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What to do With Your Photoshop Free Download?

Once you go to a torrent site and pick up your free (but illegal) copy of Photoshop CS what should you do next? You will have no tutorial so you will try and wing it, but unless you have worked in Photoshop before, this will be no easy task. Photoshop is not as intuitive as other, easier to use photo manipulation software such as the free ones that you can get online, or ones that come bundled with most computers such as Corel, for example.

Your Photoshop free download will be no walk in the park but it does not have to be completely incomprehensible and you can learn how to use Photoshop CS, you just need the right direction and some patience.

The best way to learn Photoshop is to take a hands-on course at a local art school such as the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  There you can really use all of the tools in your Photoshop free download to their best advantage because you will be getting one on one live instruction and this is by far the best method of learning. It is also prohibitively expensive at $750 per unit so unless you have a rich uncle or have somehow managed to get financial aid or some sort of Pell grant, you may not be able to afford this option.

Option number two to finally use your Photoshop free download and all the bells and whistles it comes with is to pick up one of the many useful tutorial books that you can find at any bookshop. Books such as Photoshop CS for Idiots or Dummies (although that is a derogatory term and I prefer to think of myself as Special) will take you step by tedious step into the world of photo collage, retouching, design, and all the other tens of millions of fun and beautiful things you can create with Photoshop. That is why Photoshop and your Photoshop free download are so darn valuable. They smoke the competition (there isnít any really) and you just have to have Photoshop in order to design anything these days. These books are not too expensive and usually come with tutorial disks.

The last option is by far the cheapest but also the hardest to use and that is an online tutorial or learning guide to your Photoshop free download. You can get these by doing a Google search for ìPhotoshop free online tutorialî and you will get dozens of results.Just make sure that you are careful and screen for viruses on your Photoshop free download before you click on it. There are several Trojan viruses out there that originate from these downloads and they can be very nasty and hard to get rid of.

So go ahead and download then get ready to enjoy the world of Photoshop.

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Brochure Design

Brochure Design That Can Work for You!

Many small business owners may feel that their tight budget does not give them room to afford some basic marketing materials like brochures or websites. Brochure design and website design should not be options for small business owners. Without some great digital art and eye-popping brochure design and website design it will be hard to grow most businesses. Many business owners are just not aware what these items cost or how to get them designed.

There are several ways for business owners to get professional brochure design or website design. If money is no object then the business proprietor can hire one of the many top advertising agencies or boutique design firms in their area that cater to this type of client. They should receive great service and award-winning design for the exorbitant price they will be shelling out.

For most small business owners however, the prospect of hiring a professional design or advertising agency or design shop is way beyond their budget and means. They need to find other, less expensive alternatives if they are going to end up with the brochure design that they need to jump start their business.

There are many freelance graphic designers or digital artists out there and before you decide on one you should really make them bid for your project. First off you can place an ad on Craigslist or in your local paper asking for artists to reply with rates and links to their online portfolios. Any artist that is worth anything will have a lot of their prior work posted and displayed on their own websites or on one of several artist portfolio websites. One of the best of these sites can be found online at http://www.alphaomegadigital.com/. Check out all of the awesome online portfolios from some very talented artists.

Hiring a freelance designer can be somewhat expensive as well and you may not end up with the kind of quality work you really want. Make sure to review all portfolios carefully. The artist you choose should have some samples of brochure design that they did for their other clients with businesses that are similar to yours. With freelance designers and artists you will probably have to pay a deposit before they start producing artwork for you. They should give you several different designs to choose from.

Three design alternatives are usually enough for the client to decide what they like best or what the best direction is. Freelance artists should be able to take the project all the way to completion and that would mean overseeing the actual printing process as well. You donít want to end up with a design that just wonít print right so you want the artist to take some responsibility for the final outcome of the printing. Get any agreements to this effect in writing whenever possible. A short contract should not be out of the question.

You can also make the brochure design yourself if you are creative, but we recommend letting the professionals handle it. No matter how much you think you know about graphic design in general, unless you have studied Graphic Design at the college level or worked in the field for many years, your efforts will probably not be very attractive and wonít bring you any more business and could even potentially lose you customers. People can react very negatively toward what they perceive as bad or amateurish design and advertising.

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