Brian Morris

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 20:48

question-markQ: Where to get Photoshop for free? A: You can use a peer-to-peer (P2P) software service or a bit torrent software to download and/or capture an illegal version of Photoshop. I do not advocate this, because it is ILLEGAL and punishable, and I believe that good products are worth their purchasing prices.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 20:20

shrekposterThis sounds like one of the coolest jobs on earth, yet I had never considered what designing movie posters for a living would be like until I read this movie poster design tutorial by Jacob Cass.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 22:23

MacArthur_Manila“You are remembered for the rules you break.” - General Douglas MacArthur Ask any mega-entrepreneur – Gates, Ford, Jobs, Trump, McMahon – what the ingredients to success are and they'll all agree on at least one thing: You have to take risks. Break the rules, because they're made to be broken.

Monday, August 10, 2009 - 00:25

I love before and after makeover photos. Not the kind you see on TV where they grab some random disheveled individual and run them through the gauntlet of tweaks, pulls, snips and colorations. I'm talking about brand redesign, perhaps the most challenging yet satisfying task ever handed to a designer.

You are chosen to take an established brand and make it better than ever through imagery.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 20:52

pizza-boxYellow pages, directories, SEO, PPC, trade magazines — there have never been so many ways to market. The reach a single person can have today is outstanding, yet a double-edged sword: There are too many options for most budgets. If you want to pick up extra business on the cheap, stay local.

You might think that Elance and other freelance job boards are better places to find work, but they're not.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 18:46

Graphic designers are on the cutting edge of revolution. They get bored easily, so they're always quick to make a change, introduce a new style, push the envelope and redefine the term “bold.” So why is it graphic designers seem so complacent with the software industry?

If I want a soda, I can choose between Coke and Pepsi. Both are very good products backed by very good companies. My personal preference is irrelevant – what is relevant is that I have a choice in the soda market.

Monday, August 3, 2009 - 21:55

What are the best graphic design books? Like any other published genre, that all depends on your style, your current knowledge, and what you can personally glean from any given book. Some designers like to flip through books on style, typography and logos; this individual column is not for you. It would be rather presumptive of me to contend that I know which of these books – and so many of them are beautiful – would be right for you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 19:36

awards-2Hurry and enter these cool graphic design contests before it's too late to submit in '09. I've hand-picked a few of the most original upcoming design contests out there, just for you!

Get your work in the official Best Designs of 2009 book put out by Design and Design Young Talent Award via I.D.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 20:01

If you love Photoshop, you'll love it even more after learning the techniques in these tutorials:

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Coloring skin and body in Photoshop and how to mimic the natural play of light upon the body.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 22:43

signWant more sales? Try these 40 tips for increasing business and profit. 1. Be nice, all of the time 2. Under-promise, over-deliver 3. Track everything 4. Advertise for profit 5. Hold a contest 6. Provide great customer support 7. Offer free shipping 8. Include warranties and guarantees 9. Distribute press releases 10. Contact editors and journalists directly when you have something newsworthy 11.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 19:30

give-a-great-speechWhether you speak for a living or just have to deliver a single presentation, you know that pressure to give a great speech can be nerve-wracking.

You can find plenty of free online resources to help you deliver your speech with eloquence.

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 00:52

creepy-soap-adEver see an advertisement that really creeped you out? You have to wonder if the shock value of a creepy ad outweighs the repulsive reflex potential of viewing these ads. Some ads are intentionally creepy, others are not.

And although breaking norms almost always gets attention, it that doesn't necessarily mean that people will want to make a purchase.

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The PsPrint Blog is a resource for graphic designers, freelancers, small business owners and fans of print marketing. You'll find helpful techniques on printing everything there is to print, including business cards, postcards, brochures, stickers, invitations, greeting cards, door hangers, magnets and more. The PsPrint Blog shares creative ways to improve your design and layout skills, and useful tips for marketing your business in any medium. We also like to have a little fun, sharing design inspiration and spotlighting some our favorite customers' printed pieces in our "Hot Off the Press" series.