The Blank Slate: Your Best Client Ever!

The Blank Slate: Your Best Client Ever!

Whether your design career is just starting out or is seasoned with experience, I guarantee there is one client that sticks out in your mind as the best. This is the client that you enjoy or enjoyed working with the most. You really jived well together, and every effort that you put forward was a home run. Maybe this client was simply a pleasure to work for, or maybe the client was a huge name that looked sexy in your portfolio. Either way, it raises the question:

Patterns and textures in web design: awesome examples and resources

Patterns and textures in web design: awesome examples and resources

The visual approach, while designing a new site, often starts from the background design. A cool pattern or a subtle texture are details that can make the difference. Today we showcase web sites with an awesome use of patterns and textures, along with a list of resources that you can use to achieve the same results. Let’s start!

Wallpaper of The Week #10 by Leonardo Dentico and Wojciech Pijecki

Wallpaper of The Week #10 by Leonardo Dentico and Wojciech Pijecki

For our wallpaper of the week this week we have a collaborative effort from Wojciech Pijecki, a 25 yearsold illustrator from Poland, and Leonardo Dentico, a 19 year old Italian graphic designer and illustrator.

Bookmarked! Best readings of the week #23

Bookmarked! Best readings of the week #23

Every week the design community releases a lot of interesting articles, tutorials and showcases that can charge your creativity in different ways. With this series we want to share high-quality contents from the community to provide interesting information for our readers. It’s just a small selection, but we are sure that it can help you to find cool stuff that covers a wide variety of topics.

The Blank Slate: How Do You Use Social Media?

The Blank Slate: How Do You Use Social Media?

As a designer today, there are sooo many different ways to get your work out to the masses. Within minutes you can post a new portfolio piece and have hundreds or maybe even thousands of people view and comment on it. But this also means that we’re all on an equal playing field. Large firms are competing for views with mid-level and even novice designers.

Become a Self-Made Graphic Designer – Run Your Own Business

Become a Self-Made Graphic Designer – Run Your Own Business

It was 3 years ago when I started to think about becoming a graphic designer. Well, that’s what I am now. I did not go to design school because I preferred to use the vast amount of resources that the web offers and experiment with new techniques by myself. In this 3 article series I would like to share my experiences with all those that are approaching the graphic design world, and provide suggestions on how to find the best resources and how to avoid errors. Today we will talk about the difficulties and satisfactions that are behind the realization of a successful business.

Wallpaper of The Week #9 by Daniel Gordon

Wallpaper of The Week #9 by Daniel Gordon

This week we have an incredible illustration by Daniel Gordon titled Iron Lion. Daniel is a talented designer from Auckland, New Zealand. The detail work in this illustration, specifically in the lion’s mane, is simply amazing. I also love the wood texture used in the background. All together this is piece is one of my favorite wallpapers that we’ve featured thus far.

The Blank Slate: When is it Time to Fire a Client?

The Blank Slate: When is it Time to Fire a Client?

I’ve been working as a designer for a long time, and I’ve rarely had to let a client go. But there have been times when it was necessary. It can be a difficult task, first coming to the decision, and then communicating that decision to the client. But of course, there are always ways around confrontation.  After all, designers are also creative thinkers, right? So this brings me to the question…

Create a 3D Text Effect Using Photoshop Layer Styles

Create a 3D Text Effect Using Photoshop Layer Styles

Photoshop layer styles are the first tool beginners learn to enhance text effects. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how powerful and flexible this tool is. We will go beyond the overused gradient overlay and 1px stroke effects. We will use patterns and some useful tricks to create a 3D text effect!

Wallpaper of The Week #8 by thinking-fish

Wallpaper of The Week #8 by thinking-fish

This weeks wallpaper is from deviantART member thinking-fish. You might be surprised to learn that this is actually a photograph. This is the China Overseas Plaza building in CBD (Central Business District) Beijing. At night the building has colored lights between the floors. He put the camera on a tripod, gave it 1 sec exposure, 4.0 aperture and manually zoomed in with the lens.

The winner of the iPad 2 is…

The winner of the iPad 2 is…

After 7 intense days, we can announce the winner of the new Apple jewel, the iPad2! Our giveaway, along with the discount on the yearly membership, was a great success! A lot of creative people have joined our community. We are now working on new awesome resources and features to make of WeGraphics a better place for designers and creatives.

Bookmarked! Best readings of the week #22

Bookmarked! Best readings of the week #22

Every week the design community releases a lot of interesting articles, tutorials and showcases that can charge your creativity in different ways. With this series we want to share high-quality contents from the community to provide interesting information for our readers. It’s just a small selection, but we are sure that it can help you to find cool stuff that covers a wide variety of topics.

The Blank Slate: Do You REALLY Know Photoshop?

The Blank Slate: Do You REALLY Know Photoshop?

I realized a few days ago, that I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop for about 15 years… That is a pretty long time to get to know something. But what I also realized is that I’m still learning Photoshop.

Creating Unique Grunge Patterns for Your Website Backgrounds

Creating Unique Grunge Patterns for Your Website Backgrounds

The right pattern can be the graphical element that will enhance your site design. Instead of using flat colors to fill the background, I generally prefer to play with small tileable patterns. In this way I can add a textured effect (that I love!) to the site, along with obtaining quick page loads. Patterns are very small elements, and once created, can fill the site background with a simple css property. In this tutorial I will show you how to create patterns from scratch, and how to make them stand out in your next design.

Wallpaper of the Week #7 by lindelokse

Wallpaper of the Week #7 by lindelokse

This week we have an excellent wallpaper design from deviantART user lindelokse. The piece is titled “The Scent of the Night”, and is one of the many beautiful works featured in lindelokse’s gallery.

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