The Mentality of a Great Graphic Designer

1. ACKNOWLEDGE OTHER DESIGNERS THAT ARE BETTER What does this mean? Well, unless you are the design superman, who you are probably not, else you would not be reading this article, there is always going to be a graphic designer that is better, more original or simply a better business man than you are. You…

1. ACKNOWLEDGE OTHER DESIGNERS THAT ARE BETTER

What does this mean? Well, unless you are the design superman, who you are probably not, else you would not be reading this article, there is always going to be a graphic designer that is better, more original or simply a better business man than you are. You should acknowledge these people and learn from them. Analyze their work, their thought process and how they present themselves online.

We are lucky we work in a business that is largely based on the internet, so we have pretty much unlimited learning resources. Join design communities such as Dribbble, Behance and DeviantArt . Not only are they good for viewing and posting projects, they also give you ability to meet new people, possibly even friends. Swallow your pride, acknowledge other designers and grow with their help.

2. PLAN YOUR DAY TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

This is probably one of the most important qualities a designer should have. Plan your days , do not just wake up at 11AM and waste half of your day doing meaningless things. Be productive! It is really easy to get lost on the internet. Spend countless hours just browsing around, finding interesting things and allowing time to slowly drain away. I am not saying you need to work from 7AM to 9PM, far from it. We all need time to relax. I am talking about spending time on ridiculous things that are a distraction and help nobody.

I like to plan my day or maybe even a few days ahead each Sunday evening before going to bed. Set your goals for the week and think how you are going to achieve those goals. I am not saying you need to have a workaholic and spend your whole day in Photoshop or Illustrator, this might even have a negative effect. Learn how to manage your time and your work will improve it as well.

3. THE POWER OF “NO”

This topic is easily explained in a few simple examples.

1. You just made an awesome logo design for a client. You present the logo to the client and he wants you to do some changes. But these changes will make your logo far worse and at that point you realize, that the client has no taste at all and is going to ruin your work.

Solution: First things first, try to reason with the client, use valid arguments. Make him realize your profession is being a graphic designer and you have studied and worked hard for years to get to this level.

2. You are working on a website for a client, but he wants to be constantly involved in the process and is making you do one million changes, all of them which you are doing free of charge. The website is taking longer than expected and your price was not set properly for such a project.

Solution: Explain the client your situation and try to reason with them. Either explain to the client so much changes will cost extra, or give them a limited number of changes you are willing to do. Keep in mind, this is also partly your own fault, because you did not explain the work process in the initial meeting, else this would not happen.

How to prevent all these problems before they even happen? Most of these problems can be triggered during the first meeting with the client. Explain your work process , the potential extra costs and what is included in your work. Think of every possible scenario and prevent it, before it can happen. If you think the client is nothing but trouble you always have the option to decline the work. Choose the work you want to do, it is better to do less work and more quality, than more work less quality . Trust me it pays off in the long run.

4. TAKE THE DAY OFF AND REFILL YOUR CREATIVE JUICES

Designing in your little corner for days and feeling burnt out? Take the day off and relax . But you think you can not, because you have a lot of work to do and can not afford to lose a day. WRONG! Designing things in a tired state is never a good thing. Your work sufferers, your body sufferers, your speed sufferers and the finished product can never be as good. Be sure to tackle each project in a relaxed state with 100% of everything you got.

Remember each project you finish is a reflection of your skills and abilities . Future clients will take these projects into account and base their decision on it. One day is nothing compared to having a portfolio full of projects you can be proud of and you know you get them everything you have to offer.

5. EDUCATION AND PERSISTENCE

I would like to start this topic with a simple quote by Stephen Richards:

“If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent or genius can make up for it.”

I have a diploma, I know everything there is to know. Yeah, right. No matter what education you have, you will never stop learning and you will never stop improving. It is just the nature of this business and why we love it. It is changing and developing so fast, everyone needs to be on their toes and keep up with their education.

So what can I do to educate myself further?

