Tag Archive: graphic design


social mediaWhy blog?

Many small business owners and freelancers are confused by the multitude of social media options and how it can increase their reach.  Blogging is one way to increase the reach of any business provided the blog offers useful information presented in an engaging way.

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Happy Monday.  Time to crack open the coffee and Coke and get back to the design grind.  If you have no current projects, this is a great time to pre-solve some tricky procedures.

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Branding is a complex process that involves a number of people and trial and error.  However if you are a small business start up you likely do not have funds to hire professional branding firms or to undertake extensive market research.

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If you are a freelance designer or small business, time is premium and you may not have time to make every little detail of your web site or social media pages.  Techsnoop is here to help with a list of free icon downloads that will spice up your pages with a professional look with no extra effort on your part.   Read More…

Element 3D not only provides effects, it can animate your objects.  This terrific plug-in is actually a program within a program for After Effects.  It even has its own interface that comes up when activated.  Objects can be completely manipulated, duplicated and animated within the scene.

Techsnoop puts this in the top 10 must-have designer tools.

There is no argument that Adobe stepped up their game with CS6 release of design tools.  InDesign, in particular has received some great updates and tweaks.  With Liquid Layout, you can quickly change the size of a current design to fit a new device or layout type.

Adaptive Design helps you link content and create alternate layouts from the start of a design.  It allows the designer to adapt for any contingency up front and save design time later.  Both of these tools can save pain and time when working to meet publishing deadlines in the graphic design world.  And working quickly and painlessly is one of Techsnoop’s favorite things.

Grab a Coke or coffee cup and take a quick look.

Here is a great way to create a 3D space background in Adobe After Effects.  Backgrounds are the glue that holds scenes together when creating videos and effects.  If your background is fantastic, your entire project looks better.

Happy Wednesday

InDesign is a great tool for Graphic Designers, making it possible to create great projects for digital and print projects.  Adobe has spiced up the latest version of Creative Suite software with great new features.

Now with InDesign you can create PDF forms without switching to Acrobat.  Your form fields are created directly in InDesign and exported to a usable PDF form.  Additionally there is a new Content Collector feature that allows you to quickly reuse all the content in an InDesign document on other pages or in completely different documents.  The content can be linked or not to automatically update when the original is changed or keep original formatting.  You can even create groupings of content that can be reused together as a group.

Grab a cup of coffee or Coke and take a look.

Don’t just veg out on Saturday, learn something new!  Techsnoop has gathered some awesome tutorials to help you keep your design skills on the cutting edge.  Make a digital comic, or try out Adobe Creative Suite 6 with new javascript integration in Dreamweaver or make mobile designs or mobile apps.  CS6 has a host of powerful features designed to serve up mobile content.  And, in a nod to mobile platforms that are not Flash-friendly, Flash can now output to HTML animation instead of SWF.

So get your favorite energy boost (yay Coke!) and learn something new to wow your friends and co-workers with next week.

Happy Sunday, everyone.  DKemp Designs has launched their Animation Studio and the first demo is available on the dkempdesigns YouTube channel.  First look is below.  Please let us know what you think in the comments.

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