Photoshop tutorials

adobe cs6 premiumPhotoshop is considered to be the most powerful graphics program ever created and the worldwide industry standard. Considering it is so powerful, why is it that most users only use it to a fraction of its capabilities?The fact is that many photoshop users do not take advantage of the amazing photoshop tutorials available. Instead they try to figure out this complex program by them selves and end it up not taking full advantage of the software. Adobe, the company that makes Photoshop is really amazing, they also have many tutorials, especially useful for beginners.However, written Photoshop tutorials can sometimes be confusing, especially if this is the first time that you use such a program.To save yourself time and energy, check out these video tutorials. By working at the same time with these killer photoshop video tutorials you can learn Photoshop in record time. Plus, you get too see every action performed and how the options chosen modify the final masterpiece.

These video Photoshop tutorials are divided, just like readable tutorials, on many audience different categories, so if you have no idea about such programs, this is not a problem. You can learn the Photoshop basics fast and then move on to more advanced Photoshop topics. It’s like having a Photoshop professional next to you showing you step by step, in order to achieve the best results.

It is best to look for package tutorials. This means that, the same professional Photoshop designer takes you through the basics and then step by step to different levels. This way, you get to have a continuance in what you learn, just like in being in an expensive school. Good example is: http://design.tutsplus.com/

This package also has a combination of readable and video tutorials. You could read the concepts, and watch a video related to the program you read about. This way, you can get to understand and practice a lot faster.

Another tip for you: http://webneel.com/video/photoshop-tutorials

Please Don’t Believe the Hype…LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER

I’m the type of person who’d like to live in a world where looks don’t matter. But, like you, I live in a world where looks do in fact matter. As I shared in my post about hate, I’ve had a pretty telling example of just how much looks can play into the way others engage with you. But today we’re going to focus on the perceptions we create by the way we present ourselves.

This isn’t a feel good topic…it’s seemingly a bit shallow actually. But should that detour us from speaking about it? NOPE! Sometimes we have to have tough conversations in order to fully hash things out.

I’m counting on community contribution to help drive the point that looks really do matter, or the contrary if you believe otherwise. Either way, please share your run down as to why you feel the way you do.

Let’s go…

I’m a realist and realize that much of what we see as our reality is really only a perception. In fact, I believe that we’re accountable for most of the elements related to the perceptions others form of us. If you don’t think that looks matter now – you may come to find out in a moment, that they actually do.

*NOTE: When I say looks – I’m speaking on your personal presentation only. I am not talking about physical characteristics that we have very little control over (like DNA). Sure, these do play a significant part, but I’m not going there…yet!

What Makes You Happy? What Makes You Unhappy?

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It’s funny where the inspiration comes for these posts sometimes and this one comes from my decision to listen to an old George Michael cd the other day! In case you haven’t heard of him, George was a hugely successful singer mainly in the 80’s and 90’s. One of the albums he made and the one I chose to listen to yesterday was called: Listen Without Prejudice. It was a really great album and one of the few albums from the 90’s that I re-visit with any regularity. It’s an album where his fabulous voice, his genius song writing skills and his love of truly great music shine through.

Sadly, he brought out albums in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that were, in my opinion, bland and forgettable, I guess most artists get into this situation eventually and then gradually get forgotten. George though still makes the headlines, but usually for all the wrong reasons. George’s claim to fame these days is for getting stoned and driving into lamp posts and shop windows! Not pretty! George made so much money, (he is said to be worth around £100 million) he never has to work again. But is he happy? Err obviously, not.And it’s a pity he was my and mine classmates inspiration when we were attending NYC GED classes. he was our here.

Now I’m not saying that to make people without money feel better about themselves. The reason that I’m saying it is because I just wanted to underline the fact that money ALONE will never make you happy.

I know that sounds obvious. But George has so many things going for him, talent, good looks, a partner, money

5 Best FREE Photoshop Alternatives

free-photoshop-alternativesFor many, the Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite provides everything one needs for photo editing and manipulation; it is user friendly, highly customizable and highly versatile. However, it’s incredibly expensive. Some users may even have problems with its interface or its overall compatibility. Regardless of your reasons, there are plenty of other programs to consider that are a safe, affordable and a simple alternative to Photoshop. Many are open source, which will save you a bundle. Here are the top five Photoshop alternatives.

