The Lenticular Process Using SnapilyPro

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A few months ago we received a letter from one of our (satisfied) SnapilyPro costumers, Heath Freeland. Heath is an animation and VFX teacher who was kind enough to share his insights into the process of creating a lenticular image. This article was originally written for Heath’s students, but he felt it would be helpful …

Time For Easter Eggs!

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With Easter Sunday nearly upon us, the Easter Bunny readies in preparation for Egg Hunts across the country.  While pastel and floral colored eggs have reigned as traditional choices for painting, todays egg decorators can take creative control putting a graphic and geeky twist on this time honored spring activity.  Lacking inspiration?  Take a gander …

Color’s Emotional Impact

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Last year an exciting partnership was formed to thrill the most dedicated of design geeks, color enthusiasts and fashionistas alike.  In a brilliant stroke of marketing genius, 2012 saw the birth of Sephora + Pantone Universe as the Parisian makeup chain released its latest product line featuring Pantone’s “Color of the Year,” Tangerine-Tango.  Pantone selected …

Parents Say the Darndest Things

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Have you ever seen your kid come running out of the bathroom, pants and diaper ankle-high, screaming “Help! I need a wipe!” Well, you’re not the only one.  As much as kids say the darndest things though, parents find themselves saying some pretty ridiculous nonsense as well.  One father thought it would be artistic to …

Redesigning Bane

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The Bane of 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises will be remembered for a lot of things, particularly the voice.  That might actually be an accomplishment considering how difficult it was to create such a unique-looking figure and still have the character’s aggression come across with deadly seriousness. The tone of the film series also demanded …

Jewish Wisdom in Graphic Design

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The Jewish community in the United States is a proud one. It’s not uncommon to see celebrations of Jews in various industries, and graphic design is no exception. Voices & Visions, a Los Angeles exhibit, celebrates Jewish contributions to design culture with 18 posters referencing 18 major players in Jewish history. The series takes quotations …

Comic Sans: Why all the Hate?

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Comic Sans has an interesting history. In a few short years, it’s gone from beloved to despised. What happened? Where did all the love go? In an age of internet memes and a celebration of the ridiculous, trolls on sites like Reddit have come to treat Comic Sans as the anathema of decent fonts. You’d …

Miggs Burroughs: Pursuing Lenticular Marketing Campaigns for Good Causes

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This is a guest post from graphic design professional Miggs Burroughs; stay tuned for his follow-up next week. In 1969, when I was 23, I worked on an assembly line at Pepperidge Farms, producing loaf after loaf of freshly baked bread. In 1935, when my father was 23, he drove out west in a Model-A …

What New Technologies Do Graphic Designers Need to Know?

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It’s a question that bothers a lot of people.  How do I keep up with graphic design and new technologies?  It’s clear already that graphic designers need to know code, but which code?  HTML, CSS, Java?  Developments in coding are outpacing some designers’ ability and time to learn about what’s new, so we’re going to …

What is Maya? Autodesk’s 3D Software

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What is Maya?  No.  We’re not talking about the civilization behind the failed Mayan Apocalypse of December 21, 2012, rather the 3D software platform.  Autodesk Maya is 3D computer graphics software developed by the Alias Systems Corporation and owned by Autodesk. It’s one of many programs used for 3D applications like movies, animation, video games, …

Epic Retort: 15 Stupid Things Clients Say to Graphic Designers

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The battle between graphic designers and clients is thornier than you think.  Designers put up with some of the more difficult sorts of clients because they’re not so sure what they want out of their commissioned designers’ work.  But the stupid things clients say have gotten a group of Irish designers to decide they’ve had …

10 Wonderful Layouts for 3D Web Design from around the Web

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As a 3D web designer, the simple task of creating a functional web page can be difficult enough. If you’re designing a site from scratch, you’ll need to format every – single – inch of the screen, from background to text. You also have to make sure all your design elements function along with the site …

Halloween Typography and 3D Printing Notes

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We’ve been upping the amount of Halloween posts in advance of the holiday – a major day for crafts for kids and creativity for professionals.  Here’s an in-depth tutorial for Halloween typography.  You see specific fonts come up this time of year that don’t seem to appear at other times.  This work incorporates the write …

Magazines Go CG instead of Photography

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3D Renderings for Advertising are shifting from the industry from photography to graphic design in what is likely to mark a monumental shift in marketing techniques and in the professional art industries.  A few weeks back we had a feature about the growing amount of 3D images in IKEA catalogs.  In conjunction with that approach from …

6 Works in Typography with Xara3D & Photoshop Effects

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Xara3D is another useful application, especially for 3D typography.  Check out this small collection of awesome pieces from the last few years from deviantART: LUCAS Vi este recurso en internet y decidí probarlo. Hecho en Xara 3d y Photoshop. - luuqas of deviantART Translation: I saw this resource on the web and decided to try it out; …

6 Pieces of Mesmerizing Fractal Art

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Fractals are extremely inspiring.  The examples here are accompanied with opinions from the artists and other perspectives on what these images resemble.  Clearly, fractals go well beyond the patterns they create.  But these works also have elements that lend themselves well to 3D conversion. This piece is titled Parade by DeviantArt member C-91.  The artist …

What are Fractals? A 3D Fractal Tutorial for Apophysis

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A fractal is a mathematically consistent, repeating pattern.  They can be consistent in scale, diminish or get larger as seen in this gallery of fractals from around the web. It’s become a popular medium for artistic expression.  That’s especially true with the advance of graphic design programs, Photoshop and more niche-specific software like Apophysis. Apophysis is a freeware fractal editor or renderer …

3D Photo Manipulations from Michael Oswald

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Michael Oswald is an up-and-coming graphic artist.  His specialty in photo manipulation is making him a small celebrity in graphic design.  He works, almost exclusively, with beautiful models and then retouches their their photos to add science fiction, fantasy and other themes.  Here are samples of his work, along with some other information he provides …

Graphic Artists’ Most Common Mistakes

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We go to the movies to experience excitement through the lens of fantasy.  We want to be brought into the illusion of danger.  Computer-generated imagery has been upgraded since the early days of film, but they still encounter issues.  Achieving realistic imagery is a daunting task and we unfortunately see the failures of some design …

Orad Releases New Morpho 3.0 for 3D Video

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Graphics company Orad is updating its 3D character generator with the new Morpho 3.0.  Orad will unveil Morpho 3.0, the latest version of its 3D character generator, at IBC2012.  Morpho is a 64-bit program that enables real-time 3D rendering. The main objective of the new system is creating an easier 3D workflow solution for users.  Check out the …