Free Stock Image! Every week!

January 20, 2010

iStockPhoto’s Free Image of the Week

As a graphic designer, it’s very important that you have an arsenal of stock photography/graphics. Even though you might have the equipment to take your own photo, or the ability to create your own graphic, it’s always nice to have something to fall back on in case you don’t have time.

Now, I read a GDUSA magazine that said over 95% of graphic designers out there use stock images. I was wondering how that number isn’t 100%. To me, stock imagery is important for every designer to have because you never know what your next project is and what kind of imagery you’ll need for it.

So if you’re a new graphic designer, start collecting all the stock images you can (REMEMBER! Read the copyright on all the imagery. Some people who hold the rights to the image won’t allow resale without being paid royalties). Start off by collecting iStockphoto’s free images every week.

Don’t be afraid to use stock imagery. All designers do it, and you should too!

Some of my favorite sites to go to for imagery:

Stock Exchange

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Jot it below.

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Graphic Design Lesson: Tips for File Organization

January 20, 2010

Quit laughing.

“File organization? Really?”

“Yes, really.”

You would be surprised on how many times I see designers have files in multiple places. They’ll have the InDesign document on the desktop, all the artwork from Illustrator and Photoshop are in their Documents folders and such…this happens to be a horrible way to work.

First things first. You should always work from one directory. Then organize things from there. What I usually do is create a new folder on the desktop, and then I’ll place the indesign file in the folder, then place all the artwork for it in another folder inside the directory. This way, you won’t lose files in case you just need that one file.

Now one might think that just keeping your files organized is good enough, but they’re wrong! Regardless of which Adobe program you’re using…

…always organize your layers!!!

Name each layer for whatever piece of art is on that layer. This way, if you need to make changes, you’ll know exactly where they are. Also, instead of deleting objects on your artwork, keep it on a different layer. There will be a time when you might resort to that artwork you had just deleted.

Then if you’re strictly working in InDesign, package your artwork when you’re done and make a backup of where all the artwork originally is. To do this, go to File->Package. What this does is that it grabs all the artwork and organizes it for you in a single folder. BUT be warned. I have seen many cases where this feature doesn’t grab all the artwork. So double check to see if it did. It might take a long time do it, but that’s what you need to do for perfection. 😉

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January 19, 2010

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Graphic Design Lesson: #9 Remittance Envelopes

January 18, 2010

Now, you might be thinking, “What the heck is a remittance envelopes?”. They’re those envelopes in the mail that have a HUGE flap that you can write information on the inside and then just simply send it back when the customer fills one out.

What they are mainly used for is when a company or organization is seeking a donation or just sending an order form. They have a pocket big enough for cash and checks as well as a spot to write in their credit card information. They are a great way to get a response back from customers/people/whomever. So this brings up an idea. If you’re looking for a response from a customer, why not go with a #9 remittance envelope.

If you’re simply just looking for donation, selling a product, or even trying to get people interested in a service your offering and need a response from them, try a remit envelopes. With the convenience of the remit envelope, it gives your customer all the materials they need (minus a writing instrument) on just one sheet of paper.

But I do see a large down fall when it comes to remit envelopes….

Since people write their credit card information or insert a check into them, a lot of companies fail to make if see through proof by putting some sort of tint design on them. It’s up to the designer to make sure that the security of the information of this information isn’t stolen by anyone so I suggest you consider using tints in your design.

I think that covers it. If you’ve got some other tips, questions, answers, and whatever? Just comment on the bottom.

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What Envelope Size Do You Need?

January 14, 2010

What Envelope Size Do I Need?

If you are COMPLETELY new to the envelope world, read this handy guide. It goes through all the different sizes and tells you what will fit in what. This was written by a fellow compatriot named Melissa. She’s great.

Anywho. Heed this advice and if you’re a designer looking for envelopes to be printed, get the printed at We are your one-stop shop for all of your custom envelope and sheetfed printing needs. From #10 and #9 remit envelopes to presentation folders and business cards, we can do it all for you.

8 Ways to Design a Successful Postcard

January 14, 2010

8 Ways to Design Successful Postcards

Written by Britt Brouse, this blog also captures some key things that are wrong with a lot of self mailers nowadays, and possibly even design as a whole.

Heed this advice.

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