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Category Archives: Drawing and Sketching

Do You Need to Know How to Draw or Sketch to be a Graphic Designer?

The short answer is no, you don’t. But in truth this question requires a more complicated response. Plenty of graphic designers have gotten jobs without knowing how to draw at all. Nevertheless, learning how to draw or sketch can be invaluable for three big reasons.

You have to be able to explain visual concepts and ideas [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Quick and Easy Logos, Clip Art, and Graphics

Graphic designers are collectors of tools. It can be clip art, vector graphics, illustrations, fonts, or website apps. All these little tidbits create a nice library of things that can be used in projects or work.
Freebies Aren’t Always Free
One thing that you’ll always see on the Internet are the so-called free graphics tools.
The problem is [...]

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 [...]

Printed Paper and Storyboard Templates Galore

People sort of take paper for granted. It’s everywhere and has become such a common commodity that it is rarely given a second thought.
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But for anyone in graphic arts, illustration or design, paperĀ  is useful in producing the end results.
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Sometimes there is a need for the use of certain types of utility paper such as [...]

What to Expect with a Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet (and How to Set up Your Cintiq)

A very positive review of the Wacom Cintiq Digital Graphics Tablet and a tutorial on how to set up your Wacom Cintiq.

Which Graphics Tablet or Digital Graphics Pen Display Should Graphic Designers Buy

As a graphic designer, you probably have tried digital graphic tablets before. Heck, you might even own one or two already. But do you realize how far digital graphics tablets have come in the last few years?

List of Vector Conversion Software - 30+ Tools to Turn Photos into Line Art and Illustrations

I love Vector Magic, a free online vectorization tool. It is a really cool browser-based tool that can be used to turn a photograph into an illustration. It doesn’t always succeed in getting that look that you might be looking for, but it does a pretty good job. I usually just use it to play around with photos to see what Vector Magic can do with it, but it also can be very useful if you want to convert a photo into an illustration. I started to wonder how many other vectorization tools and software packages there were out there and I was surprised to find out that there are a ton o them. Basically, most of these tools turn Raster / Bitmap / Photo Images into Line Art / Illustrations / Vector Art.

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