2016-10-25T11:04:43ZThe 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZWhether 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZNavigation 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZAn introduction to the basics of graphic design and its different applications.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZWhich 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZNavigation is a key component of a website, and here are five rules to follow to help design yours effectively.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZPaul 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZAdobe 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZAn overview of the differences between designing for print and for the web, with a a focus on audience, layout, color, technology and careers.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZSuccessful 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZGraphics 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZThe 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZThere 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
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZBefore 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZA 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZColor 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZA 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZGraphic 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZA 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZDomain 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZWebsite 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZWhen 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZJPG 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
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZAt 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZThe 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43Zelements of graphic design shapes lines colors type fonts typography typefaces text art illustrations photography texture photos
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZLike 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZOmniGraffle, 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.
2016-10-25T11:04:43ZMany 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.