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Texture is often what blurs the lines between traditional and digital artwork. Often it’s easy to tell the difference between the two if your digital artwork doesn’t have any kind of canvas behind it, but by applying your own textures in Photoshop, you can help to give your artwork a …

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It’s been an interesting few months for new graphic design tools. Apple hogged the headlines in September with the announcement of its three new iPhones; and this month we’re on the verge of seeing a new iPad. But if you’re not tied into the iOS creative ecosystem, fear not. There …

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Whether your interest is professional or you simply like taking pictures for fun, solid photography skills can be extremely useful for designers and illustrators (as is the best camera you can afford and knowledge of the latest photography trends.) At the very least, you’ll be able to take better portfolio …

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This article was originally published in 2017. Over the years, many highly successful advertising campaigns have either surfed the wave of popular culture, or in some cases, managed to subvert the status quo and garner a cult following all of their own. A great ad can be an artform in …

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It’s been a busy week for fans of Adobe. Over in LA, announcements from Adobe MAX have been coming thick and fast, with the launch of Photoshop CC for iPad and Premiere Rush CC, and voice prototyping added to Adobe XD to name but a few. These Creative Cloud announcements …

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I first heard about the headless CMS approach in a talk I watched from Twin Cities Drupal. I liked the idea of a separation of concerns between authoring content and viewing it. I had already experienced how easily one server can go down, taking out all of the sites on …

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In this guide I’ll talk about the processes I use when creating artwork in InDesign CC for special finishes such as varnishes, foil blocking, embossing and die cutting. Each finish has some best practice guides you should follow, but once you get your head around creating one, you should be …

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Just as responsive web design closed the gap between desktop and mobile sites a few years ago, progressive web app techniques are currently closing the gap between the web and the app world. With user experiences from desktop to mobile apps rapidly converging, it seems as though a much sleeker, …

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Looking to buy the best monitor for photo editing that you can? You’re in the right place. No matter your skill level, we’ve gathered together the very best photo-editing monitors right now, for all budgets, in this buying guide.   The 5 best laptops for photo editing Sign up for …

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