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Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:24:58 +0000

 



All About the Elements of Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

elements of graphic design shapes lines colors type fonts typography typefaces text art illustrations photography texture photos



The Printing Process - Designing for Print

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A list of graphic design printing process resources to help make your designs look there best in print. They include printing vendors, glossary terms, and articles.



Graphic Design Tutorials

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A list of graphic design tutorials to help with your day-to-day design work. They include Photoshop tutorials, Illustrator tutorials and some how-to guides.



How to Use the Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Learn to use the clone stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop to retouch photos by copying one area of an image onto another area.



How is Designing for the Web Different than...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

An overview of the differences between designing for print and for the web, with a a focus on audience, layout, color, technology and careers.



What Are JPG Files?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

JPG files, also known as JPEG files, are a common file format for digital photos and other digital graphics. When JPG files are saved, they use



Using Color in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Color is an interesting element of graphic design because it can be applied to any other element, changing it dramatically. It can be used to make an image stand out, to show linked text on a website, and to evoke emotion. Graphic designers should combine their experience with color with an understanding of color theory, including rgb color, cmyk and the hsv color model.



6 Essential Graphic Design Software Programs

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Graphics and business-related software are key for graphic design. Products such as the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, content management software, and time tracking software will help you stay creative and organized.



Name That Font! Let "What the Font" Help You

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Sometimes dentifying fonts can be tough. And sometimes impossible. Let's see if What the Font! can help figure which font you just fell in love with.



4 Things Anyone Can Do with Photoshop

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Adobe Photoshop has long been considered essential software for graphic design. Photoshop’s primary functions include photo editing, website design, project layout, and the creation of elements for any type of project.



The Steps of the Graphic Design Process

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When starting a new design project, there are steps of the graphic design process to follow that will help you to achieve the best results. You can save yourself time and energy by first researching the topic, finalizing your content, starting with simple sketches, and getting several rounds of approval on designs.



You Need These Tools for Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are several tools that are essential to graphic design. See how a computer and software, design books, a sketchpad and even other designers can be essential to your design process and business.



5 Design Rules for Easy Website Navigation

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Navigation is a key component of a website, and here are five rules to follow to help design yours effectively.



Your Introduction to Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

An introduction to the basics of graphic design and its different applications.



7 Types of Website Navigation to Consider

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Navigation is a key element of any website. It’s how the user gets from section to section, and to your content. Aside from creating something unique, there are several options for navigation in site design that are quite common, and for a good reason… they help the user browse your site easily.



Digital Printing

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Digital printing refers to modern printing methods that use digital files, such as PDFs, instead of printing plates.



Need Free Fonts? Try Dafont.com

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Dafont is a free font website, offering downloadable freeware, shareware, demo and public domain typefaces for windows and mac.



Create a Graphic Design PDF Portfolio Using...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Many graphic software programs, such as InDesign and Illustrator, have the option of exporting a design as a PDF, which allows you to create a PDF portfolio. This PDF portfolio can be a custom designed brochure-style piece showcasing your best work, which can be emailed to prospective clients or employers.



Is a Mac Really Better Than a PC?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

One of the most common ongoing debates in the computer world is whether to get a Mac or a PC. Macs, produced by Apple, have often been used in the design world, with the PC (running the Windows operating system) dominating most of the business world. When looking at the two for graphic design work, the focus is on the handling of graphics, color, and type, the availability of software, and overall ease of use.



Identify Fonts with Free iPhone App What the Font

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

What the Font is a free iPhone application that identifies typefaces from photos. A companion to the MyFonts website with the same title, What the Font is an extremely intuitive and clever app that is a great tool for designers on the go.



How To Design a Website – Step-by-step

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A step by step guide to designing a website, from research and brainstorming to creating wireframes, developing the website and promoting it.



Types of Graphic Design Portfolios

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Which kind of portfolio should you go with? Wait, there's more than one? Don't worry, we'll explain 'em all and help you decide which is best for you.



What Are GIF Files?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

GIF files are a format commonly used for graphics presented on websites. GIFs can contain a maximum of 256 colors, and are therefore best for images that contain simple shapes, a limited color palette, text and other elements as opposed to photos.



Introduction to How Typography Is Described and...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Basic typography terminology to help with the understanding how type is described and measured.



