Photoshop Quick Tip: Separate a Logo from Coloured Background Using Gradient Maps

Cut out Logo from Background in Photoshop Tutorial

Every once in a while a client sends me logo file as flat jpg that I need to include in a design. I always ask for vector files, but sometimes the person in charge cannot provide these. To make matters worse the background is coloured which makes it even harder to cut out the logo. While there are many techniques to separate content from the background in Photoshop I found that using gradient maps is a quick and non-destructive way to do so. This tip won’t work in all instances, but when it does it is very handy! Here’s how you do it. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Wicked Record Label Rebrands by Ben Geier

Record Label Rebrand by Ben Geier

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Ben Geier is an all-round creative based in Chicago. Whether it’s design, photography or film, he does it all. Today I’ll be focusing on one of his personal projects which spoke to me on so many levels. Ben’s been busy rebranding existing record labels. All of them are amazing, the texture work combined with the added perspective is spot on, and so are the colour palettes. For more inspiration check out bengeier.com + Continue Reading

Bricks: Free March 2013 Calendar Wallpaper

Thumbnail March 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing.

The March 2013 Calendar Wallpaper goes by the name of Bricks. It is heavily inspired by minimal geometric design, the biggest influence being the Windows of New York project by José Guízar. I’ve always been a fan of this style and wanted to give it a go myself. The design itself isn’t based on any particular object. I’ve just added more and more shapes and played with the colours until I was happy with the composition. It might be a door, a window, a building or something completely different. What do you see it as? + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Gorgeous Chalk Lettering by Dana Tanamachi

Custom Lettering by Dana Tanamachi

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Dana Tanamachi is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer specializing in hand-lettering & custom typography for editorial, lifestyle, food, and fashion brands. I’m in awe of her custom chalk lettering pieces, the organic feel is simply beautiful. For more inspiration go to tanamachistudio.com + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Stunning Custom Vintage Lettering by BMD Design

FYI Monday Inspiration: Custom Lettering by BMD Studio

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

BMD Design is creative studio based in Bordeaux, France. Founded in 2001 BMD has focused a lot on custom vintage lettering designs. These typography designs work both as logos and as apparel graphics. Below is only a small selection of their work. For more inspiration, including case studies, go to www.bmddesign.fr + Continue Reading

Plastic Business Cards by Oomph [review]

Oomph Logo

A while back I was contacted by Jack from Oomph, a plastic card printing company based in Hampshire, UK, asking whether I was interested in a free sample of their plastic business cards in exchange for a review. The timing couldn’t have been better as I was planning on getting new cards anyways, so I said yes. It took me a while to design them as is always the case when being your own client. Jack has been very patient with me and nothing but helpful. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Gorgeous Lettering by Jeff Rogers

FYI Inspiration Monday: Custom Lettering by Jeff Rogers

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Jeff Rogers is a letterer and designer working in NYC. It’s great to see so many hand drawn custom lettering examples in one place. What impresses me the most is the abundance of styles ranging from pencil drawings & sketches to full on acrylic on canvas pieces. Below is only a small selection of Jeff’s work, for more inspiration check out howdyjeff.com. + Continue Reading

Ampersand: Free February 2013 Calendar Wallpaper

February 2013 Desktop Wallpaper Thumbnail

This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing.

The February 2013 Calendar Wallpaper is simply called Ampersand, for obvious reasons. Those of you that follow me on Instagram will have seen a couple of rough ampersand sketches, so for this wallpaper I took it a step further and created my own custom ampersand in Illustrator. Colour correction and texturising was done in Photoshop. I’m sure that’ll experiment more with custom typography as I’ve become quite obsessed with it over the past month or so. As always, I hope you enjoy the design and feel free to leave feedback in the comments section. + Continue Reading