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Graphic Design Week Wrap-up

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After 7 days of hectic posting we've come to the end of our special Graphic Design Week event! During the week we featured 12 Tutorials, 9 Articles, 5 GraphicRiver Roundups, and 2 Competitions. So there's a pretty good chance that some of you might have missed a couple of posts. Before we resume our regular Tuts schedules tomorrow, we thought we'd take a breather for a day and just roundup all the posts from our big week and say thank you to the authors who helped make it possible and our two sponsors - GraphicRiver and UPrinting!

Graphic Design Week Articles

  • Printing and Prepress Basics

    While art and design schools do an impressive job of teaching the importance of form, function, and how to use flashy Photoshop techniques, it's rare that designers have been taught the skills necessary to pass off their projects to printers so that they may not only successfully, but smoothly, produce a designed work.

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  • 16 Great Graphic Design Blogs and Sites

    What are your favorite design blogs and sites? There are so many design blogs now, that your top list is sure to be a bit different. Here we've collected 16 great design sites that consistently bring high-quality material to their audience. They are filled with great resources, original material, thought provoking articles, or well constructed design tutorials that keep you growing as a designer. Add these sites to your feed reader, if they aren't already in there!

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  • Logos for Print Versus Online – Identify Your Audience and Design Accordingly

    As the effectiveness and streamlined approach of an online presence continues to become the primary means of business communication, a businesses brand relies heavily on how a logo interfaces with its website.

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  • Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline

    Fortunately, it isn't required to go to design school in order to be a graphic designer. A good foundation in graphic design history, theory, and practical application will help you hit the ground running. There are plenty of resources available in which you can learn graphic design on your own. Don't set your expectations to high at first, as it will take enthusiastic study for years to become great. You can do it though!

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  • Preparing and Talking About Your Graphic Design Portfolio

    As a graphic designer a portfolio is essential. While it's great to have an online one, it's also a good idea to have a physical one too to take along to meetings and interviews.

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  • Spot UVs, Proofs, Roll Folds and Other Printing Terminology Explained

    Designing a strong, coherent graphic brand identity is one of the most rewarding tasks in graphic design. It is a unique opportunity to create something that will go on to be used in many different places, applications and designs. In this multi-part tutorial series I'll take you through the processes and design I used to create the Rockable Press brand and its many different applications both offline and on. We'll begin by looking at the creation of the Rockable logo, look and feel and brand.

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  • Communicating with Typography

    Type is always communicative, even if it wasn't designed with that goal in mind, but there are some great ways to really make it shout. In this tutorial, we'll explore some basic as well as some more clever ways to use type to communicate a feeling, message or idea.

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  • 60 Gorgeous Vector Business Cards

    The mini-canvas of the business card doesn't leave much space to play with, but designers are constantly pushing the creative boundaries in their business card designs. Check out this collection of 60 gorgeous examples of great business card designs, all constructed with vibrant and crisp vector artwork.

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  • A 20 Minute Intro to Typography Basics

    Typography plays a big role in graphic design and can be one of the hardest things to get right. My aim here is to introduce some of the basics and the most common areas of typography that will be important in your design work.

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Graphic Design Week Tutorials

  • Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic

    This is an advanced tutorial commissioned especially for Graphic Design Week. I’ll demonstrate how to integrate a spot-color metallic ink into your workflow using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat Professional. Let's get to it!

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  • How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

    Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We'll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let's get started!

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  • How to Create an Identity Package in Illustrator

    In this Illustrator CS4 tutorial I'll show you how to create an Identity Package including: business cards, letterhead, and envelopes, all in Illustrator. In the tutorial you will set up your document, design the identity package, and learn best practices for proofing and sending to the printer. This tutorial will focus more on setting up your document to create this package, rather than focusing on the creative aspects of the design.

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  • Creating the “Samurai Werewolf” Poster - Vector Plus Tutorial

    We have another great Vector Plus tutorial available exclusively for Plus members today. If you want to learn how to craft a custom vector poster, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. In this tutorial, Tom Whalen takes us through the process of creating this poster from sketch through to vector greatness. Learn more about this tutorial at the jump!

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  • Design and Print Bold Promo Cards in 60 Minutes

    I still remember the days when you had to go to a post office to pay your bills, a travel agent to book flights and a video store to get movies. Pretty much everything seems to have moved online these days, including print services. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how incredibly easy it is to put together some promo cards using MOO.com's minicards and a couple of vectors from GraphicRiver, in fact the whole thing from idea to execution to print only took me just 60 minutes, now that's a fast print job!

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  • Creating a Rockstar Brand, Logo and Styleguide in Illustrator

    Designing a strong, coherent graphic brand identity is one of the most rewarding tasks in graphic design. It is a unique opportunity to create something that will go on to be used in many different places, applications and designs. In this multi-part tutorial series I'll take you through the processes and design I used to create the Rockable Press brand and its many different applications both offline and on. We'll begin by looking at the creation of the Rockable logo, look and feel and brand.

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  • Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrinting

    Business cards are one of the staples of any working graphic designer. In this tutorial we'll take the Rockable Press brand we worked through in Part 1 of this set of tutorials and apply it to create and print business cards with UPrinting.

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  • Make a Quick’n'Dirty Letterhead in … MS Word!

    Yes you read that title correctly! In this tutorial we are going to take the brand we created in Part 1 and make a letterhead for Microsoft Word to accompany the business cards we put together and printed in Part 2. While traditional letterheads are made by getting them printed at a printers and then running the letterhead paper through the printer, in my experience there are a great many clients who are either too cheap or too lazy to take that option. For all those types of clients (including me!) this is a really easy way of providing a letterhead at very little expense that still looks professional.

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  • Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com - Part 1

    Years ago when I first decided that I'd like to try out print design (my background is in web and screen work), I had this impression that there was some magically difficult things you had to know to get stuff printed. The reality is that for simple projects it's actually very easy. In this tutorial I will walk you through the complete process of designing a simple brochure, getting it ready for print and then actually uploading it to a commercial online printer, checking the proof and seeing the finished product.

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  • Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com - Part 2

    The great thing about the Adobe product range is how easy it is to combine your work from one program to another. In this tutorial we'll take the Photoshop work from Part 1 over on Psdtuts+, and place it into InDesign, create a stylesheet and then export a PDF. This workflow can be really useful particularly for larger documents where InDesign's page layout features really kick in.

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  • Design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop

    This time I'll help you to create a ready to print three-fold brochure from scratch using only Photoshop. This tutorial is ideal for beginners and for people who want to know more about print design. Let's get it started!

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  • Blend and Mask Yourself a Great Poster

    In this tutorial, we'll be creating a poster with a strong geometric central design, which utilizes flowing blends, masks shapes, and subtle gradients, to create a sophisticated final work. Learn each detailed step in creating this poster. Let's get started!

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GraphicRiver Roundups

  • 30 Vector Elements to Add to Your Next Design Project

    You don't always have the time, energy or skill to reinvent the wheel every time. That's why on GraphicRiver we offer a popular category of Vector Design Elements that sell for just a few dollars each. To showcase the types of things you can grab for your next design project we've compiled a selection of 30 great items...

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  • Make Your Design Work Look Awesome with a Product Mockup

    When you have to present your concept design work to a client it really helps if you can give it a bit of added realism to help them imagine the final result. And that's where Product Mockups come in. These very cool files on GraphicRiver will let you very quickly place your design work into a mockup of their final spot. Not only will you love them for presenting concept work, but next time you're making a web portfolio these gems will help your work really shine.

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  • Icons, Icons, Icons!

    To me, Icons are up there with Fonts as some sort of design crack. I'm not sure when I got hooked, but it's been a while now and my hard drive is crammed with icon sets of all shapes and varieties. So when we launched GraphicRiver a couple months ago there was no question as to whether we'd have an icon section. Even though it's still early days there are already a ton of great icon sets, and in this post I thought I'd showcase a few of the best, starting with WeFunction's massive 275 icon set!

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  • 33 Brilliant Business Card Templates

    When GraphicRiver started I was kinda surprised to see business card templates start appearing in the uploads since there was no specific category or instructions for them. A week later I was even more surprised to see them taking over our popular files page. Today GraphicRiver hosts almost 300 business card templates and they are a staple of the site. In this post we've rounded up 33 of the best to showcase some of the designs you can grab for just three or four dollars.

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  • The Best Backgrounds on GraphicRiver

    Easily one of the biggest categories on GraphicRiver, backgrounds are handy not only in graphic design but in web and screen design too. From abstract to detailed, Twitter to nature, there are already some 250 backgrounds to choose from. Collected here today are some of the best backgrounds you can buy!

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Competitions and Giveaways

  • Win $3500 to Spend on the ULTIMATE Graphic Design Setup!

    After a week of Graphic Design posts, Tuts+ and GraphicRiver are excited to bring you this awesome chance to win $3500 in cold, hard cash to spend on the ultimate creative set-up. You'll also win up to 30 of your favourite Envato Marketplace files and a year of Tuts+ membership. And best of all it's dead easy to enter, read on to find out how.

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  • Score $1000 With UPrinting Just By Commenting!

    As you've probably noticed, Graphic Design Week has had a strong focus on getting designs ready for print, prepress and print terminology and the real life process of sending work to the printers. So we were thrilled when the extremely easy to use UPrinting.com guys approached us about giving away a massive $1000 to spend on printing! To enter into the running to win this fantastic giveaway you simply need to leave a comment! Read on to grab all the details

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