A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Like many graphic design fields, working in advertising takes you far beyond creating designs and page layouts. While a specific job may be to create a print ad for a campaign, this field requires an understanding of marketing, public relations and consumers.



6 Things Every Graphic Designer Should Ask New...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

At the start of a project, it is important to know what to ask graphic design clients to gather as much information as possible. This will often occur before you have landed a job, as it is necessary to have this meeting to help determine the cost and timeframe of the project.



How to Use the Photoshop Save for Web Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

As a graphic designer, you may often be asked to deliver web-ready images, such as photos for a web site or banner ads. The Photoshop “Save for Web” tool is a simple and easy way to prepare your JPEG files for the web, helping with the trade-off between file size and image quality.



Should Graphic Designers Charge Hourly or Flat...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A common decision to be made when starting a graphic design project is whether to charge a flat or an hourly rate. Each method has pros and cons, as well as ways to work towards a fair deal for both you and your client.



How to Create a Graphic Design Project Outline

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Before beginning the design phase of a job, it is helpful to create a graphic design project outline. It will provide you and your client with some structure when discussing and creating the pages and elements of a project.



About the CMYK Color Model

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The CMYK color model is used in printing. Although computer monitors display color in RGB, final printed pieces will be in CMYK, and so it is important to understand this model and the printing process.



How to Create Website Wireframes

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Website wireframes are simple line drawings that show the placement of elements on a web page. Learn the focus, benefits and elements of a properly constructed website wireframe.



Using Shapes in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Shapes are at the root of graphic design. They are figures and forms that make up logos, illustrations and countless other elements in all types of designs. Altering the size, form, angles, colors and other characteristics of the shapes in a design can significantly impact its message and success.



How to Promote Your Graphic Design Business

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are many ways to promote a graphic design business, including blogging, word-of-mouth, email newsletters and social networking. Many of these methods are inexpensive or free, and can lead to increased exposure for your business and new clients.



How to Design a Graphic Design Business Card

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Whether you are a freelancer or you own your own design firm, it is crucial to have business cards for your graphic design business. A well-designed card with the right content will help you look professional, show off your work, and land new clients.



Estimating Projects

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When creating a proposal for a new graphic design job, one of the most difficult steps is estimating the project cost. It can be helpful to break down the necessary tasks to reach a final estimate.



How to Use Texture in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Texture can refer to the actual surface of a design or to the visual appearance of a design. In the first case, the audience can actually feel the texture, making it unique from the other elements of design. In the second case, texture is implied through the style of design. Rich, layered graphics can create visual texture that mirrors actual texture.



What Is Copyright?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Copyright refers to laws that regulate the use of the work of a creator, such as an artist or author.



4 Functions of the Photoshop Marquee Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The Photoshop marquee tool, a relatively simple feature, is essential for several tasks. At the most basic level, the tool is used to select areas of an image, which can then be copied, cut or cropped. There are four options within the tool to select different types of areas: rectangular, elliptical, a single row or a single column.



10 Early Warning Signs of a Bad Client

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

It is often the case that designers are competing for projects, and the client is selecting who to work with based on experience, rates and many other factors. At the same time, however, designers should be deciding if the client is a good fit for them.



Profile of Graphic Designer Saul Bass

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Saul Bass was a Bronx- born graphic designer who took his New York style to California and became famous for his work in film and classic logo design. He studied in New York at the Art Students’ League as a teenager and developed a unique style that is both recognizable and memorable.



Beginner's Guide to Buying a Website Domain Name

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Domain names or website addresses, such as google.com or facebook.com, are available for purchase from many website services or registrars. While of course the names mentioned above are far from available, there are countless website addresses that can be purchased, often whether they are already owned or not.



Where to Find Fonts

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Knowing where to find fonts for your graphic design projects can make your job much easier. When you find the perfect font that meets your needs it can help you achieve that ideal finished product for both you and your client. Check out this list of font websites with both free and paid fonts for download.



Using Illustration in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Illustration is commonly used in graphic design projects. A beautiful illustration can often grab the attention of your audience just as well as a photograph, and in many cases it can be even more effective. Illustrations are often necessary to “illustrate” a point, such as in graphs, charts and maps or in a set of icons for a website. There are several sources of illustrations, each with advantages and disadvantages in terms of quality, cost and time.



