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James George is a graphic design and web design expert, living in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is an expert in Print design, Adobe software, and web design, including HTML, CSS, and Wordpress. Visit his blog, Creative Beacon or his personal portfolio site and blog, G Squared Studios.
Wilderness and nature photography are extremely popular, whether you are a hobbyist or a full time professional photographer. Many times, photographers will venture into the great outdoors, where there are vast amounts of wilderness, and civilization is nowhere to be found. Landscape photography captures beautiful scenery, but when working with large nature scenes, sometimes you simply can’t fit everything into one shot. This means that you need to stitch multiple images together to form what is called a panorama,... CONTINUE READING
When working as a designer, completing each project as quickly and efficiently as possible is one of our main goals. We get paid by the hour, so anything that we can do to save time means that we can do more and essentially make more money for our time. Here are a few things that you can do to save time. Use Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are essential to any designer’s workflow. Knowing these can sometimes cut your production... CONTINUE READING
If you’ve used Photoshop long enough, you’ll begin to realize that there is nothing you can’t do with Photoshop. You can extract people and objects from their background, paint anything digitally, create anything from scratch, retouch images, correct colors and more. One of the fundamental tasks in Photoshop when doing any of these things is using blend modes. What is a Blend Mode? A blend mode is found in 3 main areas of Photoshop. You can find blend modes... CONTINUE READING
Photographers often have an idea or vision of what they would like for the outcome of their photographs to be, but in reality, our images don’t always turn out that way. Sometimes it may be the camera, sometimes the environment or the lighting, and sometimes the subject itself can give us problems. Every now and then, we run into the problem of having a distorted or crooked image, but with Photoshop, we can correct that fairly easily. The following... CONTINUE READING
Photography always has its challenges, and event photography is no different. There are outside factors involved with event photography, such as lighting and background or environment. One major problem with event photography is that you only have one chance to nail that perfect shot. Many times you will get the perfect shot, and sometimes you will encounter what is called color casting. This is where one color overpowers your image over the others. This can be due to many... CONTINUE READING
The old saying “A picture is worth 1000 words.” Is a great phrase when it applies to the profession of Graphic Design. When creating professional-level images, it is important to capture the moment and draw the viewer into the scene. One important aspect to this is clarity. Sometimes bad lighting, a low-light environment, technical difficulty or malfunction may cause an image to have noise, or appear to have a rough grain to it. Sometimes, a gritty, noisy image is... CONTINUE READING
Contrast is very important in Photography, which means that you should have a decent range between your highlights and shadows. When your images are too light or too dark, you lose important image information in the highlights and shadows of your image, ruining the overall appeal of the photograph. There are adjustments in Photoshop that can save your images. Which one you use depends on the situation and the photo. With each of these methods, I am going to... CONTINUE READING
We all want our images to look the best. For most of us, it is our job to make everything, including our images, look good. Good color, contrast, and balance are important, but none of that matters if your image is blurry or out of focus. For some photos it can make the image that much more powerful to sharpen the image. For example, if you have a geological image, and it looks good, you can make it look... CONTINUE READING
One of the fundamentals of being a graphic designer in the digital age is understanding different file formats for your images. Knowing how to save your images requires consideration of what your end product will be and its application. You use different file formats for print projects than you do for web design projects. Using the wrong format could result in your design not looking how you intended, or it might not display at all. This is disastrous for... CONTINUE READING
Just a few short years ago, it was a long and drawn out process to take your hand-drawn artwork from paper to digital. You had to sketch out the artwork, scan it in, clean it up, and then in Illustrator, you could spend hours, even days using the pen tool to trace your own artwork, depending on how elaborate your piece was. If you needed each element on it’s own layer, you could end up with a huge file... CONTINUE READING