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20+ Inspirational Graphic Design Resume Tips & Samples

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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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

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 >

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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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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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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