1. GIMP (GNU image manipulation program): When it comes to getting the most out of a photo editing software, GIMP has all the features you need to create a variety of stunning effects. If you miss Photoshop’s unique structure, another similar alternative includes GIMPShop, which is a form of GIMP that is quite similar to Photoshop. In terms of navigation, it has almost identical tools featured in Photoshop and allows them to be accessed with ease. Not only is it compatible with a variety of operating systems, but best of all, it is an open source program; which means it can be download for absolutely free.

Why Should Paying Students Drop Out? What is better than education?

156905195_76607c8868It is often accepted that college is the best way to pursue a career and gain financial freedom, many work hard to get their GED diploma in order to get to the college to make the dream come true. Recently, however, many college graduates are finding it harder to find employment in the job market. What is even more troublesome is the fact that these students armed with bachelor’s and master’s degrees are entering the job market with an enormous amount of debt in the form of student loans.

Many students feel like they are passing up on great opportunities and putting their career on hold while going to college. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is even paying students to drop out and start their own business.
While people with bachelors degrees still fare much better in the job market than those without, having a college education no longer guarantees a well-paying job. The unemployment rate for those with bachelors degrees is currently 4.4%.

Is The Website Design Really So Important? How To Design A Perfect Website

At the time you first contact web designers regarding your desired website or internet assignment, it really is important to put your wishes and ideas on paper. If you don’t come up with some sort of instruction, web designers could have a lot of difficulty in fully understanding the project and how you would like it to be. If you spend some time on making very clear and consistent instructions, your project will develop much more smooth and faster than if you would not.
Please try to be as detailed as possible in your brief about design and functionality of your site. The more detailed you are, the sooner you will see results. It is, for example, always helpful to include all relevant items that are part of an existing brand identity that the designers should adhere to, such as existing logos, business cards, color pallets and corporate fonts. This way you can be sure that the graphic designers know and understand the existing brand identity that they have to respect. Secondly, in case your website must be re-designed, you should give the web designers all possible information on the desired style.
For example we  have recently were working for the BestGEDClasses.com website and we learnt almost at the end of the project that one page needs to be really visible from the front page because it’s their really important part of business. It took us few hours to find the best way of presenting their new geolocation services for GED schools. It wasn’t easy task but we manage and now both owner and the designer is happy with the results:)
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How to get creative Ideas when designing a new logo

facebook-addictedUndoubtedly, professional graphic designers have creative minds, they are artistic and imaginative. Although, mostly clients thinks that logo designers are magicians who create imaginative images and come up with creative and mind-blowing ideas for their small business logos with a swish of their wands. But it is not the reality, however to come up with an interesting idea is not easy task to do. Thinking or developing a unique idea in a mind is not a magic that can be generated in a matter of seconds. The designer needs to think a lot for getting an original idea; it involves a complete and elaborative procedure of shifting the idea from designer’s brain to the final logos. Logo represents a brand and a brand is an important part of communication tools of each brand. Creativity of the designers is especially important for big brands that decided to rebrand themselves. Successful rebranding is truly the art, says the editor of Awesome Brands-a websites that reports new rebranding cases and explains the rebranding process.

The complexity is happened when a logo need to explain his idea or plan to the bad type of clients or to project managers. Although, the designers study the whole project and entire process of designing, but he face difficulty when he explain his idea in front of client, as he cannot put the entire concept in his words. Either it is a small or a large business logo design, a creative design reach to its final designation after many hurdles.

In this article, Judith from will explains  the various stages through which a graphic designer experience in order to complete a project and design a brilliant idea. Almost all the best design schools follow this process.

1. Learning:

What you should know about creative design and logos

Nowadays, a lot of computer programs are invented to help people make attractive and great design. However, you will not be able to create an attractive and beautiful design without learning more about the techniques. Yes, having more understanding about the basic things in creative design will be very important in order to make exceptional and beautiful design. Here are some basic tricks to make your design more attractive and exceptional.

