Create an animated GIF in Flash and Photoshop CS5

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Many of us are familiar with GIFs — we see them all over the web in forms of viral cat clips or those obnoxious flashing banner ads on the side of our screens. And in 99designs’ contests, their most common form is that of an animated banner ad.  A GIF, or “Graphics Interchange Format”, is […]

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99designs partners with Payoneer to provide new payout options

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Hey Designers — Great News! We’re happy to announce that 99designs has partnered with Payoneer to provide you with new payout options. You can now receive payments to your very own Payoneer Prepaid MasterCard®, or directly to your bank account in over 200 countries. Benefits of your Payoneer Prepaid MasterCard® Here are benefits you can […]

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PPI vs. DPI: what’s the difference?

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If you’ve ever worked on a print design, used Photoshop or any other such program for manipulating raster images, you’ve surely come across the terms DPI (dots per inch) and/or PPI (pixels per inch). Chances are, you’ve also received some confusing DPI/PPI-related requests from clients who don’t understand what these terms mean. Before you start […]

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RALLY: Contemporary Indonesian Art by Jompet Kuswidananto & Eko Nugroho

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Melbourne, Australia has been playing host to RALLY: Contemporary Indonesian Art by Jompet Kuswidananto & Eko Nugroho, an Indonesian art exhibition showcased in the city’s largest gallery, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). While it may not sound strange for a gallery to host international artwork, this particular alliance is something I think is a truer […]

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Vote for the ULTIMATE Top 9 designer of 2012

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Top 9 at 99 has become a monthly celebration to recognize some truly inspiring designers — you enjoy it, we enjoy it, everyone enjoys it! Why? Because it feels GOOD to enjoy good design. Looking back over the past year, we couldn’t help but wonder: Out of the 12 winning Top 9 from 2012, who […]

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Caricature designs: guess the famous faces

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Caricature designs are all about exaggeration. The most successful caricatures usually highlight the most prominent and recognizable features of an individual through the use of extreme proportion and scale. The wild distortions in many caricatures have a humorous, and often times, satirical effect. From bushy eyebrows to sausage lips, can you guess all the famous […]

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Web design trends for 2013

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Predicting the future is always a risky venture, and there is no precise method that allows you to define the future trends of web design. But… we can try. ;) We’ve determined the directions of web design based on our observation of what types of design solutions are gaining popularity. Many web design trends occur due […]

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Presenting the winner and runners-up in the PlayStation 4 contest!

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There was much excitement and anticipation leading up to today’s announcement of the PlayStation 4 by Sony. Knowing this, we decided to give you a chance to be creative and tell us what you think the next logo should look like. The contest opened for entries last Thursday and ended Monday after receiving almost 5000 […]

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Make licensing your friend: resource guide for 3rd party imagery

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Ok — so we’re constantly telling you what you can’t do with licensed imagery on 99designs: You can’t use any licensed imagery without permission. You can’t use stock imagery in logo, illustration, icon or button contests. You can’t use stock in any other contests without declaring it. You can’t trace  your “own” version of stock […]

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23 real estate logos that aren’t totally lame

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This stock real estate logo on sale at Shutterstock.com looks all too familiar Have you ever seen a house like this before? Of course you have — not in reality but in logo design. The world of real estate logos is littered with such sloping roofs and square windows, suspended in abstract space or agglomerated […]

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