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How to Design Efficiently in Adobe InDesign

Books, magazines and other collateral with a large amounts of text would probably take years to design if it we didn’t have Adobe InDesign. 😳  Okay, maybe not years…but it would definitely be time consuming and a lot more challenging to keep things consistent. Fortunately, the program has a variety of tools to help make our job a little bit easier. Read on to learn how you can design efficiently in Adobe InDesign.

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Read This BEFORE Hiring A Web Designer

When you’re inspired by a new business idea, it can be tempting to jump in full-speed ahead. Many entrepreneurs automatically assume one of the first things they need for their business is a website…and ASAP! While an online presence is imperative for your business, it’s not necessarily the first thing that needs to be checked off of your to-do list. You can have an absolutely ah-mazing website but still not achieve the success you dream of for your business. Why is that? Because it takes more than just a nice looking website to build and grow your business. Here are 6 things you should consider before hiring a web designer:

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Amazingly Useful Design Resources You May Have Overlooked

There are plenty of design resources a designer may need and not know they need until they  have them. These resources are easy to overlook. They don’t directly connect to graphic design so it isn’t obvious but they are quite helpful for creating design. For example, if you need to send a mock-up (of anything) to a client and there’s a possibility you may not have all the content. Though they wouldn’t be used in the final design, filler text and stock photos are great placeholders for missing content. These design resources are beneficial to the design process and can be useful to a range of graphic design fields.

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Brushing Up on the Basics: The Elements of Graphic Design

The elements of graphic design are the fundamental basics. They’re essentially the main ingredients for creating design, and when use correctly, can make some pretty tasty compositions! These basic elements are used to communicate visually and work together with the Principles of Graphic Design to create successful design. It’s helpful to know these elements and their functions, so you can better use them in your own work. Review each element below, then take the Elements of Graphic Design quiz to test what you’ve learned!

 

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Creative Resources for FREElance Designers

Learning graphic design might be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive. The internet is full of creative resources designers that are free and available to any designer. These resources can be utilized to learn new skills, seek creative inspiration and find freelancing tips. Video tutorials are helpful for learning new tricks and techniques, especially with Adobe software. Mock-ups help present your work in a professional manner and graphics are useful for a quick turnaround time. New fonts are a great way to freshen up your work and bring new inspiration to your design. Each of these creative resources have quality content that benefit any type of freelance designer. Did I mention they’re all free?

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Designer Thoughts: Get A Degree or Teach Yourself?

This month I’m starting a new series titled “Designer Thoughts”. The purpose of the series is to cover topics that directly affect freelance designers and get the conversation going about them. Every designer has a different experience, so it’s always nice to hear other’s ideas and perspectives.  One topic that seems common among designers is the importance of a getting a graphic design degree. Do you need to get a degree to be a graphic designer or can you be just as successful if you teach yourself?

 

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Reviewing the Fundamentals: The Principles of Graphic Design

No matter how experienced you are in the field, it’s always good to take the time to review design fundamentals. The principles of graphic design outline the ways designers can use elements in a composition. These principles act as guidelines for creating successful design, but that’s not to say you can only make great design by following these rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is justified, but it’s important know what they are so you know why you’re breaking them. With that being said, here are the principles of graphic design.

 

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So You’re a Graphic Designer…What Do You Do?

When you hear the phrase “graphic designer”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you envision someone arranging images and text on a page?  Do you imagine logos, drawings or digital illustrations? Maybe you picture signage, business cards and letterhead designs.The truth is, the graphic design profession encompasses all of those and more! With so many different types of designers within the graphic design field, some times saying you’re a graphic designer just isn’t enough. Graphic design is a complex field that branches out into many, different creative specializations. It’s important to know a little about each branch so you can choose an occupation that fits you best as a graphic designer.

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Learning the Skills You Need to Be A Talented Graphic Designer

Nowadays, with so many online resources available, it’s easier than ever for anyone to learn design skills without attending a design school or purchasing an online course. The only down side to learning design skills on your own, is figuring out exactly what you need to know. There are general skills that every graphic designer should know, such as the principals of design and how to use designer software, but there are also skills that are specific to a designer’s specialization.

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When to Use What? The Difference Between Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop

One of my biggest pet peeves as a designer is having to work with a file that was created using the wrong Adobe program. Not understanding the difference between Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop can result in pixelated images, blurry text and massive files. Not to mention the time a designer will spend trying to fix or get around the file issue. We all have our favorite programs to work with (mine happens to be Adobe Illustrator) but there are certain times when one program should be used over the other. Despite the distinct difference between Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop, the three programs still work together to make up for what the other is lacking and help the us achieve some amazing designs. Read on to learn the purpose and difference between Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop. Then download the infographic below to see how each program compares to one another.