Freelancers: Keep a contact journal

Here’s a tip that has helped me immensely over the years. Keep a log of contact activities.

Photo sharpening guidelines using Adobe Photoshop

Everyone hates bad photos, especially soft or fuzzy photos. They stand out like a sore thumb when printed, especially if it’s used in an ad …

Creative cropping for creative graphic designers

Images are the spice to good design. They can enhance your message and hold your audiences attention. If used properly a good image can create …

Elements of a printed page every designer should know

In this segment we will identify the elements of a page. This can apply to any page in a publication whether it may be a …

Designing in the live area for printed pieces

Let’s define what the “live area” is and why it is important to design within this area when designing for print.

So, what is the …

Dpi and other resolution acronyms explained

You placed an order for 2,000 double-sided glossy brochures, and you told the printer you would send them the artwork. Your printer said, “Great just …

Trademarks, copyrights and restricted materials

When designing something for non-personal use, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You don’t want to get slapped with a lawsuit …

Adobe Photoshop gift certificates

Don’t let the headline fool you; I’m not giving away gift certificates for Adobe Photoshop. Instead, I’m telling you that you should use Adobe Photoshop …

Five resolutions we should keep

As we turn the corner into 2009, we often reflect on what we would like to change or how we can make a positive impact. …