Read articles, join design communities, attend technology events, have chats with other designers … If you do some of these on a daily basis, you will automatically be kept in the loop.

The other thing is persistence. In order to be a successful graphic designer you really need to be hungry for it . Seeing design as a chore and not a passion is a recipe for failure. Sure we all have projects we are not crazy about working on, but as long as you still love what you do, you should have no trouble in being persistent and pushing through all the problems you encounter on your way.

What Is an Adult Coloring Book?

Currently, five of the top twenty best-selling books on Amazon are coloring books for grown ups. But exactly what is an adult coloring book, and how did something usually associated with childhood become so fantastically popular with adults?

Currently, five of the top twenty best-selling books on Amazon are coloring books for grown ups. But exactly what is an adult coloring book, and how did something usually associated with childhood become so fantastically popular with adults?

Simultaneous Two Handed Drawing Techniques

I am discovering simultaneous, two handed drawing techniques through my own individual style of art creation. Every time I create new artwork, I find my hands making similar movements while drawing. I have been heavily inspired by Polynesian, Samoan, and all forms of tribal art. I'm not the first person in the world to draw…

I am discovering simultaneous, two handed drawing techniques through my own individual style of art creation. Every time I create new artwork, I find my hands making similar movements while drawing.

I have been heavily inspired by Polynesian, Samoan, and all forms of tribal art. I'm not the first person in the world to draw with both hands at once, but I have discovered and documented several drawing techniques to make the process easier to describe and teach to others.

I have not always drawn with two hands at once. Simultaneous two handed drawing is the next step in my individual creative process. If I never learned how to draw with one hand, I could have never tailed myself to draw with two hands.

It feels much different to draw with two hands than with one. When you draw a line on the paper with one hand, it's the equivalent of having one personality in a room. When you draw a line with two hands, it's like have two personalities in a room. These two personalities can either talk with each other, or they can go off and “do their own thing”.

I created the term “Hand Mirroring” to describe when both hands are simultaneously drawing two similar lines or shapes. Imagine one hand is drawing a circle, and the other hand drawing a circle as well. This is like both hands are talking to each other. Whatever one hand does, the other does. If one hand draws a line, the other hand is also drawing a line. This is an easy concept for us to wrap our brains around. Mirroring = mimicking.

Where it starts to get convoluted, is when we try to allow the hands to have their own personality and each “do their own thing”. Imagine one hand drawing a circle, while the other is drawing a square. I refer to this type of drawing as “Hand Independence” and “Detachment”. With Independence, the hands are detached from each other's movements so they can function Independently from one another. As opposed to Mirroring, where they are functioning dependably and opposite of each others movements.

Detachment begins in the mind and ends on the paper. It's the mental and physical process of separating the hands from one another so they can function as two individual artists. Independence is the act of drawing with two hands at once. First we must detach from our hands, so they can detach from each other and act independently of one another.

In music, tempo means speed. In Simultaneous Two Handed Drawing, tempo means the speed at which the hands draw in relation to each other. The speed of drawing is an important part of detachment. Typically with Mirroring, the hands also tend to mimic each other's speed. Learning to detach the hands from each other's movements allows each hand to achieve maximum potential.

Start Your Own Creative Platform

Most people who know me on a personal level are aware of my artistic skills and for a while I've been struggling to find the perfect balance between my passion and a advancing career. I've always had doubts in pursuing art as a career because of the job market and the need for art. It…

Most people who know me on a personal level are aware of my artistic skills and for a while I've been struggling to find the perfect balance between my passion and a advancing career. I've always had doubts in pursuing art as a career because of the job market and the need for art. It seems like people are very appreciative of the arts but lack the will to support artist without some form of platform or identification. I've seen far too many talented artists give up on their dreams because of the lack of opportunities, something that caused me to think of different alternatives to become successful in the creative field.

