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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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Design

64+ Free Paper Textures for Photoshop & Illustrator

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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

Printing

9 Best Graphic Design Printed Portfolio Examples & Ideas

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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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Advertising

How Not to Advertise Social Media on Print Designs

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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

Printing

Worst Graphic Design Trends in Print (2013)

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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 >

Photos

Top 10 Free Photoshop Alternatives

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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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Printing

20+ Fresh Presentation Folder Design Ideas for Fall 2013

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Tired of seeing the same presentation folder designs in every inspirational blog post? We know the feeling.

That’s why we went out of our way to round-up some of the freshest folder design ideas we could find; many of which have never been showcased in a post like this before (believe me, we’ve read them all).

To make it even sweeter, the designs are grouped by print methods, which include: embossed/debossed, foil stamped, four color process, and spot color (PMS colors).

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When to Use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator or InDesign or Fireworks

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When you have the entire Adobe Creative Suite at your disposal, deciding which of the tools in your designer’s toolbox to use in any given situation can be a bit bewildering. Metaphorically speaking, you wouldn’t use a hammer to screw in a nail.

Similarly, each of the Adobe “big three” — Photoshop (Ps), Illustrator (Ai), and InDesign (Id) — has unique strengths as well as weaknesses, making them best suited for particular tasks and stages in the design process.

Here’s a well-written reference guide that does a great job explaining the differences between Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. InDesign vs. Fireworks for all your print design needs. You’ll definitely want to share it!

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Inspirations

Ultimate Guide To The Different Types of Logo Design Styles

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Would you see more examples of the types of logo design styles?

Logos come in all shapes and sizes, but tend to fall into 5 basic categories–and each style of logo may suit one business better than another. That symbol-only logo design might look cool, but how much will it really help a relatively unknown company? To help you create your ideal branding, here are the 5 different types of logo designs defined, along with some tips for choosing the best type for you.

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Typography

Where Can I Download Free Fonts?

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Looking for free font to download for your print design project? There are plenty of free fonts sites to choose from, but not all of them will have what you need. The best font websites have an excellent variety of typefaces that are also easy to navigate and freely available for commercial use. To help you out on your quest for the perfect font, here are the top 10 safe sites like DaFont for downloading free fonts for your designs.

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Photos

Good List of Stock Photo Sites (Free & Cheap)

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Do you use stock photos? Read our review of the Best Stock Photo Sites for Designers to ensure you’re not overlooking these valuable resources.

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Incorporating stock art into a design can be an easy way to add interest to printed materials—but not every stock photo site has images suitable for print. This is especially true for sites that offer photos for free or for cheap; the images might be too low resolution or too overused in other media. To help you save time and money on your next design project (and ensure that you’re getting the best quality images), here are the 17 best stock photo sites that print designers should absolutely take advantage of.

Typography

Bad Use of Typography with Examples

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This article is a list of the worst fonts ever and gives examples of bad use of typography in print ads, including business cards, brochures, flyers, and postcards. Although fonts are not inherently terrible, the manner in which some designers use them tend to be a bit contemptuous, even to the amateur eye. When an audience sees a font that they just can’t stand (be it overused, ugly or unreadable), you can lose their attention in a heartbeat.

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Printing

18 Worst Presentation Folder Design Blunders

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When you make one mistake while designing and printing presentation folders, you’re likely actually making over 500 mistakes—because the error will show up on every folder you print.

To save yourself the cost of an entirely new print job, be sure to avoid these common design mistakes and printing pitfalls to produce the best folder possible.
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Printing

Creative Brochure Folds Guide: 9 Folding Techniques That Rock!

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Before you design your next brochure or folder, take a look at these 9 creative brochure folding styles! There are many different types of printing folds available for designers to consider—each one offering a unique canvas for your creative ideas.

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Printing

CMYK or RGB or PMS for Printing: The Difference

CMYK RGB PMS Difference CMYK or RGB or PMS for Printing: The Difference
You’ve probably heard various acronyms related to the use of color in design, but do you really know what they all mean? Read on to cut through the confusion and learn more about the difference between RGB vs CMYK vs PMS colors, as well as how to convert between them in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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