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How to Give your Text an Embossed Look

How to Give your Text an Embossed Look In this Photoshop video tutorial, I will show you how to: Change the book to your own custom color. Add text and give it an embossed look. Add a logo / image to the front cover. This image is great if you are launching a new book, ebook, instruction manual or just need a mockup to showcase something you wrote or published. This image comes in 7 pre-made colors with the ability to customize the color to [...]

Applying a Gold Foil Effect in Photoshop

Applying a Gold Foil Effect in Photoshop In this video tutorial, I will show you how to apply a gold foil effect to your text in Photoshop. This is a great way to showcase and highlight your text from titles to inspirational quotes. Check out my quick video tutorial on how to apply a gold foil effect. Image courtesy of flatlaystudio.com

How to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop

How to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop In this video tutorial, I will show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop Smart Object Layer. This feature is extremely handy because all the work is already done for you. All you have to do is just insert the image of your choice, hit save, and voila, your desired image will pop up on the stock photo. This only works if you have a layered PSD file where the designer has done the work for you and [...]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Print Bleeds

Everything You Wanted to Know About Print Bleeds Don't forget to also reference my other post on How to Design Business Cards which also includes a downloadable business card template. What is a Bleed? A bleed is when the artwork extends PAST the edges of your paper. This is to ensure that when the printer cuts your artwork to size, that the colour goes to the edge. My Business Card Here is an example of my business cards. The front only has my logo and nothing [...]

How to make a Photograph look like a Sketch in Photoshop

How to make a Photograph look like a Sketch in Photoshop In this video tutorial below, I will show you how make a photograph look like a sketch in Photoshop. I find that images that that are too dark or based off a dark tone do not really work well with this effect. So make sure you choose a photo that is light and airy. This stock image was taken with my Canon and is available for purchase on my ETSY page as part of my [...]

How to Change the Eyeshadow Color in Photoshop

How to Change the Eyeshadow Color in Photoshop In this video tutorial below, I will show you how to change the color of eyeshadow in Photoshop. This can apply to anything where you need to change the color in Photoshop, or replace any color. This stock image was taken with my Canon and is available for purchase on my ETSY page (for all you Makeup and Fashion Bloggers out there!) Here are some examples of what you can do.

Flat Lay + Styled Desktops / flatlaystudio.com

Introducing Flat Lay + Styled Desktops at flatlaystudio.com I'm so excited to announce that I have added Flat Lay / Styled Desktops to which is available for purchase Flat Lay Studio. What are Flat Lay + Styled Desktops? They are styled stock photography that every blogger, online creative or business savvy entrepreneur can use to beef up their marketing brand or image. These styled photos are great for any blogpost, sidebar widget, or slider graphic that you may need as a graphic accompaniment to your website [...]

How to Implement a Content Locker in WordPress using Opt-In Panda to Get More Subscribers

How to Implement a Content Locker in WordPress using Opt-In Panda to Get More Subscribers In this YouTube video tutorial, I will show you how to download, install, activate and implement a Content Locker feature on your WordPress website using the Opt-In Panda plugin. What is a Content Locker? A Content Locker is an area of your website where the user must take an action in order to access premium content. That action could be something like entering an email, or social sharing to Facebook, [...]

How Much Does a Logo Cost?

How Much Does a Logo Cost? How much does a logo cost? Ah, the question of the century. Logos can go anywhere from being free to $1,000,000 to apparently $1.28 billion. But let's stay a little more realistic shall we? Depending on how much experience the designer you hire has, logo costs can usually be summed up like this: Your Nephew or Yourself: Free Fiverr: $5 + Offshore: $100 ~ $250 Logo Design Contests: $299 ~ $499 Freelancers: $399 ~ $1000 Agency: $1000 ~ $5000 [...]

Video Screen Recording Software I Use

Video Screen Recording Software I Use I started This Design Girl about 4 months ago (Feb 2017), and I had absolutely no idea how to even screen record for my YouTube Channel. Well a quick google search fixed that. Back in the day, I use to be a video editor and became a wizard at Adobe Premiere Pro. I could edit a wedding video with 8 hours of raw footage down to a completed 2 hours in about 1.5 working days (12 hours). Fast forward 12 years later, moving [...]

How to Design a Coffee Mug Mockup

How to Design a Coffee Mug Mockup in 2:47 In this quick little video tutorial, I show you how to Design a Coffee Mug Mockup in 2 minutes and 47 seconds :). This is perfect if you are doing mockups for clients that need business promotional items or company swag. Here is the link where I got the free mug mockup: http://zippypixels.com/product/mockups/miscellaneous/free-awesome-coffee-mug-mockup-psds

Everything You Need to Know About a Lead Magnet and How to Create One

Everything You Need to Know About a Lead Magnet I originally had this post write up on everything you need to know about a Lead Magnet, but the content was so much, that I decided to turn it into a small ecourse. It is available to you for a small fee of only $9. This ecourse is complete with step by step video tutorials. So, with that said, I'm here to tell you everything you need to know about a Lead Magnet and how to [...]

