When You Think About it, Creative Freedom May Not be as Free as You Think

by SEO Samurai

October 16, 2013 – 12:45 pm

My first meeting with the art director — a woman who had been with the company for a couple of decades — and the staff of designers — whom I was to find out were glorified production artists — was a boost to my ego. The directions these designers were showing were snippets of things they found on the internet and seemed to echo the same old designs the company…

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There are three things every creative yearns to hear: “we pay the total up front,” “our staff is ready to sexually reproduce with you at your request,” and “be as creative as you want.”

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A Roundup Of Essential Magazines for Graphic Designers and Illustrators

by SEO Samurai

October 16, 2013 – 12:33 pm

Covering a field as broad as communication itself—publication and book design, animation and motion graphics, corporate branding and rock posters, exhibitions and street art—Print covers commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle. Engagingly written by cultural reporters and critics who look at design in its social, political, and historical…

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In spite of the tremendous expansion of the Internet, the power of the printed word remains strong and popular. Print media is where it all began and today we take a closer look.

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8 Free Design Platforms To Build Your Own Site Just The Way You Wanted

by SEO Samurai

October 16, 2013 – 12:12 pm

You must choose from one of their templates, yet each template is pretty flexible and customizable so there is some room for creativity. Adding and organizing your website’s pages is surprisingly painless. When you add a new page to your website, it’s automatically added to the navigation bar so there’s no need to update your navigation, even if you add a new…

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These online website creators allow you to create a full website, free of charge, directly in your browser without any prior knowledge of website development.

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How To Create A Vibrant Image Using Photoshop And Something Extra

by SEO Samurai

October 16, 2013 – 12:07 pm

Drag your image into the new document and grab the pen tool, carefully start adding point by point until you’ve drawn around the entire body of the girl. Hit A to select the path selection tool and right click on the path>create vector mask. This will give us a clean edge and knock out the background, ready for us to add our own.

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In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to add more energy and dynamism to a photo. The effects can be extended and used on a multitude of photos to create a feeling of motion and vibrancy.

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The Positive And Negative Sides of Designing Outside of Your Comfort Zone

by SEO Samurai

October 16, 2013 – 11:49 am

Those things you’re already good at? They represent past successes. They worked for you once, so you know they’ll work again. But why let your skills stagnate? Other things can work too… perhaps even better. Think about the designs that inspire you daily. Are there certain styles you admire but feel you can’t recreate? If so, make a pact with yourself.

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When you’ve been designing for a few years, it’s easy to fall into patterns. You carve out your personal style and find your inner voice. You figure out what you’re good at.

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