Photoshop is synonymous with image editing, and with the addition of adjustment layers to its arsenal, Photoshop has even more flexibility than ever before. For the addition of adjustment layers, when you would edit an image, you would have to duplicate the original layer for safe keeping, and when you made an adjustment to its Hue/Saturation, Color balance, or any of the other adjustment settings, they were permanent. To go back and edit them, you would have to use... CONTINUE READING
‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ is currently exhibiting at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis until 22 January. The exhibition explores how design has grown and evolved over the last decade and, more specifically, how the world of design has been shaped by design-led books, posters and magazines such as Wallpaper*. The major international exhibition is the largest on the subject since the seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History also at Walker Arts, and the... CONTINUE READING
Lately I get the feeling that when people hear the word “design” images of Don Draper-like ad-men plying clients with hard liquor, irresistible pitches and sheer animal magnetism come to their minds. But design can be used for more than just selling the latest product or service, it can be used as political commentary or, as the title of Milton Glaser’s book so eloquently terms it, “The Design of Dissent.” From El Lissitsky’s 1919 poster, “Beat the Whites with... CONTINUE READING
Life as a graphic design student is quite enjoyable. You get to work on interesting projects, without the constraints of picky clients and tight budgets. Your teachers push you to be creative, giving you great (if your teacher is good) advice to become a better designer. But what happens once you graduate? Once you have your diploma in hands, things become more real. You have to find a way to make money with your new skills, which means to... CONTINUE READING
Build is a design and illustration agency based in London who have just completed a short film for Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the mobile phone technology giants. The film illustrates the benefits of Near Field Communications Technology, (tapping on device onto another in a similar way to Oyster cards in the UK), and featured the work of seven young illustrators who were discovered from the Summer graduate showcases. The featured up and coming illustrators are: Nina Cosford, Tom Edwards, Sam Falconer,... CONTINUE READING
Color is an essential part of any design. The right color can invoke the right mood and set the entire tone of a design piece. Cool tones can have a calming or tranquil effect, a saddening effect, and give you the feeling of being cold. Warm tones can give you a sense of warmth, happiness, and can give you the sense of feeling angry, or parched. With this in mind, it is important to know how to correct colors... CONTINUE READING
Global color experts at the Pantone Color Institute have announced that “Tangerine Tango”, a vivid red-orange is to be the top colour of 2012. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explains the choice, saying “It’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things”, and that “There’s the element of encouragement with orange,” relevant in particular to the current economic climate . Leatrice Eiseman is a world renowned... CONTINUE READING
Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING
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