Upcoming Event: Home Decor Intensive

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The home decor industry consists of companies that design products for the consumer’s home environment. These companies create products such as bedding, curtains, kitchen towels, shower curtains, rugs,…

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How Photoshop for Designers Will Help You Be a Better Designer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Adobe Photoshop can open up a world of opportunity for designers. It enables you to create artwork that is more authentic and representative of your true artistic style….

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5 Tips for Working with Your Sketches in Photoshop

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Photoshop is wonderful resource that allows us to do many of our favorite parts of designing in it. We can: Manipulate photos Draw and design directly in Photoshop…

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New York Fashion Week Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Getting the latest trends and inspiration from the runways —and on the street— during New York Fashion Week (Feb 9 – 16) is as easy as checking your favorite…

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3 Ways to Overcome Digital Artwork Frustration

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Diving into the creative process with paints, charcoals, pencils, or other mediums is one of the most rewarding parts of our craft. This creative freedom is exciting and…

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10 Reasons You Should be Taking Surface Pattern Design Mastery

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I know you’re busy. With so much on your plate, it can feel challenging to achieve mastery in any one thing; especially pattern design. That’s why I am…

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3 Tips for Creating Eye-Catching Tossed Layouts

Monday, January 9, 2017

You toss a handful of autumn leaves up into the air, watching them fall to the ground. They land in a scattered pattern. Some facing up; some facing…

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The Quest for the Perfect Pattern Layout

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Some days it all comes together perfectly. Your pattern designs flow. You are able to sketch an interesting motif, bring it into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and then…

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2016 Reader Survey

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In last week’s newsletter I asked readers to tell me what they hope to accomplish within the first 12 weeks of 2017. It was wonderful to read the…

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Printsource Recap – Trade Show Takeaways and Tips from a First Time Exhibitor

Friday, November 11, 2016

*Guest post by Esther Shavon of E’FLOMAE. In August 2016 I debuted my trade show experience at Printsource New York through my print studio E’FLOMAE. Since then I…

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