Announcement: The Best of Design Instruct eBooks

Announcement: The Best of Design Instruct eBooks

Over the last month or so, we’ve been working hard putting together an amazing collection of tutorials to be made available for download here on Design Instruct. The most beautiful, most loved, and most informative tutorials we’ve published will now be available in 2 volumes in various eBook formats so you can read and learn anywhere.

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Giveaway: Banners and HTML/CSS Landing Page

Giveaway: Banners and HTML/CSS Landing Page

We have partnered up with RightBanners, a trusted online service provider of banners and landing pages, to give one lucky Design Instruct reader not one but two banners and a landing page design with HTML/CSS. The package is valued at $296.

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Rethinking: Competition in Creativity

Rethinking: Competition in Creativity

We all have experience with competition. We look at our peers’ work and we evaluate if we’re better or if they’re better and then we act accordingly. Competition is good because it forces any self-respecting creative professional to always sharpen their creative edge which is ultimately great for the creative industries in general because we’ll always be producing better and better work.

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5 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Images in Photoshop

5 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Images in Photoshop

Image optimization is critical in providing the fastest load time for your users. May it be a personal blog or a business you are running online, the fact is that images are – in most cases – an important aspect of the content of your site. Therefore, it is important that your images are properly optimized without sacrificing too much of the quality. In this quick and simple tutorial, I’ll show you how you can reduce the size of your images in Photoshop with 5 easy steps and use Actions to batch process your images automatically.

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Lightroom Presets: High-Contrast Monotone

Lightroom Presets: High-Contrast Monotone

Ah yes. Lightroom presets. They are a great way to make your photography workflow faster and more consistent. I take a lot of photos, which is why I know how valuable presets can be to a photographer. Today, we give you 3 great high contrast monotone Lightroom presets for your photographic pleasure. Have fun.

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30 Clean Website Designs for Inspiration

30 Clean Website Designs for Inspiration

Clean web designs — characterized by being aesthetically simple and clutter-free — has become a website design style staple. In this showcase, you’ll find 30 beautiful examples of clean web designs that we hope will surely inspire you.

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Successful Logo Design: A Branding Perspective

Successful Logo Design: A Branding Perspective

At its start, the design process unfolds as collaboration between client and designer. When a client needs a logo designed, for example, he/she finds a freelancer or an agency, supplies information about his/her product or company (usually in a design brief) and the designer works with this information. There are certain technical pieces of information a designer should know in a logo design project. The designer then can incorporate the appropriate product specs to the design.

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Giveaway: PSD to HTML Services from PSDgator

Giveaway: PSD to HTML Services from PSDgator

PSDgator, a premier web development company who specializes in HTML/CSS and WordPress coding services, is giving away two one-page PSD to HTML packages with jQuery drop-down menu, each valued at $129. And, they are also giving away five 20%-discount coupons that can be used on up to three projects.

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Dealing with Clients: Avoiding the Seven Sins

Dealing with Clients: Avoiding the Seven Sins

Those of you working in various creative fields would probably agree that client relationships are sometimes just as important as the work you’re able to produce. For freelancers and studio runners, you could even say that client relations become a job unto itself and for good reason: Clients are important.

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28 Fresh Illustrations to Inspire You

28 Fresh Illustrations to Inspire You

I’ve always loved illustrators and the work they do. Illustrations are the perfect blend of the artist’s conception and their technical skill to create a wholly unique piece of work. There’s a certain purity about illustration that I can’t help but admire. In fact, whenever I look at the work of tremendously talented illustrators, I always get the urge to reach for my sketchbook and start something of my own.

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T-Shirt Screen Printing: An Introduction

T-Shirt Screen Printing: An Introduction

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.

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Create a Dark Portfolio Web Design in Photoshop

Create a Dark Portfolio Web Design in Photoshop

In this web design tutorial, I will show you how to create a dark web layout in Photoshop. We will try to keep gradients to a minimum and rely more on creating textures and patterns for the different areas of our web layout to give it a pleasant look and feel. Because the background of this web layout is dark, we can use light colors for important areas (such as the services, portfolio and testimonial areas) to make them stand out.

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