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Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Camera manuals and photography how-to videos can be very overwhelming . What are the most important things when you are just starting out? I can think of three things that really stand out to me. Aperture in Photography In photography, the aperture is the amount of light you are letting into the lense of the camera. There are places that have limited natural light. You will need to adjust the aperture to let in the needed amount of light. Aperture…

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Which colors for your design project?

Which colors for your design project?

Colors have a large effect on us. They can push us or discourage us to do a certain thing. How can you use colors in your design to bring your message across? Fun and Playful Colors When a brand is looking to create a product with a fun and playful image, they use colors that represent life and vibrancy (above). Yellow, red and orange can be used to describe a product as being fun and playful. These colors show consumers…

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The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

A while back I talked about creating a Transparent Background in Adobe Illustrator. Today I’m taking it back to the basics and talking about the Pen Tool. You are interested in the Pen Tool if you are new to Adobe Illustrator. It is the base of almost everything you will do in the program. Identifying the Pen Tool Look for that little icon that looks like an old fashioned ink well pen. It’s located very close to the top of…

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Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

So you want to be a Freelance Graphic Designer. These are the tools you will need to truly succeed. Keep reading to find out what tools are most important. Graphic Design Software Quality software means a quality product. While I’ve used basic programs to edit photos (think “paint” that comes on every PC ), you will need to invest at a point. Adobe is the standard for Graphic Design. There are also others, such as QuarkXpress and CorelDraw. Graphic Design…

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 is “Living Coral.” I’ve always been a fan of coral so I’m really excited to find new ways to incorporate the color into future design projects. This is the color that will inspire Interior Designers, Graphic Designers and Photographers alike in 2019. Let’s see how we can use it. Interior Design Don’t feel the need to paint all the walls in your house using this bright coral color. Think about adding pops of…

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Customized Color Presets (Filters) in Adobe Photoshop

Customized Color Presets (Filters) in Adobe Photoshop

Do you ever scroll through Instagram and notice how some feeds are all the same color? Even though the images are different they all contain a cohesive color scheme that continues throughout the whole feed. How do they do that? Many use custom presets in Adobe Photoshop. Step 1: Built-in Presets Photoshop comes with a few different built-in preset options. Use Command (Ctlr) “M” to open the Curves Panel. Click on “Presets” and you will see the different RGB presets….

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Boost Your Career as a Creative Professional

Boost Your Career as a Creative Professional

When you’re starting out in a creative career you receive so much advice from so many different people. It’s difficult to take it all in. It’s also difficult to know which advice to listen to and which to disregard. In my opinion, it’s good to take a little bit from everyone. Below are my tips. Be Flexible with Your Career Options Everyone knows what their dream job looks like. But our dreams change and evolve as we grow. A degree…

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Why I chose a Bridge Camera over a DSLR

Why I chose a Bridge Camera over a DSLR

My camera battery refused to hold a charge starting sometime in the spring. I purchased a new battery but nothing changed. After more than 10 years together, I was ready to let it go. In the meantime I used a combination of my sister’s camera and cell phones. Enough was enough. Black Friday was fast approaching and I decided it was time to purchase a camera. That was when I started thinking about the features I knew this camera would…

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Creative Job Interview Tips Sure to Land You That Dream Job

Creative Job Interview Tips Sure to Land You That Dream Job

When speaking about a job in the creative field I mean Art Directors, Graphic Designers, Photographers and similar “art degree” careers. Check out my post about types of jobs you can do with a Graphic Design degree. The competition is so tough when it comes to creative careers that it seems as though 1,000 people are all vying for one single position. Obviously everyone will not make the cut. There are ways to up your chances though. Many of these…

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Art School Supplies You’ll Actually Use

Art School Supplies You’ll Actually Use

Your professors have provided lists of items for each of your classes. Each list looks daunting. I’m here to tell you that you won’t use half of the things on those lists. I’ll tell you what you should actually purchase and where to make investment purchases. Paintbrushes My first inexpensive set worked fine so I thought the second one would too. They didn’t though. That set of cheap brushes left brush hairs in my paintings. No need to spend a…

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