This newly released course from Justin Seeley, author and Adobe Certified Expert, teaches designers how to get started with Adobe Illustrator by learning the essential techniques and fundamentals of the software. Seeley walks designers through the core concepts of setting up documents for web and mobile application designs as well as how to use artboards for responsive layouts. Designers will explore the basic and advanced tools necessary for working with color palettes and swatches, layers, shapes and symbols, various... CONTINUE READING
Needing a professional well-designed online portfolio is a must for graphic designers—which, of course is not news to anyone in the field—but what is the best way to make one? That’s where the confusion begins. There are so many ways to build and host a site, that with new software, updates and portfolio sites seemingly appearing every day, it makes it very confusing on which is the best one to use. What’s out there? An overwhelming amount of choices,... CONTINUE READING
Denise Bosler is a professor of communication design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator specializing in strategic branding, identity, custom typography and packaging. GraphicDesign.com had the pleasure of asking Denise some questions about her new book “Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design“. For eight years now Denise has been teaching typography and graphic design classes at Kutztown University and it seems that by generating her own... CONTINUE READING
As a graphic designer, you probably went to a graphic design school and learnt all the necessary skills: typography, color management, Photoshop, Illustrator, drawing, and much more… Once you started working, it’s highly probable that your employer or one of your clients asked you if you could design websites. You probably said yes, since you can create Photoshop mockups for a website, but is that enough for a graphic designer nowadays, or should you learn how to code to... CONTINUE READING
Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING
Adobe is one of the leading companies among design and animation software and tools, and it is rare to find a designer who does not rely on one or more of the Adobe tools in their workflow. After releasing the Adobe Creative Suite, the company started to build a solid integration between applications that help designers work fluently and smoothly with their different products and to transfer projects from one application to another much easier than before. Actually, there... CONTINUE READING
Photoshop users no longer need to spend their time divided between Photoshop and third-party 3D software. Photoshop 3D for Animators, written by Rafiq Elmansy, closes the gap and explains the 3D tools provided in Photoshop software. His guided instructions help users create their own 3D content, add 3D content to Photoshop, edit content, transfer content to other sources, and create animation with your own Photoshop timeline. Elmansy starts out with the basics – explaining the importance of configuring your... CONTINUE READING
One of the largest sites offering WordPress themes is Elegant Themes. With nearly 100 themes created to date, Elegant Themes takes the approach that “less than more.” Rather than pack each WordPress theme with flashy graphics, superfluous features, and content on top of content, Elegant Themes keeps its designs clean and, well, “elegant.” The site sells to customers and developers using a yearly subscription model. GraphicDesign caught up with Elegant Themes founder and designer Nick Roach, who shared his... CONTINUE READING
Designing publications for the iPad isn’t much different than for print— knowing the basics of InDesign for page layout allows you to jump right into interactive tablet design by using the Folio Producer Tools. You can publish engaging brochures, magazines, portfolios and books using the Overlay Creator, Folio Builder and Adobe Content Viewer. Overlay Creator allows you to add iPad interactivity such as slide shows, links, pinching and zooming, movies and sound. Folio Builder uploads your pages to the... CONTINUE READING
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