Business Card Design: 100+ Creative Examples, Useful Tutorials and Templates As the world gets flatter each day, business and start-up are blooming like mushrooms. This can only lead to one possible situation – competitions are tightening up. There’s only one chance to give a good first impression to your potential clients. Business card speaks for a brand and they are a good and effective tool to impress and maintain relationship with clients. However if your business card is plain and dull, it can only tell so much of your company’s image. via creattica There are no rules for creative card design. In today’s article, we proudly present a series of truly creative business card design together with tutorials and template that you can start with. Examples of Creative Business Card Wood, Plastic and Metal. Standard size, just creative designs. Doing the Google thing – If you are pretty confident in the ranking of certain keywords, why not try these? Minimalist. Creative cuts & custom shapes. Free Card Templates Black Card by elhadibrahimi PnP consult by logotypes
100 (Really) Creative Business Cards Whichever business you’re in, and especially for anyone in the field of design, such as web designers, a business card can be as important as your website identity. A business card creates a physical connection and bond between you or your business and your customers. Just like in a website, business cards can become great interactive elements, but with the added ability to have real textures, different materials and shapes. In this article, we’ll take a look at 100 truly outstanding business card designs which show that there are truly no limits to the design of a business card. Which ones are your favorites? How important is a business card for you?
Space and Planet Photoshop Tutorials To Create Amazing Space Scenes There a lot of space tutorials out there some are better than others, I have managed to try and select a few of what I think can allow you to get great effects that look like they belong and don’t look completely Photoshopped. I tried to be as varied as possible so there are tutorials for creating planets, stars, nebulas and atmospheric type gasses. The great thing is that they lay down the building blocks to experiment and create you own stunning universe. Gas bursts and Atmosphere This tutorial shows you how to create some great gas explosions coming from the planets atmosphere with some pretty simple tools, yet looks stunning Realistic Star fields Create realistic star fields, the trick with this one is to be totally random and keep building up your layers the end result will speak for it self, with an image that looks like its evolving. Simple Star fields Create simple yet affective star fields in 8 easy steps. Realistic Galaxy Realistic Space Nebula Space Nebula Make a Planet Planet Tutorial
50 Fresh Free Fonts of 2010 Though there's a broad variety of fonts available for download online, designers keep on tracing the fresh ones to enhance their design copy, a website, brochure, or even an advertisement in a brand new an' awesome way. Still, the free stuff could not always boast of good quality – premium goodies always demand some kind of money investment. However, now it's possible to find the appropriate font that's free, clear, beautiful, and effective for design purposes. Many great designers are now offering professional quality fonts completely for free. Today's round-up actually goes outside the standard font variety. Geomancy Kilogram Tribbon Quadranta Adec Teardrop St Marie Dekar Code Cube Piron Glide Planer Paranoid Circled St Ryde Danger Pincoyablack New Garden Titillium Text Sylar Scriber Mentone Circula Sansation LT Oksana Font V4.0 Lintel Frgmnt Amsterdam Sol Pro Tenby Zag Real Origami Tenderness Vegur Cash Sertig Junction Blackout Railway League Ghothic Goudy Bookletter 1911 Oval About the Author Lilian Rigo
Typographer's Glossary Serif: Serif's are semi-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. A typeface that has serifs is called a serif typeface (or seriffed typeface). Some of the main classifications of Serif type are: Blackletter, Venetian, Garalde, Modern, Slab Serif, Transitional, and Informal. Fonts in each classfication share certain similiar characteristics including the shape or appearance of their serifs. Serif fonts are widely used in traditional printed material such as books and newspapers. Show all Serif Didone is a typeface classification characterized by slab-like serifs without brackets; vertical orientation of weight axes.
Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color Color in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in one person may evoke a very different reaction in somone else. Sometimes this is due to personal preference, and other times due to cultural background. This is the first in a three-part series on color theory. Warm Colors Link Warm colors include red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colors. Red and yellow are both primary colors, with orange falling in the middle, which means warm colors are all truly warm and aren’t created by combining a warm color with a cool color. Red (Primary Color) Link Red is a very hot color. Red can be associated with anger, but is also associated with importance (think of the red carpet at awards shows and celebrity events). Outside the western world, red has different associations. In design, red can be a powerful accent color. Examples The dark shades of red in this design give a powerful and elegant feel to the site. Orange (Secondary Color) Link Yellow (Primary Color) Link
How to Design a Proper Banner – One That Actually Works Let’s address the big pink elephant in the room first. Banners are not dead. They’re not on life support either. They’re doing fine mostly because of their new home – Google AdWords. The competition on AdWords is, in a word, frantic. Now the big reason why banners are worth a try. All of this means just one thing. What is a good banner? A good banner is not one that looks good. Now what I mean by “working”. You shouldn’t aim or care about whether or not people admire your craft and creativity when they see your banner ad. Let’s start with some basic rules. Basic rules of creating a good banner 1. At least try to. If you want to create a good banner you ought to know where the banner will be displayed. If you’re on automatic placement on AdWords then your banners will be displayed on a number of different sites around the internet. So examine the soon-to-be placement of your banner whenever you have the possibility. For example. 2. Headline holds 80% of success. “What? Call to action. 3. 4.
Cel Shading Shortcut Tutorial Warning: include(): Failed opening './includes/header.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/qc/public_html/tutorial.php on line 7 I get a lot of email and forum requests and interview requests that ask the same basic questions about the artwork of QC over and over: How do you draw QC? Update November 2007: I do some things pretty different now (and draw a lot better) so here's a revised edition! Some Basic Info Here's a quick breakdown of the equipment and software I use to make the artwork for QC. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3Wacom Intuos3 9x12 graphics tablet2x2.66gHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon equipped Mac ProBig-ass dual-monitor setup (for the purposes of this tutorial, only screencaps from monitor 1 will be used- monitor 2 is iTunes, IRC, and other distractions.) Step 1 The first thing I always do is open up a blank image in Photoshop. Step 2 Step 3 Here we see the start of the ink layer. Step 4 The inking is finished! Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
Delicious Green Apple Illustration In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to draw a shiny green apple. We'll have a look at various painting techniques throughout this tutorial. It will be fun and you'll learn something new - let's started! Editor’s note: In an effort to introduce some of our older content to some of our newer readers we have resurrected this post from October 2008 for everyone to enjoy for the first or second time. Step 1 Create a new document using the settings shown below. Step 2 Create a new layer and name it "Apple." Step 3 Apply the Inner Shadow layer style using these settings: Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity at 75%, Angle set to -90 degrees, Distance set to 45 pixels, and Size set to 80 pixels. Step 4 Create a new layer and name it "Texture." Step 5 Create a new layer on top and name it "Dots." Set the Master Diameter to 3 pixels and paint some more. Step 6 Create a new layer on top and name it "Dent." Alt-click on the line between the "Dent Shadow" and "Dent" layers in the Layers Palette. Step 7