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Business Card Design Tips: Top Ideas for Designers in 2016. Of the 27,397,260 business cards printed every day, 88% will be thrown out in less than a week.

Business Card Design Tips: Top Ideas for Designers in 2016

But that doesn’t happen because business cards are ineffective as a marketing medium. How to Print Like a Pro: Understanding Double-Sided Printing. You’re ready to select print options for your new marketing supplies.

How to Print Like a Pro: Understanding Double-Sided Printing

But every time you pick something out, it won’t work. The printer says the stock isn’t compatible with the imprint method, or you can only coat Side 1 of your design, not Side 2. That would be fine, except that you’re trying to order folders—which obviously have more than two sides. The printer isn’t much help, either; they’re just babbling on in their techy jargon, which sounds like it’s just a bunch of made-up words. That’s because they have a bad habit of forgetting that the printing industry is new territory for most of their clients. What are Side 1 and Side 2? Your marketing materials start out as a dual sided piece of cardstock, just like ordinary paper.

How to Create a Personal Graphic Designer Logo in 6 Steps. Creating a personal logo is the easiest task you’ll ever have to undertake as a graphic designer.

How to Create a Personal Graphic Designer Logo in 6 Steps

It’s also the hardest. 31 Design Ideas for Cool Two-Letter Logos. Letters are very strange creatures.

31 Design Ideas for Cool Two-Letter Logos

They’re the building blocks of our entire system of written communication, but when you get right down to it, they’re really just pictures. 200+ Best Personal Logo Design Examples for Inspiration. When a client’s corporate brand and personal name are one and the same, you’re not just designing a logo that represents a company.

200+ Best Personal Logo Design Examples for Inspiration

It represents the individual behind the brand. Make the wrong move, and you could tarnish your client’s name—literally. The best personal logo designs are the ones that turn a individual’s name into a cohesive brand identity (instead of just something their parents picked for them when they were born). To spark your creativity, we want to share with you some of the best examples of personal logos. How to Use the Golden Ratio in Design (with Examples) Want to be on the same creative level as Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and the designers of the Parthenon?

How to Use the Golden Ratio in Design (with Examples)

They all have one simple concept in common. The Ancient Greeks were one of the first to discover a way to harness the beautiful asymmetry found in plants, animals, insects and other natural structures. They expressed this mathematical phenomenon with the Greek letter phi, but today, we call it the golden ratio—also known as the divine proportion, the golden mean, and the golden section. Much like the rule of thirds, this mathematical concept can be applied to your graphic designs to make them more visually appealing to the viewer. The golden ratio is a little more complicated, so we recommend you first read our guide to the rule of thirds if math isn’t your forte. What is the golden ratio? The golden ratio is probably best understood as the proportions 1:1.618. 15 Easy Tips for Cropping Photos Like a Pro. If you think that cropping a photo is just as simple as cutting it down to the size you need for your print layout, then you’re missing out on all that the crop tool has to offer.

15 Easy Tips for Cropping Photos Like a Pro

Think of the crop tool as an invisible frame that draws the eye towards the most important aspects of your photo. Making the right cuts in your photo can have a drastic impact on the visuals and can even manipulate the way the audience engages with it emotionally. If cropping has only been an afterthought in your design process, then read on for advice on how to use the crop tool to inject drama and energy into your print designs. 1. Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop. The coolest thing about embossing and debossing is that it’s completely exclusive to printed paper.

Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop

How to Slim a Face in Photoshop with a Few Easy Steps. Ever hear the phrase “the camera adds ten pounds?”

How to Slim a Face in Photoshop with a Few Easy Steps

Any number of things can go wrong during a photo shoot and make the subject look heavier than they actually are. Maybe the lighting was off, the angle was bad, or the subject’s posture was unflattering. But there’s a simple way to fix those mistakes and bring out your subject’s natural beauty. There’s nothing we hate more than when designers reinforce unrealistic body expectations by using Photoshop to slim down models until they look nothing like their actual self. In fact, in our countdown of the worst movie posters ever, that was our main beef with the movie poster for “The Heat,” where Melissa McCarthy is slimmed down to the point of being unrecognizable. How to Turn a Photo Into a Painting - Photoshop Effect Tutorial. The best thing about Photoshop is that it allows you to do things in a few minutes that would normally take hours or days to complete.