Examples of Successful Website Layouts

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Successful website layouts depend on many variables including consistent navigation, proper balance, use of space, and clear delivery of content. See examples of successful layouts in a variety of industries.



Learn the Benefits of Working on a Retainer

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A retainer is a fee paid for a pre-determined amount of time or work. Most commonly, a percentage of a retainer is paid up-front for a specified number of hours or days of work within a time period.



Color Separation

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Color separation is the process by which original artwork is separated into individual color components for printing.



Profile of Graphic Designer Paul Rand

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Paul Rand was one of the most famous and influential graphic designers in history. He is best known for his logo design and corporate branding, creating timeless icons such as the IBM and ABC television logos.



TrueType Font

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A TrueType font is a single file that contains both the screen and printer versions of a typeface. TrueType fonts make up the majority of the fonts that have come automatically installed on Windows and Mac operating systems for years.



Learn About Typeface Anatomy

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There is a standard set of terms to describe the parts of a character. These terms, and the parts of the letter they represent, are often referred to as



How to Use the Adobe Photoshop Tools

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The tools available on the Photoshop toolbar and menus are the basis for working in the software. Learning tools such as the crop, clone stamp and marquee, and the use of tool presets, will help facilitate design and improve workflow.



Lipsum.com Lorem Ipsum Text Generator

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Lipsum.com is an online resource that generates any requested length of Lorem Ipsum dummy text for graphic design projects.



How to Use Photoshop Tool Presets

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Creating tool presets in Photoshop is an excellent way to speed up your workflow and remember your favorite and most-used settings. A tool preset is a named, saved version of a tool and specific related settings such as width, opacity and brush size, all handled through the tool presets palette.



How to Write a Graphic Design Contract

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Graphic design contracts are important to protect the designer and clearly spell out the terms of an agreement and project. This list describes sections to include in a graphic design contract.



Color Models: RGB

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The RGB model is so important to graphic design because it is used in computer monitors. Therefore, when designing websites and other on-screen projects, the RGB model is used because the final product is viewed on a computer display.



Using Facebook to Promote Your Graphic Design...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Facebook is enormously popular, most often thought of as a social tool for friends and family to share photos, thoughts and anything else that the huge Facebook network allows. It is also, however, a powerful business tool. With so many people on one website, it was inevitable that businesses jumped in with profiles, or pages, of their own and by taking advantage of other business opportunities.



Learn How to Use the Grid System in Graphic...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The grid system in graphic design is a way of organizing content on a page, using any combination of margins, guides, rows and columns. By using the grid system, a consistent design can be achieved through all the pages of a project.



How to Use the Adobe Illustrator Type Tools

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are several tools for creating type, all found on the Illustrator toolbar, and each with a different function.



OmniGraffle Review

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

OmniGraffle, now in version 5, is Mac software that simplifies the creation of wireframes, flowcharts and other diagrams by providing shape, line, arrow, text and graphics tools to use on a blank canvas. Many stencil sets, which are collections of graphics with a particular theme, are available that make the software even more powerful.



How to Find Out Your Client's Budget

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Finding our your client's budget can save a lot of time and aggravation. By simply asking, or researching, how much a client can spend you can often determine not only if you can take a job, but what type of service you can provide. As there are often variables that can greatly affect costs, it will help you work with the client rather than quoting blindly and potentially losing a project.



TIFF Files

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A TIFF file, or TIF file, stands for Tagged Image File Format. TIF files are a common format for images, especially those used on graphic design.



How to Use the Adobe Illustrator Selection Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The Illustrator selection tool is for selecting objects in your layouts, such as shapes and blocks of type. Once selected, you can use the tool to move, transform, or apply any number of filters or effects to the selected objects.



How to Determine a Graphic Design Hourly Rate

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Setting a graphic design hourly rate is important because it will position you in relation to your competitors, determine what your flat rates are for projects, and of course directly affect what you earn.



Member-Based Organizations for Graphic Designers

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Joining a graphic design organization can open up a new outlet for networking to increase your client-base, contact list and list of potential collaborators. Being a member of a design organization can also give you access to events, research options and competitions. This list covers some professional organizations in the design industry.



