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Tales From the Darkside: Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulations

June 6th, 2012
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Tales From the Darkside: Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulations

Darker, surreal themes can often lead to some really interesting photo manipulations, as stylistically artist's can stray into genres such as gothic, horror, the macabre and violence. Not the most pleasant themes for sure, but they can result in some very emotive, engaging pieces of art.

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Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design

June 4th, 2012
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Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design

Color is one of the most powerful elements that designers have for setting the mood and tone of a project. Even the imagery used can be given different connotations by the colors laid over the top of it. Designers do love playing with this element to ensure the most...

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Scratching the Surface: A Showcase of Scratchboard Illustration

May 24th, 2012
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Scratching the Surface: A Showcase of Scratchboard Illustration

There are some illustrators who take their talents a little bit deeper, while still scratching the surface. Bad pun aside, scratchboard illustration is an amazing artform, one that we our turning our inspirational spotlight on for this new post. By scratching their works from these special surfaces, and at times combining them...

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Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

May 21st, 2012
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Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

We live in a world, in a society, where it's almost impossible to go a day or a couple of hours or even a few of minutes without trying to be sold something. Sometimes an opportunity to purchase can present itself subtly; perhaps a friend has a product you like or perhaps you drove...

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Websites With Seamless Social Media Integration

May 18th, 2012
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Websites With Seamless Social Media Integration

Well, its official: social media is here to stay. While it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing social landscape, a basic understanding and implementation of the different platforms available can get big results. Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of the free publicity and word-of-mouth that social media can offer...

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

May 14th, 2012
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic lifebuoy graphic. We'll start with a bunch of concentric circles and some basic vector shape building techniques. Once we create the starting shapes we'll continue with some Pathfinder options, several Warp and Gaussian Blur effects plus some basic...

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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

May 11th, 2012
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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.

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World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

May 7th, 2012
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World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

Using watercolor in web design is not a new thing that designers are implementing, by any means. In fact, it has been used in web design for years. In no small part due to the fact that digital watercolor effects are inspiring and attention-grabbing, and on top of that,...

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The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

May 4th, 2012
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The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

When creating websites you have to consider a great deal of aspects such as usability, visual-appeal, the technical side, and last but not least, brand building. Many successful and profitable businesses have been tackled this brand building with user-centric website design. They do this for different reasons, but the...

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Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

May 2nd, 2012
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Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

Many artists, whether digital or traditional find much inspiration in music. It often serves as a great mind opener for large amounts of creativity and style to be ushered in. Some artists believe music helps them to see shapes and colors, and often offers up feelings and emotions to help them execute their...