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Illustrator Tutorials

adobe illustrator icon
Adobe Illustrator Icon by GXXF under CC BY-SA 4.0 license; no changes.

Why Use Vector Based Graphics?

Many new designers might wonder why they would ever want to spend the extensive amount of time and energy required to learn another image manipulation program on top of Photoshop or GIMP, such as Illustrator or Inkscape. As it turns out, applications such as Illustrator are able to create vector graphics rather than raster graphics, which are pixel-based images like digital photos that become pixelated when scaled up. Vector graphics are based on lines, curves, and other mathematically calculated shapes, so they are infinitely scalable, whether you are trying to make a billboard or a phone icon.

In this set of tutorials, I was initially going to use Inkscape, an open source alternative to Illustrator, but I decided not to since it isn’t as fully functional and would be a bigger risk of wasting a lot of time to get very little done. After finishing these tutorials, I’m glad I made that choice, as they went much quicker than my previous Photoshop tutorials did while using GIMP. In case you would like to look at the tutorials themselves, there are linked here for you: one, two, three, four, and five. Continue reading Illustrator Tutorials

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Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

the final draft of a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. Wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Contents:

Idea and Inspiration

CHANGE OF DIRECTION

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. The wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Idea and Inspiration

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

graphic design project for photoshop or gimp title image
Photoshop logo http://bit.ly/2sREdRX – GIMP logo (head only) http://bit.ly/2syxQQA

Project Intent

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a creative process into your work. If you just start out making images for your design without planning, gathering resources, and problem solving, you will probably have a hard time staying focused. I always like to start by breaking down the requirements of a project to see exaclty what is required, so I will do excellent, targeted work rather than lots of wasted time going in the wrong direction.

As part of a class project, I will use the skills I gained through my tutorial work in GIMP (that’s right, I’m not using Photoshop) to complete a graphic design project that will help explain why and how I’m qualified as an expert on this topic. Based on my previous coursework in Digital Technology and Culture, I’m going to use GIMP to make a branding/promotional image in order to show what I’ve learned and what you can gain as a reader of this blog. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation

 

a collage of screenshots of three free content creation tools

Free Tools that Help You Create More Quickly and Easily

If you really want to get the most out of each project you do, it would behoove you to have an idea of some of the best, free tools that designers and content creators can use to get the best work done in no time. Continue reading Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation

Welcome to My New Blog!

color reversed map of the united states

Why in the World. . . ?

Because when I was battling through my junior year at WSU Vancouver in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, I would’ve loved a little heads up about what would help make the experience an excellent one. Because so many students I’ve met here seem to go through this program without a really solid plan about what they want to do or how to go about acquiring excellent project experience from every assignment. If you want to maximize the value you and your instructors, bosses, or clients get out of every project you do, you are in the right place!  Continue reading Welcome to My New Blog!