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Author: Vladimir Gendelman

Vladimir Gendelman

As CEO of CompanyFolders.com, Vladimir is a knowledgeable authority in print marketing and graphic design for businesses. He leads a team of talented designers and experts dedicated to helping customers create print collateral that puts forth the best possible impression. You can keep up with Vladimir by connecting with him on Google+ and Twitter.

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Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop

Tutorial: Create a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect in Photoshop

The coolest thing about embossing and debossing is that it's completely exclusive to printed paper. You'll never see a truly "embossed" imprint on a web image—but that makes it difficult when you want to show off your embossed print design on a computer screen. In the following tutorial, we'll show you how to use a simple Photoshop technique to create embossed and debossed effects that look so much like the real thing, nobody will be able to tell the difference. We'll be applying the … [Read more...]

72 Free Vector Art Sites For Downloading The Best Graphics

72 Free Vector Art Sites For Downloading The Best Graphics

No one likes to hear the dreaded phrase "clip art" when talking about professional design, but sometimes a piece of free vector art is exactly what you need. Maybe you're looking for a basic shape to edit into something totally unique with Adobe Illustrator, or maybe you just need a placeholder graphic in the meantime. Creating something from scratch takes valuable time, and when you've got none to spare, free vector sites can be a lifesaver. To boost your chances of finding the best vector … [Read more...]

The 108 Best Photoshop Plugins and Extensions for Print Designers

The 108 Best Photoshop Plugins and Extensions for Print Designers

In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty keen on Adobe Photoshop; we've even shared a ton of our favorite Photoshop tutorials. But even a great program like Photoshop can be improved upon. If you don't believe us, here are 108 reasons why you're wrong. This enormous collection of the best Photoshop plugins for print designers takes something good and makes it even better by giving you more control, more power and more options than what's available in your standard Photoshop toolkit. Plugin … [Read more...]

83 Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Guaranteed to Draw Attention

83 Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Guaranteed to Draw Attention

For centuries, philosophers have been asking themselves "If a tree falls in the woods, but nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?" Think of your graphic designs in a similar way: if nobody is around to observe your portfolio, does it still make an impact? Finding the answer to that first question may take a while, but thankfully, we already know the answer to the second. The designs you've created won't help you grow as a designer all by themselves. You need eyes on the … [Read more...]

38 Typography Tools for Designers (Better Than Adobe Suite)

38 Typography Tools for Designers (Better Than Adobe Suite)

A Swiss Army knife allows you to do a lot of different things at once (like remove a screw or open a wine bottle), but sometimes what you really need is a strong pair of scissors—a tool that only does one thing, but does it much more simply and elegantly. It's the same way when working with typography in print design. The Adobe suite is powerful and multifaceted, but when you need to create a new font from scratch or identify the name of a particular typeface, it pays to have a few more … [Read more...]

The Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014

The Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014

When you create printed marketing materials, your designs are little like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is constantly shrinking or growing as she explores different parts of Wonderland. Likewise, you'll often need your design elements to shrink or grow, depending on what the situation calls for. That's why learning how to create scalable vector illustrations in Adobe Illustrator is absolutely essential. Adobe Illustrator can be a tricky program to learn, but if you've used some of the … [Read more...]

55 Ridiculously Cool Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

55 Ridiculously Cool Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

Remember how scary it was when you were a little kid and you had to start reading books in school that didn't have any pictures in them? Truth be told, that little kid still exists inside all of us; it's one of the reasons why print media designs often rely on photos and illustrations rather than walls of bland text. But text doesn't have to be boring-after all, text is just another form of visual imagery, one that can become a beautiful work of art with the use of unique fonts or interesting … [Read more...]

Folder Tutorial: Create a Shaped Clipping Mask in Photoshop/Illustrator

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Today, we're sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of one of our favorite folder design templates. This Cruise Ship Adventure Presentation Folder Template uses a simple clipping mask to make the image of the ship appear to be split into several rounded square tile shapes. The end result looks like something that would take a long time to make from scratch, but you can create it using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in just a few simple steps with this handy tutorial. Creating the … [Read more...]

51 Free Photoshop Tutorials for Amazingly Cool Photo Editing

51 Free Photoshop Tutorials for Amazingly Cool Photo Editing

Imagine a world where Adobe Photoshop and photo editing don't exist—where the photos in your print marketing collateral have the same visual impact as your driver’s license photo. A world where you can’t tell the difference between a professional direct mail campaign and your Aunt Judy’s tacky holiday greeting card. Pretty scary, huh? Fortunately, Photoshop exists (along with many free Photoshop alternatives), allowing print media designers to transform photographs into really cool … [Read more...]

10 Tips for a First-Class Printed Design Portfolio (with Examples)

10 Tips for a First-Class Print Design Portfolio (with Examples)

You've already posted all of your graphic design work online, so who really needs a print portfolio, anyway? As a matter of fact, investing the time to create an outstanding printed portfolio can pay off in a big way—even if your work is strictly digital. Unlike online portfolios, physical portfolios cannot be clicked away. Since they're physical objects that take up space, clients can rediscover them even after putting them in storage (long after they've deleted your web portfolio from … [Read more...]