How to Turn a Photo Into a Painting - Photoshop Effect Tutorial

Case in point: instead of spending half a lifetime painting a picture, you can use Adobe Photoshop to make a photograph look like a hand-painted masterpiece in minutes. Converting a photo into a painting takes more than just using Photoshop’s default tools. You need a variety of filters, brushes and design techniques to actually make it look realistic. How to Use the Rule of Thirds Effectively in Graphic Design. If you were one of those students who loved art classes but hated math, it was probably a shock to the system when you found out just how much math you’d end up using as professional designer. In fact, math skills are absolutely essential for print design—at the very least, you need to know how to measure out your bleed area and understand the physical size of your canvas. But if you’re willing to understand more than just the mathematical basics, you can use those numbers and measurements to turn a design into a thing of beauty. Understanding the rule of thirds in design is relatively simple, but this one concept can make you a significantly stronger designer.

Bad Font Kerning: 13 Tips for Avoiding a Typography Disaster. We all have those things that just make us cringe with agony. Nails on a chalkboard, aluminum foil touching your fillings—or if you’re a print designer, bad kerning mistakes. When letters are improperly spaced, it can ruin the look of your design. The worst kerning is usually the result of not kerning at all, trusting that the typographer and your graphic design software both know what they’re doing. A lot of times you get lucky—but there’s no reason to leave the success of your design up to chance. Take the time to properly kern your fonts. 1. Different fonts call for different levels of kerning. 500 Coolest Photoshop Brushes Sets to Download in 2015. Adobe Photoshop has completely redefined the word “brush” as we know it. Though the program comes preloaded with an assortment of different brush tools designed to simulate regular art utensils, the Photoshop brushes you download elsewhere don’t have to act as “brushes” at all—and they rarely do.

Stamps, clipart, textures, illustrations, vectors, photographs—anything can become a Photoshop brush. In fact, the image above was composed almost entirely from Photoshop brushes. This makes brushes some of the most important tools for a print designer to have on hand, as they can be used for an infinite number of design purposes. 69 Enchantingly Elegant Photoshop Brushes for 2015. Somewhere along the way, the human race evolved to have an innate fondness for anything in a pretty package.

We adorn our gifts with ribbons and paper, we fill our homes with objects that serve no other purpose than looking nice-and of course, we beautify our designs with elegant ornaments. This collection of elegant Adobe Photoshop brushes (most of which are completely free) will give your designs that extra touch of class to help enhance and elevate the message and brand. There’s no shame in decorating your canvas better than you decorate your own home—after all, a graphic designer has the unique ability to bring beauty to the world.

Decorative Ornament | Floral | Handwriting | Lace/Ribbon | Swirl/Flourish | Vector Shape/Clip Art. Image File Types Explained: Which Format Should You Use? You’re finally done with your design project, you go to save your file, and suddenly you’re bombarded with over a dozen possible image file types to choose from. It can be a bewildering experience if you’re not sure what you’re doing or the difference between them, but we’re here to demystify the process for you by helping you understand the cold, hard truth: There are only a handful of image formats that really matter. 79 Artistic Brushes for Photoshop That Simulate Real Art Tools. How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic) 114 Cute Photoshop Brushes for Free Download in 2014.

101 Free Retro & Vintage Photoshop Brushes for 2014. 250+ Outstanding Mockup Background Images & Textures. 108 Best Photoshop Plugins & Extensions for Print Designers 2014. 38 Typography Tools for Designers (Better Than Adobe Suite) 72 Free Vector Art Sites For Downloading The Best Graphics. 17 Best Stock Photo Sites for Designers in 2014. 99 Best Free Fonts for Print Design. Top 8 Free Font Sites for Print Designers (Chart & Review List) The 16 Best Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives for Mac & Windows.

Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014. When you create printed marketing materials, your designs are little like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is constantly shrinking or growing as she explores different parts of Wonderland. 51 Best Free Photoshop Tutorials for Amazingly Cool Photo Editing. Folder Tutorial: Create a Shaped Clipping Mask in Photoshop/Illustrator. 55 Cool Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials for Designers in 2014. 44 Color Scheme Tools for Picking the Perfect Print Palette. Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop. Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop. 83 Awesomely Abstract Photoshop Brushes for 2014.