February 27, 2014

Designing Posters That Command Attention –

Filed under: Art,Design Tips — Janelle Sullivan @ 3:53 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

Are you a graphic designer searching for ways to create a poster that will capture the attention of your audience? Poster design has been plaguing artists since the invention of the printing press. Finding just the right mix of images, colors and words to deliver the message you are hoping to impart can be difficult. I guess that is one of the tricks of graphic design. There are a lot of tips out there regarding how to make the perfect poster. I am going to try to sort through them and see if I can find the ones that work the best. I will throw in a couple tips of my own that have helped me with poster design.

What Do You Want Them to See?

In order to make an attention getting poster, you have to know what you want your audience to see. Make sure that the most important piece of information is what pops out from your poster. Whether that means making it the biggest or the brightest part of your graphic design, just make sure it pops. (more…)

February 17, 2014

Choosing the Paper that will Turn Your Poster Work into Awe-Inspiring Printed Works of Art –

Filed under: Art,Printing Tips — Janelle Sullivan @ 3:44 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

poster-printingWhen you spend time working on your art, or your passion, as I prefer to call it, you want the end result to be perfect. Whether you are a typography nut like I am or maybe you are into posters (oh wait, that’s me, too), there is a certain amount of bliss involved in seeing your project finished. It can be confusing, though, to know which paper will be the exact right choice for what you are trying to achieve. I find myself doing a little research every time I am ready for either typography printing or poster printing, just to be sure I am heading in the right direction. Maybe when I’m done here, we will all have a better understanding of paper types and how to use them. (more…)

February 12, 2014

How to Expertly Print Your Digital Art and Impress Your Audience –

Filed under: Printing Tips — Janelle Sullivan @ 6:57 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

digital-artThere’s nothing more disappointing to me than when I print my digital art and the outcome is less than I expected. You know what I mean: Based on your printing techniques, I am sure there have been times when you have not been happy with the hard copy of your digital art. I have discovered that there are some tricks you can use when printing digital art to ensure a beautiful final product. Crisp, clear colors and well-defined subjects will please the artist in each of us.

Proof Your Work

Whatever you are printing, I am sure you’ll want it to be the best possible reproduction of your work. So how can you be sure that you will get what you want? You’ll need to proof your work. Start with an artist proof. Print your image and see if it is what you are hoping for. Are the colors what you were hoping for? Is the image clear and crisp, or soft and mottled, just the way you intended? Once you’re holding a hard copy in your hand, you will be able to see what, if anything, needs to be tweaked. Just be sure to proof using the same paper and printer model that you will use for your final print. This is the only way that you will achieve consistency in your prints. If you are printing digital art images in larger quantities, you might choose to make a contact sheet instead. Thumbnail images, several to a page, allow you to save some money and time. I’m not a big fan of the contact sheet, though, because I find it harder to see all of the details of each picture in such a small format. (more…)

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