5 Methods to Speed Up Your Design Process

Every designer wants to be able to work faster, as time is valuable. Check out our 5 quick tips to help speed up your design process.

1. Save often-used graphics rather than recreating them

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The finished product!

Tutorial: Create a simple glossy text effect in Illustrator

Hey there fellow designers! Are you looking for a quick and easy way to jazz up that logo you just finished, but aren’t sure what you can really do to help it? Look no further! The following tutorial will allow you to add a subtle but classy gloss effect to any text (or object!) in just a few simple steps. Please note that this tutorial assumes you know the basics of Adobe Illustrator, but if you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will be more than happy to help you out! Continue reading “Tutorial: Create a simple glossy text effect in Illustrator”

Quick Tips for Navigating Our Online Galleries at Instaproofs

Interested in buying photos via our online galleries? Here are some quick tips to help you find and order your photos!

  • Our online galleries are searchable by your exhibitor number. Simply select your event (SOEE, NYSQHA, etc.) and then on the following page, type your number into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page and ALL photos tagged with your number will be displayed! If you can’t find your photos this way, it is possible we couldn’t see your number when we tagged the photos. Try typing “unknown” instead.
  • You can also search for things like “dog,” “judge,” and “leadline,” among others. While we do not use every tag at every show, if you are searching for something in particular, it is worth giving it a go!

Trying to order a Create Your Own CD? The following tutorial should help you out.

  1. Select your event (SOEE, NYSQHA, etc.)CD1
  2. Select “Digital CDs” from the product list at the top of the gallery.CD2
  3. Choose your preferred CD option (Facebook, Medium Res, or High Res) and add it to your cart.CD3
  4. Return to the event page and select a gallery or photo.CD4CD5
  5. Once you are viewing an enlarged photo, click “Buy This Image” and a new menu will appear.CD6
  6. Select “Add to CD” at the top and change the QTY to the number 1 (you only want 1 copy of that image on the CD).CD7CD8
  7. Our Facebook and Medium Resolution CDs allow up to 20 photos. High Resolution CDs allow up to 10 photos. Continue through your photos and repeating steps 5 & 6 until you have reached the maximum quantity of images. It will alert you if you have reached the limit.
  8. Click on your “Cart” icon in the upper right to view your list of images and check out! The arrow in the following screenshot is a count of how many images you have used of the allowed 20.CD9

6 Quick Tips For Cleaning Your DSLR Camera

Camera Cleaning

1. Invest in a cleaning kit

DSLR cleaning kits can be found relatively cheap on Amazon.com, and because they are not highly technical in nature, buying an off-brand is usually acceptable. This one should suffice.

2. Clean all your gear at once

Cleaning all your bodies and lenses at once will save you time, and will ensure a freshly cleaned body is not being recontaminated when a dirty lens is attached.

3. Bodies and lenses down!

Always clean camera bodies with the lens mount facing down, and always clean your lenses with the rear glass aimed downward as well. This will prevent dust and debris from falling into the mechanism and potentially causing problems in the future.

4. NEVER touch the sensor

The sensor of your DSLR is equivalent to your own optic nerve. Don’t poke, prod, brush or otherwise come into contact with it. If there are spots on the sensor, try to remove them with an air puffer first. If they don’t come off, send your camera to a qualified service technician to have it professionally serviced in a dust-free environment. It’s worth the extra cost to ensure your camera can still see when all is said and done!

5. Use lint-free cloths to clean glass

I once read an article suggesting I use a tissue to wipe my lenses clear. I swiftly decided against this, since the amount of lint they leave behind is infuriating. Lint particles on a lens can cause shadows, spots and focusing issues, which could cost you that perfect shot. Also be sure you are using an appropriate lens cleaning solution as well.

6. Utilize lens and body caps

Even a camera housed in a bag can fall victim to dust if the lens is left attached. Zoom lenses in particular are prone to sucking in dust and debris since the act of zooming itself creates a vacuum inside the barrel. This dust can then fall into the camera body during transport. Keep both the front and rear caps on your lenses, as well as the body cap on the camera, and if you want to be extra safe, use an additional bag around each piece of equipment within the main bag. I have been shooting in dusty indoor riding arenas for years, and precautions like these can mean the difference between a camera that lasts and one that seizes up.

Video Tutorial: How to Change a Horse’s Color in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, I cover how to change a bay horse into a buckskin paint through the use of black and white, color balance, level adjustments, clipping masks, and the eraser and brush tools.

Got a tutorial request? Drop me an email at cinderhawkcreative@gmail.com or leave a comment. I offer both video and written tutorials for Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash Professional, and Dreamweaver CS5 and higher.

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