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How Web & Print Designers Should Utilize Color
With so much design done on the web, color is no longer something designers have to work into their budgets. But that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. As designers, we still have to think about color palettes and corporate standards, but sometimes it’s difficult to rein in the creativity. You may think, “What does it matter? It doesn’t cost any more to use 20 colors in my design?” But it does matter; just because you have access to every hex color out there, it doesn’t mean you should go crazy with color.
4 Tips for New Graphic Designers
Being a good designer is not just about make things look pretty, it’s about solving problems. Whether you design for the web, have your hands in printed marketing materials, or design large scale projects, it’s all the same: You need to know your audience, solve the problem, make it look amazing, and stay within budget. Sounds easy enough, but any one of these can trip you up through the design process.
Top 20 Technical & Application Courses of 2017
The New Year is often a time when many businesses and their employees begin to think about ways to introduce formal learning solutions into their development plans. New Horizons offers a large selection of courses to help students further their knowledge and proficiency of software and other areas of technology.
In 2017 we provided almost 14,000 classes to students in all formats, including: Private Group Training, Instructor Led Training (ILT), and Online LIVE classes (OLL).
What's the Difference Between Text & Typography?
I’ve always been one of those designers that “oohs and ahhs” over typefaces. I can look at a project and be delighted by the fonts and their placement on the page. (A fun read— “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield.) I think typefaces are beautiful, so working with different fonts and type hierarchy is fun for me, a bit like solving a puzzle. It can be a challenge, make you a little crazy (how many levels of indents do I need?), but worth the time. Making your text easy to read and giving it a natural flow is one of the most important things you can do for your reader. It’s great to have photography, illustrations, and infographics to spice up a layout, but good typography is essential.
Presto! Convert Images from RGB to CMYK in a Snap.
I’m sure you have witnessed just as I have, how many publications and marketing materials that are no longer printed, residing only on the web. And though this is true, I still find myself with those few jobs per year that (thankfully) get printed. Many designers will agree there is something special about print, myself included.
Top 5 Designer Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)
It’s a great time to be a creative type. With Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) the possibilities are endless, and with so many tools at our fingertips, we can get the work done quickly and with precision. I work with Adobe CC daily to produce art for our web sites and as printed marketing materials. I love that all the CC titles work together seamlessly making my work life a bit less hectic.
Are You Truly Utilizing Adobe, Microsoft Office and Windows 10?
When businesses implement a new product into their systems, the first step is often training all employees on how to use it. However, many employees will leave training sessions having forgotten all information within days or weeks, simply because the training wasn’t delivered successfully. This causes employees to have to relearn how to use the products on their own via trial and error, which can lead to under-utilization.
Develop a Nondestructive Workflow in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to Save Time
At New Horizons, we utilize graphic images everyday to help show our customers the best training they can receive. There are a number of different images associated with each individual course. One thing that never changes at New Horizons is… our client’s need to save time when working on projects. Enter Adobe’s workflow method of Nondestructive Editing. What is nondestructive editing you ask?
7 Must-Know Photoshop Tips for Beginners
Guest Author: Debra Novara
Corporate Branding Manager, NH Learning Solutions
When I first started using Photoshop some 20 years ago, I was in awe of what I could accomplish with just a few key strokes and a mouse. Gone were the days waiting on airbrush artists to alter a photo in some way or another. We were able to make it happen instantly (well, after a handful of undos) and the results were remarkable. Changes that took days, even weeks were accomplished in hours (this also resulted in shrinking deadlines much to our dismay). But even so, this powerful tool was giving us designers more control over our art than ever before and we loved it.