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 [...]

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, paper  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 [...]

Numbering Pages in a Single-Fold Layout Graphic Design Project

Numbering a multi-page single-fold document is anti-intuitive to many people. It does not make sense to most people if they just glance at the numbering pattern.

Prepress Checklist : Use on Graphic Design Projects Sending Out to Printers

Your project is camera ready and you are ready to ship it out the door. Here’s a quick list that you can use on almost any project you send out for printing. Print one of these and check off each one as you verify things for each project you do.

Don’t Go Broke at the Printers - How to Save Money at the Print Shop

Find out ways to save yourself money the next time you go on over to the print shop to get one of your graphic design projects printed out. The more you can do in house before sending a project to a printer, the more money you can save on the printing cost. Below I have shared some secret tips with you to save some of your precious money at the commercial printers.

Easy Guide to Commercial Printers for Designers Who Always Get Lost

The most common issue printers face with graphic artists and designers are deadlines. Some graphic designers think that when they hand the design project over to a printer, that they should get the final project back within 30 minutes. While that may be possible on small-scale projects done at quick-copy establishments such as Kinkos, it is not going to happen with a commercial printing press printer. First, understand that getting the project off your computer and turned into the final product has several steps.

Become a Graphic Designer - Design Careers & Design Education Advice from Professional Designer

Whether you’re right out of high school, a Mom looking for a career she can do from home, recently out of the Military or simply someone who feels they have a knack for design and is ready for a career change, consider that you have a few options on how to gain the skills you will need to pursue your dream job. But first, ask yourself some questions

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