Tips for Dealing with Competition as a Designer

by Steven Snell
on December 17, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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Being a web designer or developer offers plenty of opportunities for your career. If working as an employee isn’t for you, starting a freelance business is very inexpensive and there are virtually no barriers to entry into the business. While this presents great opportunities, it also means that your competition is basically unlimited because others can offer services as a freelancer just as easily, plus you’ll also be competing with design agencies for clients.

With the level of competition that exists for designers and developers, being successful as a freelancer or working independently requires a combination of technical and creative skills, as well as business skills. Naturally, most freelancers are more comfortable with the technical and creative aspects and less comfortable with running a business. While you do need to have some capability to run the business, you do not need to be a business guru to be an effective and efficient freelancer.

Part of the struggle from the business aspect involves knowing how to encourage clients to use your services when there are a million other options out there. In this post we’ll take a look at the subject of competition for freelancers, and discuss some things that you can do to thrive in this competitive industry.

1. Embrace the Competition

Although this is an industry that is filled with “competitors,” the nature of the community of designers is completely different than that of most other industries. Designers generally are very approachable and other service providers aren’t usually viewed as competition. Take the time to get to know others who are offering similar services, whether they are freelancers, employees of an agency, or in-house designers.

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500+ Photoshop Brushes for Creating Brush Strokes

by Steven Snell
on December 16, 2009

in Resources

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Photoshop brushes have always been a popular topic with our readers. In the past we have posted collections of the best watercolor brushes and the best splatter brushes, and today we’re focusing on those that allow you to easily create realistic paint brush stroke effects. There are 18 free brush sets included, totaling more than 500 brushes.

Acrylic Brush Strokes (57 brushes)

Acrylic Brush Strokes

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Design an Ecommerce Website in Photoshop

by Steven Snell
on December 15, 2009

in Tutorials

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Today we are going to design the homepage layout for an ecommerce site in Photoshop. Our sample site will be an electronics shop, and since we are in the holiday season, our site will include some special promotions, which is typical of ecommerce sites at this time of year.

A Preview of the End Result:

Here is a look at what we will be designing in this tutorial (click the image to see it in full-size).

Tutorial: Design an Ecommerce Website in Photoshop

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