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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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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Windows [...]

Free Trial Software From Adobe - Part II

And the Rest Is Here
Adobe trial software is great if you want to test drive a program to see how it works and whether it is suitable for your needs. Trial software also lets you experiment with the program in order to get familiar with a specific creative field. If you are interested in graphic [...]

Free Trial Software From Adobe - Part I

The Trials at Adobe
No, we’re not talking about law here; we’re speaking about the numerous free trials that Adobe makes available to the public. The people at Adobe produce many software applications that are used by graphic designers, artists, illustrators, media professionals, web designers, and writers.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to test drive many of these [...]

Graphic Design, Book Covers, and You - Part II

Reading a Book by Its Cover
The chance to produce art for a book cover is rare, but the essential thought processes and creative steps are very similar, if not identical, in the inventive process. In this series we actually try to read a book by its cover–to see if the design concept is successful or [...]

Graphic Design, Book Covers, and You - Part I

Inspiration from the Covers of Books
In the next few posts, we’ll look at some book covers and learn a few things about design. We’ll find that design sometimes has to follow form. And in these examples, they follow the form of the content.
The creative processes used to design a book cover are relatively the same [...]

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