Unused Designs? Reuse Them

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Unused designs are a big part of the graphic designer’s portfolio. So what do you do with those designs? Reuse them. Why let them just sit in a folder on your desktop when they could be potentially worth something to somebody? Every designer has designs that didn’t get purchased or where just some practice work. Now you can see if …

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Graphic Design Pricing Issues with Clients

Graphic design pricing issues with clients. How many of us have had issues with pricing our graphic design with clients?  We all know that client’s are looking for the best amount of work for their dollar. So how can you keep a client happy with the amount you propose without lowering it and loosing money? Easy. Set-up a payment plan …

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Raster Vs Vector in Photoshop and Illustrator

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  Raster vs vector in Photoshop and Illustrator. If you need an image you can reduce and enlarge with no loss of quality you need a vector. This is done in Illustrator. The scalability is extremely better then the raster. Vector on the left and raster on the right. You can see the pixels when the image is enlarged. On …

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Creating an Animated GIF in Photoshop

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Creating an animated GIF is a little intimidating, but is easier when you use Photoshop. Martin Perhiniak has a video that shows you exactly how to create an animated GIF of a coin, but you can do it with other items as well once you learn this technique. It’s free. Create an Animated GIF If you have created one (or …

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Blur Composite Figures in Photoshop

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Blur Composite Figures in Photoshop This is a tip I have even missed in the past when making a composite. After extracting a figure for a composite be sure to slightly blur the edges of the figure using the blur tool. Why? Because the extraction has created a sharp edge on the figure and we do not have any sharp …

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Looking For Photoshop Fakes?

Photoshop Fakes are big news. It seems that everyone is wanting to find an image that was Photoshopped. Well…here is some tips to help you find that elusive image. 1. Look for the obvious. Missing arms, legs or other body parts. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how often it is missed. 2. Lighting. This is …

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14 Photoshop Extensions Chart

I have been using Photoshop for some time and still get a little confused when it comes to adding styles, actions, materials and other items. So, I put together this Photoshop Extensions Chart to help anyone who has been in the same situation: Actions = .atn Brushes = .abr Contours = .shc Custom Shapes = .csh Filter Colors = .aco …

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4 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

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Creativity is sometimes a fleeting idea. At times it can be an accidental discovery. I had that happen when driving past a few stores. All of a sudden I had some ideas for new logos for an unrelated business. A fluke, no probably my mind was already looking for a solution and the stores just triggered the response. But there …

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3 Tips to Help You Think Creative

How many times have you thought to yourself “I would like to be able to draw or design like an artist” Well you probably would not want to. Why?  Because you would be better off coming up with your own personal style. Your style defines you and helps you stand out from everyone else. Coming up with a style or …

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Photo Restoration for Heavy Damage

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Photo restoration has always fascinated me about how they get the image repaired. There are many levels of restoration and a lot of good books and videos out there, but I found this one that I thought you may want to review. It shows photo restoration for a heavily damaged image. Here is the video link I have done some …

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Check back because I will be posting the continued and definitely interesting story as things develop. Let me know what you think. I like comments and critiques. Thanks, John