Graphic Design Branding

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

To create a brand for a company is to create their image, and to promote that image with campaigns and visuals. Working in branding allows a graphic designer or design firm to get involved with many aspects of the industry, from logo design to advertising to copywriting and slogans.



How to Make Sure Your Design Prints Correctly

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When preparing a document to send to a printer, there are several specifications and elements to include in your layout. These specs help to insure that the printer will provide your final project as intended.



Graphic Design Rush Fees: What's a Fair Price...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When you have clients who want projects done on a short deadline, there are several things to consider before you charge a rush fee.



Create a Free Online Portfolio Website

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

While there are benefits to building a custom portfolio and website, below are some popular sites that make building an online presence quick and easy.



Determining a Flat Rate for Graphic Design...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Charging a flat rate for graphic design projects is often a good idea, because both you and your client know the cost from the start. Unless the scope of the project changes, the client doesn’t have to worry about going over budget, and the designer is guaranteed a certain amount.



How to Use the Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The pen tool is perhaps the most powerful tool in Illustrator. It can be used to create countless lines, curves and shapes, and serves as the building block for illustration and design. The tool is used by creating “anchor points,” and then by connecting those points with lines, which can be connected further to create shapes. Use of the pen tool is perfected through practice.



Brainstorming in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Before you even begin to create a first version of a design in graphics software, it is important to harness your creativity to come up with concepts and ideas for a project. Unless the winning idea simply pops into your head (it has been known to happen), it is often difficult to sit down and start designing without a brainstorming session.



Graphic Design Career Paths

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are many career paths to take within the field of graphic design. Graphic designers may choose to work as book designers, in web design, branding, illustration, logo design or often a combination of several fields.



Offset Lithography

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Offset lithography is a process used for printing on a flat surface, using printing plates.



File Types and File Formats Used in Graphic...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are many file types used in graphic design. These file types include image file formats such as JPG files, GIF files and TIFF files and other common file types such as PDF files and PPT files.



Your Introduction to the Different Types of...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are several different types of fonts that make up the majority of the fonts found today. The three main types are OpenType fonts, TrueType fonts and Postscript, or Type 1, fonts.



How to Use the Photoshop Crop Tool

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The Photoshop crop tool serves two main purposes. The first is to crop, which means to cut out an area of an image by selecting the area that you wish to keep. It is also handy for quickly resizing images. These functions can also be used at the same time to crop and resize a photo (or any type of image) at once.



Online Printers for Graphic Design Projects

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are many websites that offer online printing for your design projects such as business cards, calendars, stickers, postcards and posters. These online printers offer a multitude of products to choose from with different paper options, processing speeds and delivery options. Depending on what you are printing you can often decide to order recycled paper and choose a matte or glossy finish, along with many other options. Some of the websites will provide you with a free proof to review before placing your order.



Using Type Families in Graphic Design

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The different options available within a typeface, such as roman, bold and italic, make up a type family.



Project Management Software

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

As client lists and project sizes grow, turning to graphic design project management software is a great way to stay organized by using to-do lists, calendars, collaboration, automated billing and more.



6 Things That You Need to Include in a Website...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A website proposal contains many aspects different from other graphic design proposals, in that technical elements must be addressed along with creative ones. While print proposals do address items such as printing procedures, website proposals must specify web hosting, systems for maintaining content, programs or programming languages to be used and other technical specifications.



What is “Spec” Work?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Spec work (short for speculative) is any job for which the client expects to see examples or a finished product before agreeing to pay a fee.



How to Choose a Website Domain Name

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Choosing a domain name for you or a client can be a long and tedious process. With so many names no longer available, creating a new one or finding the right one requires research, creativity and sometimes a significant investment. Regardless of whether you are looking for a brand new name or considering purchasing one, the same factors come into play to determine the value of the domain name to your business.



How to Get Organized in Your Design Business

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When working as a graphic designer, it is important to get organized. If your business is not organized, there is a good chance your design will ultimately suffer. Keeping track of design tasks, leads, client requests, finances, emails, and phone calls is all part of getting, and staying, organized.



