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Three Good Reasons Why You Should Learn Photoshop Today

Posted on February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

Have you ever been inspired by spectacular photographs and often admired the artistic eyes of the photographers who took those pictures? The interesting thing is, even if your photographs do not come out amazing the first time they were taken, you can still improve them and turn them into unique works of art. That can easily be done through the magic of Photoshop!

Adobe Photoshop is the software of choice for people who are in the visual arts business such as graphic artists and photographers. It is such a powerful, yet user friendly software that evens those who are not in the visual arts business use it for personal and professional purposes.

Here are three good reasons why you should learn Photoshop today:

1. Even someone who is not in the graphic arts business will find Photoshop useful for enhancing personal photos. Through Photoshop, you can easily remove wrinkles or unwanted blemishes on the face (even acne!). You can superimpose your picture onto a scenic background like a European village or if you want, you can make it look like you’re in the middle of Manhattan Square! You can touch up old photos and make them come back to life. You can turn new photos into vintage ones. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.

2. If you are in the visual arts business, you will find Photoshop an indispensable tool that you can use to sharpen and enhance your designs. Your creative energies will flow easily as you see an image going through changes right in front of your eyes. You will be a notch ahead of your competitors if you learn Photoshop and have a good mastery of its techniques.

3. The best thing about investing your time and money to learn Photoshop is you can start charging other people for your creative services using this great software. You can create unique company logos, banners and brochures for those who want to promote their businesses. You can even be a website designer, which is getting to be a lucrative job nowadays, as almost all businesses see the potential for increased sales through online marketing.

Anyone who understands the potential of improving their skills in the visual arts will be interested to learn Photoshop. If you spend the time and energy to learn Photoshop, you will discover more of its potential to help you get ahead in your business or your career.

For an easy and smart way to learn Photoshop, try the Photoshop Video Lesson Tutorials. This set of 20 video lessons in Photoshop will guide you step by step in using the different tools to get the effects you want to achieve with your photos.

Web Design Difficulties – 5 Ways to Get Inspiration

Posted on February 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Every Web Designer has experienced it on more than one occasion – the lack of inspiration for that next stunning design.  Whether you are swamped with projects and simply cannot focus, or you just have not designed in so long that you have lost motivation, these tips will work for you.

1. Take a break – When you are trying to create a new design for a client, there really is no point to staring at the computer screen watching your mouse draw boxes on the Photoshop canvas.  Take a break: exit out of Photoshop completely and do something else for a bit that allows your mind to open up.  Try going for a jog (or maybe a walk if you are not the running-inclined), or even playing a video game or watching television. The key here is to take your mind off of the fact that you are having a hard time coming up with a design.  Then, when you return to your favorite image editing program (do make sure to return), you will have a fresh mind.  Or, better yet, an idea will have already hit you when you were on the break!

2. Colors – Color is a big part of design.  So, instead of just sitting there, go find something colorful to look at.  It can be something physical like a painting or sculpture, or it can be something digital such as color sharing websites (like http://colourlovers.com and http://kuler.adobe.com/).  A nice thing about the latter is that those kind of websites usually allow you to download a pallet for Photoshop so you can quickly jump in and start playing around with the colors.  If you don’t like a certain pallet, just switch to another one – easy.

3. Start somewhere different – Instead of starting where you usually start, try something different.  If you usually start creating the logo first, begin by designing the general structure of the website.  Use different shapes to give you inspiration – try different rounded borders radii, try not using rounded borders.  If you usually start at the opposite end of the spectrum, try creating the logo first.  Start out with some basic text – maybe the website name or URL.  Then spice it up… would that ampersand look better as a different font?  Maybe you should use different colors separating different parts of the title?  Play with font styles and sizes.

4. Get new fonts/brushes – No designer can have enough fonts & Photoshop brushes. Go searching for new ones – download a whole directory of fonts and brushes and play around with them in Photoshop.  Brushes are a great way to give inspiration: pick a good brush at a decent size and start splatting it on the canvas.  You may be able to actually fit what you make into a design, but if you don’t you might find a good color contrast or an interesting effect.

5. Use other designers to your advantage – Web designers can be of great inspiration to each other, either directly or indirectly.  Go out and talk to other web designers on IM, in person, on the phone, on social networking websites, etc.  Let them know of your designer block – they will probably share similar experiences with you and how they overcame theirs.  If you are not feeling so socially inclined you can also go out and look at other website templates for motivation – but be careful, you don’t want to rip anybody off.

So use these tips to your advantage.  Let’s start with the first one – take a break!  Good luck.

6 Tips for Business Card Design Inspiration

Posted on February 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you do not have experience in graphic design, it may be a difficult to think up a design that is unique for your business card. What’s more, a unique design may not be enough. You will need a design that is memorable to your customers.

Even for a seasoned designer, it can be difficult to come up with a fresh and innovative design for a specific business or industry. In this case, it is good practice to draw inspiration from existing business card designs, websites, advertising to give you ideas and to get your creative juices flowing.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Tip 1

If you are a traditional artist or just love the look of oil paintings or watercolour on paper you can achieve the same effects with brushes in Photoshop. You can even go beyond paint effects with the brushes and apply the paper textures as well to simulate traditional art.

Tip 2

For a design that is retro or indie, you may want to try using a photo calling cards. If you have a Polaroid camera, you can take some nice photos and print your name and contact details on it to be used as a business card. You can even achieve the same Polaroid photo effect in Photoshop.

Tip 3

If possible, you should invest in a die-cut contact card. Die-cut cards are guaranteed to stand out from a pile of business cards that are all rectangular. Start out with your favourite shape and start designing around that concept.

Tip 4

Try using caricatures on your visiting card. If you don’t know how to draw, you can hire a freelance illustrator to draw a caricature of you and incorporate in your final calling card design. This kind of business cards is ideal for illustrators, graphic designers, or even stand-up comedians.

Tip 5

Have a professional photographer take a photograph of you and put that image on your visiting card. This is great for those who are focused on self-branding, such as real estate agents.

Tip 6

You do not have to always go for a crazy design to have a noticeable contact card. Often times, less is more, and if you get rid of the clutter and have your name or business name be the focal point of the card, a minimal design can also stand out with its simplicity.

Whichever tip you decide to go with, remember that these tips are merely idea-starters. Feel free to add something or tweak it, to make the design uniquely yours.

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