Design 101 ~ Negative Space

Design 101 ~ Negative Space In my previous articles, I speak many times that a good design will consist of several things. Good typography, use of images, relevant content, color theory etc. But we must not forget the glue that holds it all together. Negative space. What is Negative Space? You may have heard it before. White Space. Negative Space. Both are the same thing. It is essentially the space that is NOT used in a design. Basically it's "The Nothing". It does not have to be white. It [...]

Design 101 ~ The Design Grid

Design 101 ~ The Design Grid A Design Grid is an invisible grid on your art board. If you follow the rules of a Design Grid, then your design won't look like this. I have overlaid a grid on top of it and if you look at the ad closely, you can see that NOTHING lines up anywhere. There are several things gone wrong with this ad, like use of color, typography and of course, there is no Design Grid. Why are Design Grids so important? There are [...]

Case Study ~ Creating a Product Label Design

Case Study ~ Creating a Product Label Design Going back to my last post on where I ask If Your Ads are Effective, this post will now show you how to bring your message to life through design. Taking the product label from my previous post, I am going to redesign the front of the label only. As mentioned, the problems with this design was complete information overload . This needs to be streamlined and alot of the information should be housed on their website and is not [...]

Is Your Ad Design Ugly?

Is Your Ad Design Ugly? Is your ad design ugly? What truly makes a great design? An effective design or ad is not just all about looks. There are 3 main components when designing anything whether it be a simple web banner, a lead sales page, a corporate brochure, or even something as simple as a business card. Message Delivery Aesthetics Message Define crystal clear what message you are trying to convey. Do not leave anything up for assumption. Why? Because people don't have time to waste [...]

Design 101 ~ The Psychology of Color

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding If I were to play a song for you that you listened to while growing up, there is no doubt that you would remember all the words AND the feelings and emotions that were associated with it. For example, assuming you are my age, and I say "INXS, Never Tear Us Apart", what fond memories do you have? OMG! I remember when I slow danced in Grade 6 to that song! Am I right? Well, imagine that [...]

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Change Dress Colour

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Change Dress Colour In this Photoshop video tutorial, I will show you how to change a dress colour that Kate Beckinsale is wearing from a pink beige to a turquoise blue. Follow the same steps as I did in the video tutorial featuring Emma Watson's eye colour. Create a duplicate layer. This is good incase you make a mistake and don't want to revert. And also good if you want to change the eye colour later on. Pick a colour. Go to [...]

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Change Eye Colour

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Change Eye Colour In this Photoshop video tutorial, I will show you how to change eye colour in Photoshop without the use of creating a mask or using the magic wand to isolate the eyes. I will show you how on Emma Watson, a natural brown eyed beauty. Create a duplicate layer. This is good incase you make a mistake and don't want to revert. And also good if you want to change the eye colour later on. Pick a colour. Go to [...]

How to Effectively Design a Web Banner

How to Effectively Design a Web Banner In my previous post, I discussed which Web Banners are Considered the Top 5 Most Effective Sizes according to Google. In this post, I will show you how to effectively design a web banner that is both eye catching and one that will get your message across. Seeing that you have very limited real estate when it comes to your web banner given by the sizes, you need to keep it really clean and simple. What is the purpose [...]

Top 5 Most Effective Web Banner Sizes

Top 5 Most Effective Web Banner Sizes Below are the standard web banner sizes that you can implement on any website. The ones that are highlighted in Pink are considered the top 5 most effective web banner sizes according to Google. Leaderboard (728 x 90 pixels) Large Rectangle (336 x 280) Half Page Banner (300 x 600) Medium Banner (300 x 250) Large Mobile Banner (320 x 100) Full Banner (468 x 60) Half Banner (234 x 60) Vertical Banner (120 x 240) Wide Skyscraper [...]

How to Vectorize Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead

How to Vectorize Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead This is the same process in which I showed you How to Vectorize Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, with the exception of using any gray. This is completely black and white. The end result will be a scalable vector image. To see what the difference is between a Vector and a Raster image, click on my infographic here. You can do this effect on any photograph you want, your baby, [...]

Modern Master Bathroom Renovation

I'm very excited to share something a little different than my usual everyday talk about Websites and Design. We recently underwent a major master bathroom renovation and it has finally been completed after 5 weeks. It was in the making for about 2 years and I finally had to pull the trigger because I knew that black mold was underneath those shower tiles and that was NOT good for our health especially with a new baby. The bathroom was originally done by the builder and back [...]

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