Monthly Archives: June 2009

Taking Design from Good to Great with Gradients

Gradients are one of those things that can take a design from good to great. Sometimes it’s hard to get the values just perfect though!

No problem. We can check out what other people have done in the past. Below I’ve shown the original piece and then I took it into Photoshop and sampled a spot from the center of the gradient and also from the darkest area of the gradient. Just use those values to create a cool gradient for yourself.

In the second part of this post, I’ll show you a little experiment I created with the gradients and some “glowing” splatters.

Designers’ Creative Outlets

Deep down all designers want to express their creativity without the limits of client opinions or the need to justify the business reason they are using the color blue. In this post, you’ll see samples of my creative outlets (scrapbooking and letterpress printing), as well as work from Kelly of Purple Lemon Designs, Rashell of doodlage, and Alex of retinart.

4 Tips for Creating an Effective Poster Design

You’re ready to make a poster. The creative juices are flowing and you have a deadline to meet, but wait! Don’t start without reviewing these 4 important poster design tips.

New Designy Stuff Around the Interwebs

There have been some new (and some new-to-me) things popping up since I last wrote. Here’s a little taste of things that I’ve found: For Print Only, new from Under Consideration. Grain Edit. Good Designers Ask “Why?”. For Graphic Designers Only.

Changes at Creative Curio

What happened to all the great Creative Curio articles?? You may have noticed I (LaurenMarie) haven’t been around here much lately. Want to know why?

Keep reading!

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