I convinced myself to at least try it before dismissing my passion entirely; it would be best to fail knowing that I tried at the least. I declared a minor in art to improve my artistic skills and to make connections in the art department. It is actually one of the best decisions that I made, it reminds me of my senior year in high school when I was taking advanced placement art and other classes like literature and etc …
It helped create a relationship between my academic and creative career. By doing so, I found happiness as a student and the motivation to learn different things art and non-art related.

Art became one of my main foci as of the past year; I began to pay more attention to creative people, ideas, and things around me. I'm consistently looking for inspirations and different concepts that I can apply to myself to produce better art. I learned to apply the things that I'm learning and learned in my business courses to enforce my ideas.

Based on the research that I've done, I became aware that creative platforms need to have a focus. An artistic person must have an identity.I thought about the concept of branding and advertising my skills in order to have a voice and a platform in the creative community.

The word “wavy” is an urban term used loosely among my peers while I was in high school. According to the urban dictionary, it is a way to describe a person or something in a positive way. The term was coined by New York under ground rapper Charles Wingate, known in the streets as Max B. I identify with the word “wavy” and the feeling that it brings and I decided that was going to be the main focus of my art. I want capture different concepts in a way that is fun, enlightening, and innovative. I decided to start a platform that icons “wavy” things, ideas, and people.

I'm taking a fashion forward approach that exposes messages from a different perspective. My art is highly influenced by music, culture, and other important aspects to our modern generation. My goal is to provide contemporary art in a different form; I want to stir away from the traditional Picasso and Warhol influenced art and deliver concepts that our modern youth can relate to. My main goal is to bring attention to my life as immigrant and the aesthetics of relationships. I created a platform that is a direct representation of my interest, ethnic background, and ideals visualized through art.

In the future I hope to expand and venture out to become a production company that will bring these concepts to life through the use of film and digital animation.

Top 5 Embroidery Digitizing Troubleshooting Tips

The debate whether embroidery digitizing is an art form or science has long been going on. However, while this argument might take some more time to settle down, troubleshooting is one aspect that needs to be dealt with in the now.

The debate whether embroidery digitizing is an art form or science has long been going on. However, while this argument might take some more time to settle down, troubleshooting is one aspect that needs to be dealt with in the now.

How to Remove Background to Get a Completely Modified Photograph?

Just by changing the background of a photograph, you can change the entire look of an image without making other changes. Sometimes, a photograph lacks its charm just because of its background which does not compliment the main object of the picture. It happens when you click a beautiful picture but because of a move…

Just by changing the background of a photograph, you can change the entire look of an image without making other changes. Sometimes, a photograph lacks its charm just because of its background which does not compliment the main object of the picture. It happens when you click a beautiful picture but because of a move in background, it would ruin its overall charm. So, if you want to change your profile picture with an old one but willing to change its background for changing its feel, you would do one and only thing that is changing its background.

Sometimes, it is necessary while making a collage or when you are eager to recollect some old memories without keeping with existing faults of it. Some changes are required for adding a charm to you photo albums where you can have an opportunity to create a new version of your old time photographs or you can just surprise your parents by offering them a new age photo collage framed beautifully with some priceless memories. If you love some pictures of yours but willing to enlarge with a different background, you can simply go for an advanced photo background removal technique.

Just by adding a few images in your existing photograph, you could get something you would have never imagined before. A picture of perfection, a real beauty and precision photography could have seen in your photographs once you avail editing services of professional experts whose intelligence would identify the real need of a picture and then, make necessary changes to enhance its best features or removing faults from it. It becomes easier to change the original look and feel of an image that takes it to the next level of excellence not just for a domestic purpose but for all commercial tasks as well.

A person with a desire of converting their ordinary pictures into extraordinary can merely upon the professional's expertise with which one can just hire some professionals for availing services of photo background removal or making some changes like adding extra effects, increasing brightness, changing background, stitching images together to create panoramic view and many more. If you need all such changes to be happened in your pictures too, contact the professional who would understand your needs to serve the best you want. Whether to stand with modern fashion trends, or just to reserve your sweet memories differently, this kind of service looks to be favored for everyone wants to keep their best pals always with them.

