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By Kristin Ellison | Monday, February 03, 2014

Essential tips for a brilliant brainstorming session (AUDIO)

Stefan Mumaw on Creativity and Brainstorming

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Creativity is not an external force or a rare skill; it’s a habit that anyone can learn. All you need are the tools to unlock it and you’ll be able to generate better ideas faster. Brainstorming is a fantastic tool to help unleash your creativity and uncover a wealth of unique and relevant ideas—but if approached incorrectly it can also be a wheel-spinning bust. Listen to these great tips from Stefan Mumaw so your next brainstorming session is a creative success!

Find no more than five to seven people to include, and make sure you’re choosing a diverse group of people. Find folks from outside of your department, even outside of your company. Outsiders bring fresh perspectives and while they may not be able to solve the problem as acutely as people who are more familiar with the problem, they may take you down roads you may not have considered.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Create a Honeycomb Pattern in Illustrator

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The honeycomb, the “queen bee” of patterns, is trending again this year. Honeycomb patterns are cropping up on the runway, in our homes, in print, and on the web.

This week in Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a honeycomb pattern. Learn how to transform a lowly hexagon into a “sweet” vector-based pattern, with the Transform effect, gradients, and some Appearance panel tricks. Watch the free video below to learn more.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Creating a responsive HTML email design

Over 40% of email is read on mobile devices.

Many online sources claim that over 40 percent of email is now read on a mobile device. The email you design for your customers has nearly a one-in-two chance of being read on a smartphone or tablet.

Now the real question: Will it be a good reading experience?

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Painting images in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Hand-paint an image in Photoshop

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This week’s technique is all about hand-painting a majestic image of a lion with Adobe Photoshop. Although Deke will use a high-end Wacom Cintiq tablet/monitor device to perform his wizardry, have no fear—you don’t need a tablet to follow along.

You’ll learn how to resample an image to make sure you’re working with the highest-resolution file possible, use the Brush tool to draw an outline of the image, paint in highlights, add colorful detail, and make an entirely new work of art from an existing photograph. Watch the free video below to learn about painting images in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 27, 2013

Create a fluffy cloud effect: Pixel Playground

Creating a fluffy cloud effect

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to create fluffy clouds using the brush tools in Adobe Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

6 Attributes of Good Logo Design

Von Glitchka at work designing logos

Although there are many stylistic approaches to logo design, there are certain fundamental attributes that make a logo successful.

It’s unique It’s no secret that our world is being flooded with more images, tweets, articles, books, designs etc. every minute, so creating a unique design has never been more important. Although there are times when the creative fairy blesses us with an inspired design, more often than not great designs are hard earned. Proper research, intelligent creative thinking, and a lot of exploratory drawing should be part of your creative process every time.

It’s memorable Making a connection with your viewer and staying with them is an important part of effective logo design. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways: being unique, keeping it simple, using a clever concept or play on a business’ name, making an emotional connection with your viewer, and more.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 06, 2013

Create a Fibonacci spiral tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create a tattoo using the classic Fibonacci spiral.

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This week’s technique will teach you how to use the Fibonacci spiral in your designs.

To wrap up his extended look at tattoo designs, this week Bert pays tribute to the classical Fibonacci spiral. By copying the classic spiral as a guide, he uses it to help plan the structure of his intricate flower design, creating slight variations of the same design throughout the piece to quickly build a repeating pattern. After placing the flowers in the proper positions, Bert scales and rotates them into an appealing layout, adding leaves and vines as background accents to provide the final touch.

Want to create your own? Check out this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial.

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By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Creating a great design: No image, no problem!

No image? No problem!

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What do you do when you’re faced with creating a great design—but have no images to bring variation and interest to the piece? John McWade’s answer to this common challenge is to use more white space, also known as negative space. This is the portion of a page left unmarked, such as margins, gutters, and space between columns, lines of type, and graphics. It may sound like a simplistic solution, but it’s a great way to make your design more dynamic, and attract your viewer’s attention.

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