A trip to your printer for a consultation on a new printing project or browsing your online printer’s website can sometimes make you feel like a child in a candy store. So many options! So many possibilities! So hard to choose. This guide can help you on these tough choices.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you have to be economical with your design space, you may not have room for either. In some cases (such as when you’re designing for print media), you only have the opportunity to use a few words to make an impact on your audience.
You could take a bunch of ordinary business cards, run your thumb across the stack, and never be able to tell the difference between any of them. Meanwhile, a business card that uses custom die cutting is unmistakable in both look and feel; you can’t help but notice it.
As a graphic designer working in the latest graphics programs, your only limitations are creativity and skill level. If your mind can conceive it, you can create it with the right amount of knowledge and experience. But what about taking your artwork from the computer screen and expecting the same results on a t-shirt? This can be very tricky depending on the technicality of the overall design, and the various elements being used.
When it comes to sending files to a commercial printer, there are two types of files you need to know about: vectors and bitmaps. We’ll see what the strengths and weaknesses of each are, and when to use them in print design. We’ll also look at some visual examples of vector and bitmap artwork.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to demonstrate to you how to design an alluring space-themed business card that is out of this world. With this tutorial, you will learn how to create a space backdrop with stars and stardust (all from scratch), utilize great light effects within your work, and how to stylize text. You will be surprised to find out that we will only use basic Photoshop tools and techniques.
In college in Waterford, Ireland, one of our class projects was called “Techniques.” The brief was to become familiar with every printing technique we could and show them through physical pieces. It was a fun project. However, when you leave school, you don’t always get the chance to work with these really amazing printing techniques or even figure them into your budget, but what I will talk about in this guide are popular and affordable. Consider them in your next print project!
With this guide, we are going to examine ways to prepare files for print, covering applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. The examples used are for InDesign, but can apply to Photoshop and Illustrator. This is a basic guide aimed to help people just starting out in the print design business or are looking to learn more about preparing files better to send to press.
In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to create a handmade art zine using Photoshop. This is a great way to show your work and have a tangible representation of your art outside of a digital environment. More than anything, I hope to show the importance of self-promotion. I will walk you through the process of choosing artwork, creating a cover, simple page layout and assembling your zine. There are a few involved steps in the process, but the end result is truly rewarding!
In this logo design tutorial, we will go from the reception of a design brief through to finishing the project and delivering the final products to the client. We’ll start by interpreting the brief and roughing things out with pencil and paper, before moving on to develop the logo design in Illustrator, presenting to the client and acting on their feedback. We’ll focus on editing with paths and gradients and a few tricks that can be used to make your everyday interaction with Illustrator better.
In this print design tutorial, you will witness a process for creating Swiss Style themed business cards using Adobe Illustrator and some tools and items that you can easily obtain from your your local office supply store (or online). We’re going to go through setting up Illustrator for designing a business card template, as well as how to print the template on business card stock.
Like many designers, one of the many things that I find inspirational are vintage ads. I love their illustrations, typography, colors, and how they look as they become aged through time. In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop. We’ll use some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more!