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Design Lessons From The Worst Movie Posters Ever

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Movie posters are supposed to make people want to come to a movie. So why do so many designers make their movie posters look repellant?

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100+ Inspiring Post Card Designs You’ve Probably Never Seen

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Post cards aren’t just for sending home when you’re on vacation. They’re one of the most versatile (and underrated) print marketing materials out there.

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100+ Cool Design Ideas for Binders

100+ Cool Design Ideas for Binders

Get inspired by some of the coolest binder designs collected from around the globe.

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20+ Inspirational Graphic Design Resume Tips & Samples

20+ Inspirational Graphic Design Resume Tips & Samples

Graphic designers are lucky when it comes to creating their resume. There are not many professions that allow applicants to demonstrate their skills directly with the resume itself. However as graphic designers, creating a resume is challenging, since the standard rules of resume creation do not apply. Your resume has to tip toe a fine line between pizazz and professionalism – too much of one and not enough of the other can hurt your chances of employment. Whether you’re just starting out your career or you’re a seasoned pro looking for new opportunities, these graphic design resume tips and inspirational samples will help put you one step closer to your goal.

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12 Free Folder Mockup Templates for Photoshop

Free Presentation Folder Mockup Templates for Photoshop
Create stunning, photorealistic images from your raw design files in seconds! These presentation folder mockups for Adobe Photoshop are free to download and perfect for sprucing up your design proposals and portfolio.

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Big List of the Best Free Photoshop Actions

Free Photoshop Actions for 2014

If you’re a fan of Photoshop actions, then boy do we have a treat for you. We’ve spent countless hours seeking the best free Photoshop actions on the interwebs and have returned with over 500 action-packed plugins to help you save time and learn. From photo retouching and lighting tools to vector art and vintage effects, there’s something for everyone in this list.

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Fresh & Creative Brochure Design Inspiration for 2014

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As demonstrated by this huge collection, you can see that there’s really no one way to make a brochure design. Even within the same industries, plenty of designs are wildly different from one another. There are few hard rules for creating a brochure, so long as it is an effective means of providing crucial information while maintaining brand consistency. Other than that, the sky’s the limit, as these brochures demonstrate.

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Big List of the Best Color Scheme Tools Online

Big List of the Best Color Scheme Tools Online
With millions of colors at your disposal, finding the right combination can be tricky. Create a harmonious color scheme or match your colors to an image with these simple tools.

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Background Images & Textures Perfect for Design Mockups

250+ Outstanding Mockup Background Images & Textures
Taking the time to find the perfect background for your design mockup can be a tedious task. This huge list of over 200 mockup background images and textures is sure to help you an ideal backdrop quick, easy, and effortless.

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55 Adobe Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials for 2014

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When most people think of visual artwork, they imagine elaborate painted illustrations or distinctive photography. But some of the most compelling designs are composed not of pictures, but of text. Applying a distinctive text effect in Photoshop can turn plain old words and letters into stunning works of art. To help you create dazzling text that demands your audience’s attention, here are 55 awesome Photoshop text effect tutorials.

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64+ Free Paper Textures for Photoshop & Illustrator

Free Paper Textures for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

When it comes to finding quality cardstock paper textures for your designs, albeit web or print, you’ll be hard pressed (pardon the pun!) to find a texture pack better than this. Did we mention it’s also a free download? So get your resource folder ready to add these free, high resolution card stock paper textures and add depth and realism to your designs in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other graphics software! Source

9 Best Graphic Design Printed Portfolio Examples & Ideas

9 Best Graphic Design Printed Portfolio Examples & Ideas
A printed graphic design portfolio can be a boon for any designer, even one who works strictly in digital. Printed media is tangible, and unlike a website or a digital file, it can’t be closed or deleted with the click of a button—which makes it much harder to get rid of. Take advantage of the permanent nature of print by creating a portfolio that potential clients can’t bear to part with. These top tips will help you create a graphic design portfolio that’s sure to turn heads.

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How Not to Advertise Social Media on Print Designs

How Not to Advertise Social Media in Print Design Ads
Directing people to your Facebook or Twitter page seems like simple enough task, but it’s surprisingly easy to mishandle. When dealing with social media and print marketing, some graphic artists make design choices that don’t make a whole lot of sense. Here are 6 insidious mistakes that too many designers just keep on making when using social media in print ads. Source

Worst Graphic Design Trends in Print (2013)

Worst Graphic Design Trends in Print (2013-2014)
Just because something is popular doesn’t automatically make it good. This is especially true when it comes to print design, where some of the most common trends just end up turning the artwork into a major eyesore. Here are 13 popular print design trends that we just can’t stand. Please help spread the awareness of these awful print design trends. The madness must stop! Read the full post >

Top 10 Free Photoshop Alternatives

Top 10 Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives
Photoshop is a valuable design tool, but not every graphic artist can afford the steep price attached to it. While freeware programs can’t serve as a complete substitute for Photoshop, they can help to tide you over until you’re ready for an upgrade. Here are the top ten free alternatives to Photoshop that are definitely worth a download.

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