The Lost Art of Thumbnails

No, I’m not talking about fingernails.   I’m talking about the tiny, scribbly sketches that graphic designers use to work out creative concepts before getting to the nitty gritty of building that file in the computer. There once was a…

Stressless Distressed

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This week’s blog article is all about creating easy to use distressed pattern files that you can use to add some pizzazz to your graphic files.  Nothing fancy, just solid technique.  If you have ever bought a distressed pattern you are…
LAB Mode Mojo - Marshall Atkinson

LAB Mode Mojo

Do you use Photoshop for creating the image for t-shirts either digitally or with traditional screen-printing?  How adept are you at setting up a foundation for amazing print results with just a few simple clicks? Many creative digital artists…

Your Baby is Ugly

That’s right I said it.  Bring the hate. And by baby, I don’t mean your offspring.  I mean your t-shirt design, embroidery idea or product plan for your new apparel line.  Whew.  Are you sure you are going with that? This is something…
Hairy Gorilla Arm - Marshall Atkinson

The Hairy Gorilla Arm Theory

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Do you have super nit-picky art customers?  You know, the ones that are never satisfied with any graphic you develop for them?  If you don’t, you are either extremely lucky or a big fat liar.  So I don’t call the readers of my blog liars,…
Hairy Gorilla Arm - Marshall Atkinson

Finding Your Creative Voice

Think about your own creative work.  Maybe you aren’t that talented (let’s be honest here) and don’t really know what to do to be creative, but you are carving out a living as a graphic artist.  Are you constantly copying other people’s…