In this quick tip I’ll show you how to add some subtle texture to make your designs a bit more realistic and earthy.

Design O’Blog reader Dan Crowbar sent me an email recently asking about including process work and sketches in your portfolio. In this video I’ll share some thoughts & tips as well as show some of my process work on a recent project.

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One of the most important assets you can have as a designer doing print work, whether you are new or old is an understanding of how to correctly set your files up for printing. There are multiple ways to do this and I am not saying that my is the only way but, mine works and this will teach you fundamentals of how to correctly set up your file so your printer does not send them back to you and waste time in the printing process. There is however, some technical jargon in this article. I have included a glossary at the end that tells you what “the jargon” means. So veterans, students and anyone in-between will be able to read and take something away from this article.

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It’s super easy to make diagonal or custom guides in Illustrator! Just grab the line tool or pen tool, draw the line and then go to view guides make guides. If you are into keyboard shortcuts its apple+5 on mac or control+5 on PC. Walla!

Have a suggestion for a quick tip? Wondering how to do something in Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, dreamweaver, any program? Ask away!

In this quick tip I show you how to rotate and skew brushes in Photoshop.

In this quick tip I show you a cool and quick shortcut for selecting hex color codes in Photoshop.

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