Monthly Archives: June 2012

Poster and Flyer Design Inspiration

Need inspiration for your next graphic design project? Here are some cool designs that I found featuring some great design layouts. Some of these flyers have cool textures, fonts, and some even appear to be three dementional. These designs are great for inspiration, I hope you enjoy them and use them well.

Here are 40 of the best design inspirations featured in I can Be Creative

Click the link below to see!

http://www.icanbecreative.com/fabulous-flyer-and-poster-designs-from-deviantart.html

 

How to purchase a domain name

Read these helpful tips from our friends at GDBD on how to purchase your domain name.

4 Useful WordPress Plugins

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Facebook Timeline for your Business Page

Check out this great blog post every business owner should read about Facebooks new timeline

http://gdbddesign.com/blog/facebook-timeline-for-your-business-page/

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Today is our 100th Blog Post…Cheers to Success and to continuous growth!

Introducing the Photoshop App for Designers

As a graphic designer, we are always looking for the next big thing in technology to help build our businesses. Apps have always been kind of a big deal in our industry and now Adobe has just released the app we’ve all been waiting for, an app for Photoshop. Now, it won’t fully replace the software program but it will allow you too work with images on your tablet, and then take them further on your PC or Mac. You can now sync your projects with Adobe Creative Cloud and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop which was something one could only dream of before!

The new Adobe Photoshop Touch app, which is available for the iPad 2 or later, lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more — all from the convenience of your iPad or Android tablet.

Photoshop.com sat down with Principal Product Marketing Manager John Nack to get his thoughts on Photoshop Touch and here’s what he had to say on the various features of this new app.

Creative Cloud integration

“Photoshop Touch integrates with new Adobe Creative Cloud, which means you can access and share your image files from just about anywhere. Sync images to Photoshop Touch from Creative Cloud so you can work on them while you’re on the go, and sync files from Photoshop Touch to Creative Cloud to refine them later in Photoshop on your computer.”

Easy image acquisition

“Whether you want to capture photos via a live feed from your tablet’s camera or you want to bring in photos from Facebook or from a Google search, Photoshop Touch makes it incredibly easy to acquire […]

Special Techniques and Finishing Touches for Business Cards

We all know that a true masterpiece is only complete once the finishing touches have been added. So when you are designing your business cards and you are ready to have them printed ask yourself: Have you added on the finishes touches you desire? Creatively designed business cards can stand on their own but did you know that there are a variety of special techniques and finishing touches you can add to your card to really wow your audience.

Here are a couple of special technques you can add to your next graphic design project:

SPOT UV COATING

This special finish is achieved by applying a clear varnish to an area of the card that you want to draw the viewer’s eye to. This can be done on your logo or the company name. The effect is a slightly raised design element, with a glossy, matte or satin finish

LETTERPRESSING

Letterpressing is done by inking a raised surface and then pressing it into the paper, giving the design both color and depth. This technique is suitable for vector images and text, using solid Pantone inks. An article linked to at the end of this article provides more technical detail.

EMBOSSING

Similar to die-cutting, a die is used to press the paper up, creating a three-dimensional raised effect. So when you feel the ink on the card it gives it a textured feel to the card.

FOIL STAMPING

With this technique, a layer of thin foil is applied to an area of the card you specify. The foils are shiny and come in almost every color of the rainbow. Foiling can create a dramatic

DIE-CUTTING

Any card (or any printed material for that matter) that isn’t a standard rectangle or that has holes in it is […]

Meeting With a Graphic Design Client for the First Time: What to Know

Meeting with a new potential client can sometimes be an overwhelming task. But by following these 5 tips brought you by Graphic Design Blog you will walk into that meeting with the confidence of a 20-year veteran.

1. Prepare Yourself:

The first and foremost thing that you need to do before meeting a client is to prepare yourself. This involves physical as well as mental and psychological preparation. You must remember that your “first impression is the last impression” on your clients, so make it count. Looking professional is imperative especially when you are meeting a client for the first time. But equally essential is to sound professional which is possible only if you are mentally and emotionally fit. Never build on the pressure of a client meeting, hold onto your emotions and simply think of it as a normal routine task.

2. Research The Client:

I’m sure most of you have experienced the situation where your client is telling you about his business and you have no clue of what he’s talking about. This is a clear case of ignorance for graphic designers where your lack of knowledge and preparation may lead to embarrassment. A prudent tip is to research your client beforehand so that you are on level terms with your client during the meeting. Search about their company and its operations, its competitors and gather all other relevant information. A client will be impressed if you know about their business.

3. Organize Design Brief:

Going unprepared on a client meeting is the worst graphic design mistake you can commit. Some graphic designers stutter during the client meeting and are bogged by several unanswered queries in their mind. This happens when you don’t prepare a design brief in […]

How a Professional Profile Photo Can Help Your Business

Can you believe that just a few years ago, HR managers had no clue what prospective employees looked like until they walked into the interview? However, nowadays it is so easy to find out what someone looks like by searching their name and looking at their profiles on social network sites. In fact, statistics show that HR managers search out your LinkedIn account and let’s face it those who have a more professional headshot are more likely to get the job. The bottom-line is, if you don’t have a professional photo of yourself, than now is the time to get one.

Having a professional photo shoot doesn’t have to always mean having straight-faced, suit-and-tie, black and white picture of just your head. Well, it can be that way if that’s what your particular industry likes. However, this photo should allow some of your personality to show through. People should feel like you are pleasant to work with but will also take the job seriously.  Here are a couple more tips to consider:

-Use a current photo – We all have pictures we love because they are flattering or make us look younger. However, do not use a photo from your high school days as your profile picture if you are now in your 40s. You want the employer to think you are professional and responsible enough to handle the job.

-Hire a Professional – Instead of going low budget and using your bathroom mirror to snap a picture, hire a photographer. Forget about using the self-portraits you made with your webcam or phone camera and use a professional-looking photo for your profile picture.

-Smile – This should go without saying but just browse some of the profile pictures […]