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Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree, That Is the Question (Part I)

A graphic design education can prove invaluable when applying for your first job as a graphic designer. Yet in addition to choosing from among the many graphic design schools available, you also have to decide which degree would best meet your needs: a 2-year associate degree or 4-year bachelor’s degree?
An associate degree usually qualifies you [...]

The Building Blocks of Great Composition

No graphic design education is complete without a thorough understanding of composition. It’s the basis for any design, whether you’re working in photography or film or comic book illustration. So how well versed are you in the building blocks of great composition? Take a look at these basic composition principles from the book The Designer’s [...]

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 [...]

Twas the Night Before Crunch Time

Update on an Old Poem
Here’s a variation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” especially written for all of you graphic designers and web designers. Have a safe holiday and may all your designs come true!
Twas the Night Before Crunch Time
By Frank Ling aka “admin”

Twas the night before crunch time, when all through the house
Not a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 II

Last time around we selected five cool Photoshop techniques to enhance and transform your images into another reality.
Some were simple and direct, while others needed some expertise and Photoshop skills.
For our second round of PS effects, we’ve selected some that can be used “as is” or as the basis for creating new ones. Each of [...]

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 [...]

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