Tag Archives | Graphic Design

The top 5 online color scheme generator tools

We all have our favorite colors; and for graphic designers it can be challenging to leave personal penchants out of client designs. Many designers enlist …

Dynamic duotones

When creating a duotone in Photoshop, the first thing you need to do is convert the image into a greyscale.

Seven steps to productive brainstorming

So what we are talking about is coming up with as many ideas as possible in a short amount of time. Working as a group will allow for the free association within the group. I like to think of it as stacking. Something that one person says sparks an idea in someone else’s brain and the ideas build on one another.

Hanging punctuation in Quark XPress

How do you hang punctuation outside the text box in Quark?

Project planning: Getting started on the right foot

Part of being a good designer is having the ability to understand your client’s wants, needs and limitations. It’s very important to gather as much information as possible before jumping into a project. You won’t look very professional if you have to keep calling the client over and over again to get small pieces of information.

Adobe expert certification: What is it? Do you need it?

An Adobe expert is someone that has passed a test or a series of tests on how to use Adobe software. You can test on individual programs and get certified. You can also test on a series of software programs and get different levels of certification. You pay a fee and have to pass with at least a 61 percent.

Lessons in usability: Amazon, eBay, Tiger Direct and more

Check out Time‘s list of the top 25 ecommerce sites. Take a look at each, and take notes.

These websites share specific characteristics …

The six factors that affect how we see color

The human eye is able to sense wavelengths of light ranging from about 380 nm to about 780 nm, which means we have the ability to see millions of colors, well beyond the gamut of most devices.

Color gamuts — What you see isn’t always what you get

A range of colors is commonly referred to as a color gamut. A color gamut of a device is the range of colors that the device can reproduce. A gamut is produced by combining the complete range of color combinations for any device or printing press.

Aviary vs. Adobe and the ultimate Photoshop contests

If you love to beta test, head over to Aviary and check out the new graphic design application suite in development. With names such as …

Size does matter …. when it comes to postcards

Knowing the size at which the cost of postage goes up on a postcard can make you a hero with your clients.
For a postcard …

Got proof? Know your editing marks

Whether you are doing the proofing or making edits to a project, a graphic designer has to know what proofreaders’ marks mean.