Create a Cool Text Effect in Photoshop With a Single Texture

by Matt Ward
on November 30, 2010

in design Resources Tutorials

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There’s no doubt that you can create some stunning effects in Photoshop, but it doesn’t all have to be really complicated. In fact, there are all kinds of interesting things that you can do really easily. In this tutorial, I want to show you how you can use a single, grungy texture to bring a really interesting treatment to a typographic design.

To start off, we’re going to need a texture. I’m going to be using this one from the Mega Textures Pack that I released over on the Echo Enduring Blog:

Echo Enduring Texture

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Creative Reviews Don’t Have to be Torture

by Lorraine Sneed
on November 22, 2010

in Business/Freelance design

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If you’re a creative pro, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a photo, logo, layout, or video, someone’s got to review and approve your work. I’ve never met anyone who thought this process was fun, and it can be a huge hassle, especially if you have a big team of reviewers spread all over the globe.

If you want to stay in business, you must learn to streamline your review process and make the client happy with as few cycles and missed changes as possible. I’ve heard of people still using paper and faxes and all manner of markable materials to try to collect organized input. Then, of course you get the reviewers who disagree with each other, but don’t know it because they can’t see each other’s comments. There’s no getting around it — you can only try to maximize your time on creative and try to spend less in review.

Is this familiar? When you send out review, you:

  • Save your work as a separate, non-native file
  • Send the file to your list of reviewers
  • Go to the gym
  • Get coffee
  • Sleep on it
  • Awake to an inbox with as many replies as you have reviewers
  • Sort through the comments, crossing fingers there are no conflicts
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Get back to creating

Sucks, right? Picture this:

  • In your working file, choose Create New Review and give it a name
  • Invite all your reviewers to comment online
  • Skip the gym
  • Get coffee
  • Hop back into your artwork and find opinions already there
  • Respond immediately for all to see (avoid conflicts!)
  • Get back to creating
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Announcing the Launch of MightyDeals.com

by Brant Wilson
on November 17, 2010

in design

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The following post is sponsored by MightDeals.com. Although we rarely do a sponsored post you may request one here.

As a designer, do you ever wish you had a place to go to save some cash on products that will help you? With the growth of sites like Groupon and Woot wouldn’t it be nice to have a place with daily deals for creative professionals? Wait no longer becauseMightyDeals has launched. MightDeals offers amazing deals on products or services at unbelievable prices.

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