Blog Posts - graphic design

Improving Your Paragraph Styles
19 Mar
by Michael Streubert

Over the last few years, I’ve become a massive proponent of Paragraph Styles, even to the point where I’m happy to set up a unique style for all repeatable type treatments in any InDesign document that crosses my desk. 

Paragraph styles are a powerful feature in InDesign that often go overlooked and underutilized. While they can seem clunky to set up, their efficiency in making global changes should always offset the initial time investment. 

Recolor Artwork in Seconds With Adobe Illustrator
16 Jan
by Josh Norman

If you’ve ever wanted to randomly assign colors from a set color palette to multiple objects in an Illustrator file quickly, the solution is lurking in the “Edit” menu: Recolor Artwork. In this video, I’ll show you my workflow for creating a randomly-colored collection of objects that will hopefully save you both time and a little sanity

Multipanel Brochure Mockup (InDesign)
26 Nov
by Michael Streubert

Presentation isn’t everything; but it’s certainly massively important. This is something I’ve picked up over my career by watching some of the best designers sell their work.

Leveraging Illustrator's Zig Zag Effect to Make a Vintage Badge
10 Oct
by Josh Norman

Vintage badges – they’re as popular today as ever. In fact, I wonder if they should really be considered “vintage,” if they’ve never gone out of style?

Badges can add authenticity, a level of trust, and an established feel to a brand. Designers have a number of tools in Adobe Illustrator to tackle the task of creating a badge. In this video tutorial, I’ll explain why my advice is to resist your instincts and never touch the star tool when you set off to create one.

 

The Evolution of Texas Creative
13 Aug
by Jennifer Alvord, Josh Norman

A Q&A session with our Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Josh Norman.

Designing in Microsoft Office
03 Jul
Category: Graphic Design
by Michael Streubert

There comes a time in every designer’s career when a dark cloud descends over our pastoral workspace and someone commissions an original design created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

InDesign's Preflight Panel
27 Jun
by Kelley Olmedo

I find myself surprised when I discover that various InDesign features that I use religiously are features unused by other graphic designers. Enter the preflight panel. Combing through your InDesign documents for errors used to be a long and tedious process, but the preflight panel can automate the entire process based on presets that you can create.

Photoshop Puppet Warp Tool
21 Mar
by Josh Norman

Take a step-by-step tour of Photoshop’s Puppet Warp tool and how it can fit into a creative workflow in endless ways.

Texas Creative Creativity
14 Feb
by Kelley Olmedo

I am told on a regular basis by a client or coworker that they are “not creative” as a way to casually dismiss the ideas they have come to me with. It is true that not all ideas work when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of design (i.e. Craft), but the process of sifting through your mental history to conjure an idea is creativity whether you realize it or not.

5 Things I Would Change About Adobe Indesign
19 Dec
Category: Graphic Design
by Michael Streubert

Do you think InDesign is the perfect page layout tool? Well, I do too. But I’m digging deep to find 5 things that could use a tune-up to make it even more perfect-er!

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