On a daily basis, designers are challenged to constantly be inspired by the world around them. It’s hard to be on top of your game every day, and sometimes you’re just left completely and utterly uninspired. Thankfully, there are plenty of visual resources on the web where designers and creatives can turn for inspiration.
With all the noise out there, it’s helpful to pick just a handful of such sites to bookmark. In this list, you’ll discover the best places on the web for those times when you’re in need of a creativity jump start.
If you’re searching for a web service that guarantees a constant stream of inspiring user-submitted images, you’ve FFFFOUND it. The service changes its behavior based on your activities on the site, displaying photos catered to your tastes the longer you use it. FFFFOUND! even has an iPhone app called iFound! for visual inspiration on the go.
Behance is a large network for talented artists to create portfolios and connect with other people in their industries. Because Behance is a magnet for talent, you will often find plenty of inspirational work published on the site, with the front page highlighting featured and popular works.
deviantART is a free portfolio-hosting web service where artists can post their artwork, called “deviations” in the site’s vernacular. With over 13 million registered members, it’s also one of the largest specialized social networking sites for artists and designers.
Smashing Magazine, one of the largest and most popular dev and design blogs, routinely features inspirational showcases alongside their comprehensive and well-written web design and web development articles.
This blog, established by celebrated Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso, is a top web destination for design inspiration. The site has regular features, such as Daily Inspiration and Best of the Week, loaded with anavalanche of images, videos and links to fire up your creativity.
This community site features some of the finest designs, many of which are submitted by users. The front page of NOTCOT.ORG is arranged in a visually appetizing grid layout. Just looking at it can help you get your design on.
LogoPond is arguably the most popular community and showcase site for logo design and company branding inspiration. You can discover beautiful logo designs on the site, as well as upload your own designs for feedback from the huge community of logo designers.
This website is a popular web design showcase gallery administered by respected designer Nick La. Best Web Gallery, unlike most web design galleries out there, features only a handful of designs every few days. This philosophy of quality over quantity ensures that you won’t have to wade through a lot of junk to find the best designs on the web.
Color is an important element of any design, ranking up there with typography and negative space. Kuler is an Adobe-owned site/tool/community for exploring, discovering, and sharing colors, making it popular for visual inspiration.
Flickr, the ubiquitous photo-sharing site, is a favorite web service within the design industry. Get inspired on Flickr by joining and contributing to groups, like Web Design, and find sets of inspirational images, such as this collection of business card designs.
Adobe Photoshop, the ubiquitous and industry standard graphics software for photographers, designers, digital artists, as well as casual enthusiasts, can be a baffling application to understand the first time you fire it up. Luckily, littered across the vast space of the web are tutorials in all shapes and sizes that will help you get up and running in no time.
In this post, I’ve pieced together 12 excellent Photoshop tutorials geared toward beginners. If you’re a complete novice or a casual user of this software, you’ve stopped by the right place.
Because this is specifically for beginners — and because Photoshop’s robust set of features is near-bottomless — I’ve skipped intermediate and advanced topics such as drawing with the Pen tool and working with 3D effects.
If you have tips for aspiring Photoshoppers, share them in the comments below.
This tutorial on SitePoint, a popular site for web professionals, will guide you through the Photoshop fundamentals and the basic tools available at your disposal. It’s an excellent jump-off point that will give you an understanding of what you’re up against.
The tutorial starts with a bird’s-eye view of Photoshop’s workspace to get the reader familiarized with the lay of the land. Then it goes on to cover essential concepts such as saving files (and the various popular formats for the web), an introduction to shortcuts that all Photoshoppers should know, how to choose colors, and much more.
If you’re just starting out with Photoshop, you will no doubt be spending plenty of your time using the Tools panel, which contains various tools for working with type, painting, drawing, moving objects, and so forth.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will get a beginner’s overview of the various tools contained within the Tools panel. From the selection tools to the retouching tools, you’ll learn all about them and their uses.
The most important concept you should understand about Photoshop is its layering system. Layers allow you to stack different objects and images to keep your work separated, ordered, and easily editable.
This guide will walk you through the utility of layers using a hands-on, step-by-step approach (so fire up Photoshop and get ready to get your hands dirty before diving in).
In photography, filters are camera accessories that you place on your lens to capture photos that will have fascinating effects. This concept is digitally incorporated into Photoshop and is a convenient way of editing your images quickly. Filters can be functional (such as the Sharpen filters to help you correct blurry photos) or stylistic (such as the Texture filters that give your images unique texture effects).
By reading through this tutorial, you will uncover the power of filters in Photoshop.
