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Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Applying and Editing Layer Filters | CreativePro.com

In the previous installment of our video series on masetering Smart Objects in Photoshop, we saw how to create and edit a perfect animated Star Wars crawl effect.

This time, instead of focusing on one specific effect, we’ll look at how you can use Smart Objects along with layers and filters to create any kind of nondestructive effect you wish. Once you see how powerful, flexible, and simple this technique is, you may never use filters the old fashioned way again.

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How to handle tough client conversations and save the relationship – Graphic Design Blender

Being a solopreneur is a lot of fun.

You almost always get to make your own schedule, wear whatever you want, reject projects that aren’t a good fit, not drive during rush hour…it’s an all-around pretty amazing job.

Except when it’s not, like when you have to have a tough conversation with a client because:

What they want to do is going to cost them more money

They’re unhappy with the bill

They don’t like your proofs

You’re not going to make a deadline

(really I could go on for quite some time)

These are the conversations where you wish you had an account manager, amIright?

via How to handle tough client conversations and save the relationship – Graphic Design Blender.

15 HTML CSS templates with a multiple commercial license.

15 HTML CSS templates with a multiple commercial  license. So, broaden your horizon and start creating exquisite themes to suit your client’s taste.

Key features of these templates:

Responsive layout

Multiple page templates

Predefined colour scheme

Slider slideshows & carousel

Mega menu

Subtle parallax effect

And much more…

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Does your portfolio website have a case of the “no one ever calls me”? – Graphic Design Blender

On a hunch yesterday I started Googling “[insert city here] freelance graphic designer.” I looked at New York, Seattle, San Fran, London, and more. I spread from there to agencies.

I saw sites from well-established peeps to ones who, as Kevin O’Leary from “Shark Tank” would lovingly say, were “cockroaches no one’s ever heard of.” (His words, not mine!)

Those websites were sick, and needed a dose of GDB advice stat.

So I made a list. A list of the most common issues I saw that I knew, from experience, were turning new clients away. Here it is, and what you can do if your website is making these mistakes too.

via Does your portfolio website have a case of the “no one ever calls me”? – Graphic Design Blender.

WAY TO GO A potentially endless interactive experience

 

A potentially endless interactive experience

Way to Go is an interactive experience that uses simple keyboard controls to allow you to embark on an adventure that could last just a few minutes, or indefinitely. In its simplest terms, it is a walk in the woods that merges 360º video capture, music, dreaming, hand-made animation, and code.

WAY TO GO.

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Save on Design Education!

Save on Design Education!

Get the expert instruction you’re looking for on essential design topics like infographics, responsive design, client relations, user experience design, and much more with OnDemand Design Webcasts and HOW U Independent Study Workshops! Plus, through 2/28, save 30% on these essential resources.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey For Web Designers

A more useful take on a popular series

Fifty Shades of Grey is wildly popular, both in book and movie forms. Fifty Shades of Grey for Web Designers, though, is an infinitely more useful take on the subject. With a total of fifty shades of actual gray, complete with hex codes and percentages, professionally, at least, you’ll find this much more useful than a couple hours spent in a movie theater.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey For Web Designers.

Motionographer Buck builds a “Factory” of hand-made type for Facebook

 

 

A masterclass in live action motion design and typography for Facebook

Buck builds a “Factory” of hand-made type for Facebook details the process of creating an animated typographical masterpiece that combines stop motion, as well as traditional 2D and CG animation techniques. The disparate type styles somehow work together to create a whimsical video that fits perfectly with the message of the voiceover.

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Motionographer Buck builds a “Factory” of hand-made type for Facebook.

Design Principles

 

An easy guide to design principles

Learn Design Principles is an easy-to-follow guide to a variety of design principles, all in one place. It gives a brief overview of the main principles: Axis, Symmetry, Hierarchy, and Rhythm, before diving into a more in-depth explanation of each and additional principles that relate to each.

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Design Principles

Learn about design principles and see how they can be applied from architecture to product design.

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