Tribalogy – Drawing With Both Hands at the Same Time

For the greater part of my life, I have been drawing with my right hand only. Several years ago, I had an idea for a fun artistic challenge. One day, I decided to include my left hand into the drawing process. I refer to this as “Simultaneous, Two Handed Drawing” – the act of drawing…

For the greater part of my life, I have been drawing with my right hand only. Several years ago, I had an idea for a fun artistic challenge. One day, I decided to include my left hand into the drawing process. I refer to this as “Simultaneous, Two Handed Drawing” – the act of drawing with both hands at the same time.

You may be asking, “how could this be possible and how can you focus on both hands at the same time?”. The answer is this: the same way you drive a car, play an instrument, or type on a keyboard. We train our brains to function and operate in a way that allows us to accomplish specific tasks.

The truth is that everyone can draw with both hands at once. It's simply a matter of the willingness to learn, as well as being inspired to take on the task. Everyone is different, and we all have abilities that make us unique.

For me, I have been drawing my whole life and I have been heavily inspired by the lines and shapes prevalent in Tribal art. I have practiced drawing, painting and tattooing tribal designs for, literally, thousands of hours in my life.

My goal has always been in developing a fundamental understanding for the science of interacting lines and shapes on a surface. Incorporating my other hand in the art creation process appeared to be the next step in connecting with line art on a defect, more spiritual level.

Drawing with both hands seemed to allow me to get even closer to becoming one with the lines and shapes that I created. I started to draw tribal art with both hands at once, and Tribalogy was born. After creating several simultaneous, two handed drawings, I noticed my hands making similar movements on the paper, and new drawing techniques were born.

These include Hand Mirroring, Hand Independence, Detachment, Alternating, Overlapping, Tempo, and so on. The drawing methods would come to me, as though they had always been there, and as if I was ignoring them through drawing experimentation. Drawing with two hands seems to hold a lot of answers regarding the art creation process. It feels like I am closing an electrical circuit, allowing art to flow freely into the design, then back into me.

I believe that an artist who creates art with one hand is just as close to their art as the two handed artist. Incorporating my other hand seems to be the missing force in my individual process.

Learning Art of Laughing At Foolish Things From Cartoonists

Life can be hard at times, and with the kind of busy lives we all have, it often seems impossible to find a reason to laugh out loud. Sadly, that's not the way it should be. Without you have lived your life with smiles and happiness, it is all about moving on, and certainly, there's…

Life can be hard at times, and with the kind of busy lives we all have, it often seems impossible to find a reason to laugh out loud. Sadly, that's not the way it should be. Without you have lived your life with smiles and happiness, it is all about moving on, and certainly, there's no fun in it. What's interesting to see is the way some people take life. They find happiness in ridiculous cartoons and comics, and sometimes, the reasons can be weird to others. If you are looking at new reasons to smile, there are some great websites that can help you find the essential reasons to be happy and laugh when you least have a reason.

Appreciate Love for Laughter

As mentioned, there are websites and portals where you can find funny cartoon images online and these websites are run and managed by artists who believe in making others smile. There are very few comic artists and stand-up comedians who work for just creating a few laughs. It's easy for a stand-up comedian to simply go ahead and create material that will make his audience happy, and in case, he finds that the results are not at par with what he had expected, he even has the choice to modify the pitch right on the stage.

That's not the case with painters and artists. For someone who creates comics, his timing is not the case, but what needs more attention is the concept. One particular comic can make someone laugh or the person may choose to ignore it- there are no two ways about it. So, someone who makes absurd cartoons and comics probably has a tougher hand at art, because his work needs to be unique, and he seriously has the choice or power to change the way the audienceacts.

Following Things Closely

Most of these artists and cartoonists are extremely keen watchers of life. They know the fact that life does not give gold to everyone, and therefore, when half or more readers have lemons, they have to make foolish lemonades to make them happy. Try drawing a funny cartoon with a concept, and you will probably know that it's hard to create something that's really laughable. With the internet, many of these artists have gone online and started sharing their work with others, so that there are more happy faces around the world.

