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Transparent Background in Adobe Illustrator

Transparent Background in Adobe Illustrator

You have just created the perfect logo. You drop it into InDesign only to realize that it has a white background. You thought you saved it in the correct format, so what did you do wrong? I’ll walk you through how to make images in Adobe Illustrator with transparent backgrounds. Step 1: Go to the Document Setup under the “File” menu. Now you’ll be able to see all the document properties. Step 2: Make sure that “Transparency” is selected as the background…

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Graphic Design Careers

Graphic Design Careers

In a previous post I explained how you can definitely start a successful career with an arts degree. Today I want to give examples of specific career paths you can take with a Graphic Design degree. One thing about creative degrees in general is that you are very flexible. You may start out teaching art (as I did at one point) and go on to working at an advertising agency. Graphic Designer Design and produce collateral material (brochures, booklets, posters,…

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Adding Texture in Illustrator

Adding Texture in Illustrator

When many think of adding texture, they think of Photoshop. How do you add texture in Illustrator though? This illustration of a Rolls-Royce interior is an example. When it came to adding the woodgrain, I was unsure of what to do. So I played around and came up with a great solution that I want to share. Go to the “Effects” in Illustrator. They are categorized by Illustrator Effects and Photoshop Effects. Use both and experiment to get what you…

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The Paint App- A Love and Hate Story

The Paint App- A Love and Hate Story

After taking a few Graphic Design classes you learn to use Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Soon you become aware of how much power these programs have. I learned on Adobe CS 2, which was when dinosaurs roamed the earth…  It feels as though you need to use the best, and that you need the programs that can give you the most flexibility. You begin to forget about a little app called Paint. It’s come with PCs for decades…

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You Can’t Make Any Money with an Arts Degree

You Can’t Make Any Money with an Arts Degree

People you know may tell you that there isn’t any money to be made with an Arts Degree. They believe it’s best to stick to more stable industries such as Finance, Accounting and the Medical Field. Many of their reasons appear valid. According to them, certain fields will always be more relevant than others.  People are always trying to make and manage money. People are always getting sick. Here’s what I believe instead. Think for a second about all the…

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