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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This free icon set, by PSDDude, consists of 14 icons for major social media networks, as well as common content-sharing icons like an RSS feed icon and an email icon. Because these icons look good on a light or dark background, you can integrate them easily with your website. You can also create your own stamps by using the provided PSD template.
The creative industry is built on a finite resource: Time. We can talk about the spontaneity of creativity. We can talk about talented individuals. We can celebrate the greatness and the importance of creative work. However, at the end of the day, there’s no denying that creative work is still work with a set of demands and expectations. And most importantly: deadlines and deliverables.