Get Pleased Every Day

If you really want to find your share of smiles every day, you should probably find one of these websites and check the cartoons, comics and other things posted on these websites. This will help you get the best fun and have the amazing chance to thank these artists for the work they do. Their work is a clear example that people still find foolish things worth a laugh, and probably, one does not have to think of big achievements to smile. Change the way you look at life, with these amazing cartoonists and their great work.

How To Get The Best With Your Wall Art Hanging

Whether you choose abstract paintings or any other type of wall art, you need to know how to hang your pieces to have a good looking décor and a relaxing attractive wall for that matter. It's one thing to have striking arts for your wall and quite another if you end up hanging them in…

Whether you choose abstract paintings or any other type of wall art, you need to know how to hang your pieces to have a good looking décor and a relaxing attractive wall for that matter. It's one thing to have striking arts for your wall and quite another if you end up hanging them in all the wrong places or crowding them on one side of the wall. If you have photos and art pieces, you need to strike a balance to have amazing results with your wall. Here is what you can do to get the best look.

1. Be very practical especially when hanging your art pieces in sensitive areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. They should be in a location where they are not all that exposed to grease, water and heat. You should also ensure that you choose the right art materials for such areas to keep damages at bay.

2. Have the right hanging materials. Some of the paintings can be very expensive and you do not want to risk falls that can be damaging. For this reason, make sure that you choose the best hanging hooks for the pieces. Hooks are better that screws and nails because they are secure and they offer you an easy time keeping the art level even a single hanging point. Ensure that the hooks can withstand the weight of the frame.

3. Hang your art where it can be seen from a comfortable eye level. Hanging a wall art so high up on your wall as a protective measure will not do it justice because it ends up hiding its beauty. Even large wall art pieces should be placed near eye level or slightly above eye level to expose the beauty to all who come across them.

4. When looking at the number of wall paintings you need in your room, consider other items that you have in the room. If you have a lot of decorative items in your room, then you are better off going easy on the walls by using large pieces sparingly compared to clustering or grouping a number of them on the wall because they make your room look too busy. In case you have fewer items, then you can group framed pieces and photographs to strike a balance and work your décor to the best.

5. Match your art size with the size of your walls. If you have small narrow walls choose smaller pieces and for expansive walls go for larger art pieces. There are so many large wall arts you can choose from to get the best from your wall.

6. Choose art colors and styles that complement your interior décor style. Factors that can help you choose abstract paintings that are best include your choice of furniture and how vibrant, neutral or dark the space is.

7. When hanging your art, ensure that the light will be directed to it to give dramatic elegant emphasis to it. The lighting should however be gentle.

Positive and Negative Aspects About Flipbooks When It Comes To Museum Planning

Exhibitor developers find themselves surrounded by many graphic display options when it comes to museum planning, they have the options such as electronic media, interpretive boards and an additional help of flipbooks. Flipbooks are also known as graphic holders. Flipbooks can not be considered as a main source or technique for displaying or exhibiting interpretive…

Exhibitor developers find themselves surrounded by many graphic display options when it comes to museum planning, they have the options such as electronic media, interpretive boards and an additional help of flipbooks. Flipbooks are also known as graphic holders.

Flipbooks can not be considered as a main source or technique for displaying or exhibiting interpretive information and graphics. Flipbooks are important because they are considered as a very important part when it comes to graphic exhibits because it gives the planners viable options. Flipbook is a term that is not very well known among the graphic designers, but the good point is that all of them have used any form of flipbooks while designing any graphical exhibit. They take help from flipbooks as a supplementary method to facilitate the designers in planning.

Interpretive flipbooks can be related to the conventional looking school or business binders with three rings, but the good quality about flipbooks is that they specifically made with extra tough material to save the laminated pages from being damaged. Flipbooks can be opened nearby or in front of a display. A flipbook design helps the visitors view and flip the pages of books easily and they find it very easy to interact with the provided data. The book pages used for interpretive purposes have good features of flexibility and lamination. The lamination is done with HPL / dHPL laminate with the purpose to improve the sturdiness of the material.

