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Rafiq Elmansy is designer, book author, Adobe expert and trainer with over 12 years experience. He is the author of many books and articles about different topics about Adobe, design and technology. Rafiq is also an Adobe community professional and manager of Adobe user group in Egypt and the founder of Graphic Mania magazine "http://www.graphicmania.net. Find more about him at http://www.rafiqelmansy.com.
Somehow the two fields are connected to each other. This makes many art schools add photography courses to their design degree requirements or vice versa. In this article, I will try to explore with you if graphic designers really need to learn about photography, and I would like to hear your personal opinion and experience about graphic design and photography as linked talents. Photography In Your Design If you are a graphic designer who works in any of the... CONTINUE READING
Although the shapes and glyphs of the characters are different from what we are using today, there is a reason for this change that we will discuss later, in the Calligraphy and Printing section of the article. The art of calligraphy is not limited to handwriting and written communication in letters, but it has extended to become a branch of creative artwork that modern artists use to express their talent and ideas, such as street art, graffiti, tattoo, body... CONTINUE READING
Additionally, the calligraphers did not restrict this form of art to paper and leather either; they have extended its usage to become an essential motive of Islamic architecture in Mosques, palaces, and gardens. In order to understand the impact of Arabic calligraphy on modern artists and designers, and find out if it has a significant effect on contemporary designs, we have to go back and briefly learn about how Arabic calligraphy has developed over the last 14 centuries. When... CONTINUE READING
If we did a quick survey about the most common problems designers, especially new designers have to face, we would find that the expensive price of graphic design tools and applications top the list of these complaints. Even when companies like Adobe provide Creative Suites for more saving opportunities, they are still expensive for many designers around the world. Some designers try to overcome this problem by relying on free graphic design tools that allow them to reduce their software... CONTINUE READING
The advanced 3D features in Photoshop can help you to create 3D scenes directly in Photoshop without having to learn complex 3D applications. These features are suitable for graphic designers and web designers who would like to build simple 3D work without leaving their favorite Photoshop application. In our previous tutorial we have learnt Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6. In today’s tutorial we will continue learning about the 3D features in Photoshop and see how to create... CONTINUE READING
HTML5 is a new, promising technology, especially since many see it as a powerful technology that can compete with Flash in creating interactive content, such as videos and animations. Actually, there has long been a debate about this situation and many of the technology experts think it may be the end of Flash, especially after Apple stopped developing Flash Player for mobile devices. As a Flash expert who has been using Flash for years and knows its secrets, I... CONTINUE READING
In our poll article that was published a couple of weeks ago, Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?, we were discussing design competitions and tried to discover what design students and professionals thought of design competitions. This article defined design competitions as either local or international design challenges that help to measure the talent and skills of the participants by means of judging their artwork by a professional board of jury. Many design students and professional designers... CONTINUE READING
Unlike bitmap images, vector graphics are resolution independent, which gives a great advantage because you can resize and scale them without losing the quality of the original artwork. Adobe Illustrator is one of those applications that allow you not only to create vector graphics, but also convert bitmap images into vector-based images, using the comprehensive and enhanced image trace feature in adobe Illustrator CS6. The new image trace feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6 allows you to trace bitmap images... CONTINUE READING
There is no doubt that designers are always looking for challenges to prove their talent and excellence in the industry. Design competitions are one of those opportunities that allow both students and professionals to compete with others on a domestic or international level. In our debate today, we will discuss the different ideas about design competitions and if they are really worth the time and effort, or just a waste of time. While many designers are eager to take... CONTINUE READING
Two of the great new enhancements in the new Photoshop CS6 are the 3D and the animation. These two features expand the possibilities of Photoshop users and allow them to use Photoshop to create and edit 3D content and create animations using a new, enhanced Timeline panel, similar to the one you can see in other professional animations applications, such as Premiere and After Effects. In our previous tutorial we have learnt how to create a 3D scene from... CONTINUE READING