Layer styles are one or more effects that alter a layer. For example, if you wanted to make a layer semitransparent or if you wanted to give your text one of those slick “Web 2.0” gradient effects, you can do so by applying and adjusting layer styles.
Adding layer styles, using layer style presets that come with Photoshop, what the various layer effects do, and more are covered in this tutorial.
Adjustment layers are Photoshop layers that affect all other layers beneath them (unless you use an adjustment layer as a clipping mask — but that’s an advanced topic for another day). It’s typically used to enhance a graphic, such as if you want to adjust the colors of an image (which you can do with the Color Balance adjustment layer).
This crash course in adjustment layers shows you what you can do with them in Photoshop.
For most casual Photoshop users, the most enticing and important utility is the software’s ability to correct, digitally enhance, and fix photos.
This Photoshop tutorial covers the various tools and commands that you can use to retouch and enhance your image, including a run-down of the Patch tool, sharpening tools, and more.
Whether you want to add a text caption on a photograph, lay out a brochure’s copy, or create your typographical poster masterpiece, the tool that will help you get the work accomplished is the humble, but powerful, Type tool.
Creating text layers, resizing and modifying text, and adjusting text characteristics, such as tracking and line-height, are a few of the topics covered in this tutorial.
The Free Transform command is going to be your go-to tool for resizing, rotating, and modifying your graphics. This Photoshop tutorial will show you just how handy Free Transform is in your image editing workflow.
Maybe you want to remove the background from a photo, or select just a certain object in an image and use it in another Photoshop document. Whatever the case, selecting things inside your canvas is a task you should expect to do plenty of times in your ‘shopping career.
Set aside 30 minutes, follow this Photoshop tutorial, and you’ll know all there is to know about the assorted tools and techniques for selecting areas in your work.
If you’d like to speed up your workflow and extend Photoshop, it’s best to understand how to manage presets. This tutorial specifically covers installing and managing Photoshop brushes, but will also get you started into exploring various other presets such as patterns, custom shapes, and so forth.
Do you find yourself repeating certain tasks in Photoshop over and over again? Maybe you’re constantly resizing your images manually to a certain width and then saving them as a JPEG for use on your blog. Or maybe you’ve unearthed the perfect combination and sequence of filters and layer styles, and would like a way to automatically apply it to a batch of images. Check out Photoshop actions, a feature that enables you to record and save a sequence of actions.
Time Sheet Management :
The basic requirement of the software is to prepare an application to track day to day activities of the employee – i.e The no.of hours spent on one project, the idle time spent on bench, the productivity measurement etc
Graphic design is a creative process – most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form (i.e., printers, programmers, signmakers, etc.) – undertaken in order to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience. The term “graphic design” can also refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication and presentation. The field as a whole is also often referred to as Visual Communication or Communication Design. Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce the final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), web sites, publications (magazines, newspapers, and books), advertisements and product packaging. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as shapes and color which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.
From road signs to technical schematics, from interoffice memorandums to reference manuals, graphic design enhances transfer of knowledge and visual messages. Readability and legibility is enhanced by improving the visual presentation and layout of text.
Design can also aid in selling a product or idea through effective visual communication. It is applied to products and elements of company identity like logos, colors, packaging, and text. Together these are defined as branding (see also advertising). Branding has increasingly become important in the range of services offered by many graphic designers, alongside corporate identity. Whilst the terms are often used interchangeably, branding is more strictly related to the identifying mark or trade name for a product or service, whereas corporate identity can have a broader meaning relating to the structure and ethos of a company, as well as to the company’s external image. Graphic designers will often form part of a team working on corporate identity and branding projects. Other members of that team can include marketing professionals, communications consultants and commercial writers.
Textbooks are designed to present subjects such as geography, science, and math. These publications have layouts which illustrate theories and diagrams. A common example of graphics in use to educate is diagrams of human anatomy. Graphic design is also applied to layout and formatting of educational material to make the information more accessible and more readily understandable.
Graphic design is applied in the entertainment industry in decoration, scenery, and visual story telling. Other examples of design for entertainment purposes include novels, comic books, DVD covers, opening credits and closing credits in filmmaking, and programs and props on stage. This could also include artwork used for t-shirts and other items screenprinted for sale.
From scientific journals to news reporting, the presentation of opinion and facts is often improved with graphics and thoughtful compositions of visual information – known as information design. Newspapers, magazines, blogs, television and film documentaries may use graphic design to inform and entertain. With the advent of the web, information designers with experience in interactive tools such as Adobe Flash are increasingly being used to illustrate the background to news stories.