International Graphic Design Schools

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Earning a design degree can go a long way in helping to enrich and advance your career in the graphic design industry. There are many schools around the world that offer excellent programs in the various fields of graphic design including industrial design, visual communication, automotive design, health-care design and product design. This list of schools highlights some of the best outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg Businessweek and psdtutsplus.com.



Graphic Design: It's Older Than You Think

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A timeline noting key moments in graphic design history from 15,000 BC to 1900, including the first visual communication, the invention of movable type, the opening of the first type foundry, and the development of the first Caslon Old Style font.



FreelanceSwitch - Job Listings and Articles

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

FreelanceSwitch is an excellent online resource for all kinds of freelancers, with a blog full of articles and advice, a freelancers directory, job board, forum and other resources.



Basecamp: Project Management and Collaboration...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Basecamp is an excellent online software package that makes project management and collaboration easy. Created by 37signals, the entire Basecamp system is accessed and managed online, so none of the software or data is actually stored on your computer.



How to Build a Graphic Design Portfolio Without...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Getting jobs without work in a portfolio is difficult, as is building a portfolio without jobs. Tracey Halvorsen has some tips to get you started.



Graphic Design Pricing - Tools, Resources and...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A list of tools, resources and articles to help with graphic design pricing, setting graphic design rates, time tracking and other aspects of the financial side of design.



Graphic Design Pricing

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Graphic design pricing and budgets can be difficult to determine, especially when you are getting started. Fastspot's Tracey Halvorsen talks about factors that can affect graphic design pricing, such as the importance of a project to your portfolio and referrals that can come out of the work.



Do You Have the Skills to Be a Graphic Designer?

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

You don't need to be a fine artist to be a graphic designer. While it could help your career and your creative side, it is not necessary to be a sketch artist, painter or other type of artist in the traditional sense. Graphic design is about taking elements such as type, photos, illustrations, and color and combining them to create effective messages.



Graphic Design Time Tracking Software

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

As a graphic design business grows, using time tracking software can help you keep organized, properly bill your clients, set your rates and study your workflow. There are many stand-alone time tracking applications, as well as options that are part of larger project management packages.



Five Ways to Improve Your Graphic Design Business

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

There are many ways to improve your graphic design business. Some of the most obvious ways include building your portfolio and improving your skill set through practice or courses. However, there are additional improvements you can make to your business that don't involve design work. These include anything from how you dress to how you write.



Key Moments in Graphic Design History Timeline:...

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

A timeline noting key moments in graphic design history from 1900-1990, including the opening of the Bauhaus school, the designing of the IBM and MTV logos, and the release of the first Macintosh computer and Adobe Photoshop.



Graphic Design Business Ideas and Tips

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Starting or building a graphic design business can be a daunting task. These graphic design business ideas are tips to help spread the word, show off your work and set your rates, as well as suggestions for meeting with clients and managing projects.



Free Fonts for Download from UrbanFonts.com

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

UrbanFonts.com is a well-designed free font website with over 8,000 freeware fonts for download. UrbanFont’s attractive site makes browsing fonts easier than on some other free font sites.



Apple iMac Review

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The Apple iMac claims to be “the ultimate all-in-one,” and it truly is. While marketed as Apple’s consumer model, the Apple iMac certainly packs enough power to use for professional graphic design, with a lower cost than the Mac Pro. Tools such as iLife and Font Book, and Apple's great handling of colors and fonts, make the Apple iMac an excellent tool for graphic designers.



Working as a Web Designer

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Website design, while a relatively new industry, is now an essential part of a company’s image, brand, and advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns.



Using Swatches to Insure Desired Color Results

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

When designing for print, a common issue that has to be dealt with is the difference between the color on your computer display and on paper. To deal with this problem, you can use the Pantone Matching System, or PMS. The PMS has an industry standard book of color swatches with reference numbers that you can give to the printer, who will then use ready-made inks that match these numbers to complete the job.



Graphic Design Schools

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

Attending a graphic design school to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in graphic design can be an invaluable accomplishment towards building a successful career in the design industry. Design schools offer exciting and unique programs to build your skills in design, typography, illustration and other fields. This list of schools highlights some of the best in the United States.



Apple’s Bundled Software

2016-09-27T11:24:58Z

The software that is included with all new Apple computers can be very handy for managing tasks beyond your personal life. Here are some tips for using Mac applications in your design business.