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Facebook Cover Photo gives us an opportunity to give our personal, business and entertainment pages personality and often gives way for pioneer designers to come up with inventive ideas. It’s important to know the basics of this realm for your own use as well as for other clients. Here are 5 Quick Tips for an Awesome Facebook Cover Photo Design as well as some great visual references for inspiration. 1. Know Your Dimensions Cover photos are 851 pixels wide... CONTINUE READING
Being able to create shapes in Photoshop is essential for many different tasks. You use shapes to create your own illustrations, posters, and even logos. You’ve always been able to create shapes in Photoshop, but in Photoshop CS6, Adobe has added strokes to their shapes and overhauled the menu for applying fills and strokes. Let’s take a look at the tools and options available for creating shapes in Photoshop CS6. Select one of the shape tools, such as the... CONTINUE READING
By now you probably have been asked to design something for the iPad (and if you haven’t yet, inevitably, you will). So what is a relatively simple way to get into tablet design and production? InDesign CS6 has a great set of tools to introduce you to the process and streamline the workflow. You can build and design publications from scratch or convert a print document for delivery on a variety of tablets. This tutorial overview will focus on... CONTINUE READING
In part 1 of 3D in Photoshop, we covered a lot about the interface itself and how each setting affects how your 3D object will look. It is important to understand how these pieces relate to each other and how they actually work. This understanding will help you when learning how to use some of the more advanced techniques, like the one you will be seeing today. Create a new document in Photoshop. The one I created is 1024px... CONTINUE READING
Photoshop is a great tool for creating almost anything you can imagine. You can retouch photos, create interesting type effects, special effects and much more. Within the last few versions, Adobe has really been working on enabling their users to create realistic, beautiful artwork in 3D. We will be exploring how to do that in Photoshop. We will also be covering the menus and settings that go with it. One of the great things you can do with 3D... CONTINUE READING
Working with Illustrator makes it easy to work with vector graphics and shapes. Being able to manipulate, clip and combine shapes is an essential capability we must have in order to work quickly and efficiently. Understanding how to combine objects to create complex shapes will help you to build complicated illustrations much quicker. The Appearance Panel To understand how to make shapes easier, you have to understand how they interact with each other. You have the normal Layers Panel,... 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
An essential part of being a professional designer is delivering a great message that connects with people. This is nearly impossible if no one can read it, or the message isn’t clear. That is why knowing and understanding typography is important for any professional designer. To understand typography, you have to understand typefaces and the parts and pieces they are made up of. Anatomy To understand typefaces and how to classify them, you have to understand the terminology of... CONTINUE READING
As a graphic designer, we have to be flexible in how we do things, because everyone that we work with- clients, freelancers, printers, etc., have their own ways of doing things. As a designer it is often asked of us to send a proof to the client so that they can see what their product looks like. Another scenario is that we might be creating an e-version of a book for a client for sale on the web. If... CONTINUE READING
Handling print projects is a major part of every designer’s workday. It is important to know how to prepare your documents to send off to the printer. There are several issues with printing that have to be addressed, such as fonts, and making sure that all of your assets are included in the file that you send to the printer. Otherwise, the outcome of your project may not end up as expected. Creating your work in InDesign is similar... CONTINUE READING