Building Your Graphic Design Portfolio

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 18th 2011
Building Your Graphic Design Portfolio

If you’re planning on finding that perfect graphic design job for your creative talents, it is essential that you build an attractive portfolio. Your graphic design credentials are a showcase of yourself as a freelance designer, and the only way to become elite within the industry is to show off your skills and past achievements. Your portfolio will allow your potential employers to know what you are all about and seeing, as the old adage says, is truly about... CONTINUE READING

What is Graphic Design?

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 17th 2011
What is Graphic Design?

Sometimes the perfect way to communicate with a customer is not through spoken dialogue or written text…it is through a stunning illustration that someone can immediately relate with on a personal level. A truly great image is not worth a thousand words as the old saying goes; it’s actually worth billions if it connects to the proper audience. In a nutshell, that’s what the graphic design industry is all about and it is easily one of the most powerful... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Firm Services

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 16th 2011
Graphic Design Firm Services

What does a full service graphic design firm do? That is reasonable question and a surprising percentage of people you pose that question to cannot answer it. Graphic Design Services to Expect Before answering this, let’s first step back and recognize that graphic design, at its essence, is a visual form of communication to convey information. A full service graphic design firm should provide an array of services to assist companies in developing visual messages specific to all of... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Choices

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 15th 2011
Graphic Design Career Choices

Graphic Design, like many computer based technical fields, is a career field that has been growing in popularity over the past decade. Graphic Designers can create visual artwork for websites, newspapers, magazines, books, CDs, advertising and just about everywhere else the eye can see. The variety of work and the never ending sources of employment make graphic design a rather popular choice for anyone looking to use creativity as a profession. For individuals looking to enter the graphic design... CONTINUE READING

Book Review – Graphic Essentials for Small Offices

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 14th 2011
Book Review - Graphic Essentials for Small Offices

Graphic Essentials for Small Offices by David Loeff is a great read for business owners and graphic designers who are looking for an easy-to-read guide that walks them through a general approach towards creating page layouts and other types of printed material. This publication, which is available in print and as an eBook, covers several aspects of the graphic arts industry so that readers see such can quickly familiarize themselves with the essentials needed to tackle just about any... CONTINUE READING

Visual Communications Degree

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 3rd 2011
Visual Communications Degree

Visual Communication – Overview Uses in Today’s World Visual Communication is exactly what it sounds like; it is communicating through visual aids to express many different types of ideas or information. It is presented in sources such as signs, drawings, illustrations, and typography. This visual message is expressed to an audience in order to persuade, educate, or inform. Time to Graduate Those who wish to become Visual Artists must have years of training under their belt; this means taking... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 ways to Spot a Retouched Photo

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 28th 2011
Top 10 ways to Spot a Retouched Photo

Nobody is that perfect. Nobody has flawless skin, perfect hair, the perfect shade of white teeth, clothing that fits without a wrinkle in sight… unless it’s a re-touched photo. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Beyonce and Cameron Diaz are absolutely stunning in person, but I am also positive that they have some wrinkles in their clothing, or an occasional pimple that pops up. Professional photo retouchers are trained to virtually erase these flaws while making a photo... CONTINUE READING

10 Years of Photoshop

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 8th 2011
10 Years of Photoshop

I remember the first time I opened Photoshop. My eyeballs bugged out of my head, my brain turned to mush and I felt intimidated and excited at the same time. Did you know the very first version of Photoshop was released in 1988? I was only 8 years old. I bet if Mom and Dad had gotten me a computer and Photoshop back then, well, I still would have been just as confused as the first time I opened... CONTINUE READING

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