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14 Tips for Good Kindle Cover Design. I have been a professional graphic designer for more years than I can now remember and have designed more things than I care to name (but will): T-shirts, CD covers, packaging, Ebay listings, websites, flyers, posters, letterheads, signage … the list goes on.

14 Tips for Good Kindle Cover Design

But strangely enough, until I decided to put some of my own stories on Amazon through KDP, no book covers. Through my lurking on the KDP Forums, and checking out the competition in the last 4 month, I’ve seen hundreds of terrible, hideous, trashy, horrid, nasty, vomit-inducing book covers that break every rule of good design. The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching: Digital Photography Review. Skin needs to be retouched.

The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching: Digital Photography Review

Even beautiful skin with great makeup. The problem with most of the Photoshop techniques I’ve experimented with over the years (burning & dodging individual pores, Surface Blur filter, Dust and Scratches filter, etc.) is they take too long, aren’t very convincing, or - worst of all - make the subject look like a victim of plastic surgery gone bad. Photoshop For Beginners: 6 techniques to extract anything from its background. This is the second of a series of tutorials thought for Photoshop beginners.

Photoshop For Beginners: 6 techniques to extract anything from its background

I’ll explain in depth those features that can result difficult to understand for a newbi. 50 Beautiful Color Palettes for Your Next Web Project. Choosing the right color scheme is essential to your website’s success.

50 Beautiful Color Palettes for Your Next Web Project

These ‘Color Thesaurus’ Charts Let You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable. Ingrid Sundberg, a writer and children’s book illustrator, created a very useful infographic chart for anyone struggling with color names.

These ‘Color Thesaurus’ Charts Let You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable

The writer says that she loves to collect words that can help give her stories variety and depth. Show Full Text. Take-Out Containers by Fold-Pak. PicMonkey: Free Online Photo Editing. Free Online Photo Editor. The client's guide. Client’s guide to professional conduct in the design industry Definition “Client” means an individual or company purchasing skills and talents from an individual or company practicing in design industry.

The client's guide

Professional Conduct We expect our clients to follow the professional obligations of their own community and the business community as a whole. This includes all legal obligations of the city, state or nation under which they operate. Do not ask your designer to apply concepts, images or ideas from another source.

The designer/client relationship The digital world has vastly improved the speed of design. Educating Your Clients: A Web Designer's Guide. When running a web design studio, it's important to remember that your clients are the heart and soul of your business.

Educating Your Clients: A Web Designer's Guide

The type of clients that you choose to work with says a lot about you (or your studio), and likewise, the fact that they've chosen to work with you says a lot about them. Maintaining a great relationship with clients is tricky though - and a lot of it revolves around our ability, as web designers, to educate our clients and set expectations so that both sides end up feeling satisfied at the end of a project. Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in April of 2011. False Expectations: How Problems Arise.

Articles. Siberian princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos. She is to be kept in a special mausoleum at the Republican National Museum in capital Gorno-Altaisk, where eventually she will be displayed in a glass sarcophagus to tourists.

Siberian princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos

For the past 19 years, since her discovery, she was kept mainly at a scientific institute in Novosibirsk, apart from a period in Moscow when her remains were treated by the same scientists who preserve the body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin. To mark the move 'home', The Siberian Times has obtained intricate drawings of her remarkable tattoos, and those of two men, possibly warriors, buried near her on the remote Ukok Plateau, now a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site, some 2,500 metres up in the Altai Mountains in a border region close to frontiers of Russia with Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. Word Games Are Free, Printable, and Plentiful Here! Make your own word search puzzle. You can use this page to create your own word search puzzle with your own list of words.

Make your own word search puzzle

These puzzles are popular with different groups of people, especially teachers and students. Please enter a set of words. When you are done, hit the "Make Puzzle" button to generate a word search puzzle. Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the "Printable HTML" or "Printable PDF" buttons to get a clean page suitable for printing with your web browser. The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for about two months. Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic. Screen printed graphics have a certain retro look and feel, which I love.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Turn Any Photo into a Screen Printed Graphic

Recently, I set out to find an easy way to recreate this look in Photoshop. Below are the steps I took to transform a photo into a screen print. 21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know. Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop. I have a collection of old books that I’ve never read. I have them because I love the look of the engraved style illustrations found within the pages. Copywriting 101: How to Craft Compelling Copy.

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website. Learn how to embed videos, mp3 music, Flash videos (both swf and flv), pictures, fonts, spreadsheets, charts, maps and everything else into your blog or website. Learn how to embed almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.

Embed RSS Feeds in Web Pages Go to this page, replace the feed URL with your own feed, use the default color scheme or change it to something else and then click Get Code. You’ll get a JavaScript snippet that can be easily placed in the sidebar of your blog. If you like to embed feeds from multiple sources, merge all of them into one using Yahoo Pipes and then pass the combined feed to the Google Gadget. Embed High Quality or HD YouTube Videos To embed a high resolution version of YouTube clip in your web pages, first make sure that “Watch in High Quality” or “Watch in HD” link exists next to the YouTube player as most videos are only available in standard format.

Free Vector Art & Graphics. Free Vector Graphics and Vector Art for download. Free vectors, photos and PSD Downloads. The process behind designing a website. Design: The estimated time to read this article is 3 minutes As web designers we love to emphasise the creativity of designing a website. We often portray ourselves as artists who have a moment of creative inspiration and then spontaneously produce the perfect design.

12 ways to become a better designer in 2012 - Designer Blog Designer Blog. Judging by the developments at 99designs, this year is going to be an important one. We’re growing and improving at an ever increasing pace and we want our designers to grow with us too. We have 12 months ahead — let’s use each month to become a better designer by learning a new skill and trying a new tip! 1. Learn to use the grid. Guideline Templates from Mailing List Templates NEW!

Free 2014 Calendar Grid Templates for You Below please find complimentary design grids for use in preparing your calendar for printing. They are available for all of our standard size calendars. Use them with your favorite software program to create stunning calendars featuring your own photography and artwork. Calendar Size: