The Return – INKWEST is back.

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 After being down for a few months, the site is back. A lot of hard work was put into making things as simple, informative & fun as possible while still providing a platform to explore creativity with any and all who find it interesting. Much of the core spirit behind the site is intact. You will immediately notice however that the old content is now gone. Part of a massive database failure, things were lost providing an opportunity to start up fresh.  I took the time to really think about how I…

Noupe: A Collection of Incredibly Simple and Sleek Logo Designs

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The art of sleek logo design. While I have spent a number of years honing my skills, I am still trying to perfect  them when it comes to creating simple, elegant, and sleek logo designs. There is just something about incorporating so much in a minimal design that inspires me to chase that sort of feeling of accomplishment and see how I can sustain it for the long haul. From time to time I go on blog reading binges and come across a nice inspirational gem. This is one of…

Ultralinx: How To Create Tilt Shift Pictures in Photoshop CS6

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Following up on the previous post: Ultralinx: 20 Stunning Tilt Shift Photos, I present you with a related tutorial on how to create your own tilt shift pictures in Photoshop CS6. If you haven’t checked out the previous article, here is a description of  just what Tilt Shift photography is about:  Tilt–shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with…

Ultralinx: 20 Stunning Tilt Shift Photos

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One of the first places where I took note of tilt shift photography was in a bump for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim years ago.   The bumps featured pictures of Atlanta & surrounding suburbs done with this cool effect that at the time, I didn’t know the name for. It seemed to give a sense of wonder like looking down from the heavens at the world going by.  It reminded me of model trains and older PBS children’s programming with stop motion animation as they used detailed miniature sets often.  Eventually…

Smashing Mag: Preparing Artwork for Screen Printing in Adobe Illustrator

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This is relevant to anyone looking to design their own shirts or at least have an understanding of just how the preparation of screen print art work is carried out. Now there are many methods but this particular one in the article is a common method. Since having always had an interest in apparel & looking to improve designs for my own line, Wear Wolf Apparel, I had been brushing up on my design skills in regards to proper set up for printing for a couple of years. Recently, I…

Tripwire Mag: 10 Tips to Conquer the Blank Page

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Often I’ve struggled with writing an article or working on my stories trying to at least get something on the page to work with. In the past it was extremely difficult, however, these days there is a lot less struggle. Tips like the ones featured in this article helped me get over that initial hump. While there is no single set of rules to working around blocks many sets have common tips, this article is no different in that regard, there are a lot of goodies included.  This one in…

Spoon Graphics: 25 Tried and Tested Retro & Vintage Photoshop Actions

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Thanks to sites like Instagram, the vintage look for photos have become wildly popular again.   The downside however, is that the average person has do idea how to get those effects outside of the app.  For a budding design to an old pro, it’s highly likely that you will encounter a client that wants that sort of feel for their images. Photoshop is the answer. Although I rarely have to touch up photos beyond some light print work, these are actions you’ll want to have in your arsenal if…

Tripwire Mag: 65+ Best Free and Premium Tumblr Themes

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For those who are looking to get into other social platforms beside Facebook & Twitter, there’s the unique community of Tumblr to consider.  While for the most part this is where the younger cast offs from Facebook & the collapse of Myspace dwell, there is room for growth as popular artists & companies have joined the community  Although most people who spend an extended time on Tumblr usually hover around the dashboard, the need for a nice theme is important for one’s blog simply for the sake of arranging the content in a way that’s easy to track…

Tripwire Mag: 155 High Quality Categorized Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

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A little something for the graphic designer’s main workhorse, Adobe Photoshop. One of the most common starting places for Photoshop users is applying effects to text in documents. Most commonly these are used for posters, flyers & other marketing material but there are always other creative uses of the program and the techniques. There are countless resources & tutorials available to help users develop their skills in the popular program. This post from Tripwire contains quite a few tutorial resources to keep you busy learning new tricks to make your…

Tripwire Mag: 55 Fun and Cool Android Apps Collection

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If you are anything like me, much of your daily life is spent speaking on or using the apps on your phone. As an android user, you may find it annoying to sift through the mountain of iPhone articles to find something cool for your own phone. So I will always have an eye out for android related articles to keep you up to date on the other cool phone. Quite a few apps on here are ones I need to try out for myself – I can vouch for Pandora…