Bottom line – unless you have the skills, knowledge and experience in design/layout/typography/print preparation/industry standard design software to do the job of packaging and marketing your product, hire a graphic designer and trust that designer to do their job.
I discovered Adobe Photoshop around fifteen years ago. It was overwhelming the first time that I attempted to actually use it. Photoshop is not for the faint of heart and certainly not for a novice. While I did learn enough to actually design things for myself and my first handful of paying clients, I realized that I needed to learn a great deal more to actually become a graphic designer. The best decision I ever made was going to college and learning the ins and outs of the Adobe Creative Suite of programs. I utilize not only Photoshop, but also Illustrator and InDesign every time I develop a new book cover design, logo, and/or series branding for a client.
Photoshop is vastly complex
“Just because you have access to Photoshop does not mean that you should use Photoshop.” In other words, get some training. Graphic designers are one of the most underrated specialist in the publishing business…that much I have experienced first-hand.
I continue to learn new ways to create my art almost every day. Never stop learning and exploring different ways to create unique artwork using these powerful programs. While it may look easy to some, design is anything but.
Three of my Pre-Made Book Cover Designs. More info on my professional website Avalon Graphics as they are available for licensing.
Welcome, Tamian Wood, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!
[Cathy of Avalon Graphics]First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:
[Tamian]Strawberry or Raspberry or Blueberry (but only because they don’t make a Mulberry ice cream) Detecting a theme yet?
I created Avalon Graphics back in 2009 and never imagined that it would grow to be this successful in just four short years! As of this month, I find myself scheduling work well into late Fall, and actually to the point of considering myself over capacity! I will continue to work through the back log and fill requests as quickly as possible.
Gosh it seems that I cannot find the time to post regular blog entries these days. I’m fortunate for the recent influx of work – but it does mean that I have even less time for the extra fun things like blogging!