Speed up your design process with Photoshop Actions


In this tutorial I’m going to teach you how you can speed up your workflow and make your life much easier by using Photoshop actions. An action is similar to a programming macro or a script for an image, but is easier to create. You don’t have to learn any programming skills to produce one! So, what […]

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3 common image licensing mistakes to avoid

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A selection of images on Flickr The Internet is a virtual galaxy of images. This sounds like a designer’s dream – unlimited access to cool photos for use in advertising, book covers, web sites and whatever other client work you may pursue – but it can easily become a nightmare if you don’t understand the […]

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30 stunning black and white photo colorizations


Many of you may have seen the huge crop of colorized old black and white photos popping up around the web (there are some wonderful subreddits devoted to it). The results can be truly stunning, and bring history to life in a new way. For all you fans out there, here are 30 beautiful examples: […]

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Radiant Orchid: The Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid

Pantone selects a color at the end of every year to reflect what they believe will become a major design trend, across all design platforms, in the coming year. Whether or not their selection in based on the Zeitgeist, or creates it, when Pantone has something to say, designers usually listen. And this year, the […]

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Top 5 nutritional supplements for designers


When you think about improving your skills as a designer you usually focus on specific design techniques, new trends, latest software and so on. You rarely consider focusing on your overall health as a way of becoming a better designer. Any sort of support, any way to prolong your concentration, increase your attention span or […]

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2014 design gift giveaway!


Start 2014 with a win! 2013 was amazing. We had more designers than ever winning contests and creating lasting relationships with their clients through 99designs. But we want to make 2014 even better. To celebrate a brand new year of opportunity, we’re giving designers the chance to score each of the 13 fun and inspiring […]

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Show us what’s motivating you in the New Year! Introducing #WhyWeDoIt


Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past, create new goals and put all the important things (of life) into perspective. If we asked you to choose one thing that motivates you each and every day… what would it be? For the month of January — […]

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Who wore it better? The branding trends of 2013


Another year gone by, another opportunity to examine the branding trends that surfaced — and, more fun, to point out who re-branded gracefully and who botched it. We have picked out 10 salient trends from 2013, ranging from location branding to adaptive design, and put together a series of “who wore it better” comparisons. (Yes, […]

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Presenting the winner and top designs from the Brazilian Word Cup Team fan contest!


Last month the official Brazilian soccer jersey for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was revealed to the public, so we asked to our designers to create a Brazilian World Cup T-shirt for the fans. And as usual with community contests, the entries were great — more than 100 designers shared their t-shirt ideas with us. There were a lot […]

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How to conquer creative block using thumbnail sketches


Creative block. It’s happened to all creatives at one point or another. The brief has been read and reread. The research has been done and the deadline draws closer. And there you are, sitting in front of a blank computer  screen with a vague humming in your head and no concepts on the horizon. Creative […]

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