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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 [...]

Designing a Logo: Part I

The outfit you decide to wear on your first day of graphic design school tells your classmates a lot about you.  It’s the first thing they see.  It represents you.
In the same sense, a logo tells a prospective client about a company, and it may be the only thing this client sees when flipping through [...]

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 [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part I

Practice Makes Perfect
After a while, it seems that plain old 2D Photoshop images are lacking when it comes to creativity for some of your graphic design projects. Maybe you have thought about doing more 3D work but didn’t know where to start. The following Photoshop tutorials can help you create some nice objects. All that [...]

What Employers Are Looking for in Graphic Designers - Part II

It’s More than Just Talent
When you are going after a graphic designer position, your prospective employer is not only seeking qualified talent but “soft” skills and abilities.
The “hard” skills as described in our last article, What Employers Are Looking for in Graphic Designers - Part I, gave a list of the skill sets that graphic [...]

Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers - Part I

Innocent Beginnings
Graphic designers and web designers use a basic collection of fonts when first starting out on a project. But as time and experience soon dictate, it becomes evident that a basic collection of fonts can be limited in scope and use.
This need for additional fonts turns into a hunt for the “perfect” match for [...]

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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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 [...]

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