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    Taking Design from Good to Great with Gradients

    Gradients are one of those things that can take a design from good to great. Sometimes it’s hard to get the values just perfect though! No problem. We can check out what other people have done in the past. Below I’ve shown the original piece and then I took it into Photoshop and sampled a spot from the center of the ...
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    Choose the Right Easel

    Choose the Right Easel
    Most artists eventually own more than one easel; the large, full-size easels good for a permanent painting station are not portable, and folding travel easels are not always stable enough for larger works. When choosing a first easel, consider the primary use- travel or permanent studio use. The physical dimensions of the painting area will determine the height of the mast ...
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    Amazing Japanese Style Web Designs

    Amazing Japanese Style Web Designs
    Japan is a country that has very rich and unique styles of design and culture that balance between usability and aesthetic, modern and traditional. I really like the traditional Japanese styles of designs, patterns, and colors which have been implemented into modern life lifestyles. Web design is no exception. Recently, I came across this great blog with an article about some ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)
    Part 1 of this series gave some basics for artists who want to start a greeting card line. Part 2 continues with more information about your line, and Part 3 will concern sales and marketing. How big of a line do you need? You need to create a cohesive body of work as a “collection” to attract attention and make more ...
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    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials

    Benefits of Painting with Acrylic Paints Next: How to Prepare your Canvas to Paint with Acrylics → [page] How to Prepare your Canvas to Paint with Acrylics Next: Types of Surfaces to Paint with Acrylics → [page] Types of Surfaces to Paint with Acrylics Next: Acrylic Painting with Translucent Paints & Washes → [page] Acrylic Painting with Translucent Paints & Washes ...
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    Create a Metal Button Using GIMP

    Create a Metal Button Using GIMP
    *+PART 1: CREATE THE IMAGE+* 1. Open The Gimp 2. Select File>New (Ctrl+N) 3. In the Create a New Image dialogue box set: p((. a. Width: 110 pixels p((. b. Height: 55pixels p((. c. Under the Advanced Options p((((. i. 72 ppi p((((. ii. Colorspace: RGB color p((((. iii. Fill with: Transparency 4. Click OK. 5. File>Save As… (Shift+Ctrl+S) name the ...
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    The Gimp: Animation

    +*PROJECT: The Bouncing Ball*+ _Step 1: Storyboard_ Complete a 12-frame storyboard including sketches of what you see and notes about what you hear. _Step 2: Object Definition_ +*Setup*+ p(. 1. Open The Gimp p(. 2. Select File>New p(. 3. At Preset select: NTSC - 720x480. Under the Advanced Options select: p((. *Colorspace: RGB color* p((. *Select Contents: White* p(. 4. Click ...
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    How to Paint Faster

    How to Paint Faster
    *Faster* As an illustrator, the faster you can produce images, the better off you’ll be. It means you can fit more jobs into your schedule, which is more money in your pocket. It will also help you hit your deadlines more easily, which is absolutely necessary in this business. If you find you have trouble with this, here’s a few time-saving ...
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    4 Tips for Creating an Effective Poster Design

    4 Tips for Creating an Effective Poster Design
    You’re ready to make a poster. The creative juices are flowing and you have a deadline to meet, but wait! Don’t start without reviewing these 4 important poster design tips. The User Comes First This is probably the most important tip for creating an effective poster design. Scratch that, it’s probably the most important tip for creating any kind of design. ...
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    Color Theory: Full-Color Disaster

    Color Theory: Full-Color Disaster
    The map above was published on Wired to show the differences in prices of broadband internet access. Each color indicates a certain price in broadband access. Can you make sense of it? I can't. And my eyes start hurting when I try. I won't comment on the graphic design, because I want to focus on the choice of colors. To illustrate ...
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    Create a Glassy Button Using GIMP

