How To: Create a Realistic Andy Warhol Style Screen Print Effect in Adobe Photoshop
Oct27

How To: Create a Realistic Andy Warhol Style Screen Print Effect in Adobe Photoshop

One of our most popular posts of all time is “How To: Create a Pop Art Inspired Vector Self Portrait”, which guides you along the process of creating a vector self portrait from start to finish. Since that tutorial was originally inspired by Any Warhol we thought to ourselves, “How can we make an image that actually looks like a realistic screen printed piece that Warhol might of done?” The answer resulted in...

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Graphic Design Tips & Tricks: Applied Layout Techniques from Andrew Loomis
Sep21

Graphic Design Tips & Tricks: Applied Layout Techniques from Andrew Loomis

If you haven’t paid a visit to the FIDM Library, you’re missing out. As graphic designers, it can seem that everything we need is online, but nevertheless, sometimes a book is the best resource. For example, I always have a hard time with using layouts. There are a plethora of techniques for achieving a good layout through the golden ratio, rule of thirds, grids, etc. Unfortunately these techniques can lend themselves to a...

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorial: Resize Multiple Images Quickly and Easily
Aug19

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial: Resize Multiple Images Quickly and Easily

Have you ever taken a bunch of photos or worked on a project that requires a lot of different imagery? If so, you know how time consuming it is to individually edit dozens of photos in a single sitting. It’s painfully inefficient when you could be spending your valuable time on the creative aspects of the project, not mundane tasks like resizing images. Today we will show you a basic and easy-to-follow technique for resizing multiple...

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How To: Create a Realistic Embroider Mockup Effect Using Adobe Photoshop (With Free Downloads!)
Mar11

How To: Create a Realistic Embroider Mockup Effect Using Adobe Photoshop (With Free Downloads!)

One of the most important things I have learned so far in my career is the simple fact that you do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you want to accomplish something. Last year for example I was working on a logo design for a client that wanted it embroidered onto a fitted baseball hat. As always I wanted to provide my client with a realistic mockup and after wasting two precious hours trying to create the effect from scratch,...

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How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud
Jan21

How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud

In 2013, one of most predominant graphic designs trends that emerged was the use of large, long shadows specifically in conjunction with flat vector graphics. Fast forward to 2015 and this trend is still alive and well. A recent example of this trend that immediately comes to mind is a motion graphics project for Public Citizen created recently by FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Digital Media students. The use of...

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5 Simple Steps to Designing Your First Movie Poster
Nov21

5 Simple Steps to Designing Your First Movie Poster

Even in today’s increasingly digital world, traditional print and video marketing still lie at the center of any major advertising campaign. No one knows or understands this concept better than graphic design students at a leading design college like FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, which is located in the heart of the entertainment industry. Although it’s impossible to teach the fundamentals of design in a short...

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5 Portfolio Tips From FIDM’s Director of Graphic Design Steve Reaves
Sep11

5 Portfolio Tips From FIDM’s Director of Graphic Design Steve Reaves

A portfolio is essential for all designers. Gathering your strongest work and displaying it in a cohesive manner is no easy feat. The various techniques and philosophies behind curating a strong portfolio is constantly being debated in the design community as there is no concrete, end-all-right-way to do so. One of the best ways to build a portfolio you are confident with is to listen to opinions from other designers that you respect....

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How To: Create a Pop Art Inspired Vector Self Portrait
Nov22

How To: Create a Pop Art Inspired Vector Self Portrait

We recently asked Steve Reaves, the director of the Graphic Design program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, to provide us with some inspirational articles related to design. His list included illustrations, posters, tutorials, photography, and more. Today, rather than providing us with links, Steve has created a fun, informative, and easy-to-follow tutorial that will teach you how to create a pop art inspired...

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