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How to Make Sure You Get Paid for Your Design Work
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How to Make Sure You Get Paid for Your Design Work

Sadly, freelancer designers are often cheated out of their rightful pay. Deadbeat clients and others put no value on the hard work of freelancers. It’s not unusual to go to a freelancing forum or social media site and find a freelance designer complaining about how their client didn’t pay them for the last bit of…

Bolster Your Inspiration Level with These Easy Tips
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Bolster Your Inspiration Level with These Easy Tips

Like most creative professionals, web designers rely on inspiration to be productive. Yet, sometimes finding the right inspiration for a project can seem like an impossible task. In this post, I’ll provide nine easy tips to help you bolster your creativity. (I’ve tried to list the less common ways of finding inspiration–the ones that people…

Illustrator: How to average points for perfect alignment
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Illustrator: How to average points for perfect alignment

I’ve only recently been using this Illustrator feature, but I’ve found it to be very useful for really precise drawing. In my case, when I draw fonts. I want to show you how to use the Illustrator “Average” feature to get perfect point alignment during drawing. As you can see in the image above, I…

[Ask BB] Illustrator: Document Raster Effects Settings

[Ask BB] Illustrator: Document Raster Effects Settings

Eddie, a relatively new Illustrator user had a question about raster images in Illustrator. Eddie asks: “I have imported a raster image into illustrator and I would like to know the properties of it (ie dpi). Is there a way of doing this in Illustrator (ie properties box that exists in Corel)? I’m not sure…

Illustrator Quick Tip: Faster Gradient-Color Adjustments

Illustrator Quick Tip: Faster Gradient-Color Adjustments

A reader recently asked me about using the eyedropper tool to adjust the (one of 2+) colors in an Illustrator gradient. If you’ve never witnessed this frustration, it is quite annoying. In Illustrator, when using the gradient palette, (Adobe should have figured this out by now) you can’t double-click on one of the gradient color…