Top 9 at 99: February 2013


In February, 99designs made “liking” designs on our site easier than ever! We added the Like button to your portfolio designs, and also made it possible for you to “like” designs at all stages of contests. Let’s continue to show the love by “liking” your favorites from this month’s Top 9 at 99. Once you’ve “liked” […]

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How to make a simple 3D text effect in Photoshop


Adobe has been working hard to give us a better 3D tool in Photoshop. And I have to say, I love it! In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Repousse tool to create a 3D grungy text effect. We will be using Adobe Photoshop CS5 — unfortunately, the Repousse tool is not […]

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Sweet postcard designs from San Francisco art galleries


Recently, the 99designs Staff visited Organic Updates, a neighborhood art show by David Choong Lee. Our mission was to uncover the differences and similarities between art and graphic design. While at the gallery, one thing that caught our eyes was the plethora of postcard designs promoting future art shows. We quickly realized design and art are not divorced […]

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Congrats to DooShan! He’s the ULTIMATE Top 9 for 2012


When DooShan won Top 9 at 99 back in April, he never imagined he’d be the ULTIMATE Top 9 designer for 2012… BUT HE IS! To honor DooShan, we asked him to give a few words of advice to the community: I was pretty discouraged since there was so many awesome designers nominated for the Ultimate […]

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Read all about it! Designer news from February 2013

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Expand your horizons with design news from around the world — this is the February 2013 edition: Get a piece of this letterpress legend image via Kickstarter You have to be intrigued by a company called “Yee-Haw Industries,” particularly when it’s a letterpress company — the hipster print format of our dreams. But times are […]

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Create an animated GIF in Flash and Photoshop CS5


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


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?


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


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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