Whether To Use Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign?

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Adobe's Creative Suite of programs includes some heavy-weight applications that are mainstay tools for millions of graphic designers all over the world. Everyone knows what Photoshop does – it's the photo-manipulation software. It's forced it's way into the English language. You hear kids these days looking at a photo of a model saying "her skin's been Photoshopped". … [Read more...]

Survey Results: Graphic Designers’ Hardware, Software and Back-up

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Being an independent graphic designer and running your own business from home is the best life ever – at least that's what we think. Here is a guide to the hardware, software and back-up used based on the answers from my representative sample of graphic designers. Further fascinating results from this survey can be found in these two recent posts: What Designers Do, How … [Read more...]

What you need to be a freelance graphic designer

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I wasn't always a freelance graphic designer. I used to teach English to Brazilian businessmen but that's another story. I started by working for newspapers and magazines so my background is in print. By a mixture of application and good fortune I taught myself how to create usable, aesthetic, standards-compliant websites and discovered how to get visitors to them by running … [Read more...]

Designing screen PDF newsletters – Why and How?

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Question: How can you disseminate a graphically interesting, beautifully designed small book to a large number of people cheaply? Answer: Email a PDF. Almost every computer has Adobe Reader (formerly called Acrobat Reader) and PDFs are widely used as a way to present information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication. Question: Why make a PDF … [Read more...]

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