

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