The first important factor in design is color. You have to notice that color gives great effect, especially in creating mood. Color also gives great contribution in how people receive and understand a design project. Besides, this is also one of the most useful things for companies, foundations, as well as organizations to create their brand. The yellow border of National Geographic will be one of some great examples on how color plays its role in branding something.

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Second, you can try to express your message or story though lines. The shape of the line will be the carrier of the message. Thick lines usually used in any projects for young audience, while thin lines will be perfect to express intelligence and elegance. Perpendicular lines symbolize something lasting and solid, while horizontal ones show the calm offered by a horizon. Then, diagonal lines have great ability to create 3-D space in 2-D environment.

Shape will be the third important factors. Objects in different shapes will ring their own messages. Usually, angular shapes such as rectangle or square will be used to give a touch of masculine feeling. Use shape to get your message across. Meanwhile, any circular objects will be used in expressing touch of feminine feeling. Take a look at the redesigned logo of DSM, the goal was to create the image of a company that cares about environment and society therefore they use soft lines and blended colors.

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Pay attention to the size since this is the next important factor in making your design attractive.

Besides, being careful and thoughtful in using space will also be very important. Make sure to provide white space or areas without any content in your design. It will be important to prevent problem of visual claustrophobia.

Those four important points are the most basic things that you have to notice before making design. Surely, there are still some other important factors that help you create attractive and beautiful design. You can learn the more detail techniques by attending some courses or schools.

How to creatively set up the working space for maximum productivity

Today, we invited our friend from BestGEDclasses.com to talk about working space and productivity.. A few months ago, she decided that she will run a business from home. Working from home is an incredible opportunity to design your own workspace according to your needs and preferences, she says.  The nature of my work determined the necessary elements of the office’s set-up, but this do-it-yourself project allows for a lot of freedom and flexibility, even if you’re on a budget.  By establishing an inviting, professional atmosphere in your new home office, you will be able to boost your productivity and impress any potential clients who will come visit you at your new workspace. And it doesn’t need to be boring, recently we featured on the most creative workplaces and I was positively inspired by creativity of Airbnb, she continues. So here are a few tips :.

Design Basics

The colors of your learning space should be warm and inviting, such as soft yellows, blues, and greens, so that you and your clients feel relaxed and calm while in the office. Position your desk in a part of the room that is well lit and has plenty of space for you to sit behind comfortably. Arrange all other furniture so that you effectively utilize the space in a way that is functional. Consider if you have enough lighting in the room that brings warmth, not sterility, to the office space. If not, maybe investing in a few lamps will change the atmosphere of your office drastically, and thus may be worth forking out for. Outfit your office windows with drapes that let natural light into the room, but that can be shut to provide privacy for visiting clients if necessary. Your desktop should leave plenty of storage space for your supplies, such as folders, cabinets, and containers, to keep your documents tidy so that you can concentrate on your work at hand.

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Why Joomla is a good choice for a website

joomla-logoJoomla is used for  Web development  and belongs to 3 most popular CMS system: WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. During the years, we have actually implemented better compared to 1350 websites of various groups in Joomla and other favored CMSs and we are the largest and most reputable outsourcing business in Joomla Development.We have 122+ Joomal Developers/PHP professionals that are all finest in Joomla tailor-made development, with our professional website format and advancement group working in a simultaneous atmosphere; This makes specific that, your Joomla activities will certainly be performed in fast-track with 2 or 3 Joomla designers, there is never ever visiting be source trouble when implementing any sort of Joomla jobs.Take your website to a whole brand-new height with us(perfect Joomla designers), We wear”t call ourself finest Joomla development company, this is exactly just what our customers are calling us. Our Joomla solutions is champion, sophisticated innovation provider which we sustain for our users with extremely powerful and versatile devices to establish and maintain your site. Joomla Website Developers constantly try to make your website eye-catching, site visitor friendly and optimised for phenomenal online search engine positioning.