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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.

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20 Ways to Rekindle Your Creative Spark

You’re working on a project for a client when suddenly, it’s gone…any inspiration you thought you once had is no longer insight and you have no idea how to  get your creative juices flowing again. Experiencing a creative wall can cause problems in your business and it’s critical to rekindle your creative spark, and fast! Some of the best ways to get inspired are some of the last things we think to do as designers. Use these innovative ideas to help get you out your creative rut and get back to business.

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How to Charge for Your Design Services

One of the more challenging tasks as a graphic designer is figuring out how much to charge clients for your services. No one wants to overcharge their clients and lose them to cheaper designers, but on the other hand, no designer strives to be underpaid for their hard work. It can be difficult deciding what to charge for your design services, especially when there are a variety of personalized details that can factor into each designer’s pricing such as experience, location, turnaround time, etc. Although there isn’t a “Universal Freelance Pricing Standard” to go by, there are  steps you can take to figure out how much you should charge for your work:

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What I Wish I Had Learned In Design School

The moment I received my BFA in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design I couldn’t have been happier! After years of studying and learning and mastering design, I was ready to dive head first into my dream career and use everything I had learned about design to change the world. It didn’t take long to realize that even with all my education, there were still lessons I needed to learn. Now don’t get me wrong, I had great professors and an even better education. But at the end of the day a degree simply won’t substitute experience. It’s been two years since I’ve graduated and I have learned a lot along the way. Here are the things I wish I had learned while I was still in school…

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Ways To Network With Other Designers

Networking is critical to designers, especially those looking to build a solid freelance clientele or become self-employed. Good design will get you far, but having good design that people recognize as your work will get you even further. We all know it’s not so much what you know, but who you know. So here are a few tips to help you better promote yourself and ways to network with other designers:

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How to Design Efficiently in Adobe Illustrator

Time is always of the essence and being able to work quickly is always a great advantage for any designer. There is nothing more stressful than missing a deadline and doing so can make it hard to keep clients. As a designer, it is important to “work smart, not hard” so you are designing successfully and efficiently while working in Adobe Illustrator. Here are a few tips that you can add to your design process to boost your workflow:

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Great Reads for Self-Taught Designers

“Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best.”
– Massimo Vignelli

 

Spark your creativity and skills with these great reads for self-taught designers! Whether your just starting out in design or have years of experience under your belt, these books offer great tips and insight for any designer.

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6 Tips To Improve Your Design Skills

Graphic design is a constant learning process and, at times, can be a bit overwhelming for any designer, even those with lots of experience. If you’re looking to improve your design skills or just getting started in graphic design, these 6 tips are just for you!