60+ sites to promote your design articles

We’re finishing our series on connecting to the design community this week with a focus on article submission sites. If you’ve thrown your hat into the design blogging ring you’ve probably discovered that writing great articles is not enough to succeed. You’ve got to be able to promote what you write in order to get some attention and all that follows.

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Colour correction basics in Photoshop

Have you wanted to learn more about color correction? The focus of this tutorial is to help you delve deeper into color correcting to up the production value of your images. Learn a few simple techniques while creating.

I will be using Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial, but all of the features I will use are available in previous versions of Photoshop. Or in any decent photo-editing software

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Three deadly sins of print design

We’ve all had the painful experience of being handed a brochure that was “designed” with WordArt (or the slightly less painful Pages). The “designer” (we’ll call him Larry) beams, happy to see that his arched, distorted, glowing type is burning holes in your hands. You wouldn’t make those mistakes, would you? Of course not! You are an experienced designer, right?

Right. That’s what Larry says.

Some of the best designers have been tripped up by simple mistakes when designing for print. Obviously, we aren’t just talking about WordArt. We’re talking about a design that looks great on the screen, but it sits next to Larry’s best when you try to transfer it to paper. These are some common mistakes that many designers unknowingly make when coming to the print world.

1. Designing in RGB

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40+ useful cheat sheets for designers

Whether you need to learn something quickly or need a quick refresher on how to do certain tasks, cheat sheets allow you to do either one with relative ease. Print them out and decorate your workspace or save/bookmark them for later use, whichever way suits you best.

In this collection, you’ll find 40+ of the best cheat sheets for graphic designers for either the Mac or Windows operating systems. You’ll find cheat sheets for popular graphic design applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks. These cheat sheets are available in various formats including PDF, PNG, and web-based (HTML) formats.

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Preparing your files for printing on a commercial printing press

The printing world is filled with variables and a terminology that can sometimes confuse the design artist. In this article, I will, in very general terms and language, try to give you a jump start in understanding the print world and aid you in making important decisons when it comes time to get your work printed. Written by Greg Stalter.

Contents

Terminology | Choosing your printer | Information for your printer

Out of your hands and into the printers | Prepress | In the pressroom

The finishing area | Distribution | After burn – Time to clean up

Conclusion

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