Positive Aspects

• Flipbooks prove to be very helpful when there is very limited amount of space available.

• They are a good option to go to when you desire an interactive experience between guest and the provided data.

• Flipbooks that come in sizes of 11 “by 17” or 8 “by 11” pages have a good amount of capacity in them and they easily manage and hold an exhibition of 48 squares while the footprint required is just 2 square foot.

• A good quality flipbook, which is made with high-quality materials has:

1. Very good durability.

2. Withstand many tons of page flips without getting damaged.

3. guests do not have to bother about flipping the pages with difficulty.

• It is used for displaying information about zoo or aquarium because it is a simple and easy process to broad the illustration in a good and convenient way.

Negative Aspects

• They do not have balanced long-range clarity of common interpretive panels.

• If flipbook is not of good quality then it can affect how the visitor interpreted data provided.

• If flipbook is of substandard quality then it will cause following problems:

1. Difficulty in turning of pages.

2. It will not fulfill the concerns of ADA layout.

3. Lamination will be damaged and will affect the pages and they may fall out in a very short period.

4. Problem of vandalism caused by ultra-violet breakdown.

Top 10 Embroidery Digitizing Mistakes to Avoid

Every digitizer aspires to deliver flawless designs in the very first go. However, at times, in the sprint to the deadline, a lot of professionals end up overlooking certain elements. These elements generally include unnecessary number of trims, too many color changes, inappropriate compensation and so on. While these elements are not too prominant during…

Every digitizer aspires to deliver flawless designs in the very first go. However, at times, in the sprint to the deadline, a lot of professionals end up overlooking certain elements. These elements generally include unnecessary number of trims, too many color changes, inappropriate compensation and so on.

While these elements are not too prominant during digitizing, they come up as glaring mistakes on the production floor. Such errors not only result in waste of time and effort, but can also end up irritating your clients to the extent that you could end up losing them altogether. This is why we've come up with a checklist of the top ten mistakes to while digitizing:

1) Planning – A lack of planning or pathing is a sure-shot giveaway of an amateur. What may look great on the screen, would not need to work out on the production floor. Therefore, keeping a watchful eye on trims, jumps and lock stitches while pathing is critical.

2) Underlay – When it comes to underlay, the adage 'practice makes perfect' is absolutely befitting. Deciding which underlay works best for which stitch type is something that comes with hit and trial that needs to be figured beforehand. No underlay or using the wrong style will only put you on the short route to disaster.

3) Compensation – Compensation is what separates a seasoned embroidery digitizer from the rest. You need to know how much is too much vs. too less vs. just right. Poor compensation leads to distorted designs and visible underlay. When deciding on compensation, always bear in mind the fabric used, design elements, type of underlay and type of backing.

4) Density – Inappropriate stitch density is another giveaway of lack of experience. Too high and you'll have a thick design on hand, too less and you'll risk fabric show-through. Understand how your design interfaces with the fabric to nail this one.

5) Stitch Direction – To lend any design with some visual interest and texture make sure not all your stitches are running in the same direction, this also helps loosen up the tension sewing puts on the fabric.

6) Lock Stitches – When dealing with spandex, sports material, jerseys, jackets and knits, we advice putting in lock stitches so that design does not fall apart once complete.

7) Fills – Knowing your fill types and how they affect a design is key to bringing visual variation to your sew out. Using a combination of fill types is what can put the difference between blah and beautiful.

8) Stitch Type – Always decide on the stitch type you'll be using according to the surface area it needs to cover. For instance, using a satin where you need a fill will result in loopy stitches, and a fill instead of a satin will create a sense, chunky patch.

9) Appropriate Application – As an embroidery digitizer, you should be aware of the application of your design. This means whether it will be registered on a cap, jacket back or left chest. Even if the design and dimensions remain the same, a design
digitized for a jersey will not sew well on a hat, neither one for terry cloth on nylon.

