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Category Archives: Photos & Clip Art

Eye-Catching: Making Pictures Stand Out in Print

How do you choose the right photo for a newspaper story, magazine article, or advertisement? It can be difficult to balance headlines, photos, and texts, so today we’re focusing on selecting the right images for storytelling. How do you make a photo really stand out on a page? Here are some tips to help you.
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Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers - Part II

The Fonts Go On
Last time we presented some really nice fonts for specific uses and applications.
In part two of Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers, we are continuing this series by displaying some very creative font designs that are functional as well as unique.
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Underwood Typewriter

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Sooner or later you’ll need to use a typewriter font. There are [...]

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 [...]

50+ Vector Clip Art Sites for Editable Graphics

One of the drawbacks of most clip art is that you cannot edit these images in Adobe Illustrator or other vector art programs such as CorelDraw. The other major drawback is that you can not resize rasterized clip art without pixelating them. Because of these two major setbacks, many graphic designers prefer vector graphics and clip art. That is why I have taken the time to put together this list of 50+ vector clip art sites.

The History and Copyright of Clip Art : A Guide for Graphic Designers

Clip art is a collection of graphic images of various shapes, sizes and colors, including maps, diagrams, illustrations, cartoons and designs, available to you for copying and pasting into your own page layout. You can shop for any activity that needs an image, such as business presentations, birthday/wedding invitations, sports events, holiday greetings, etc. People associate clip art with web decoration, but the images are also available in printed format. Clip art consists exclusively of illustrations, and excludes photographic images.

Web Based Image Editors - Online Photoshop Alternatives for Image Editing

With Adobe recently launching their online version of Adobe Photoshop - Adobe Photoshop Express - you might be wondering if there are other quality image editors online. You don’t have to wonder anymore. We have put together a list of more than 30 web-based picture editors that are great alternatives to Photoshop Express. I am not saying that any of these online image editing tools are better than Photoshop Express, but they are all quality tools that can be used to create great image effects.

Collection of Free Photoshop Pattern Sites - Start Downloading Those Patterns

If you are a Photoshop guru, then you are probably always on the lookout for new free Photoshop stuff. Well, we try to do that legwork for you. On this page you will find a nice roundup of free Photoshop pattern sites. Click through to these sites and download some of those free patterns. Have fun.

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.

Free Photoshop Shapes Downloads - Mega List of Free Custom Vector Shapes for Adobe Photoshop - Part I

I am in love with vector shapes right now. I think they are so handy to have around when you are building a site. The way that you can stretch vectors without creating jaggy edges, makes them incredibly useful. Most of the time I just land up breaking them apart to use a curve that I like. I also love using them for as badges or buttons on web sites. I have collected a huge selection of free custom Photoshop shapes. If you download every single one of these, there are probably close to 15,000 free Adobe Photoshop shapes. There are more to come in Part II. Enjoy.

A New and More Accurate Search Engine for Finding Free Clipart

As graphic designers, we are always on the hunt for quality free clipart images to use in our designs. The problem is that often searching for clipart often brings back very inaccurate search results. Well, thanks to one of my friends, I have found a new site called Find Free Clipart which will make my life much easier the next time I search for clipart online.

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