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  • GIF Files Created: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    GIF files are a format commonly used for graphics presented on websites. GIFs can contain a maximum of 256 colors, and are therefore best for images that contain simple shapes, a limited color palette, text and other elements as opposed to photos.
  • Essential Graphic Design Tools Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    There are several tools that are essential to graphic design. See how a computer and software, design books, a sketchpad and even other designers can be essential to your design process and business.
  • The Elements of Graphic Design Created: Thursday, January 31, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    elements of graphic design shapes lines colors type fonts typography typefaces text art illustrations photography texture photos
  • Free Fonts for Download from Dafont.com Created: Monday, April 27, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    Dafont is a free font website, offering downloadable freeware, shareware, demo and public domain typefaces for windows and mac.
  • The Noun Project Created: Monday, January 10, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The Noun Project is a website created to build a free collection of symbols. These free icons are useful for all types of design projects including websites, user interfaces and print design.
  • Instagram for iPhone Created: Monday, January 17, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Instagram is a free photo sharing app for the iPhone that allows you to take photos, transform them with a variety of filters, and easily share them on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social ne...
  • Job Listings and Articles for Freelancers from FreelanceSwitch Created: Monday, June 28, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    FreelanceSwitch is an excellent online resource for all kinds of freelancers, with a blog full of articles and advice, a freelancers directory, job board, forum and other resources.
  • TrueType Font Created: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    A TrueType font is a single file that contains both the screen and printer versions of a typeface. TrueType fonts make up the majority of the fonts that have come automatically installed on Windows...
  • Billable Invoice Creator Created: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Billable is a free online invoice creator with a free invoice template. The easy to use, one page app allows you to create an invoice online and then print it or save it as a PDF.
  • Create Color Palettes with Kuler by Adobe Created: Thursday, November 26, 2009 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Kuler by Adobe is a great tool for creating color palettes and viewing color palettes created by others. Accessed through a browser, Kuler allows you to easily edit color palettes and save them for...
  • Types of Website Navigation Created: Monday, November 17, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    Navigation is a key element of any website. It’s how the user gets from section to section, and to your content. Aside from creating something unique, there are several options for navigation...
  • Do I Need to Know How to Draw or Paint to be a Graphic Designer? Created: Monday, February 16, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    You don't need to be a fine artist to be a graphic designer. While it could help your career and your creative side, it is not necessary to be a sketch artist, painter or other type of artist in th...
  • What is “Spec” Work? Created: Sunday, April 13, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    Spec work (short for speculative) is any job for which the client expects to see examples or a finished product before agreeing to pay a fee.
  • How to Design a Graphic Design Business Card Created: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    Whether you are a freelancer or you own your own design firm, it is crucial to have business cards for your graphic design business. A well-designed card with the right content will help you look p...
  • Adobe Photoshop Created: Monday, December 24, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Adobe Photoshop has long been considered essential software for graphic design. Photoshop’s primary functions include photo editing, website design, project layout, and the creation of elemen...
  • Designing For Print vs. The Web Created: Thursday, August 23, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    An overview of the differences between designing for print and for the web, with a a focus on audience, layout, color, technology and careers." itemprop="description" Thursday, September 20, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    The RGB model is so important to graphic design because it is used in computer monitors. Therefore, when designing websites and other on-screen projects, the RGB model is used because the final pro...
  • Work-for-Hire Created: Friday, December 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Work-for-hire refers to the situations in which a creator of a work does not retain the rights to that work. By default, and artist or designer owns the copyright to his or her work. Work-for-hire ...
  • How to Create a Graphic Design Project Outline Created: Sunday, October 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Before beginning the design phase of a job, it is helpful to create a graphic design project outline. It will provide you and your client with some structure when discussing and creating the pages ...
  • Charging Hourly vs. Flat Rates for Graphic Design Projects Created: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    A common decision to be made when starting a graphic design project is whether to charge a flat or an hourly rate. Each method has pros and cons, as well as ways to work towards a fair deal for bot...
  • Basic Typography Terminology Created: Monday, October 29, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    Basic typography terminology to help with the understanding how type is described and measured.
  • Letter Anatomy Created: Sunday, October 28, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    There is a standard set of terms to describe the parts of a character. These terms, and the parts of the letter they represent, are often referred to as
  • The WayBack Machine Created: Monday, June 02, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    The WayBack Machine allows users to find old web pages in their extensive website archive of billions of web pages.
  • Graphic Design Software Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    Graphics and business-related software are key for graphic design. Products such as the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, content management software, and time tracking software will help ...
  • Mac vs. PC Created: Saturday, February 02, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    One of the most common ongoing debates in the computer world is whether to get a Mac or a PC. Macs, produced by Apple, have often been used in the design world, with the PC (running the Windows ope...
  • Using Facebook to Promote Your Graphic Design Business Created: Monday, April 13, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Facebook is enormously popular, most often thought of as a social tool for friends and family to share photos, thoughts and anything else that the huge Facebook network allows. It is also, however,...
  • How to Buy a Website Domain Name Created: Monday, November 10, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Domain names or website addresses, such as google.com or facebook.com, are available for purchase from many website services or registrars. While of course the names mentioned above are far from av...
  • Lipsum.com Lorem Ipsum Text Generator Created: Monday, June 02, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Lipsum.com is an online resource that generates any requested length of Lorem Ipsum dummy text for graphic design projects.
  • What to Include in a Graphic Design Contract Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Graphic design contracts are important to protect the designer and clearly spell out the terms of an agreement and project. This list describes sections to include in a graphic design contract."
  • The Behance Network Created: Monday, August 15, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    Members of the Behance Network can create online portfolios to showcase their work and attract new clients. Behance is a members-only website, but anyone can request an invitation by filling out an...
  • How to Use the Photoshop Marquee Tool Created: Monday, May 12, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    The Photoshop marquee tool, a relatively simple feature, is essential for several tasks. At the most basic level, the tool is used to select areas of an image, which can then be copied, cut or crop...
  • TIFF Files Created: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    A TIFF file, or TIF file, stands for Tagged Image File Format. TIF files are a common format for images, especially those used on graphic design.

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