One of the fundamentals of being a graphic designer in the digital age is understanding different file formats for your images. Knowing how to save your images requires consideration of what your end product will be and its application. You use different file formats for print projects than you do for web design projects. Using the wrong format could result in your design not looking how you intended, or it might not display at all. This is disastrous for... CONTINUE READING
Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING
When one has interest in a career, usually the first step is to find some statistical information about the career. The next step is getting a gauge of the required education. Well here you go, below is a detailed analysis on the job outlook of graphic design and how to go about getting a degree. Let’s start with salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the average graphic designer salary was $43,500. The bottom 10% of... CONTINUE READING
Whether you freelance or work in a design studio, it is important for your career as a graphic designer to have a solid portfolio. It is always good to get a printed version of your work, but nowadays the best way to find new clients is probably online. If your work is well presented, you will get the opportunity to display your work worldwide instantly, or get some exposure on design blogs or even in the press. However, as... CONTINUE READING
In my arsenal of graphic design tools, Adobe Fireworks is my secret weapon. Without it, I’d change professions. It’s that good. In this post, I’ll touch on a few of the many features and possibilities that make Fireworks my favorite graphics application. If you look on the Adobe site, you won’t find Fireworks listed in the product dropdown menu on the home page, but you will find it hidden away in your bundle of Creative Suite applications. Fireworks offers an... CONTINUE READING
Version two of Adobe Lightroom was released in the summer of 2008. Two years later version 3 was released. Most of the new features don’t make impressive headlines, as this was not the objective of this new version. The aim of Lightroom 3 was to become the “best application” for digital photographers. Photoshop users who first open Lightroom will notice that it consists of one big window. The panels of Photoshop have been replaced by panels that slide in... CONTINUE READING
Although I’ve never been known for being ahead of the curve, with all the 2012 predictions going around I felt I’d be remiss not to share some of my own. So for better or worse, here are my top three trends to welcome in the first week of the new year. Enjoy! 1. ARTIST AS ENTREPRENEUR: Whether due to the much storied “broken” advertising agency model, poor economic outlook, lowered barriers to entry or a combination of factors, this... CONTINUE READING
Flying first class from Miami to Philadelphia, I watch through the window as the Atlantic coast passes thirty thousand feet below me. I’ll pick up a rental car, check into a cozy little bed and breakfast, enjoy a gourmet meal at the inn and then climb the stairs to my room. Tomorrow, I meet with the vice-president of a three billion dollar pharmaceutical company and his team to talk about technology, marketing and the design of their 14 million... CONTINUE READING
The Adobe Creative suite is a large unified design environment. To the first time user it is like arriving as a tourist in a foreign land, without a map or a guide. Use this review as a pocket guide to the sights Adobe has to offer. After taking this short guided tour, you will be ready to discover the hidden treasures that will appeal to your personal needs, and to the demands of the projects you wish to tackle... CONTINUE READING
The first impression you get when you launch CorelDraw X5, is that not much has changed since CorelDraw X4, as the looks are almost the same. The only thing that seems different is this new Document Palette. We will talk about what this panel is all about in a moment. In reality the new X5 version of CorelDraw comes with many improvements and enhancements which will appeal to users of all levels. They made subtle enhancements to the users-ability... CONTINUE READING
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