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How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

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This article will walk your through the process and logic of designing a basic but attractive flyer. We’ll look at how you can plan your content, find and implement some quality images and handle the alignment of a significant amount of content while not sacrificing too much of the visual appeal.

July 19th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Are Print Designers Doomed? An Important Look at the Facts

Are Print Designers Doomed? An Important Look at the Facts

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We constantly hear blanket statements about how print is in decline and the future of design is digital. Meanwhile, many print-only designers wonder if they should be taking steps to begin the overwhelming journey of learning a new career.

Today we’ll put rumors and speculation aside for a moment and take a look at some real data to see the actual projections for the print design industry and what actions, if any, print designers should be taking as a result.

July 18th, 2011 Posted in Business
Web Design Critique #58: Quote Roller

Web Design Critique #58: Quote Roller

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Quote Roller, a gorgeous web app for creating and sending professional proposals.

July 16th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Photoshop custom shapes allow for quick and easy vector insertion into your artwork. Countless artists have spent hours building some amazing shape sets and distribute them free! Today we’ll have a look at the best sets we could find from deviantArt and other sites.

July 15th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Here at Design Shack we can’t get enough of good color schemes. We recently discussed some Awesome and Unusual Places to Steal Color Palettes From and today we’ll follow up that discussion with some tips on how to build your own awesome color sets in Adobe Illustrator.

We’ll go over the extreme basics of working with color in Illustrator and jump into how to use the excellent built-in Color Guide to get you on the path to lightning-fast generation and manipulation of custom color schemes.

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Get 100 Jaw-Dropping Images for Your Design Projects for Only $29!

Get 100 Jaw-Dropping Images for Your Design Projects for Only $29!

This week’s Design Deal allows you to save 76% on an absolutely stunning collection of image packs.

Read on to see a little more about this amazing deal and the 100 image resources you could be using daily in your designs.

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Deals
CSS Attribute Selectors: How and Why You Should Be Using Them

CSS Attribute Selectors: How and Why You Should Be Using Them

Today we’re going to learn about Attribute Selectors. What are they? How do I use them? What are the new CSS3 Attribute selectors? We’ll answer these questions and more.

July 13th, 2011 Posted in CSS
5 Quick & Simple Design Tricks to Liven Up Any Project

5 Quick & Simple Design Tricks to Liven Up Any Project

Sometimes you have a perfectly good layout, but your design needs a bit something extra to finish it off. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get stuck and become completely void of ideas.

Today we’re going to help you solve this problem by highlighting five random design ideas that you can incorporate into your back of design tricks. Let’s get started!

July 12th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
How to Teach Someone Graphic Design

How to Teach Someone Graphic Design

Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who is considering design as a profession and looks to you for guidance? Your instruction could mean the difference between a meaningful career and a non-starter.

Today we’ll offer up some basic advice that everyone should consider before attempting to teach someone to be a graphic designer.

July 11th, 2011 Posted in Business
Weekly Freebies: Exclusive Wooden Texture Pack Pt. 2

Weekly Freebies: Exclusive Wooden Texture Pack Pt. 2

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Last week we brought you an exclusive wooden texture pack with three textures built from scratch in Photoshop specifically for our readers. This week we’re following that up with a photographic pack of seven real wooden textures once again created just for you guys.

Keep reading to get a peek at these great free textures, which you can download and use in all of your projects completely attribution free!

July 8th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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