    Create a Glassy Button Using GIMP
    *+PART 1: CREATE THE IMAGE+* 1. Open The Gimp 2. Select File>New (Ctrl+N) 3. In the Create a New Image dialogue box set: p((. a. Width: 110 pixels p((. b. Height: 55pixels p((. c. Under the Advanced Options p((((. i. 72 ppi p((((. ii. Colorspace: RGB color p((((. iii. Fill with: Transparency 4. Click OK. 5. File>Save As… (Shift+Ctrl+S) name the ...
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    Create a Business Logo with a Techie Background

    Create a Business Logo with a Techie Background
    Today we are going to learn how to create a stylish business logo with techie background in Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial was actually a request by a reader last month, but so sorry that it take so long until now I only manage to write this tutorial and post it up. As mentioned earlier, the final outcome of this tutorial which ...
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    iMovie Music Video

    +*PROJECT: Music Video*+ *Steps* p(. 1. Crew Up: All crewmembers choose new jobs. p(. 2. Working as a group, choose an appropriate song for your new video by a local band. You can also create your own song using GarageBand. p(. 3. Get song approved by CEO. p(. 4. Complete preproduction notebook. Get notebook approval. p(. 5. Shoot your video. Remember ...
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    Applying an Acrylic Ground to Canvas

    Before applying paint to your stretched canvas, you must apply a ground consisting of sizing (glue which protects the cloth fibers from the degenerative effects of oil paint) and primer (a base coat which allows paint to stick well and provides a consistent, all-over color). Utrecht Acrylic Gesso is both sizing and priming in one, and prepares any appropriate support to ...
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    Create a Web 2.0 Style Button Using GIMP

    Create a Web 2.0 Style Button Using GIMP
    1. Create a new sub-folder called "originals" in your "beta_images" folder. *+PART 1: CREATE THE IMAGE+* 1. Open The Gimp 2. Select File>New (Ctrl+N) 3. In the Create a New Image dialogue box set: p((. a. Width: 110 pixels p((. b. Height: 55pixels p((. c. Under the Advanced Options p((((. i. 72 ppi p((((. ii. Colorspace: RGB color p((((. iii. Fill ...
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    Answers to the Fashion IQ Quiz

    Answers to the Fashion IQ Quiz
    ArtBistro created the Fashion IQ Quiz to test how much you know about all things fashionable. We listened to your feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. Don’t cheat! If you haven’t taken the "Fashion IQ Quiz":http://artbistro.monster.com/news/quizzes/show/70 yet, go take it first! See answers on the next page… [page] 1) You’ll get your Birkin bag ...
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    How To Brace A Canvas

    h4. Simple: *Step 1:* Select a Utrecht Cross Brace measuring equal to or greater than the narrower dimension of your stretcher frame; cut to fit exactly inside the frame. *Step 2:* Attach brace to frame using one T-Plate at each end of cross brace, as illustrated. *Note: Do not glue brace to frame; never glue joints of stretcher frames. h4. Advanced: ...
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    Playing with Color in Video Games

    Playing with Color in Video Games
    Hopefully this admission will not be anathema to you, but I only recently purchased an HDTV for my home. Part of my reluctance to join the one-third of Americans in the high-definition era was cost: I recently left my job at the Wall Street Journal for the lucrative world of freelancing. But the other piece was philosophical. I didn't want to ...
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    Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part II

    Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part II
    Read Part I of "Inking in Adobe Illustrator":http://artbistro.monster.com/training/articles/374-inking-in-adobe-illustrator-part-one The Pencil and the Brush There will be two main tools that you will be using to ink your drawing: the pencil tool and the brush tool. For more geometric shapes, you might also dabble with the pen and shape tools, but it will mostly be the pencil and brush if you are ...
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    The Art of Product

    The Art of Product
    Most people will never own a Van Gogh. They probably won't look at a Monet daily. They might not purchase a Brancusi sculpture for the living room, or live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. On the other hand, they most likely will wake up to look at their alarm clock each morning, drive their car to and from work, and ...
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