10) Quality Testing – Our advice to every embroidery digitizer out there is to always test run their design before sending it off, no matter how hard they're pressed for time. This is the only opportunity you have to salvage the design and your reputation, while avoiding the above pitfalls before it's too late.

Embroidery Digitizing for Caps – Your Top 10 Tips for Success

As powerful as baseball caps are promotional tools, the trickier it is to get their digitizing right. These hot advertising favorites have started to reach the digitizer's desk more often than not, bearing all sorts of insignia from monograms to logos, taglines and even website addresses. The unique shape and fabric on caps make them…

As powerful as baseball caps are promotional tools, the trickier it is to get their digitizing right. These hot advertising favorites have started to reach the digitizer's desk more often than not, bearing all sorts of insignia from monograms to logos, taglines and even website addresses. The unique shape and fabric on caps make them difficult, but not impossible to digitize.

Considering that successful advertising begins with flawless designs, here's a compilation of the top ten tips that will help you deliver perfectly embroidered caps:

1. The first tip will actually require some cooperation from your client-side, as it involves finding a cap brand that will perfectly match the frames of the embroider. Not all caps are created equal and different in terms of shape, size and even paneling. Before beginning the digitization process, get your client to test a few samples to discover the brand that best fits the equipment, so that there are no hits once you begin.

2. Do make sure to ask about the frame type used by the embroidered. While some keep a selection of frames, others tend to use only one or two that come with the machine. This will further help you narrow down on the basics.

3. While the height of your design more or less depends on the size of your cap, we suggest sticking to a maximum height of 2 inches or 5cm to prevent crooked letters and misaligned outlines. However, when embroidery digitizing for pro-style caps you can go up to 2.5 inches or 6.25cm, while on low profile, unstructured caps can only go up to 2.25 inches or 5.75 cm.

4. When embroidery digitizing for a design wider than 4 inches on 6-panel caps or even small letters close to the peak, remember to go from the middle out in order to avoid any puckering.

5. Center seams can be a great bother for some, however, for best results we recommend using 80/12 needles and shift from a ballpoint to sharp point that'll help the needle stay strong through the embroidery process. In addition to this, you should also opt for Teflon-coated needles and polyester thread for smooth production runs.

6. For perfectly aligned letters with outlines, it's best to digitize all the elements (letter + outline) and colors in one go before moving on to the next.

7. In case of unstructured caps, heavy and stiff backing garners best results, while relaxed cap styles do better with double layers of tear away backing. Avoid the use of backing altogether for leather caps and rather increase stitch lengths or column width.

8. When embroidery digitizing for a high pile, heavy weight fabric such as fleece or corduroy, do remember to suggest appliqué to your client. While extra underlay and pull compensation can work, appliqué offers more professional results.

9. Whenever faced with an order to embroider the front as well as the sides of a cap, make sure to suggest a 270 frame. These frames help sew out the entire design without having to rehoop, making for an excellent pick for wraparound designs. Also, a continuous piece of backing works best in such cases.

10. Always advise your clients to go in for fresh digitizing when placing that left chest logo on a cap, as this little investment will help them save on losses caused due to ruined caps, distorted designs, damaged needles and stalled production.

The 8 Basic Steps to Make a Graphic Novel

Have you always wanted to make a graphic novel but do not know where to start or think you have no talent for drawing? Nowadays, it's possible to create graphic novels very fast and publish them almost immediately. With sites like Amazon and apps like iBooks, you can get your work to readers worldwide while…

Have you always wanted to make a graphic novel but do not know where to start or think you have no talent for drawing? Nowadays, it's possible to create graphic novels very fast and publish them almost immediately. With sites like Amazon and apps like iBooks, you can get your work to readers worldwide while earning money with your novels.

So let's review the 8 basic steps on how to make your very first graphic novel. In our case, we will create a photonovel or a novel made with photographs.

1. Turn your ideas into a script

This is essentially the backbone of your work. Make sure you develop a very good script with a solid story. There are many ways on how to develop strong stories with deep meanings, but the key elements to keep in mind are:

  • Know your subject or research it thoroughly
  • Convey a universal message with your story
  • Keep the story simple, few characters, text and locations

2. Locations

Once your script is ready, you can now focus on searching for locations. Since you are doing a simple story, the number of locations can be very few, if not just a single location. It's very important when dealing with locations to think about the mood of your story and see if they match what you are looking for.

3. Actors

You can invite friends to participate in your project but always keeping in mind that they should be consistent with the main features of your characters. If you go professional, find a local acting agency and browse for the players that match your criteria and needed experience. Meet them prior to hiring them to know them better and figure out if they are indeed what you are looking for.

4. Storyboard

Sketch a graphic sequence of your story, also known as storyboard. The main purpose of the storyboard is to have a graphic guide of each shot, depicting framing, composition, movement and the general sequence of the story. Finally, develop a shot list.

5. Equipment & Props

For a photonovel you can use your phone camera or rent a professional DSLR plus lenses and lights to achieve crisp images and create atmospheres. Think about clothing and props; keep it simple again.

6. Production

Program a schedule for all team members of your project. Use your shot list as a guide for the work to be done in each session and keep good track of time.

7. Post-production

Make your own templates with Photoshop or use Comic Life. Fine-tune each photo and correct color, contrast, brightness, saturation, etc.

8. Prepare for Amazon and iBooks

Turn your novel into an epub file. This format works well for both platforms. Search online for tools on how to convert files into epub format.

Smile More Everyday With Absurd and Funny Art!

Thanks to the sedentary desk manning jobs and the busy working schedules, most of us do not find the time to laugh and enjoy. Of course, there is always the inevitable need to run ahead in life, but stopping for little humor on the way is not a bad thing after all. Art has always…

Thanks to the sedentary desk manning jobs and the busy working schedules, most of us do not find the time to laugh and enjoy. Of course, there is always the inevitable need to run ahead in life, but stopping for little humor on the way is not a bad thing after all. Art has always been about finding new ways of expression, and if something related to the world of art can bring a smile on our faces, it makes sense to take the plunge.

Some of the creative artists are now infusing their art and work with humor and wit, often pushing their audience to find that dose of smile. If you have not checked some very funny drawings on the web, you might want to do that right now. Even with simple triangles, squares and circles, one can create new expressions that can be hard to ignore. In fact, there are some solid reasons why you would want to appreciate funny art. Check some of the fun ways to add funniness to your life.

Amazing comic stripes

In a world where everyone is trying to show their wit and smartness, only a few talented cartoonists and artists are working to create some very absurd and flat out funny comic stripes. Time and again, it has been revealed in studies that a big chunk of the grown up adults are dealing with depression, and and with comic strips and cartoons, they can think of new ways to smile.

Great ideas into art

With creative art offering the freedom to many artists, there are some great ideas in modern art that is anything but serious. These people and artists have a sense of passion for their work, where they are not trying to push sales. They want people to find a reason to be happy, and their art is not about getting accolades. How often do we come across something that makes us grin with pleasure? Hardly ever! Some of the comic strips are equally clever, where the artist tries to talk of various social and political issues in a minority way through shearer cartoons.

Keep your own collection

If you want to make a collection of funny cartoon pictures, there are plenty of choices that you can find on the web. In fact, many teams of cartoonists and creative artists have created their own websites, where you can visit for a few minutes for every single day and find your comic fix. Also, you can choose to share these images and strips with others and give them a quick dose of happiness in the busy lives.

Finding an absurd cartoon is easy for sure, but what you should probably also do is contact the team behind and congratulate them. Always remember that making someone laugh is a big art, and not many artists can achieve the same. Even one compliment can help the artist do better, and if you are looking for reasons to smile, appreciating these excellent people behind these cartoons is quite a thing to do!